Today is “Love your library day” which has been organised as part of New Zealand Library Week, the annual celebration of libraries and librarianship.
This is what some of the staff at CPIT think of libraries:
“Our library is like a beating, pumping heart, feeding the hungry, seeking minds of many. This will never stop as long as there are writers to fill the empty shelves again.” Flip Leiijten, Welding and Fabrication Tutor, Trades Innovation Institute, CPIT.
“Moving from the United States to New Zealand a few years ago really renewed my appreciation for public libraries. In the US, books are (relatively) cheap and libraries are few in number, so I don’t think I set foot inside one, except for academic study purposes, in about 10 years. But here in NZ, and Christchurch especially, the public library system is amazing. It allows you to nourish a love of reading, and with a library in almost every neighborhood, you’re certain to find what you’re looking for. I’ve used the libraries to find great fiction, cookbooks, dictionaries and manuals to help with my freelance work, and of course, story books for my children. For them, the library is an experience, and we have our favorites throughout town. To say, “Shall we go to the library today?” is, for them, akin to saying, “Shall we go to the park today?” And beyond the visit, we can continually refresh our supply of children’s books, discovering new stories, new authors, and new illustrators. The fact that Christchurch dedicates funding and attention to their library system shows that these places are still an integral part of the community and provide a consistent means for improving the overall quality of living here.” Cindy Staudt – Lecturer, Graduate Diploma of Information Design, CPIT.
“Libraries provide a physical presence for both past & present scholars & readers that inspires & informs” David Hawke – Principal Lecturer Environmental and Analytical Chemistry, School of Applied Sciences and Allied Health, CPIT
“I love libraries because: they provide infinite sources of pleasure . I am fortunate enough to have my office sited in the library of an academic institution so I have easy access to the latest journals and magazines both the serious worky ones and the luscious glossy fashion and food ones. I have access to interloan without leaving my office – I get to read up to date international journal articles from the databases and can send on the links to colleagues. I can recommend purchases and voila – they appear on the shelf. Then of a Friday I can swan around the leisure reading section and select my weekend reading. Again from the luxury of my office ( in my lunch break of course,) I can log on to the public library and select and order books of my choice and await a welcome email telling me they are there ready to be collected. When Santa brings me an ipod I’m looking forward to downloading some talking books to listen to on my walk to and from work. And when I grow up and become a grandmother I’m looking forward to taking my mokopuna to the library as I took their parents to select our favourite stories.” Robin Graham – Education Designer, Center for Education Development, CPIT.
“Went to the library to order a paper
Could have done it online but needed a caper.
Why stay in your office a long while
when interloaning is rewarded with a smile?
The team down there treat you like a guest
even though clients like me might seem like a pest!
With much appreciation for a great CPIT library team” Ruth Garside – Principle Academic Staff Member, School of Business, CPIT.
“Can you imagine not having our library? That’s just crazy, eh! No place to think, to focus your searching, to delve into ideas, to free up your mind. And no cool people there to help you migrate your way through to find the solutions you seek. I know why I like our library where I am studying ….” Gerard Duignan – Education Designer, Center for Education Development, CPIT.
Tell us about how much you love libraries…