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

Annual Library Tower Race

The annual Library Tower Race is happening on March 19 at 12 noon.

This race starts on the lawn outside the Science Lecture Theatres, goes around the outside of Central Library, and then up the 264 stairs from level 1 all the way to level 11. The fastest male and fastest female each win a year’s membership at the Rec Centre and have their names recorded on the elegant Library Tower Race trophy. Last year the winnings times were 1 minute 55 seconds for the fastest female and 1 minute 34 seconds for the fastest male.

There will also be prizes for best dressed, as well as spot prizes.

Sign up now at either the Central Library or the Recreation Centre.

Education Library has no IT access, Sat 28 Feb

The College of Education campus is currently experiencing electrical problems and no IT systems are working. It is hoped this will be fixed by mid-afternoon. The Education Library is still open for study but please go to the Central Library or other branches if you need computer access as there is no catalogue, web services, databases or PCs available in the Education Library. Distance students may chose to ring the Central Library (03 364 2198) for help.

Banks’ Florilegium on display at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, 20 Feb – 22 March 2009

A selection of the magnificent botanical prints from Banks’ Florilgium are currently on display in an exhibition created for the Festival of Flowers. The rare set of prints were donated to the University by the late artist William Sutton and are part of the Macmillan Brown Library collection. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to view these beautiful prints on display alongside some of the actual botanical specimens collected during Cook’s voyage over 200 years ago.

Visit the festival site for more information about the exhibition and the Festival of Flowers.

The SIS has nothing on us, we’ve got your private and public lives on record…

UC’s Macmillan Brown Library and Archives New Zealand’s Christchurch Regional Office have teamed up to create an online exhibition
focussing on the lives of the Acland Family of South Canterbury. By bringing together records from both our institutions we are able show something of both the public and private lives of this well-known family.The records from Archives New Zealand relate to the business of running Mt Peel Station and the public lives of members of the Acland family. These are complemented by the archives from Macmillan Brown Library which portray their domestic and family lives. This exhibition will continue to develop over time and as we add new material we hope more connections will emerge that flesh out the story of our colonial past. Read the Acland’s story, so far.

This exhibition is just the tip of the iceberg, there are many more stories just waiting to be discovered by a researcher at UC. If you are looking for an original research topic, contact our archivist Jeff Palmer today.

EndNote pages now in a wiki

The Library has launched its first live wiki, with the recent conversion of our EndNote help pages into a wiki format.

We hope that by having these pages in such a format users will not only learn from our knowledge of EndNote, but will contribute their own knowledge and experience to assist others.

The wiki is available for anyone anywhere to read, and anyone with a valid UC usercode will be able to login and either add a comment or edit content. Library staff will monitor the pages to ensure that content added is valid and accurate.

Central Library closed weekend 24-25 January

It is necessary to close the Central Library on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January in order for electrical work to be completed which is required for the installation of the lift.

The following titles on one hour loans will be able to be borrowed on Saturday from the Engineering Library 1 pm – 5 pm.

  • Formal logic : it’s scope and limits by Jeffrey
  • Organisation behaviour on the Pacific rim by McShane
  • Talk Mandarin today by Hong Xiao
  • Principles of financial accounting by Chalmers
  • The Essential difference by Simon Baron-Cohen
  • Civilisation and its discontents by Peter Cohen
  • Sexing the brain by Lesley Rogers

Saturday Hours
The Law, and Engineering Libraries will remain open from 1 pm – 5 pm and the Physical Sciences Library will be open 10 am – 1 pm.

All Libraries will be closed on Sunday.

We apologise for any inconvenience this closure may cause.

Please note: A current Canterbury Card is required in order to gain access to the Law and Engineering Libraries.

Joan Simpson
Central Library Manager