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Friday, December 19, 2014

Archive Viewing at Macmillan Brown library closing for the year

As the Macmillan Brown library will be closed from 5pm Friday, 19th December until 8:30am Monday 5th January 2015, archives will not be able to be requested or viewed during that time. Archive viewing will be back open on the 5th of January 2015.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Libraries Closing for Christmas Break

Untitled [Christmas Card Design], Artist Unknown, red ink on paper, 156 x 73mm, c.1960, UC/MBL/1936

Education, EPS and Macmillan Brown Libraries will close at 5pm Friday 19th December for the Christmas Break.
Central Library will remain open until 5pm Tuesday, 23rd December.
All Libraries will re-open at 8:30am on Monday the 5th of January 2015

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.

Image Credit: Unknown [Christmas Card Design], Artist Unknown, red ink on paper, 156 x 73mm, c.1960, UC/MBL/1936.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Image of the Week: 15th December - 21st December 2014

We hope everyone has done their Christmas shopping already because this is what Riccarton Mall is like this week!

Charities Day

If you’d like to know what is actually going on in this picture you can read about it here.

MB1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, Reference number 4589, Charities Day, Canterbury College, Square, Christchurch., Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Freestuff - 12th December



Reddit calls itself the front page of the internet and works a bit like a bulletin board with users posting interesting stuff from around the internet. Posts are voted up or down by registered Reddit users with voting deciding a link's location on a page.

Links are organised by topic into 'subreddits'. Popular subreddits include explainlikeimfive, todayilearned, AskReddit and news.

Reddit is a great way to find interesting or funny material from around the internet.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Staff Picks - December. Some books to make you think....

Staff picks for December - Some books to make you think....

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 thought provoking titles to get you thinking about some of the big questions of life over the summer holidays.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Libraries closing at 1pm this Friday (12 December)

All libraries will close at 1pm this Friday, 12th December for a Christmas function.

If you need to return items after 1pm on the 12th of December, please use the Library after hours returns drop boxes located outside each library.
ITS Help/Service desks at Central and Education libraries will also be unavailable from 1pm on Friday. If you need IT help, call 6060.

Thank you for your understanding.

Image of the Week: 8th - 14th December

Christmas is less than three weeks away! This Christmas scene is at Ras-Baalbek Monastery in Lebanon. It was taken sometime during World War 2.

Image credit: MB 1452, Dean Underhill photographs, Reference code 4285, [Christmas Tableax] Ras-Baalbek Monastery, c. 1940, Photographer Michael Underhill, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Image credit: MB 1452, Dean Underhill photographs, Reference code 4285, [Christmas Tableax] Ras-Baalbek Monastery, c. 1940, Photographer Michael Underhill, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Image of the Week: 1st December - 7th December 2014

Santa Parade

                           Santa Claus is coming to town!

It’s the first week of December and time for the annual Santa Parades to begin.

This photo of a Santa Parade in Lower Moutere, c.1952, is part of the Riverside Community Papers Collection. You can search the Library’s Heritage collections held at the Macmillan Brown Library via Kā Kohika.

Image Credit: MB2412, Riverside Community Papers, item 139261, ‘Santa Parade, 1952 or earlier’, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Friday Freestuff - 28th November

The evolution of Darwin's Origin: Cambridge releases 12,000 papers online

The origins of Darwin's theory of evolution – including the pages where he first coins and commits to paper the term 'natural selection' – were just made freely available (on the 24th November) in one of the most significant releases of Darwin material in history.

In total, Cambridge Digital Library has released more than 12,000 hi-resolution images, alongside transcriptions and detailed notes, as a result of an international collaboration with the Darwin Manuscript Project, based at the American Museum of Natural History. These papers chart the evolution of Darwin's journey, from early theoretical reflections while on board HMS Beagle, to the publication of On the Origin of Species – 155 years ago. See more at:

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.