Thursday, 19 October 2017

RMIT author showcase - Associate Professor Peter Ling

As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are delighted to feature Associate Professor Peter Ling, Deputy Dean, International and Development in the School of Media and Communication. His scholarly interests include consumer behavior, marketing communications and creativity for publishers in the Asia-Pacific region.
Associate Professor Ling’s recent publication “Be the Innovators: How to accelerate team creativity” is a practical book for organisations to refine leadership skills through innovation. As organisation's grow in a complex environment, there is an increased need for creative employees to drive innovation.

Based on the belief that innovations change people’s lives, this book provides ideas on inspiring creative excellence and innovation through team creativity. 

Find the book in the Library-

Ling, P. (2016). Be the Innovators : How to accelerate team creativity. South Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press.

Other publications by Associate Professor Ling available in RMIT University Library include:

Ling, P. (2017). Advertising in Singapore: regional hub, global model In: Global Advertising Practice in a Borderless World, Routledge, Abingdon, United Kingdom

Ling, Peter, D'Alessandro, Steven, & Winzar, Hume. (2015). Consumer behaviour in action. South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: Oxford University Press.

View Associate Professor Ling’s staff profile for a more comprehensive biography and list of publications.

Monday, 16 October 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 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 where you can take top-quality video courses, taught by industry experts. It's free for RMIT students and staff. 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 and much more on the Graduating Students and Alumni guide.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Library Survey winners announced!

We're very excited to announce the three winners of the 2017 Library Survey competition.

The lucky winners are Sue, a teacher of Fashion and Textiles; Jiewen, an undergraduate Science student, and Mohammed a postgraduate Health and Biomedical Sciences student.

We hope each of you really enjoy spending your $500 Coles-Myer prize vouchers!

Thanks to all of you who took the time to enter the survey this year to tell us your thoughts about the Library. 
We really appreciate your participation and will use the results to improve and enhance your future Library experience. 

Remember whatever Library service you choose, you're in good hands. We're here to help.

The Library is here to support you as you prepare for exams

At this time of year, as exams get closer it is really natural to feel a bit stressed and overwhelmed. It is always worth remembering you are not alone in these feelings and to know the Library is here to actively support you as you prepare for exams, offering:

Extended opening hours
 to give you plenty more time to study before and during exams. 

Highlights of our extended opening include:
  • From Monday 2 October, Bundoora Library will remain open until 12 midnight Monday to Thursday
  • From Saturday 7 October, Swanston Library will open until 8pm on weekends
  • View Library opening hours 

Access to past exam papers through the Library. Most exam papers are online but a small number are in print.

Friendly and professional study advice and assistance
 either online via Ask a Librarian and Learning Lab or in person at the Library or Study and Learning Centre drop in.

Productive study spaces, which include silent study areas, where you can access WiFi, computers and printers. If you want to study somewhere different you can find other great places to study on campus whether you want independent study space, group study space, or even a rocking chair! Book a computer or a study room today.

So take a deep breath and try to stay calm as we share three simple strategies for managing exam stress:

1. Exercise
Exercise helps manage stress and makes you feel better. Even moderate levels of exercise as little as 10 to 15 minutes a day can vastly improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

2. Plan ahead
Before your exams, write a to-do-list, organise your diary, draw up an action plan and clean up the clutter on your desk. Organising is a powerful antidote to feeling overwhelmed and provides a calming effect.

3. Take a break
Your brain can’t handle study all the time so be sure to give it some rest. To increase productivity, try working for just 20 minutes at a time, then take a short five-minute break and start again.

The most important thing to remember is that help is available from: 

  • Counselling Service - professional counselling to all students on each campus 
  • Student Support Advisors - practical help, advice and support 
  • Study and Learning Centre - build all your academic skills in a friendly environment with experienced teachers and students to guide you 
  • Chaplaincy - compassionate help and spiritual support for students and staff of all faiths in a quiet space and with a warm welcome 
And finally, good luck with your exams!
Remember whatever Library service you choose, you're in good hands. We're here to help.

Spotlight: Indigenous stories @ the Library

As part of our Indigenous Collection Spotlight series, we are featuring key resources from our Library’s book collection, exploring Indigenous experience in Australia:

A most peculiar act
Marie Munkara (2014)
This story follows the adventures of Sugar, a 16 year-old Aboriginal fringe-camp dweller.
Available at Swanston General Collection (823.4 M925)
Swallow the Air 
Tara June Winch (2012) 
Follow May as she sets off to find her father and her Aboriginal identity. 
Me, Antman & Fleabag
Gayle Kennedy (2008) 
This unique tale offers an incisive look at modern indigenous life. 

Blood and bone
Daniel Davis Wood (2014) 
An uncompromising exploration of Australia's dark history and its legacy today. 
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.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Course coordinators: please submit your textbook adoptions now for 2018

Now is the time to submit your textbook adoptions for 2018, this will mean the Co-op bookshop and the Library will have stock ready for next year.

Large stack of books

To ensure your students are able to access the resources they need in 2018, we need to know the details of the books you have prescribed or recommended by 31 October 2017

Late submission of your textbook details could lead to additional air freight charges being added to the cost of textbooks for your students or the texts not being available in time.

The process for submitting items for semester 1, 2018 has changed a little. Your Liaison Librarian can assist you to identify suitable materials for your course or help you understand the amended process. 

Submit now. All the information you need is on the textbook adoptions page. 

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Upcoming changes to Document Delivery requesting

From the start of 2018 we'll be moving to a new Document Delivery requesting system. As we prepare for the new system, access to the current system will cease from Wednesday 1 November.

The new Document Delivery Service will integrate closely with your “My Library Account” which means all your Library loans and inter-library requests will be in one place and you won’t have to separately login to Document Delivery.

While we move to the new system you will still be able to request loans and copies through Document Delivery Services.

For more information please contact the Document Delivery team -