The Timaru Campus staff are having a little celebration today, showing the results of a library makeover.
Ara Timaru staff and students now have access to 31,350 online books and over 30,000 electronic serial titles alongside 10,000 physical books in the Timaru library. This is part of the library upgrade that started in February this year upgrading facilities across all Ara campuses.
“The students can access the online books from anywhere and they can do this 24/7. They also now have access for the first time to the many databases that Ara subscribes to for serials,” Ara Librarian Lynley Aldridge says.
When Aoraki Polytechnic and CPIT joined together on 1 January a makeover of the library was on the programme. A technological upgrade and new collaborative and quiet study areas have made the library more inviting and accessible to students.
The changes took place in three phases. First the entire Timaru book collection was realigned, based on current courses at the Timaru Campus. In the second phase the book collection was integrated into the Ara library catalogue.
“This gives all students on all campuses access to our full collection, physical and electronic. Half of our collection is available online, which offers a whole new stream of information for Timaru staff and students,” Ara Assistant Librarian Claire Brocklehurst says.
The Timaru library also introduced a book self-check-out kiosk and Docupos, to load money on their student cards for printing and photocopying.
“The technology update is fantastic, as it is way easier for the students now to borrow a book or print documents,” Ara Library Assistant Helen Purdon says.
The third phase focused more on the library space, creating three different study zones. There is a group area, where students can discuss projects; there is a quiet study area with computers and then there is the silent study room with computers and study carrels. If students want they can also book a group study room.
“We’re trying to make the library as inviting and flexible as possible, so students have a place to study and get help. Since we implemented the changes, there has already been an increase of students using the library,” Claire says.
More information about the library is available here: http://www.ara.ac.nz/services-and-support/library