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Library Website Change – 19th September

Kia ora koutou.

The library website is currently being updated.
The switch to the new site will take place on Tuesday 19th September.
On this date, there may be some pages which are temporarily unavailable from 7am onwards. The work on the site should be completed by midday – we will keep you posted via this blog and social media on the day.

The following services will NOT be affected and will remain available:

Databases, ebooks and journals will also be accessible throughout.
Redirects will be set up from the old site but we encourage you to update any bookmarks you may have to our pages once the new website is live.

The work on the Library website is to migrate the content to the new UC content management system and will provide an improved look-and-feel.  Once the new site is live, we will welcome any feedback (we will post feedback methods closer to the time).

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori – 11-17th September

Kia ora, koutou! Nau mai, haere mai, ki Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2017!

Māori Language Week 11-17 September 2017





This year Māori Language Week runs from 11 – 17 September. The theme is “Kia ora te reo Māori”, which not only picks up our national greeting, but means literally “Let the Māori Language live”. UC Central Library will be hosting the opening ceremony at 9.30am on Monday 11th September.

Keep an eye out in all four of the UC Libraries for free resource packs, games and events. Both Education and EPS Libraries are holding Wharewhare sessions (Bingo!) and Central and Education Libraries will also be holding Storytime sessions for children – feel free to bring along your younger whānau members.

All UC Libraries will be showing their aroha for te reo Māori, with displays going up and new kupu to learn. Central Library will also be hosting a waiata session – no experience needed. Tau kē!

Check out the Te Wiki o te Reo Māori Programme, which also includes info on where to collect free UC Te Reo Resource Packs for all staff and students.

Image of the week: 4 – 10 September

Mālō e lelei! This week we celebrate Tongan Language Week – Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e Lea Faka-Tonga, from 3 to 9 September 2017.

Image credit: Smith, H L. (1943), Tapa making, H L Smith Photographs (MB1478, ref 1922). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

The theme of the week is ‘Fakakoloa Aotearoa ‘Aki ‘Ae Nofo ‘A Kainga’  — Enriching Aotearoa with our Family Values.

Book Giveaway Friday 29 September, Level 3 Central Library

Library Book Giveaway – September

Withdrawn Library books will be available for you to take home.
Friday 29th September, Level 3 Central Library 12.15 -2.30 pm

Please bring your own bags.


Various donations, from a range of disciplines which were not required for the collection.

English Literature 17th and 18th century

Duplicate copies of Art of Asia from the 1980s

Textbooks older versions

Duplicates and damaged books

Music – sheet music

Image of the week: 21 -27 August

Dedicated to the working dogs of the Mackenzie Country, the sheepdog monument at Lake Tekapo was unveiled in 1968. Ever since, man’s best friend has become quite an icon for this beautiful part of the country.

Image credit: Goodall, G. (1971). Sheepdog monument, Lake Tekapo, Gladys Goodall Photographs (MB1476, ref 2364). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Help us make our Web Site better

We are designing a new library website. We would really appreciate your help in working out whether we’ve put information in easy to find places. This short survey will allow us to test this.

Take the survey

The results will be used to improve the navigation of our new site.  Please take 10 minutes of your time to complete these tasks. If you complete all tasks, you will be entered in a prize draw to win a hamper of yummy goodies.



Additional info:  the prize draw will be at the end of the survey. The survey is currently estimated to run for 1 week but the final date may be extended based on number of completed surveys. The prize is to be collected by the winner from the Central Library. The prize is a selection of groceries. The winner will be notified by email.

Library staff are welcome to complete the survey but are not eligible for the prize.

The new website will be live by October 2017.


SciVal trial: a research analytics system

The Library has arranged trial access to SciVal from 24 August to 22 September 2017.

SciVal is a research analytics system that uses data from Scopus and Science Direct to give researchers access to the bibliometric research performance of their own research, research institutions and individual researchers worldwide.

SciVal enables researchers and admin to visualise research performance, benchmark using a number of metrics and develop collaborative partnerships.

The system is useful for:

  • Researchers
  • Staff working to support research and partnerships
  • Marketing and communications staff

SciVal can be used to:

  • Understand the performance of research outputs for a group
  • Gather information and analysis to support funding bids and PBRF
  • Analyse research strengths and trends and to benchmark against other research groups, universities etc
  • Gather information about current partnerships and potential partners

How well does it do all of these things? How easy is it to use? These are the questions we hope to answer by holding a trial of the product.

SciVal training and sign-up

A SciVal Metrics workshop, led by Cassandra Sims from Elsevier, will be held on 28 August from 9am-12pm in the Library. Please register here. The registration page lists the topics that will be covered in the workshop.

Details about how to access the SciVal trial will appear on the Library’s Electronic Resources Trials webpage  in the next few weeks.

SciVal would have to provide exceptional benefits to UC for us to subscribe to it. The trial should help us understand how beneficial SciVal could be, and whether it would be worth making a business case to acquire it.

Constructing Memory: Samuel Hurst Seager and New Zealand’s First World War Battlefield Memorials

Exhibition now on at the Matariki Gallery, ground floor, until 4 September.

Open 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday


A new exhibition displaying the work of Christchurch architect Samuel Hurst Seager (1855–1933) as the designer of New Zealand’s First World War battlefield memorials is now open in the Matariki Gallery.



While in his late sixties, Seager designed and oversaw the construction of the five memorials after the New Zealand government appointed him to the role in 1920. The stories behind how each of the memorials at Longueval, Le Quesnoy, Messines, Gravenstafel and Chunuk Bair came to serve as markers of New Zealanders’ deeds on the battlefields during the Great War are showcased for the first time. The exhibition brings together Seager’s photographs, drawings, and archives from the collections of the Department of Art History & Theory, the Macmillan Brown Library and Archives New Zealand.

The exhibition is part of the Art History & Theory Department’s Illuminations and Commemorations Project, which focuses on Seager’s use of photography in his memorial designs and the impact of visual cultures of remembrance following the First World War.

Seager is known as one of New Zealand’s most prolific architects and was a graduate of Canterbury College (as the University was previously known), having studied there from 1879 to 1882. He later lectured in the School of Art from 1893 for over twenty years and served on the board of governors from 1910 to 1919.

Seager was married to fellow alumni Hester Connon, making him the brother-in-law of Helen Connon, the first woman in the British Empire to graduate with honours, and John Macmillan Brown, one of the College’s founding professors and namesake of the Macmillan Brown Library and Macmillan Brown Centre.

More info about Seager’s connection to the architecture of Canterbury College (or the Arts Centre) can be found here.

Image of the week: 31st July to 6th August

Kia Orāna – this week we celebrate Te epetoma o te reo Māori Kuki Airani, Cook Islands Language Week.

This photograph is of Tiriara Lake in the island of Mangaia in the Cook Islands. Mangaia – the most southerly of all the 15 Cook Islands and the second largest, after Rarotonga.

Image credit: Tiriara Lake [Mangaia], n.d., John Macmillan Brown Collection (MB118, Ref 13903). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

ProQuest Outage

We are currently experiencing problems accessing ProQuest databases due to an outage at ProQuest headquarters.  They have had a power outage and are working to resolve the issue.

The outage is currently affecting:

  • access to ProQuest databases/journals
  • exporting/downloading citations from Multisearch
  • Library Catalogue (slowing down item details screen when clicking on search results)

At this stage we do not have an ETA on a fix but it is a major outage so could take some time.




Requesting Art, Archives, Architectural Drawings & Photographs via Kā Kohika unavailable from 17th – 23rd July

Kia ora koutou

As part of the ongoing upgrade to our archives management system, requesting items from our art, archives, architectural drawings and photograph collections via Kā kohika will be unavailable from 17th – 23 July.  Kā kohika will still be available for searching.

Please note – the request buttons will still show when you search for items and you may be able to complete the request process but any details entered will be lost.

If you require access to these materials throughout this period please contact the Macmillan Brown library:

Ph +64 3 369 4499, (internal ext 94499)

NB: some materials are currently inaccessible due to remediation happening in some archives storage areas.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Image of the week: 10 – 16 July

50 years ago, on 10 July 1967, New Zealand made the switch to decimal currency!


Prior to replacing pounds, shillings and pence with dollars and cents, artists were invited to submit designs for consideration. UC’s Art Collection includes James Johnstone’s unsuccessful, though well liked designs. Read more about his work in the online exhibition here: