The first thing Christine Carter did in her new job was to cast aside the list of rules at the entrance of the library… and then followed that up with a few more big positive steps.
The EIT Tairawhiti library and learning services team leader has more than 20 years library experience, with a background in records and archives – all of that in Wellington.
But the draw of whanau and friends saw her return to Gisborne to take up her new job earlier this year..
While the rules went out the window, in came a new Maori collection, and if feedback from Toihoukura and Te Whata Kura students is anything to go by, it’s a winner.
The library has long had an extensive Maori collection, but the books were spread throughout the library.
“Students just didn’t know where to look, but now they do,” says Carter.
And she has more plans in the pipeline, including an overhaul of customer services for students and staff.
There is plenty of help on hand for all at the library, including two learning advisors who are there to assist students with general study skills, academic writing and any other learning needs.
With 30 student computers and 16 laptops, there is plenty of choice for IT.
Anyone wanting to learn more about the services at the library can attend orientation courses, which are held at the beginning of each semester, or book in for one-on-one time with the staff.
“I feel the library is now a vibrant and friendly space that’s welcoming to students.”