Category Archives: General

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.

prize

 

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.

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)
Email: macbrown@libr.canterbury.ac.nz

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

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Macmillan Brown library storage scheduled maintenance (26 June – end August)

Due to an upgrade of storage areas, there will be limited access to some items from the Macmillan Brown Library collections from 26 June until the end of August 2017.

This includes some archive collections, newspapers, Māori Land Court minute books (except for South Island) and a small number of items from the Special Collections.

Macmillan Brown Library will remain open as usual during this time with most of the collections still accessible.

We apologise for any inconvenience to our users during this time. The improvements to the storage areas are intended to help us to preserve these treasured collections for future generations.

Please contact us at macbrown@canterbury.ac.nz if you have any concerns.

Congratulations UC Graduates!

The Library would like to congratulate all UC graduates graduating this week.  We hope you all take pride in your accomplishment and enjoy this celebration of your hard work.

Graduation, Bishop Julius Hostel, 1953. Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records (MB444, Ref15948). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Image Credit: Graduation, Bishop Julius Hostel, 1953. Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records (MB444, Ref15948). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Library search and borrowing services restricted on the morning of Tuesday 11th April

Update: The Self Loan machines are running. The Catalogue will work for alphabetical searching but keyword searches will not be accurate until around 11 am as they are being rebuilt.

Next Tuesday, 11th April, some library systems are being upgraded and this will disrupt services in all branches.

The library catalogue will be unavailable from 4:00 am until around 10:00 am although the ‘MultiSearch” search on our home page will still function.

There will also be no lending when the Library opens, although all going well, the SelfCheck machines should be operational by around 8:30 am.

Library staff will not have full access to the system until around 9:00 am.

Image of the week: 13th – 19th March

Autumn

Noticing the leaves change colour to fiery red, orange and bronze as we slip into autumn?

Thousands of new images from the Macmillan Brown photograph archive have been put online recently and are accessible via the Kā Kohika image search portal.

Featured here is such an image by photographer Noel Habgood.

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Image Credit: Habgood, N., n.d., Plate 336 – autumn trees, Noel Habgood photographs (MB237, Ref 146693). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand

Book Giveaway 12.15 pm Friday 03 March

Library Book Giveaway

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

Please bring your own bags.

There are a mixture of subjects covered:

  • French Literature (PQ)
  • 19th C English Literature
  • History of Asia (DS)
  • History of Africa (DT)
  • History of Oceanian (DU)
  • Visual Arts (N)
  • Law
  • Forestry
  • Biological Sciences
  • and other miscellaneous items

library book giveaway

Level 4, Central Library

Level 4 of the Central library is now available without restriction.

From 11 January 2017 further moving of the collection will be carried out so there will be some disruption to you if you wish to work on this level.

The call range for Level 4 is now PA 6475 – Z.

However, English Literature PR2358.L6830 – PS 490.H531 books have been temporarily moved to Level 7.  They will eventually be moved back to Level 4.  Please check the library catalogue for the current location of books.

Congratulations UC Graduates

The Library would like to congratulate all UC graduates graduating this week.  We hope you all take pride in your accomplishment and enjoy this celebration of your hard work.

Graduation, Bishop Julius Hostel, 1953. Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records (MB444, Ref15948). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Image Credit: Graduation, Bishop Julius Hostel, 1953. Bishop Julius Hall Association of Ex-Students records (MB444, Ref15948). Macmillan Brown Library, Christchurch, New Zealand.