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Friday, May 29, 2015

Libraries Closed for Queen's Birthday Monday 1st June

All UC Libraries will be closed on Monday, 1st of June, for Queen's Birthday.
See Library Hours page for more information on Library hours.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Image of the Week: 25th May - 31st May

Sheep resting in the shade of a haystack at Mt Peel Station.

Image credit: MB44, Ackland Family Papers, Reference code 112,Mt Peel Station, c.1890s,Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

Monday, May 18, 2015

NZ Music Month Displays

May is New Zealand Music Month.
NZ music month 2015

To celebrate, we have put together displays in two of our libraries.

You can check out the displays at:

  • Central Library (Puaka-James Hight Building) Level 2 - between the 2 lift bays.
    The display features New Zealand music in the 1990's". In a celebration of this unique period of Kiwi music we have selected a few items from the Macmillan Brown Library collection which give a taste of what UC students were rocking out to 20-ish years ago

  • nz music month central library display 2015
  • Education Library (Henry Field) - to your left just after entering via the main entrance doors.
    This is an ever-evolving display so you may want to go back for several visits.

    Here are just two examples:

  • Trial of the Knovel interactive full-text database of scientific and engineering handbooks.

    From today through to the 6th of June UC staff and students have on-campus access to a trial of Knovel.

    More information is available on our Trials page along with links to video and online resources to help with the use of Knovel.

    Knovel is an interactive full-text database of scientific and engineering handbooks and reference works from publishers such as CRC Press, Reed Elsevier, ASCE and ASME. It provides quick, authoritative answers to technical questions. Users can search across text, tables, numerical data, graphs and equations, and use analytical tools as well as browse by individual title.

    Image of the Week: 18th May - 24th May

    Monday 18th May is International Museum Day.

    To celebrate we've pulled this lovely historic photo of Canterbury Museum from our archives. The inscription over the entrance was suggested by William Rolleston, Canterbury's provincial superintendent at the time. It reads “Lo these are parts of His ways but how little a portion is heard of Him” - Job 26.14.
    For a brief history of the museum see the Canterbury Museum website.
    If you’re interested in finding more historic photos of Christchurch, take a look at our photography collection by searching Kā Kohika

    Image Credit: MB 1051, Charles Chilton photographs, Reference code 16725, Entry porch, Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, no date, Photographer Charles Chilton, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury

    Monday, May 11, 2015

    Image of the Week: 11th May - 17th May

    There will be much excitement around the country over the next week as His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales visits. In celebration of royalty, here is a photo of the Prince of Borneo (date unknown) from the John Macmillan Brown Collection.

    Image Credit:
    MB118, John Macmillan Brown Collection, Reference number 14026, Prince of Borneo, Kerry and Co. (Sydney), Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

    Friday, May 08, 2015

    PressReader App - read newspapers and magazines on your mobile device

    This year we have an option to provide better access to PressDisplay for users using it on mobile devices. To enable this we are making a change to our licence allocation. Currently we have a 7 user subscription. Two of the licences will be reserved for PC use (where it is known as PressDisplay) and the other five will be made available for mobile users.

    The mobile licences mean that if you are connected to the University wireless network, you can download issues of newspapers and magazines to which we subscribe.

    Users who wish to read PressDisplay on a cellphone or tablet can download the free PressReader App. There is more information about this here. User guides are also available for Android and for IOS

    Monday, May 04, 2015

    Book Giveaway - Withdrawn Library Books - Friday 8th May

    The library is organising Book Giveaways during 2015 to give you the opportunity to obtain withdrawn books for your personal collection.
    The next giveaway is Friday 8th May, 12:15pm-3pm on Level 3 (North side) of the Central Library, Puaka-James Hight building.

    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.

    Call ranges

    • HE (transportation, communication)

    • PC (French, German, Spanish –topics on grammar, dictionaries)

    • PT (German Literature)

    • Q (Science)

    • QL (Zoology)

    • Kiwi Hit Discs - music cds

    • Miscellaneous

    Image of the Week: 4th May - 10th May

    We Macmillan Brown Library Assistants aren't usually the type to blow our own trumpets but we think the New Zealand Music Month Exhibition we have put together in the Central Library is pretty cool. So go check it out next time you're in Puaka James Hight and let us know what you think!

    Image Credit:
    MB1081, Philip R May photographs, Reference number 151933, Image 0023 - A band, c1900s, Photographer Philip Ross May, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015

    New Library 101 Classes for May

    Library 101
    Our Library 101 programme is designed to provide new undergraduate students with the information and digital skills needed to be successful at university.
    Classes running in May are:

  • Introduction to journals for science students - 6 May 2015

  • Introduction to using art, archives and photos in assignments - 13 May 2015

  • To book a place enrol online

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    Image of the Week: 27th April - 3rd May

    This week's image is of Trooper Ralph Louis Walker. Walker was born in Akaroa in 1898 to Bonnetter and John Walker. He enlisted in 1916 and left New Zealand with the 19th Reinforcements of the New Zealand Mounted Rifles, that went to Egypt. Walker died at 20 years of age, on July 23rd 1918 of lock-jaw. More information about Trooper Walker can be found at the following links:

    Image Credit: MB1456, L Walker Collection, Reference code 3714, Trooper Ralph Louis Walker, Akaroa, n.d, Photographer Jessie Buckland, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    Libraries Closed for Anzac Day (Saturday 25th April)

    All libraries will be closed for Anzac day, Saturday 25th April.

    Central, EPS and Education libraries will be open from 10am-5pm on Monday 27th April. Macmillan Brown Library will remain closed.

    See the Library Hours page for more details.

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

    ANZAC Day Parade in Christchurch

    This is one of the few photos showing the returned soldiers marching along Cranmer Square, Christchurch, in 1928.

    Image Credit: MB444, Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records, Reference code 15784, Anzac Day Parade, Christchurch, 1928, Photographer Paul Pascoe, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    EbscoHost databases down

    Many of our Databases are provided by a company called Ebsco. They are having server problems which means that none of their databases are available in Australia or New Zealand.

    They are treating this urgently, but have not yet advised when it will be fixed. This means that some article searches will not go through to the full-text.

    Monday, April 13, 2015

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

    Rumble in the Rubble!

    This Friday 17th April an open-air charity boxing event is taking place, Rumble in the Rubble, with proceeds going to the For Everyone Charitable Foundation -

    The inaugural Rumble in the Rubble took place last year, with this year touted as being ‘bigger and better!’ So head along with your uni mates, enjoy the atmosphere while giving to a worthy cause. Tickets and event info here:

    Meanwhile, in April 1885 this little guy was dreaming of his own glory in the ring with Papa teaching and Mama and Sisters dutifully watching. Great stance little one!


    Image credit: MB 558, Ursula Bethell papers, Reference code 16148, Bethell Family, Rangiora, April 1885, photographer A. Aldersley, Macmillan Brown Library, University of Canterbury.