Friday, 24 November 2017

Graduating soon? Find out what you need to know before you go

RMIT University Library is here to support you throughout your student journey - from the day you start, until graduation and beyond.

As you approach graduation the Graduating Students and Alumni guide is the place to find out about:
  • free online training - boost your skills with Lynda.com training 
  • Alumni Library membership - learn about borrowing from the Library 
  • free open access journals, books and image portals 
  • essential websites for further study, jobs and career planning

Why not boost your skills and employability now? Use the guide to find Lynda.com where you can take top-quality video courses, taught by industry experts. It's free for RMIT students and staff. 

Lynda.com also offers a great feature where you can integrate your course completion certificates with your LinkedIn account. It's an invaluable way to enhance your professional profile!

Explore Lynda.com and much more on the Graduating Students and Alumni guide.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

RMIT authors showcase - Dr. Ania Walwicz

At RMIT we are extremely proud of our teachers and their achievements in all fields of creative writing. As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are delighted to feature the acclaimed poet, prose writer, performer and visual artist, Dr. Ania Walwicz and her most recent work of prose poems titled "Palace of Culture" (2014).

One of Australia’s leading conceptual poets, Dr. Walwicz teaches Poetry, Short Story, and Myths and Symbols in RMIT’s Professional Writing and Editing program, in the School of Media and Communication. She 
was awarded the 2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching at RMIT - as part of the Professional Writing and Editing team. An experienced educator, Dr. Walwicz holds a Doctor of Philosophy, from Deakin University, 2017 and her doctorate received the Alfred Deakin Medal for Outstanding work, 2017.

Inspired by writers like Kafka and Dostoevsky, her written work is featured in over 200 anthologies and in secondary and tertiary literary curricula and sound recordings of her works feature in Voiceprints (2010). Dr. Walwicz has performed her text work both locally and internationally in Switzerland, New Zealand, France, England and Japan and won the Victorian Premier’s AwardNew Writing Prize for Boat, in 1990. Her next book: "Horse" is to be published by University of Western Australia Press in 2018. As a visual artist, she has held 10 one-woman shows of art, the latest at Yuill Crowley Gallery, Sydney, in 2010.

Dr. Walwicz latest publication, "Palace of Culture" is a surreal dream diary featuring over fifty prose poems using the subversive language of memory and dream. Utilising alliteration and assonance, weaving repetition amidst fragments of song, and employing disruptive language as narrative revelation, it explores complex themes of popular culture, ethics, self-analysis and inner-states of being. Through visionary, multi-faceted language and layered symbolic meanings "Palace of Culture" is a haunting, lyrical book of performative, musical language that demands to be read aloud.
Find the book in RMIT University Library: 
Walwicz, A. (2014). Palace of culture. Glebe NSW: Puncher & Wattmann.
Other publications by Dr. Ania Walwicz, available at RMIT University Library, include:

Walwicz, A. (2013). Elegant. Sydney: Vagabond Press.

Walwicz, A. (1992). Red roses (UQP fiction). St. Lucia, Qld., Australia : Portland, Or.: University of Queensland Press : Distributed in the USA and Canada by International Specialized Book Services.

Walwicz, A. (1989). Boat. North Ryde, N.S.W.: Sirius.

Walwicz, A. (1982). Writing. Melbourne: Rigmarole Books.

Please view Dr. Ania Walwicz staff profile and website for a more comprehensive biography and overview of her publications and creative accomplishments.

Spotlight: Indigenous Health Resources @ the Library


As part of our Indigenous Collection Spotlight series, we are featuring key e-resources from our Library’s collection on Indigenous Health.

Here are some of the highlights:
e-books

Streaming Videos: The following is a selection of the indigenous streamed videos available to the RMIT community (login required).

e-journals

Databases 

Looking for more Indigenous resources @ the Library? Find information on indigenous culture, education, environment, film, health, law, land rights, reconciliation and sport in the Library’s Indigenous Resources subject guide.  RMIT University Library is committed to enrich its growing collection of Indigenous resources in support of RMIT's vision for reconciliation,‘promoting a learning and research environment that engages partnerships and values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, cultures and diversity’.
RMIT University acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional owners of the land on which the University stands. RMIT University respectfully recognises Elders both past and present.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Semester Break opening hours

Semester break opening hours begin on November 11 2017:

Brunswick, Bundoora and Carlton Library sites open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

Bundoora East Library open Monday to Friday 1-3pm until 15 December. Tue 19 and Thur 21 open 1-3pm. (Mon 18, Wed 20 and Fri 22 Dec closed).

Swanston Library open Monday to Wednesday and Friday 8am-6pm, Thursday 8am-8pm. 

All sites are closed at weekends, but you can access our electronic resources online anytime. You can get help with using Library resources, services and facilities by contacting Ask a Librarian.

All sites will be closed during the University closedown from 23 December to 1 January 2018 inclusive. For all our opening hours visit the Library opening hours page.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Results from the recent Library survey are in

In September we asked you to provide feedback on your experience of using the Library. Thank you to the students and staff who completed the survey.

The results give us a clear indication of which services and facilities are working well and which ones we need to strengthen. 

What you liked the most about the Library
  • Wireless access
  • Accuracy of the enquiry services
  • Help from Library staff
  • Off-campus access to resources and services
  • Online resources
  • Printing, scanning and photocopying facilities.

We're thrilled that Library staff are delivering you the accurate, helpful service that you desire and that our online and in-Library technology is working well for you.


Student studying outside

What you think needs improvement
  • Places for quiet study 
  • Places for group work
  • Availability of computers
  • Availability of laptop facilities.

It is interesting to note that despite the enhancements we have implemented since the last survey in 2015, the top four areas you identified for improvement have remained the same. Clearly more work is needed in these areas.

We are currently analysing the results to identify how we can improve our services based on your feedback. We’ll keep you informed of progress via the Library website. Anytime you have comments or suggestions about the Library you are welcome to contact us

Once again thank you for your participation in this survey. Special congratulations to the Library survey competition winners.

Regards
David Howard, Director University Library and Student Success
David Howard
Director, University Library and Student Success








Thursday, 26 October 2017

Your comments from the Happy or Not feedback wall

During the year you might have seen a Happy or Not feedback wall at your Library site. We asked you to grab a Post-It note and a pen and give us some feedback about the Library.

Your feedback can be grouped into several main areas:

  • Technology - computers and printers/copiers
  • Facilities - toilets and temperature
  • Environment - noise and food
  • Opening hours
  • Study spaces



We are committed to continuously improving the Library services and facilities we offer you. We regularly review opening hours and have significantly extended them in the last few years. We have opened the new Swanston Library this year which has delivered world class study spaces including quiet areas, group rooms and flexible study spaces.



Did you know?

To improve your access to computers in the Library you can book in advance. This also applies to study rooms.

If there is a problem with noise, temperature, toilets or food you can report the problem to a Library staff member who will action it (often in conjunction with Property Services).

Thanks for being involved with the Happy or Not feedback wall. Remember, anytime you have a comment about the Library please submit it.