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Friday, August 01, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 1st August


Remembering those killed in the First World War.


New Zealand and the First World War

August marks the beginning of centennial commemorations of World War One. On the 4th of August 1914 Britain and New Zealand, as part of the British Empire, declared war on Germany. Some excellent databases are available for those wanting to research the service men and women who were killed during the war.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission provides the regiment, rank, when and where each soldier died, as well as where they are buried and the headstone inscription.

Auckland War Memorial Museum hosts the Cenotaph Database where details of soldiers who died during the war can be found. The database includes photos of some of those who died.

A useful overview of the First World War and New Zealand’s involvement can be found on NZ History Online.


Monday, July 28, 2014

UPDATE: Learn course enrolments issue

A further update from the ICT Service Desk:

This morning we advised that we are currently experiencing issues with automated course enrolments which has changed enrolments on Learn. It has now been identified that the issue is more widespread and affects:
• Course enrolments on Learn
• Canterbury Card door access for students who have done a Change of Enrolment (i.e. after-hours access to labs)
• Library access for students who have done a Change of Enrolment (e.g. journal access)

Support staff have identified a possible resolution, and are working to implement this now. Unfortunately this resolution may take some time to update the affected systems, and at this stage we don’t anticipate access to be restored until tomorrow morning (Tuesday 29th July). Another update will be sent late this afternoon, or early tomorrow morning.

Students have been advised to contact their course co-ordinators if they have any queries regarding course work or deadlines.

We apologise for any inconvenience this issue may be causing.

Learn course enrolments issue

An announcement from the ICT Service Desk:

We are currently experiencing issues with automated course enrolments which has changed enrolments on Learn. Course changes that were made as a Changes of Enrolment have been reversed. This causes students to become enrolled in previous Learn courses rather than current Learn courses. Support staff are working on resolving this issue as quickly as possible, but currently we do not have an ETA for resolution. We will send another update once more information is available.

We apologise for any inconvenience this issue may be causing.

ICT Service Desk

Image of the Week: 28th July - 3rd August 2014

MB 1456, L Walker Collection, item 3521, 'Tooth extraction' Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

...and you think going to the dentist is bad now!

According to Te Ara, early New Zealand dentists would extract teeth rather than try to save them. Many tooth extractions were performed in the home, a stark contrast to our shiny and hygienic clinics of today!

Image credit: MB 1456, L Walker Collection, item 3521, 'Tooth extraction', Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury


Monday, July 21, 2014

Ko ngā Kupu Māori mo te Wiki - Māori Words for the Week, 2 - 28 July

Exhibition Space, Level 2, Central Library, James Hight Building


The theme of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori for 2014 focuses on learning a new word in te Reo Māori each week. Te Reo Māori, the language of tāngata whenua, is a unique taonga to be nurtured and celebrated. This exhibition looks to the past, in showcasing early printed works in te Reo, and to the future, through educational resources that enable the children of Aotearoa to communicate and learn in the unique and beautiful medium of te reo Māori.


Find out more about Te Kupu o Te Wiki Māori Language Week Programme at UC.


Image of the Week: 21st - 27th July 2014

Look, boxing on the highway!

Highway patrol wouldn't find it amusing today!


MB 1077, Peter Lucas photographs, item 6594, Boxing contest main highway opposite Hende's ferry, Harihari, date 1906, photographers Harold Hende and Peter Hende

Image credit: MB 1077, Peter Lucas photographs, item 6594, Boxing contest main highway opposite Hende's ferry, Harihari, date 1906, photographers Harold Hende and Peter Hende.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 18th July

SPARX


is an online e-therapy tool, created by the University of Auckland, designed to help young people learn skills to manage feeling down, depressed or stressed. This is not your typical computer game of combat and destruction; rather, players adopt a warrior avatar and smash negative thoughts with fireballs while trying to save the world from pessimism and misery. Results published in the British Medical Journal found SPARX to be just as effective as face-to-face counselling in helping adolescents manage mild to moderate depression.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

eBook problems - a number of records missing

Our catalogue includes many eBook records for items not owned by the Library, but which we purchase if you, our users, look at them. This allows us to provide access to more resources than we can afford to buy, and helps ensure the eBooks we do buy are ones that will be used.

At the moment, one of our suppliers has inadvertently disabled access to a large number of these eBooks. None of the eBooks that we have purchased are affected, but around 20,000 of the 'speculative' titles are affected. You will not see these in our Catalogue (we have removed them in the meantime) but you may still come across them when using the Multisearch function from our Home Page. When you use them, you will find that the links fail.

We have contacted the supplier and expect that they will fix this quickly - and certainly this week.

In the meantime, we apologise for any inconvenience you get through links that don't work.

We can get the vendors to enable individual titles, if there were works that you had noticed in our catalogue and wanted, but that are no longer present. We would need to know the title as best you can remember it - email eServices.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Book Giveaway - Withdrawn Library Books - Friday 25 July

The library is organising Book-Giveaways during 2014 to give you the opportunity to obtain withdrawn books for your personal collection. Dates Friday 25 July and 12 September from 12.15 – 3pm – level 3, Central Library. 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.

Some subjects which are covered are: - Textbooks (Duplicates of earlier editions ) from BF Psychology, GF-GT Human Geography and Anthropology, HF-HF Commerce, Finance, HV Social Work; ML Music and Music Scores, NZ Maps

Monday, July 14, 2014

Image of the Week: 14th - 20th July 2014

MB 1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, item 4804, “Kate Edger, Mrs Evans, the first woman undergraduate”, date 1877, photographer Hemus and Hanna. Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Kate Edger was the first woman graduate in New Zealand; she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts on the 11th of July 1877. Kate also attended Canterbury College and graduated with an MA in 1882. More information about Kate can be found Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand and New Zealand History online.

Image credit: MB 1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, item 4804, “Kate Edger, Mrs Evans, the first woman undergraduate”, date 1877, photographer Hemus and Hanna. Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Some eBook links will fail over the next few days.

Over the next few days, we are changing a number of aspects of our eBook services. These changes are partly technical in nature, and partly subject-oriented. An unfortunate consequence is that many of our eBook links will not work. We apologise for this. We will be removing some of these records over the next two days, and over the weekend other records will be replaced with newer records with links that will work.

We hope that the disruption caused by this will not cause too many problems at this time of year, and we hope that the changes that are being made will improve our service in the longer-term.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Librarians' picks for July: The movies of Joel and Ethan Coen

During the holidays why not check out some of the movies from the supremely talented Coen brothers?

Librarian's pick of the month



Image of the Week: 7th - 13th July 2014

Have you got anything planned for tonight (7/7), say at 7.00 pm...?


Well, every year at this time, Arthur Porritt and Harold Abrahams dined together (with their wives) to commemorate their 100m sprint at the 1924 Paris Olympics! Porritt wins Bronze for New Zealand and Abrahams wins Gold for Britain.

Yes, the man who laid the foundation stone for James Hight Library (Central Library) on 2nd May 1970, was Arthur Porritt, in fact, Sir Arthur Porritt, the 11th Governor General of New Zealand.


Image credit: MB 1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, item 4784, The Governor General, Sir Arthur Porritt laying the foundation stone, 1970.

Image credit: MB 1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, item 4784, The Governor General, Sir Arthur Porritt laying the foundation stone, 1970.


Porritt Park at Wainoni Christchurch is named after him.

Chariots of Fire, a movie that tells the story of the 100m sprint at the 1924 Paris Olympics. The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including the Best Picture in 1981. Arthur Porritt, the Bronze medallist, was known as “Tom Watson” from New Zealand. It is believed that it was out of modesty that he refused to use his real name in the film.

No ordinary Man: the remarkable life of Arthur Porritt is available at the Central Library.


No Ordinary Man: the remarkable life of Arthur Porritt

Friday, July 04, 2014

Friday Free Stuff - 4th July

Online recipes.


During the holidays why not try out some new recipes – impress your flatmates (and your mum).


Online recipes


BBC Cheap Eat

All Recipes Cheap dinner

Healthy Food New Zealand

NZ Woman’s Weekly recipes



Thursday, July 03, 2014

Changes to Subscription Membership

The Library has carried out a review of subscription membership, looking at how we can improve the service. A number of changes have resulted, including an increase in the number of items that can be borrowed, the inclusion of print journals and a reduction in the annual subscription fee.


From the 1st of July:

  • Subscription members can borrow up to 25 items, including print journals

  • Membership rates are $100 for 6 months and $180 for 12 months

  • Alumni receive a 50% discount