Background and introduction
In undertaking an inquiry approach to learning, the staff and students in New Zealand schools need to be able to rely on accurate, consistent information provided via the school library catalogue.
The SchoolsCat service has been developed by the National Library of New Zealand to provide a standards-based online cataloguing product for all New Zealand schools. This service enables your school library catalogue to provide reliable information for students seeking the best resources to meet their learning needs.
SchoolsCat catalogue records can be imported into commonly used integrated library systems (ILS).
National Library’s Services to Schools is resourcing this service as part of its commitment to developing library and information services in all schools, and so we are providing this service to New Zealand schools at no charge.
What is SchoolsCat?
- SchoolsCat is a customised version of the cataloguing database used by New Zealand public and tertiary libraries.
- SchoolsCat is accessed via the Internet.
- The SchoolsCat database enables school library teams to locate and download catalogue records for a wide range of materials including books and teacher resources from the Ministry of Education and Learning Media.
- SchoolsCat quickly matches your scanned ISBNs to retrieve catalogue records which can be uploaded into your ILS.
To register as a SchoolsCat user
Your school has to be registered before you can download catalogue records from SchoolsCat. Please complete the online registration form and we will send you a copy of the Registration Agreement for SchoolsCat, as well as logon and password details.
To use SchoolsCat
We have provided step-by-step instructions below to help you search for and download catalogue records from SchoolsCat.
For assistance in uploading records to your ILS please contact your ILS vendor. Your vendor may also be able to assist you with providing more direct access to SchoolCat records.
For further help view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below, or contact a library adviser on 0800 LIBLINE - 0800 542 5463.