Friday, March 07, 2014
is a fun way to learn the basics of computer programming.
With the tech industry concerned at the lack of young people taking up coding, the Hour of Code has been created to show that in 60 minutes you can learn the basics of computer programming and have fun. It consists of a selection of 60-minute tutorials including one where you make an angry bird catch a green pig. So far over 28 million people have tried the Hour of Code.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Unfortunately due to the current weather conditions the 2014 Tower Race will be postponed until Wednesday 12th March. The current conditions would make it unsafe for you to complete the race safely and we have no intention of making you stand out in the rain and wind! The time and details will remain the same the only change is the date.
Friday, February 28, 2014
Open access art
The National Gallery of Art (NGA) in the United States provides open access to over 32,000 images. The database can be searched using ‘Advanced Search’ or browsed by collection (including frequently requested images.) Images can be downloaded in high resolution or added to a folder called a ‘Lightbox’, this feature allows you to save, share and download multiple images at one time. Registration is required to download images. See the NGA policy for how images may be used.
Walters Art Museum contains over 18,000 images available via Wikimedia Commons. Each image includes conservation and exhibition histories. You will find images of art from pre-dynastic Egypt through to 20th century Europe.
Yale University have made images from their cultural collections freely available. The collection is large, with over 250,000 images.
In partnership with hundreds of museums and cultural institutions the Google Art Project makes many thousands of high resolution images available online. Some of the images are not open access, so you will need to check the website of the respective museum or collection.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
It's easy! Just follow @uoclibrary, tweet us your #toplibrarytips and go in the draw to win. Prizes drawn each weekday until 7th March.
Up for grabs are: 25 x $5 coffee vouchers, 5 x $25 Hoyts movie vouchers, 1 x $50 UBS book voucher.
You must be a UC student to enter. Winners drawn at random.
Friday, February 21, 2014
The library catalogue is currently experiencing technical difficulties. Library e-services are working on the problem and hope to have it back up and running soon.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Library staff at our information desks can do searching/requesting through our staff system so please do contact them for help.
EBL inform us that access to EBL e-books will be unavailable on Sunday, March 2nd 2014 between 1-5pm as their platform undergoes scheduled maintenance (enhancements and updates).
They apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but hopefully this will result in an improved user experience.
Have you had a pizza recently and been wondering how to put the box to good use?
May we suggest a laptop stand, or perhaps a solar-powered oven?
Friday, February 14, 2014
A free online tool to help you outline a story. (Note: to access you need to have an Amazon account – eg, an account used to purchase books from Amazon.) While advertised as a tool for turning scripts into a movie, it’s also a useful tool to plan other presentations such as in Power Point. The user creates groups at the top of the page then adds virtual cards under those groups (a bit like the sticky notes we use at planning days). The site also allows collaboration.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
We are currently experiencing problems with providing access to electronic resources, due to a hardware fault.
There is currently no access to ebooks and electronic journals from off-campus and on-campus users will probably be affected as well. The Library wiki is also down.
ICTS are working on getting things back up and running. We will update once the problem has fixed.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Your interloans account won't be available on the 17th or 18th February, due to a software upgrade. Please contact us on extn 8722 or email@example.com for all queries or urgent needs.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Because of a server problem there are some inoperable library services. These include:
- thesis deposit
- some PBRF-related document deposits
- for on-campus users, NZ Topographical Maps & some time-series databases will also fail.
We expect to have an update on the problem by mid-day today (10th Feb).
Friday, February 07, 2014
EPS Library currently has a display to highlight Bike Wise month, facilities for bikes at UC and books on bikes and biking.
is a series of free tutorials to help improve your typing skills. Tutorials are quite addictive with activities for all skill levels from beginner through to advanced. You need to set up a login and password but after that you are free to do the various exercises. The program remembers the keys you struggle with and you can select exercises for these keys.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Recent upgrades to the Chrome Browser have created a number of problems; eTV is one service affected. The fix is easy - full details follow:
Video Not Playing with Google Chrome
Fix For This Issue
In recent weeks, due to new updates released for the Google Chrome Browser we have noticed an increase in support tickets in relation to the video player simply not appearing.
Upon investigation, we have discovered that the new Google update for Chrome causes the browser to force it to load pages as HTTPS (secure content only) rather than standard HTTP.
This means it looks at the eTV video player as 'non secure' and will not let it through. The player is safe and so is the content. There is an easy fix for this as follows.
1. Open up any video page in eTV.
2. Once the page is loaded and the video player does not appear, look at the address bar at the top of the page and on the left hand side you should see it start with HTTPS. On the right, a small grey shield will appear in the address bar.
3. Click on this small grey shield and a box will pop out asking if you wish to allow non-secure content through. Answer this question in the affirmative, yes and then ETV will be saved as a recognised provider in your browser settings and allow the video to play.
This issue does not fall within of our control and to encrypt all our videos to deliver in HTTPS is not a viable option for eTV.
We do stress once again that our content is safe, virus free, and will not harm your computer in any way.
We hope this will help should you see this issue.
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Friday, January 31, 2014
Contains links to some House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (via the Southampton University library PAC) - these are a valuable source of historical information for researchers.