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.

CD collection – Central Library

We are pleased to advise that the Central Library’s music collection has been moved and it is now in an easier location for library users to browse on level 2.

The main genres covered by the collection are Jazz, Classical and World. We have not reclassified the collection so the CDs are filed according to the year in which they were purchased. The majority of the collection was purchased between 1995 and 2000. You can use the catalogue to search for specific music or come in and browse. The Library staff will always be happy to assist with any enquiries.

Joan Simpson
Manager, Central Library
Te Puna Mâtauraka o Waitaha

Statistics NZ Seminar in the Library, Wednesday 29th April, 1 – 3 pm

The Deputy Government Statistician (Collection & Dissemination) invites you to attend a seminar between Statistics New Zealand and University staff to discuss the current national agreement for data supply between Statistics NZ and the NZ Universities.

As part of the review of this agreement it was agreed that a seminar will be held to showcase the products and services that are available and to enable you to contribute to the discussion on potential new services to which the university sector might be interested in having access.

Professor Richard Bedford (Waikato University) who was instrumental in setting up the initial agreement will also be present.

The seminar will be held on Wednesday 29th April, 1 – 3 pm in the Level 4 library discussion room (Room 422), Central Library, University of Canterbury.

This seminar will follow the same format as the highly successful seminar held recently with Auckland and Waikato Universities’ staff.

The objective of this seminar will be:
1. Promoting the thinking of Statistics NZ on the content and agreement between NZ Universities and Statistics NZ.
2. Obtaining input/feedback from attendees on what they would like to see in the revised agreement

Please RSVP by replying to

Searching for the full text of articles from within EndNote

EndNote X2 has a new feature that will locate and store the full text in the record for the reference you have selected. However the success of this feature will depend on what database you are using.

To try this:

Within EndNote, select the journal reference for which you would like to locate full text. From the References menu: select Find Full text. If a PDF of the article is successfully found it will be automatically downloaded and placed within the individual reference and with a paperclip. The PDFs are stored in the .DATA folder belonging to that particular library along with any other PDFs you have inserted into that library

You may have zero or only partial success with this. If you have downloaded your record from Web of Science or from PubMed, and/or your record contains a DOI, this method of downloading full text is more likely to work.

We look forward to EndNote improving this feature.

For more information about using EndNote see the Library’s EndNote wiki(note you will need to use your UC login to access this wiki.)

New Lift in James Hight Building

A new lift has been commissioned in the James Hight Building. It is located on Level 1 adjacent to Security and is able to be accessed through new automatic opening doors. It will provide easy access for all users between Levels 1 and 2 of the James Hight Building (and Central Library), but especially so for users with either temporary or permanent disabilities.

Anne Ussher (Facilities Management) and Steve Russell (Disability Resource Service) and Joan Simpson, (Central Library) try out the new lift

Library Tower Race Results

The annual University of Canterbury Library Tower Race, run on Thursday 19th March, was a fun and colourful event.

Fifty-one Tower Race competitors raced from the Science Lecture Block lawn, clockwise around the James Hight building and up the 264 stairs to the eleventh floor of the Central Library. There were entrants in the race for fastest male and female student and best dressed categories.

Prizes were awarded as follows
Fastest Male student
Thijs Hubber – 1m40s
Daniel Popp – 1m41s
Will – 1m41s

Fastest Female student
Ashleigh Hall – 2m08s
Cathy Jordan – 2m28s
Suzanne Furkert – 2m 29s

Best dressed
Mike Shurety