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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Librarians' picks for August: A selection of nerdy but fun titles

From the mathematical secrets of the Simpsons to images of the oldest living things in the world – we think we have something to tempt any self-respecting nerd.

See our selection of nerdy but fun titles here.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Wiley Online - not available Saturday night

We have been advised that Wiley Online will be unavailable from 9 pm Saturday 9th August. This is for schedule maintenance by the Vendor and is expected to last for 4 hours.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Central Library Heating Outage - Saturday 9th August

Essential repairs to the heating in the Central Library are scheduled to take place on Saturday 9th August. There will be no heating in the library on this day. The library will remain open, however please dress warmly if you wish to visit or study there. EPS Library, and other computer labs, are available for you to use on Saturday and heating is unaffected in these buildings. It is anticipated the heating in the Central Library will be functioning again by Sunday 10th August.

Monday, August 04, 2014

World Press Photo Exhibition (2nd - 24th August 2014)

The World Press Photo Exhibition is being held in the Central Library from the 2nd - 24th August 2014

This touring exhibition showcases an award-winning collection of the most powerful, poignant and inspiring press photographs from around the globe. The photos included in the exhibition are the winners of the World Press Photo Contest and each highlights a key news story or global issues from the previous year.

Open to view daily on Levels 2 and 3 of the Central Library, Puaka-James Hight

Monday, July 28, 2014

UPDATE: Learn course enrolments issue

A further update from the ICT Service Desk:

This morning we advised that we are currently experiencing issues with automated course enrolments which has changed enrolments on Learn. It has now been identified that the issue is more widespread and affects:
• Course enrolments on Learn
• Canterbury Card door access for students who have done a Change of Enrolment (i.e. after-hours access to labs)
• Library access for students who have done a Change of Enrolment (e.g. journal access)

Support staff have identified a possible resolution, and are working to implement this now. Unfortunately this resolution may take some time to update the affected systems, and at this stage we don’t anticipate access to be restored until tomorrow morning (Tuesday 29th July). Another update will be sent late this afternoon, or early tomorrow morning.

Students have been advised to contact their course co-ordinators if they have any queries regarding course work or deadlines.

We apologise for any inconvenience this issue may be causing.

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

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ko ngā Kupu Māori mo te Wiki - Māori Words for the Week, 2 - 28 July

Exhibition Space, Level 2, Central Library, James Hight Building

The theme of Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori for 2014 focuses on learning a new word in te Reo Māori each week. Te Reo Māori, the language of tāngata whenua, is a unique taonga to be nurtured and celebrated. This exhibition looks to the past, in showcasing early printed works in te Reo, and to the future, through educational resources that enable the children of Aotearoa to communicate and learn in the unique and beautiful medium of te reo Māori.

Find out more about Te Kupu o Te Wiki Māori Language Week Programme at UC.

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