Welcome Lynda.com

As Dylan said the times they are a changin. Nowhere is this more true than in the world of technology. By the time a print book is out on a technical topic it may already be out of date, missing a recent upgrade or off trend. This is where the latest electronic offering to Christchurch City Libraries comes in – Lynda.com!

With over 5,800 courses and 260,000 tutorials on software, creative and business skills, users of any skill level can take on bite-size tutorials for immediate problem solving or comprehensive courses on hundreds of topics.

With Lynda.com you can:

  • Keep up to date with technology and gain multimedia, design, web development, and social media skills;
  • Build career-boosting business know-how by exploring hundreds of topics in management, leadership, and marketing;
  • Watch videos that have been constructed by industry experts;
  • Create playlists and read a long with closed-captioned transcripts—or search the text to quickly find information within a course.

What does this mean to you? Lynda.com can be used either from home or in libraries to allow everyone to keep ahead of technical and business trends and updates. All you need is a library card number and password/PIN and a desire to learn.

Te Kupu o te Wiki – The Word of the Week

Kia ora. To celebrate Te Reo Māori we are publishing kupu (words).

Kīwaha (colloquialism)

Ko koe kai runga
You are the man

Kupu (word)


I pai te kura i te rangi nei?
Have a good day at school?



This week in Christchurch history (19 to 25 January)

19-22 January 1954
Visit by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh (the first New Zealand visit by a reigning monarch).

Cover of Professor Bickerton's Wainoni19 January 1935
River carnival on the Avon near Park Terrace.

20 January 1882
First drainage pumping station in operation. This was the beginning of New Zealand’s first sewage farm.

22 January 1929
Death of Professor Bickerton in England. Since his sacking by the university – see 1902 – he had operated the extraordinary Pleasure Gardens at Wainoni, made fireworks, promoted patent medicines and then travelled to England to promote his “partial impact” astronomical theory.

24 January 1974
10th Commonwealth Games open at Queen Elizabeth II Park, one of the greatest sporting events in New Zealand’s history. Visitors include the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Princess Anne. Highlight of the opening ceremony was the New Zealand Army Band’s spectacular novelty marching routine. Seen on international live TV, the idea was soon copied by bandsmen throughout the Commonwealth.

25 January 1974
Cantabrian Richard Tayler wins 10,000 metres in games record time. This was the first live colour TV coverage of a major race. Tayler was honoured as 1974 “Sportsman of the Year’, but his sports career was cut tragically short by the onset of crippling arthritis.

More January events in the Chronology.