So who are the people that *could* make one card across NZ happen?
- National Library of New Zealand
And the most important advocate for this to actually happen … ?
- the people who actually work in public libraries!
But how likely is it to happen?
I haven’t found any instances of anywhere else in the the world where there is one public library card across a whole country, or even a whole state within a country.
It seems that public libraries started out small, relied on the local government/funding authority boundaries and stuck to that.
But that said, Auckland Libraries made it happen, merging 7 former city councils into one super city council. It didn’t happen overnight, and the work on a shared library system to support a shared card (My Card) actually started out with a shared catalogue (ELGAR) many years earlier, but it shows that it can happen. It might just depend on proving the value achieved through having a shared card …