Live Music in the CPIT library Friday 28th May

The mark the end of New Zealand Month there will be live music in the CPIT Library on Friday 28th of May from 12.00 until 1.00.  Both groups feature year 1 students from CPIT’s Bachelor of Musical Arts  programme.  At 12 noon  Alice Steele is singing accompanied by accoustic guitar.  Spring at 12.30 features Brooke Abbott on keyboard and Alice-Louise Barker on vocals. 

So come and join us for (just a little) bit of noise in the library.

Other events on campus for the last week of New Zealand Music Month includes more excellent local  music at the CPSA building  with Invadortron on Tuesday 25th, Dubsteppers Sick Cycle on the 26th and Drift on the 27th (all at 12 noon).  Off campus there is more music provided by Christchurch City Libraries, and there is Chartfest on the 28th.

The biggest problem in the world

  “Overpopulation is a condition where an organism’s numbers exceed the carrying capacity of its habitat. In common parlance, the term often refers to the relationship between the human population and its environment, the Earth”, (Guardian, UK, 31 August 2007). For their long-term survival, the people of the world need to control their birth rate in order to reduce pollution and many other problems.  This is applicable to all nations regardless of their geographical location, economic circumstances or culture. 

Figures can vary, but based on the 2008 United Nations World Population Prospects the earth’s population is now 6.8 billion people. In 2050 it’s projected to be 9.1 billion, an increase of 34%. This is 146,543  people per day –  the equivalent of another New Zealand every 30 days, starting two years ago. 

Two critical environmental factors influenced by population growth are air pollution and the lowering of available safe water. Carbon dioxide in the air has been increasing an average of 2% per year from 1990-2004 (about 30%). The population during this period has increased approximately 21 %. Does this mean that an increase in population results in an even greater increase in air pollution?  Safe water has been decreasing due to increased usage and pollution caused by industries such as farming, mining and manufacturing. These industries are driven by a rapidly growing population.

Large population growth has been taking place in developing countries.  If history repeats itself, they like countries before them, will have increasing levels of pollution. Developed countries now cause a large amount of pollution, but have ever decreasing rates of birth. Countries need to play their most influential part – either lower their birth rate or lower their pollution levels. Both would be ideal for every country. Only people (or a lack of them), can solve the population problem and its fellow travelers.

Some sources used above to help you further review this topic.
CDIAC, Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center.

CPIT Library website. See Online resources & databases – Science – Opposing
     Viewpoints Resource Center

Environmental issues: Population.

Popluation Reports – Solutions for a water-short world.    water.

OECD. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Statistics New Zealand.
United Nations World Population Prospects.

World Health Organization – Water sanitation and health.

Wikipedia. Many links to valid resources on population and pollution.

Libraries in time and space

 Libraries have changed. Academic Libraries perhaps more than most. Gone are the ‘good old days’ when turning a page too loudly would invoke a raised finger and a well-practiced “Shhh”.

The academic Library is now a learning space, somewhere to access resources (print, and increasingly electronic), but also somewhere to work collaboratively with others, gather round a computer, run through a class presentation, work on a team project, or just catch up with friends. 

Electronic publishing has made it possible for Libraries to re-think their collections. Wifi… and comfortable chairs .. have also helped in the creation of  innovative learning spaces within libraries. The book is not dead, but for academic study electronic books and journals take up less space, provide 24/7 access, and do not incur overdue fines.

While the Library as a place has changed, it’s  purpose remains the same – to support teaching, learning and research. This is done through the development of relevant collections, and through the provision of professional staff who are able to navigate the often overwhelming range of information resources. With this in mind the current changes proposed at Canterbury University Library should be of concern to students, academics and librarians alike.

Are you a New Zealand music fan?

New Zealand album covers from CPIT library staff personal collections

How many of the above records from the last 30 years of New Zealand Music can you identify? (Double click on the image to zoom in)  Can you spot Flying Nun’s answer to We are the world/Do they know it’s christmas from 1985?  Which record features a current CPIT staff member? (Hint: we don’t have a Bats record featured).  One of the more collectable early Flying Nun records is in there somewhere (it can fetch $100.00 – $150.00 on Trade Me), do you know which one it is?  There is an album here that won 2 album awards at last years New Zealand Music Awards and 1 at the Australian Aria Music Awards, the artist themselves won 8 awards in total trans Tasman. Who are they? Please feel free to submit your answers as comments (in this very blog!).  Answers will be revealed next week.

To celebrate New Zealand Music Month we have a display of New Zealand album covers just inside the library. We are also hoping to have some bands from CPIT Jazz School playing in the library before the month is over.  Watch this space for more information.

We also have some fantastic New Zealand music resources in the library.  There is the classic Stranded in paradise by John Dix, 100 essential New Zealand albums by Nick Bollinger, and “Have you checked the children?”: punk and postpunk in New Zealand, 1977-1981 by Wade Churton.  We also have DVDs such as Nesian Mystik : for the people, and CD’s such as The Great New Zealand Song Book.

CPIT is one of the sponsors for ChartFest an annual music industry expo held during New Zealand Music Month.  Our friends over at Christchurch City Libraries are also right behind New Zealand Music Month as usual with an amazing line-up of live music happening across the library network. 

Go New Zealand Music, Go New Zealand libraries!

Who is watching you?

This week is Privacy Awareness week and now is a good time as any to ensure that your personal information is kept safe and secure.

Test your awareness about the risks of  identity theft with this ID Theft Self-test tool.

Everyday lost items are handed in at the library information desk: USB sticks, passports, driver’s license,  polycards and mobile phones.

Where possible we try to locate the owner and return the items, however it is ultimately your responsibility to keep your stuff safe.

You might not be aware of it, but when you are browsing the web, websites collect information about you.

They may collect data about your browsing habits, but they can also collect personal information by asking you to complete surveys or forms. For more information in internet safety and the possible risks, refer to You, your privacy and technology.

Your personal information is your responsibility.

Records and Archives Week 1 -7 May 2010

Girls Hostel (now Te Aranga House) Foundation Stone Laying, January 23 1912

To mark Records and Archives Week the CPIT Library has a collection of photos from the CPIT archives on display just inside the main entrance.  

There are also other images from the CPIT archives currently being used in a collaborative digital exhibition by CANTAGE, including photos from inside what is now Te Aranga House (the beginnings of which are seen above) which was the base of the Christchurch School of Domestic Instruction and is now part of the Trades Innovation Institute at CPIT’s Sullivan Ave campus.