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Monday, March 30, 2015

Image of the Week: 30th March - 5th April

Back in the 1960s, this is how the Easter Bunny did his rounds.

Easter bunny

Image Credit: MB 1072, The Gordon Howitt West Coast Historic Photograph Collection, Reference code 7003, Totara Flat Children's Day, March 1965, Photographer Gordon Howitt, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Congratulations to those who tackled the Tower Race 2015

The 2015 Tower Race results are in and we have 2 new records!

Tower Race 2015 winners Tower Race Best Dressed winner 2015 - Alastair McDowell
The 2015 Tower Race was held on March 24th with 49 people registered to run the race.
This annual race is no mean feat - with a 200m sprint around the Puaka-James Hight building, followed by a 53m vertical climb up 264 stairs, to reach the top of the 11th story!
This year the 2 winners from 2014, Patrick Turner and Kathryn McLardy, were the stars, shaving even more time off their already impressive record-breaking 2014 times.
Patrick now holds the men's record with a time of 1:25:06. Kathryn holds the women's record with a time of 1:58:05.
Special mention also goes to Alastair McDowell who was the winner of the Edge "Best Dressed" prize and ran the race twice, once in mountain climbing gear (complete with loaded pack).
Congratulations to everyone who completed the race and thanks to everyone involved in making this event such a success.

We can't wait to see what 2016's race will bring.

Click here for a complete list of tower race results (from the inaugural race in 2005 through to this year)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

UC Library Connects with Christchurch Music Community

We are pleased to announce that Christchurch-based members of the Christchurch Organists' Association, the Institute of Registered Music Teachers and Music Education NZ/Aotearoa (MENZA) are now able to join UC Library.
The Library is fortunate to have a rich collection of organ scores (as well as a wealth of other scores) that we are delighted to be able to share with the wider Christchurch music community.
If you are a member of one of these groups and wish to join the library, please ring 364 2198 or email us at and one of our helpful staff will talk you through the registration process.

Library Hours for Easter 2015

Good news for those of you wanting to work on assignments, catch up on some reading, get in some study & get a head start on next term, get some printing done, or just wanting to work off all that Easter chocolate with a stroll up the tower stairs.
This year we will be opening Central and EPS Libraries on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of April.
Both libraries will be open for their standard weekend hours:

Saturday 4th April
- Central and EPS open 10am - 5pm

Sunday 5th April
- Central Library open 10am - 9pm
- EPS Library open 10am - 5pm

All Libraries will be closed on:
- Friday 3rd April,
- Monday 6th April,
- Tuesday 7th April.

We wish you all a very happy Easter.

See the Library Hours page for all library hours.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Image of the Week: 23rd March - 29th March

Fine Arts fire

Don't play with matches!

This image was taken 40 years ago in March 1975, after a large fire burnt down part of the School of Fine Arts. The cause of the fire is unknown (unless someone out there has been keeping a secret – now would be a good time to confess!) If you are interested you can read about it here - or have a look at Kā Kohika for more images.

MB1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, Reference number 4751, School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury, photograph taken after the fire , March 21 1975, David Sims, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Library 101 - Starting on March 18th

Library 101
The Library provides a wealth of information resources that, as an undergraduate, you'll need to use for your study at UC. Our Library 101 programme is designed to provide new undergraduate students with the information and digital skills needed to be successful at university. Attending this programme and developing your skills for independent research will lead you to academic success.

Our workshops and drop-ins are held throughout the year and include:

1. Find and manage course readings

2. Independent research using the Library

3. Introduction to journals for science students

4. Introduction to using art, archives and photos in assignments

5. APA referencing - why and how to use other people's words and ideas

The first courses start on March 18th - To book a place enrol online

For more information contact Nick Scullin

Image of the Week: 16th March - 22nd March

Not quite the Cricket World Cup!

Make sure you are watching New Zealand play in the Quarter finals on Saturday 21st March in Wellington.

Image Credit: MB 1660, Canterbury Frozen Meat Company records, Reference code 409, Sport – Cricket, Opening of Sheldon Park, date unknown, photographer unknown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Image of the Week: 9th March - 16th March

A glimpse of UC Māori students performing Kapa Haka back in 1998 against the back drop of Te Ao Mārama.

Image credit: MB 1474, Ralph Knowles photographs, Reference code 2286, University of Canterbury Māori students in welcoming singing group, Kapa Haka, date 1998, Photographer Ralph Knowles, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Book Giveaway - Withdrawn Library Books - Friday 13th March

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 13 March, 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.

    • The list below gives an indication of the subjects covered by the majority of the withdrawn books. An itemised list is not available.

      Book Giveaway 13th March 2015 subject ranges

      Monday, March 02, 2015

      Electronic Resources via Emerald Insight unavailable for up to 12 hours from 8pm Monday 2nd March

      We have a small number of Electronic Resources that come from the publisher, Emerald.
      They are doing systems maintenance from 8pm today (Monday 2nd March).
      During this maintenance window, some functionality on Emerald Insight will be unavailable for up to 12 hours (e.g. search).

      Currently some of the Emerald Insight article links are not working (people are getting "page not found" errors). This appears to be part of Emerald's preparation for maintenance and it should be resolved within the next 24 hours.

      Image of the Week: 2nd March - 8th March

      Although the weather is still feeling very summery, this is officially the first week of autumn. This leafy scene looks perfect for that annual autumn activity of piling up the crunchy leaves and stomping through them. Go on, you know you want to relive your childhood and make a bigger, crunchier pile than ever before!

      Avon in Autumn

      Image Credit: MB 1051, Charles Chilton photographs, Reference code 16906, Stretch of Avon River, Christchurch in autumn – St. Michael’s Church belltower, left, date unknown, photographer Charles Chilton, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

      Friday, February 27, 2015

      Various Proquest Databases unavailable on Sunday afternoon

      On Sunday 1st March, from 4 pm until 9 pm, several Proquest databases will be unavailable as Proquest is doing systems maintenance. If you attempt to use one of these, you will be taken to a web page explaining what is happening.

      Monday, February 23, 2015

      Image of the Week: 23rd February - 1st March

      Welcome to the first semester of 2015! You'd probably rather be at the beach, like this beautiful coastal scene in Fiji in the 1940s, but it’s time to get your thinking caps on and get stuck into a year of uni.

      Fiji beach

      Image Credit: MB 1667, Canterbury Mountaineering Club records, Reference code 25676, Fiji Coastal Scene, c. 1940, Photographer Frank Gillett, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

      Friday, February 20, 2015

      Haere mai, tauiti mai. Welcome all new and returning students.

      #GetSmart - Orientation 2015
      Find out what the Library is doing for Orientation 2015, win prizes, and get your year off to a flying start with the Library.
      Have a look at our #GetSmart Orientation 2015 webpage for details about:
      - competitions we're running,
      - Library tours,
      - displays & exhibitions
      ... and other ways you can get started with the Library in 2015.

      Library staff are here to help, so please don't hesitate to contact us.

      We wish you all a happy and successful year!

      Thursday, February 19, 2015

      Electronic Resources via Emerald Insight unavailable briefly on Saturday.

      We have a small number of Electronic Resource that come from the publisher, Emerald. They are doing systems maintenance and for a period between 10 am and 3 pm on Saturday, their resources will be unavailable. Connections will time out.