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

Christmas stories for your holidays

The Education Library has a wonderful display showing a range of Christmas themed books that you can borrow for the holidays to read to children. Come and visit the display and be inspired. In the Library collection we have Christmas music and movies that you can also borrow to enhance your festive celebrations.

Suggestions for your Christmas Reading

Carol our Christmas: a book of New Zealand carols
Christmas at the Cape: a social studies unit for children at all levels
The Christmas caravan
The crocodile’s Christmas jandals
David’s dad
Great joy
Hettie’s Christmas gift
Kia ora Hana Koko
A Kiwi jingle bells
The lighthouse keeper’s Christmas
Pavlova & presents
A pukeko in a ponga tree (The twelve days of Christmas)
The Tangiwai disaster: a Christmas Eve tragedy
Three surprises for Hemi
Te toneke
The trolley
When Santa was sleeping

Installation of a new lift in Central Library

Work for a new lift on Level 1 of the Central Library will commence on Saturday 29 November.
There will be no access to Level 1 from the library entrance and a hoarding will be placed about 1.5 metres out into the existing stairwell. There will be sufficient space left for the library users to use the stairs. The ATM and snack machines on level will not be available until mid January 09.

As the contractors are working within a relatively small area, the lift will have to be constructed on site. From now until mid December the lift pit will be excavated and concreted. The contractors will be taking the concrete and dirt out along the walkway underneath the building. The current timeframe has the new lift in operation mid March 09.

The Library apologises to users for any inconvenience.

Photo taken from level 2 of the Central Library stairwell looking down onto the construction site. The concrete has been cut out and a large hole dug in the foundation for the base of the lift. The depth of the hole can be judged by using the step ladder as a reference point.

eBook Survey

Thank you to all who submitted a Library eBook Survey form last month. Many of you included helpful comments and suggestions, some of which will influence future eBook purchasing decisions wherever possible.

The majority of responses indicated that they use eBooks in the following ways:

– find eBooks by searching in Library databases
– read eBooks on screen
– use eBooks tables of contents to locate material
– spend more than 10 minutes using each eBook
– use parts of, rather than read the whole eBook
l- ike the ability to search eBook content

Congratulations to the ten winners of $20 MTA vouchers: Annabelle Tucker, Betsy Arrington-Tsao, Conrad Zorn, Simon Cotter, Andrew Berryman, Arindam Basu, Amber McLeod, Andrew Horrell, Chris Nolan and James Kim.

Welcome to Summer Scholarship Student

The Library is pleased to host Rachel McConnell on a summer scholarship project which involves cataloguing the John Macmillan print collection. Rachel will be in the Macmillan Brown Library 3 days a week until the end of January 2009.

Terri Elder, Art Collection Curator, is supervising Rachel’s work. Rachel has completed a B.A. Hons degree in Art History with an emphasis on European painters. Rachel is also interested in classical art. Her grandfather, both her parents and her sister, Anna, are all graduates of the University of Canterbury, as are her uncle, two aunts and a number of cousins.

Rachel plans to continue her studies and complete a Masters in Art History but has yet to decide on the topic. Hopefully, she may find something of interest in the Library’s Art Collection.

Background to the project
“In October 2004 a number of prints were located amongst archival material held by the Macmillan Brown Library. Although there was no documentation attached to the works, it is believed that these works may have originated from the estate of Professor John Macmillan Brown, whose collection was bequeathed to the University in 1935.

The print collection comprises 65 works, mostly prints of classical, religious or landscape themes. Many of the works are by French, Italian and European artists, engravers or printers, such as Vernet, Vaccari, Bartolozzi, Piranesi, and Caracci. In amongst the European prints there is also a small number relating to early American settlement, and the exploration of the Pacific. The majority date to between 1600 to 1900.

The scope of the collection is such that it could provide an excellent teaching and learning resource for a number of disciplines offered at UC, such as art history, European history, religious studies, political studies, Pacific studies and sociology.”

Extract from the project proposal prepared by Terri Elder

Reorganisation of Book Stock in Central Library

The Library has begun a phased reorganisation of the Central Library to enable a redevelopment of level 2. This will eventually result in an overall reduction of bookstock on level 2 to give the Library more flexibility over use of space.

The movement of book stock planned for this summer includes:
P-PN relocated on level 4 – scheduled to begin on November 17.
PQ (level 3) moved to level 4.
Q-QE moved to level 3
There may be some minor disruption while the stock is moved and we thank you for your patience and understanding during this process.

If you have any concerns about this project please contact Kerry Gilmour ext. 4986.

Disruptions to Library Services, Friday (21st) and Saturday (22nd) mornings

On Friday morning (21st), one of the Library’s Servers is being moved to the new Machine Room over on the Education Campus. This will disable some services. All going well, the disruption will be over by 9.30 – 10.00 am.

What won’t work:
Some web pages
Web forms (e.g. Interloans)
Remote access to databases
Meeting room bookings and Course bookings

On Saturday morning (22nd) two other servers are being moved, also disabling services. Again, all going well, the the disruption will be over by 9.30 – 10.00 am, when some libraries open.

What won’t work:
Most web pages
The Library catalogue
Any borrowing services

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