Podcast – Antarctica

Speak Up Kōrerotia logoChristchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand’s only specialist human rights radio show Speak up – Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton.

The latest episode deals with issues relating to Antarctica:

  • Ice melt
  • Climate science and climate change – ice core research
  • Antarctic Treaty and international cooperation
  • Antarctica as a place – vistas, cold etc
  • The role of New Zealand and Christchurch in Antarctic exploration

This show was recorded at the Centre of Contemporary Art and includes discussion with Bryan Storey of Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury, Dan Price (Pole to Paris) and Karen Scott from University of Canterbury Law School.

Transcript of audio file

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A new eGem: Crime, Punishment and Popular Culture, 1790-1920

CV3N7JrXIAAqTuzAnyone who is familiar with the works and times of Sherlock Holmes or Charles Dickens will recognize the culture and characters within our latest eResource archive, Crime, Punishment and Popular Culture, 1790-1920.

The industrial revolution had seen people rush to cities to chase a better standard of living that never eventuated. More often than not, workers were forced to live in squalid conditions with little reward for long and dangerous working conditions. Not surprisingly, crime soared. Throughout the 19th century major trials were followed avidly in the courtroom, in the newspapers, and at public hangings. True crime literature captured the attention of all classes, with murder ballads and penny dreadfuls sold in the streets. The development of the police force, particularly detectives and forensic techniques, were also subjects of interest. At the same time the judicial and penal systems were being reformed which led to such practices as transportation to the colonies.

This digital archive covers all of these developments and more with a broad examination of crime and culture in the 19th and early 20th century. It reflects the causes and effects of the rise in crime, the development of the police and the public’s fascination with sensational accounts of crime. It also contains a searchable collection of materials from prisoner photographs to trial transcripts and police records. It even has police gazettes from Queensland, Australia. These gazettes contain fascinating content including information on convicts and criminals who absconded from prison, reports on criminal activities such as murder, and reports on missing friends and relatives. So if you are interested in this time period, the development of the judicial system we can recognise today, or maybe just looking for dodgy relatives then there is plenty to learn and enjoy from this archival gem.


LexisNexis New Zealand Law – serious stuff

The first thing that popped into my head when I played with this electronic resource is a song by the Clash – I fought the law and the law won… Having had a good play with LexisNexis – New Zealand Law I can understand why. The law is very serious and complicated and despite being in English seems to meander off into strange verbal territory. Like all good public libraries we provide the tools to help everyone to participate in our hallowed democracy.

With LexisNexis – New Zealand Law you can search the below resources:

  • Becroft and Hall’s Transport Law: are U turns ever a good idea?;
  • Laws of New Zealand: what you can and can’t get away with;
  • New Zealand Forms and Precedents: designed to provide a justification for every silly thing you have every done;
  • New Zealand Law Journal: lawyers talk;
  • Personal Grievances: a practical guide for employees and employers having a barney;
  • Privacy Law and Practice: why you don’t take naughty pictures of yourself;
  • New Zealand Resource Management Appeals: find out why a bloody big Bunnings is now blocking your driveway;
  • Wills and Succession: how to exclude your godawful children and give all your worldly goods to your dog .

This electronic resource can only be accessed in libraries due to licence restrictions. Have a look today so you know what to do if they come for you.

Please note: Material contained in this law resource much like information in our health resources – it is intended for informational purposes only and not to replace professional advice.

Doing Time

I’ve just read a fascinating and sobering new book that includes a one hour documentary about men on Death Row in Texas. In This Timeless Time by Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian is a record in black and white pictures, words and also a one hour DVD that chronicles the lives and deaths of men convicted of often heinous crimes, but also men who seemed to be in the wrong place, at the wrong time and be of the wrong colour.

The documentary included was made in the late seventies. I watched this first, then looked at the pictures in the book, then read the words. I found it quite startling to do it this way round, as I watched the men talk about their lives inside, how they spent their time, their thoughts on mortality and the death penalty and then read that many were still alive, waiting for their death, but many were also sent on that final walk to the chair. I felt a connection with many of them.

The men don’t really talk about their families, and in particular their crimes. Many seem to find a passion or skill while inside, writing, drawing, or even making crafts using cigarette packets. Many find religion a comfort and others spend a great deal of time persuing appeals, often despite being largely illiterate.

Some seem to be resigned to whatever happens, but some clearly have not coped mentally with the limitations and severity of their existence.

Now many think that you need to put any person that has broken laws or offended against society away where we can’t see them or have to think about them again. But if you feel this way, I urge you to at least give this DVD a watch. It will take one hour, then you can go about your hopefully long life.

LegalTrac: the rights and the wrongs

LogoLegalTrac provides indexing to more than 1,000 major law reviews, legal newspapers, law journals and specialty publications. It also has access to over 200 full text journals. This makes it an ideal electronic resource for:

  • Students of law, law enforcement or social work;
  • Legal researchers;
  • Law school faculty;
  • Women who like to prove they are right.

Each title included in this resource is selected on the basis of criteria provided by a special advisory committee of the American Association of Law Libraries.  Included in their selection is a number of New Zealand titles. See the full title list here [210 kb PDF]

LegalTrac and many other useful legal electronic resources can be found in the Source. Access this from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our open community libraries.

Help for the enforcers

LogoMaybe you are a CSI devotee and want to learn more about  forensic science and investigating crime scenes. Maybe you’re studying to become a lawyer or police officer? The Criminal Justice Collection can help you in your research, and also covers social work and rehabilitation. With the Criminal Justice Collection you will have access to over 170 journals including:

  • Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology;
  • New Zealand Journal of Psychology;
  • Journal of Internet Law;
  • Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Tthe Criminal Justice Collectionand many other useful electronic resources can be found in  the Source. Access from home with your library card number and PIN, or at our community libraries.