Dr Pat Sargison

Senior librarian, Member Research Committee, Administrative assistant, B BE degree programme

Role at Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP)

Senior librarian, Greymouth campus

Member, Research Committee

Administrative assistant, B BE degree programme

Two paragraphs of introduction to their substantive role at TPP:

Pat works 4 days a week at the library on the Greymouth campus. Her responsibilities include cataloguing, research and reference assistance to students and staff, academic skills courses, and assistance with proofreading and editing assignments. She is a member of the Research Committee and has also helped with the academic approval process for the B BE degree in 2015. All three roles include responsibility for encouraging the growth of a research culture within TPP and support for new researchers among the staff.

Academic Qualifications and  Profile

1972 BA (Hons) 1st class, in History, University of Otago

1978 Dip. NZ Library School (with distinction)

2002 PhD in History, University of Otago

Pat worked for 10 years as a tutor and occasional lecturer in New Zealand history at the University of Canterbury. Her library roles have all taken place in research and reference libraries, where she has carried out a wide range of research projects on many different subjects. She has researched and written books, articles, and conference papers. She is an experienced book reviewer and bibliographer, and has compiled indexes to many books and journals, as well as The Press and other newspapers over the last 30 years.

Awards and Peer Recognition     

1970: Lizzie Rathbone Scholarship in History

1972: James Clark Prize in History

1978: Mary Clarke Prize for Cataloguing

1992-1995: NZ Postgraduate Scholarship

Research Outputs and Scholarly Works

Hooker, I., Laing, S., Schuler, A. & Sargison, P. (2015, October).  A flexible learning pathway to a degree for SME managers. Paper presented to 3rd Asian SME conference on Asian entrepreneurship: fostering cross-border collaboration. Miri, Sarawak.

Sargison, P. (2010). John Grubb, 1817-1898 [online resource]. Christchurch:  Christchurch City Libraries.


Sargison, P. (2008). New Zealanders in World War 2: conscientious objectors [online resource]. Christchurch: Christchurch City Libraries. Profiles of Courtney Archer, Lindsay Crozier and David Taylor.


Sargison, P. (2006). New Zealand International Exhibition, 1906 [online resource]. Christchurch: Christchurch City Libraries. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Heritage/Exhibitions/1906/

Sargison, P. (2002). ‘Essentially a women’s work’: a history of general nursing in New Zealand, 1830-1930. PhD thesis, University of Otago.


Indexes for a wide range of books published since 1984, mostly books about New Zealand history and published by the Historical Branch and Bridget Williams Books. Since 2010, Pat has indexed several books published by Te Papa Press (see Research Register for further information).

Current research activity including collaborations

Dr Susan Laing, Ian Hooker, Dr Pat Sargison and Annabel Schuler. BABE (BA Business & Enterprise) – an impactful journey. Accepted for Special Issue on Entrepreneurship Education in The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Research Interests

•             New Zealand history

•             Women’s history and nursing history

•             Indexing of books for publication

•             Educational change, the development of polytechnic-level degree programmes, business education