Kaitoha Puka (University Librarian) at Te Wananga Aronui o Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland University of Technology).
Kim Tairi is the Kaitoha Puka (University Librarian) at Te Wananga Aronui o Tāmaki Makaurau (AUT). Ms Tairi spent twenty plus years working in tertiary sector libraries in Melbourne before returning to Aotearoa in 2016 to lead the AUT Whare Pakupaku (Library). She misses Melbourne and gets back as often as she can. An enthusiastic life long learner, she is learning Te Reo Māori and is interested in how empathy plays a role in designing services and spaces. Her library is the first academic library in Aotearoa to have purpose built, innovative learning environment (makerspace). She is delighted to be leading the way. Ms Tairi loves fashion and pop culture and can be found hanging out in Twitter and Instagram at @kimtairi.
Innovative learning spaces in universities are often hidden away in faculty for “secret faculty things”. What if the library were to provide an innovative learning space that incorporates elements of the maker ethos, where the whole community can play and learn. Haere mai and welcome to Studio 55, experiential learning and creativity space for AUT community. A first – in an academic library in Aotearoa. Pulled together on a shoe-string budget with koha (expressions of gratitude), goodwill and aroha (empathy and understanding).