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Corporate governance information

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 11:11 AM,
B&E Information Services

Companies subject guide

Looking for corporate governance related research materials? Have a look at the Governance tab in the Companies guide
 
The guide covers different aspects of corporate governance, including: 

  • Corporate governance centres and organisations
  • Laws, regulations and guidelines
  • Corporate governance rankings
  • Databases to help you find corporate governance related journal articles. 

    For more information on the topic, contact Lucy Dong 
 

ORCID - we have a winner!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 9:26 AM,
Tamaki Library

Congratulations to Rochelle Newport, Professional Teaching Fellow, Te Kupenga Hauora Māori.  Great to see you’ve created an ORCID iD and connected it to the University of Auckland.

ORCID: Assisting researchers to maximise discoverability

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 1:23 PM,
Tamaki Library

ORCID® (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an open source, not-for-profit community initiative.  A growing international community of researchers, publishers, funders and academic societies are integrating ORCID into their workflows.

  • When you create an ORCID you get a 16-digit identifier (iD) which is used to distinguish you from other researchers,
  • You also get an ORCID Record on which you can record details of your research outputs, funding and activities, education and employment,
  • You control privacy levels for your Record

Once you're registered for ORCID, you can configure the identifier as a data source in Research Outputs.  Contact your Subject Librarian if you need help.

Want to win the ORCID mug featured above?

Use our Quick Guide to set up an ORCID account, then connect your ORCID iD to the University of Auckland.  Visit the Information Desk at the Tāmaki Library (yes, in person!) and show us that your ORCID iD has been connected to your Staff profile.  We only have one ORCID mug to giveaway - first in will win! 

Australian Open Access Support Group expands to become Australasian Open Access Support Group

Monday, August 24, 2015 10:46 AM,
Research Support Services

The Australian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) has now become the Australasian OA support group, with the joining of all the New Zealand Libraries under its umbrella organisation, Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL).

More information please see the blog post below:

http://aoasg.org.au/2015/08/17/australian-open-access-support-group-expands-to-become-australasian-open-access-support-group/

Science & Engineering RefWorks Session

Thursday, August 20, 2015 11:17 AM,
Science Information Services

By popular request, the Science and Engineering Library staff are running another session of RefWorks with Science and Engineering databases.

Time: 11 - 12pm, Thursday 27 August

Location: Computer Training Room, Level 2, Engineering Library

RefWorks is a web-based database program for storing and managing bibliographic references. It allows you to import references from the Library catalogue or databases into your RefWorks library. References in RefWorks libraries can be edited, sorted and searched, and incorporated automatically into papers for publication. Endnote libraries can be imported into RefWorks.

Please note, this introductory one-hour course is limited to 29 students only so please book early.

Book online here as soon as possible.

Libraries & Learning Services Survey - 3 to 21 August

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 12:17 PM,
B&E Information Services

How are we doing and where can we make improvements? Fill in a short survey about Libraries and Learning Services before Friday 21 August and enter the draw for one of two Samsung Galaxy tablets

Based on an Urban Legend

Monday, August 17, 2015 3:01 PM,
Audiovisual Library

New Arrivals

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)
Director: David Zellner
Call Number: DVD-V LD15-0376

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Image courtesy of http://kumikothetreasurehunter.com/

Watch trailer

Based on the urban legends surrounding the death of Takako Konishi, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter is the story of a young Japanese woman who travels to America in pursuit of treasure. Kumiko is twenty-nine and lives in solitude in Tokyo. Between the pressure of her dead-end job and the constant pressure to find a man and get married, Kumiko finds solace in her pet rabbit Bonzo and a VHS copy of the 1996 film Fargo. Convinced that the film is based on a true story, Kumiko leaves everything behind to go to Minnesota in search of the money buried by Steve Buscemi's character at the end of Fargo.

"If Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter takes its time, it's time worth taking. The cinematography is lovely: great swirls of midnight snow, frosted trees in glinting sun, the bustling modernity of Tokyo, a big library, subway stations exquisite in their orderliness."

Reference:
Rea, Steven. Review: "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter: Stranger in a strange land". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 3 April, 2015.

Darryl Maher
Audiovisual Library

Foreign direct investment in NZ - report

Monday, August 17, 2015 1:54 PM,
B&E Information Services

KPMG has released a new report, Foreign Direct Investment in New Zealand: Trends and Insights, presenting analysis of recent foreign direct investment in New Zealand.  

Discover this timely resource and other major reports, country investment policies, and FDI indices in the Foreign direct investment subject guide.

Early School of Music Awards: The Onslow and Glasgow Medals

Monday, August 17, 2015 11:51 AM,
NICAI


This is a slightly different display post because instead of showcasing our collection this month’s display showcases an item gifted to the School of Music, one of the Glasgow medals, which were one of the earliest prizes awarded to music students. Most of the information for this post and the display came not from within the Music and Dance Library, but the University Archive and Records, and a big thanks must go to Libby Nichol for her time in searching and photographing the information, and allowing me to look through the University regulations, calendars and meeting minutes from the 1890s.

       
The School of Music at the University of Auckland (then Auckland University College) was established in 1888 a mere five years after the University College had been established. In 1891 the Head of Music, Professor Carl Gustav Schmitt, reported to the University Council that William Hillier Onslow, Earl of Onslow Governor of New Zealand’s wife the Hon. Florence Coulston Gardner, Countess of Onslow had “signified her desire to offer two silver medals as prizes for proficiency in Music.”  These medals (one each for the junior and senior divisions) would be offered “for competition” in the year’s 1892 and 1893 and would be awarded to the students with the highest marks in the end of year exams.  A further medal in 1894 was also awarded. The regulations for the medals stipulated that these medals would only be available to those students who were not recipients of other scholarships and awards, nor would the recipients be allowed to compete in the same division (though winners of the Junior medal would be allowed to compete in the Senior division). 


When David Boyle, Earl of Glasgow, became the Governor in 1892 his wife Dorothea Hunter Blair, Countess of Glasgow was approached by Professor Schmitt and the University College Council to see whether she would be interested in continuing the medals (which would be renamed the Countess of Glasgow Medals). The Countess agreed to continue the medals through 1895 to 1897 inclusive under the same conditions as the Onslow medals had been awarded. It should also be noted that Lady Ranfurly (the Honourable Constance Caulfield) continued this tradition during her term as the Governor’s wife.

       
The winners of the Onslow and Glasgow medals were almost entirely young women who were studying for an Associate’s Certificate rather than a Bachelor’s degree:
1892- Miss Frances E.M. Harper (unknown division)
1893- Miss Emily Reeve (junior); Miss Lorrigan (senior)
1894- Miss Ethel Wilson (junior); Miss Emily Reeve (senior)
1895 Miss Ida Baker (junior); J.H. Gittos (senior)
1896 Miss Ettie Myers (junior); Mr Arthur Smart (senior)
1897 Miss Anne Verrall (junior); Miss Ettie Myers (senior)


Little is known about the musical lives of these students after they left the University. However, Miss Anne Verrall (who was the recipient of the medal in our display) became a prominent music teacher in Auckland, as did several others who were awarded these medals, while others such as Ettie Myers and Emily Reeve became well known performers.

References:
Charles Nalden, A History of the Conservatorium of Music University of Auckland 1888-1981, Faculty of Music, University of Auckland 1981.
Papers Past
University of Auckland Archives and Records:
Council Minutes 1893-1897
University Calendar and Exams 1893-1897

Aleisha Ward
Music and Dance Library

Uni IT top tips from IC Helpdesk!

Friday, August 14, 2015 4:44 PM,
IC Bloggers

Student contemplating IT problem


This workshop will be a golden opportunity for you to find out the answers to the IT questions you might have. Experienced IC Helpdesk staff will cover useful IT tips to suit your study needs.
This may include tips on how to print multiple lecture slides on a page, how to subscribe to your Student Services Online Timetable, tips for storing and sharing documents on Google Drive, how to set up wifi on your laptop, and more.
                                                                                                                                                                            
Come along with your questions and leave feeling confident!
 
Book online or turn up on the day. All sessions are held in Computer Training Room 231, Level 2 of KEIC.

 

Philson New Books - Focus on Maternal and Newborn Health

Friday, August 14, 2015 3:58 PM,
Philson Library

Maternal and newborn health issues can have ongoing effects on the health of an individual throughout their lifespan.  While access to maternal health care has been a serious concern, and is one of the Millenium Development Goals1 , the quality of care offered is also essential for improved health outcomes.

The new books available at the Philson Library this week include three books that address maternal and newborn health issues.

The new edition of Core curriculum for maternal-newborn nursing is a clinical guide and study tool for certification aimed at graduate level nursing students, and has extended its sections on Genetics, Psychology of Pregnancy and Management of Non-Obstetrical Trauma in Pregnancy.

State of inequality: Reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health: Interactive visualization of health data is a report produced by the World Health Organisation, that makes innovative use of electronic visualization technology, where readers can use interactive tools to explore, sort and filter the data.  This report is available through the library as an online resource, on CD-ROM and in book format.

Advanced health assessment of women: Clinical skills and procedures is a comprehensive assessment text that covers more advanced techniques and procedures often not addressed in standard graduate assessment texts.  The latest edition includes new information on contraception, domestic violence, lesbian health and infertility.

 

1. United Nations Millennium Development Group (2006). United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Accessed from http://www.unmillenniumproject.org/goals/ on 6 August 2015.

Are we awesome librarians?!

Thursday, August 13, 2015 2:29 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Our last post was about inspiring teachers, now lets talk about inspiring librarians!  We have a of great  range books in our junior collection about librarians and libraries.  From books about librarians doing extraordinary things to help the people in their communities, to books about evil librarians... (surely not!), to books which simply portray the joy to be found in a love of reading and learning.  A selection of these is highlighted below - you may want to share them with your students!

You may also want to reflect on how your library and librarians measure up!  We are committed to providing you with quality library and information services and would love feedback on how  we are doing and where we could improve.  Fill in the Library and Learning Services Survey - and enter the draw to win one of two Samsung Galaxy tablets!

 

Please bury me in the library

Librarian who measured the earth

Please bury me in the library.
(Junior Non-Fiction)
A delightful collection of poems celebrating books and the libraries they live in. "A great book is a homing device | For navigating paradise..." (page 10).

The librarian who measured the earth. (Junior Non-Fiction)
Beautifully illustrated biography of Eratosthenes, head librarian at the great library in Alexandria, Egypt, who sets about calculating the circumference of the earth.

Dear Miss Breed

B is for Bookworm

Dear Miss Breed: True stories of the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and a librarian who made a difference. 
(Junior Non-Fiction)
This librarian was "a hero, a determined and courageous fighter against racial injustice" (page 4).

B is for Bookworm
(Junior Non-Fiction)
A fact-filled A-Z tour of the library - a place which "along with the people who work there, has broadened worlds, opened doors of discovery, and fired imaginations of countless individuals" (inside front flap).

The librarian of Basra

Vox

The librarian of Basra.
(Junior Non-Fiction)
A brightly illustrated true story of a librarian who goes beyond the call of duty, saving her library's books from the devastating fires of war-torn Iraq.
The Edge Chronicles: Vox
(Junior Fiction)
Flying librarian knights patrol the skies and attempt to stop Vox from taking over Edgeworld in Book 6 of this fantasy adventure series.
Evil librarian Rex libris
Evil librarian (Young Adult Fiction)
The new high-school librarian is young and hot, but something about him isn't quite right.  Is he a demon in disguise?
Rex Libris: I, librarian.
(Young Adult Fiction)
Hilarious graphic novel! Middleton Public's Head Librarian "upholds his vow to fight the forces of ignorance and darkness" (back cover).

 

2015 Zome Competition Results

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 3:59 PM,
Engineering Library

2015 marks the 9th year that the Engineering Library, the Faculty of Engineering and Fletcher Construction have teamed up to present the annual Fletcher Construction Design and Build Competition.

This competition challenged engineering students to see what they could make with a set number of plastic Zome sticks and balls, and collaborative brain power. The competition, sponsored by Fletcher Construction, had $2000 worth of cash prizes to be won.

The prize giving ceremony this year was held on Wednesday 28th July. Using their engineering design skills, 20 teams had four hours to construct their entry in one of two categories: Man-made or Nature.

The winners of the 2015 competition are:

Man-made:

  • First prize: "Starry Skies" by Team 15 - Siobhan Lenehan, Harry Shin, Hanna Waldron and Daekeun Cho.
  • Second prize: "Supreme Betz Wind Turbine 363 of eco-friendly technologies" by Team 7 - Max Wang and Zhe Win.

Photo by Liz Hardley

Nature:

  • First prize: "Barry the Grasshopper" by Team 14 - Bryan Chong, Asaah Frimpong, Jerry Lei and Karan Jaggi.
  • Second prize (joint): "Humming Birds Feeding on Flowers" by Team 17 - Eric Liu, Sarah Crowhurst, Irene (Ru) Wu and Harshil Magan, and "Fantail" by Team 6 - Momotaro Miura, Theodore Carlos and Kevin Dateling.

Photo by Liz Hardley

The following designs were highly commended:

  • "The Prancing Pony" by Team 9 - Joel Graham, Tomas Anderson, Tim de Wit and Ben Owen.
  • "Windmill" by Team 13 - Muyun Xu, Yanfei Hong and Yifang Hou.
  • "Turtle" by Team 8 - Carson Lourenco and Charles Lan.

There were also two winning teams for best video:

  • "Baby Dinosaur" by Team 1 - Aaron Young and Nick Finch.
  • "Wright Brothers Flyer 1 Plane" by Team 19 - Naphon Suriyasin and Will Cobb.

You can see more photos at the Faculty of Engineering's recent news article.

All the models and videos are currently on display in the Engineering Library. Well done everyone!

Libraries and Learning Services Survey

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 10:15 AM,
IC Bloggers

How are we doing and where can we make improvements? Fill in a short survey about Libraries and Learning Services before Friday 21 August and enter the draw for one of two Samsung Galaxy tablets.

Libraries and Learning Services Promo - Semester 2, 2015

 

Libraries & Learning Services Survey - 3 to 21 August

Tuesday, August 04, 2015 8:35 AM,
Tamaki Library

How are we doing and where can we make improvements? Fill in a short survey about Libraries and Learning Services before Friday 21 August and enter the draw for one of two Samsung Galaxy tablets.

You can access the survey here: http://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/survey/

Referencing help drop-in sessions

Thursday, July 30, 2015 3:06 PM,
B&E Information Services

Drop-in Referencing Sessions

Are you starting to work on an assignment and you want a little help to get your referencing right?

You may have completed the Academic Integrity course online, looked at Quick©ite, etc. but still find it a bit confusing.

The Library is running some Referencing Help sessions once a week in August up on the Mezzanine Floor of the General Library. 

In these sessions we will give some quick assistance with any referencing queries you may have.

Referencing Desk Drop-in

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 1:10 PM,
Arts, Māori and Pacific

Are you starting to work on an assignment and you want a little help to get your referencing right? referencing styles

You may have completed the Academic Integrity course online and looked at Quick©ite but still find it a bit confusing.

In about 10 minutes we will help you find out how to do your references. If you need more help we will direct you to a subject librarian or Referencing: The Basics.

Come along to the Referencing Help sessions we will offer once a week in August on Level M, General Library.

  • Monday 3rd August from 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Tuesday 11th August from 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Thursday 20th August from 11:30am to 12:30pm
  • Friday 28th August from 11:30am to 12:30pm

BrowZine App Trial

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 8:31 AM,
Science Information Services

The library is now running a trial of BrowZine. BrowZine is a great new service that allows you to browse and read many of the library's scholarly journals, all in a format optimised for your iPad or Android tablet. Built to accompany your searching needs, items found in BrowZine can easily be synced up with Zotero, RefWorks, Dropbox or other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

Get started in three easy steps:

  1. From your iPad or Android tablet, go to your app store (Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon), search for "BrowZine" and download it for free.
  2. Open BrowZine and select "Auckland University" from the drop down list of institutions.
  3. Enter your UPI and password.

The trial will run until 20 August, 2015.

BrowZine App Trial

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 8:28 AM,
Engineering Library

The library is now running a trial of BrowZine. BrowZine is a great new service that allows you to browse and read many of the library's scholarly journals, all in a format optimised for your iPad or Android tablet. Built to accompany your searching needs, items found in BrowZine can easily be synced up with Zotero, RefWorks, Dropbox or other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

Get started in three easy steps:

  1. From your iPad or Android tablet, go to your app store (Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon), search for "BrowZine" and download it for free.
  2. Open BrowZine and select "Auckland University" from the drop down list of institutions.
  3. Enter your UPI and password.

The trial will run until 20 August, 2015.

Need help using PubMed?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 9:24 AM,
Tamaki Library

 

Learn the basics at Tāmaki Library.  Bookings are essential - click on the link below to reserve your space today:

  • Sat 1 August - 10.00am to 11.30am
  • Wed 12 August - 5.00pm to 6.30pm

Make your booking here: https://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/booking/?p=view_workshop&id=1625

 

Find Articles Workshops

Monday, July 27, 2015 12:23 PM,
Tamaki Library

 

Tāmaki Library are running workshops to help you find articles through the Library Website. Click the links below to reserve your space:

 

Find Articles: Where to start

Wed 29 July - 12.30pm to 1.30pm

 

Find Articles: How to use databases

Tues 4 Aug - 2.30pm to 3.30pm

 

 

Find Your Course Readings

Monday, July 27, 2015 11:40 AM,
Tamaki Library

 

Click here to reserve your space: https://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/booking/?p=view_workshop&id=1584

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Friday, July 24, 2015 11:09 AM,
NICAI

A brief history of the gallery on the occasion of the opening of the Govett-Brewster/Len Lye Centre
In 1963, Monica R. Brewster (nee Govett) set up a trust fund for the establishment of a gallery in New Plymouth to be named the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
Terry Boon of the architects Bowering, Thompson, Boon and Associates, began drawing up plans for the conversion of the old Regent Theatre on New Plymouth’s Queen Street. “Behind the façade of the old movie house the new gallery is taking shape” Marjorie Brooke-White explained, “The whole thing gives one a dramatic impression of light and space.” (Brooke-White, 1969)
John Manyard, 24, was appointed as the gallery’s director with the vision of a gallery that was “not to follow but to lead.”(Manyard as cited in ‘Art gallery plans soon’, 1967) In this position Manyard sought to instil an ethos of professionalism, “’Professional’ I define as the work of those who are seeking and searching and pushing on the frontier of development.”
The gallery opened in February, 1970 with ‘Real Time’, an installation by Elam graduate, Leon Narby. Local reviewer, Noeline Blackman, remarked “…for the general public it was literally a culture shock. A quiet provincial centre with down to earth kiwi values was dragged screaming into the contemporary world.” (as cited in Mare, 1993, p.17)
The gallery continued to uphold these standards as it developed, sparking controversy with its exhibitions and acquisitions. Ron O’Reilly, gallery director from 1975-1979 explained, “Any acquisition by a gallery should be based on one foundation – to what extent an artist adds to that body of excellence.” He continues, “That excellence should be separate from – and not identified with – popularity.” (“Gallery director post no job for a yes man”, 1979)
The Govett-Brewster quickly established itself as a space that would present ambitious exhibitions and projects. Wystan Curnow on the 1977 Len Lye exhibition wrote, “It wasn’t until this decade that New Zealand boasted a gallery with the nerve to take [the exhibition] up.” (Curnow, 1977)
Over the next five decades the Govett-Brewster has continued to present contemporary, New Zealand and international art with its initial curatorial vision in mind, prompting critical as well as controversial engagement. The exhibition Art in the Mail (1977) prompted the headline ‘New Plymouth – prepare to be outraged yet again’ (Woodd, 1976). Such headlines have peppered the press throughout the gallery’s history as exhibitions have continued to challenge and engage audiences.
In 1980, the Len Lye archives were bequeathed to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Closed since 2013 for earthquake strengthening and construction, July 25th 2015 marks the reopening of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and the opening of the new Len Lye Centre.
A display of historical and recent ephemera from the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery – Gallery File is currently on display at the Fine Arts Library.
S. Foote
Fine Arts Library
 
References
Brooke-White, Marjorie. (1969) Govett-Brewster Art Gallery director John Manyard. Arts and Community. 5.7,16.
 
Gibben, Trish. (1967, Jun. 20) Art gallery plans soon. Taranaki Herald.
Mare, Barbara. (1993). Monica R. Brewster. New Plymouth, N.Z. : Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.
 
Gallery director post no job for a yes man. (1979).Taranaki Herald, 7.
 
Curnow, Wystan. (1977, April/May). Len Lye at the Govett-Brewster. Art New Zealand. (5),25.
 
Woodd, Richard. (1976, Nov. 29).  NP – prepare to be outraged yet again. Daily News.
 

Free Microsoft Office 365 for UoA Students!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015 9:15 PM,
IC Bloggers

DYK

MS Office 365

#MyTeacherMoment

Thursday, July 23, 2015 3:34 PM,
Sylvia Ashton-Warner Library

Have you entered the #MyTeacherMoment competition yet?  The Faculty of Education are running this competition to celebrate inspirational teachers.  Share a video or photo of your memorable teacher moment  to social media and nominate a school to win $5,000 of technology.  Vote for the entry you like best! The competition runs until 24 August.

Here in the library we have a range of books both by and about motivational teachers which may inspire you to become a teacher your students will particularly remember as making a positive difference in their lives.  We’ve highlighted a few below and you can view the list of books we’ve tagged ‘inspirational teaching’ to find more.

My favourite teacher The ones we remember
Ubuntu Stories of the courage to teach
Teacher Inspirational teachers inspirational learners
Voices Wholehaearted

RefWorks at Tamaki Library

Thursday, July 23, 2015 3:19 PM,
Tamaki Library

  • Tues 28 July - 12.30pm to 1.30pm
  • Thurs 30 July - 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Fri 7 Aug - 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Don't forget to reserve your space today: https://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/booking/?p=view_workshop&id=1581

2015 Zome Competition

Thursday, July 23, 2015 1:33 PM,
Engineering Library

The annual Zome Fletcher Construction Design and Build Competition prize giving ceremony is just around the corner!

Teams have until 4:30pm tomorrow afternoon to get their models and videos in for judging. There is $2000 worth of cash prizes up for grabs.

The prize giving ceremony will be held on Wednesday 29 July at 4pm in the Engineering building's Level 4 Atrium. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

Good luck to all the teams competing!

Semester 2 General Library tours

Thursday, July 16, 2015 2:08 PM,
Arts, Māori and Pacific

General Library, University of Auckland

Want to find out more about the General Library and how it can support your study?

Come along to a General Library tour during week 1.

Each tour takes around 20 minutes and a librarian will introduce you to the Library, key services, and some IT essentials like printing, photocopying and scanning.

Where? Tours start on Level G in the entrance hall by the bottom of the staircase.

When? Monday 20 July – Friday 25 July at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.

Who? Everyone is welcome! No bookings are required.

Philip Dadson: Sonics From Scratch

Thursday, July 16, 2015 11:12 AM,
NICAI

 
 
 
One of the highlights of this year’s International Film Festival programme is the documentary ‘Philip Dadson: Sonics From Scratch’, directed by Simon Ogston (Sheen of Gold, 2013) and Orlando Stewart.

Dadson studied at Elam School of Fine Arts from 1965 to 1971. Mid way through his degree, Dadson left New Zealand for England working as an atelier at the printmaking studio; Editions Alecto. It was here, in London, that Dadson became involved with an experimental music class at the Morley College for Working Men & Women, run by Cornelius Cardew. From this group the original London Scratch Orchestra was formed and on Dadson’s return to New Zealand in 1969 he agreed to start an antipodean branch. From Scratch evolved out of this NZ based Scratch Orchestra:
“The group, open to anyone regardless of musical experience and about 20-strong to start with, developed attitudes and activities, musical and extra-musical, very much its own. In its narrowest sense, Scratch Orchestra was rediscovering and making its own music and in its broadest was investigating the nature if things, and serving as a testing ground for anyone’s experimental ideas.” (From Scratch : Soundsphere : Soundscaping.)
 
From Scratch utilised traditional percussion instruments combined with found and constructed instruments, including “tuned banks of PVC pipes, and drone instruments which are unique to the group – whistlers, growlers and rattle-jackets. Invention has been a Scratch characteristic since its collective beginning, and the instruments were always developed as a sign to both ear-drum and eye-ball.”(From Scratch pamphlet)

In addition to the live events including the ‘Solar Plexus’ drumming event in the Mount Eden crater, performed from dawn to dusk on the winter solstice, Dadson and From Scratch have an international reputation for their experimental sound and video recordings and installations. In 1994, the video work ‘‘PACIFIC 3,2,1 ZERO (Part 1)’, a protest piece against nuclear testing in the Pacific, won the Grand Prix and first prize in its category at the Cannes/Midem Visual Music Awards.

Alongside his involvement with From Scratch, Dadson held the position of Senior Lecturer/Head of Intermedia/ time –based arts at Elam School of Fine Arts from 1986 through to 2000.

A selection of ‘From Scratch’ posters is currently on display in the Fine Arts Library.

S. Foote
Fine Arts Library

Engineering Library: Intersemester break hours

Thursday, July 16, 2015 10:13 AM,
Engineering Library

The Engineering Library's hours are reduced over the inter-semester break:

Tuesday 30 June 2015 to Sunday 19 July 2015

  • Monday: 9am-5pm
  • Tuesday: 9am-5pm
  • Wednesday: 9am-8pm
  • Thursday: 9am-5pm
  • Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Saturday: CLOSED
  • Sunday: CLOSED
We will resume normal hours on Monday 20 July 2015.

No Bombs South of the Line

Friday, July 10, 2015 11:16 AM,
Special Collections

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (NZ) flyer for 1963 petition.

Special Collections have put together a small display to mark the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. Rather than focusing on the actual events of 10 July 1985, the display explores the history of New Zealand campaigns against nuclear testing in the Pacific from the 1950s to the early 1980s.  
The title for the display comes from the New Zealand Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’s 1963 petition for a nuclear free Southern Hemisphere which was signed by over 80,000 New Zealanders.  This flyer outlining the aims of the petition is featured in the display along with other items from Special Collections’ extensive holdings of material relating to New Zealand’s anti-nuclear stance. These holdings include the records of the New Zealand Peace Council covering the period 1948 to 1971, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (NZ) from its formation in 1957 to 1994 and the Auckland Hiroshima Day Committee for Peace from the 1960s.
Katherine Pawley, Special Collections
References
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament petition, 1963. New Zealand Peace Council records. MSS & Archives A-287, item 4/3. Special Collections, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services.

Magna Carta 800th Anniversary

Friday, July 10, 2015 8:42 AM,
Davis Law

The Magna Carta celebrates its 800th anniversary this year.

The Magna Carta is a document granted in June 1215 by King John that places limits on the power of the crown and enshrines the rights of the clergy and nobles. The Magna Carta continues to be important today and provides the foundations of freedom, justice, and the rule of law that New Zealanders continue to build upon.

The Magna Carta 800 NZ Committee have information on their website about the document and the events occurring in New Zealand, including a public lecture series being hosted at the University of Auckland.


Other information available here

AgeLine Database Trial

Friday, July 10, 2015 8:07 AM,
Philson Library

AgeLine Database Trial
The library has a trial access to the AgeLine database, that will be available for use until the 20th August 2015.
This database can be accessed via the Databases list on the library website, or directly at: http://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/databases/record/?record=ageline
Details:
·         Produced by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
·         Covers the literature of social gerontology (the study of aging in psychological, health-related, social, and economic contexts)
·         Focuses on topics relating to people over the age of 50
·         The delivery of health care to the older population and its associated costs and policies is particularly well covered, along with consumer, employment, and public policy issues
·         Geared to professionals in aging-related fields, such as health care professionals, social workers, and caregivers, as well as consumers
·         Indexes over 200 journals plus books, book chapters and reports.
 
Any feedback on the usefulness of this database is welcome, so feel free to comment here, or to contact Sue Foggin at sm.foggin@auckland.ac.nz

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Eccentric Outsider Artist

Thursday, July 09, 2015 10:04 AM,
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New Arrivals
Finding Vivian Meier (2014) Director: John Maloof and Charlie Siskel Call Number: DVD-V LD15-0265

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Finding Vivian Meier

Image: Courtesy of Sundance Selects

In 2007, John Maloof bought a box of photo negatives in Chicago for $380 to help him with a project on local history. The negatives turned out to belong to Vivian Maier, a nanny who secretly took more than 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers.

Now considered one of the 20th century's greatest street photographers and outsider artists, Maier never shared her photos with anyone, but received outstanding posthumous appraisal. “Her frames captured the kind of unadorned American faces — including hers in sombre self-portraits — and typical urban street scenes seen in similarly unusual ways by photographers Diane Arbus and Weegee” (Barnard, 2014).

Reference:
Barnard, Linda. Finding Vivian Maier: found negatives exposed genius: review. thestar.com. 28 March. 2014.

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