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Maori Music Month- Te Marama Puoro Waiata Maori

Friday, August 12, 2016 4:22 PM,
Creative Arts and Industries

Music library display Maori Music Month 

This August is the inaugural Maori Music Month, which is to be officially known as Te Marama Puoro Waiata Maori. The initiative is the creation of Ellison Huata, creative director of the National Waiata Māori Award, it was born out of these awards as a way of promoting, celebrating and encouraging Maori musicians and announced at the National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka competition in July. During this month designated Maori music ambassadors Tama Waipara, Rob Ruha, Maisey Rika and Taisha Tari will be hosting workshops in schools for young Maori musicians in Auckland, the Waikato, Wellington and over on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Music library display Maori Music Month   Music library display Maori Music Month

To celebrate Maori Music Month our display this month highlights our Maori music collection. The material in our collection spans the very traditional to the very new- from taonga puoro and chant to hip hop and pop. A main part of our collection are the works by pioneering ethnomusicologist Merv McLean’s works, including his memoir which details his first explorations of Maori music as a young Masters researcher at Otago University. McLean’s ground-breaking work on Maori music still forms the backbone of research today and it continues to inform much New Zealand music research (even my own work on jazz in New Zealand) to this very day.

McLean may be one of the first, but he is by no means the only researcher working on Maori music. We have books on taonga puoro by Richard Nunns, Brian Flintoff and others, including many of McLean’s collaborators, biographies of significant Maori musicians, and books on jazz and popular music in New Zealand that explore Maori musicians and Maori musical ideas and their contributions to those scenes  (in particular Gareth Shute’s Hip Hop Music in Aotearoa and Chris Bourke’s Blue Smoke). While there is still a tendency for New Zealand musicologists and ethnomusicologists to focus on music outside of New Zealand there is an increasing amount of work done on Maori music, although it is still mostly being done in areas outside of musicology (for example cultural history, media studies, fine arts, or sociology).

Music library display Maori Music Month

Maori influences on New Zealand composers (in all genres) have long used Maori musical ideas and instruments in their writing. Some examples will be immediately recognisable to New Zealand audiences such as Dalvanius Prime and Patea Maori Club’s 1984 hit Poi E (as a side note the film Poi E: The Story of Our Song is a must watch for any New Zealand music fan). Others are less so such as this collection of videos compiled by SOUNZ of Maori influence on our classical composers (the first video on linked the page features a composition by Philip Brownlee- brother to Music Library Client Services Librarian Roland Brownlee).

Part of what we do at the Music and Dance Library is to collect historical examples of New Zealand music. As you can see in the photo below we have recently acquired some 78 rpm and 45 rpm records of Maori music that were created both for the local and tourist markets to promote New Zealand to the world. The most significant is the central disc, a 78 of the Rotorua Maori Choir. This is a significant acquisition as this is one of the earliest examples of commercial recording of a Maori group in New Zealand (others, such as The Tahiwis, had gone to Australia to record). These recordings were made at historic Tinohopu (or Tunohopu) meeting house at Ohinemutu on the shore of lake Rotorua in 1930. The 18 records that resulted (and remember that 10-inch 78 discs were limited to 3’30’’ per side), were pressed and released by Columbia Records in Australia. The story of the recording sessions was recounted in Te Ao Hou in 1961.

Music library display Maori Music Month

Asides from historically significant recordings, our collection holds a wide variety of Maori and Maori influenced music, as well as many Maori performers and composers across all genres. While our sheet music collection focuses more on the classical side of things, our CD collection has plenty of pop and jazz as well as classical and traditional Maori music forms.

Music library display Maori Music Month   

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

Saving time when saving your files

Friday, August 12, 2016 1:19 PM,
IC Bloggers

Did You Know?

The University offers the service Kumo which allows you to map your Google Drive to your profile on our computers. This means that you can save to your Google Drive directly from programs such as Word. Instructions on how to enable Kumo are on our website.

Staff Picks Round Up: August 2016

Tuesday, August 09, 2016 3:57 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Every week our wonderful staff at the Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library recommend a book which we post about on our Facebook page. As we’re lucky enough to hold a variety of resources here in Epsom, these recommendations are an assortment of new books, old favourites and fantastic teaching resources. Check out our latest recommendations:
Wonder by R.J Palacio
A boy named Augustus goes to school for the first time after being home- schooled. Everyone at his school is unkind towards him because he is born with facial deformities. The story brings up the issue of bullying as well as relationships with family and friends. I enjoyed reading this book because it's heart-warming and well-written.
Simon vs the Homo sapiens agenda
Simon vs. the Homo sapiens agenda by Becky Albertalli
When a private email falls into the wrong hands Simon is faced with two choices: play wingman to one of his classmates, or have his sexual identity revealed to the entire school. Not ready to come out, and not wanting to compromise his secret pen-pal Blue, Simon reluctantly helps his blackmailer. While the plot sounds dramatic, this is actually a very light-hearted, heart-warming book about family, friendship and romance. A great read that will leave you smiling!
Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble
Skippyjon Jones in mummy trouble by Judy Schachner
My kids love Skippyjon Jones! Reading and singing silliness in a Spanish accent whilst pretending to be a Siamese cat that thinks he is a Chihuahua. Not very sleep inducing but hilarious read aloud material!
Bear Hunt
Bear Hunt by Anthony Browne
The two hunters try to catch the Bear. However, their plan doesn't go too well when the Bear uses a magic pencil to escape from sticky situations. It's a witty story and easy to read. Recommended to children.

Cook Islands Language Week: Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani

Tuesday, August 02, 2016 1:30 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Cook Islands Language Week 2016

Cook Islands Language Week kicked off on 31 July and runs until 6 August. The theme for 2016 is: Kia ariki au i toku tupu'anga, ka ora uatu rai toku reo - 'to embrace my heritage, my language lives on'. The theme encourages us to learn together and appreciate the knowledge of the Cook Island histories, and to use the reo to connect to the cultures of the Cook Islands. It is a chance for all New Zealanders to celebrate the cultures and the languages of the Cook Islands and show support by learning new words and phrases.
Incorporate activities into the classroom to celebrate and support students whose families are from the Cook Islands - come in and check out some of our resources in the library or check out the links below for more ideas!
Ministry for Pacific Peoples
Education Resource for 2016
Cook Islands Māori Language Week Facebook

Wordless Picture Books

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 3:15 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Wordless picture books are a wonderfully unique way of telling a story. They let the images drive the narrative and are a great way to get children involved with creating stories in their own words. Check out a few of our favourites!

Unspoken: A story from the underground railroad

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole
Told with beautiful graphite images, this books tells the story of a girl who discovers a runaway slave hiding in her family’s barn. Her quiet courage keeps the slave safe while she smuggles him food from her family’s table. When men come looking for the slave the girl is scared but knows she must keep her silence and the slave is able to escape – leaving her a gift to thank her for her kindness.

Sidewalk Flowers

Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson
A little girl picks flowers as she walks home with her father who is busy talking on his phone. She absorbs the sights around her, picking flowers as they walk – leaving them as gifts to those that others may not notice. A dead bird, a homeless man, a dog, her family. With beautiful use of colour this book encourages the reader to step away from technology and appreciate the world around them.


Float by Daniel Miyares
With nothing but a yellow raincoat and a newspaper boat, a young boy sets out to make the most of a rainy day. When the newspaper boat is lost to a fast current and a storm drain, the boy is devastated. But the next day his hopes are high as he sets out the door with a new newspaper creation. This story is a delightful look at how the smallest of things can bring joy to each new day.

the chicken thief

the treasure thief

the fishing trip

The Chicken Thief; The Treasure Thief; The Fishing Trip by Béatrice Rodriquez
These three titles tell the story of three amusing chases. Will the chicken be saved? What is the mystical treasure? How will the fishing trip end? With delightful quirky characters this wordless series is charming and filled with important messages about greed, loyalty, and family.
The Arrival
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
A beautiful and evocative look at what it means to be an immigrant. Told only in images, the reader is thrust into a world where nothing is familiar. It follows the main character as he navigates his new home, looking for work and money to bring his family to him. He is helped strangers who share their own stories of fleeing from dark and terrible places. A wonderful look at people coming together despite barriers.

Lexus Song Quest

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 2:45 PM,
Creative Arts and Industries


This past weekend the final of the Lexus Song Quest was held at the Auckland Town Hall. Graduates of the School of Music have a strong history of competing well in the Song Quest recently with Amati Pati winning in 2012 and fellow alum Stephen Diaz placing as runner up. This year’s competition finals featured two of our alumni Benson Wilson and Madison Nonoa who placed first and third respectively, with Madison also receiving the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation most promising singer award.

Benson Wilson was the runner up in the 2014 competition and graduating from the School of Music with a Bachelor of Music Honours that same year. Since graduations Benson has won several prestigious vocal competitions and attended the International Vocal Arts Institute Summer School in New York this year. He has also sung a number of roles on stage and debuted as Schaunard in the Festival Opera (Napier) production of La Boheme earlier this year. With his prize he intends to continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.


Madison Nonoa was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Song Quest competition- the youngest ever semi-finalist. She also graduated from the School of Music in 2014 and is currently a Sir Edmund Hillary scholar at the University of Waikato studying German and French and vocal performance with Dame Malvina Major. She has won a number or prestigious vocal competitions and is a Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist and performed the role of Papagena in the recent NZ Opera production of the Magic Flute where she gained great critical praise for her interpretation.

You can listen to interviews with the judges and contestants and recordings from the competition here:

And keep and ear out for our talented alumni in the future.



Ngā Pukapuka Reo Māori o te ENZB

Monday, July 25, 2016 1:18 PM,
Arts, Māori and Pacific

Ngā Pukapuka Reo Māori o te ENZB
Ko te ENZB te rauemi o ngā pukapuka katoa o Aotearoa mai i te tau 1769 ki te tau 1870.   He maumaharatanga anō nō ngā tāngata i ora ai i aua wā.
Tērā anō ētahi atu momo pukapuka reo Māori i roto i te ENZB.
E tae ana koe ki te pānui i ēnei pukapuka ki te rorohiko me te tukunga mai o te ePUB, me te PDF. Anō hoki te rapu-a-kupu puta noa ki te rauemi katoa, i roto i ētahi pukapuka ruarua rānei.
Ko te reo Māori o ēnei pukapuka te reo o te rau tau tekau mā iwa. Ehara i te mea he tohutō, ko ētahi kupu kua honoa kētia, ko ētahi kua wehewehea kētia.
Ko ngā tatanga hē o ngā pukapuka taketake kāhore i whakatikaina ki te pukapuka rorohiko.
Ngā Pukapuka Reo Māori
1851 - Cooper, G. S. Journal of an Expedition Overland from Auckland to Taranaki
He kōrero tēnei mō te haerenga o Kawana Kerei, i Akarana ki Taranaki, ma Rotorua, ma Taupo, i te raumati o 1849-50. Ōna hoa haere ko Pirikawau rāua ko Te Heuheu Iwikau, me ētahi atu tāngata o Ngāti Tūwharetoa. Ko te whakamāoritanga kei te taha pū o te tuhituhinga reo Ingarihi. E 310 ngā whārangi.
1852 - Defoe, D. He Kōrero Tipuna Pakeha no Mua, ko Ropitini Kuruho tōna Ingoa
He mea whakamāori anō. Nō te pukapuka rongonui mo te tangata i noho kotahi ki te motu, i muri iho o te paeārautanga kaipuke. 157 whārangi.
1854 - Grey, George. Ko ngā Mahinga a ngā Tupuna Māori
Ko te pukapuka tuatahi tēnei i tuhia ki te reo Māori. E kīa ana, nā Wiremu Te Rangikaheke o Te Arawa i tuhi. Nā Kawana Kerei i whakarite kia taia i Ranana. Ko ngā kōrero o roto, ko ngā kōrero rongonui o te ao Māori, mō Rangi rāua ko Papa me te orokohanga o te ao, mō ngā hekenga mai i Hawaiki, me ngā mahi i mahia ai i Aotearoa nei. He kōrero mō Hinemoa rāua ko Tutanekai, he kōrero mō te patunga taniwha, mō Paoa, mō Ponga rāua ko Puhihuia, me te nui noa atu. 202 whārangi.
1855 - Davis, C. O. Māori Mementos...[and a] Collection of Laments...
Whaikōrero me waiata, nā ngā rangātira nunui o Niu Tireni. He poroporoaki enei ki a Kawana Kerei i a ia i hoki atu ki Ingarangi me Awherika ki te Tonga, nō te whakamutu o tōna kawanatanga tuatahi. Reo Māori me te whakapākehātanga. 227 whārangi.
1863 - He Pukapuka Whakaatu i ngā Tikanga a te Pākehā
He tohutohu tēnei pukapuka mā te hunga Māori. Mō te tuhituhinga i te Ture, mō te motuhaketanga o ngā whenua, mō ngā tikanga o te hokonga, me te retinga, me te tukunga whenua, mō te ōhākī. 22 wh.
1864 - Te Iho-o-te-rangi, Raniera. Enei Kōrero nā Raniera Te Ihooterangi
I tonoa a Raniera Te Iho e te Huperetini o Poneke Porowini ki Waikato i muri tonu atu i ngā pakanga o reira, kia tuhituhi purongo ma te tangata Māori o Poneke. 4 wh.
1865 - Puna, Aterea. Letters on the Present State of Māori Affairs
Mō te hokonga whenua, mō ngā raruraru i Taranaki me Waikato. He reta whakautu nā Hemi Pitihira, te Minita mō ngā Take Māori. Reo Māori, reo Ingarihi. 24 wh. ki te reo Māori.
1867 - White, John. Ngā Tikanga o te Whakatupu me te Mahinga o te Tupeka
Nā Kawana Kerei i tono kia whakamāoritia hei ako i te tangata Māori me pehea ka taea e ratou te whakatupu tupeka ma ratou anō. Reo Māori, reo Ingarihi. 29 wh.

TV and Radio from Libraries and Learning Services

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:58 AM,
Digital Services

TV and Radio

Previously offered as a beta service, Libraries and Learning Services have completed testing and functionality updates leading to the formal release of TV and Radio. Take a look at TV and Radio for a diverse range of broadcast media content to support your teaching and/or research activities.

From TV and Radio you can search over 100,000 hours of archived television and radio, dating from 1965 to the present day.

The collection includes a wealth of news and current affairs programming (including the Chapman Archive), Māori television content, plus many local and international documentaries and feature films.

You can:

• Try a keyword search or browse by date, channel, programme title or genre.
• View or listen to recorded content on demand.
• Add videos to reading lists by bookmarking with Talis.
• View and download local TV programmes from the last 14 days and request for episodes to be permanently added to the collection (particularly useful if you’ve identified a clip you would like students to access for coursework).
• View live streams of many local and international TV channels (eg, Parliament TV, Al Jazeera, BBC World News).

Interested? Visit
For more information email

The New Zealand Photo Book of the Year Awards

Friday, July 15, 2016 9:48 AM,
Creative Arts and Industries

In the introduction to Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s (2004) The Photobook: A history the photobook is positioned ‘between the novel and film’, “In the true photobook each picture may be considered a sentence, or a paragraph, the whole sequence the complete text.” (p. 7)
They noted too, a renewed interest in the medium, which as Anita Totha discussed in ‘The rise of photobooks’ in the most recent issue of Art News (Winter 2016), “photobooks have taken off recently due, in part, to developments in digital printing technologies that allow photographers to control the entire process from concept to printing and production. Self-made photobooks are a viable and effective way of promoting photography independent of international photobook publishers.”
The first Photobook New Zealand Festival was held at Massey University in Wellington earlier in the year. During the festival the winners of the New Zealand Photo Book of the Year were announced, including both trade and independently published photobooks.
A selection of award winning books and finalists from the festival are currently on display at the Fine Arts Library.
Parr, M., & Badger, Gerry. (2004). The photobook : A history. London: Phaidon.
Totha, A. (2016). The rise of photobooks. Art News New Zealand. 32(2). p104-106.
S. Foote
Fine Arts Library

Staff Picks Round Up: July 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 4:01 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Every week our wonderful staff at the Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library recommend a book which we post about on our Facebook page. As we’re lucky enough to hold a variety of resources here in Epsom, these recommendations are an assortment of new books, old favourites and fantastic teaching resources. Check out our latest recommendations:
The true story of the three little pigs
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
We may have read the fairy tale of The Three Little Pigs, but in this book, it is told in the wolf's point of view. The book shows that it's important to listen to both sides of the story. It's really funny and well-written. Recommended for adults and children.
Chineasy by Shaolan Hsueh and Noma Bar
This is one of the most beautiful-interesting-compelling books I’ve come across in a long time. It is both light and dense in its design and content. The book has the feel of a graphic dictionary that playfully, and quite literally, illustrates both traditional and modern Chinese ideograms. There is a great deal of background information and cultural insights too.
City of Bones
The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
This is an awesome series, it is full of drama, romance, betrayal and true friendships. I liked all the six books but my favourite was The City of Lost Souls, because it allowed me to get to know the main characters a bit more deeply. Also it is very interesting how the Infernal Devices trilogy blends so well with the Mortal Instruments series, it is nice to be able to know a bit about the ancestors of the Mortal Instruments characters.
The Pipers Son
The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
In the aftermath of his uncle’s death and his father’s disappearance, Thomas Mackee’s life is going nowhere fast. Kicked out of his flat by his deadbeat flatmates he reluctantly moves in with his pregnant aunt. Now, working and paying off a debt to the local bar owner, Thomas is reunited with friends from his high school days. Despite his best efforts to stay aloof and out of their affairs, Thomas can’t help but be drawn back into their lives. When his father comes back into his life Thomas learns that he has the power to bring the splintered edges of his family back together. This fantastic sequel to Saving Francesca explores the way family can change, fracture, and forgive.

100 years of the New Zealand Labour Party

Thursday, July 07, 2016 12:41 PM,
Special Collections

NZ Labour Party's Grand Ball 1918

This month the New Zealand Labour Party (NZLP) celebrates its centenary. It is the country’s oldest surviving political party and was formed at a conference of the United Federation of Labour, Social Democratic Party and local Labour Representative Committees in Wellington on 7 July 1916.
To coincide with the centenary, Special Collections has put together a small display which draws on its extensive holdings of NZLP records, publications and ephemera.
This photograph of NZLP members at a grand ball in October 1918 is not in the display but conveys a great sense of the occasion.1 The happy crowd includes men, women and children, many in fancy dress, including some featuring political slogans. We do not know the names of all those present but sitting fourth from the right in the second row is William Parry, MP for Central Auckland from 1919 to 1951. On the left, standing next to the second palm frond, is New Zealand’s first Labour Prime Minister, Michael J. Savage.
To learn more about the formation and early history of the NZLP and the ties between the Princes Street Branch and the University, visit the display outside the Special Collections Reading Room on the ground floor of the General Library until 18 August 2016.
Katherine Pawley, Special Collections.
1 Photograph of the New Zealand Labour Party’s Grand Ball, Trades Hall, 3 October 1918. MSS & Archives 2015/10. Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori: Māori Language Week 2016

Tuesday, July 05, 2016 4:42 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Māori language week 2016

Te Wiki o te Reo Māori takes place from the 4-10 July 2016. This year, the kaupapa for Māori Language Week is "Ākina te Reo: Behind you all the way" which is about using te Reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.
The Māori Language Commission, continuing on last year’s theme, will be promoting Māori phrases for New Zealanders to use in the weeks following Māori language week. These phrases are focused round sports events, including the Olympics, and are designed with the intention of supporting and celebrating our athletes.
Māori Language Week is a great way to get students involved with learning te Reo Māori. Te Kete Ipurangi has printable resources, advice for teachers and sound files to help with pronunciation.
Māori language week is a great time to begin learning te Reo Māori, or to develop, and expand your knowledge of the language. It is a time to share that knowledge with whanau and friends and to encourage others to learn te Reo Māori as well.
The library has many resources to help you learn te Reo Māori. Some of our books are bilingual, and others have both Māori and English versions. Check out the Library catalogue or come in and see out display!
For more information check out these websites:
Te Kete Ipurangi
Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori
2016 Phrases of the Week
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Facebook page

Wallace International Piano Festival

Monday, July 04, 2016 4:02 PM,
Creative Arts and Industries

Library display Wallace International Piano Festival

This week is the fourth Wallace International Piano Festival held at the School of Music. Founded in 2013 the festival is a combination of a competition (alternating years for pre-tertiary and tertiary pianists- this year it’s the junior’s turn), masterclasses and recitals by international artists. Sponsored, by the Wallace Arts Trust, Lewis Eady Charitable Trust, the University of Auckland (who has acted as host venue since 2014) and Radio New Zealand Concert, this is an exciting four days for pianists, both participants and audience. Many of the events are open to the public (you can book tickets here) and this year’s recitals and masterclasses feature local piano greats Michael Houstoun and Read Gainsford, and last year’s National Piano competition (that’s the tertiary competition) winner Delvan Lin.

Library display Wallace International Piano Festival

We are celebrating the Wallace International Piano Festival with a display centring on some of our piano-related material. As you might imagine with piano being one of the staple instruments that most people learn at some point (or at least pick things up), our collection of piano material is massive. From biographies on particular performers, books on pianos and sheet music to recordings of particular works and DVDs of masterclasses and concerts our collection covers nearly every aspect of piano playing and teaching. Most of our collection focuses on classical piano, but we also have quite a bit of material on jazz and pop pianists- including a number of great DVDs of concerts, which are always fun to watch.

Library display Wallace International Piano Festival

In our display we have chosen a selection of biographies and books about playing the piano, and a range of audio recordings of various performance and famous piano works. The sheet music we included has a little black and white theme going on (playing on the black and white of the piano keys). We have also included some of our piano-related DVDs, which include classical masterclasses and concerts by artists such as Martha Argerich and Claude Arrau, and concerts by jazz and pop greats such as Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. This is just a small sample of our collection so if you’re interested in piano jump on the catalogue to see what we have, or come down and talk to us.

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

Pedestrian: Artists' Books and Walking

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 11:37 AM,

 “To walk is to study, reflect, connect with, and understand your surroundings. Like the Greek term aesthesis, meaning perception, walking is a “breathing in of the world”; it is how we make sense of place in human scale with all five senses.”  (Sullivan, p. 11)
In 1967, while still a student at St. Martin’s School of Art in London, Richard Long performed the work A Line Made by Walking. He documented the ephemeral piece in a photograph of the grass crushed by his movements through the field. The piece remains a seminal work in the history of Land Art, Performance and Conceptual Art.
Already using text and photography to document his artworks, Long saw the form of the book as a natural extension of his practice. Andrew Wilson, in reflecting on Long’s book works describes how the pacing and rhythm of the artist’s works are reflected in the physical object, aligning the turning of pages to the beat of walking:
“The cumulative feeling from reading the book is meditative and reflects a state of private ritual, counting is observing, is pacing, is walking, is being in the world.” (Long, p.196)
Counter to this reflective walking, performed in private by the artist, are examples of walking in art that engage with a political or social history.
In Francis Alÿs’ piece The Green Line: Sometimes Doing Something Poetic Can Become Political and Sometimes Doing Something Political Can Become Poetic (2004), the artist performs a walk holding a leaky can of green paint. Through the process of walking Alÿs creates a trail of paint tracing his path as he follows the ‘Green Line’ boundary. Photographic documentation of the work is featured in a concertina book of postcards, recording a suite of performances by the artist with the potential to be broadcast and circulated.
Both these pieces by Long and Alys are performed as solitary works, meditative and poetic. Counter to this are walking pieces that create tension through the relationship between the artist and participants directly involved in the walk.
Sophie Calle’s work Suite venitienne documents the artist following an individual. Calle’s artist book documents her movements accompanied my annotations periodically recorded throughout the day.
A selection of artists’ books and items from the Fine Arts Library Collection relating to the walk in art are now on display in the Library.
Long, R., Wallis, Clarrie, & Tate Britain. (2009). Richard Long : Heaven and earth. London: Tate Publishing.
Sullivan, L., Swensen, Cole, Mirra, Helen, & DeCordova Sculpture Park Museum. (2015). Walking sculpture, 1967-2015. Lincoln, Mass.: DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.
S. Foote
Fine Arts Library

New books for Philson library 21/06/2016

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 4:19 PM,
Philson Library

This week Philson has 11 new additions to our collection and 5 new editions of existing titles. In this blog we will highlight 3 DVD’s, directed by Maren Grainger-Monsen.

The Vanishing Line

The Vanishing Line

Physician Monsen explores how to meet the needs of the dying and their families and looks at the choices involved in treating what has no cure with the right balance of technology, compassion and care.


RARE follows a mother in a race against time to find a treatment for her daughter's rare genetic disease. The movie follows Donna Appell and her daughter Ashley into the world of clinical research, patient advocacy, and through the course of an NIH clinical trial.

Worlds Apart: a four-part series on cross-cultural healthcare

Worlds apart is a four-part series on cross-cultural healthcare that provides a balanced yet penetrating look at both the patients' cultures and the culture of and the culture of medicine. The series raises awareness about the role sociocultural barriers play in patient-provider communication and in the provision of healthcare services for culturally and ethnically diverse patients

Staff Picks Round Up: June 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:13 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Every week our wonderful staff at the Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library recommend a book which we post about on our Facebook page. As we’re lucky enough to hold a variety of resources here in Epsom, these recommendations are an assortment of new books, old favourites and fantastic teaching resources. Check out our latest recommendations:
Saving Francesca
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Francesca has always allowed others to define her – friends, teachers, and especially her mother. Now her mother can’t get out of bed and suddenly Francesca doesn’t know who she is anymore. Kept in the dark about her mother’s condition, Francesca and her brother don’t understand why their mother is so depressed or why she’s had a sudden breakdown – their father promises everything will be fine but all Francesca wants is answers. This wonderful book looks at the complexities of being a young adult suffering from depression and facing a family crisis. Francesca’s journey to understanding her mother’s illness is bittersweet and she struggles with being treated too much like a child and an adult by her family and her peers. With the help of new friends Francesca navigates her family falling apart, falling in love and finding herself.
The Last Alchemist
The Last Alchemist by Colin Thompson
Spinifex, the greedy and ambitious alchemist, promises the king wealth and glory by making gold from his experiments. Arthur, his apprentice, believes that gold doesn’t buy happiness. The experiments become bizarre and gruesome because of Spinifex’s obsession. Highly recommended.
Island of the blue dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
This book was my very first favourite book, when I was just old enough to read chapter books on my own and think about things like favourite books. It’s about a Native American girl named Karana who is left stranded alone on the island she grew up on. She makes herself a new home there, she befriends a wild dog, she makes jewellery out of shells and clothing out of cormorant feathers and she builds a house with the ribs of a whale. I think I liked it because it was about a girl surviving on her own, building things and being brave, and because I also lived on a beach and had a dog and could easily pretend I was her. Recently I learned that she was a real girl, not Karana but Juana Maria, the last of the Nicoleño tribe, an Uto-Aztecan Native American tribe from an island off the coast of California. I also learned that this book won the Newberry medal, an important prize for American children’s literature, in 1961. It’s the sort of book with such a good story that you can read it at any age and it’s still exciting, still adventurous, still brave, and I highly recommend it!
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The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
I love these books, the story is set in London in 1878 and it is truly beautifully written.
This trilogy is a prequel for the Mortal Instruments series. In the Infernal Devices we are introduced to the Shadowhunters and Downworlders world.
This trilogy is full of action, suspense, friendship and of course romance. And you will never expect what happens at the end!


Monday, June 13, 2016 4:53 PM,

Music Library Display June 2016
Queens are a popular device in opera, musicals, ballets and other works as a main character, protagonist or symbol. Much music has been written in honour of queens, or has been associated with queens both real and fictional. In honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday, this month’s display focuses on Queens. Real, fictional, or even the rock group our display includes just a few examples of Queen’s in our collection.

Music Library Display June 2016
One of the most interesting finds in our collection was the order of ceremony for the coronation of King George VI and Queen consort Elizabeth in May 1937 (centre top). The order of ceremony in this case is the transcript and outline of the ceremony and the music that was played at each point during the investiture. In total there were nineteen pieces comprising of hymns and anthems- mostly well-known traditional works, but also modern works. The most modern work was Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Te Deum Laudamus composed in 1928. This was the last work to be played before the King and Queen recessed out of Westminster Abbey.

Music Library Display June 2016
Another interesting find was a programme from a Christmas concert held at the Auckland Town Hall in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s (II) first tour of New Zealand in 1953 (bottom left). Featuring the National Orchestra (before it was called the NZSO) conducted by Warwick Braithwaite and the Festival Choir conducted by the then Head of Music Professor Horace Hollinrake the concert provided a usual mix of carols, J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and other Christmas selections. The concert was performed twice: once on Christmas night 1953, which included the Queen’s Christmas broadcast immediately after the interval, and once on the December 27 1953.

Music Library Display June 2016
Of the fictional queens represented in the display, perhaps the most relevant item for this month is a costume design (centre bottom shelf) for the Queen of the Night from Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte). This book is Fashion Designers at the Opera, which profiles prominent fashion designers who have also designed costumes. This particular production, and costume, was designed by Zandra Rhodes for San Diego Opera in 2001. The Queen of the Night is the instigator of the plot for The Magic Flute persuading the main protagonist Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter Pamina from the clutches of high priest Sarastro. No matter what direction the production takes the Queen of the Night always cuts an impressive figure with elaborate costumes to match her elaborate scheming (and everyone knows that villains get the best clothes). New Zealand Opera is staging their own production of The Magic Flute this month at the Aotea Centre, which looks to be a fantastic production, and is going to be sung in English rather than its original German.

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library



New Zealand Author Talk 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016 11:43 AM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

collection of new zealand books
We were lucky enough to have award winning author Melinda Szymanik come and speak to staff and students at the Library on Friday 27 May. Melinda shared her latest work, Fuzzy Doodle with the group then went on to discuss notable New Zealand authors and the importance of using New Zealand books in the classroom.
Using New Zealand authors in the classroom is a great way to introduce New Zealand history and stories to students. It shows students that our stories are important and that our experiences are worth writing about. While most New Zealand authors have a second income, it’s a great way to introduce students to potential role models and encourage the idea that kiwi kids can be writers too!
The students who attended left with great advice for incorporating New Zealand authors into the classroom and some lucky students left with new books!
Melinda and many other New Zealand authors have websites or blogs and these are great places for teachers to find out more about the authors and their work. Some of these sites also include teacher resources. Check out the websites below and don't forget to check out some of the great books by New Zealand authors in the library!
You can arrange for visits from New Zealand authors through these sites:
If you're looking for recent New Zealand books try any of these sites:
Other websites:
  • Fabostory is a website that holds fortnightly writing competitions that encourages students to submit stories based off prompts. A great teaching resource!

Extended Hours for Semester 1 - Exam Period

Tuesday, June 07, 2016 4:13 PM,
Philson Library

study image

The Philson library will be open extended hours over the exam period to offer students additional opportunity and space for study leading up to and during the exams.

The extended hours will be:

Tues7 to Fri 10 June 8am-10pm

Sat 11 June 10am-10pm

Sun 12 June 10am-10pm


Mon 13 to Fri 17 Jun 8am-10pm

Sat 18 June 10am-10pm

Sun 19 June 10am-10pm


Philson Library New Books 03/06/2016

Friday, June 03, 2016 5:36 PM,
Philson Library

This week Philson has received a wide range of new items. Here is a small selection of them.

Grainger & Allison's diagnostic radiology, sixth edition : chest and cardiovascular system   Grainger & Allison's diagnostic radiology, sixth edition : the spine

Grainger & Allison's diagnostic radiology (6th Ed.), is a series of 6 books covering the topics; chest and cardiovascular system, neuroimaging, oncological imaging, paediatric imaging, abdominal imaging, and the spine.

Being with and saying goodbye: cultivating therapeutic attitude in professional practice   Being with and saying goodbye: cultivating therapeutic attitude in professional practice

Being with and saying goodbye: cultivating therapeutic attitude in professional practice: draws on attachment and psychodynamic approaches, as well as systemic, values-based and mindful practice.

The naked presenter: delivering powerful presentations with, or without, slides: is a resource that helps to get to the core of your message and deliver presentations that are as natural as they are memorable.

Governor William Hobson: his health problems and final illness

Governor William Hobson: his health problems and final illness: an investigative assessment of Governor William Hobson's ill health while in New Zealand and of possible factors contributory to his premature death, from a semi-medical viewpoint


KEIC Extended Weekend Exam Opening Hours

Thursday, June 02, 2016 7:01 PM,
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Kate Edger IC Weekend opening hours are extending to midnight for Semester 1 exam period!

***Extended Exam Opening hours:

- Starts: Saturday, 4 June 2016

- Ends: Sunday, 26 June 2016

Check your exam room allocations & timetables before your actual exam starts. 

KEIC Open on Queen's Birthday!

Thursday, June 02, 2016 6:17 PM,
IC Bloggers

Queen Bday

Kate Edger IC is OPEN normal hours on the Queen's Birthday (Monday - June 6, 2016)!  

Opening hours: 7am - 12am

2016 Zome Competition

Wednesday, June 01, 2016 9:09 AM,
Engineering Library

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The Engineering Library, in collaboration with the Faculty of Engineering and McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd, is excited to announce the launch of the 2016 Zome competition.
The Zome competition is an annual event that calls on groups of Engineering students to construct a model using Zometools - plastic nodes and struts in various shapes and lengths. Teams comprise of 2-4 students, and models must be constructed within a 4 hour period using only the set amount of pieces supplied in their packs. Along with their model, teams must submit a video of no longer than one minute that creatively explains why they chose their design, and what lessons were learnt during the design and construction process.
There is $2000 worth of cash prizes to be won, and registrations open from Wednesday 1st June at 8am.
For more information, please visit the official Zome website, leave a comment below, or email
Happy constructing!

By students, for students: 125 years of AUSA

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 4:35 PM,
Special Collections

Photograph of students watching a band in the Quad, 1970s.

Students watching a band perform in the Quad, 1970s.
MSS & Archives 2007/10, 9/1/3/1. Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.
The 24th of June 2016 marks 125 years since the Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) was established. On that day in 1891, 27 students and graduates met in the library to begin an association that would become an integral part of university life.
Special Collections has put together a display of archival and printed material to mark this anniversary. The featured items, including photographs, ephemera and the minute book from the founding meeting, provide snapshots of the 125 years that AUSA has been in existence.1
The display runs until the end of June 2016 outside the Special Collections reading room on the General Library ground floor. It draws in particular on the Auckland University Students' Association records collection, which provides researchers with a wide range of primary sources covering the Association's history from 1891-1983. This and other University-related collections and publications can be viewed in the reading room.
Leah Johnston, Special Collections

 1. Minute book covering the period 1891-1902. Auckland University Students' Association records. MSS & Archives E-9, 1/1/1. Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.

Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa: Samoan Language Week

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 2:47 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

samoan language week 2016
“E felelei manu, ae ma’au i o latou ofaga: Birds migrate to environments where they survive and thrive."
Samoan Language Week is a chance for all New Zealanders to learn about and celebrate Samoan language and culture. Our Pacific collection holds a wide range of Samoan resources with different expertise levels in mind. Many of our Samoan readers come equipped with teaching guides and are a great resource for incorporating Gagana Samoa into the classroom. The Ministry for Pacific Peoples has put out an education resource for this year's Samoan Language Week which contains activity ideas, pronunciation tips, key phrases, stories and songs. The 2016 theme is about identity, environments, diversity and sustainability. One of our wonderful staff has kindly written something in Gagana Samoa that reflects this theme:
Talofa lava! O lou igoa o Maalona Mafaufau mai Faleatiu ma Safune. O ou matua na omai i Niu Sila ma le faamoemoe ise lumanai manuia mo i laua, ae sili ai o le tausiga o matua ma aiga i Samoa. O lou tama na gata i le Form 3 (Year 9) lana aoga i Samoa ma o galuega sa galue ai ina ua taunuu mai i Niu Sila o galuega leipa. Sa faigata tele mo lo matou aiga aua o galuega leipa e leaga totogi. Sa fai le faaiuga a lou tama e toe foi i le aoga. Sa galue i le po i galuega kilini ae alu i le Polytech i le ao. Ina ua iu lana aoga sa maua lana galuega ile ofisa tutotonu ole National Mutual i Ueligitone. 
Ina ua maliu lou tama sa matua faigata i lou tina ona faasoa le penefiti e tausi ai matou. Na toe foi lou tina i le Univesete mo lona Tusi faiaoga (Bachelor in Education). O loo galue  nei  lou tina o se faiaoga i Magele. E ui ina sa faigata le tau faasoasoaina o tupe ae na taumafai lava lou tina i lana aoga aua sa talitonu pau lea o le auala e mafia ai ona maua se galuega lelei aua le tausiga o lo matou aiga.
My name is Maalona Mafaufau from Faleatiu and Safune. My parents migrated to New Zealand looking for a better life for themselves and most importantly to support parents and families in Samoa. My dad left school in Samoa at Year 9 and the jobs he worked in when he arrived in New Zealand were labouring jobs. It was hard for my family because Dad’s jobs did not pay much. Dad decided to go back to school. He worked as a cleaner at night and went to Polytech in the day. When he finished he was employed in the office of National Mutual in Wellington.
When dad died it became very hard for mum to manage the benefit to support our family. She went back to study at Uni for her teaching qualification and she is now working as a teacher in Mangere. It was a struggle but Mum believed a qualification was the only way for her to get a better job to support her family.
Don’t forget to come by the Library and see our wonderful display and check out some of our many Samoan resources!
Image credit: Seth Mekster (Pegasus Lodges and Resorts)

Useful Talis Features for Students

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:48 PM,
Tamaki Library

Talis offers two features to help students make the best use of their reading lists -  “Read Status” and “Add Note”. To find these, run your mouse over the space at the far right of any reference in your reading list - these two buttons will appear.

"Read Status" allows you to set up reading intentions to help organise your course reading, making it easy to scan the list and keep track of your progress.

"Add Note" allows you to make personal notes on any of your reading items, to keep track of their contents, importance and possible use for assignments.

Click either button to get fuller details.

Philson Library New Books - 20/05/2016

Friday, May 20, 2016 4:59 PM,
Philson Library

This week Philson Library has added 22 new items to the library collection, on various topics. Here is a selection of four.

It's all in your head : true stories of imaginary illness   Patient poets : illness from inside out

It's all in your head : true stories of imaginary illness : follows consultant neurologist Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan as she journeys through the world of psychosomatic illness.

Patient poets : illness from inside out: offers reflections on the poetry of patients as vehicle for articulating the experiences of illness.


                 The poetry of healing : a doctor's education in empathy, identity, and desire   Medicine stone : poems

The poetry of healing : a doctor's education in empathy, identity, and desire: is Rafael Campo's deeply humanistic work reveals the healing powers of speech, of touch, of empathy and the erotic, of love itself. He writes his attempts to heal and how his patients have healed him.

Medicine stone : poems  This is a collection of poems, by Dr. Jack Coulehan,  which examines the world through the eyes of a physician. The collection reflects on human nature and human frailty of mind and body.

Staff Picks Round Up: May 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 4:02 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Every week our wonderful staff at the Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library recommend a book which we post about on our Facebook page. As we're lucky enough to hold a variety of resources here in Epsom, these recommendations are an assortment of new books, old favourites and fantastic teaching resources. Check out our latest recommendations:

Whose beak is this?

Whose beak is this? by Gillian Candler

Can you recognise each bird by its beak? In this interactive and fun picture book kids and adults are able to learn about New Zealand birds. All your favourites are featured with their Māori and English names, including the kiwi, tūi, oystercatcher and pūkeko. The illustrations are beautiful and the theme of the book is simple - teaching readers about the eating habits of our native birds. Highly recommend!


Don't think about purple elephants

Don't think about purple elephants by Susan Whelan and Gwynneth Jones

A sweet, funny and comforting picture book about learning to stop worrying thoughts. A little girl's worries become replaced by fun imaginative thoughts of purple elephants. Great for reading to children aged three upwards, and will go down well in junior classrooms. Teachers' notes are available on the book's website.


Exploring nature's pattern magic

Exploring nature's pattern magic by Dee Pigneguy

Gloriously illustrated, fascinating, mathematical thinking!!


The north star

The north star by Peter H. Reynolds

The little boy sets off for a journey to find his own star. He must go through obstacles and make choices of his own. I enjoyed reading this book because it encourages readers to pursue our own dreams no matter which path we take.


Share your ideas about the future and enjoy a free lunch

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 9:56 AM,
IC Bloggers

Book, tablet & enquiry icons

Libraries and Learning Services would like to hear from you about how we can meet the future needs of students.

Lunch is provided so just book in and bring along your ideas.

Focus groups are being run for a week starting today, so register now.


New Zealand's Music Heritage

Monday, May 09, 2016 3:15 PM,

NZ Music Month Library display
It’s New Zealand Music Month and this month’s library display celebrates our musical heritage in all its forms. We have books, scores, and CDs in the display representing the wide range of musical genres that are created and produced in New Zealand. Now normally I’d do some descriptions of our material but instead we decided to create a playlist of some of the New Zealand music from our collections. 

NZ Music Month Library display

I have to admit that the selections were whittled down a lot- there are so many artists we could have included! So, here is a selection of New Zealand music (in no particular order) picked by the staff of the Music Library

NZ Music Month Library display     NZ Music Month Library display

The Music Library’s New Zealand Music Month playlist:

Supergroove: ‘Can’t Get Enough’
From: Postage the best of Supergroove.
MUSIC LIBRARY Main Collection (COMPACT DISC CD05-0456)
(and available on a number of the Kiwi Hit Disc series)

Upper Hutt Posse: 'Mō ake' 
From: Tohe
MUSIC LIBRARY Main Collection (COMPACT DISC CD11-0002)

John Psathas:  ‘Omnifenix’
From: View from Olympus
MUSIC LIBRARY Listening Room (Not borrowable) (COMPACT DISC CD06-0512)

Leonie Holmes: 'Bottom’s Dance'
From: Estrella: Tui
MUSIC LIBRARY Main Collection (COMPACT DISC CD14-0010)

3Ds:Sing-Song’: live at the Gluepot 1990

Straitjacket Fits:Bad Note for a Heart’: promo video 1990
Both From: Pink flying saucers over the Southern Alps a Flying Nun compilation
MUSIC LIBRARY Main Collection (COMPACT DISC CD02-1355)

Roger Manins: ‘Hip Flask’
From: Hip Flask
MUSIC LIBRARY Listening Room (Not borrowable) (COMPACT DISC CD07-0219) 

Ricky May and the Julian Lee Orchestra:Mack the Knife’
Old VCR transfer of the Ricky May tribute concert (bad video quality, but great music)
From: Just Foolin’ Around- A Tribute to Louis Armstrong
MUSIC LIBRARY Main Collection (COMPACT DISC CD03-0279)

Whiromako Black:‘My Funny Valentine’
From: Whirimako Black Sings
MUSIC LIBRARY Main Collection (COMPACT DISC CD12-0236)

Herbs: ‘Sensitive to a Smile’
From: Sensitive to a Smile

Eve De Castro-Robinson: ‘Releasing the Angel’
From: Releasing the Angel
MUSIC LIBRARY  Main Collection  (COMPACT DISC CD11-0314) 

Reuben Bradley: ‘Exposition’
From: Resonator
MUSIC LIBRARY Main Collection (COMPACT DISC CD12-0072)

Rotorua Maori Choir: ‘E Pare Ra’
From: Maori Music
No call number yet (still in cataloguing at this point!)

Mavis Rivers: ‘S’Wonderful’
From: Mavis Rivers: The TANZA, Stebbing and Zodiac Years 1949-1952
MUSIC LIBRARY  Main Collection  (COMPACT DISC CD14-0119)

Shihad: ‘Home Again’
From: Shihad
MUSIC LIBRARY Main Collection (COMPACT DISC CD03-0395) 

Patea Maori Club: 'Poi E'
From: Poi E
MUSIC LIBRARY Main Collection (COMPACT DISC CD03-0766)

Mutton Birds: ‘Dominion Road’
From: Nature’s Best: New Zealand’s Top 30 Songs of All Time
MUSIC LIBRARY Main Collection (COMPACT DISC CD04-0151)

Goodshirt:Place To Be’
From: Good
MUSIC LIBRARY Main Collection (COMPACT DISC CD04-0141)

Douglas Lilburn: Allegro Concertante
From: Lilburn Duos for Violin and Piano
MUSIC LIBRARY Main Collection (COMPACT DISC CD14-0004)

 NZ Music Month Library display

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

New ANZAC Resources in the Library!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016 3:35 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Following Anzac Day, we have acquired some brand new Anzac themed resources for our collection here at Epsom.

Anzac Heroes

ANZAC Heroes by Maria Gill and Marco Ivancic

With striking illustrations and informative biographies, ANZAC Heroes follows the stories of 30 notable figures from the two world wars. With interesting fact boxes, old photographs and detailed timelines, this resource is perfect for young readers.

Evie's War

Evie's War by Anna Mackenzie

Told through the pages of a diary, this book follows Evie during her time volunteering as a nurse in the First World War. While it discusses the work the nurses do, this book also looks at the war through the eyes of a civilian. There is hope and optimism that the war will not last longer than a year, and also tragedy as Evie suffers a personal loss. A great read!

Te Popi Whero

Te Popi Whero ( The Red Poppy) by David Hill

Follows the story of a soldier who is wounded charging through No Man's Land during the First World War. He comes across a wounded German soldier and the two men try to help each other. With the help of a messenger dog, the two soldiers are given a fighting chance at survival. Available in English and Māori this is a wonderful book with beautiful illustrations.

Armistice Day

Armistice Day by Philippa Werry

A comprehensive introduction to the events at the end of the First World War and what followed in the aftermath. Focusing on local and international stories, Werry describes how the war ended, the impact of the influenza epidemic and what happened when the troops returned home. With interviews, photographs and detailed information, Armistice Day is a wonderful, informative resource.

A winter's day in 1939

A Winter's Day in 1939 by Melinda Szymanik

Told through the eyes of 12 year old Adam, A Winter's Day in 1939 follows the story of a Polish family during World War II who are taken from their home and sent to a Russian labour camp. Adam's voice is descriptive and insightful as he recounts his family's battle against starvation, disease and freezing temperatures - a great read for all ages.

The Bantam and the Soldier

The Bantam and the Soldier by Jennifer Beck and Robyn Belton

A heart-warming story about a soldier who rescues a bantam and brings her to the trenches with him and his men. The bantam becomes a lucky symbol for the soldiers and she stays with them until the end of the war.

Trial Sage Video: Psychology Collection

Monday, May 02, 2016 11:40 AM,
Science Information Services

Sage Videos

The Library now has access to a trial for Sage Video: Psychology collection.

SAGE offers a range of online videos covering psychology, counselling and psychotherapy, education, media and communication, and politics.

The psychology collection has over 60 hours of videos featuring psychologists at work in a range of environments, including footage from some of the earliest academic psychological experiments.

The trial runs until 31 May 2016. For more information on this trial, please contact Liz Hardley, Subject Librarian for Psychology:

Short Loan Collection in General Library

Friday, April 29, 2016 10:00 PM,
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The Kate Edger Short Loan Collection has moved to the General Library.

Items are available for borrowing from the Level G lending desk.

3 day loan books are available from the open shelves.

New Zealand Little Magazines

Friday, April 29, 2016 2:38 PM,

The little magazines discussed in part 1: Antic, And, Morepork, Splash, Freed and Parallax were positioned in relation to literary magazines, Landfall and Islands. This second suite draws together publications from artist-run-spaces and galleries produced during the 1990s and 2000s: Log Illustrated, Midwest, A Ramp Magazine, Matters and Soap, which sit counter to the prominent local art publications of the time.

RIP Prince

Friday, April 22, 2016 4:24 PM,

Today the world lost another music icon. Prince passed away suddenly at his home in Minneapolis aged 57. Born Prince Rogers Nelson (yes, Prince actually was his real first name) in 1958 he began writing music at an early age and began performing professionally in his teens. His debut album ‘For You’ was released in 1978.his debut album was an absolute musical feat with him producing, composing, arranging, and playing all 27 instruments. His second album titled ‘Prince’ went platinum and reached 22 on the Billboard top 200. From there he went from strength to strength; in 1984 he released what is arguably his best known and most influential album ‘Purple Rain’, which spent 24 consecutive weeks at number 1 on the Billboard charts and gained (even more) fame through the sound track of the film of the same name and featured Prince as the lead character ‘The Kid’.

Throughout his career Prince has constantly amazed fans and the music community with his artistry and innovations, and consistently stirred controversy for his overtly sexual stage persona. Interestingly though, for such an iconic composer and performer who has inspired artists across pop, rock, jazz, hip-hop, and R&B you would expect that there would be a lot of material about him. However, in thinking about what to do for this blog post I discovered that there really isn’t much at all. The Music and Dance Library holds two books (and a handful of his albums), and in looking at what other books are out there very little has been written about him. From a quick look around the web it would seem that there are very few books on Prince or his work (except ‘Purple Rain’), and very, very few of these books are written from a scholarly point of view. This seems quite strange with someone who has been compared to other greats such as the recently deceased David Bowie who has been written about in every sense- from scholarly to popular journalism for many years. Perhaps it is because Prince was an ever-changing performance artist whose changes frequently happened on-stage, which made it more challenging for researchers to capture and analyse. In any case we can hope that in the next few years popular music scholars and researchers will take on the challenge and there will be some in depth considerations of his career and the way he made music.

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library