The MAC library has been undergoing several changes over the last two years. This has included a new pilot project and an expansion of the library resources and physical assets. However, the most exciting part of the change has been the recent upgrading of the library catalogue.

Most importantly (and impressively), the new library catalogue has now gone live and you can experience it for yourself at http://library.mac.org.au/.

The new library catalogue is open source software designed specifically for libraries, and originates from New Zealand. The name of the software is Koha and means gift in Maori, a philosophy which is not in conflict with that of MAC.

What does this mean for MAC library users? Well firstly, you are able to see straight away if a resource is available on the shelf. Secondly, you will have the ability to place reservations, create lists, and make suggestions. The catalogue also features an email function, enabling you to receive an email letting you know if that book you’ve ordered has arrived, or if your items have been safely returned.

If you already have a library membership, please contact the MAC Library to receive your username and password, so you may have full access to all of its many functions. If you don’t have an account, then please email Shannon on library@mac.org.au about becoming a member, at no cost.

MAC is very excited about this huge change in the way it can again provide additional support to the aged and community care sector. The mobile library service has already proven to be highly beneficial in the provision of delivering services, especially when visiting regional areas.

If you would like the Mobile Library service to come and visit your facility, please contact the MAC Library on 8241 9900 or library@mac.org.au.

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