2013 in review

Happy New Year from the CPIT Library Bloggers

WordPress has provided us with some statistics for our Blog in 2013. Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Open Education – what is it all about?

Open Education

What is it? ….Is it free? ….  Are we there yet? …… What is it all about?


There is a wealth of information being made freely available via the internet, challenging traditional copyright law, and promoting the open sharing of resources, information, and knowledge. Interest in open access, and a corresponding rise in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) and Open Educational Resources (OER)  highlights the changing face of education and will inevitably impact on all learning, teaching and research. I listened to an interesting interview with Dennis Viehland, an associate professor at Massey University, on National Radio at the weekend, discussing the significance of open content to online learning.

A recent report about the role of Academic Libraries within an open access future, looks at the changing nature of academic research. The focus is on the university environment, but the findings are relevant to all academic institutions. The report concludes that we need to “…evolve and be prepared to be creative, as the ways that researchers and students use information are changing and will continue to change.”(Harris, S. (2012). Moving towards an open access future: the role of academic libraries: A report. Retrieved from http://www.uk.sagepub.com/repository/binaries/pdf/Library-OAReport.pdf).

If you want to know more about the creation and sharing of resources check out Creative Commons Aotearoa  

To see what is freely available in terms of resources and content WikiEducator has an extensive list of repositories which hold open education resources. Check out the Kahn Academy , and Merlot, or browse the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).

Content without Borders and OrangeGrove  are two good examples of publicly accessible repositories which promote and provide access to resources contributed by academic institutions and repositories from around the world.

And if you are looking for images, browse the National Gallery of Art or Free New Zealand Photos both of which include images which are in the public domain, or try Open Clipart.

There is a geat deal of interest and activity in the open education movement in New Zealand, from schools through to tertiary level education. Rather than a threat, open education is seen as an opportunity to transform the way we create, share and deliver learning.

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Happy 2013

Happy New Year and welcome back! Hope everyone has had a relaxing break – read a good book; watched a movie; downloaded some cool new apps; and discovered some new neat places in Christchurch.

There will be some changes in the Library at the start of the term. We are installing a new self issue machine which will allow you to take out a pile of books at once, rather than one at a time. It operates in the same way as the Christchurch City Libraries, using RFID technology.

Taking books out will be quicker and easier, leaving library staff with more time to help you find the information you need, introduce you to the subject guides, help you with referencing, and answer any questions you may have.

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Good luck with your new year resolutions, ours is to help you succeed…one assignment at a time.

Library as Learning Space

I recently read an interesting article on the design of learning spaces. It featured research into how students rank  the design of space in Colleges in the US. I was not entirely surprised to discover that less than 30% found any space inspiring, and even fewer found designated spaces effective for study and learning.


I was interested that more than 70% of students said they prefered to work alone, as opposed to in a group. We struggle in this library to provide enough quiet study space, and that is partly due to the fact that many students seem to prefer to study collaboratively, in small groups, with lots of discussion. Perhaps Polytechnic students are different, or the nature of assignments?

Future plans for the CPIT Library space will include more individual study space, and quiet corners, and more flexibility in how a space can be configured and used, in the hope that we can be both inspiring and effective.

After-hours returns

If you need to return Library items when the Library is closed, you will need to make sure your ID card lets you into the atrium. There is no longer a returns drop-box at the back of the Library on Coventry Street.

The video returns slot will be adjusted this week to allow for all items to be returned here.

When the Library is open, please just pop in and return items at the service desk.




Chris Reddington’s sound sculpture concept Song Song (A Musical Bridge) has been selected as CPIT’s earthquake commemoration artwork.

The commemoration artwork was an initiative of the CPIT council. The judging panel consisted of CPIT Chief Executive Kay Giles, CPIT Council member Lynne Harata Te Aika , artist Neil Dawson and CPIT tutor/artist Bing Dawe.

more information

NZ Sign Language Week

April 30th – 6th May 2012 is New Zealand Sign Language Week – I am Deaf, let’s talk.

In 2006 the New Zealand Sign Language Act came into effect, making NZSL an official language in Aotearoa, along with English and Maori.

Sign Language Week is a celebration, promoting the use of signing, and raising awareness of the issues faced by the deaf community. Deaf Aotearoa has an excellent website which provides access to resources for learning NZSL. Attend a free class, or watch a video in the “learn at” series.

CPIT Library has several resources including A Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language.





There is also an Online Dictionary of New Zealand Sign Language , and the Deaf Studies Research Unit at Victoria University provides useful information and links.

Learn to sign, and join the community of 24,000 New Zealanders who communicate using New Zealand Sign Language.

ANZAC Day – Wednesday 25th April 2012

Christchurch’s ANZAC Day dawn ceremony will be held in Cranmer Square, and will begin at 6.15am. Traditionally this service has been held in Cathedral Square.

The Returned and Services’ Association  hold the annual service to commemorate New Zealanders killed in war and honours all returned service personnel. It is the anniversary of the landing of Allied Forces at Gallipoli in 1915 during World War I. It became an official holiday in 1921.

The RSA has recently undergone a bit of a make-over. An article in Saturday’s  Press highlighted some of the new ideas aimed at increasing membership, and attracting support from a younger generation. The focus is on community, and the ANZAC spirit of  “compassion, camaraderie, courage, and commitment”

Find out more about ANZAC Day – the history and the traditions 

CPIT Library will be closed on Wednesday 25th April – open again on Thursday 26th at 8am.

Finding databases and online resources

Just looking to search your favourite database? Looking for an e-book or online journal?

Use the Library Subject Guides

From the Library home-page  click on

 All Databases and online Encyclopedias and Dictionaries are listed under the General heading


The individual Subject Guides also provide access to databases, and resources specific to your subject area and on the left hand side of each page there is also a link back to the list of all Databases.

The Guides are designed to help you quickly and effectively find the information and resources most  relevant to your study. Please let us know what you think, or if you have any suggestions for resources we could include. Leave us a comment, or email library@cpit.ac.nz

That sinking feeling


 It is one hundred years ago this month, on the 15th April, that the Titanic sank in the Atlantic after hitting an iceberg. It is one of the most famous stories of our time, but if you only know the Leonardo De Caprio and Kate Winslett version…even if is was in 3D…you might want to check out more of the facts behind this dramatic and tragic event.

CPIT Library has a collection of resources – factual, fictional, and even a musical!

There is a website dedicated to Titanic stories, and I recently watched a very good National Geographic documentary on a commemorative re-build of part of the hull of the Titanic, which will form part of the Titanic Belfast  visitor attraction.

Closer to home it was 44 years ago on Tuesday (10th April) that the Wahine Ferry sank in Wellington harbour with the loss of 51 lives.

Wahine Ferry sinking in Wellington Harbour 10th April 1968(image courtesy of nzhistory.net.nz)
 Searching the Library’s online databases brings up a list of newspaper articles about the disaster
and the stories of the survivors.

 While Wikipedia and other websites provide facts, figures and images of the fateful day.

Take a look…..