Thursday, 21 September 2017

Discover six new eJournals from Nature Publishing

In this e-resource profile, RMIT University Library is highlighting new eJournals from Nature Publishing. As part of our ongoing commitment to providing our users with quality resources for research and study, we are excited to let you know that the Library has purchased access to new eJournals from Nature Publishing, which are hosted on the Nature Online platform.

These highly-regarded peer-reviewed journals cover a wide range of subjects in science, including energy provision, materials science, chemistry, gastroenterology, and hepatology.

The American Journal of Gastroenterology (eISSN: 1572-0241)
Published on behalf of the American College of Gastroenterology. Aimed at practicing clinicians, AJC is a leading clinical journal covering the varied topics and research in gastroenterology and hepatology. Areas covered include: the colon and small bowel, endoscopy, the oesophagus, functional GI disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, the liver, the pancreas and biliary tract, pathology, paediatrics, nutrition/obesity, and the stomach.

Nature Energy (eISSN: 2058-7546)
First published in January 2016, Nature Energy is a monthly publication that focuses on the continuing discussion surrounding the many aspects of energy provision, with a particular interest in studies that further the development of future solutions and next-generation technologies.

Nature Reviews - Chemistry (eISSN: 2397-3358)
A brand new journal, launched in January 2017, Nature Reviews - Chemistry takes the perspective of both the traditional core subjects of chemistry - organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical - while also looking at the perspective of interdisciplinary research where chemistry is a major component. These areas include (but are not limited to): chemical biology, chemical physics, materials science, and nanotechnology.

Nature Reviews - Gastroenterology and Hepatology (eISSN: 1759-5053)
Nature Reviews - Gastroenterology and Hepatology contains content written by both academics and researchers, focusing on the many varied topics within the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology through research, opinions, and history.

Nature Reviews - Materials (eISSN: 2058-8437)
Another monthly publication which began in 2016, Nature Reviews - Materials aims to cover the entire process of materials science, from the initial laboratory discovery to functional usage.
In addition, we will soon also have access to the Elsevier journal Gastroenterology. We are always adding new resources, so keep an eye out for this title and many more to come.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

RMIT authors showcase - Dr. Belinda Kennedy and Dr. Tricia McLaughlin

At RMIT University Library we are extremely proud of our academics and their contributions to research in their fields of expertise. As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are delighted to feature a work that includes a chapter titled “Growing Global STEM learning in Higher Education” co-written by two RMIT University academics, Dr. Belinda Kennedy and Dr. Tricia McLaughlin, in the text,“Cultural Awareness and Competency Development in Higher Education” (2017).

Belinda Kennedy is a project manager (NAS project, WIL) and lecturer in the College of Science, Engineering and Health at RMIT University. Her educational research studies in STEM have provided her with a clear understanding of the needs of industry and future students in STEM-related areas.

Tricia McLaughlin works in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT University and is a senior officer in the Science, Health and Engineering Educational Research (SHEER) Centre. Her research areas of interest include lifelong learning, pathways, scholarship learning and teaching, and access and equity in learning.

"Cultural Awareness and Competency Development in Higher Education”
explores a diverse range of topics including inclusive STEM learning, pedagogy, social constructivism and co-curricular learning designed for researchers and students seeking the latest literature on multiculturism and culturally diverse curriculums in universities.

Find the book in the Library: 
Leavitt, Lynda, Wisdom, Sherrie, Leavitt, Kelly, & IGI Global, publisher. (2017). Cultural awareness and competency development in higher education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Other publications by these academics, available at RMIT University Library, include:

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Banksy – Always in Command and in Control

RMIT University Library Presents: Banksy – Always in Command and in Control

In a well-illustrated talk Professor Paul Gough will examine how street artists such as Banksy maintain some element of control over their public art works.

Image by Banksy. Image of a boy using a mallet.
Arguably the most renowned ‘unknown’ street artist in the world, Banksy has had to balance the free availability of his street art with protecting the exploitation of his images by others. This talk focuses on the protracted negotiations between the Banksy, his ‘Office’, and Gough in his attempt to compile a book about the artist’s work.

The talk examines the controls demanded by the painter’s agent, the attempts to manage the ready availability of imagery, and the difficulties in seeking the necessary permissions from an artist who deals almost entirely through proxies.

In 2012 Professor Gough published the book Banksy: A Bristol Legacy. 
Professor Gough is the Pro Vice-Chancellor Design and Social Context and Vice-President at RMIT. A painter, broadcaster and writer, he has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, most recently in Canada, New Zealand and Australia, and is represented in several permanent art collections – including Imperial War Museum, London; Canadian War Museum, and the National War Memorial, New Zealand.
Please join us at Swanston Library for what promises to be an enthralling tale, plus there'll be a chance for a Q&A with Paul at the end.

When: 12.30 - 1.30pm Friday 6 October
Where: Swanston Library Megaflex Room (10.6.63) 

Drinks and nibbles provided. All welcome.

Book your place now Sorry SOLD OUT

Read up on Paul Gough and Banksy, available through RMIT University Library.

Banksy : the Bristol legacy
Paul Gough editor of compilation. 2012

Existencillism: Banksy and the stencil as radical graphic form
Gough, Paul
Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice, 01 January 2016, Vol.1(1), pp.97-117

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Help us improve the Library subject guides

Students: participate in a user experience study of our Library subject guides.

Subject guides include recommended resources collected by our dedicated liaison librarians and we want to redesign these guides in partnership with you. By participating in this study, you will be able to influence the design of future guides that will help students study/research easier and quicker and, ultimately, get better marks with less effort.

Step 1: If you are willing to participate please fill out this short online survey on your university study information seeking habits. It should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

Step 2: On completion of the online survey you may be invited to take part in an individual consultation, no longer than 80 minutes, to be arranged at a time convenient to you. A plain language statement and consent form will outline activities occurring during the individual consultation. Participants will receive a $25 Coles/Myer voucher for this consultation.

Thanks for your time, we appreciate your feedback.
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Monday, 11 September 2017

What's new in the Library?

Here's what's new at RMIT University Library - we're committed to constantly improving your learning experience, so stay tuned to this blog for more updates!

New Subject Guide:
Apps for Students and Academics gives you useful recommendations for apps that can help with productivity, general study and well being.

New feature in LibrarySearch
LibrarySearch now lets you know when new material of interest to you has been added via an RSS or email notification. 
  • To receive these notifications login to LibrarySearch, search for your area of interest, then select Save query. Go to your Favourites page and select the Saved Search tab
  • Here you can select either RSS or email as the notification type
  • New material that matches your search will now be sent to you via the notification type you have selected

New personalised tools in Google Scholar: 
My Library is a useful tool for flagging articles of interest in Google Scholar and My Citations allows you to set up a researcher profile to use Google Scholar to keep track of citations to your publications. In order to get the most of the My Citations and My Library tools, you must have a Google account and a Google Scholar Profile. To create your profile, click on My Citations and follow the on-screen prompts

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Six new project rooms now available!

Are you looking for a large room for group study and project work?

Now there are six new Project Rooms available for you to use with 8 seats in each, including computers and AV in RMIT Connect.

Where? Find these spacious new study rooms in RMIT Connect, Building 8, Level 4

How to book? Book via BookIt (select RMIT Connect, Building 8)

For more information about booking Library study rooms using BookIt.

And, if you need any help, you can Ask a Librarian for assistance.

Here's a preview of the new spaces.