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Libraries gear up for open data challenge

ComputerWorld New Zealand - Government’s commitment to open data casts libraries in a new role as the channel to a potentially huge information resource for the public, says Ian Littleworth, chair of the Association of Public Library Managers.

This is one of many ways libraries will be “repositioned” as an increasing proportion of their resources and services - and the information in the world that surrounds them - are digital, he says.

The association will publish a strategic document on the changing library scene on Wednesday August 15 aimed at stimulating discussion and focussing the library community’s attention on innovative digital moves that some libraries are already making.

Littleworth gives a foretaste of some of the topics likely to be discussed in the strategy report.