Library Life magazine from LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) has an excellent article on the recent arrangement between a consortium of institutes of technology and Standards New Zealand to aid access to standards for tertiary students (quoted in full with permission):
“Access to standards for students around the country is a lot easier following a new consortium arrangement between institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) and Standards New Zealand.
The advantage of working as a collective was the driving force behind the agreement that includes ITPs from Northtec in Whangarei to Ara in the south. A collaborative effort has led to 11 ITPs, representing most of the sector, participating in the consortium which means their students now have full access to all of the standards they need for their studies.
The initiative was led by Pat Liao, Institute Librarian at Manukau Institute of Technology and Lin Ayo, Manager, Learning Commons at WelTec.
Pat said the issue of access to standards for students was on the agenda at a forum held in July last year.
‘All ITP managers across New Zealand decided that we really needed to use our strength as a group to help reduce costs as we were struggling with dollars. Almost all of us subscribed to the Standards New Zealand Online Library, but we all had different structures and costs.
‘At a meeting of ITP managers in Wellington in November 2016, Lin organised for a presentation from Sheil Priest and Kieron Mottley from Standards New Zealand. I put my hand up to be lead organiser and Kieron and I discussed the various ways of arranging a consortium subscription.’
Under the agreement, each registered student and staff member of the participating ITP has access to the full Standards New Zealand catalogue and can download and print standards in accordance with Standards New Zealand’s terms and conditions. An unlimited number of users can log on to the Online Library Service at the same time.
Each ITP is charged a single upfront fee per year and Rotorua’s Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has agreed to receive a single invoice which it divides up among the ITPs. A tier system is in place for how each ITP pays based on the number of full-time students.
Lin said when she started working in the library sector she noted that the libraries subscribed to many different standards in different areas.
‘I thought, why not do it as a group and work much more closely together? This new arrangement is of huge benefit to the students – and to New Zealand – to have full access to the important standards they need.’
Pat agrees and said it is significant that a majority of the ITPs have signed up to the consortium.
‘With access to the whole range of standards, and with staff within the institutes using the standards, when the students go out into industry they are better prepared and more knowledgeable about what they should be using. It means we are giving students the best and most current standards when they go into the workplace.’
Kieron, who is Senior Advisor, Customer Relationships for Standards New Zealand said it was the first time Standards New Zealand had entered into such an arrangement and it was pleasing that students at the ITPs concerned had easier and more comprehensive access to the standards they need.
Rohan Hasemore from Standards New Zealand who looks after the Online Library service said the offer provides easy access to the entire catalogue of standards 24/7 as required.
‘Students no longer have to contact Standards New Zealand each time they need access to a particular standard. This enables us to assist more customers efficiently and effectively.’”Image by Ddryden87 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons