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Library Kaiāwhina

Support for tauira Māori across the University of Otago Libraries

Mihi from the Library Kaiāwhina

Tēnā koe!

Ko Waitaki te tūrakawaewae. I tipu ake au ki Te Oha-a-Maru, i raro i te maru o te mauka o Aoraki, i te taha o te awa o Waitaki. Kei te noho au ki Ōtepoti. Ko Ingarihi rāua ko Kōtimana kā iwi. Ko Bronwyn Clarke tōku ingoa.

Hi! I’m Bronwyn Clarke, I’m from Oamaru, but I have been living in Dunedin ever since I started my tertiary studies here at Otago University in 2001. Since then I have also studied at Massey and at Victoria Universities, via distance learning. I started work in this library in 2011, and I became a Science Subject Librarian in 2019. I enjoy learning new things, tackling challenges and problem solving. I also love meeting new people, and I am passionate about contributing to tauira/student Māori success. Please contact me for library support, I am based at the Health Sciences Library, but I can meet you at the Science Library, or Central, or wherever you feel comfortable! You can get in touch with me by phone (03 479 7486) or email:

Bronwyn Clarke

Tēnā koutou katoa,

I tipu ake au ki Ōtepoti me Waihōpai.
Kei te kite au ki te awa Manuherikia.
Ko Moana nui-a-kiwa te Moana.
Kei te noho au ki Ōtepoti.
Ko Ngāti Pākehā te iwi.
Ko Knapp rātou ko Lindsay ko Cato ko Bochel kā whanau.
He kaimahi au i te whare pukapuka whaiora.
Ko Lynne Knapp toku ingoa,
Nō reira, tēnā koutou katoa.

Hello, my name is Lynne Knapp. I have lived in Dunedin for most of my life, but spent some of my earlier years in Invercargill. I’ve been working at the University of Otago for many years in a variety of roles. Most of this work has been based in the University of Otago Libraries. My current role is as subject librarian for the School of Biomedical Sciences.

I enjoy helping students to find useful material for their courses and to navigate library resources. I am the Library Kaiāwhina for the Health Sciences Library. So please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance (email or ring 4797410).

Lynne Knapp

Kia ora koutou.

Nō Waiouru ahau, engari, kei Ōtepoti taku kāinga ināianei.
He kaimahi ahau i te Uare Taoka o Hākena.
Ko Katherine Milburn tōku ingoa.

Hi I’m Katherine. I was born in Waiouru but have lived in Dunedin most of my life. I studied Anthropology at the University of Otago and then started working at the Hocken Collections as a library assistant. After studying library and information studies at Victoria University of Wellington, I became a Liaison Librarian and Curator of the Ephemera Collection at Hocken. This role includes taking classes and tours of the Hocken and helping researchers to use the collections.

The Hocken Collections celebrate the histories, cultures and natural environments of Aotearoa New Zealand, the Pacific and Antarctica with special emphasis on southern New Zealand. The collections include archives, books, drawings, journals, maps, music and film, newspapers, paintings, photographs and ephemera. The ephemera collection includes posters, programmes, leaflets, flyers, packaging, and advertising.

I enjoy helping students, and academic staff, to find useful material for their courses and research projects. I am the Library Kaiāwhina at the Hocken. So please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance (email or ring 4716143).

Katherine Milburn

Tēnā koutou katoa

I whānau au kei Te-Whanganui-ā-Tara, ā, i tipu ake au i raro iho i te maunga o Makara, i te taha o te awa o Karori. Ko Ōtepoti toku kainga inaianei.
Ko Kōtimana rātou ko Ingarihi, ko Huitana, ko Wiwi, ko Tiamana, ko Airihi, ko Pākehā te iwi.
Ko Alexander Ritchie toku ingoa.

Kia ora! I'm Alexander, one of the Library Kaiawhina for the Humanities.

I descend from scots, english, irish settlers and migrants, some of whom made their home in Ōtepoti | Dunedin. After growing up in Te Whanganui-ā-Tara | Wellington, I moved to Ōtepoti two decades ago to complete my study and now live with my partner and two children in the north of the city.

I work as a Subject Librarian based in the Central Library, supporting Languages and Cultures; English and Linguistics; Music, Theatre and Performing Arts; Media, Film and Communication. I have also worked at Te Uare Taoka o Hākena | Hocken Collections, and in the OU Science and Robertson / Education libraries.

I am here to help, and can offer Library support around finding, using, evaluating, and referencing stuff for your study and research. You’re welcome to visit me on the first floor of the Central Library, or to get in touch via phone - 03 479 7827 - or email -

Nō reira, tēnā koutou katoa.

Alexander Ritchie

Kia ora!

Nō Ngāti Pākeha mātou ko tōku whanau. Nō Ōtautahi ahau. Ko Scott tōku ingoa.

I’m Scott and I’m the Library Kaiāwhina for Commerce and Subject Librarian for Accountancy and Finance, Tourism, Marketing, Information Science and Economics.

I grew up in Christchurch but moved to Auckland as a teenager. My whanau moved to Dunedin in January 2019 and I started work at the University of Otago Library. Before that I was at AUT (Auckland University of Technology) Library.

I’m here to support you on your academic journey. For Library support around research, resources, data, reference management, etc. My office is in the Law Library in the Richardson Building on the 8th floor. Feel free to visit or contact me via phone or email.
03 479 7155

Scott Venning


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