Book Club “Always Available” eBooks

Kia ora koutou — Jonny from Wellington City Library here. We know that a lot of you are reading or listening to books using Overdrive or Libby, but sometimes it can be frustrating dealing with wait times for popular titles. That’s why I’m here to talk about “The Book Club”. Have a watch (or read) below!

The Book Club is a curated selection of over 200 titles that are always available. We’re talking eBook AND eAudiobooks, fiction AND non fiction, from around the world AND right here in Aotearoa. Big name authors too, winners of local and international awards as well as some in te reo maori and international languages. They’re always available — which is especially helpful right now, and in the future, if you can’t get to the library for whatever reason.

To see this collection, head to either Libby or Overdrive on the eLibrary page. On overdrive you’ll find The Book Club under “Collections”, in Libby they’re called Unlimited Book Club Loans (go to ‘More guides’, then ‘The Book Club’). They’re also available on their respective apps.

Remember, if you have any questions about any of our services, you can fill out our online support form, or reach us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), or email enquiries@wcl.govt.nz. Ka kite!

Job Seekers at the Library

Job hunting can be a difficult and frustrating process. Writing or updating a CV, scrawling through employment websites, labouring over cover letters. The whole thing can be a bit of a nightmare.

Thankfully your local Wellington City branch library has a number of services to help make job seeking that little bit easier. Or, if you’re not able to visit, we have a number of online learning resources to help you upskill into a new role. Here are a few of the services we offer to help you on your job hunt.

Internet Access: There is both free internet and free computer access at your local library.

The truth of job hunting is that these days a lot of it is happening online. If you lack access to a device or the internet this makes the process particularly difficult. The good news is that both are available for free at your local library. All our libraries have free wifi; look for WellyWiFi in the list of networks that appear when WiFi is enabled on your device.

We also have a number of computers which you can use to access the internet. Log in to these using your library card and PIN or by getting a free log in ticket from the counter. Full information on library internet access.

Printing: Printing your first 10 A4 sides black and white at Wellington City Libraries is free of charge.

Whether you’re going place to place handing in résumés or you want to take your cover letter to an interview (even just for something to hold) you’ll need a printer. Thankfully printing is available at your local library branch. Printing is 20c per side of the page for A4 black and white –  Colour printing is $1.50c per A4 page. Full information and pricing for library printing.

Software available on the PCs includes: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

Borrow a tablet: It is free to borrow an iPad Mini from the library for three weeks

Customers are able to borrow iPad minis for free for three weeks! From 15 August 2019, the iPads have become free to borrow. So you now can take the opportunity to get connected with family and friends, read the most recent eBooks and eAudio (Libby and Borrowbox), or update your computer skills with any one of the thousands of courses available (LinkedIn Learning).

Tablets are able to be borrowed at the following libraries : Te Awe, Miramar, Ruth Gotlieb (Kilbirnie), Newtown, Island Bay, Mervyn Kemp (Tawa), Johnsonville, Khandallah, Cummings Park (Ngaio) and Karori. Information on customer iPads.

Job Seeking Resources: Books to help you apply for jobs.

A quick search on our catalogue reveals a large number of books designed to help you either gain employment or improve your employment situation. A quick search for key terms like “CV”, “resume” and even “job” will bring up a large collection of books and eBooks related to job seeking. If you needed help sorting through these titles and you are at one of our branches, a librarian will be more than happy to help you out.

Digital Resources: LinkedIn Learning is an educational online resource you can access for free with your library card

In addition to a number of eBooks we have a number of online upskilling resources and databases.  Perhaps the most popular of these is LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning is a video tutorial service the library subscribes to on your behalf that provides access to over 3,500 instructional videos on many topics including computer software, design, video editing, animation and business skills.

Log in with your library card number and PIN — for those of you who already have a library card, your pin number is the last four digits of your phone number. Don’t have a library card just yet? You can join online. If you encounter any problems please contact us and we’ll do our best to help.

New Titles for Job Seekers

Whether seeking a job or a promotion, the world of employment can be intimidating. From how to format résumés to help writing cover letters, our library collection has a number of books and eBooks to make the process a little bit easier. All books listed here are from the last two years to provide the most up to date advice about employment.

While the titles here cover job seeking and wellbeing, we also have many titles which focus on the more nitty gritty side of job hunting. Feel free to get in touch or talk to a librarian at your local branch if you have any questions.

Book CoverWhy losing your job could be the best thing that ever happened to you : five simple steps to thrive after redundancy

“Being made redundant is one of the hardest challenges you will face. But, with the right support and advice, it could be an opportunity. It can be a moment to stop, think and make positive changes. It might even be the best thing that ever happened to you.”

“Eleanor Tweddell works with organisations and individuals going through redundancy. In this comforting and enlightening book, she draws on her experience, as well as conversations with her clients, to show how we can learn to adapt and thrive during one of our most difficult and transformative experiences.” (From catalogue)

Coming back : how to win the job you want when you’ve lost the job you need

Coming Back Book Cover

“Bestselling author and four-time Pulitzer Prize-nominee Fawn Germer offers advice about how to present yourself in the best possible way and make sure you stay relevant and valuable as an employee.” –Newsweek

“Powerful tactics (and some much-needed tough love) calls to action, helping professionals who feel they’re in a stalemate in their careers learn, re-tool, connect, grow, and get ready to work again.” –Forbes

“A street smart, inspiring, practical, and utterly honest book for renewing or resuming your career.” (Extract from catalogue)

#Entry Level Boss book cover#EntryLevelBoss : a 9-step guide for finding a job you like (and actually getting hired to do it)

“Banging your head against the wall with the job search? #ENTRYLEVELBOSS will help you stop freaking out. Miserable in your current role but no idea what to do next? With this book you’ll be able to make a decision, no personality tests required. Convinced that you are the most unhireable person on this planet? That’s statistically improbable – and you’ll be amazed at how employable you’ll be by the time you have finished reading.” (Extract from catalogue)

Long life learning : preparing for jobs that don’t even exist yetLong Life Learning book cover

“Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs That Don’t Even Exist Yet offers readers a fascinating glimpse into a near-future where careers last 100 years, and education lasts a lifetime. The book makes the case that learners of the future are going to repeatedly seek out educational opportunities throughout the course of their working lives — which will no longer have a beginning, middle, and end. Long Life Learning focuses on the disruptive and burgeoning innovations that are laying the foundation for a new learning model that includes clear navigation, wraparound and funding supports, targeted education, and clear connections to more transparent hiring processes.” (Extract from catalogue)

Own it. Love it. Make it work. Book coverOwn it, love it, make it work : how to make any job your dream job

“If you experience the ‘Sunday night scaries,’ count down the days to the weekend, or dread the thought of another day at work, maybe you can only see two options to escape your current misery: quit your job or stay and suffer.”

“There is another option.”

“In Own It. Love It. Make It Work, one of America’s top productivity consultants, reveals why you don’t have to rely on your company, nor your boss, for your professional fulfilment. Instead, you can take ownership of your career, your life, and your happiness–right now.” (Extract from catalogue)