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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Visions of Peace - two significant exhibitions.



Visions of Peace, The H.W. Youren Collection and the Art of Chinese Soft Diplomacy
Exhibition now on in Matariki Building, first floor
21 November-4 December

This exhibition presents a part of the collection of Chinese art from the H W Youren Collection, from MTG Hawke’s Bay, representing one man’s attempt to use art to promote communist China in post-war New Zealand. Bill Youren (1910-1983) was a tireless campaigner for world peace, nuclear disarmament and social justice. In 1950s and 60s China, he witnessed events seminal in the history of the foundation of the People’s Republic. Alongside public talks and published writings, he attempted to use art to present an alternative image of China to that offered by government and the mainstream press. This exhibition, and book of the same name, celebrates his life and the collection of Chinese art he amassed to promote New China to New Zealand.

Visions of Peace is supported by MTG Hawkes Bay, Tai Ahuriri and the University of Canterbury’s Confucius Institute.

Exhibition developed by Dr James Beattie (University of Waikato) and Dr Richard Bullen (UC Art History and Theory)


Puaka James Hight Display Case Exhibition

We are currently displaying a selection of books from the Macmillan Brown Heritage Collections intended to tie-in to the ‘Visions of Peace’ exhibition in the Matariki Building. Our selection includes both published and unpublished material, as well as first hand and secondary accounts of journeys to China by foreign visitors. The objects presented explore ideas of cultural exchange, host and visitor relations, and the documentation of difference over a period spanning 500 years.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Image of the Week: 24th November - 30th November 2014

MB118, John Macmillan Brown collection, Reference number 12553, A Samoan girl in Fiji, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

How great is the headdress this absolutely beautiful Samoan girl is wearing? We chose this to be this week's image to highlight the official launch of the UC Pasifika Strategy this Thursday evening (27th of November). Appropriately, the image comes from the John Macmillan Brown Collection who's interest in the Pacific led to the development of the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies. Take a look at Kā Kohika for lots more images of the Pacific's past.

Image Credit: MB118, John Macmillan Brown collection, Reference number 12553, A Samoan girl in Fiji, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Multisearch coming up with error message for some Internet Explorer 10 users

Update 25th November - the following issue should now be resolved. Thanks for your patience.

Some users are currently experiencing problems with Multisearch searches when using Internet Explorer 10 browser.
If you are using IE10 and get an "application error" message when trying to do a search, you should try using an alternative web browser (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari).
We've reported the issue to our search provider and hope to have a resolution soon.
We apologize for any inconvenience this issue is causing.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Google Scholar Library Links for UC Library currently not working

Update 26th November 2014 - this issue is now resolved. Thank you for your patience

We are currently experiencing issues with Google Scholar not picking up UC library holdings.
At present, you will not see the "view full text at UC library" messages when using Google Scholar.
This is a problem between Google and our search provider. Both parties are working on the issue and have advised that the problem should be resolved by Wednesday/Thursday next week.
In the meantime, to search for articles we hold in full text please use Multisearch, accessible from the Library home page.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Image of the Week: 17th November to 23rd November 2014

Welcome to the first week of Summer School. Hope you can find a spot at the beach (if you are not too busy studying) – this one looks a little bit crowded.

Beach scene

Image credit: MB237, Noel Habgood Photographs, reference code 146400, Plate 0044 – Beach scene, photographer unknown, n.d, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Library Summer School Hours 2014/2015

All libraries, except the Education Library, changed to summer hours on Saturday, 15th November.

The Education Library moves to summer hours on Saturday, 29th November.

Please check the Library Summer Hours page for opening times.

Catalogue unavailable for some of Friday morning.

The Library Catalogue will be unavailable between 9 am and 10 am Friday morning, 14th November.

The main search field on the Library's home page will continue to function, and will include Library Catalogue results. However, you will not be able to request items found during this time.

We are doing a small software upgrade.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

'Protecting the Planet' - a Nature special issue.

As researchers and practitioners converge on Sydney for the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress, Nature presents a special collection. It includes news and comment about collaboration, conflict and capital in conservation and a suite of new reviews on sustainable ecosystems and society, taking in fire, agriculture and priorities for protected areas.

Access the special issue here.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Image of the Week: 10th November to 16th November 2014

Our history building is going to be named after Karl Popper.

Karl Popper

Karl Raimund Popper (1902 – 1994) is considered one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century. More importantly, he made valuable contributions while he taught Philosophy here between 1937 and 1944.
Popper produced his second major work “The Open Society and its Enemies” during his time in Christchurch.
You can easily find Popper’s published works in our Library Catalogue.
You may be interested in our collection of photos, correspondence and manuscripts about Popper in our Archives and Art Collections - search for 'Popper in Kā Kohika o Macmillan Brown.

Image credit: MB456, University of Canterbury inwards correspondence and subject files, Reference code 15977, Portrait of Karl Popper, Photographer unknown, 1939. Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Staff picks for November



Staff picks for November

Do you need a hand finding your next read? Each month a member of library staff picks out a selection of new or interesting titles from the collection. This month we have five young adult titles from the Education Library.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Guy Fawkes - Special Collections Find of the Week?

a new guide to pyrotechny

At this time of year have you ever wondered about what puts the boom in your 'Boom Box'? Well due to an interloan request from a PhD student in the Department of Historical, Philosophical and International Studies at Monash University we had a chance to find out. What we have found is an 84 page Treatise detailing the ingredients and the many varieties of fireworks used in displays in 1840.
"A new guide to pyrotechny, or, The noble art in miniature of making and letting off fireworks of every kind…"was a rare find in the UC Library Special Collections. The work comes from a crucial time in the history of fireworks, when coloured flame compositions based on chemicals discovered in the last decades of the 18th century were coming into general use. From Cracker Heads to The Peacock's Tail, containing ingredients such as Nitrate of Strontia, Arsenic and Fulminating Mercury, this book details many aspects in the art of pyrotechny.
Not only is it thought to be the earliest English book that addresses this subject, it also appears that this is the only copy held in the world outside of private collections. How it came to Canterbury is a mystery, needless to say it will be transferred to the Rare Books Collection held at the Macmillan Brown Library.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Image of the Week: 3rd - 9th November

It's coming up to BBQ season, time to scrape down the hotplate, fire up the grill and make friends with your local butcher for the best cuts of meat. These three gentlemen would surely have known how to cut a good steak and I’m sure would have appreciated a good barbie.

The Canterbury Frozen Meat Company records is a fascinating collection spanning decades, and contains some real photographic gems of the butchers of days gone by.

Image credit: MB1660, Canterbury Frozen Meat Company records, reference number 1539, Stock – meat 004, photographer unknown, date unknown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Image credit: MB1660, Canterbury Frozen Meat Company records, reference number 1539, Stock – meat 004, photographer unknown, date unknown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 31st October

Downforeveryoneorjustme

Here's a clever idea when you're not sure if a website is down or if there's something up with your computer. Just drop in the URL and this site will do the checking for you.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Conservation Week display at EPS

At EPS there is a book display for Conservation week which is from 1-9 November.
The theme this year is "Discover the world where you live".

Conservation week

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Library book give-away: 4th November.

The list below gives an indication of the subject ranges covered by the withdrawn items at the book giveaway on Tuesday 4 November.

Venue – Rm 101, Undercroft, Puaka James Hight. Time 12.15 pm – 2.30 pm.