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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,
IC Bloggers


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

PubMed and RefWorks Workshops at Tāmaki Library

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 5:17 PM,
Tamaki Library

PubMed database workshops
The Library is running 2 PubMed workshops to assist students to find the most effective articles for their assignments. The workshop covers basic PubMed searching, learning to use Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and limiting and filtering to refine searches. For students learning about Evidence-based Practice the workshop will also cover finding and using clinical queries to find the best evidence.
Saturday 19 March 10.00-11.30, Room 730.289
Monday 21 March  5.00-6.00, Room 730-289
RefWorks reference management workshops
Come and learn the easier way to manage your references for assignments and dissertations. The Library is running 3 RefWorks workshops.
Friday 18 March 1.30-3.00, Room 723.131
Tuesday 22 March 4.30-6.00, Room 730.289
Thursday 24 March 10.30-12.00, Room 723.131
To book any of the above workshops go to

Seminar by visiting US Professor of Law and copyright expert.

Monday, March 14, 2016 2:52 PM,
Davis Law

Professor Kenneth Crews, who is an expert on copyright law, will be the guest of the University of Auckland on Monday 21 March.  Professor Crews visit is of particular interest given the implementation of the TPPA and the upcoming review of copyright by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment.

He is giving two public presentations on Monday 21 March, one at lunchtime in the Auckland Central City Library and the other immediately after work, hosted by the Department of Commercial Law at the Business School see details below:

Auckland Public Library Seminar
Date:   Mon 21 March,  12 noon – c1.15
Place:  Waitemata Room, Auckland Central City Library, 44 - 46 Lorne St, BYO lunch
For further information please contact Melanie Johnson, 

University of Auckland, Department of Commercial Law Seminar
Date: Mon 21 March 2016, 5.30pm for 5.45pm start
Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Room 325, Level 3, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road.
For further information contact Alexandra Sims,


Auckland Arts Festival

Monday, March 14, 2016 2:48 PM,

It’s March and that means it’s Auckland Arts Festival time again. This year’s Festival features a great mix of local and international acts, including several local premieres. Our display this month focuses on some of those premieres and events of local significance with material from the collection.

John Adams’ iconic opera Nixon in China (possibly the most famous modern opera) sees its New Zealand premiere in a semi-staged production at the Auckland Town Hall. First premiered in 1987 in Houston, Texas, Nixon in China initially received mixed reviews from critics, but despite those reviews it has endured and is now hailed as a classic of American opera. If you’re curious about how this modern opera sounds you can find recordings on the Naxos Music Library database.


The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s triple bill Speed of Light (which has been rapturously received by critics and public alike) make use of a wide variety of music and inspirations. Andonis Foniadakis’s Selon Desir is grounded in opening choruses of J.S. Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passion’s, while Alexander Ekman’s Cacti melds music and dance together by having the New Zealand String Quartet performing on stage with the company. 

Last but not least is William Forsythe’s revolutionary In the middle, somewhat elevated. Commissioned by Rudolf Nureyev in 1987 for a group of young Paris Opera ballet stars who were his protégées (including Sylvie Guillem who had obtained etoile- principal dancer- status two years earlier- the youngest ever etoile in the company’s history) this ballet is considered to be a masterpiece. With a score of electronic music by Dutch composer Thom Willems it has been considered standard repertoire by ballet companies around the globe since its premiere.

Our physical collection holds any number of recordings of the Bach St John and St Matthew Passion’s, and all the recordings that the New Zealand String Quartet has made. Naxos as our go-to streaming audio database has many of the same recordings (and others), and also has Willems’ extended suite of music for In the middle, somewhat elevated.

Sadler’s Wells production Milonga takes the audience into a fantasia version Argentine Tango. Choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and with a score that references famed Argentine composer and bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla this production. The production promises to take the audience to the late night hub-bub of Buenos Aires streets and bars. Thanks to a fad by students for Piazzolla compositions and tango music in general a few years ago the library holds a great deal of tango recordings, scores, and books about tango as both music and dance. If ever you’ve been interested in Argentine tango come by and look at our collection.

Ruaumoko is one of a number of local premieres at the festival this year. A collaboration between the Auckland Philharmonic and the Atamira Dance Company, this retelling of the Maori myth uses Gareth Farr’s 1997 composition of the same name as the orchestral score (of which the library holds a recording), with additional electronic sound design by Paddy Free. In addition to the Atamira dancers this production makes use of the wealth of Auckland dance students ranging from primary through to tertiary level for a total of 100 performers on stage.

These are just a few highlights from this year’s festival. There are plenty of other music and dance events and other arts events (including free ones) on so get out and enjoy them , and come visit our collection to see what related material we might have.

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

New Silent Study Space for Students at KEIC!

Tuesday, March 08, 2016 11:49 AM,
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Kate Edger IC Level 1 (old Short Loan space) is now open for students as a study space.

*Location: Opposite the ANZ Bank (inside the Kate Edger building), building 315, level 1.

*Opening hours: 7am - 12am (Monday - Friday); 8am - 10pm (Saturday & Sunday) 

If you require any assistance while using this study space, please go to the IC Helpdesk, located on Level 2


Tribute to Dr Ranginui Walker (1932-2016)

Monday, February 29, 2016 3:11 PM,
Arts, Māori and Pacific

Ranginui Walker
Tuia te po
Tuia te ao
Tuia te ira tangata
Ki te whei ao
Ki te ao marama
Tihe wā mauri ora
Ka mamae to mātou nei ngakau o te Toi Aronui me Māori me Moananui-a-Kiwa. Ka hinga te totara nunui i te Waonui-a-Tāne.
E ngunguru ana ngā ngaru o te Waitematā, ka eke, ka eke, ka eke.
Hoea rā e te rangatira e Ranginui tō waka wairua ki Te Reinga. Ka hoki mahara mātou o Te Tumu Herenga nei i tāu kaha ki te whiria whakaaro wenerau, kua whitiwhiti te kōrero tautohetohe o ngai iwi Māori. E tika ana tēnā o ngā mihi kua mihia, “Ka whawhai tonu mātou” mō ake tonu rā. E mokemoke ana ōu hoa i tēnei wā, kua wehe atu koe ki tua i te ārai, haere, haere, haere atu rā.
He mihi anō ki a koutou o te whānau pani e noho ana i te kapua pōuri, ki a Deidre koutou ko āu tamariki, mokopuna, e mau ana i ngā kakahu taretare, kia kaha.
Hoki anō ki a tātou o te ao hurihuri nei, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
AMPT would like to share our condolences with our viewers at the passing of such a great man. He has been a part of our world as past students and colleagues. He has shared many of his stories both verbally and in writing, as well as being a leader amongst the Faculty of Arts staff as Head of Māori Studies Department.
Many of Ranginui's publications and other resources are available in our library.
Nāu anō i marotiritiri te māra o te mātauranga, kua māea ngā hua. Rātou ki a rātou, tātou ki a tātou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

Holloway Press records and display

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 12:41 PM,
Special Collections

Type. Holloway Press records. MSS & Archives 2014/15. Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services
Holloway Press type. MSS & Archives 2014/15, 8/1. Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.

The Holloway Press was established in 1994 under the Department of English by poet and printer Alan Loney with Associate Professor Peter Simpson (English) as co-Director. It was set up in the library at the University of Auckland’s Tamaki Campus using equipment and materials generously donated by its namesake, Ronald Holloway, printer and publisher of The Griffin Press.1

Alan Loney left The Holloway Press in 1998 and it remained inactive until it was revived in 2001 by Peter Simpson in the role of publisher and renowned graphic designer and printer Tara McLeod as designer and printer.2

In 2014, after 20 years, the Press closed having produced 40 publications involving an impressive number of New Zealand artists, poets, writers, printers and designers.3

Archives relating to these printing projects were donated in batches to Special Collections and now form The Holloway Press records collection.4 After substantial processing, researchers can now use the online finding aid for the collection and access the records in the Special Collections reading room. To mark this, we are looking back at the history of the Press in a small exhibition outside the reading room. The display, which showcases a selection of archives as well as published works held in the New Zealand Glass Case, runs until 24 March.

As Francis McWhannell noted in 2014, ‘the Press has not only participated in the tradition of fine press printing in this country, it has furthered it considerably’.5

The archives and published works held by Special Collections make up a rich and comprehensive resource reflecting this important publishing legacy.

Leah Johnston, Special Collections

1. University of Auckland. (1994). Press keeps alive traditional printing techniques. University News, 24 (10), p.27.
2. Ibid.
3. Dart, W. (Summer 2007-08). Building on a tradition, Auckland’s Holloway Press. Art New Zealand, 125, p.56.
4. The Holloway Press records. MSS & Archives 2014/15. Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.
5. McWhannell, F. (2014). The Holloway Press, 1994-2013 : a checklist of publications. Auckland : Holloway Press.


2016 Orientation Week & AT Tertiary ID Stickers

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 2:09 PM,
IC Bloggers


Kia ora & welcome to all new and current students!

**Orientation week:

O' week (22-26 February, 2016) has started that means Semester 1 for 2016 is about to commence!

For more information about Orientation week please refer to  

**AT Tertiary ID Stickers:

(student discount of up to 40% off travel via train, selected buses & ferries with your AT HOP card)

  • Stickers available at the City Campus from Level 0, Kate Edger Information Commons
  • Starting Tuesday 23 February - Friday 4 March (open 9am-4pm)
  • From Monday 7 March, they will be available from the Go! Ticket Office in the City Campus quad (next to NZ Natural ice cream)

For more information click on AT Tertiary ID Stickers.

Visiting Professor donates latest publication

Friday, February 12, 2016 2:34 PM,
Science Information Services

Professor Xinyuan Wu is currently in Auckland as the guest of Professor John Butcher, and will be lecturing at Massey (Palmerston North) next week. Professor Wu visited the library to donate a copy of his new book, Structure-preserving algorithms for oscillatory differential equations, Vol. 2 (co-published by Science Press Beijing and Springer).

Professor Xinyuan Wu (Nanjing Univ.) with Rachel Chidlow (Library Manager - Science & Engineering) and Emeritus Professor John Butcher (Maths). Photo: Liz Hardley.

Publishing on numerical analysis, differential equations, operations research, mathematical programming, etc, Professor Wu has been the Chair of Nanjing's International Conferences on Numerical Analysis of Differential Equations (with Professor Butcher as Honorary Chair in 2014), and also chaired the 2015 Mini Workshop on Numerical Analysis of ODEs (jointly organised by the University of Auckland and Nanjing University), as well as the 2014 and 2015 symposia on Structure-Preserving Algorithms for Differential Equations.

Also present were: Dr Helmut Podhaisky (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg), another of Professor Butcher's guests; Dr. Shixiao Wang (Maths, The University of Auckland); and the Maths Subject Librarian.

Professor Wu's book will be available to borrow in the General Library soon. Volume 1 is currently available as an eBook through the Library Catalogue.

MyAucklandUni is live!

Thursday, February 11, 2016 2:54 PM,
IC Bloggers


MyAucklandUni is the new student portal that shows students their important information all in one place. Gives students access to:

  • Class timetable
  • Exam timetable
  • Library links
  • Transcripts
  • Student Email
  • Canvas courses, etc.

Even better news, you can access it through your mobile devices, tablets, laptops & desktops.

Check it out for yourself at by signing in with your username & password!

David Bowie 1947-2016

Friday, February 05, 2016 4:13 PM,

On January 10 2016 music icon David Bowie passed away after a battle with cancer. For the Music and Dance Library display this month we commemorate Bowie’s life and music.

The image on the sign is from David Bowie’s second Rolling Stone cover on February 12 1976. This was a period of great change for Bowie; he had left his glitter-glam alien personas behind and was channelling older jazz/pop singers such as Frank Sinatra and Hollywood icons such as James Dean in suits, fedoras, leather jackets and dark jeans with a distinctly dark rock ‘n’ roll edge these personas would become known as the Thin White Duke and the Man Who fell to Earth.

Bowie has had a profound impact on musicians and artists across all genres and media since he hit the scene in the 1960s. His body of work, his approaches to his various endeavours and the approaches to art have inspired so many people: Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert are two current singers who are most obviously influenced and inspired by Bowie’s glam-rock period, but artists such as Madonna and Marilyn Manson have been inspired by his theatricality and his constantly evolving stage personae. Bands such as Pulp, the Pixies Nirvana, and Joy Division were influenced all by Bowie’s sounds and the way that Bowie recorded. He was also a strong influence on his peers: Iggy Pop and Lou Reed have both stated that Bowie had a resounding impact on their approaches to music and performance, and Bowie made time to listen to the work of his peers and encouraging them in their writing and performance.


We decided to do this display a little differently. Instead of just having Bowie material we took some inspiration from the lists of Bowie’s favourite books and albums and included some of those in our display (hard copies of the lists are also attached to the display if you want to come in and have a look). These lists are incredibly wide ranging- Bowie was a voracious reader and listener and his interests appear to have spanned all genres. We selected some of these items (and some similar items where we didn’t have the exact book or CD) that we have in the library for the display to show the span of Bowie’s interests in classical, jazz, avant garde, and rock genres. The items in the display that are ‘Bowie recommended’ are tagged with the black star symbol from his last album.


The items on display are just a small sample of material about Bowie and his recommendations, if you’re interested in more check out the library catalogue and come down and visit us.

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

Newmarket book request service now permanent

Thursday, January 28, 2016 3:50 PM,
Engineering Library

Good news - the Newmarket intercampus book delivery service initiated last year has now become permanent.

You can request books from the Engineering Library (or other libraries) and have them sent directly to you at the Newmarket campus.

Books are delivered to the Newmarket campus twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. Books will be available for pick up after 12pm on Mondays and Thursdays from the departmental cubby-holes located adjacent to reception in Building 902, Level 3.

You can return books to the blue delivery crate situated by reception. You can return any University of Auckland Library books here, even if you did not request them via this service.

Location of pickup and returns crate

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

Online Payment for library fines/fees now available!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 11:52 AM,
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Current students can now pay library fines & fees online through  My Library Account button

on the University Library website.