PressReader – the new improved PressDisplay

pressreader-appFrom September, the PressDisplay database will become PressReader. You will still get same day, unlimited access to full-page replicas of thousands of newspaper and magazine titles from NZ and around the world, but the look of PressReader is much more mobile friendly and customisable to view on your computer or mobile device. You can also choose to take advantage of a range of new features such as bookmarking, instant translation, keyword search and greatly improved social sharing.

Fantastic New Magazine Content

As well as the vast array of newspaper content, PressReader provides full access to as many magazines as newspapers with some great NZ titles, including NZ Listener, NZ Woman’s Day, Cuisine, Metro, NZ House & Garden, NZ Gardener, Little Treasures, NZ Rugby World, and Next. Overseas titles include Mojo, Q, BBC History, T3, Elle, Mollie Makes, Playstation Magazine, SFX, GQ Australia,Vogue Australia and Top Gear. And just like Pressdisplay, over 60 languages are represented in the newspaper & magazine content.

Accessing Pressreader

In the browser:

  1. Use your library card details to access the PressReader website
  2. Once on the PressReader site, you’ll need to log in to the site itself again so it can create your PressReader account. Again, this uses your library card details:
    1. Click ‘Sign in’ in the top right-hand corner
    2. Click on the ‘Library and Group’ button
    3. In the ‘Select Library’ box that pops up, search for ‘Wellington City Libraries’ > Click on our Library logo to select this as your library
    4. Enter your Library card number, and your surname as your ‘PIN’, and click the ‘Sign in’ button
    5. When prompted to set up an account, enter your details so that you can save favourite newspapers and magazines. Alternatively you can choose “No Thanks” and not set up an account.

Apps for Android and iOS:

You can download the app for Android and iOS devices below:

You may notice some slight differences between Pressdisplay and Pressreader – once you select a title, you can now ‘turn’ the pages by clicking and dragging the next page into the centre screen. Thumbnails of the pages that used to be on the right of the paper can now be found at the bottom of the screen, with the table of contents.

More information: Pressreader Help Centre, Pressreader videos, iOS user guide and for Android user guide.

If you have any questions about using the new Pressreader, please let us know at enquiries@wcl.govt.nz

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Family History Month – Part 3

As Family History month continues so does the list of genealogy resources available at Wellington City Libraries. For this post we feature a handy hint from our Local History Specialist, Gábor, that you can use when using the historic ‘Birth, Death and Marriage’ database in order to get a specific date for the event you are searching for. Also some help in finding passenger lists for ships that came to New Zealand, World War 1 service records and the type of information you can find searching through the NZ Gazette. You can find a display of these genealogical resources from this series of blogs on the second floor of Wellington Central Library.

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PASSENGER LISTS
When did your ancestors arrive in New Zealand? How did they get here? Where did they come from? Passenger lists can help you answer all these questions.
If you already know the name of the ship, or which port they might have arrived at in NZ, or roughly when, you can find many passenger lists on:

Denise and Peter’s
Over 1000 passenger lists, which can be searched by the name of the ship or port of arrival.

New Zealand Bound
Passenger lists arranged by port of arrival. Excellent tips on calculating year of arrival and other details, and many links to other sites containing passenger lists and all sorts of information related to shipping.

If you’re starting from scratch, without any immigration details, you can search by your ancestor’s name to find a passenger list on:
Family Search – Archives NZ Passenger Lists, 1839-1973
Search by the name of your ancestor, or browse the collection by port of arrival, year and ship. There are good tips for searching the lists.

Papers Past
Ships’ arrivals were usually reported in the newspapers, sometimes with a list of the passengers and often with interesting details about the sailing.

WORLD WAR 1 RECORDS ON ARCHWAY
If you had a relative serving in WW1 their military record will give a thorough description their military service – from when they enlisted, through wartime and beyond. Besides valuable information like birthdate and place, and next of kin, you can find out all sorts of interesting details about them, like the colour of their eyes and condition of their teeth!
Personnel files of WW1 servicemen are held at Archives NZ. The files are made up of numerous documents (attestation papers, medical history, casualty forms etc) that have been compiled into one file for each soldier. The files have been digitised and can be searched by name on ARCHWAY

PAPERS PAST
For adding depth and fascinating detail to your family history research, you can’t go past Papers Past.
This website of digitised newspapers from the National Library’s collection of NZ (including Maori) and Pacific newspapers is continuously being extended – both date ranges and titles. You can search for specific people, places, events etc, or browse through papers – what you find will provide insights into the social, economic and political times in which your ancestors lived.
The new version of the website was launched recently and has more than just newspapers. It is divided into 4 sections – Newspapers, Magazines and Journals, Letters and Diaries, and Parliamentary Papers. Searching is easier, with “a cleaner, more modern interface…and search tools have been improved, making it easier to search groups of papers, pick date ranges, and scan results”.

BIRTH, DEATH and MARRIAGE: Obtaining specific dates

After a change in legislation in the mid-2000’s, tighter restrictions on accessing birth, death and marriage (BDM) data were introduced which saw the end of the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) providing annual datasets. These had been published on microfiche up to 1990 (which the central library continues to hold) and as computer files from 1991 onwards. However this change also saw the DIA make “historic” BDM data available and searchable online providing the following conditions are met:

1. The birth occurred more than 100 years ago
2. The marriage occurred more than 80 years ago
3. The death occurred more than 50 years ago OR the deceased was (or would have been had they still been alive today) at least 80 years of age. For example, the registration of someone who passed away in 1995 aged 60 can now be searched for as they would have been over 80 today.

Searches on the BDM website normally produces a year and a reference number of an event which can be used to obtain a full print-out or certificate. However by manipulating the search parameters, you can force the database to produce the actual date (day, month and year) that the event took place. Start by running a search that produces a BDM result of the name of someone you are interested in. Then gradually start to narrow the time-frame being searched for in the “Search from date” and the “Search to date” options. Start by narrowing the year; if the name suddenly disappears you will know the event is outside of the date parameters you have set. When a year is isolated, start to narrow the range of months being searched, again making sure the name you seek continues to result from a search, then do the same for the day within the month. When the “search from” and “search to” dates are exactly the same and the name you are looking for still results when a search is run, you know that you have isolated the exact date of the birth, death or marriage. Try it at BDM – Historical Records online

The NZ GAZETTE

The New Zealand Gazette is a weekly publication of government proclamations and is a massive source of genealogical information. Published since the earliest days of the colony, the gazette holds information about land transfers, bankruptcy notices & business liquidations, military call-up lists, local council information and a huge wealth of other information. One of the most useful areas of the gazette for the family historian are the lists of names (and often addresses) of individuals applying for formal registration within certain occupations. Occupations which required registration include doctors, nurses, teachers, electricians, boilermakers, engine drivers, architects and any number of other roles including positions such as Justices of Peace. One of the issues with the NZ Gazette was that until recently it was very difficult to find any information about an individual without knowing the date a gazette “notice” was published. Today we have access to a searchable database containing all copies of the NZ Gazette from 1841 through to 2014. As the database is a commercial product, it is not available online but rather must be used on a computer set aside for family history purposes at the Central Library. Ask at the reference desk on the 2nd floor for details.

Exciting new additions and enhancements to Zinio

We have added some new titles to our WCL Zinio eMagazine collection and they are available now, free to read with your library card. Back issues for one year are also available for these new titles!

Adweek via ZinioAdweek
Android Magazine
Australian Knitting
BeanScene
Country Living
Cricket
Diabetic Living
DIVA
Faces
Film Comment
Gay Times
Country Living via ZinioGrazia UK edition
Harper’s Bazaar Arabia
HELLO! magazine
Marie Claire Fashion Shows
Men’s Health
N-Photo: the Nikon magazine
Red UK
Rolling Stone Australia
Teen Vogue
The Beer Connoisseur Magazine
The Week

When you are browsing Zinio you can locate any of these new titles by entering the name in the search box or choosing a genre. You can also find a full list of our Zinio titles here.

New features:

The following enhancements have also been added to the Zinio for Libraries apps. These should improve your Zinio experience even more!

• Direct links to check out new magazines from within the app (iOS & Android)
• Download preferences for automatically downloading checkouts or queuing up multiple magazines for batch downloading (iOS)
• Enhancements to storage management, including display of file size on devices (iOS)
• Instant reading available in an online reader for desktop & mobile

Plus, offline reading on iOS, Android and Kindle is now available! By logging in to the app using the same email and password used to check out magazines, magazines can be read offline (once downloaded).

If you haven’t explored Zinio yet – there’s more information about this collection on our MyGateway magazines page, together with advice on how to set yourself up on your desktop or mobile device. Enjoy!

Have you explored Gale News Vault yet?

Gale NewsVault - What Real People Were Saying About Everything
Wellington City Libraries has opened up its virtual doors to 400 years of British historical newspapers and 19th Century US newspapers, bringing these resources to your computer or mobile device. Gale News Vault consists of five individual newspaper and news collections. You can uncover births, deaths and marriages or just browse local news or scandals.

The News Vault can be accessed from home and in the library – all you need are your library card details to unlock this amazing treasure trove for family history or history in general.

You can choose to search across the following five collections through Gale News Vault or alternatively, you can search each resource individually:

The Daily Mail Historical Archive: (1896-2004) As well as providing access to the regular edition of this newspaper the archive also contains the Atlantic Editions, printed on board the transatlantic cruise liners between 1923 and 1931.

Times Digital Archive 1785-2006 / Sunday Times 1822-2006:  The Times has covered all major international events from the French Revolution, to the conflicts, crises and changes of the 21st century.

17-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers: This is the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English News media collected by Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817). The 700 volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were mainly published in London, however some English provincial newspapers are also represented.

British Newspapers 1600-1950:A comprehensive range of national, regional and local British newspapers reflecting the social, political and cultural events of the times.

19th century US Newspapers: This collection features full text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions from throughout the US. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century with an emphasis on topics such as the American Civil War, African –American culture and history, and Western migration.

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ComicsPlus mobile access now available! **This service has now ceased**

—-01/03/2019 UPDATE: **This service has now ceased**—-

Comics-Plus-Library-Edition-Logo-720x440Have you tried our new eLibrary service ComicsPlus yet? It has a vast collection of diverse comics and graphic novels for all ages which can be read on a computer. And now we have mobile access! Read comics and graphic novels on your smartphone or tablet by accessing ComicsPlus through the WCL mini app on your device.

There’s no limit to the number of titles you can take out through ComicsPlus, and comics are made available for 7 days. Now’s your chance to read any number of series from beginning to end!

Follow the steps below for how to get started on ComicsPlus on a mobile device. (Alternatively, you can find help for desktop or laptop access here.)

  1. Select the ‘ComicsPlus’ link and once ComicsPlus is open click on ‘Register’.
  2. Select Wellington City Libraries from the drop-down list and then register with your email and password.
  3. To sign-in enter your registered email and password, then choose Wellington City Libraries from the drop down menu – Sign In!

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**This service has now ceased** ComicsPlus adds thousands of comics to our eLibrary!

—-01/03/2019 UPDATE: **This service has now ceased**—-

Comics-Plus-Library-Edition-Logo-720x440We’ve added new streaming eLibrary service ComicsPlus, with over 80 comics publishers making available thousands of digital super hero, manga, children and indie comics across all audiences.

Major adult publishers include Archaia, Boom! Studios, Dynamite and Viz, whilst cool kids presses like Papercut, Andrews McMeel and Graphic Classics feature original children’s comics, as well as nonfiction versions of classic literature and funny cartoons like Garfield and Charlie Brown.

Also included are exciting, well known series like Adventure Time, Bone, Archie, Lumberjanes, Naruto, One Piece, Big Nate, Red Sonja and more. Browse by fantasy, crime, romance, movie and TV, horror and more, and then choose any comic you want.

There’s no limit to the number of titles you can take out through ComicsPlus, and comics are made available for 7 days. Now’s your chance to read any number of series from beginning to end! At the moment, enjoyment of ComicsPlus is limited to desktop only but mobile usage should be on its way soon.

Here’s how to get started on your computer or laptop:

Getting started with ComicsPlus at WCL

Please note: New registrations are currently unavailable, we are working on fixing this as soon as possible.

  1. Click on the ‘ComicsPlus’ link through our eLibrary and enter your library card number and your last name .
  2. Once ComicsPlus is open click on ‘Register’
  3. After registering for the first time with email and password, click ‘Sign in’
  4. Enter your registered email and password, then choose Wellington City Libraries from the drop down menu – Sign In!
  5. You can now browse by publisher, new material and popular titles or search by author and title.
  6. When you’ve found your comic, click on the cover and choose ‘Check out’ Check out button
  7. From here, go to ‘My Comics’ and click on ‘Read Now’ from your book shelf of waiting comics. Read as many comics as you like!

Comicsplus book shelf (Note: downloading is not available at the moment with ComicsPlus. Usage is only through online streaming.)

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Lynda.com – free with your library card!

lynda-logo-150As a Wellington City Libraries member you have free and unlimited access to over 3500 online tutorials and courses via Lynda.com. Learn leadership skills, how to use software like Dreamweaver or Photoshop or even to promote a business through Facebook – and much more besides.

The courses are delivered by tutors who are both experts in their field and know how to teach. Added features allow for searching across courses, curated playlists and individual access enabling course progress to be saved.

All you have to do is login to Lynda.com with your library card details (entering your last name as the PIN), set up a Lynda account to keep a course log, and then start learning!

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Call in to see us at your favourite Wellington City library, or email  to find out more on how to access these high quality and engaging tutorials. For any technical issues, let us know.

Funding Information Service becomes Generosity

GenerosityFounded 25 years ago, non profit Funding Information Service (FIS) holds the most extensive collection of funding data for individuals and community groups in New Zealand. In April 2015, Funding Information Service officially became Generosity New Zealand, in line with technological advances and contemporary needs. givME (formerly Fundview) for individual funding and givUS (formerly Breakout) for group funding are available from our Funding & Community databases page.

Another welcome change is that both databases are now available for use remotely as well as in our libraries: all you need is your library card.

So, whether you are looking for funding for your community group or a scholarship for your new professional development, make sure to check what is available through these comprehensive and powerful databases.

GiveMegivME is a valuable tool widely recommended by career advisors that offers access to more than 4,000 scholarships and awards for individuals for those seeking to pursue:

  • Education, research and fellowships
  • Arts, cultural and sporting activities
  • Career change, professional or personal development
  • Start givME

GivUsgivUS offers access to more than 1,200 grants and schemes for communities, volunteer organisations, schools, groups, sport clubs and Iwi. Find assistance for nearly everything, including:

  • Operational costs
  • Building redevelopment
  • Project based resources
  • Start givUS

Enjoy the ‘New York Times’ with your library card

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Read what’s happening right this moment around the world through the newly introduced free digital access to the New York Times provided by Wellington City Libraries. From business, politics and technology to arts, style and food – with this range, you are sure to find articles, interviews and special reports you’ll enjoy.  You can also share your own thoughts by making comments in the ‘Readers Comments’ section.

As a Wellington City Libraries member you can login with your card details and claim a  ‘group pass’, which offers 24 hours access to the ‘New York Times’ and the ‘International New York Times’ websites via your browser or the dedicated NYT smartphone app.  (NB When you first login, you will need to create a New York Times’ account). Included in the pass is access to the searchable archive from 1851-1922 and 1981-present.

You’ll find information about this new access on our mygateway.info Newspapers page, or call in to see us at your favourite Wellington City Libraries’ branch if you have any queries. We will be happy to take you through how to login to the New York Times and answer your questions. Happy reading!

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Alexander Music Online, a World of FREE Music

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Music Online is the LexisNexis of music, and it may make the use of many traditional library resources unnecessary.”—Booklist

Alexander Music Online, available from our Music databases page, gives you streaming access to one of the largest, most diverse catalog of online music content in the world currently including:

Classical Music Over 120,000 classical music recordings from EMI, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion, Artemis- Vanguard, Sanctuary Classics, Vox covering all major genres and time periods from medieval to contemporary, from choral works to symphonies, operas and the avant-garde.

Jazz 130,000 tracks make this the most comprehensive collection of jazz available online. Includes the most renowned jazz artists, performances , record labels of vocal jazz, bebop, acid jazz, big band music, modern jazz, and and record labels such as Verve, GR , Impulse!

Popular Music contains a wide range of popular music from around the world, including hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in pop music, including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and many more.

World Music covers music from almost 170 countries and over 1,000 cultural groups. In addition to an extensive folk music collection, World Music features content from a host of genres – reggae, hip-hop, rap, electronic, spoken word, and opera to name a few.

American Music a suite of online audio recordings including country, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, R&B and shape note singing.

Beside these core genres  you will find hundreds more from alternative rock to zydeco.

Alexander Music Online can be accessed both from home and in the library. So get streaming today and discover a whole new world of FREE music with Wellington City Libraries.