Friday, December 06, 2013
Started in 2005, the project will, over a period of 20 years, digitise historically significant US newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. The database is freely available via Chronicling America and there are currently over 5.2 million pages online. Advanced search lets you narrow your search by State, Newspaper and specify a date range. This is a valuable resource for researchers with very good image quality. As well as providing an insight into the social, political and cultural life of America, there are also interesting personal accounts of events, like this evocative description of the San Francisco earthquake from Professor George Davidson at UCLA in the Minneapolis Journal (19th April 1906), it was ‘like a terrier shaking a rat’. We can relate to that in Christchurch.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Check out this month's recommendations - this time we're featuring children's books from the Education Library.
Librarians’ picks of the month
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Library Services will be restricted on Tuesday and Wednesday because of software and hardware upgrades. The Library Catalogue will be unavailable between 9.00pm and 9.45pm on Tuesday 3 December. From 9.45 pm Tuesday until the early afternoon of Wednesday 4 December, the catalogue will be available for searching, but you will not be able to log in to "My Account". This means you will not be able to renew or request items.
Also on Wednesday morning, the SelfCheck machines will be off and items to be issued will need to be taken to a Library Service Desk for issue.
Some of the library web pages are dynamically created from information in the catalogue - some of these may fail for a time. Examples include the alphabetical listings of databases.
Please contact the Library directly if you need help.
On Friday, 13th December, all libraries will be closing at 1pm for a Christmas function.
Central Library will reopen at 1pm on Saturday, 14th December. All other libraries reopen Monday, 16th December at 8.30am.
Thank you for your understanding.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Turn your smartphone into a microscope
ok, not entirely free (as you might need to purchase a few cheap bits and pieces), but these instructions for turning your smartphone into a microscope are very cool!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Ebrary platform will experience interruptions in service (up to 2 hours) while scheduled maintenance is performed at 2pm today.
This could result in difficulty accessing/reading ebrary ebooks.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Trove: Digitised newspapers
The National Library of Australia are digitising historic newspapers and to date there are over 11 million pages freely available on the Trove website. There is a useful graphic showing the newspapers and date ranges available.
The database can be searched by keyword, browsed by newspaper title, State, date, or categories such as advertising and family notices. Users can enhance the database by text correcting and adding subject tags or annotations.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Our apologies; to allow us to do some system maintenance the catalogue will be unavailable for a period between 6 pm and 7 pm tonight.
A new JSTOR collection: Business IV is now available. A description of the collection and title list is available here. The collection currently has 21 titles in economics, management, and industrial relations.
The titles are available via JSTOR and appear on the Library's Journals page. Articles will be findable via MultiSearch and journal titles in the Catalogue.
Friday, November 08, 2013
All libraries will be closed on Friday, 15th November for Show Day.
All 24/7 ICT workrooms (Crypt 1&2, Kotuku) will be accessible with your Canterbury Card.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Check out this month's recommendations from Librarians. You can also read previous recommendations. You might want to think about Christmas reading!
Librarians' picks of the month
Monday, November 04, 2013
All libraries, except the Education Library, will change to their summer hours this Saturday, 9th November.
The Education moves to summer hours on Saturday, 29th November.
Please check the Library Summer Hours page for opening times.
Plus Ilam School of Fine Arts OPEN DAY 10am-7pm Wednesday 13 November
Award announcement 5.30pm Wednesday 13 November, Ilam Campus Gallery, Block 2, SoFA
The UC Art Acquisitions Committee seeks to support emerging Canterbury artists by showcasing the excellent work of our final year and postgraduate students, and acquiring examples of their work for the University’s permanent art collection. This is an opportunity for students to take part in an exciting exhibition and have their work represented in a major public collection.
The UC Art Acquisitions Committee acquires a maximum of three pieces for its permanent collection from those artworks in the annual exhibition. The works to be acquired are chosen by a guest judge. This year's judge is writer and independent curator Dr Lara Strongman.
Award announcement & exhibition celebration 5.30pm Wednesday 13 November, all welcome.
Gallery hours: 9am-4pm Monday-Friday, exhibition runs 5 November to 12 December.
Further information: http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/mb/art/studentart.shtml
Friday, November 01, 2013
The Library is now trialing Videatives which provides access to 300+ videos on child development and early education. The trial period is from 31 October to 1 December. More information about this resource is available here.
You can find more information about electronic resources trials here.
Clearing out your flat
...how to dispose of your unwanted stuff that won’t fit in a wheelie bin if you’re leaving town for the summer or for good. Your neighbours will thank you :-)
EcoDrop – a good place to getting rid of things too big for kerbside collection
TV Tackback - lots of locations around town to dispose of an unwanted tellie
Freecycle – you need to log in to ‘offer’ stuff to give away