Friday, October 31, 2014
Here's a clever idea when you're not sure if a website is down or if there's something up with your computer. Just drop in the URL and this site will do the checking for you.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
At EPS there is a book display for Conservation week which is from 1-9 November.
The theme this year is "Discover the world where you live".
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The list below gives an indication of the subject ranges covered by the withdrawn items at the book giveaway on Tuesday 4 November.
Venue – Rm 101, Undercroft, Puaka James Hight. Time 12.15 pm – 2.30 pm.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Recognise this? It's the Central Library in the 1970s.
Can you spot the differences? It certainly looks different to last week's image of the library at the original site in what is now the Arts Centre.
Image Credit: MB1448, University of Canterbury research photograph collection, Reference Number 4789, Central Library Interior, c.1970, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Friday, October 24, 2014
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Monday, October 20, 2014
Postgraduates (with @pg.canterbury.ac.nz email addresses) and staff - you may find your email is slow or down this evening as ICTS are doing some work on the Exchange email server this evening (Monday 20th October).
Here is their communication on this:
"Between 7.00pm and 9.00pm tonight (20th October 2014) there will be brief periods of email outage or slow performance of the Exchange email servers whilst a critical security patch is applied.
If any issues occur after the patching is completed, please restart the mail client e.g. Outlook. If issues continue after the mail client is restarted, please contact the ICT Service Desk."
Good luck to everyone studying for exams!
We expect that the library will be a lot busier this week than the old library was the day this photo was taken.
The library on the original city site, now the Christchurch Arts Centre, was housed in this small but beautiful building.
If you need a break from studying, this history of the library is an interesting read.
Image credit: MB1448, University of Canterbury Research Photograph Collection, item 4407, 'The Library, Canterbury College', Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury
Friday, October 17, 2014
International Open Access Week starts on Monday 20th October and the UC Library will mark the occasion with a number of activities:
The UC Library and Lincoln University will launch a series of short videos, where researchers explain how their research has benefited from being open access.
We'll profile one video every day. Or, if you just can't wait, you can view the videos here.
UC scholar Robin Bond’s (Classics) verse translations of Aeschylus' Oresteia Trilogy and the seven Tragedies of Sophocles will be made available in the UC Research Repository for the first time. These plays will be published over the coming year.
Hot off the press! - here is the first verse translation to be published in the UC Research Repository - Sophocle's Antigone
The University’s policy of Mandatory Deposit in the UC Research Repository will come into effect from 20 October 2014. The aim of this policy is to increase the visibility, impact and accessibility of UC research by increasing the number of deposits made to the UC Research Repository. While UC researchers are expected, where appropriate, to submit suitable versions of their work (post-print manuscripts) they can opt out of doing so.
Find out more here
International Encyclopedia of the First World War
The encyclopaedia, launched in Brussels on 8 October, is a major new open-access resource hosted by Freie Universität Berlin. It is edited by, and features contributions from, some of the leading First World War scholars from around the world. It aims ‘to make available a multi perspective, public-access knowledge base on the First World War’. Presently hosting nearly 500 articles, it will eventually include over 1,000 articles.
Monday, October 13, 2014
The Library's search interface for heritage collections, Kā Kohika, is currently unavailable due to technical problems. We hope to have the service running again as soon as possible.
Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Public transport sure has changed since this photograph was taken in Cathedral Square by Mr Albert Leslie Emerson. Beca Heritage Week 2014 begins on the 17 October and runs through until the 27 October. The year's theme is Making Connections – Experience our past-present-future. So indulge in a little nostalgia next week by riding the tram, checking out all the vintage vehicles, fashion and lots more that’s happening in the city - mostly for free! You can pick up a brochure from the desk at Macmillan Brown Library.
Image Credit: MB 1116, Albert Leslie Emerson photographs, Item 150823, Tram in Cathedral Square, Albert Leslie Emerson, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.
Friday, October 10, 2014
UC Library will be participating in the Canterbury Stories event at the Airforce Museum, Wigram this Sunday October 12. This is a free public event where members of the Canterbury community are invited to bring along their personal stories and artefacts relating to the First World War. Staff from a range of organisations will be on hand to document the material, as well as provide expertise in family history research and object identification and interpretation. People can discuss the possibility of lending their material for digitising or display with any of the participating organisations. The stories and artefacts contributed by the public will be used to provide the content for the "Canterbury Stories" exhibition hosted by the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
Venue: Airforce World - Wigram
Date: 12 October
Time: 10:00am to 4:30pm
Click here to see the full brochure
Canterbury 100 is a collaborative project, co-ordinated by the region's major cultural and heritage institutions, telling the story and experiences of Canterbury people during the First World War. The Canterbury 100 team are searching for personal stories, photographs, diaries and papers, and artefacts from people in Canterbury relating to the First World War, to present in this regional exhibition.
To tell your story, or for more information about how you can get involved, please email or visit www.canterbury100.org.nz
NZLII - the New Zealand Legal Information Institute http://www.nzlii.org/
This is an open site providing access to New Zealand legal materials, including case law, journal articles, legislation, and law reform committee reports. It contains 103 different databases, and has a particular strength in the provision of decisions from New Zealand tribunals – documents that are almost impossible to source elsewhere.
Thursday, October 09, 2014
The most dangerous man in America : Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers - a film by Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith
This film, now accessible to all UC people via streaming video, had a major impact on Edward Snowden. The NSA whistleblower was being interviewed via Skype by Daniel Ellsberg, and at the head of the interview, after thanking Ellsberg for his service, Snowden went on to say, “I watched a documentary of your life as I was grappling with these issues myself. It had a deep impact and it really shaped my thinking."
The film tells the story of Ellsberg's transformation from Vietnam War strategist to whistleblower, as he leaked a 7000-page top-secret Pentagon document to The New York Times. Ellsberg's actions sparked a national debate centered around the controversy (then, as now, with Snowden) of National Security vs. the public's right to know.
View the YouTube trailer below, or watch the complete documentary.
Tuesday, October 07, 2014
During the week of 13-17th October...
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.