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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


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.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Temporary Suspension on Donations of Material to the University of Canterbury Archives

The Library is fortunate enough to receive many donations of material from staff, alumni and the wider community, and has incorporated this into its collections. We’re proud and grateful that so many people have made generous contributions through the years.

Occasionally, though, the sheer volume of this can lead to a bit of a backlog, or challenges to storage space. We experienced this in 2008 and put a temporary suspension on donations of archives and manuscripts to allow staff to catch up with cataloguing donations already received, which saw the backlog of uncatalogued collections fall from 96% to less than 5%.

Commencing 1st June 2014, the Library is placing a temporary suspension on accepting donations of material to all of its library collections, with the exception of the art collections, Ngāi Tahu and Pacific collections.

We want to ensure the material we already have is used to its fullest potential and is embedded into research and teaching at the University appropriately, and we’re confident a suspension will allow us the time and resource to achieve this.

We look forward to a time in the future when we will again be able to afford new donations the space and attention they deserve, and will notify you here when this is the case.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Please don't leave your personal belongings unattended in the Library

in particular laptops, cellphones, wallets and backpacks. Unattended belongings attract thieves, and while many believe the risk to be small, it is real and such a loss can be devastating. Even for short trips to the copier, printer, or toilets, take them with you or have a friend sitting next to you watch them while you're gone. The library is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings.