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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Free books available at Te Puna

Free books! Bring your own carry bag!

Unitec Library is removing books that are no longer required so they are being given away free! They cover many subjects taught at Unitec. You can take as many as you want.

When: During opening hours
Where: In the Te Puna basement by the Red Lecture Theatre

Please note that more items will be added each day as time and space permits so check back regularly.

Monday, October 01, 2018

2018 Library Survey winner of iPad

A warm thank you to all students and staff who recently completed the Unitec Library survey. We had over 1500 responses and are delighted to announce the winner of the iPad – Brooke Wells, a postgraduate student who has been studying at Unitec for the past 4 years. 

Brooke is pictured  receiving her ipad from the Director of Student Success, Annette Pitovao.

See our blog post about the survey results here

Congratulations Brooke and thank you all for participating – your feedback is very valuable. 

Unitec library continues to perform in 2018 in top 25% in Australasia

In September this year 1898 Unitec students and 40 staff completed a comprehensive, benchmarked Library-specific 'Insync' client survey. Unitec Library recorded an overall score of 82.3%. This places in the top 25% of libraries that have surveyed with Insync over the last 2 years and represents an overall performance score increase of 1.2% since the last survey in 2016

This survey provides rich data and allows us to compare Unitec Library's performance against other institutions.  At the time the survey was administered, 28 other university libraries had completed recent benchmark surveys. (See key finding report below).

The survey rates respondents' perceptions about the importance and the performance of more that 30 factors in these 5 categories: Library staff, Communication, Service delivery, Facilities and Equipment, and Information Resources. The Library performed highest on the category of Library Staff, with a score of 89.1%.

The top 10 performance list contains six factors from the top 10 importance list:
  • I can get help from Library/Ask Me desk staff when I need it
  • Face-to-face enquiry services meet my needs
  • Library/Ask Me desk staff provide accurate answers to my enquiries
  • I can get wireless access in the Library when I need to
  • When I am away from campus I can access the Library resources and services I need
  • Online resources (e.g. online articles, databases, ebooks) are useful for my studies and help me with my learning and research needs
This is a positive result for the Library. Not only are these services among the most important to clients of the Library, they are also being performed well.

This year, the Library performed highest on the category of service delivery, with a score of 83.4%. The lowest score was identified for communication at 79.9%.

Areas of possible improvement

The data collected through the survey also gives us insight into the 'gap' between importance and performance. Gaps identified from 2016 survey have overall shown improvement in 2018.

A review of the survey results has identified no factors that have recorded gap scores in the problematic range (above 1.0 gap). The top three gaps that were also in the top 10 of importance were:
  • I can find a quiet place in the Library to study when I need to (gap of 0.64)
  • Printing, scanning and photocopying facilities in the Library meet my needs (gap of 0.44)
  • I can get wireless access in the Library when I need to (gap of 0.34)
While not immediately problematic, the factors listed above should be monitored if only because they also appear in the clients’ top ten importance listing. 

The 3 top gaps by location are

Mt Albert, Hub Library (Te Puna) (1211 responses)
  • I can find a quiet place in the Library to study when I need to (gap of 0.75)
  • I can find a place in the Library to work in a group when I need to (gap of 0.5)
  • I can get wireless access in the Library when I need to (gap of 0.36)
Mt Albert, Building One Library (384 responses)
  • Printing, scanning and photocopying facilities in the Library meet my needs (gap of 0.66)
  • I can find a quiet place in the Library to study when I need to (gap of 0.35)
  • The items I’m looking for on the library shelves are usually there (gap of 0.35)
Waitakere Library, level 3 (286 responses) 
  • I can find a quiet place in the Library to study when I need to (gap of 0.57)
  • I can find a place in the Library to work in a group when I need to (gap of 0.51)
  • Opening hours meet my needs (gap of 0.51)

Survey comments from our users include:
"Unitec Library has contributed a lot for my learning in terms of facilities. It is a quiet place where rules and regulations are respected in order to allow students to concentrate on their works.  The library Staff are respectful and ready to provide information or give a hand to students re: use of printing machine, find books, submitting assignments for students in need.
I can highly recommend the library service to other students because even if you can't find a material you need at Waitakere campus, the staff will order it from Mt Albert within a short time. Mostly, i like the way they treat all students with respect and dignity."
(Waitākere Student)
"I really like library services. In addition, when i face any difficulties then ask me desk staff always help me. They are very polite and helpful. They make my day with smile face. Moreover, now i am familiar with online library site which provide us very useful and reliable information. This service is one of the  main part of my studies. Thank you"
(Mt Albert Te Puna Student)
"I am able to issue books that are there most of the time relating to my course. I am able to ask for help and receive it and I am able to study by myself or in a group when I need to. This is what the library offers and that is what brings my success."
(Mt Albert Building 1 Student)

In conclusion, this year the Library achieved improved internal results, as well as very good benchmark results across the board.

You can view the full Key Findings Report here: Unitec Insync 2018 Key Findings Report

More information

For further information, please email studentsupport@unitec.ac.nz and address your query to the Director of Student Success, Annette Pitovao.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Take our library survey and go in to win an ipad

Complete the survey now

Help us improve Unitec's Library services by taking part in the 2018 survey online at http://library.unitec.ac.nz/survey

Students who complete the survey also go into the draw to win an ipad! The winner will be contacted by the library after the closing date.

The survey is open to all Unitec staff and students from 20 August - 2 September.

Thank you for taking part in this survey.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Ebook and Scitech outages - Sunday 19 August

On Sunday 19 August Proquest is performing routine maintenance on their products.

Online ebook access may be restricted from 4am to 9 am.

Scitech Premium Collection database may be inaccessible from 2pm to 10pm.  

We apologies for any inconvenience these outage may cause.

For any queries please contact us here

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Book a seat in an Academic Skills or Career Workshop

There are lots of exciting free workshops on offer to students.  Find a workshop that suits your needs and book your place.

Academic Skills Workshops

 Topics covered in workshops are
  • Academic writing (English Language Focus)
  • Analysing and answering assignment questions
  • APA referencing
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective strategies for academic reading
  • Essay writing essentials
  • Establishing an Effective Study Routine (preview, review and notetaking)
  • How to read a journal article
  • Key study skills
  • Oral presentations
  • Paraphrasing: Writing effectively in your own words
  • Proofreading strategies
  • Report writing essentials
  • Taking notes in lectures
  • Time Management
  • Tips for assignment writing
  • Writing a good paragraph
  • Writing a literature review
See the 2018 Semester 2 Academic Skills and Career Workshops timetable


Library Workshops

Topics covered in workshops are

Library Resources
  • Sage Research Methods
  • Creative Commons: Using images and digital media
Reference Management Software
  • Mendeley
  • Zotero
See the 2018 Semester 2 Library workshop timetable


Postgraduate Workshops

Topics covered in workshops are
  •  Academic writing for postgraduate study
  •  APA Referencing
  •  Critical thinking
  •  How to read a journal article
  •  Literature review 1: Getting started
  •  Literature review 2: Working on the writing
  •  Long documentation for thesis/dissertation (MS Word)
  •  Oral presentations
  •  Paraphrasing: Writing effectively in your own words
  •  Planning and writing a research proposal
  •  Preparing a good thesis or dissertation
  •  Proofreading Strategies
  •  Reading for postgraduate study
  •  Research ethics: How to prepare a strong application
See the 2018 Semester 2 Postgraduate workshop timetable


Career Workshops

Topics covered in workshops 
  • CV / cover letters - make a great first impression
  • CV and Cover Letter Essentials
  • International Workshop - Developing your Personal Brand
  • International Workshop - Starting your Career in NZ
  • Looking for a job? Here's how!
  • Making a good impression with employers. Preparing for Career Expos and Networking
  • Making the most of Expos and other employment opportunities
  • Making to most of your online presence
  • Preparing for interview and making the shortlist
  • Understanding what you have to offer employers
Check out the Career workshop timetable


Free4U Computing Skills

Update your computer skills with one of these courses
  • Getting Started in Computing (onsite only)
  • Keyboarding (onsite only)
  • Introduction to Internet and Email (onsite only)
  • Introduction to Word 2016 Part 1 (onsite or online)
  • Introduction to Word 2016 Part 2 (onsite or online)
  • Introduction to Excel 2016 (onsite or online)
  • Introduction to Publisher 2016 (onsite or online)
  • Introduction to PowerPoint 2016 (onsite or online)
Check out the Free4U website page for more details.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Samoan Language Week 2018 at Unitec Library

             Talofa lava! Come celebrate Samoan Language Week with Unitec Library.
                 “Alofa atu nei. Alofa mai taeao" – Kindness given. Kindness gained”.

The theme is based on the principle of reciprocity offering compassion and kindness that connects the people of the Pacific. This will run from Sunday 27 May - Saturday 2 June 2018.

Gagana Samoa is the third most spoken language in New Zealand. This week coincides with Samoa’s Independence Day on Friday 1 June 2018, celebrating 56 years since the Pacific nation became independent in 1962.

Unitec Library has resources both in print and electronic to help you learn and become familiar in Samoan language. Check out the Unitec Library catalogue and our Pacific subject guide.

Come in and see our display at Unitec Waitākere Library.

Use the hashtag #SamoanLanguageWeek to follow the events on social media.

For more information visit these websites: