Think | Play | Discuss

Think  To direct one's mind towards someone or something; use one's mind actively to form connected ideas. Play To engage in an activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than serious or practical purpose. Discuss To talk or write about a topic in detail, taking into account different issues and ideas. As a librarian... I am … Continue reading Think | Play | Discuss

Why We Need a Positive Reading Culture

We love reading! (shocking, I know!) We stalk publisher websites for new and exciting titles that we think will appeal to our users, add them to the collection and then market them within the Library spaces. Our days are never brighter then when students ask us for recommendations. We know that readers do better in … Continue reading Why We Need a Positive Reading Culture

ARTS ALOFT with the Soaring Sonnets Competition

  Last term, during the Trinity Arts Festival, the Arthur Holt Library held a poetry competition with a difference. Students were challenged to write a sonnet (in the Shakespearean style) fold it into a paper aeroplane and throw it across the quad. Prizes were awarded for creativity of composition, the longest distance travelled, and best … Continue reading ARTS ALOFT with the Soaring Sonnets Competition

The librarycook sells out

The July issue of Delicious was filled with tempting dishes to warm the cockles of the soul and banish the discontent of winter.  Slow cooked this, hearty that, pulses and legumes, nourishing soups.  And the librarycook did try.  The Three Cheese Lasagne was OK, but its attempt to replace Bechamel sauce with three different cheeses … Continue reading The librarycook sells out

A Sticky Problem

June's issue of Delicious offered the librarycook an embarrassment of choice.  Recipe after recipe was photocopied, drooled over, and then, crucially, assessed for its CRR (Cooking to Reading Ratio).  Those apparently time-saving, cook-in-one-pan recipes?  Careful scrutiny revealed the librarycook might squeeze in a page.  Two at the most. Not them, then.  The librarycook's eye fell on recipe … Continue reading A Sticky Problem

Robot-Proof, by Joseph E. Aoun

Robot-Proof, by Joseph E. Aoun outlines the history of, and the need for, changes in higher education due to ever continuing technological and computing advancements. Many industries today are heavily supplemented by automation, technology and computing. These include, but are not limited to, marketing, journalism, banking, agriculture and logistics. And there is growing concern among … Continue reading Robot-Proof, by Joseph E. Aoun

Which Book Changed Your Life?

When I started in the library in Term 4 last year, Ms Gaspari handed me an Avant Guard postcard with the details of a “Changed My Life” campaign, an initiative of the Copyright Agency. Her words were simply “ To get you into ‘Library land’ I would like to extend the challenge to you to … Continue reading Which Book Changed Your Life?

Why reflect on learning?

By Vicki Courtenay, Teaching and Learning Librarian` As educators, we often ask students to undertake a process of reflection following the completion of an assessment / assignment / presentation. Occasionally, students offer up insights about their process and strategies and muse on ways to improve them. More often than not, however, what a teacher reads … Continue reading Why reflect on learning?

A better Library experience with RateIt

This term the Arthur Holt Library will be conducting a small scale demographic study of how staff and students use our services and spaces. We strive to provide the very best services possible and therefore we must also ensure that we regularly check that the reality matches our expectations. The Library is a place where … Continue reading A better Library experience with RateIt