Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Fancy a trip out to Darfield? If you're heading in that direction make sure to check out the University of Canterbury Art Collection exhibition:
Vessels of Knowledge: Studio Ceramics from the University of Canterbury Art Collection
The motto underneath the crest of the Christchurch College of Education, prior to its amalgamation with the University of Canterbury, read Disce ut Docea; learn that you may teach. Exhibiting a range of studio ceramics from the Christchurch College of Education (CCE) sub-collection, Vessels of Knowledge reflects this philosophy and takes both the pedagogical tradition within the College and a broader global lineage of pottery as its subject.
Much of the CCE collection was purchased in the 1970s and 1980s and illustrates the rise of art teaching in the national school curriculum – a period when ceramics were extremely popular and teachers could specialise in art education in their third year. At the time the Art Department staff numbered between eight to ten and a large number were practicing artists.
The works in the exhibition come from highly-regarded New Zealand potters including Len Castle, Doreen Blumhardt, Mirek Smisek, as well as the England-based practitioner Michael Cardew and the renowned Japanese potter Shoji Hamada. Both international potters visited New Zealand at separate times and worked closely with a number of the artists in Vessels of Knowledge. These objects weave a narrative of oceans crossed and influences and techniques passed on and adapted to local contexts.
Vessels of Knowledge is a rare opportunity to see some of the treasures of the University’s Art Collection, which, due to a number of practical reasons, including the public nature of display spaces and anti-earthquake measures, are not often exhibited.
Doreen Blumhardt (NZL), 1914-2009; Untitled [Large Bowl] Ceramic, glazed stoneware UC/CCE/013 UC Art Collection
Celebrating William Smith's famous geological map, 'A delineation of the strata of England and Wales'...
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the creation of Smith's iconic work, and the recent 'rediscovery' of the University of Canterbury's original copy donated by Robert Speight, the Macmillan Brown Library and the Geological Sciences Department warmly invite you to attend an open day exhibition and public lecture on Monday 20 July 2015.
Open day exhibition
This exhibition will feature the University of Canterbury's incarnation of Smith's map, significant related geological works from the university's Rare Books Collection, geological samples, equipment and images. The exhibition will highlight the history of our map, it's relation to Canterbury and the significance of the map to the development of geological sciences and geological mapping, past and present, at UC.
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 10:30am - 4pm
Venue: Undercroft 101 (view map)
Presented by Emeritus Professor Patrick De Deckker (Australian National University). Patrick recently attended the 200th anniversary celebrations for the Smith map in England and is a Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for 'service to science through research and teaching'. His more than 200 publications give clear evidence of his interest in a broad range of topics with special emphasis on geological records of climate and environmental change, and the history of science. The UC map will be displayed in the foyer before and after the public lecture.
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: A1, North Arts Lecture Theatre (view map)
RSVP: RSVP by Wednesday 15 July by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wiley Online Library is undergoing maintenance at the moment. We received no warning of this so it may be unexpected.
We apologise for this and will try and find out how long this will be.
Monday, July 13, 2015
From 18-26 July
Bring a can of food to any UC library and we'll wipe $5 from your fines*.
(for example, five cans waive $25 of fines).
Cans will be donated to the Christchurch City Mission.
*Does not include fines incurred for lost books.
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
The Library now has an 'Unlimited Catalog Access' (UCA) agreement with Harvard Business Publishing (HBP). Under the agreement, academic staff will now be able to access case studies, journal articles from Harvard Business Review, book chapters and other resources in the HBP Catalogue. Lecturers wishing to use this content for teaching can add links to the resources in LEARN.
For more information contact: Janette Nicolle or Cuiying Mu.
Canterbury is the first university in New Zealand to have an agreement of this type with HBP.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Because of the need to do work on the University power supplies, many buildings including the Library buildings, will be without power for part of Saturday and most of Sunday. Because of this we have had to change Library closing hours. In particular, on Sunday, we are opening the Education Library to compensate for EPS and Central Libraries being closed.
On Saturday 4th July
Central and EPS Libraries are closing early at 4pm.
On Sunday 5th July
The Central and EPS Libraries will be closed.
The Education Library will be open on Sunday 5 July from 10am-5pm.
Please accept our apologies for these disruptions.
Monday, June 15, 2015
At Central Library
Come and check out the display celebrating 800 years of the Magna Carta. The display is located just behind the information desk on Level 2 of the library (Puaka-James Hight building)
Need to know more about the Magna Carta and its historical significance? Check out http://www.bl.uk/magna-carta/articles/magna-carta-an-introduction for an introduction, narrated by Monty Python's Terry Jones.
At the Education Library
Teaching students about to go on placement? Come and check out the latest display at the Education library - Professional practice, behavior in the classroom
Monday, June 08, 2015
Tuesday 9 June 2015 is international Ask An Archivist Day on Twitter. UC Library Archivist, Erin Kimber, is using the day to share news about our archive collections, events and research at UC. Ask your questions by tweeting Erin at @uoclibrary and adding the hashtag #AskUCArchivists to your question (in 140 characters or less, of course!). Don't have twitter? Post your question on the library Facebook page
So what can you ask the UC Library archivist? Well first, check out what we have to offer: http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/mb/archives/index.shtml
Here are some Library tips to help you prepare for your exams
Looking for past years' exam papers?
See the Library's exam papers page
Looking for study space during exams?
The University Library provides 2758 study places spread across 4 libraries.
We also have 35 bookable discussion rooms.
Want to know where the silent zones in the library are?
We have silent zones in each library. You’ll find silent study zones on Level 2 of the Education Library, Levels 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 of the Central Library and Level 3 of the EPS Library.
Engineering students, looking for textbooks on the Dovedale campus?
There is a selection of textbooks in the high demand section of the Education Library for courses taught over on the Dovedale campus.
Check out the exam preparation tips display on now at the Education Library.
The library has a number of books on exam preparation and study skills. If you need help finding them, just contact us.
Not sure what’s involved with exams?
Have a look at this webpage before you go into your exam
We wish you all the best of luck in your 2015 mid-year exams.
Friday, May 29, 2015
All UC Libraries will be closed on Monday, 1st of June, for Queen's Birthday.
See Library Hours page for more information on Library hours.
Monday, May 18, 2015
May is New Zealand Music Month.
To celebrate, we have put together displays in two of our libraries.
You can check out the displays at:
- Central Library (Puaka-James Hight Building) Level 2 - between the 2 lift bays.
The display features New Zealand music in the 1990's". In a celebration of this unique period of Kiwi music we have selected a few items from the Macmillan Brown Library collection which give a taste of what UC students were rocking out to 20-ish years ago
- Education Library (Henry Field) - to your left just after entering via the main entrance doors.
This is an ever-evolving display so you may want to go back for several visits.
Here are just two examples:
- 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.
- HE (transportation, communication)
- PC (French, German, Spanish –topics on grammar, dictionaries)
- PT (German Literature)
- Q (Science)
- QL (Zoology)
- Kiwi Hit Discs - music cds
- Introduction to journals for science students - 6 May 2015
- Introduction to using art, archives and photos in assignments - 13 May 2015
From today through to the 6th of June UC staff and students have on-campus access to a trial of Knovel.
More information is available on our Trials page along with links to video and online resources to help with the use of Knovel.
Knovel is an interactive full-text database of scientific and engineering handbooks and reference works from publishers such as CRC Press, Reed Elsevier, ASCE and ASME. It provides quick, authoritative answers to technical questions. Users can search across text, tables, numerical data, graphs and equations, and use analytical tools as well as browse by individual title.
Friday, May 08, 2015
This year we have an option to provide better access to PressDisplay for users using it on mobile devices. To enable this we are making a change to our licence allocation. Currently we have a 7 user subscription. Two of the licences will be reserved for PC use (where it is known as PressDisplay) and the other five will be made available for mobile users.
The mobile licences mean that if you are connected to the University wireless network, you can download issues of newspapers and magazines to which we subscribe.
Users who wish to read PressDisplay on a cellphone or tablet can download the free PressReader App. There is more information about this here. User guides are also available for Android and for IOS
Monday, May 04, 2015
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 8th May, 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:
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Our Library 101 programme is designed to provide new undergraduate students with the information and digital skills needed to be successful at university.
Classes running in May are:
To book a place enrol online