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Thursday, November 01, 2018

Exam Update Semester 2, 2018

Kia ora students,

With semester 2 exams fast approaching (12th to 23rd November), Unitec Library is here to help. Firstly, we have a study guide: Exam techniques, which is full of good advice for revision and exam survival.

We also have previous exam papers on the library catalogue. Searchable by your course name and number  e.g., CONS 7906 

Here is our guide:  Exam papers – How to Access

“Obtaining – and working on – as many past examination papers as you can should be an essential part of your revision and planning.” 1

Finally, Unitec Library  offers a great place for quiet revision (Ask Me staff can direct you to quiet study areas), and study rooms (book a group study room).     

Ngā mihi nui,
Unitec Library staff


1. Walmsley, Bernice. Improve Your Study Skills : Teach Yourself, Hodder Education Group, 2010. ProQuest Ebook Central, http://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/unitec/detail.action?docID=655662.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Extended hours at Te Puna 29 Oct - 23 Nov 2018

Te Puna will be open longer hours over the study and exam weeks period, from Monday 29 October - Friday 23 November 2018.

Building 1 and Waitakere libraries hours will remain the same as during semester time.

Note that the Customer Service/Ask Me desk staffing hours will not change.

See the library hours full details.

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.