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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.

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 if you have any concerns.

Please don’t leave your personal belongings unattended in the Library

in particular laptops, cellphones, wallets and backpacks. Unattended belongings attract thieves, and while many believe the risk to be small, it is real and such a loss can be devastating. Even for short trips to the copier, printer, or toilets, take them with you or have a friend sitting next to you watch them while you’re gone. The library is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings.