Aotearoa People's Network

Accolades aplenty for Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa

16 Oct 2009

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October 15, 2009

Accolades aplenty for Aotearoa People's Network Kaharoa

The Aotearoa People’s Network Kaharoa (APNK) recently picked up two national awards
for its part in offering free broadband access at public libraries, and providing tools to help blind and vision-impaired New Zealanders access information on the web.

At an awards ceremony held in Christchurch on Monday, APNK along with Partner Libraries won the LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) 3M Award for Innovation in Libraries. The award recognises libraries that take innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to their business. LIANZA conference delegates from around New Zealand voted for the winner.

Last week APNK also won the Extra Touch Award, presented by the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand. The award recognises outstanding contribution towards an improvement in access or service to blind and vision-impaired people and was presented to APNK for their addition of 'Magnifying Glass' and NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) software to the PCs they make available in public libraries up and down the country.

APNK is charged with providing free, fast broadband to public libraries across New Zealand, often in rural areas where broadband access for many residents continues to be an issue. The APNK also provides IT support for this managed network of over 500 computers in 119 public libraries, involving 39 local authorities.

“The benefits of the APNK are becoming clear for the community. Lots of different people are coming into the libraries to access the service, and as a result are becoming more confident computer and library users" says Margaret Garland, Manager APNK, "Mayor Dale Williams spoke favourably about the positive impact the APNK has had in raising the profile of the library as a community facility - Otorohanga District Library"
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