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LEARN Library and information skills

How do you find out what information and library resources are available? and how to access them and use them effectively? By coming to a library orientation session, or taking a tour or tutorial online.

Student learning about call numbers in a Library tutorial. Library orientation sessions for your class

All our libraries offer library orientations at the beginning of each semester. These practical sessions focus on the relevant information sources for your programme. They take about 40 minutes and are in class time. You don’t need to book, your lecturers will arrange these sessions. Check your programme's orientation day schedule.

If you miss out your class session see the online tours and tutorials below. Plus at any time you can ask for help at the Library deskĀ or you can make an appointment to meet a librarian and ask about the library services.

Tutorials tailored to class assignments

Further into the semester, your lecturer should organise a tutorial for your class with a librarian, either in the library, or in your classroom or lab. These tutorials focus on your current assignment. We will help you to get started on it by showing you how to find relevant books, journal articles and high-quality websites.

Workshops

We run workshops throughout the year. Check for news of upcoming workshops on our website homepage and our facebook page.

Online tours and tutorials

Online tutorials. We also have a wide range of online tours and tutorials available via our Online Tutorials page, or if English is not your first language try the ESL Tutorials page. They cover topics such as:

  • Introduction to Library services and resources including An Online Tour of the Main Library
  • How to use the Library’s catalogue and website
  • Library databases including How to access online copies of NZ legislation.

Drop-in sessions

Student getting help at Main Library Information Desk. You can also get individual guidance at any time by asking the Information Desk staff at each of our branches, or by contacting our Information Services team.

For example, maybe you need guidance on how to find some reading your lecturer has recommended or maybe you have been told to cite some journal articles in your assignments and you feel a bit stuck - our professional Information Librarians can show you how to use the Library catalogue and databases to get you going.

The benefits for you

Happy student. Learning how to access and use information effectively (being information literate) not only helps with assignments, but is also very useful in daily life. Information Literacy is also a competency increasingly sought after by employers...

So put  yourself on the path to success and take advantage of our sessions!