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Monday, July 28, 2014

Learn course enrolments issue

An announcement from the ICT Service Desk:

We are currently experiencing issues with automated course enrolments which has changed enrolments on Learn. Course changes that were made as a Changes of Enrolment have been reversed. This causes students to become enrolled in previous Learn courses rather than current Learn courses. Support staff are working on resolving this issue as quickly as possible, but currently we do not have an ETA for resolution. We will send another update once more information is available.

We apologise for any inconvenience this issue may be causing.

ICT Service Desk

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

eBook problems - a number of records missing

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

Book Giveaway - Withdrawn Library Books - Friday 25 July

The library is organising Book-Giveaways during 2014 to give you the opportunity to obtain withdrawn books for your personal collection.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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Some eBook links will fail over the next few days.

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

Librarians' picks for July: The movies of Joel and Ethan Coen

During the holidays why not check out some of the movies from the supremely talented Coen brothers?

Librarian's pick of the month

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Changes to Subscription Membership

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

Links in some EBL eBooks not working from 4th to 7th July

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.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Library Catalogue is unavailable for a short time

Security patches are being applied to the Catalogue and this has meant that it will be unavailable for a short time tonight.

Heating system on Ilam campus turned off from 6pm tonight for urgent repairs

The Ilam campus heating system needs to be turned off for a short time this evening to safely undertake urgent repairs.

This means there will be no general heating in those areas on campus that are still in use after 6pm tonight. Areas not affected by this outage include: Kirkwood Village, Biology research building, Dovedale campus and village.

The exact period of the outage is unknown but we will be working towards returning to normal service by tomorrow morning (Friday 27 June).

Rob Oudshoorn
Group Manager
Engineering Services
Learning Resources

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Endnote Web unavailable part of Sunday

We have been advised that Endnote Web will be unavailable from 1 pm Sunday 22nd June until 4 am Monday.

The full text of text of the advisory follows and contains additional details

We have received notice from Thomson Reuters that EndNote Online will be undergoing an infrastructure upgrade on June 22 [ SUN ]. The application will be unavailable for a period of approximately 15 hours ... This outage will affect the EndNote online application, sync services, and interactions between Web of Science, ResearcherID and EndNote Online. Twitter status feed: @EndNoteStatus

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Ask An Archivist Day - Monday 9 June 2014

Monday 9 June 2014 is international Ask An Archivist Day on Twitter. UC Library Archivist, Erin Kimber, is using the day to share news about our archive collections, events and research at UC. Ask your questions by tweeting Erin at @uoclibrary and adding the hashtag #AskArchivists to your question (in 140 characters or less, of course!).

So what can you ask the UC Library archivist? Well first, check out what we have to offer:

New Blu-Ray player

Van Gogh

Van Gogh is the latest addition to the Central Library's small Blu-Ray disc collection. These can now be played in the Library, on a new Blu-Ray player in the Self-loan area (Level 2). The machine plays CDs, DVDs, VCDs, and Blu-Ray discs (all regions).

There are three Blu-Ray regions:
A: America, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South East Asia;
B: Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand;
C: India, China, Russia, Central and South Asia.

There is no 'all region' code for Blu-Ray discs. If a Blu-Ray disc doesn't play with the default setting (region B), remove it from the machine to change the setting. On the remote control, press the SETUP/HOME button, then press the code 8520 on the remote's numeric keypad. Then enter either 1 (for region A), 2 (region B), or 3 (region C).

The DVD setting on the player is '0'. It will play all DVD zones.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Queens Birthday (Monday 2nd June) ICTS 24/7 workrooms open

While the UC libraries will be closed on Monday 2nd of June for Queen's Birthday, the 24/7 ICTS workrooms in Kirkwood Village and Kotuku (on Dovedale site) will be open.
You'll need your Canterbury Card to access these workrooms

24/7 ICTS workrooms OPEN on Queen's Birthday

Hi all

Just to let you know that ICTS workrooms in Kirkwood and Kotuku in Dovedale will be open on Monday 3rd June, Queen's Birthday. If you have queries this evening or over the weekend please let students know that while the library is closed, these study spaces are available.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Problem accessing EBL ebooks

We are currently experiencing problems with access to EBL ebooks.
We have reported this to EBL and will work with them to get access back as soon as possible.