Monday, October 20, 2014
Good luck to everyone studying for exams!
We expect that the library will be a lot busier this week than the old library was the day this photo was taken.
The library on the original city site, now the Christchurch Arts Centre, was housed in this small but beautiful building.
If you need a break from studying, this history of the library is an interesting read.
Image credit: MB1448, University of Canterbury Research Photograph Collection, item 4407, 'The Library, Canterbury College', Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
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.
Peter Lund and Anton Angelo (UC Library) will explain some of the changes taking place in scholarly publishing and how open access is being adopted at UC.
This session is running on Tuesday 21 October, 11am, Puaka-James Hight, room 210.
Book a spot
UC scholar Robin Bond’s (Classics) verse translations of Aeschylus' Oresteia Trilogy and the seven Tragedies of Sophocles will be made available for the first time. These plays will be published over the coming year with the first one being made available in the UC Research Repository during Open Access Week.
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
International Encyclopedia of the First World War
The encyclopaedia, launched in Brussels on 8 October, is a major new open-access resource hosted by Freie Universität Berlin. It is edited by, and features contributions from, some of the leading First World War scholars from around the world. It aims ‘to make available a multi perspective, public-access knowledge base on the First World War’. Presently hosting nearly 500 articles, it will eventually include over 1,000 articles.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Public transport sure has changed since this photograph was taken in Cathedral Square by Mr Albert Leslie Emerson. Beca Heritage Week 2014 begins on the 17 October and runs through until the 27 October. The year's theme is Making Connections – Experience our past-present-future. So indulge in a little nostalgia next week by riding the tram, checking out all the vintage vehicles, fashion and lots more that’s happening in the city - mostly for free! You can pick up a brochure from the desk at Macmillan Brown Library.
Image Credit: MB 1116, Albert Leslie Emerson photographs, Item 150823, Tram in Cathedral Square, Albert Leslie Emerson, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Friday, October 10, 2014
NZLII - the New Zealand Legal Information Institute http://www.nzlii.org/
This is an open site providing access to New Zealand legal materials, including case law, journal articles, legislation, and law reform committee reports. It contains 103 different databases, and has a particular strength in the provision of decisions from New Zealand tribunals – documents that are almost impossible to source elsewhere.
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.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
During the week of 13-17th October...
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.
Monday, October 06, 2014
The 12th of October marks the anniversary of New Zealand's Darkest Day – The battle of Passchendaele (Third battle of Ypres). 846 young New Zealanders were killed within four hours and by the end of the day the total number of dead, wounded and missing was 2,700.
This is an image of the ruins of Ypres Cathedral. Ypres Cathedral was heavily damaged throughout the war, due to the many intense fighting battles in the Ypres area.
Image credit: MB367, Victoria League of New Zealand records, item 149003, The ruins of Ypres Cathedral (St. Martin's Cathedral), Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
More information about Passchendaele can be found here
Friday, October 03, 2014
It's school holidays and this month we've selected a range of books that will appeal to children of all ages.
Have a look at our picks here.
Friday, March 22, 2013
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.