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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

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Monday, November 02, 2015

Image of the week: 2nd - 8th November

Take a break and hang out with your mates!

Image Credit:
MB444, Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records, Reference code 15845, Students, Bishop Julius Hostel, lower verandah, 1940, Photographer Alymer Newton, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Friday, October 30, 2015

EPS Library has a display for Conservation week.

This year Conservation week is from 1-8 November and the theme is “Healthy Nature Healthy People”

Thursday, October 29, 2015

GradFest 2015 - 2-6 November

Are you writing a thesis or planning to begin one?

The Academic Skills Centre and the Library are hosting a number of workshops and seminars for postgraduate students in the first week of November. There are workshops for all thesis writers, students who are just starting out, those whose theses are nearing completion and all of those in between.

When: 2-6 November 2015

Where: Puaka-James Hight Library

Cost: Free

Details about the programme and how to enrol

Monday, October 26, 2015

Image of the Week: 26th October - 1st November

Can you imagine cooking your meals this way every day?
Image Credit:
MB1072, The Gordon Howitt West Coast Historic Photograph Collection, Reference code 7883, Mrs Hende, no date, Photographer Peter Hende, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Labour Day - Monday 26th October - All Libraries Open

Monday, 26th October is Labour Day.

Libraries will be open for the following hours:

Central Library: 8am-11pm
Education Library: 10am-5pm
EPS Library: 10am-5pm
Macmillan Brown Library: 10am-5pm

Labour Day 2015

Image of the Week: 19th October - 25th October

Kreamy Milk Bar at Lyttelton

MB1862, Lyttelton Community Oral History Project 2005, Reference code 157586, Joe McDonald and Lynn Will: Joe McDonald at the Kreamy Milk Bar, Lyttelton

Image Credit:
MB1862, Lyttelton Community Oral History Project 2005, Reference code 157586, Joe McDonald and Lynn Will: Joe McDonald at the Kreamy Milk Bar, Lyttelton, no date, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Open Access and the Nature of Scholarly Publishing Sessions to celebrate last week's Open Access Week

In association with International Open Access Week 2015 the library is offering a session on Open Access and the Nature of Scholarly Publishing , presented by Anton Angelo and Dave Lane.
The sessions will be run at two times:
Tuesday 27th October at 11am
Wednesday 28th October at 2pm
Venue: Room210, Central Library

All members of the university community are welcome.

Get more information about open access publishing, in our open access guide

Open Access Week 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Problems with JSTOR access

***this issue has now been resolved 14/10/15***

We are currently experiencing problems accessing JSTOR database content. This is due to problems with JSTOR's site.
We have received the following information from JSTOR:

"Yesterday and today, we have been experiencing intermittent, site-wide access issues that affect use of JSTOR. Our engineers are working hard to restore stable access as quickly as possible"

We will be monitoring the situation and will remove this message when the issues have been resolved.

Monday, October 12, 2015

EPS Library Closed Saturday 17 October

The EPS Library will be closed on Saturday 17 October due to a planned power outage.
The Education Library on Dovedale campus will be open from 10am to 5pm to provide a quiet space for students to study, and allow access to some high demand engineering collections. The Central Library in Puaka-James Hight will be open as usual (10am to 5pm).

Image of the week: 12th - 18th October

Who's ready to dance?! It's the final week of lectures, and time to celebrate all of your hard work this year.

Image Credit: MB1072, The Gordon Howitt West Coast Historic Photograph Collection, Reference code 9881, Moonlight centennial, Mrs Anderson and Claude Stewart dancing, n.d, Photographer Gordon Howitt, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Talk celebrating Christchurch's heritage buildings - Friday 16 October, 7pm-9pm, Undercroft 101

Aficionados of Christchurch's heritage buildings will be interested in the following Heritage Week 2015 session at UC – featuring 2 College of Arts Macmillan Brown Library interns.

This evening event features local architects, heritage lovers, building owners and residents giving quick-fire presentations on Christchurch's lost, restored, and future heritage buildings. Complimentary refreshments will be provided through the support of the Warren Trust. The event is free but is ticketed as spaces are limited.

Book your tickets here.

Arrive early to visit the accompanying exhibition in the University’s Registry (Matariki) building which displays architectural plans, photos, and stories on recent heritage departures and arrivals in Christchurch.

Event details: Friday 16 October, 7pm–9pm, Undercroft 101, Puaka-James Hight Building – University of Canterbury.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Image of the week: 5th - 11th October

Bula, this week is Fiji language week and to celebrate, here is a stunning image of the beautiful island in the 1940s.

Image credit: MB 1667, Canterbury Mountaineering Club records, Reference code 25559, Two women with umbrellas looking down on a village from a hill, Photographer Frank Gillett, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Image of the Week: 28th September - 4th October

The Garden Lion - Librarians, like poets and writers, are renowned cat-lovers so this week's image from the archives is of poet and painter Ursula Bethell with her cat.

Image Credit:
MB558, Ursula Bethell papers, Reference code 16138, [Ursula with cat], Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Macmillan Brown Library holds an extensive archive of Bethell’s papers and a significant collection of her watercolours. One you will hopefully be very familiar with, though possibly without knowing it, is Sun went behind a cloud - which is the image representing our Heritage Collections on the UC Library homepage. You can see more of the multi-talented Bethell’s work by searching her name on Kā Kohika, and limiting the collection type to art or you could read all about her and her work at the nzepc.

Here is one of Bethell’s poems (about her cat):

Garden Lion
O Michael, you are at once the enemy
And the chief ornament of our garden,
Scrambling up rose-posts, nibbling at nepeta,
Making your lair where tender plants should flourish,
Or proudly couchant on a sun-warmed stone.
What do you do all night there,
When we seek our soft beds,
And you go off, old roisterer,
Away into the dark?
I think you play at leopards and panthers;
I think you wander on to foreign properties;
But on winter mornings you are a lost orphan
Pitifully wailing underneath our windows;
And in summer, by the open doorway,
You come in pad, pad, lazily to breakfast,
Plumy tail waving, with a fine swagger,
Like a drum-major, or a parish beadle,
Or a rich rajah, or the Grand Mogul.

From a Garden in the Antipodes (Sidgwick & Jackson, 1929)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Prize winning books on display at EPS Library

The Royal Society of New Zealand Science Book Prize is a biennial book prize to encourage the writing, publishing and reading of accessible popular science books in New Zealand.

EPS Library has a very interesting selection of winners and shortlisted books from 2009-2015 on display. These items may be borrowed.