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Tell Us What You Think About Scanners in the Kate Edger Information Commons

Friday, October 02, 2015 2:46 PM,
IC Bloggers

At the moment there are flatbed scanners attached to the Express PCs in the Kate Edger Information Commons.

We would like to hear what you think about them.

Over the next two weeks, watch out for displays on Level 0 and Level 2 of KEIC asking for feedback about the scanners. The displays will be next to the scanners, and we'd love to hear your opinion.

Kate Edger Information Commons Team 

Music and Sport

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 9:06 AM,

As you’re most likely aware the Rugby World Cup is on at the moment and the library display this month centres on music and sport. Music and sport go together like…well, choose any of your two favourite things! National anthems, sports songs, and chants; pop songs to signify nationalities or teams, and victories. There are songs by fans and for fans, by sportspeople and for sportspeople, and let’s not forget the parodies and satire. There’s sport related music of all genres, even classical music. Appropriately enough (and what got us started on the idea for this display) composer Arthur Honegger wrote ‘Rugby: Movement Symphonique’ in 1928 with the aim to express “the attacks and counters of the game, the rhythm and colour of a match at Colombes Stadium.”

Music is an integral part of big sporting events both formally through event theme songs, national anthems and team chants (such as the haka), and informally through half-time shows/playlists and whatever the crowd starts up with. Instead of talking about the material in the display and discussing the relationship between sport and music we have decided to share some of our internet gleanings of Rugby World Cup related music.

First up we had to start with our own Sol3 Mio. In this video they are singing their rendition of Ed Sheeran’s ‘I See Fire’ from their new album ‘On Another Note’ (coming out Oct. 9), which has become our de facto anthem for the world cup.

Keeping it Kiwi for a moment longer there is also the haka flash mob led by Jonah Lomu in London just before the start of the tournament. Although done as a publicity stunt for Mastercard, it’s a fine example of kapa haka by the Ngati Ranana London Maori Club half way around the world.

Speaking of flash mob’s, Welsh fans threw down the gauntlet in Victoria Station before the Wales v England match belting out their national anthem for commuters led by former Welsh number 8 Scott Quinnell.

Finally there is the official Rugby World Cup anthem ‘The World in Union’ for years this has been sung by operatic and pop singing greats: Kiri Te Kanawa, Bryn Terfel, and Shirley Bassey to name a few. This year the organisers went with up and coming singer Paloma Faith, which seems to have been a misstep on their part- there’s even a petition have her replaced! You can see Paloma Faith’s version here and compare it to Kiri Te Kanawa’s and Bryn Terfel/ Shirley Bassey’s versions from previous tournaments (my favourite is the Terfel/Bassey duet).

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

Newmarket Intercampus Delivery Service

Monday, September 21, 2015 2:29 PM,
Engineering Library

Are you a student or staff at the Newmarket campus and need a book from the Engineering Library?

We have just launched a pilot intercampus delivery service to the Newmarket campus so you no longer need to travel to the city campus to borrow or return a book.

  • Books are delivered to the Newmarket campus twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Books will be available for pickup after 12pm on Mondays and Thursdays from the departmental cubby-holes located adjacent to reception in Building 902, Level 3.
  • Return books to the blue delivery crate situated by the departmental cubby-holes adjacent to reception in Building 902, Level 3 by 11am on Mondays and Thursdays to ensure they are returned to the City Campus that same day. You can return any University of Auckland Library books here, even if you did not request them via this service.

Location of pickup and returns crate

The service launched last week and within hours we had several requests. Our first requester received their books gift wrapped and a chocolate fish!

For more information on this service, please see the Newmarket Requests page or email any enquiries to

Bee Aware Month!

Friday, September 18, 2015 11:45 AM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Spring is here!  And with it Bee Aware Month.  This is a great time to talk about bees in the classroom – you could even participate in the Feed the Bees School Photo Competition.

The National Beekeepers Association of New Zealand  website has more information about Bee Aware Month – which in 2015 is on the theme ‘Feed the Bees.’ They also have resources about bees, beekeeping, and what you can do yourself to help New Zealand bees.

And of course, we have some fabulous book on bees in the library!

Flight of the Honey Bee Vanishing Honybees
Bees Bee Hive

Twilight of Empire display

Thursday, September 10, 2015 2:24 PM,
Special Collections

Photo, WPHC 10/XV/325/009. Western Pacific archives. 1875-1978. MSS & Archives 2003/1, Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services
Detail from `Preparation for a feast at Santa Anna', ca1939-49.1

Items from the Western Pacific Archives are on display outside Special Collections in the General Library until early October.
The Western Pacific Archives (WPA) contains the records of the British colonial administration in the Western Pacific from 1877-1978. This covers the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Pitcairn, and Kiribati and Tuvalu, and was transferred from the UK in 2002.
Its historical and research significance was reflected in the UNESCO Memory of the World Regional Register for Asia/Pacific award which was presented to Special Collections in 2014. This award was in recognition of the great importance of the archive to the whole region, and justifies its return to the location where most research is likely to be undertaken.
Spanning more than 760 linear metres (about 2,800 archive boxes), the WPA was transferred to the University Library in 2002, following negotiations with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and with the consent of all interested governments in the region.

Since the transfer in 2002, the WPA has attracted local and international researchers who have ranged across such diverse topics as the history of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony, the interface between native medical practitioners and the colonial administration, German migrants in Tonga, the history of coastwatchers, children of servicemen in World War Two, and numerous family history projects.
For more information on the collection, see this Special Collections webpage.
Stephen Innes, Special Collections
1 WPHC 10/XV/325/009. Western Pacific archives. 1875-1978. MSS & Archives 2003/1, Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday, September 04, 2015 2:50 PM,


William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is possibly one of his most popular plays. The story of mortal lovers crossed in a fairy’s quarrel and deception has inspired the imaginations of artists of all types, as well as those of ‘mere mortals’. Possibly one of the best known of reinterpretations of Shakespeare’s play is the incidental music (Ein Sommernachtstraum) written by Felix Mendelssohn, which is frequently used for ballets based on the play, but other well-known composers, including Henry Purcell, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Benjamin Britten, have also composed works based on the play: a set of masques entitled The Fairy Queen, Three Shakespeare Songs, and an opera respectively. However, while these musical presentations are enduring works in the music community it is the balletic presentations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that are the best known.

Beginning with Marius Pepita’s 1876 production using Mendelssohn’s Ein Sommernachtstraum (Midsummer Night’s Dream written between 1826 and 1842) there have been a few very well-known choreographers who have taken on the challenge of adapting Shakespeare’s play to ballet form. Most edit the story to a greater or lesser degree to compact the storyline, and most focus on the storyline of the fairies and the four mortal lovers. George Balanchine was the next well known choreographer to mount a production for the New York City Ballet in 1962 with celebrated dancers Melissa Hayden, Edward Villella, and Arthur Mitchell originating the roles of Titania, Oberon, and Puck. Soon after this Sir Frederick Ashton created a one act ballet entitled The Dream. Premiering at Covent Garden in 1964 the roles of Titania, Oberon and Puck were premiered by Antoinette Sibley, Anthony Dowell and Keith Martin. Both used Mendelssohn’s Ein Sommernachtstraum, but other productions of ballets based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream have used entirely new music- such as the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s 1995 Ashley Killar production which commissioned Peter Scholes to write a score. This is perhaps one of the more unusual scorings for A Midsummer Night’s Dream as he used the New Zealand String Quartet and the saxophone quartet Saxcess augmented by piano and percussion rather than the traditional orchestra.

This month the Royal New Zealand Ballet is staging a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream choreographed by Liam Scarlett. Using Mendelsohhn’s Ein Sommernachtstraum as the main music (with additional music by Mendelssohn), and with design by Tracy Grant Lord and Kendall Smith the production has been receiving raves reviews. To celebrate this production our display this month features books and scores relating to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Prominent at the bottom of the display is the gorgeous book In Classic Style: The Splendour of American Ballet Theatre. This books features sumptuous photographs of American Ballet Theatre productions including Fredrick Aston’s The Dream. Sharing this space are two small books about Ashton’s and Balanchine’s choreographies. The middle shelf features the music of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a score and CD of Mendelssohn’s Ein Sommernachtstraum and a score of Benjamin Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The top level features another book with photographs of The Dream- this one Pas de Deux: The Royal Ballet in Pictures- and books about presenting Shakespeare musically.

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

Celebrating Tongan Language Week

Friday, September 04, 2015 12:52 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Amelia To'ofohe welcomes staff and students to the Pacific Collection

Thanks to all those who joined us at the Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library yesterday to celebrate Tongan Language Week and Pasifika library resources.  For those who couldn't make it, we were welcomed into the Pacific Island Collection where librarians, academics and students spoke with passion about Tongan language books and their importance to the Tongan community through school and family partnerships.  We were also treated to Pauline reading a story aloud to us and a wonderful dance by Eseta.
We have a growing range of Pasifika childrens' books in the library, including a new series by Carolyn Collis. The main display will be up until Tuesday, so come in and have a look in the next couple of days, or come in any time and browse the collection.

A selection of Tongan language resources

Explorations of Western Otago and the search for Professor Brown

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 9:38 AM,
Geospatial data Bloggers

Empty space on a map is a rare sight today. Every space is mapped, and every place marked.  Maps in this modern era tend toward a more mundane character, with very little left to the imagination, or the possibility of further exploration. Finding a map with the word exploration, and plenty of empty space, therefore, has the ability to capture the imagination. On closer inspection of a map in our digital collection, a ‘+’ marks the last known location of J. Mainwaring Brown, Professor of English Literature and Political Economy from Otago University (Harding 1888).

Enlarged segment showing the last known location of Professor Mainwaring Brown.
Enlarged segment showing the last known location of Professor J. Mainwaring Brown.

The map itself documents the exploration of a group of Europeans into the Otago area, an ill-fated journey necessitating a rescue party in search of the missing Professor.  Clues to what occurred are further characterised by the maps symbology, a line in black line shows the search party’s journey,  with their various basecamps noted, all in reference to the approximate location of the bushline, rivers, and surrounding hills.  Over those hills and just out of sight of those early explorers, empty space dominates the map drafted in 1894, where what was known is slowly branching and diverting into the unknown to those in search of the Professor.  The empty space slowly being filled with successive journeys into the valley as shown by the later map from 1896.

Enlarged segment showing the last known location of Professor Mainwaring Brown.
A map of explorations of Western Otago dated to 1894 (Left), with the 1896 map showing the later additions (Right).

The mystery of what happened to Professor Brown is clarified by two newspaper articles that appeared in the Clutha Leader and the Otago Witness, and now digitally available via ‘Papers Past’, an online repository of New Zealand and some Pacific Newspapers.  The articles detail the time line and circumstances of how the man went missing, the response, the struggle with the weather and difficult terrain. Unfortunately, and to the dismay of all involved, the dear Professor was never found, believed to have been swept into a stream of sufficient force to carry him to the Mica Burn. These expeditions did, however, result in the finding of landmarks unknown to the Europeans explorers. Mount and Lake Mainwaring were named after the lost Professor (Hall-Jones 1979).

Digital images of the above maps can be obtained by contacting Igor Drecki.

Benjamin Jones,
Cartographic and Geospatial Resources


Harding, R. C. (1888, December 29). Obituary. Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review. Retrieved from

Hall-Jones, J. (1979). Fiordland Place-names. Dunedin, New Zealand: John McIndoe Ltd.

September display - The Taniwha

Wednesday, September 02, 2015 2:43 PM,
Engineering Library

This month, the Engineering Library display features the University of Auckland's very own human-powered submarine: the Taniwha.

Built by students and staff from across the university, Team Taniwha's goal is to advance human mobility under water. The submarine recently competed in the 13th International Submarine Races in the USA, successfully completed 10 out of 11 runs, and won in the non-prop class.

For more information about Team Taniwha, please visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

The Taniwha will be on display in the Engineering Library until the end of September.

Paper Boat: Moments in the life of a book

Tuesday, September 01, 2015 1:42 PM,

Directed by Elam post-graduate student Alex Mitcalfe Wilson, Paper Boat, a 30 minute documentary, presents the process of the production of a book from the perspective of a writer, Gregory Kan; University Press editor Anna Hodge; Index Design co-founder Amy Yalland; printers and binders Rob Girdwood and Kevin Devane; retailer Jenna Todd from Mt Eden’s Time Out Books and librarian Carla Gullichsen.

“Paper Boat presents a visual narrative built from the unique personal histories and fascinations of these people, whose work as writers, editors, and book professionals continues to change the way in which New Zealanders read, think, and dream.” – Directors Statement (The Lumiere Reader)

Also featured in the film is a discussion with Yalland into the process of risograph printing at Index Press. Examples of her work and other examples of risograph printing from New Zealand, including Pie Paper, which Mitcalfe Wilson is also a contributor to, are currently on display in the Fine Arts Library.

The documentary is viewable online at The Lumiere Reader.


Fine Arts Library

Corporate governance information

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 11:11 AM,
B&E Information Services

Companies subject guide

Looking for corporate governance related research materials? Have a look at the Governance tab in the Companies guide
The guide covers different aspects of corporate governance, including: 

  • Corporate governance centres and organisations
  • Laws, regulations and guidelines
  • Corporate governance rankings
  • Databases to help you find corporate governance related journal articles. 

    For more information on the topic, contact Lucy Dong 

ORCID - we have a winner!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:26 AM,
Tamaki Library

Congratulations to Rochelle Newport, Professional Teaching Fellow, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori.  Great to see you’ve created an ORCID iD and connected it to the University of Auckland.

ORCID: Assisting researchers to maximise discoverability

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 1:23 PM,
Tamaki Library

ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an open source, not-for-profit community initiative.  A growing international community of researchers, publishers, funders and academic societies are integrating ORCID into their workflows.

  • When you create an ORCID you get a 16-digit identifier (iD) which is used to distinguish you from other researchers,
  • You also get an ORCID Record on which you can record details of your research outputs, funding and activities, education and employment,
  • You control privacy levels for your Record

Once you're registered for ORCID, you can configure the identifier as a data source in Research Outputs.  Contact your Subject Librarian if you need help.

Want to win the ORCID mug featured above?

Use our Quick Guide to set up an ORCID account, then connect your ORCID iD to the University of Auckland.  Visit the Information Desk at the Tāmaki Library (yes, in person!) and show us that your ORCID iD has been connected to your Staff profile.  We only have one ORCID mug to giveaway - first in will win! 

Australian Open Access Support Group expands to become Australasian Open Access Support Group

Monday, August 24, 2015 10:46 AM,
Research Support Services

The Australian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) has now become the Australasian OA support group, with the joining of all the New Zealand Libraries under its umbrella organisation, Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL).

More information please see the blog post below:

Science & Engineering RefWorks Session

Thursday, August 20, 2015 11:17 AM,
Science Information Services

By popular request, the Science and Engineering Library staff are running another session of RefWorks with Science and Engineering databases.

Time: 11 - 12pm, Thursday 27 August

Location: Computer Training Room, Level 2, Engineering Library

RefWorks is a web-based database program for storing and managing bibliographic references. It allows you to import references from the Library catalogue or databases into your RefWorks library. References in RefWorks libraries can be edited, sorted and searched, and incorporated automatically into papers for publication. Endnote libraries can be imported into RefWorks.

Please note, this introductory one-hour course is limited to 29 students only so please book early.

Book online here as soon as possible.

Libraries & Learning Services Survey - 3 to 21 August

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 12:17 PM,
B&E Information Services

How are we doing and where can we make improvements? Fill in a short survey about Libraries and Learning Services before Friday 21 August and enter the draw for one of two Samsung Galaxy tablets

Based on an Urban Legend

Monday, August 17, 2015 3:01 PM,
Audiovisual Library

New Arrivals

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)
Director: David Zellner
Call Number: DVD-V LD15-0376

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Image courtesy of

Watch trailer

Based on the urban legends surrounding the death of Takako Konishi, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is the story of a young Japanese woman who travels to America in pursuit of treasure. Kumiko is twenty-nine and lives in solitude in Tokyo. Between the pressure of her dead-end job and the constant pressure to find a man and get married, Kumiko finds solace in her pet rabbit Bonzo and a VHS copy of the 1996 film Fargo. Convinced that the film is based on a true story, Kumiko leaves everything behind to go to Minnesota in search of the money buried by Steve Buscemi's character at the end of Fargo.

"If Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter takes its time, it's time worth taking. The cinematography is lovely: great swirls of midnight snow, frosted trees in glinting sun, the bustling modernity of Tokyo, a big library, subway stations exquisite in their orderliness."

Rea, Steven. Review: "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter: Stranger in a strange land". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 3 April, 2015.

Darryl Maher
Audiovisual Library

Foreign direct investment in NZ - report

Monday, August 17, 2015 1:54 PM,
B&E Information Services

KPMG has released a new report, Foreign Direct Investment in New Zealand: Trends and Insights, presenting analysis of recent foreign direct investment in New Zealand.  

Discover this timely resource and other major reports, country investment policies, and FDI indices in the Foreign direct investment subject guide.

Early School of Music Awards: The Onslow and Glasgow Medals

Monday, August 17, 2015 11:51 AM,

This is a slightly different display post because instead of showcasing our collection this month’s display showcases an item gifted to the School of Music, one of the Glasgow medals, which were one of the earliest prizes awarded to music students. Most of the information for this post and the display came not from within the Music and Dance Library, but the University Archive and Records, and a big thanks must go to Libby Nichol for her time in searching and photographing the information, and allowing me to look through the University regulations, calendars and meeting minutes from the 1890s.

The School of Music at the University of Auckland (then Auckland University College) was established in 1888 a mere five years after the University College had been established. In 1891 the Head of Music, Professor Carl Gustav Schmitt, reported to the University Council that William Hillier Onslow, Earl of Onslow Governor of New Zealand’s wife the Hon. Florence Coulston Gardner, Countess of Onslow had “signified her desire to offer two silver medals as prizes for proficiency in Music.”  These medals (one each for the junior and senior divisions) would be offered “for competition” in the year’s 1892 and 1893 and would be awarded to the students with the highest marks in the end of year exams.  A further medal in 1894 was also awarded. The regulations for the medals stipulated that these medals would only be available to those students who were not recipients of other scholarships and awards, nor would the recipients be allowed to compete in the same division (though winners of the Junior medal would be allowed to compete in the Senior division). 

When David Boyle, Earl of Glasgow, became the Governor in 1892 his wife Dorothea Hunter Blair, Countess of Glasgow was approached by Professor Schmitt and the University College Council to see whether she would be interested in continuing the medals (which would be renamed the Countess of Glasgow Medals). The Countess agreed to continue the medals through 1895 to 1897 inclusive under the same conditions as the Onslow medals had been awarded. It should also be noted that Lady Ranfurly (the Honourable Constance Caulfield) continued this tradition during her term as the Governor’s wife.

The winners of the Onslow and Glasgow medals were almost entirely young women who were studying for an Associate’s Certificate rather than a Bachelor’s degree:
1892- Miss Frances E.M. Harper (unknown division)
1893- Miss Emily Reeve (junior); Miss Lorrigan (senior)
1894- Miss Ethel Wilson (junior); Miss Emily Reeve (senior)
1895 Miss Ida Baker (junior); J.H. Gittos (senior)
1896 Miss Ettie Myers (junior); Mr Arthur Smart (senior)
1897 Miss Anne Verrall (junior); Miss Ettie Myers (senior)

Little is known about the musical lives of these students after they left the University. However, Miss Anne Verrall (who was the recipient of the medal in our display) became a prominent music teacher in Auckland, as did several others who were awarded these medals, while others such as Ettie Myers and Emily Reeve became well known performers.

Charles Nalden, A History of the Conservatorium of Music University of Auckland 1888-1981, Faculty of Music, University of Auckland 1981.
Papers Past
University of Auckland Archives and Records:
Council Minutes 1893-1897
University Calendar and Exams 1893-1897

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

Uni IT top tips from IC Helpdesk!

Friday, August 14, 2015 4:44 PM,
IC Bloggers

Student contemplating IT problem

This workshop will be a golden opportunity for you to find out the answers to the IT questions you might have. Experienced IC Helpdesk staff will cover useful IT tips to suit your study needs.
This may include tips on how to print multiple lecture slides on a page, how to subscribe to your Student Services Online Timetable, tips for storing and sharing documents on Google Drive, how to set up wifi on your laptop, and more.

Come along with your questions and leave feeling confident!
Book online or turn up on the day. All sessions are held in Computer Training Room 231, Level 2 of KEIC.

Philson New Books - Focus on Maternal and Newborn Health

Friday, August 14, 2015 3:58 PM,
Philson Library

Maternal and newborn health issues can have ongoing effects on the health of an individual throughout their lifespan.  While access to maternal health care has been a serious concern, and is one of the Millenium Development Goals1 , the quality of care offered is also essential for improved health outcomes.

The new books available at the Philson Library this week include three books that address maternal and newborn health issues.

The new edition of Core curriculum for maternal-newborn nursing is a clinical guide and study tool for certification aimed at graduate level nursing students, and has extended its sections on Genetics, Psychology of Pregnancy and Management of Non-Obstetrical Trauma in Pregnancy.

State of inequality: Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health: Interactive visualization of health data is a report produced by the World Health Organisation, that makes innovative use of electronic visualization technology, where readers can use interactive tools to explore, sort and filter the data.  This report is available through the library as an online resource, on CD-ROM and in book format.

Advanced health assessment of women: Clinical skills and procedures is a comprehensive assessment text that covers more advanced techniques and procedures often not addressed in standard graduate assessment texts.  The latest edition includes new information on contraception, domestic violence, lesbian health and infertility.


1. United Nations Millennium Development Group (2006). United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Accessed from on 6 August 2015.

Are we awesome librarians?!

Thursday, August 13, 2015 2:29 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Our last post was about inspiring teachers, now lets talk about inspiring librarians!  We have a of great  range books in our junior collection about librarians and libraries.  From books about librarians doing extraordinary things to help the people in their communities, to books about evil librarians... (surely not!), to books which simply portray the joy to be found in a love of reading and learning.  A selection of these is highlighted below - you may want to share them with your students!

You may also want to reflect on how your library and librarians measure up!  We are committed to providing you with quality library and information services and would love feedback on how  we are doing and where we could improve.  Fill in the Library and Learning Services Survey - and enter the draw to win one of two Samsung Galaxy tablets!


Please bury me in the library

Librarian who measured the earth

Please bury me in the library.
(Junior Non-Fiction)
A delightful collection of poems celebrating books and the libraries they live in. "A great book is a homing device | For navigating paradise..." (page 10).

The librarian who measured the earth. (Junior Non-Fiction)
Beautifully illustrated biography of Eratosthenes, head librarian at the great library in Alexandria, Egypt, who sets about calculating the circumference of the earth.

Dear Miss Breed

B is for Bookworm

Dear Miss Breed: True stories of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and a librarian who made a difference. 
(Junior Non-Fiction)
This librarian was "a hero, a determined and courageous fighter against racial injustice" (page 4).

B is for Bookworm
(Junior Non-Fiction)
A fact-filled A-Z tour of the library - a place which "along with the people who work there, has broadened worlds, opened doors of discovery, and fired imaginations of countless individuals" (inside front flap).

The librarian of Basra


The librarian of Basra.
(Junior Non-Fiction)
A brightly illustrated true story of a librarian who goes beyond the call of duty, saving her library's books from the devastating fires of war-torn Iraq.
The Edge Chronicles: Vox
(Junior Fiction)
Flying librarian knights patrol the skies and attempt to stop Vox from taking over Edgeworld in Book 6 of this fantasy adventure series.
Evil librarian Rex libris
Evil librarian (Young Adult Fiction)
The new high-school librarian is young and hot, but something about him isn't quite right.  Is he a demon in disguise?
Rex Libris: I, librarian.
(Young Adult Fiction)
Hilarious graphic novel! Middleton Public's Head Librarian "upholds his vow to fight the forces of ignorance and darkness" (back cover).


2015 Zome Competition Results

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 3:59 PM,
Engineering Library

2015 marks the 9th year that the Engineering Library, the Faculty of Engineering and Fletcher Construction have teamed up to present the annual Fletcher Construction Design and Build Competition.

This competition challenged engineering students to see what they could make with a set number of plastic Zome sticks and balls, and collaborative brain power. The competition, sponsored by Fletcher Construction, had $2000 worth of cash prizes to be won.

The prize giving ceremony this year was held on Wednesday 28th July. Using their engineering design skills, 20 teams had four hours to construct their entry in one of two categories: Man-made or Nature.

The winners of the 2015 competition are:


  • First prize: "Starry Skies" by Team 15 - Siobhan Lenehan, Harry Shin, Hanna Waldron and Daekeun Cho.
  • Second prize: "Supreme Betz Wind Turbine 363 of eco-friendly technologies" by Team 7 - Max Wang and Zhe Win.

Photo by Liz Hardley


  • First prize: "Barry the Grasshopper" by Team 14 - Bryan Chong, Asaah Frimpong, Jerry Lei and Karan Jaggi.
  • Second prize (joint): "Humming Birds Feeding on Flowers" by Team 17 - Eric Liu, Sarah Crowhurst, Irene (Ru) Wu and Harshil Magan, and "Fantail" by Team 6 - Momotaro Miura, Theodore Carlos and Kevin Dateling.

Photo by Liz Hardley

The following designs were highly commended:

  • "The Prancing Pony" by Team 9 - Joel Graham, Tomas Anderson, Tim de Wit and Ben Owen.
  • "Windmill" by Team 13 - Muyun Xu, Yanfei Hong and Yifang Hou.
  • "Turtle" by Team 8 - Carson Lourenco and Charles Lan.

There were also two winning teams for best video:

  • "Baby Dinosaur" by Team 1 - Aaron Young and Nick Finch.
  • "Wright Brothers Flyer 1 Plane" by Team 19 - Naphon Suriyasin and Will Cobb.

You can see more photos at the Faculty of Engineering's recent news article.

All the models and videos are currently on display in the Engineering Library. Well done everyone!

Libraries and Learning Services Survey

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 10:15 AM,
IC Bloggers

How are we doing and where can we make improvements? Fill in a short survey about Libraries and Learning Services before Friday 21 August and enter the draw for one of two Samsung Galaxy tablets.

Libraries and Learning Services Promo - Semester 2, 2015


Libraries & Learning Services Survey - 3 to 21 August

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 8:35 AM,
Tamaki Library

How are we doing and where can we make improvements? Fill in a short survey about Libraries and Learning Services before Friday 21 August and enter the draw for one of two Samsung Galaxy tablets.

You can access the survey here:

Referencing help drop-in sessions

Thursday, July 30, 2015 3:06 PM,
B&E Information Services

Drop-in Referencing Sessions

Are you starting to work on an assignment and you want a little help to get your referencing right?

You may have completed the Academic Integrity course online, looked at Quick©ite, etc. but still find it a bit confusing.

The Library is running some Referencing Help sessions once a week in August up on the Mezzanine Floor of the General Library. 

In these sessions we will give some quick assistance with any referencing queries you may have.

Referencing Desk Drop-in

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 1:10 PM,
Arts, Māori and Pacific

Are you starting to work on an assignment and you want a little help to get your referencing right? referencing styles

You may have completed the Academic Integrity course online and looked at Quick©ite but still find it a bit confusing.

In about 10 minutes we will help you find out how to do your references. If you need more help we will direct you to a subject librarian or Referencing: The Basics.

Come along to the Referencing Help sessions we will offer once a week in August on Level M, General Library.

  • Monday 3rd August from 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Tuesday 11th August from 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Thursday 20th August from 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Friday 28th August from 11:30am to 12:30pm

BrowZine App Trial

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 8:31 AM,
Science Information Services

The library is now running a trial of BrowZine. BrowZine is a great new service that allows you to browse and read many of the library's scholarly journals, all in a format optimised for your iPad or Android tablet. Built to accompany your searching needs, items found in BrowZine can easily be synced up with Zotero, RefWorks, Dropbox or other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

Get started in three easy steps:

  1. From your iPad or Android tablet, go to your app store (Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon), search for "BrowZine" and download it for free.
  2. Open BrowZine and select "Auckland University" from the drop down list of institutions.
  3. Enter your UPI and password.

The trial will run until 20 August, 2015.

BrowZine App Trial

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 8:28 AM,
Engineering Library

The library is now running a trial of BrowZine. BrowZine is a great new service that allows you to browse and read many of the library's scholarly journals, all in a format optimised for your iPad or Android tablet. Built to accompany your searching needs, items found in BrowZine can easily be synced up with Zotero, RefWorks, Dropbox or other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

Get started in three easy steps:

  1. From your iPad or Android tablet, go to your app store (Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon), search for "BrowZine" and download it for free.
  2. Open BrowZine and select "Auckland University" from the drop down list of institutions.
  3. Enter your UPI and password.

The trial will run until 20 August, 2015.

Need help using PubMed?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 9:24 AM,
Tamaki Library


Learn the basics at Tāmaki Library.  Bookings are essential - click on the link below to reserve your space today:

  • Sat 1 August - 10.00am to 11.30am
  • Wed 12 August - 5.00pm to 6.30pm

Make your booking here:


Find Articles Workshops

Monday, July 27, 2015 12:23 PM,
Tamaki Library


Tāmaki Library are running workshops to help you find articles through the Library Website. Click the links below to reserve your space:


Find Articles: Where to start

Wed 29 July - 12.30pm to 1.30pm


Find Articles: How to use databases

Tues 4 Aug - 2.30pm to 3.30pm


Find Your Course Readings

Monday, July 27, 2015 11:40 AM,
Tamaki Library


Click here to reserve your space:

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Friday, July 24, 2015 11:09 AM,

A brief history of the gallery on the occasion of the opening of the Govett-Brewster/Len Lye Centre
In 1963, Monica R. Brewster (nee Govett) set up a trust fund for the establishment of a gallery in New Plymouth to be named the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
Terry Boon of the architects Bowering, Thompson, Boon and Associates, began drawing up plans for the conversion of the old Regent Theatre on New Plymouth’s Queen Street. “Behind the façade of the old movie house the new gallery is taking shape” Marjorie Brooke-White explained, “The whole thing gives one a dramatic impression of light and space.” (Brooke-White, 1969)
John Manyard, 24, was appointed as the gallery’s director with the vision of a gallery that was “not to follow but to lead.”(Manyard as cited in ‘Art gallery plans soon’, 1967) In this position Manyard sought to instil an ethos of professionalism, “’Professional’ I define as the work of those who are seeking and searching and pushing on the frontier of development.”
The gallery opened in February, 1970 with ‘Real Time’, an installation by Elam graduate, Leon Narby. Local reviewer, Noeline Blackman, remarked “…for the general public it was literally a culture shock. A quiet provincial centre with down to earth kiwi values was dragged screaming into the contemporary world.” (as cited in Mare, 1993, p.17)
The gallery continued to uphold these standards as it developed, sparking controversy with its exhibitions and acquisitions. Ron O’Reilly, gallery director from 1975-1979 explained, “Any acquisition by a gallery should be based on one foundation – to what extent an artist adds to that body of excellence.” He continues, “That excellence should be separate from – and not identified with – popularity.” (“Gallery director post no job for a yes man”, 1979)
The Govett-Brewster quickly established itself as a space that would present ambitious exhibitions and projects. Wystan Curnow on the 1977 Len Lye exhibition wrote, “It wasn’t until this decade that New Zealand boasted a gallery with the nerve to take [the exhibition] up.” (Curnow, 1977)
Over the next five decades the Govett-Brewster has continued to present contemporary, New Zealand and international art with its initial curatorial vision in mind, prompting critical as well as controversial engagement. The exhibition Art in the Mail (1977) prompted the headline ‘New Plymouth – prepare to be outraged yet again’ (Woodd, 1976). Such headlines have peppered the press throughout the gallery’s history as exhibitions have continued to challenge and engage audiences.
In 1980, the Len Lye archives were bequeathed to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Closed since 2013 for earthquake strengthening and construction, July 25th 2015 marks the reopening of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and the opening of the new Len Lye Centre.
A display of historical and recent ephemera from the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery – Gallery File is currently on display at the Fine Arts Library.
S. Foote
Fine Arts Library
Brooke-White, Marjorie. (1969) Govett-Brewster Art Gallery director John Manyard. Arts and Community. 5.7,16.
Gibben, Trish. (1967, Jun. 20) Art gallery plans soon. Taranaki Herald.
Mare, Barbara. (1993). Monica R. Brewster. New Plymouth, N.Z. : Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
Gallery director post no job for a yes man. (1979).Taranaki Herald, 7.
Curnow, Wystan. (1977, April/May). Len Lye at the Govett-Brewster. Art New Zealand. (5),25.
Woodd, Richard. (1976, Nov. 29).  NP – prepare to be outraged yet again. Daily News.

Free Microsoft Office 365 for UoA Students!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:15 PM,
IC Bloggers


MS Office 365


Thursday, July 23, 2015 3:34 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Have you entered the #MyTeacherMoment competition yet?  The Faculty of Education are running this competition to celebrate inspirational teachers.  Share a video or photo of your memorable teacher moment  to social media and nominate a school to win $5,000 of technology.  Vote for the entry you like best! The competition runs until 24 August.

Here in the library we have a range of books both by and about motivational teachers which may inspire you to become a teacher your students will particularly remember as making a positive difference in their lives.  We’ve highlighted a few below and you can view the list of books we’ve tagged ‘inspirational teaching’ to find more.

My favourite teacher The ones we remember
Ubuntu Stories of the courage to teach
Teacher Inspirational teachers inspirational learners
Voices Wholehaearted