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Friday, August 21, 2015

Harvard Business scheduled downtime Sunday 23rd - Monday 24th August

Access to Harvard Business content will not be available in Learn between 9:00 pm. Sunday 23th August - 2:00 am. Monday 24th August NZST (New Zealand Standard Time), due to scheduled system maintenance.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Various Proquest Databases unavailable on Sunday afternoon

Proquest have advised that some of their databases will be unavailable from 2pm Sunday 8th August - with access being restored by around 10 pm. Some of the affected databases that we subscribe to are:

• Georef
• Health and Medical Complete
• Literature Online
• ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
• Sociological Abstracts

Their announcement follows:

Dear Customer:

On Sunday ProQuest will be upgrading its systems infrastructure to improve performance, security, and overall reliability of its products.

During this time access to the ProQuest products listed below will not be available and users will be re-directed to a webpage explaining the scheduled maintenance:
• Research databases
• ProQuest platform (
• ProQuest Congressional (
• ProQuest Dialog (
• Chadwyck-Healey databases (full list available here)
• CultureGrams
• eLibrary (all editions)
• ProQuest Digital Microfilm
• ProQuest Obituaries
• ProQuest Research Companion
• SIRS (all editions)

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Book Giveaway - Friday 7 August

Withdrawn titles in the following subject areas will be available

E - Americas
P – Linguistics
PT – German Literature
Miscellaneous (titles from student lockers)

12-15-3.15 pm- Level 3 Central Library,

Friday, July 31, 2015

Science Direct and other Elsevier resources unavailable on Sunday Morning

Elsevier have advised us they will be doing maintenance on Sunday morning which will prevent access to Science Direct, Scopus, Engineering Village and some other resources hosted by them.

This will start at 10 am on Sunday 2nd August and is expected to be completed by 3 pm.

Their resources will display an advisory message should you connect to them during this time.

Book Giveaway - Withdrawn Library Books - Friday 7th August

The library is organising Book Giveaways during 2015 to give you the opportunity to obtain withdrawn books for your personal collection.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 7th August, 12:15pm-3pm on Level 3 (North side) of the Central Library, Puaka-James Hight building.

Book Giveaway
The new owner is the first person who wants the book.
Please bring your own bags to take the books away.

Withdrawn titles in the following subject areas will be available

E - Americas
P – Linguistics
PT – German Literature

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.

There will be another giveaway on Friday 18th September

Monday, July 27, 2015

Celebrate Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori, Maori Language Week

This year's theme for Māori Language Week (27 July - 2 August 2015) is 'Whāngaihia te Reo ki ngā Mātua' - 'Nurture the language in parents'. It aims to encourage and support every day Māori language use for parents and caregivers with children.

There are Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori displays up in all UC Libraries (display at Te Puna Mātauraka o Waitaha - Central Library - pictured below).

central library display Central library display 2

Come and have a look and learn some Te Reo.
Also check out the UC programme of events celebrating Māori language week.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Vessels of Knowledge Exhibition at Selwyn Gallery

Fancy a trip out to Darfield? If you're heading in that direction make sure to check out the University of Canterbury Art Collection exhibition:

Vessels of Knowledge: Studio Ceramics from the University of Canterbury Art Collection

The motto underneath the crest of the Christchurch College of Education, prior to its amalgamation with the University of Canterbury, read Disce ut Docea; learn that you may teach. Exhibiting a range of studio ceramics from the Christchurch College of Education (CCE) sub-collection, Vessels of Knowledge reflects this philosophy and takes both the pedagogical tradition within the College and a broader global lineage of pottery as its subject.
Much of the CCE collection was purchased in the 1970s and 1980s and illustrates the rise of art teaching in the national school curriculum – a period when ceramics were extremely popular and teachers could specialise in art education in their third year. At the time the Art Department staff numbered between eight to ten and a large number were practicing artists.
The works in the exhibition come from highly-regarded New Zealand potters including Len Castle, Doreen Blumhardt, Mirek Smisek, as well as the England-based practitioner Michael Cardew and the renowned Japanese potter Shoji Hamada. Both international potters visited New Zealand at separate times and worked closely with a number of the artists in Vessels of Knowledge. These objects weave a narrative of oceans crossed and influences and techniques passed on and adapted to local contexts.
Vessels of Knowledge is a rare opportunity to see some of the treasures of the University’s Art Collection, which, due to a number of practical reasons, including the public nature of display spaces and anti-earthquake measures, are not often exhibited.

Exhibition link

Doreen Blumhardt (NZL), 1914-2009; Untitled [Large Bowl] Ceramic, glazed stoneware UC/CCE/013 UC Art Collection

Foundation of Geological Time Exhibition and Public Lecture - Monday 20th July

Celebrating William Smith's famous geological map, 'A delineation of the strata of England and Wales'...

Foundaton of Geological Time
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the creation of Smith's iconic work, and the recent 'rediscovery' of the University of Canterbury's original copy donated by Robert Speight, the Macmillan Brown Library and the Geological Sciences Department warmly invite you to attend an open day exhibition and public lecture on Monday 20 July 2015.

Open day exhibition
This exhibition will feature the University of Canterbury's incarnation of Smith's map, significant related geological works from the university's Rare Books Collection, geological samples, equipment and images. The exhibition will highlight the history of our map, it's relation to Canterbury and the significance of the map to the development of geological sciences and geological mapping, past and present, at UC.
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 10:30am - 4pm
Venue: Undercroft 101 (view map)

Public Lecture
Presented by Emeritus Professor Patrick De Deckker (Australian National University). Patrick recently attended the 200th anniversary celebrations for the Smith map in England and is a Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for 'service to science through research and teaching'. His more than 200 publications give clear evidence of his interest in a broad range of topics with special emphasis on geological records of climate and environmental change, and the history of science. The UC map will be displayed in the foyer before and after the public lecture.
Day: Monday 20 July 2015
Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Venue: A1, North Arts Lecture Theatre (view map)
RSVP: RSVP by Wednesday 15 July by emailing

William Smith geological map

Wiley Online Library not available

The Wiley Online Library is undergoing maintenance at the moment. We received no warning of this so it may be unexpected.

We apologise for this and will try and find out how long this will be.

Monday, July 13, 2015

'Can' your library fines and help a charity

From 18-26 July

Can fines winter

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.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

UC Library signs agreement with Harvard Business Publishing

The Library now has an 'Unlimited Catalog Access' (UCA) agreement with Harvard Business Publishing (HBP). Under the agreement, academic staff will now be able to access case studies, journal articles from Harvard Business Review, book chapters and other resources in the HBP Catalogue. Lecturers wishing to use this content for teaching can add links to the resources in LEARN.

For more information contact: Janette Nicolle or Cuiying Mu.

Canterbury is the first university in New Zealand to have an agreement of this type with HBP.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Planned power cuts for the weekend affect Library opening hours.

Because of the need to do work on the University power supplies, many buildings including the Library buildings, will be without power for part of Saturday and most of Sunday. Because of this we have had to change Library closing hours. In particular, on Sunday, we are opening the Education Library to compensate for EPS and Central Libraries being closed.

On Saturday 4th July

Central and EPS Libraries are closing early at 4pm.

On Sunday 5th July

The Central and EPS Libraries will be closed.

The Education Library will be open on Sunday 5 July from 10am-5pm.

Please accept our apologies for these disruptions.

Monday, June 15, 2015

New Library Displays at Central and Education Libraries

At Central Library
Come and check out the display celebrating 800 years of the Magna Carta. The display is located just behind the information desk on Level 2 of the library (Puaka-James Hight building)
Magna Carta 800 years display 1Magna Carta 800 years display 2
Need to know more about the Magna Carta and its historical significance? Check out for an introduction, narrated by Monty Python's Terry Jones.

At the Education Library
Teaching students about to go on placement? Come and check out the latest display at the Education library - Professional practice, behavior in the classroom
Professional Practice display EDU 2015

Monday, June 08, 2015

Ask An Archivist Day - Tuesday 9 June 2015

Tuesday 9 June 2015 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 #AskUCArchivists to your question (in 140 characters or less, of course!). Don't have twitter? Post your question on the library Facebook page

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

Studying for Exams? The Library can help

Here are some Library tips to help you prepare for your exams

Looking for past years' exam papers?
See the Library's exam papers page

Looking for study space during exams?
The University Library provides 2758 study places spread across 4 libraries.
We also have 35 bookable discussion rooms.

Want to know where the silent zones in the library are?
We have silent zones in each library. You’ll find silent study zones on Level 2 of the Education Library, Levels 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 of the Central Library and Level 3 of the EPS Library.

Engineering High Demand Selection at Education Library 2015Engineering students, looking for textbooks on the Dovedale campus?
There is a selection of textbooks in the high demand section of the Education Library for courses taught over on the Dovedale campus.

Check out the exam preparation tips display on now at the Education Library.

Education Library Exam Preparation display 2015

The library has a number of books on exam preparation and study skills. If you need help finding them, just contact us.

Not sure what’s involved with exams?
Have a look at this webpage before you go into your exam

We wish you all the best of luck in your 2015 mid-year exams.