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.

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.

IT issues affecting access to many UC services

There has been a major systems failure likely to affect University services over much of the long weekend.

Students can access P: and K: drives, class folders, Moodle, library and internet. Students cannot use Blackboard, email or update Canterbury Card balances.

Staff have access to shared drives, internet, internal email, but login availability and speed may vary. Staff cannot send or receive external email, or access P: and K: drives.

For further information look on the ICTS website:

Samoan Language Week Displays 24-31 May

The Macmillan Brown Library and Education Library have created displays of Samoan language learning resources and academic research material written in Samoan, to celebrate Samoan Language Week 24-31 May 2009.
The Macmillan Brown display is located in the Aotearoa Room of the Macmillan Brown Library. You are welcome to come and browse this display and borrow some of our Samoan music CDs to listen to.

The Education Library display is located on the ground floor of the Education Library.

Electronic Resource Trial – The Annual Register

For a limited time, the library has access to The Annual Register online. Published every year since 1758, The Annual Register : A Record of World Events provides a wealth of information on the events that have shaped history. It is a rich primary source covering everything from news reports and speeches to obituaries and society weddings.

Until 31 May 2009, the Annual Register can be used on campus only. Please test and evaluate this resource and send any comments to us. Access and the evaluation forms can be found from the Library’s Electronic Resources Trials page.

Any questions about The Annual Register can be forwarded to Erin Kimber in the University Library.

e-cast Education: video for teaching and learning

The library has subscribed to e-cast Education’s internet based system for accessing television content, including much New Zealand programming.

Staff and students have different access to e-cast. Canterbury staff can download and use e-cast content for the educational purposes of this University, as allowed by our screenrights licence, and students may access the live stream content.

Login to: to access both Ready to Watch (pre-recorded) and live stream content. Select the Ready to Watch tab to see what is on offer for all thirty one channels.

e-cast is accessible via KAREN, and those registered as KAREN users (including students with HOD approval) won’t be charged for their e-cast traffic. To register use the KAREN Registration form available on the ICTS Request a Service page.

Staff are also able to ask that future broadcasts are captured, as e-cast is a request-based system relying on subscribers asking e-cast to record content off-air.

Any questions about using e-cast can be forwarded to Dave Clemens in the University Library

Noise warning – concrete cutting in Central Library – Saturday 16 May

As part of the reconstruction of the old Bindery area on Level 1 of the James Hight Building, a large area of concrete is going to be cut and removed.

The work is going to be carried out on this Saturday (16 May), between 7.30am and 11am. It will result in significant noise in the South-east area of Level 2 in particular (adjacent to the Copy Centre), but it will also probably go throughout the entire building.

Our apologies for any inconvenience.