Monday, August 03, 2015
Kia Orana - this week we celebrate Cook Islands Language week.
This photograph is of Penrhym Island - the largest and most remote of all the 15 Cook Islands in the South Pacific.
Image credit: MB 118, John Macmillan Brown collection, Reference code 13865, Penrhym settlement, c. 1919, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
Friday, July 31, 2015
Elsevier have advised us they will be doing maintenance on Sunday morning which will prevent access to Science Direct, Scopus, Engineering Village and some other resources hosted by them.
This will start at 10 am on Sunday 2nd August and is expected to be completed by 3 pm.
Their resources will display an advisory message should you connect to them during this time.
The library is organising Book Giveaways during 2015 to give you the opportunity to obtain withdrawn books for your personal collection.
The next giveaway is Friday 7th August, 12:15pm-3pm on Level 3 (North side) of the Central Library, Puaka-James Hight building.
The new owner is the first person who wants the book.
Please bring your own bags to take the books away.
A book is in the giveaway because:
- It no longer meets the demands of the course or research it was purchased for, or
- Fewer copies of the title are now required, or
- It is damaged and has been replaced, or
- It was donated but does not meet the "in scope" criteria for learning, teaching and research at UC.
There will be another giveaway on Friday 18th September
Monday, July 27, 2015
This year's theme for Māori Language Week (27 July - 2 August 2015) is 'Whāngaihia te Reo ki ngā Mātua' - 'Nurture the language in parents'. It aims to encourage and support every day Māori language use for parents and caregivers with children.
There are Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori displays up in all UC Libraries (display at Te Puna Mātauraka o Waitaha - Central Library - pictured below).
Come and have a look and learn some Te Reo.
Also check out the UC programme of events celebrating Māori language week.
"Can Can Canned?" - Bishop Julius' float at capping parade.
MB444, Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records, Reference code 15975, 'Can Can Canned', Bishop Julius float for Procesh: from left: Gillian Chaplin, Helen Gordon, Margart Mitchell, Cynthia Cass, Anne Pierre – the Can Can dancers, 1960, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Monday, July 20, 2015
" I'm back @ UC !"
Image credit: MB444, Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records, Reference number 15834, Norris Blair, c. 1920’s, Photographer Paul Pascoe, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Fancy a trip out to Darfield? If you're heading in that direction make sure to check out the University of Canterbury Art Collection exhibition:
Vessels of Knowledge: Studio Ceramics from the University of Canterbury Art Collection
The motto underneath the crest of the Christchurch College of Education, prior to its amalgamation with the University of Canterbury, read Disce ut Docea; learn that you may teach. Exhibiting a range of studio ceramics from the Christchurch College of Education (CCE) sub-collection, Vessels of Knowledge reflects this philosophy and takes both the pedagogical tradition within the College and a broader global lineage of pottery as its subject.
Much of the CCE collection was purchased in the 1970s and 1980s and illustrates the rise of art teaching in the national school curriculum – a period when ceramics were extremely popular and teachers could specialise in art education in their third year. At the time the Art Department staff numbered between eight to ten and a large number were practicing artists.
The works in the exhibition come from highly-regarded New Zealand potters including Len Castle, Doreen Blumhardt, Mirek Smisek, as well as the England-based practitioner Michael Cardew and the renowned Japanese potter Shoji Hamada. Both international potters visited New Zealand at separate times and worked closely with a number of the artists in Vessels of Knowledge. These objects weave a narrative of oceans crossed and influences and techniques passed on and adapted to local contexts.
Vessels of Knowledge is a rare opportunity to see some of the treasures of the University’s Art Collection, which, due to a number of practical reasons, including the public nature of display spaces and anti-earthquake measures, are not often exhibited.
Doreen Blumhardt (NZL), 1914-2009; Untitled [Large Bowl] Ceramic, glazed stoneware UC/CCE/013 UC Art Collection
Celebrating William Smith's famous geological map, 'A delineation of the strata of England and Wales'...
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the creation of Smith's iconic work, and the recent 'rediscovery' of the University of Canterbury's original copy donated by Robert Speight, the Macmillan Brown Library and the Geological Sciences Department warmly invite you to attend an open day exhibition and public lecture on Monday 20 July 2015.
Open day exhibition
This exhibition will feature the University of Canterbury's incarnation of Smith's map, significant related geological works from the university's Rare Books Collection, geological samples, equipment and images. The exhibition will highlight the history of our map, it's relation to Canterbury and the significance of the map to the development of geological sciences and geological mapping, past and present, at UC.
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 10:30am - 4pm
Venue: Undercroft 101 (view map)
Presented by Emeritus Professor Patrick De Deckker (Australian National University). Patrick recently attended the 200th anniversary celebrations for the Smith map in England and is a Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for 'service to science through research and teaching'. His more than 200 publications give clear evidence of his interest in a broad range of topics with special emphasis on geological records of climate and environmental change, and the history of science. The UC map will be displayed in the foyer before and after the public lecture.
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: A1, North Arts Lecture Theatre (view map)
RSVP: RSVP by Wednesday 15 July by emailing email@example.com
The Wiley Online Library is undergoing maintenance at the moment. We received no warning of this so it may be unexpected.
We apologise for this and will try and find out how long this will be.
Monday, July 13, 2015
From 18-26 July
Bring a can of food to any UC library and we'll wipe $5 from your fines*.
(for example, five cans waive $25 of fines).
Cans will be donated to the Christchurch City Mission.
*Does not include fines incurred for lost books.
Family outing - perhaps it is school holidays. What activities do you have planned?
Image credit: MB44, Acland Family papers, Reference number 189, J.B.A. Acland and Emily Acland in the garden at Mt Peel, c.1890's, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
The Library now has an 'Unlimited Catalog Access' (UCA) agreement with Harvard Business Publishing (HBP). Under the agreement, academic staff will now be able to access case studies, journal articles from Harvard Business Review, book chapters and other resources in the HBP Catalogue. Lecturers wishing to use this content for teaching can add links to the resources in LEARN.
For more information contact: Janette Nicolle or Cuiying Mu.
Canterbury is the first university in New Zealand to have an agreement of this type with HBP.
Monday, July 06, 2015
Campus has changed a bit, but you can probably still recognise this view.
This week's photo, taken around 1970, shows the construction of the James Hight Building.
Image Credit: MB 1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, Reference code 4786, James Hight building, aerial view., c1970, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Because of the need to do work on the University power supplies, many buildings including the Library buildings, will be without power for part of Saturday and most of Sunday. Because of this we have had to change Library closing hours. In particular, on Sunday, we are opening the Education Library to compensate for EPS and Central Libraries being closed.
On Saturday 4th July
Central and EPS Libraries are closing early at 4pm.
On Sunday 5th July
The Central and EPS Libraries will be closed.
The Education Library will be open on Sunday 5 July from 10am-5pm.
Please accept our apologies for these disruptions.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Feels like winter? Make the most of it and head to the snow these holidays!
MB1065, A.C. Graham Photographs, Reference number 149574, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.