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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Download Library eBooks to your iPad, iPhone or eReader

Did you know you can download many Unitec Library eBooks to your iPad, iPhone or eReader? Our three main eBook suppliers (EBL, ebrary and Books24x7) have a range of approaches as follows:

EBL allows downloads using Adode Digital Editions but often the book must be read online for 5 minutes first or if it is expensive Library approval may be required - see more about EBL books.

You can now download permanently parts of ebrary books - the same number of pages you are allowed to print. And for most books you are able to download the entire book for up to two weeks, without charge (some publishers aren't allowing this feature). eBooks from ebrary can be downloaded to computers and devices including the iPhone, iPad, Kobo, Nook and Sony Reader, but not the Kindle. Downloading complete books requires installation of the free software Adobe Digital Editions, in the same way as for the EBL collection. For more information, see Ebrary's training presentation, or this blog post from Princeton University..

Our eBooks from Books24x7 are currently only able to be viewed online. The supplier has a new  'On Demand platform' with a 'Chapters to Go' feature as well as mobile device compatibility (Books24x7 On The Go), which we are reviewing and may introduce next year - please email us if you would find this useful.

You can tell if an eBook is from EBL, ebrary or Books24x7 by placing your mouse over the title of the Book in LibrarySearch - see the picture below for an example. More about Library eBooks.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Longer hours in Main Library from Saturday 12 November

The Main Library (Mt Albert hub) will be open for longer hours during study and exam weeks, beginning on Saturday 12 November 2011 and ending on Thursday 1 December 2011. The extended opening hours are as follows:

Mon- Thurs    8.00 - 10.00
Fri                8.00 -  7.00
Sat-Sun        9.00 -  7.00

The Student Computer Centre and other branches' hours are unchanged.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

We are backing Unitec Students to succeed!

Webb Ellis Cup
With assignments due soon and exams pending we are backing you to succeed! So don't be afraid to ask for our support. See the links below for study help, tips and contacts.

Tips for success:

Free exam prep workshops:
Exam techniques - Tuesday Nov 8th, 5pm-7pm - Book online. Venue is  B110, Rm 2055.

Who you can ask for study help:

Study facilities and spaces

Support getting a job after exams

Check out the Unitec Career Centre job club from 5 - 8 December if you would like to make new contacts and get support finding work.

    Thursday, October 06, 2011

    Library login overnight outage 18 - 19 October

    Due to a technical upgrade to Unitec's PeopleSoft system the Library login will not be available during the following period:

    Outage starts: 18 October 4pm
    Outage stops: 19 October 9am

    This will mean you cannot do the following during this period:
    • Log into LibrarySearch 
      - you will not be able to renew or request books online, or access your Library account including saved searches or saved records of favourite books or other items. However we are open until 9pm on the 18th and you can phone or email us and we can renew or request items for you during this time.
    • Search Library Databases via LibrarySearch or Multi-Search (QuickSearch and CustomSearch)
      - you will not be able to search across more than one database at a time, however you will be able to search individual databases by clicking on the name of the Database listed in the Databases A-Z or in your Subject Guide
    For more information about how other Unitec systems are affected by the upgrade see the "Important Notice for all Unitec Students' on the Unitec website news page.

    We apologise for any inconvenience that this outage will cause you.

    Tuesday, October 04, 2011

    Library TXT Notices service outage 18 - 27 October

    Please note that due to a technical upgrade to Unitec's PeopleSoft system the Library TXT (SMS) Notices service will not be running from 18 October to 27 October 2011. This means that if you subscribe to the service you will not get automated text messages to your phone for overdue or recalled books during the outage period. However overdue and recall reminders will still be emailed during the outage period. 

    You can still text the Library on 021 488155 and use our Live Help chat service during the outage period.

    Find out how other Unitec systems are affected during the PeopleSoft upgrade 18-27 October.

    We apologise for any inconvenience that this outage will cause you.