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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).

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Withdrawn Library books will be available for you to take home.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

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.

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.