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Monday, July 27, 2015

Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Maori Language Week

This year's theme for Māori Language Week (27 July - 2 August 2015) is 'Whāngaihia te Reo ki ngā Mātua' - 'Nurture the language in parents'. It aims to encourage and support every day Māori language use for parents and caregivers with children.

There are Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori displays up in all UC Libraries (display at Te Puna Mātauraka o Waitaha - Central Library - pictured below).

central library display Central library display 2

Come and have a look and learn some Te Reo.
Also check out the UC programme of events celebrating Māori language week.

Image of the Week: 27th July - 2nd August

"Can Can Canned?" - Bishop Julius' float at capping parade.

MB444, Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records, Reference code 15975, ‘Can Can Canned’, Bishop Julius float for Procesh: from left: Gillian Chaplin, Helen Gordon, Margart Mitchell, Cynthia Cass, Anne Pierre – the Can Can dancers, 1960, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Image credit:
MB444, Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records, Reference code 15975, 'Can Can Canned', Bishop Julius float for Procesh: from left: Gillian Chaplin, Helen Gordon, Margart Mitchell, Cynthia Cass, Anne Pierre – the Can Can dancers, 1960, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Image of the Week: 20th July - 26th July

" I'm back @ UC !"

Image credit: MB444, Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records, Reference number 15834, Norris Blair, c. 1920’s, Photographer Paul Pascoe, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Vessels of Knowledge Exhibition at Selwyn Gallery

Fancy a trip out to Darfield? If you're heading in that direction make sure to check out the University of Canterbury Art Collection exhibition:

Vessels of Knowledge: Studio Ceramics from the University of Canterbury Art Collection

The motto underneath the crest of the Christchurch College of Education, prior to its amalgamation with the University of Canterbury, read Disce ut Docea; learn that you may teach. Exhibiting a range of studio ceramics from the Christchurch College of Education (CCE) sub-collection, Vessels of Knowledge reflects this philosophy and takes both the pedagogical tradition within the College and a broader global lineage of pottery as its subject.
Much of the CCE collection was purchased in the 1970s and 1980s and illustrates the rise of art teaching in the national school curriculum – a period when ceramics were extremely popular and teachers could specialise in art education in their third year. At the time the Art Department staff numbered between eight to ten and a large number were practicing artists.
The works in the exhibition come from highly-regarded New Zealand potters including Len Castle, Doreen Blumhardt, Mirek Smisek, as well as the England-based practitioner Michael Cardew and the renowned Japanese potter Shoji Hamada. Both international potters visited New Zealand at separate times and worked closely with a number of the artists in Vessels of Knowledge. These objects weave a narrative of oceans crossed and influences and techniques passed on and adapted to local contexts.
Vessels of Knowledge is a rare opportunity to see some of the treasures of the University’s Art Collection, which, due to a number of practical reasons, including the public nature of display spaces and anti-earthquake measures, are not often exhibited.

Exhibition link

Doreen Blumhardt (NZL), 1914-2009; Untitled [Large Bowl] Ceramic, glazed stoneware UC/CCE/013 UC Art Collection

Foundation of Geological Time Exhibition and Public Lecture - Monday 20th July

Celebrating William Smith's famous geological map, 'A delineation of the strata of England and Wales'...

Foundaton of Geological Time
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the creation of Smith's iconic work, and the recent 'rediscovery' of the University of Canterbury's original copy donated by Robert Speight, the Macmillan Brown Library and the Geological Sciences Department warmly invite you to attend an open day exhibition and public lecture on Monday 20 July 2015.

Open day exhibition
This exhibition will feature the University of Canterbury's incarnation of Smith's map, significant related geological works from the university's Rare Books Collection, geological samples, equipment and images. The exhibition will highlight the history of our map, it's relation to Canterbury and the significance of the map to the development of geological sciences and geological mapping, past and present, at UC.
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 10:30am - 4pm
Venue: Undercroft 101 (view map)

Public Lecture
Presented by Emeritus Professor Patrick De Deckker (Australian National University). Patrick recently attended the 200th anniversary celebrations for the Smith map in England and is a Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for 'service to science through research and teaching'. His more than 200 publications give clear evidence of his interest in a broad range of topics with special emphasis on geological records of climate and environmental change, and the history of science. The UC map will be displayed in the foyer before and after the public lecture.
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: A1, North Arts Lecture Theatre (view map)
RSVP: RSVP by Wednesday 15 July by emailing

William Smith geological map

Wiley Online Library not available

The Wiley Online Library is undergoing maintenance at the moment. We received no warning of this so it may be unexpected.

We apologise for this and will try and find out how long this will be.

Monday, July 13, 2015

'Can' your library fines and help a charity

From 18-26 July

Can fines winter

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.

Image of the Week:13th July - 19th July

Family outing - perhaps it is school holidays. What activities do you have planned?

Image credit: MB44, Acland Family papers, Reference number 189, J.B.A. Acland and Emily Acland in the garden at Mt Peel, c.1890's, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

UC Library signs agreement with Harvard Business Publishing

The Library now has an 'Unlimited Catalog Access' (UCA) agreement with Harvard Business Publishing (HBP). Under the agreement, academic staff will now be able to access case studies, journal articles from Harvard Business Review, book chapters and other resources in the HBP Catalogue. Lecturers wishing to use this content for teaching can add links to the resources in LEARN.

For more information contact: Janette Nicolle or Cuiying Mu.

Canterbury is the first university in New Zealand to have an agreement of this type with HBP.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Image of the Week: 6th July - 12th July

Campus has changed a bit, but you can probably still recognise this view.
This week's photo, taken around 1970, shows the construction of the James Hight Building.

Image Credit: MB 1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, Reference code 4786, James Hight building, aerial view., c1970, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Planned power cuts for the weekend affect Library opening hours.

Because of the need to do work on the University power supplies, many buildings including the Library buildings, will be without power for part of Saturday and most of Sunday. Because of this we have had to change Library closing hours. In particular, on Sunday, we are opening the Education Library to compensate for EPS and Central Libraries being closed.

On Saturday 4th July

Central and EPS Libraries are closing early at 4pm.

On Sunday 5th July

The Central and EPS Libraries will be closed.

The Education Library will be open on Sunday 5 July from 10am-5pm.

Please accept our apologies for these disruptions.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Image of the Week: 29th June - 5th July

Feels like winter? Make the most of it and head to the snow these holidays!

Image credits:

MB1065, A.C. Graham Photographs, Reference number 149574, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Image of the Week: 22nd June - 28th June

If you think your exams are hard work, maybe you should try climbing a glacier in a long skirt and bonnet!

Whāia te iti kahurangi; Ki te tūohu koe, me he maunga teitei.
Pursue excellence – should you stumble, let it be to a lofty mountain.

Best wishes for your exams!
Image credit: MB1415, Canterbury Mountaineering Club Records and Photographs, Reference code 4943, Two men and a woman climbing a glacier., Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Library Displays at Central and Education Libraries

At Central Library
Come and check out the display celebrating 800 years of the Magna Carta. The display is located just behind the information desk on Level 2 of the library (Puaka-James Hight building)
Magna Carta 800 years display 1Magna Carta 800 years display 2
Need to know more about the Magna Carta and its historical significance? Check out for an introduction, narrated by Monty Python's Terry Jones.

At the Education Library
Teaching students about to go on placement? Come and check out the latest display at the Education library - Professional practice, behavior in the classroom
Professional Practice display EDU 2015

Image of the Week: 15th June - 21st June


Image credit: MB 692, A.W. Shrimpton papers, Reference code 16199, Students observing nature study lesson, c. 1905, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury