Monday, December 08, 2014
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.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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 Our selection includes both published and unpublished material, as well as first hand and secondary accounts of journeys to China by foreign visitors.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.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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
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.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
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.
The Library Catalogue will be unavailable between 9 am and 10 am Friday morning, 14th November.
The main search field on the Library's home page will continue to function, and will include Library Catalogue results. However, you will not be able to request items found during this time.
We are doing a small software upgrade.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
As researchers and practitioners converge on Sydney for the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress, Nature presents a special collection. It includes news and comment about collaboration, conflict and capital in conservation and a suite of new reviews on sustainable ecosystems and society, taking in fire, agriculture and priorities for protected areas.
Access the special issue here.
Friday, November 07, 2014
Staff picks for November
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 young adult titles from the Education Library.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
At this time of year have you ever wondered about what puts the boom in your 'Boom Box'? Well due to an interloan request from a PhD student in the Department of Historical, Philosophical and International Studies at Monash University we had a chance to find out. What we have found is an 84 page Treatise detailing the ingredients and the many varieties of fireworks used in displays in 1840.
"A new guide to pyrotechny, or, The noble art in miniature of making and letting off fireworks of every kind…"was a rare find in the UC Library Special Collections. The work comes from a crucial time in the history of fireworks, when coloured flame compositions based on chemicals discovered in the last decades of the 18th century were coming into general use. From Cracker Heads to The Peacock's Tail, containing ingredients such as Nitrate of Strontia, Arsenic and Fulminating Mercury, this book details many aspects in the art of pyrotechny.
Not only is it thought to be the earliest English book that addresses this subject, it also appears that this is the only copy held in the world outside of private collections. How it came to Canterbury is a mystery, needless to say it will be transferred to the Rare Books Collection held at the Macmillan Brown Library.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The list below gives an indication of the subject ranges covered by the withdrawn items at the book giveaway on Tuesday 4 November.
Venue – Rm 101, Undercroft, Puaka James Hight. Time 12.15 pm – 2.30 pm.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Postgraduates (with @pg.canterbury.ac.nz email addresses) and staff - you may find your email is slow or down this evening as ICTS are doing some work on the Exchange email server this evening (Monday 20th October).
Here is their communication on this:
"Between 7.00pm and 9.00pm tonight (20th October 2014) there will be brief periods of email outage or slow performance of the Exchange email servers whilst a critical security patch is applied.
If any issues occur after the patching is completed, please restart the mail client e.g. Outlook. If issues continue after the mail client is restarted, please contact the ICT Service Desk."
Friday, October 17, 2014
International Open Access Week starts on Monday 20th October and the UC Library will mark the occasion with a number of activities:
The UC Library and Lincoln University will launch a series of short videos, where researchers explain how their research has benefited from being open access.
We'll profile one video every day. Or, if you just can't wait, you can view the videos here.
UC scholar Robin Bond’s (Classics) verse translations of Aeschylus' Oresteia Trilogy and the seven Tragedies of Sophocles will be made available in the UC Research Repository for the first time. These plays will be published over the coming year.
Hot off the press! - here is the first verse translation to be published in the UC Research Repository - Sophocle's Antigone
The University’s policy of Mandatory Deposit in the UC Research Repository will come into effect from 20 October 2014. The aim of this policy is to increase the visibility, impact and accessibility of UC research by increasing the number of deposits made to the UC Research Repository. While UC researchers are expected, where appropriate, to submit suitable versions of their work (post-print manuscripts) they can opt out of doing so.
Find out more here
Monday, October 13, 2014
The Library's search interface for heritage collections, Kā Kohika, is currently unavailable due to technical problems. We hope to have the service running again as soon as possible.
Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Friday, October 10, 2014
UC Library will be participating in the Canterbury Stories event at the Airforce Museum, Wigram this Sunday October 12. This is a free public event where members of the Canterbury community are invited to bring along their personal stories and artefacts relating to the First World War. Staff from a range of organisations will be on hand to document the material, as well as provide expertise in family history research and object identification and interpretation. People can discuss the possibility of lending their material for digitising or display with any of the participating organisations. The stories and artefacts contributed by the public will be used to provide the content for the "Canterbury Stories" exhibition hosted by the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
Venue: Airforce World - Wigram
Date: 12 October
Time: 10:00am to 4:30pm
Click here to see the full brochure
Canterbury 100 is a collaborative project, co-ordinated by the region's major cultural and heritage institutions, telling the story and experiences of Canterbury people during the First World War. The Canterbury 100 team are searching for personal stories, photographs, diaries and papers, and artefacts from people in Canterbury relating to the First World War, to present in this regional exhibition.
To tell your story, or for more information about how you can get involved, please email or visit www.canterbury100.org.nz
Thursday, October 09, 2014
The most dangerous man in America : Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers - a film by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
This film, now accessible to all UC people via streaming video, had a major impact on Edward Snowden. The NSA whistleblower was being interviewed via Skype by Daniel Ellsberg, and at the head of the interview, after thanking Ellsberg for his service, Snowden went on to say, “I watched a documentary of your life as I was grappling with these issues myself. It had a deep impact and it really shaped my thinking."
The film tells the story of Ellsberg's transformation from Vietnam War strategist to whistleblower, as he leaked a 7000-page top-secret Pentagon document to The New York Times. Ellsberg's actions sparked a national debate centered around the controversy (then, as now, with Snowden) of National Security vs. the public's right to know.
View the YouTube trailer below, or watch the complete documentary.