Trial of a new reference database…Points of View Reference Centre

Where do you stand? – Australia/New Zealand Points of View

Just when you think you have something straight in your head someone yells “fake news” and you are not too sure what to think anymore. Luckily the library is trialing a wonderful new online resource called Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

We have a trial of the Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre


This resource covers a wide range of topics, such as banning rodeos, freedom camping and gun control and everything in between including recent views on COVID 19. Each of the over 225 topics contain an overview (objective background/description), a point (argument), and counterpoint (opposing argument), and a guide to the critical analysis of each topic.

Many subjects are covered in the Points of View Reference Centre


All of these tools are designed to help you develop your own perspective on the issues and write or debate an effective argument on the topic.


Never lose an argument across the dinner table or within the classroom again. This resource is fact checked and reflects both sides of any story. All you need to do is see both sides and declare where you stand. Remember those who stand for nothing fall for anything!

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

“Indigenous peoples have rich and ancient cultures, and view their social, economic, environmental and spiritual systems as interdependent, and have beliefs that are crucial to the sustainable development of the Earth.”

Selwyn Katene and Rawiri Taonui
Image by rmadison from Pixabay

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples seeks to raise awareness of the indigenous peoples’ fight for recognition and justice across the globe. Throughout colonisation processes, indigenous peoples experienced different levels of physical and symbolic violence, land dispossession, cultural assimilation and a loss of language. The legacy of colonialism, however, is not restricted to the past. Today many groups still struggle with persisting inequality. Supporting indigenous peoples’ rights and valuing indigenous peoples’ knowledge and culture is the responsibility of all of us.

You can learn about this year’s theme “COVID-19 and indigenous peoples’ resilience” and the history of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2020 on the United Nations website.

If you would like to know more about indigenous peoples’ rights and the impacts of colonialism, here are some of the resources available in the library:

Cant, G., Goodall, A., & Inns, J. (Eds.) (2005). Discourses and silences: Indigenous peoples, risks and resistance. Christchurch, New Zealand: University of Canterbury.

Consedine, B., & Consedine, J. (2012). Healing our history: The challenge of the Treaty of Waitangi (Rev. ed.). Auckland, New Zealand: Penguin.

Cooper, F. (2005). Colonialism in question: Theory, knowledge, history. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Hokowhitu, B., Kermoal, N., Andersen, C., Petersen, A., Reilly, M., Altamirano-Jiménez, I., & Rewi, P. (Eds.) (2010). Indigenous identity and resistance: Researching the diversity of knowledge. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

Katene, S., & Taonui, R. (Eds.) (2018). Conversations about Indigenous rights: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand. Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press.

Sorrenson, M. (2014). Ko te whenua te utu = Land is the price: Essays on Māori history, land and politics. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press.

Tidwell, A., & Zellen, B. (Eds.) (2016). Land, indigenous peoples and conflict. London, England: Routledge.

Whitt, L. (2009). Science, colonialism, and indigenous peoples: The cultural politics of law and knowledge. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

How to Manage Stress in These Uncertain Times

Global pandemic. Millions infected. Lockdowns. Social distancing … These are scary and uncertain times indeed. But remember that you are still in control of your thoughts. By choosing to have sensible thoughts, you’ll be able to take positive actions. So, here are the simple things you can do to manage stress and stay strong: 

1)    Avoid information overload.

Most of the news nowadays, whether local, national or international, is about the virus. Often the news is negative and therefore distressing. So, it is wise to limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching the news on this topic. A good idea is to assign a fixed and limited amount of time every day to stay updated on the news. For example, you may decide to keep up with the news from 7 to 8 p.m. daily. At other times you really need to focus on doing the other things in your life.

2)    Let go of what’s beyond your control.

You need to rationalise that there is often little you can do to change the negative things that are happening around you. Leave the concerns and problem-solving to the relevant health and government authorities. Being overly concerned or worried is certainly not good for your physical and mental health.

3)    Stay calm.

We are all different, and so you need to know what calms you down. Does listening to soothing music help you to relax? Does talking to someone who understands helps you to feel better? Does taking a walk outside make you feel relaxed? Regularly doing what calms you down is so very important. Learn more about how to cope during these stressful times here

4)    Set aside time for breaks and hobbies.

Even when you have things to do and deadlines to keep, plan your time carefully to achieve a balance. Taking breaks helps you recharge your energy and become more effective in your study, work and other tasks. Having hobbies you enjoy lets you focus on the things you like doing and makes hobby time pleasant and enjoyable. Reduce stress and enjoy life with these 100 free or frugal activities. Be good to yourself.

5)    Stay healthy.

Looking after your health well is so very important in these uncertain times. Make sure that you have a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Need ideas? Here are 42 cheap and healthy recipes you can try.

Stay healthy by taking regular breaks and setting aside time for your hobbies. Stay in touch with those you get along with.

6)    Stay in touch.

Most of us cannot meet face to face with others due to social distancing. But you can still stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues through Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp or other means. Talking about how things are going and what’s happening can often help you to feel better and more connected with others.

7)    Be kind to yourself and others.

You need to be more understanding with yourself and others. Many people are having to manage their lives and also to remain safe during these times. Do not expect too much of yourself – it is alright to feel concerned about the situation, as long as you take steps to prevent things from overwhelming you. If the people you know and others are not quite themselves, remain calm and be understanding. You do not know what others are going through. They are also trying their best to get through the day.

8)    Count your blessings.

Avoid becoming preoccupied with the global health, social and economic crisis.

Don’t forget the positives in your life. Remember to always count your blessings. Make a list of all the good things in your life. A positive thing can be as simple as having good health. Having a job that pays your bills. Having a lovely pet that makes you smile. Living in a pleasant neighbourhood. Having some good friends who understand you.

As you can see, it is not difficult for most people to make a list of what’s positive in their lives. Look at this list every day, and add to it. This will remind you of what is good – it gives you the perspective to better manage any worries or stress that you are facing.


There is certainly more to life than the pandemic. When you begin taking one or more of the above actions, you’ll be able to keep stress to a manageable level. Kia kaha!

Even more ebook resources for Covid time from Elsevier, Proquest and EBSCO

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If you have searched Primo Library Search and your Subject Guide and still need a few more resources for your assignment you can also search the below sources which have been made available temporarily by our vendors for the Covid period.

  • Bloomsbury Fashion Central – Includes Berg Fashion Library, Fairchild Books Library, Fashion Photography Archive and Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases. (Until 31/05/20)
  • EBSCO –  Faculty Select allows you to access quality open textbooks. Limit your search to OER and you will get a range of open access eBooks. This includes some New Zealand content. (Until 30/06/20)
  • EBSCO – Harvard Business Review Press Collection.  Includes over 600 eBooks. (Until 30/05/20)
  • National Emergency Library from Internet Archive – a temporary collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. This is a good place to look for an older edition of your textbook if you can’t access the latest edition.
  • Nursing and allied health textbooks from Wolters Kluwer available online (Wolters Kluwer have kindly extended our trial access from 25/5 until 25/6/20 although access may be delayed from 25/5/20 in the transition to the extended trial period.)
  • Proquest Ebook Central – The place to find many online textbooks with increased accessibility thanks to our Elsevier, Proquest, and EBSCO vendors (Full access ends on 30 June 2020 when some textbooks will revert to either 1 user or 3 user access). A nice feature of using Proquest Ebook Central is that a search shows both book results and chapter results. You can also access it from the Databases A-Z in Primo. Watch this 3 minute YouTube video on using Proquest Ebooks Central for more tips.
  • Proquest’s Research Companion– great tips in video format to tackle your research assignment (Available until 30 June 2020) .

So keep safe in your bubble and remember to email or use the Ask Live chat service if you need help.

Learning Remotely – Tips, Tricks, and Tools

In the next few weeks, we’ll all be facing new challenges: we’ll be moving everything that we used to do on campus to the online environment.

Learning online is not much harder from learning offline – it’s just different. We’re bringing you a few tips on how to make this transition smooth and hassle free. Let’s all work together so that we can come out of this experience stronger and wiser.

Make Sure You Have Good Internet Access

Good internet connection is essential for successful learning from home. You’ll need the internet to be fast enough to smoothly run calls and videos. You probably won’t need unlimited access, but it allows you to not stress about downloading all of the resources you need for your studies.

Install and Test Appropriate Software

Are your lectures going to be delivered via Zoom (see Ara’s Zoom Guide)? Or Webex? Is it installed in all devices that you’re going to use?

Make sure that you have installed all software that you’re going to need before the lectures start and make sure that you know how to use it.

Take Regular Breaks

Sitting behind a computer for a long time can bring with it new physical challenges. Make sure that you take regular breaks from your screen.

We can still go for walks in our local area, so this is something you should make the most of even if you don’t feel like walking. Walking and exercise actually do help you to learn in a more effective way and there is a lot of science behind it.

Take Care of Your Eyes: 20-20-20 Rule

Gazing at the screen all day is not exactly what our eyes are designed for. The 20-20-20 rule says that to avoid tired eyes, you should focus every 20 minutes for 20 seconds on an object that is 20 feet away.

Obviously you don’t have to run around with a tape measure to measure 20 feet (~6 meters) but you got the point. Application of this rule will prevent your eyes from getting tired.

Keep in Touch with Your Peers

Social contact via a screen is not as good as face to face, but it’s still much better than no contact at all. Establish regular meetings with your classmates. Try to make an online study group. It’ll help you to motivate yourself to study and succeed.

Get Rid of Distractions

I’m sure you already know that procrastination is not helpful. To learn new things, you need to focus as much of your attention as possible on what you’re learning. Each distraction reduces your chance of remembering what you’re trying to focus on. Identify what distracts you and put it away: your phone, TV etc.

Set Up a Specific Place to Study

Learning from your couch is a nice idea, but it might be more beneficial if you set up a specific place and time to study. This will help you to shake off the guilt of not studying all the time. It also helps you to relax during your breaks and to focus effectively during the time that you are actually studying.

Ask For Help if You Need it

If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it. We all need help sometimes, especially in situations that are new to us as we might feel more vulnerable. To contact the library, email to or use AskLive.

All the best with your online learning!

More nursing and allied health online resources from Wolters Kluwer

In a previous blogpost we promoted our short term access to key nursing textbooks from Wolters Kluwer via our link to Ovid Books .

(Wolters Kluwer have kindly extended our trial access from 25/5 until 25/6/20 although access may be delayed from 25/5/20 in the transition to the extended trial period.)

You can also access this from the Books/Ebooks tab of the  NursingMidwifery and Osteopathy subject guides and from the Databases A-Z, all of which are available from the Primo Library Search tile in your My Ara app.

Library availability over the Easter break

Once again and despite the Covid 19 situation Easter is upon us.


No doubt Easter 2020 will be one to remember as we cannot do the usual things we would be doing at this time of the year…visiting our friends & family, going on vacation, Autumn trips into the back country or for those who are religious going to church.

Stay home this Easter….the outdoors will still be there after Covid 19 is defeated…

Despite our requirement to stay isolated we can still celebrate the holiday with those in our social bubble. This Easter break why don’t you plan a special Easter meal, go for a local walk/bike ride with your bubble, contact a friend or family member to check their status or just stay home & treat yourself to a stress free day or two.

Why not have a festive Easter meal over the holidays….

Here at Ara Library we will also be celebrating the Easter break so we will not be available from Friday the 10th April through to Tuesday 14th April. We will be monitoring our communication channels (both phone and online) but will not be able to answer any inquiries until the morning of Wednesday the 15th April.

From all of us here at Ara Library we wish you a happy Easter and we look forward to assisting you after the holidays.

Finally, please remember this Easter to stay home to fight COVID-19…


New ebooks – The Treaty of Waitangi Collection from Bridget Williams Books

We have just added The Treaty of Waitangi Collection of ebooks from Bridget Williams Books to  our ebook collection. This collection brings together leading thinking on this foundational document, including works by acclaimed scholars such as Claudia Orange, Judith Binney, Vincent O’Malley, Alan Ward and Aroha Harris.

BWB Collections platform  is built on the Amazon Web Services Cloud to provide an ultra-reliable service. Full book chapters regularly take just two seconds to load.

As well as key resources like Claudia Orange’s The story of a treaty and Anderson, Binney & Harris’s Tangata Whenua : a history, there is an Index to the Treaty of Waitangi Collection which enables readers to search by Iwi or Place.

You can access The Treaty of Waitangi Collection from the Tiriti o Waitangi page of every Subject Guide including the Ao Māori Subject Guide.

Each of the books in the BWB Collection are also individually catalogued in Primo Library Search e.g.

Best of luck with your studies.

Noho ora mai



Key Nursing Textbooks Available Online During COVID-19 Lockdown

Wolters Kluwer have kindly extended our trial access from 25/5/20 until 25/6/20 although access may be delayed briefly from 25/5/20 in the transition to the extended trial period. 

Access these Ovid Books from Wolters Kluwer here.

How To Access the Textbooks

  1. Click on the link above
  2. Login with your Moodle username and password

3. Choose the title you want to access, and select View in Book Reader  (eg. Nursing research)

4. A page with the book will open. Search by clicking on the magnifying glass icon on the top left.

5. To browse the book, click on “Table of contents” and get to the lowest level. Eg. content won’t display if you click on “Part 1″, you have to click on a (sub)chapter ” – Research problems…”

You can also access this from the Books/Ebooks tab of the  Nursing, Midwifery and Osteopathy subject guides and from Databases A-Z / Ovid Books

The online books are also now available through our Primo search catalog.

Please contact us if you have trouble accessing the books.

Learning in Difficult Times: 10 MOOC for Library Staff Members

As of yesterday, all librarians across New Zealand are staying at home. It’s an unusual and unprecedented situation. I’m sure that a lot of librarians can keep working from home and have some projects for their libraries to develop.

But I also think that there are plenty of librarians whose primary role is customer service and they might not have too many projects that they could work on while spending the following weeks in self-isolation. For them but also for many others including me it’s a great time to work on our self-development.

Developing new skills is something we know that we should be doing. However, in our busy day-to-day library duties there is often not enough time to do so.

I’m bringing you a few tips on MOOC (Massive Online Open Course), with regard to which content could be useful in your library job. You might find that some of the courses below are not suited for your particular library role, but I don’t intend to provide an exhaustive list of the massive online open courses suitable for a librarian. I’d like you to get inspired to use the following weeks in a productive and positive way.

10 Online MOOC for Librarians

1. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

In this course you’ll learn how to learn. Learning and memory techniques, dealing with procrastination and many more. The course provides a good foundation for your future studies.

2. How To Create a Website in a Weekend! (Project-Centered Course)

Each library would benefit from having its own website or a blog. In this course you’ll learn how to do that in a way that is best suited for your needs. Not many MOOC are project-centered so take this opportunity while you can!

3. Copyright for Educators & Librarians

The course is focused on the problem of copyright in U.S. libraries. Even though it’s about U.S. copyright, it’s highly valuable as many sites like Wikipedia follows U.S. copyright law.

4. Search Education Online

This is an education course provided by Google. You can learn how to improve your Google search skills and how to become a more effective and faster fact finder. What else could be more essential in the Time of Google?

5. Excel Skills for Business Specialization

There is barely a more versatile and valuable skill than mastering Excel. Once you become an expert in Excel, you’ll be a valuable workmate in any office. The course is focused on its business use but what’s useful for business can surely be used in the library environment too.

6. Strategic Planning for Public Libraries

This is quite an essential MOOC for a variety of libraries. Explore methods of effective planning and its delivery. The course is provided by The University of Michigan.

7. Public Library Marketing and Public Relations

Learn how to develop effective marketing and PR strategies to help share your library’s programs, services, and value with the broader community.

8. Identifying Community Needs for Public Library Management

The course provides an overview on how to design research, surveys, and interviews. You can also learn how to analyse data to better assess the local wants and needs of a public library community.

9. Become a Data Analyst

This is a slightly more specialized course for librarians who work with data. You’ll learn how to use Python, SQL, and statistics for your data-drive library solutions.

10. Masterpieces of World Literature

This is a course for more “classic” librarians provided by Harvard University. From The Epic of Gilgamesh to Goethe.