Monday, July 21, 2014
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.
Look, boxing on the highway!
Highway patrol wouldn't find it amusing today!
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
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.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Our catalogue includes many eBook records for items not owned by the Library, but which we purchase if you, our users, look at them. This allows us to provide access to more resources than we can afford to buy, and helps ensure the eBooks we do buy are ones that will be used.
At the moment, one of our suppliers has inadvertently disabled access to a large number of these eBooks. None of the eBooks that we have purchased are affected, but around 20,000 of the 'speculative' titles are affected. You will not see these in our Catalogue (we have removed them in the meantime) but you may still come across them when using the Multisearch function from our Home Page. When you use them, you will find that the links fail.
We have contacted the supplier and expect that they will fix this quickly - and certainly this week.
In the meantime, we apologise for any inconvenience you get through links that don't work.
We can get the vendors to enable individual titles, if there were works that you had noticed in our catalogue and wanted, but that are no longer present. We would need to know the title as best you can remember it - email eServices.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The library is organising Book-Giveaways during 2014 to give you the opportunity to obtain withdrawn books for your personal collection. Dates Friday 25 July and 12 September from 12.15 – 3pm – level 3, Central Library. 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:
• 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.
Some subjects which are covered are: - Textbooks (Duplicates of earlier editions ) from BF Psychology, GF-GT Human Geography and Anthropology, HF-HF Commerce, Finance, HV Social Work; ML Music and Music Scores, NZ Maps
Monday, July 14, 2014
Kate Edger was the first woman graduate in New Zealand; she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts on the 11th of July 1877. Kate also attended Canterbury College and graduated with an MA in 1882. More information about Kate can be found Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand and New Zealand History online.
Image credit: MB 1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, item 4804, “Kate Edger, Mrs Evans, the first woman undergraduate”, date 1877, photographer Hemus and Hanna. Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Over the next few days, we are changing a number of aspects of our eBook services. These changes are partly technical in nature, and partly subject-oriented. An unfortunate consequence is that many of our eBook links will not work. We apologise for this. We will be removing some of these records over the next two days, and over the weekend other records will be replaced with newer records with links that will work.
We hope that the disruption caused by this will not cause too many problems at this time of year, and we hope that the changes that are being made will improve our service in the longer-term.
Monday, July 07, 2014
During the holidays why not check out some of the movies from the supremely talented Coen brothers?
Librarian's pick of the month
Have you got anything planned for tonight (7/7), say at 7.00 pm...?
Well, every year at this time, Arthur Porritt and Harold Abrahams dined together (with their wives) to commemorate their 100m sprint at the 1924 Paris Olympics! Porritt wins Bronze for New Zealand and Abrahams wins Gold for Britain.
Yes, the man who laid the foundation stone for James Hight Library (Central Library) on 2nd May 1970, was Arthur Porritt, in fact, Sir Arthur Porritt, the 11th Governor General of New Zealand.
Image credit: MB 1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, item 4784, The Governor General, Sir Arthur Porritt laying the foundation stone, 1970.
Porritt Park at Wainoni Christchurch is named after him.
Chariots of Fire, a movie that tells the story of the 100m sprint at the 1924 Paris Olympics. The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including the Best Picture in 1981. Arthur Porritt, the Bronze medallist, was known as “Tom Watson” from New Zealand. It is believed that it was out of modesty that he refused to use his real name in the film.
No ordinary Man: the remarkable life of Arthur Porritt is available at the Central Library.
Friday, July 04, 2014
During the holidays why not try out some new recipes – impress your flatmates (and your mum).
Thursday, July 03, 2014
The Library has carried out a review of subscription membership, looking at how we can improve the service. A number of changes have resulted, including an increase in the number of items that can be borrowed, the inclusion of print journals and a reduction in the annual subscription fee.
From the 1st of July:
- Subscription members can borrow up to 25 items, including print journals
- Membership rates are $100 for 6 months and $180 for 12 months
- Alumni receive a 50% discount
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
There will be some maintenance on the Library's links to EBL e-books this coming weekend due to some changes happening with the remote hosting server. Users may experience some “dead links” due to these changes. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Everyone loves a cute baby photo! This adorable wee guy grew up to be the well-known poet, James K. Baxter. He was the son of Archibald Baxter and Millicent Brown (who commented on last week’s ferocious photo!), and the grandson of John Macmillan Brown and Helen Connon. Both the Central Library and the Macmillan Brown Library hold many resources about or authored by James K. Baxter, and the Macmillan Brown Library holds some of his personal papers within the archive collection.
To search the archives, use our new database Kā Kohika.
Image credit: MB 148, John Macmillan Brown Collection, item 13062, J.K.B aged 3. [James K. Baxter], no date, photographer unknown.
Friday, June 27, 2014
The Metropolitan Museum of Art www.metmuseum.org, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1933.
The image above is of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and is a scene eerily similar to Christchurch in February 2011.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Security patches are being applied to the Catalogue and this has meant that it will be unavailable for a short time tonight.