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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.
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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

Original photograph - CC : BY - ComputerHotline for


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

Staff Picks Round Up: April 2016

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 2:23 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 Marvels by Brian Selznick

Brian Selznick has done it again - he's written a book that reads like a movie. In the first half of the book (set in 1766) the story is told in pictures - beautiful, evocative black and white drawings. In the second half of the book ( set in 1990) Selznick turns to text to create a different narrative while at the same time ultimately linking the two stories. And it's a great story which is based around a real-life museum in Spitalfields England. Dennis Severs created the museum at 18 Folgate St on the end of London's East End. The museum is a recreation of a fictional family home from the 19th century, but it is so much more than that. But back to Selznick's story - in part one it begins with a boy called Billy Marvel, who after surviving a shipwreck, begins the Marvel family dynasty - the family are involved with the theatre for generations until the expulsion of young Leontes. In part two - Joseph Jervis runs away from school to live with his uncle Albert Nightingale. Albert lives in a beautiful, mysterious house full of ghostly presences. The deciphering of how these two separate stories connect is the imaginative powerhouse of the book - it's magic!

For more on 18 Folgate St head to website: 


Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Jumping between present day life at a rural Australian boarding school and flashbacks to the past presented as an unfinished manuscript, Jellicoe Road can initially be a dizzying, disjointed read - but don't be discouraged! Tackling issues such as abandonment, abuse, drug use, suicide, and the idea of family and belonging, this young adult novel is a captivating read from start to finish. Marchetta weaves a believable plot with beautiful language and a frank honesty that makes the characters both realistic and relatable. There is also a teaching resource that could be used in classroom discussions (careful, spoilers ahead):


Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss

Great book for adults and children who like to challenge themselves with a set of tongue twisters!


The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

 By now I’m sure 99% of people have read, seen or know the general idea behind the Hunger Games franchise. But just in case you haven’t here’s why it’s an unforgettable series and an entertaining read for all ages. Rebellion, corrupt governments and a wonderful female lead whose focus is primarily the survival of herself and those she loves; this book presents a world where children are expendable and their deaths are the entertainment of the year. Throughout this series the lead character Katniss is forced to fight others to the death in the arena – twice, becomes the face of the rebellion against the Capitol, and executes the president. Alongside the action scenes and the political intrigue we get to know characters who are suffering from depression and PTSD, who face survivor’s guilt, who recover from brainwashing and torture. The fighting is messy, some of your favourite characters do not make it to the end of the series, and the fallout from the rebellion is not mopped up instantaneously. But what is most interesting is the relationships between characters, how trust is built up and broken, how secrets are traded and how love drives even the most ordinary person to do amazing things.


Artstor Digital Library

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 1:29 PM,

Artstor is an image database containing over 1.8 million digital images. Growing by more than 100,000 new images each year, Artstor images come from some of the world’s leading museums, photo archives, libraries, scholars and artists. Artstor contains rare and important collections available nowhere else. All images are accompanied by comprehensive metadata and are rights-cleared for educational use.

Special features of Artstor:
• Zoomable images to view fine detail
• Create instant PowerPoint presentations pre-filled with caption information
• Save, organise and share image collections
• Add personal annotations to images
• Email citations or export them directly to reference manager software

For more information contact Jayne Carroll, Subject Librarian Art History and Fine Arts:

New HeinOnline App for Legal Research

Monday, April 18, 2016 8:44 AM,
Davis Law

Get the new iPhone/iPad app for HeinOnline, the largest database of legal research in PDF format.

You can access content by citation, browse by volume, navigate a volume with the table of contents, and use full advanced searching techniques to find, view and download PDF's .

Davis staff have tested the app and have found it easy to work with.

Visit the App store to download the HeinOnline App to your iPhone or iPad.

Access to the desktop version for HeinOnline is also available from the library website.

HeinOnline App

KEIC Open on ANZAC Day!

Friday, April 15, 2016 8:35 PM,
IC Bloggers


Kate Edger IC OPEN normal hours on ANZAC Day (Monday, 25 April, 2016)!

Opening hours: 7am-12am

New Zealand Little Magazines

Thursday, April 14, 2016 12:11 PM,

Part 1: Art and Literary Magazines 1969-1985

During the 1970s and 80s a suite of little magazines (Wild, 2008) emerged on the New Zealand literary scene: Freed (5 volumes produced from 1969-1971); Splash (4 volumes produced from 1984-1986); And (4 volumes produced from 1983-1985); Morepork (3 Volumes produced from 1979-1981); and Parallax: a journal of postmodern literature and art (3 volumes produced from 1982-1983).

These publications stood apart from their more established counterparts such as Landfall, in both content and physical form. They operated in a similar manner to many artist-run-spaces often with restricted budgets, limited operational time frames, and rigorous agendas. Mark Williams writes about Freed, “It didn’t set about institutionalizing itself. It was short-lived but left behind a formidable legacy, and this has not been unusual in the history of New Zealand literary journals: that change has been initiated by little magazines, cheaply produced and lasting a few numbers only.” (Williams, 1987)

Similarly, And, edited by Leigh Davis and Alex Calder, was established with the intention of producing just four issues. “Its very name stressed that it intended to put itself within historical change, not become an institution.” (Williams) After all “it wasn’t hip to aim for longevity any longer” (Williams). And’s stapled, photocopied pages drew together an array of typefaces and formats, counter to the high production costs of Landfall etc. In the first issue, Davis outlines some of the considerations of And, “The real scale of a little magazine can get forgotten or out of proportion. We understand a little magazine to have a little audience, and little production costs.”  (Davis, 1983)

A sense of continuity was created through the collective publication of these little magazines. The editorial in the first issue of Antic discusses their intentions in starting the publication “aware that And was shortly due to publish its last issue” (Antic, 1986). In the first issue of And the editorial discussed the publications position in relation to Parallax, founded by Alan Loney, which in turn, dedicated its first issue to Graham Lindsay, editor of Morepork.

In addition to the format, the content of these publications also broke from what was currently being published in New Zealand at the time. The first issue of Parallax included pieces entitled ‘An Essay About Experimental Films That Ended Up As An Essay About New Zealand’ by Roger Horrocks and Wystan Curnow’s ‘Post-Modernism in Poetry and the Visual Arts’. Contributions across the publications included original poetry and prose as well as critical essays on art and literature, conversations, reviews and pageworks. Art related articles featured in all listed publications have been indexed and are searchable on INZART: Index to New Zealand Art. A selection of little magazines is currently on display in the Fine Arts Library.


S. Foote

Fine Arts Library



(1986). Editorial. Antic. June Vol.1. p 3.

Davis, L. (1983). Editorial. And  Vol.1. p1.

Wild, W. (2008) Little is Big: The art of the little magazine in New Zealand, 1980s and 1990s. The Journal of New Zealand Art History: Vol 29. p68.

Williams, Mark. (1987) On the Margins? New Zealand Little Magazines from "Freed to And". Journal of New Zealand Literature: JNZL 5. p78.

Auckland University Law Review (2015, Vol 21) out now

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 10:36 AM,
Davis Law

Auckland University Law Review (2015, Vol 21) out now

Auckland University Law Review

Contents include:


Auckland University Law Review Alumni Dinner Speech 2015

- Justice Helen Winkelmann


Interweaving the Status and Minority Rights of Maori Within Criminal Justice

- David Green


  • Does New Zealand Have a "Pragmatic" Constitution?
    • Christopher Pouwels


  • A Pluralistic Imperialism? Britain's Understanding of Sovereignty at the Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi
    • Andrew McIndoe


  • "The Vibe of the Thing": Implementing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in New Zealand
    • Daniel McDougall


  • Piercing the Corporate Veil: An Analysis of Lord Sumption's Attempt to Avail a Troubled Doctrine
    • Nupur Upadhyay


  • Consumer Protection and Mandatory Conflict of Laws Provisions
    • Joshua woo


  • Critiquing the Defence of Compulsion as it Applies to Women in Abusive Relationships
    • Shevan (Jennifer) Nouri

  • "Tainted" Assets, "Dirty" Money and the Civil-Criminal Dichotomy: A Novel Approach to the Classification of Civil Forfeiture Proceedings under the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009
    • Ian Ko

  • Legislating for E-Manners: Deficiencies and Unintended Consequences of the Harmful Digital Communications Act
    • Stephanie Frances Panzic

NZ Dance Week

Monday, April 11, 2016 11:48 AM,


The third week of this month is New Zealand Dance Week. Between April 23 and 30 thousands of passionate dancers of all ages (both professional and amateur) will be celebrating one of their (and mine) favourite pastimes. DANZ (Dance Aotearoa New Zealand)- the main support organisation for dance in New Zealand- estimates that 630,000 New Zealanders (of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities) participate in dance activities. This is more than rugby and netball combined, although there will be a significant number of rugby and netball players who also dance.


During NZ Dance Week various studios and teachers will be offering free or reduced rate classes, dance groups will be performing and getting out into the community and encouraging people to give dance a go. The opening event is going to be held in Auckland and the week will culminate in a premiere performance of the digital work ‘For the Love of Dance, Aotearoa’ in Wellington on April 29, which is International Dance Day, with a closing event also in Wellington the following day. More information about the events will be available on DANZ’s Facebook page and through their email updates (more information here)

If you want to try out some dance classes here are links to some of the studios and organisations located in the CBD and inner suburbs:

Dance Domain:

Central Dance Studios:

Viva Dance:

Auckland Tango:

Latin Rhythm:


Swing Out:


Candy Lane Dance:

To celebrate New Zealand Dance Week in the library our display this month centres on some of our fabulous dance resources. We have books and DVDs on almost every style of dance, from ballet to hip-hop, ballroom to Bollywood, Pacific Island styles to Greek folk dances. Many of our DVDs are performances of works, including some by local choreographers and dancers including University of Auckland Associate Professor Carol Brown, and graduate (and occasional dance studies lecturer) Michael Parmenter. We also have DVDs that are master classes or ‘how to’ series in a variety of styles. While the DVDs cannot be taken out of the library (though if you find yourself with some spare time come on down) we also have digital resources such as Dance in Video that may be accessed from anywhere through the University Libraries database page.

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

Grafton IC CLOSED this weekend!

Friday, April 08, 2016 4:37 PM,
IC Bloggers


Grafton IC is CLOSED over the weekend due to water damage. This will be reviewed on Monday morning.

The Computer Lab Room 503-124 & Training Room 503-120 will be open for use.

Special Collections Shakespeare display

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 2:44 PM,
Special Collections

Woodcut from Holinshed's Chronicles...
Woodcut from Raphael Holinshed’s 1577 Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande...

To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare on 23 April 1616, Special Collections has mounted a small exhibition exploring just a few of the books which helped fire his imagination.

On show are some influential sources which Shakespeare and many others of his day drew on, including Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the historical Chronicles written by John Stow and Raphael Holinshed and Plutarch’s Lives...

Visit the display outside the Special Collections reading room on the General Library ground floor before 6 May 2016.

Jo Birks, Special Collections

Interactive Picture Books

Friday, April 01, 2016 10:53 AM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

These picture books get the reader involved! Can you outsmart the big bad wolf? Mix colours on a page? Guess which picture comes next? These books offer instructions and advice on how to navigate their pages - perfect for engaging young readers.

Re-Zoom by Istvan Banyai

This book is brilliant! The sequel to the imaginative Zoom by the same author, this book follows the same pattern. Banyai presents an image, which in turn belongs to a larger image, which in turn belongs to an even larger image, and so on. The archer, is actually an image on a watch, which is on the arm of a painter, who works in a temple, which is featured on a poster on a movie set. Can you guess what comes next?

A Perfectly Messed Up story by Patrick McDonnell

A charming picture book where the main character, Louie, interrupts the narration of his story to complain about all the mess that is being made on his book. Louie sniff's the jelly stain, despairs over the peanut butter and frantically tries to clean up the crayon marks. Louie gives up on his story before realising that everything will be fine, messes and all.

Help! The Wolf is coming! by Ramadier and Bourgeau

Look out! In this wonderful book the reader has to stop the wolf from coming closer. With instructions to turn the pages fast, tilt the book so the wolf slides off the page and flip the book upside down this book is oodles of fun. Perfect for one on one or group reading sessions.

Mix it up! by Herve Tullet

Ever wondered what it's like to play around with paints without getting messy? Mix it up allows the reader to smudge colours, make handprints and learn new colours in this bright book by Tullet. Colours are mixed together after every page, by rubbing, tilting, closing and shaking the book. A great resource for learning about the colour wheel without getting your hands dirty!

Kate Edger IC Easter Opening Hours

Thursday, March 24, 2016 10:31 PM,
IC Bloggers

Good Friday - CLOSED
- OPEN - 8am-10pm
Easter Sunday - CLOSED
Monday - OPEN - 7am-12am
Tuesday - OPEN - 7am-12am

Staff Picks Round Up

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 10:18 AM,
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 a diverse assortment of new books, old favourites and fantastic teaching resources.Check out this month's recommendations:

The Watch that Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf

What a fabulous read. Evocative, memorable and entertaining, you don't want to put it down. Told through a series of different voices using free verse (no, don't be put off - this really works!) so that you get a wide range of perspectives on this historical tragedy. Thoroughly recommended for both teenagers and adults. Would be great to use in classroom discussions too so English teachers should definitely read it. My teenager, who normally wouldn't be interested in anything written in verse loved it so much she blogged about it here.


Infographics for kids: Activity book by Susan Martineau and Vicky Barker

An innovative resource for primary school teachers and parents. Engages children in understanding the world through visual literacy - excellent potential for classroom discussions!


Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This book is about a very unusual love story, it is set around 1880 and 1930 in Colombia and all begins when Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fell in love with each other. Fermina's father didn't agree with their relationship so he sent her away. Florentino and Fermina exchanged love letters for a few years but when Fermina came back and saw Florentino again she realised she didn't love him anymore. Florentino never gave up and once Fermina's husband passed away he did all he could to win her back. This book portrays love in its different forms and shows us how we can love people in different ways and also shows us the negative or ugly side of it.


Thomas Gulliver’s fine prints

Friday, March 18, 2016 9:24 AM,

Lithographs by Thomas Gulliver, Mills Lane evening (n.d.)1 and Kingfisher (1932)2.

Two archive collections relating to the graphic artist T. V. Gulliver are now available for consultation at the Fine Arts Library; a collection of prints, ephemera and photographs from Gulliver’s private collection relating to the Quoin Club, and a selection of personal sketchbooks.
Despite a civil engineering background and little formal training in fine arts Thomas Ralph de Vere Gulliver was a recognised authority on, and champion of the graphic arts in early 20th century New Zealand3 and founding member of the Quoin Club.
The Quoin Club was formed in Auckland in 1916 and was dissolved in 1929. The main object of the club was to foster all arts and crafts; two members were jewellers but the majority were commercial artists. Other founding members included the commercial artists, Arnold Goodwin and Albert Hooper; Eric Warner, the head of lithography at Bretts Publishing; Percy Bagnall, who was head of the Art Studio; jeweller, Reuben Watts and finally the Architect, William Gummer4.
This group promoted technical skill and experimentation, and drew inspiration from the immediate environment which was at odds with the prevailing attitude of the time.
The Thomas Gulliver Quoin Club collection (MSS & Archives FA 2011/1) consists of etchings, lithographs and woodcuts from Gulliver’s personal collection which demonstrate how prints that utilise traditional commercial processes can become works of fine art.
Many of the works depict Auckland city scenes: the Domain, Grafton Gully, the waterfront and industrial buildings.
In adition to the work of Quoin Club members there is also ephemera and photographs relating to the Club, as well as examples of prints by other artists, collected by Gulliver.
The Thomas Gulliver sketchbooks (MSS & Archives FA 2015/1) contain a number small of sketchbooks of drawings and designs.
Links to detailed finding aids can be found in the following Catalogue records:
William Hamill, Fine Arts Library

1 Gulliver, T. V. (1932). Kingfisher. Thomas Gulliver Quion Club collection, Item 70-77, MSS & Archives FA 2011/1, Fine Arts Library Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.
2 Gulliver, T. V. (n.d.). Mills Lane evening. Thomas Gulliver Quion Club collection, Item 27-77, MSS & Archives FA 2011/1, Fine Arts Library Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.
3Kirker, Anne. “An early champion of BLACK-and-WHITE”. Bulletin (Auckland Art Gallery), 58 (1974): unpaginated.
4Ross, Gail. “Breaking out: the Quoin Club’s impact on graphic art.” In Promoting prosperity: the art of early New Zealand advertising, by Alsop, Peter and Gary Stewart, 70-75. Nelson, New Zealand: Craig Potton Publishing. 2013