Library Stereotypes: Shhh!

Being a librarian is great- you get to learn loads, help students out, and play with new technology. But there are some parts of the job that aren’t so great- such the stereotypes. As a man in a field dominated by women, I find it a little disturbing when this is what most people think, when they think of librarians.

Image: jooleeah_stahkey via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Image: jooleeah_stahkey via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

CPIT’s library doesn’t, I like to think, live up to the old stereotypes of the “Shh!” librarian in a tweed skirt with a bun in his hair. However, in the past month or so, we’ve had quite a few complaints from people in the quiet spaces of the library, which haven’t been so quiet.

Soooo, to try to be responsive to what our patrons need, we’re going to be a little more proactive in asking for a minimum of noise in the quiet areas of the library: The Gateway, L131, and all open space upstairs- except the facade to the Atrium.


Please bear in mind that some of your course mates don’t have quiet space at home to study, and for many people the library is the best place to get your head down and get that assignment written. If you notice a lot of noise in a quiet area, let one of us know and we’ll ask the room to dial it back a bit.


So please: be respectful to those around you. Keep noise to a minimum in the quiet areas, and if you are asked by myself or one of the other library staff to tone down the noise, please try to think of us as helpful professionals, trying to ensure that everyone gets a chance to show their finest, as opposed to fire-breathing monsters ruining your day for giggles.

Here is a 1-minute video from the 1989 movie UHF which has inspired me to try to break these stereotypes. Return your books on time or else.

Edible Book Competition

Cake and books combine – a wonderful day for librarians!

People's Choice Award winning entry from 2013 Dennis Taylor for The thorn birds  by Colleen McCulloch
People’s Choice Award winning entry from 2013
Dennis Taylor for The thorn birds by Colleen McCulloch

Enter our fabulous Edible Book Competition which will be held on Tuesday 1st April 2014. We had great fun last year putting this event together with Food & Hospitality and hope to see even more entries from everyone this year.

Don’t worry if you’re not a dab hand in the kitchen, it can be just as much about smart thinking! Take a look at some previous entries (to see what I mean) and you’ll notice that you don’t necessarily have to make a ‘cake’ to enter the competition. Entries should be creative interpretations of book titles.

Prizes will be awarded for the best entries in the following categories:

People’s Choice

Best Interpretation of a Book

Funniest Entry

Most Delectable Entry

Take a look at some of last year’s entries CPIT Library International Edible Book Competition

Here are some more ideas to inspire from Books to eat

Want to know some background to this competition? Read on ….

Entries can be viewed from 9am on Tuesday morning in the Atrium in the Rakaia Centre. Winners will be announced at 12.15pm, and then the cakes can be devoured!

This year there will be a new addition of a graffiti cake where you can grab an icing pen and decorate the cake with the name of your favourite book or author. Also don’t forget to cast your vote for your favourite cake in the ‘People’s Choice Award’.

It will be a fun day for all so get thinking, get baking and making and join us on April 1st for CPIT’s second International Edible Book Competition.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentines day rosesBlind date with a book 

Valentine’s Day, Friday 14th February

Join in the fun with CPIT Library on Valentine’s Day by taking out a blind date from the library! How does a blind date of the literary kind sound?

We’ve wrapped some books in brown paper, so that you won’t know the identity of your blind date until you get it home. On the front of the wrapping, you’ll find a clue as to what genre book hides inside.

Be one of the first eight people to borrow one of our ‘blind date books’, like our CPIT Library page on Facebook and receive a chocolate rose for yourself or your Valentine!

Wanting to know more about Valentine’s Day or looking for a bookish recommendation? Check out what our friends at Christchurch City Libraries have to offer.

TimeOut lists the 100 best romantic movies, how many have you seen?

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt”. Charles M. Schulz

Cakes, cupcakes, biscuits, slices, tarts, confectionary and so much more………

Bake saleNovember for some has become synonymous with Movember  and fundraising for and creating awareness around men’s health in regard to prostate and testicular cancer.

On Monday 25th of November the CPIT Staff Wellbeing Committee is holding a bake sale in order to raise funds to support Movember and also that of the Breast Cancer Foundation.  Bring your appetite and your spare change to the Atrium on Monday 12 – 1pm, or Trades VF block and purchase some delicious baking knowing your money is going to worthy causes.

The Library is rich in resources on both these subjects.  For further information you can check out What women (and their men) need to know about prostate cancer or In the pink : a guide to breasts, cancer and living well.

For those who like to test their skills with a  quizz give this Movember ‘literary moustache’ one a go.

Just in – there are two magnificent gingerbread houses available for purchase kindly donated by Mike Meaclem from Food and Hospitality to the Movember cause………. so make sure you come by the Atrium on Monday lunchtime and see what goodies are on offer.


It’s all happening at the Library early tomorrow

library entranceway 048  Tomorrow at 8.30am there will be an unveiling ceremony for the new artwork at the entranceway to the Library. The artwork has been created by Dallas Matoe, a graduate from CPIT’s Bachelor of Design in Visual Art (2012). The commission for the artwork was a combined project from the Library, Te Puna Wānaka and Art and Design Departments.

 The design is based on a traditional Māori entranceway. Come and see for yourself and take part in the ceremony. It would be great to see you there.

 Heoi anō tāku mō nāianei