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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Librarian picks for September: a selection of Sign Language resources.

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is unique to New Zealand and is one of our official languages. It is used by more than 24,000 New Zealanders each day. This month we have a selection of Sign Language resources if you would like to learn more about NZSL.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Free entrance to Latin America & Spain Film Festival: Friday to Monday.

The Latin America and Spain Film Festival (LASFF) is proud to present its 13th edition, at the University of Canterbury from 12-15 September. It features a selection of recent films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Entry to all film screenings is FREE at The Living Room (next to the bookshop), Ilam campus. Seating is restricted to 80 people and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There are no bookings for this event - if you are concerned about getting a seat please arrive early. Latin America & Spain Film Festival Details

Monday, September 08, 2014

2014 General Election - Advance Voting Facility

Election day is Saturday 20th September, but if you want, you can vote prior to this. An advance voting facility is available on Level 2 of the Central Library from Monday 8th – Friday 19th September:

  • Monday 8 - Saturday 13 September (10am-4pm)

  • Monday 15 - Wednesday 17 September (10am-4pm)

  • Thursday 18 - Friday 19 September (10am-6pm)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

UC researcher tracks Humpback Whale migration across the tropical south Pacific

Ever wondered what it would be like tracking Humpback Whales in their migration across the tropical South Pacific?

UC researcher, Travis Horton is living the dream.

You can read all about it in his blog and read about the original research article at

A humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Photo by Nan Daeschler Hauser.

A humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Photo by Nan Daeschler Hauser - taken from

Tongan Language Week

This week (1-7 September) is Tongan Language Week.

View of Morea one of the Friendly Islands in the South Seas
Image Details: View of Morea one of the Friendly Islands in the South Seas. Artist John Cleveley. Accession Number: UC/MBL/0393 - image 1. Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury. for more details click here

The theme for this year is "Enriching Aotearoa with Tongan Wisdom- Ko e Kai ia 'a e Tonga". The fabulous Mereana Taungapeau from National Library has written a wonderful blog post looking at traditional Tongan Whakataukī and whakatauākī (proverbs/traditional sayings).

She explains the deeper meanings of some of these traditional kōrero. Her writing is also accompanied by some lovely images from National Library Turnbull Collections as well.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Brookers Online platform to cease

The Brookers Online platform has been replaced by Westlaw NZ and will be shut down on 31 August. The old platform has been running in parallel with the new one during the transition phase but is now to be decommissioned. The Brookers products that the Library subscribes to are now available through the new Westlaw NZ platform.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Giveaway - Withdrawn Library Books - Friday 12th September

The library is organising Book-Giveaways during 2014 to give you the opportunity to obtain withdrawn books for your personal collection. The next giveaway is happening on Friday 12th of 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: BF Psychology, BL Religious Studies, ML Music, R-RA Medicine, HV Social Work

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Librarians' picks for August: A selection of nerdy but fun titles

From the mathematical secrets of the Simpsons to images of the oldest living things in the world – we think we have something to tempt any self-respecting nerd.

See our selection of nerdy but fun titles here.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Wiley Online - not available Saturday night

We have been advised that Wiley Online will be unavailable from 9 pm Saturday 9th August. This is for schedule maintenance by the Vendor and is expected to last for 4 hours.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Central Library Heating Outage - Saturday 9th August

Essential repairs to the heating in the Central Library are scheduled to take place on Saturday 9th August. There will be no heating in the library on this day. The library will remain open, however please dress warmly if you wish to visit or study there. EPS Library, and other computer labs, are available for you to use on Saturday and heating is unaffected in these buildings. It is anticipated the heating in the Central Library will be functioning again by Sunday 10th August.

Monday, August 04, 2014

World Press Photo Exhibition (2nd - 24th August 2014)

The World Press Photo Exhibition is being held in the Central Library from the 2nd - 24th August 2014

This touring exhibition showcases an award-winning collection of the most powerful, poignant and inspiring press photographs from around the globe. The photos included in the exhibition are the winners of the World Press Photo Contest and each highlights a key news story or global issues from the previous year.

Open to view daily on Levels 2 and 3 of the Central Library, Puaka-James Hight

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

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.

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.