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Christmas stories for your holidays

The Education Library has a wonderful display showing a range of Christmas themed books that you can borrow for the holidays to read to children. Come and visit the display and be inspired. In the Library collection we have Christmas music and movies that you can also borrow to enhance your festive celebrations.

Suggestions for your Christmas Reading

Carol our Christmas: a book of New Zealand carols
Christmas at the Cape: a social studies unit for children at all levels
The Christmas caravan
The crocodile’s Christmas jandals
David’s dad
Great joy
Hettie’s Christmas gift
Kia ora Hana Koko
A Kiwi jingle bells
The lighthouse keeper’s Christmas
Pavlova & presents
A pukeko in a ponga tree (The twelve days of Christmas)
The Tangiwai disaster: a Christmas Eve tragedy
Three surprises for Hemi
Te toneke
The trolley
When Santa was sleeping

Installation of a new lift in Central Library

Work for a new lift on Level 1 of the Central Library will commence on Saturday 29 November.
There will be no access to Level 1 from the library entrance and a hoarding will be placed about 1.5 metres out into the existing stairwell. There will be sufficient space left for the library users to use the stairs. The ATM and snack machines on level will not be available until mid January 09.

As the contractors are working within a relatively small area, the lift will have to be constructed on site. From now until mid December the lift pit will be excavated and concreted. The contractors will be taking the concrete and dirt out along the walkway underneath the building. The current timeframe has the new lift in operation mid March 09.

The Library apologises to users for any inconvenience.

Photo taken from level 2 of the Central Library stairwell looking down onto the construction site. The concrete has been cut out and a large hole dug in the foundation for the base of the lift. The depth of the hole can be judged by using the step ladder as a reference point.

eBook Survey

Thank you to all who submitted a Library eBook Survey form last month. Many of you included helpful comments and suggestions, some of which will influence future eBook purchasing decisions wherever possible.

The majority of responses indicated that they use eBooks in the following ways:

– find eBooks by searching in Library databases
– read eBooks on screen
– use eBooks tables of contents to locate material
– spend more than 10 minutes using each eBook
– use parts of, rather than read the whole eBook
l- ike the ability to search eBook content

Congratulations to the ten winners of $20 MTA vouchers: Annabelle Tucker, Betsy Arrington-Tsao, Conrad Zorn, Simon Cotter, Andrew Berryman, Arindam Basu, Amber McLeod, Andrew Horrell, Chris Nolan and James Kim.

Welcome to Summer Scholarship Student

The Library is pleased to host Rachel McConnell on a summer scholarship project which involves cataloguing the John Macmillan print collection. Rachel will be in the Macmillan Brown Library 3 days a week until the end of January 2009.

Terri Elder, Art Collection Curator, is supervising Rachel’s work. Rachel has completed a B.A. Hons degree in Art History with an emphasis on European painters. Rachel is also interested in classical art. Her grandfather, both her parents and her sister, Anna, are all graduates of the University of Canterbury, as are her uncle, two aunts and a number of cousins.

Rachel plans to continue her studies and complete a Masters in Art History but has yet to decide on the topic. Hopefully, she may find something of interest in the Library’s Art Collection.

Background to the project
“In October 2004 a number of prints were located amongst archival material held by the Macmillan Brown Library. Although there was no documentation attached to the works, it is believed that these works may have originated from the estate of Professor John Macmillan Brown, whose collection was bequeathed to the University in 1935.

The print collection comprises 65 works, mostly prints of classical, religious or landscape themes. Many of the works are by French, Italian and European artists, engravers or printers, such as Vernet, Vaccari, Bartolozzi, Piranesi, and Caracci. In amongst the European prints there is also a small number relating to early American settlement, and the exploration of the Pacific. The majority date to between 1600 to 1900.

The scope of the collection is such that it could provide an excellent teaching and learning resource for a number of disciplines offered at UC, such as art history, European history, religious studies, political studies, Pacific studies and sociology.”

Extract from the project proposal prepared by Terri Elder

Reorganisation of Book Stock in Central Library

The Library has begun a phased reorganisation of the Central Library to enable a redevelopment of level 2. This will eventually result in an overall reduction of bookstock on level 2 to give the Library more flexibility over use of space.

The movement of book stock planned for this summer includes:
P-PN relocated on level 4 – scheduled to begin on November 17.
PQ (level 3) moved to level 4.
Q-QE moved to level 3
There may be some minor disruption while the stock is moved and we thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.

If you have any concerns about this project please contact Kerry Gilmour ext. 4986.

Disruptions to Library Services, Friday (21st) and Saturday (22nd) mornings

On Friday morning (21st), one of the Library’s Servers is being moved to the new Machine Room over on the Education Campus. This will disable some services. All going well, the disruption will be over by 9.30 – 10.00 am.

What won’t work:
Some web pages
Web forms (e.g. Interloans)
Remote access to databases
Meeting room bookings and Course bookings

On Saturday morning (22nd) two other servers are being moved, also disabling services. Again, all going well, the the disruption will be over by 9.30 – 10.00 am, when some libraries open.

What won’t work:
Most web pages
The Library catalogue
Any borrowing services

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