Exhibition – Courage and Convictions: Canterbury Alumni During War and Peace

Central Library 3rd – 25th October 2009

This exhibition explores the impact of conflicts on campus life at Canterbury in the 20th century, and features items from the University Library’s collections, including paintings, archival material, ephemera and published resources, including old College Reviews and Canta magazines.

The exhibition is being staged to coincide with two events – the University’s Alumni Reunion Weekend (9-11 October) and Beca Heritage Week 2009 (16-26 October), which this year is themed Doves and Defences: Discover Christchurch in Peace and Conflict.

Information Librarian, Erin Kimber, who curated and researched the exhibition, found a wealth of material in the library collections that are relevant to this theme, including one of the largest archives of material relating to peace activities in Christchurch.

Enquiries about the exhibition can be directed to erin.kimber@canterbury.ac.nz

Opening Hours on Library Website

The opening hours for each library are listed incorrectly today on the Library website. Each library is listed as opening and closing an hour later than usual, which we suspect is due to Daylight Savings changes. Our opening hours remain the same and we hope that this mistake can be fixed on Monday morning.

Library hours should now be correct.

UC Library Customer Survey – win a $150 book voucher!

The survey has now closed. Winners will be announced soon.

Have your say! Complete our survey, and, if you are a student, be in to win one of two $150 book vouchers!

The Library wants to know how well you think it performs, in relation to what you think is important. Your opinions are valuable and will help us understand how we can work together to make the University of Canterbury Library work best for all concerned.

This is a confidential and independent survey and your honest input will make it very worthwhile. The results of the survey will be made available to you in the near future.

The survey can be completed online 24 hours a day, now extended until Friday 30th October. It should take take less than 10 minutes to complete.

We look forward to your feedback and thank you for your assistance.

Endnote Roadshow – training session from Endnote at UC

Endnote Roadshow. The company that produces Endnote, is holding training sessions in October. One of the two New Zealand sessions will be at the University of Canterbury. The session is free, but registration is requested. This is open to all staff and students. The Endnote invitation, and link to register, follows:

We are pleased to announce that EndNote’s US producer, Thomson Reuters, will visit Christchurch on Tuesday 13th October 2009.
Donna Kirking, Thomson Reuter’s senior EndNote trainer will hold the following training session:

Date: Tuesday 13th October from 9:30am – 12.30pm
Venue: University of Canterbury, College of Education, seminar room (Wheki 302) Christchurch:
EndNote Basics – suitable for all EndNote users
Duration: 3 hours in two parts, with a 10-minute break between the two parts

Part 1: Building an EndNote Library. This covers setting basic preferences, creating a library, manual data entry, and the three ways of importing data from online databases: 1) online search, 2) direct export, and 3) importing text files.

Part 2: Cite While You Write (CWYW). This covers creating a journals term list (time permitting), and the Cite While You Write commands for both Microsoft Word 2007 and OpenOffice.org Writer 3, or CWYW in Word 2008 and Apple Pages ’09.

Please register with info@crandon.com.au advising of your name, institution and e-mail address.

Please Note: This is a demonstration only. The Library runs regular hands-on EndNote training sessions which last 60 minutes and cover all you need to know about EndNote for your assignments and theses at UC.
Please use our online booking page to book your EndNote tutorial.

2009 Student Art Selection and Exhibition

Submissions are invited for the second annual University of Canterbury Student Art Selection. This is an opportunity for students to take part in an exciting exhibition and have their work represented in a major public collection.

The UC Art Acquisitions Committee seeks to support emerging Canterbury artists by showcasing the excellent work of our final year and postgraduate students, and acquiring examples of their work for the University’s permanent art collection.

Who can enter?
Any final year or postgraduate student enrolled at the University of Canterbury may present a submission on a work of art of their own creation. Works may be in any media, including paintings, prints, drawings, photographs or sculptures.

Submissions will be short-listed by the members of the UC Art Acquisitions Committee, and those artists short-listed will be invited to participate in a group show at SOFA gallery in December 2009.

The UC Art Acquisitions Committee will then acquire a maximum of four pieces for its permanent collection from those works short-listed for the exhibition. Works to be acquired will be chosen by guest judge, Jenny Harper. The artists will receive up to a maximum of NZ$2000 for selected works.

Students are invited to submit their entry form and documentation to the UC Art Acquisitions Committee by 23 October 2009. Please read the terms and conditions attached to the entry form carefully.

Entry Form
Entry forms are available online (PDF 111KB). Forms are also available from reception at the School of Art, the Macmillan Brown Library, or from members of the Acquisitions Committee listed below.

To find out more, please contact:
Terri Elder, Art Collection Curator
Louise Palmer, Lecturer in Sculpture

UC/APC/1187, Telly Tu’u Untitled, 2008. © Reproduced with permission

The Return of Ruaumoko to the Engineering Library

The University of Canterbury welcomed the Replica carving of Te Taonga o Ruaumoko back to our campus, carved by master carver Clive Fugill.

Te Taonga O Ruaumoko was commissioned in 1970 by Karl Steinbrugge, the then-president of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering. It was carved by the late Charles Tuarau. Ruaumoko has been at Canterbury University since 1991, but continued to travel to earthquake conferences around the globe with New Zealand delegations. In 2008 our original Te Taonga o Ruaumoko was unfortunately stolen while on loan to the International Association of Earthquake Engineers Conference in Beijing.

Sir Tipene O’Regan, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Maori), unveiled and blessed the carving, and Gail Pattie, University Librarian, Rod Carr, Vice-Chancellor, and Alan Nicholson, HOD Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, all spoke of the sad loss of the original carving, but how grateful they all were for the support of the UC senior management and the Department of Civil Engineering for the funding for the replacement carving.

Dawn, Theresa and all the Library Staff at the Engineering Library are overjoyed to have Ruaumoko back home. Ruaumoko now stands proudly for all to enjoy.

Photo Exhibition – Ortszeit – Local Time

There is a Photo Exhibition in the Lounge area on Level 2 of the Central Library running until the end of this week.

This has been set up by the National Centre for Research on Europe, here at the University. The display of photos comes from the Goethe-Insitut and is celebrating 20 years since the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Goethe-Institut (GI) (Goethe Institute in English) is a non-profit German cultural institution operational worldwide, promoting the study of the German language abroad and encouraging international cultural exchange and relations

About the exhibition

While travelling around East Germany in 1990 – after the fall of the Wall but before reunification – Stefan Koppelkamm found himself wanting to take photographs that would capture a state of affairs he assumed would never recur. The buildings, streets and squares he photographed often looked as though time had stood still, together conveying an idea of how Germany might have looked before the Second World War. Ten or twelve years later, Stefan Koppelkamm sought all these places out again and photographed them for a second time, from exactly the same viewpoints. The pairs of images produced like this show that many of the locations have undergone profound changes.

The Goethe-Institut’s exhibition includes a representative selection from the Ortzeit – Local Time project.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Libraries to merge

A merger of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Libraries has been planned for some years due to serious ongoing maintenance problems with the Physical Sciences Library building. The primary driver for the decision to merge in 2009 has been a fiscal one, namely the need for the Library to save costs in order to meet its operational budget as set for 2010. The merger has been brought forward and implementation of Stage 1 will begin over the summer of 2009/2010. Work will begin immediately following the end-of-year exam period and will result in a significant upgrading of the Engineering Library facilities.

Due to the amount of construction work being carried out, there will be no public access to the Engineering Library over the summer. Instead, the Library will operate a retrievals service during this time. Stage 1 of the merger will also mean that the Cave computer lab will need to be relocated and options for a new location are being discussed by Facilities Management and ICTS at the moment. However, access to the Cave will continue as normal until the end of the 2009 academic year.

Comics: Alive on the Inside!! (3D Augmented Reality MagicBook)

Central Library, 10th – 16th August.

This exhibit demonstrates how a normal comic book can be transformed into a MagicBook: a new type of reading experience made possible through the use of Augmented Reality (AR) technology. Augmented Reality enhances our view of the world by adding 3D computer graphics into the real environment around us, so that the real and virtual images are blended together.

In the AR MagicBook, 3D virtual scenes from the story appear to pop out of the real pages of the comic book, bringing the characters to life. This is achieved through a combination of creative illustration, 3D modelling, software programming and computer hardware.

Win a $100 book voucher! – Complete an online survey of a UC library service

Campus students and academic staff are invited to complete an online survey of a UC library service – 15 questions, taking max. 5-10 minutes – and be in to win a $100 book voucher.

The closing date for submitting a questionnaire is 24th August, 2009
Due to overwhelming response, this survey has now closed.

** Sorry, distance students, distance staff, and general staff are ineligible to take this survey.

Exhibition – Introducing Our Artist in Residence

Stone Maka and his work
Faka’ahu-Contemporary Fumage

Central Library 7th – 21st August 2009

This exhibition marks the end of Stone’s residency at the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies. During his residency Stone created 13 artworks drawing upon traditional Tongan smoking techniques (faka’ahu) to add colour onto canvas. His work pushes the boundaries between both traditional and contemporary Tongan culture, and western art practice. Stone utilises the practice of smoking waist mats to wear at funerals while commenting upon the impact of tobacco consumption on Tongan society today. This series of contemporary abstract images illustrates the multiple layers of meaning that smoke has in everyday Tongan life.

University of Canterbury Library on Facebook

University of Canterbury Library on Facebook

Today (Mon 13 July) we’re launching the University of Canterbury Library page on Facebook with

  • photos and videos,
  • news and events,
  • applications like Subject Guides, AskLive, and CiteMe, and
  • discussions about the library.

Come and visit and maybe become a fan! We’d love you to post your comments about the University of Canterbury libraries and related subjects, and please let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to see on the page.

UC Library Green Elephant Book Sale

Fresh stock is being offered in our next sale of Central Library books no longer required in the collection. Location – Central Library, level 2

14 -17 July $10 Books
18 – 31 July $2 Books

Payments via
Copy Centre – Cash, Eftpos or Canterbury Card
Library Lending Desk – Canterbury Card only

Library Information Days for University Staff

The Library is holding two “Information Days” for University staff.

Tuesday, 30 June, Dovedale Campus, Otakaro 243, 10am-3pm
Thursday, 2 July, Ilam, Coppertop, 10am-3pm

This is an opportunity for staff to discuss:
* Managing a Library collection allocation
* Depositing materials into the UC Institutional Repository
* What is new with subject guides
Other services, such as AskLive, Endnote support, and the new e-cast facility can also be discussed.

There will be a number of Library presentations also, done in in both morning and afternoon sessions.
* Integrating Library resources into LEARN: 10am and 12.30pm
* Library spaces supporting current learning styles: 10.30am and 1.00pm
* Special collections: 11am and 1.30pm
* Scholarly publishing and copyright: 11.30am and 2.00pm (Thursday 2 July, Coppertop only)
* Nga Awa e Rua – the Library Bicultural Plan: 12noon and 2.30pm

Education Library Graphic Novels Display

The Education Library is currently hosting a display of Graphic Novels and Sophisticated Picture Books. These books are mainly located in the Education library collection, but the Japanese manga books are held in the Central library. The display will be changed on Friday 3rd July, so come on over to see this display before then. You’ll be able to see the annual display of masks at the same time.

A list of graphic novels and sophisticated picture books held by the library is available in a PDF booklet.

Student attitudes to Library fines

Last year students were invited to respond to a survey to explore attitudes to library fines at the University of Canterbury Library. This survey was run as part of a Master of Library and Information Studies project, with the permission of the University Librarian.

The key findings of the study were that the majority of respondents to the questionnaire did not think library fines should be abolished at the University of Canterbury Library. The majority also agreed that fines for overdue items encourage borrowers to return items on time and felt that fines were a punishment rather than a price or a hire charge.

To find out more, see the summary (PDF 13KB) or full report (PDF 1.2MB)

Mask Exhibition in Education Library, 11 June to 1 July

Currently on display in the Education Library on the Dovedale Campus is an exciting array of creative and thoughtful ‘Identity’ masks. The 300 level Bachelor of Teaching and Learning students are mid-way through a compulsory core curriculum course in Visual Art, EDAR261, where the practical component of this course is exploring drawing and mask-making. Students were required to create a mask using the rich concept of ‘Identity’ to explore and develop their ideas.

Joining this exhibition is a selection of masks and visual journals from two classes of Year 7-8 Cobham Intermediate School students who have worked using the same ‘Identity’ brief.

Over the next two weeks our UC students will work with these Cobham school students and from several other neighbouring primary schools in learning sessions centered around responding to these mask artworks in this exhibition.

This is a great opportunity to visit an on-campus exhibition of quality.
Lecturers were Gina Haines and Nicki Dabner.