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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Catalogue unavailable for some of Friday morning.

The Library Catalogue will be unavailable between 9 am and 10 am Friday morning, 14th November.

The main search field on the Library's home page will continue to function, and will include Library Catalogue results. However, you will not be able to request items found during this time.

We are doing a small software upgrade.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

'Protecting the Planet' - a Nature special issue.

As researchers and practitioners converge on Sydney for the once-in-a-decade World Parks Congress, Nature presents a special collection. It includes news and comment about collaboration, conflict and capital in conservation and a suite of new reviews on sustainable ecosystems and society, taking in fire, agriculture and priorities for protected areas.

Access the special issue here.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Staff picks for November

Staff picks for November

Do you need a hand finding your next read? Each month a member of library staff picks out a selection of new or interesting titles from the collection. This month we have five young adult titles from the Education Library.

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Guy Fawkes - Special Collections Find of the Week?

a new guide to pyrotechny

At this time of year have you ever wondered about what puts the boom in your 'Boom Box'? Well due to an interloan request from a PhD student in the Department of Historical, Philosophical and International Studies at Monash University we had a chance to find out. What we have found is an 84 page Treatise detailing the ingredients and the many varieties of fireworks used in displays in 1840.
"A new guide to pyrotechny, or, The noble art in miniature of making and letting off fireworks of every kind…"was a rare find in the UC Library Special Collections. The work comes from a crucial time in the history of fireworks, when coloured flame compositions based on chemicals discovered in the last decades of the 18th century were coming into general use. From Cracker Heads to The Peacock's Tail, containing ingredients such as Nitrate of Strontia, Arsenic and Fulminating Mercury, this book details many aspects in the art of pyrotechny.
Not only is it thought to be the earliest English book that addresses this subject, it also appears that this is the only copy held in the world outside of private collections. How it came to Canterbury is a mystery, needless to say it will be transferred to the Rare Books Collection held at the Macmillan Brown Library.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Library book give-away: 4th November.

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 20, 2014

ICTS working on Exchange Server 7-9pm this evening (20th October)

Postgraduates (with 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."

Friday, October 17, 2014

International Open Access Week (October 20-26, 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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Kā Kohika is currently unavailable

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.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Canterbury Stories event at the Airforce Museum (Wigram) this Sunday October 12

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.


Event Details:
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

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

'Can' your library fines and help a charity

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.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Librarian picks for October: some school holiday reading

It's school holidays and this month we've selected a range of books that will appeal to children of all ages.

Have a look at our picks here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Librarian picks for September: a selection of Sign Language resources.

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) is unique to New Zealand and is one of our official languages. It is used by more than 24,000 New Zealanders each day. This month we have a selection of Sign Language resources if you would like to learn more about NZSL.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Free entrance to Latin America & Spain Film Festival: Friday to Monday.

The Latin America and Spain Film Festival (LASFF) is proud to present its 13th edition, at the University of Canterbury from 12-15 September. It features a selection of recent films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Entry to all film screenings is FREE at The Living Room (next to the bookshop), Ilam campus. Seating is restricted to 80 people and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. There are no bookings for this event - if you are concerned about getting a seat please arrive early. Latin America & Spain Film Festival Details

Monday, September 08, 2014

2014 General Election - Advance Voting Facility

Election day is Saturday 20th September, but if you want, you can vote prior to this. An advance voting facility is available on Level 2 of the Central Library from Monday 8th – Friday 19th September:

  • Monday 8 - Saturday 13 September (10am-4pm)

  • Monday 15 - Wednesday 17 September (10am-4pm)

  • Thursday 18 - Friday 19 September (10am-6pm)