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By Colleen Finnerty, Knowledge Advisor

Change in life is unavoidable and can often be uncomfortable. One area in life that is constantly changing is technology. It just seems the other day that I was borrowing VHS videos at the video store, yes videos, not DVD’s.

Not all technical change is bad or uncomfortable. In fact, usually it can make life much easier once you get the “gist” of it. To help you navigate the choppy waters of technical change we have Lynda.com – an online resource that allows you to watch videos and complete exercises to develop your knowledge and skills in your own time. Here are some examples of the 83,000 instructional videos in Lynda.com:

  • B2B Foundations: Social Media Marketing – Learn how social media marketing works
  • Learn Excel Online – My least favourite software explained!
  • AutoCAD 2018 Essential training – A powerful designing and drafting software
  • Illustrator for fashion design : Drawing flats – Drawing for fashion
  • Whitening teeth in Photoshop – Um?

Whatever your course is there is something to help, from figuring out how to perfect a Word document to doing something with Python, a readable object-oriented language in this instance, not the snake.

Your library provides access to a number of online resources to aid you in your change from knowledge navigator to captain of your own destiny.

Get to know Lynda.com and us.

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Weekend studying is the best

IMG_0654Ara Christchurch city campus is open in the weekends and this is a great time to study and get yourself sorted if you are new to Ara. The library is at its quietest and there are plenty of study rooms available for you to work collaboratively in. We even have a spanking new outdoor space for you to eat your lunch on and do some stretches, or basketball shots if you feel the need. Come and see us we are open from 10-5pm Saturdays and 12-5pm Sundays. If you feel like staying later the POD is open 24 hours, you  just have to bring your student card for swipe access into the room.

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Waitangi day – all Ara campuses will be closed

Tuesday Feburary 6th is Waitangi day. This significant day marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which occurred in 1840 between over 500 Maori chiefs and representatives of the British crown. Waitangi day has been a public holiday since 1974, and it has been recognised by some as New Zealand’s national day. All Ara campuses are closed on Waitangi day, and will reopen on Wednesday 7th Feburary.

To learn more about the Treaty of Waitangi, this site is useful.


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Te Whare Rūnanga at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Waitangi, New Zealand.  Photo by Graham Cairns https://www.flickr.com/photos/graham-and-shirley/






















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Summer Festival Fun in the City

Looking for something to do over the next ten days? Well you won’t have to look far as the World Buskers Festival is coming to Christchurch, commencing January 18th. The Festival attracts entertainers from around the world and is a whole lot of fun!

Performances are scheduled throughout the days and evenings and can be viewed from various points around the city. Details can be found at their site World Buskers Festival

So what not get out in that summer sun (with your sunscreen on) and be “entertained and delighted” by these daring, funny and sometimes outrageous acts? I know I will.


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We’re back!

We’re back and the City Campus Library is open Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm through until the end of January.

Come on in and see us, we’d love to see your similing faces. Looking forward to a fabulous and successful 2018. Happy New Year everyone!

Happy 2018!


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Happy Holidays

The end of 2017 is not far away so we would like to wish you all the best for the holiday season. Enjoy spending time with your friends and family, and find some time to relax and read a good book. All Ara campuses (and this includes all libraries) will be closed on friday 22nd December at 1pm. We will reopen on monday January 8th at 8am.


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