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Monday, March 02, 2015

Electronic Resources via Emerald Insight unavailable for up to 12 hours from 8pm Monday 2nd March

We have a small number of Electronic Resources that come from the publisher, Emerald.
They are doing systems maintenance from 8pm today (Monday 2nd March).
During this maintenance window, some functionality on Emerald Insight will be unavailable for up to 12 hours (e.g. search).

Currently some of the Emerald Insight article links are not working (people are getting "page not found" errors). This appears to be part of Emerald's preparation for maintenance and it should be resolved within the next 24 hours.

Image of the Week: 2nd March - 8th March

Although the weather is still feeling very summery, this is officially the first week of autumn. This leafy scene looks perfect for that annual autumn activity of piling up the crunchy leaves and stomping through them. Go on, you know you want to relive your childhood and make a bigger, crunchier pile than ever before!

Avon in Autumn

Image Credit: MB 1051, Charles Chilton photographs, Reference code 16906, Stretch of Avon River, Christchurch in autumn Ė St. Michaelís Church belltower, left, date unknown, photographer Charles Chilton, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Various Proquest Databases unavailable on Sunday afternoon

On Sunday 1st March, from 4 pm until 9 pm, several Proquest databases will be unavailable as Proquest is doing systems maintenance. If you attempt to use one of these, you will be taken to a web page explaining what is happening.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Image of the Week: 23rd February - 1st March

Welcome to the first semester of 2015! You'd probably rather be at the beach, like this beautiful coastal scene in Fiji in the 1940s, but itís time to get your thinking caps on and get stuck into a year of uni.

Fiji beach

Image Credit: MB 1667, Canterbury Mountaineering Club records, Reference code 25676, Fiji Coastal Scene, c. 1940, Photographer Frank Gillett, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Haere mai, tauiti mai. Welcome all new and returning students.

#GetSmart - Orientation 2015
Find out what the Library is doing for Orientation 2015, win prizes, and get your year off to a flying start with the Library.
Have a look at our #GetSmart Orientation 2015 webpage for details about:
- competitions we're running,
- Library tours,
- displays & exhibitions
... and other ways you can get started with the Library in 2015.

Library staff are here to help, so please don't hesitate to contact us.

We wish you all a happy and successful year!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Electronic Resources via Emerald Insight unavailable briefly on Saturday.

We have a small number of Electronic Resource that come from the publisher, Emerald. They are doing systems maintenance and for a period between 10 am and 3 pm on Saturday, their resources will be unavailable. Connections will time out.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Image of the Week: 16th February - 22nd February

There have been a few changes to the Engineering Library since this photo was taken in the 1970's, but those of you with sharp eyes may recognize parts of the current EPS Library.

Engineering Library

Image credit: MB1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, item 4778, 'Engineering Library, University of Canterbury' Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

Monday, February 09, 2015

Image of the Week: 9th February - 15th February

I'm sure you all know the significance of the date this coming Saturday, February 14th - of course it's the first match of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and New Zealand will be playing Sri Lanka right here in Christchurch! But if you missed out on tickets you can still go to the Opening Ceremony in North Hagley Park this Thursday.

So this week's image from the Macmillan Brown Archives is simply titled Plate 0272 - Cricket. This image has been digitised from a glass plate from the Engineering School records. Unfortunately we donít know much about it. Does anyone recognise where it was taken?

MB1539, Engineering photographs, 145812, Plate 0272 - Cricket, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

Image Credit: MB1539, Engineering photographs, 145812, Plate 0272 - Cricket, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

All Libraries Closed Waitangi Day - Friday 6th February

All Libraries will be closing this Friday, 6th of February for Waitangi Day. See the library hours page for more Library hours information.

25,000 early English books released online (open access)

Via a joint venture between Proquest, University of Michigan Library and Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford (with funding from ProQuest, Jisc and a collective of libraries) the full text of more than 25,000 titles from the Early English Books Online (EEBO) database are now available to the public, fully searchable, and open access.

"From Shakespeare and Milton to little-known books about witchcraft, cookery and sword fighting, this rich data set comprises fully-searchable text files that can be read online or downloaded in a variety of formats.
This corpus of electronic texts has been created and released by the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP), an international collaboration among universities, funders and ProQuest, an information company central to global research. Previously, the texts were only available to users at academic libraries involved in the partnership but the data was released into the public domain on 1 January." (excerpt from Bodleian libraries press release http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/news/2015/jan-27 ).

EEBO-TCP database)
Access this fantastic resource here.

Want to see the pictures too? The UC library has a full subscription to EEBO - a database of digital facsimile images of "virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700" (http://eebo.chadwyck.com/home).

More information at:
Proquest Press release
University of Michigan Press release
Bodleian Library Press release

Monday, February 02, 2015

Image of the Week: 2nd February - 8th February

What the family car was like almost 100 years ago!

MB 1065, A.C. Graham photographs, Reference code 20765, Jim, Mick and Mary Sullivan with family's first car, c. 1920, Photographer unknown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

This week's photograph is from the A.C Graham collection.

Alexander Carter Graham (1881-1957) was a mountaineer and photographer. This collection was given to the Library by his daughter Dorothy Fletcher. The collection is a combination of images gathered by A. C. Graham from a number of sources, and photographs taken by A. C. Graham and his friends. As a whole, the collection provides a unique visual record of the West coast and its places and people dating from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century

View and search the AC Graham photograph collection here

Image Credit: MB 1065, A.C. Graham photographs, Reference code 20765, Jim, Mick and Mary Sullivan with family's first car, c. 1920, Photographer unknown, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Database interruption: Thursday morning

Our remote access software, Ezproxy, is being updated at 9 am Thursday morning. This will mean a brief interruption to database access but hopefully this will last no longer than 10 minutes.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Education Library phone outage

***This issue has now been resolved. Thank you for your patience ***

Education Library has a phone outage which means we are unable to receive calls from off campus at present. There are also problems affecting calls between Ilam and Dovedale. Hope to have this fixed soon, sorry for any inconvenience.

The Education Library can be contacted on email at education@libr.canterbury.ac.nz.

Image of the Week: 26th January - 1st February

This is how UC students enjoyed their summer back in 1928.

MB444-Ref15789-Veda Nere and I on the beach

How are you enjoying your Summer 2015?

Image credit: MB 444, Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records, Reference code 15789, Veda, Nere and I on the beach at North Brighton S.C.M. Camp, 1928 (Students Bishop Julius Hostel), Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

EBL eBooks unavailable for access -- Sunday 25 January from 1 pm - 5 pm

EBL have advised us of maintenance this Sunday afternoon. There will be no EBL eBooks access for our users during this period. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.