Thursday, 24 August 2017

No heating in Swanston Library this weekend

Due to testing of the gas supply, there will be no heating in Swanston Library from 5pm Friday 25 August and all weekend (Saturday 26 August and Sunday 27 August).

The Library will be open as normal but you might need to bring a coat and scarf.

If you would prefer a warmer environment, Carlton Library in Building 94 is open until 6pm on Friday evening and 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.




Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Library Quest winner!

We're very excited to announce the winner of the Library Quest competition for semester 2.

Georgia, a Nuclear Medicine student (pictured) is the lucky winner. We hope you really enjoy spending your $500 prize voucher, Georgia!

Thanks to all of you adventurous people who entered the competition this year. You may not have all won a prize but we hope you've enjoyed learning some invaluable
Library skills. 

The competition may be over, but you can still play Library Quest and refresh your skills and knowledge about how Assignment Planner, Easy Cite, subject guides and the Library can help you with your studies. 

Discover. Learn. Succeed. 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Web of Science training for staff and researchers


The Web of Science database allows you to access an unrivalled breadth of world-class research literature linked to a rigorously selected core of journals and to uniquely discover new information through meticulously captured metadata and citation connections. 

You are invited to attend one or more sessions run by a trainer from Web of Science.

Introduction to Web of Science
Learn how to easily navigate Web of Science and be introduced to various features and functions of the database.
  • Bundoora - Tuesday 5 September 2.30-4pm, Bundoora Library Seminar Room 3 (210.2.20)
  • City - Monday 11 September 10.30am-12noon,  Swanston Library Megaflex Room (10.6.63)

Advanced Web of Science for Researchers 
Gain an understanding of using Web of Science for research analytics and discovery. Learn about researcher profiles and how to use Web of Science effectively for research.
  • City - Wednesday 13 September 10.30am-12noon, Swanston Library Megaflex Room (10.6.63)
  • Bundoora - Wedenesday 13 September 2.30-4pm, Bundoora Library Seminar Room 3 (210.2.20)

Please join us, no need to book.




Thursday, 17 August 2017

More books and study spaces at Swanston Library


The newly refurbished section of Building 8 Level 6 at Swanston Library is now open. It's one of the last Library pieces of the NAS renovation puzzle. 


New features in Building 8 Level 5 and 6 include:

More study spaces
Discover over 240 extra seats, with power, giving you more places to study.



Photo of new Library spaces

60,000 more books on the shelves
Over 60,000 books will be coming back into the Library from long term storage. Search for them in LibrarySearch.


Photo of extensive Library book collection


In coming weeks you'll notice some changes as we move the Library collection from Level 5 to Level 6 and move items back from storageYou can use and enjoy the new study spaces now but as we're moving the book collection around there might be some light disruption for a little while.

AFI Research Collection
The entrance to the AFI Research Collection, on Level 6, is now via the Library entrances in Building 10 Levels 5 and 6. 





Monday, 14 August 2017

Celebrating women in higher education - Bluestocking Week (14-18 August)

Happy Bluestocking Week!
RMIT University Library supports women's inclusion and participation in all aspects of higher education and celebrates women's achievements in academia.
The first generations of women university students were called 'bluestockings' and Bluestocking Week is celebrated across our universities to reflect on the generations of women university students who paved the way for women in higher education today.
Discover more about the history of women in higher education and Bluestocking week at RMIT University Library. 

Please join us for the Bluestocking Week celebration at the RMIT Bundoora campus on 16 August, Celebrating Women in STEMM. You will hear from guest speakers in STEMM fields and have the opportunity to network. This event will focus on recognising women’s contributions to science and discuss the progress we have made toward gender equality in academia.

This event is being hosted by Professor Kay Latham in partnership with RMIT Athena SWAN, RMIT Women Researchers' Network and National Tertiary Education Union
Register here.

Spotlight: Indigenous Law Resources @ the Library




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

Here are some of the highlights: 
e-books

e-journals
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.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

RMIT author showcase - Associate Professor Paul Battersby

As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are delighted to feature Associate Professor Paul Battersby, Deputy Dean of Global and Language Studies in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. His research interests focus on contemporary issues of global security, international development and transnational crime.

Associate Professor Battersby’s recent publication, co-edited with Ravi Roy from Southern Utah University, is titled “International Development: A Global Perspective on Theory and Practice”. Focusing on the theory and practice of international development, it features contributions from experts in the field covering a range of contemporary topics in global security, new technologies, ethics and learning, and participation. Associate Professor Battersby contributes to several chapters including “Globalization and global development practice”, “Governance, power and participation” and “Global justice, international law and development”.

Find the book at RMIT University Library:
Battersby, P. & Roy, R. (Eds.). (2017). International development: A global perspective on theory and practice. London: SAGE Publications.

Other publications by Associate Professor Battersby, available at RMIT University Library, include:

Please view Associate Professor Battersby’s staff profile for a more comprehensive biography and list of his publications.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Looking for facts? You need the Library Fact checking guide



Sick and tired of reading Fake News?

Looking for a useful guide to help you sort fact from fiction?

RMIT University Library is here to help!


In consultation with RMIT ABC Fact Check Unit coordinator Russell Skelton, the Library has created a Fact checking guide.

In a complicated world full of fake news stories and misinformation this guide is full of useful resources to help you sort fact from fiction.

The Fact checking guide includes a: 
  • guide to fact checking sites like RMIT ABC Fact Check which assesses the accuracy of claims made by public figures, politicians and institutions involved in public debate 
  • fact checking toolkit for accurate news sources, statistics, political transcripts, company information and images 
  • list of websites that identify fake news and hoaxes 
  • guide to evaluating resources and skills to help you spot fake news 

Access the guide


"In a political milieu swirling with claims and counter claims, fact checking can provide an antidote to ignorant, wrongheaded and deliberate falsehoods." Russell Skelton, Director of RMIT ABC Fact Check.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Meet Sarah: she's more than just a friendly face who's ready to help you

The Study and Learning Centre Drop-in is the best place to get free, reliable study help.
Today we're profiling Sarah Longhurst, one of the wonderful Student Learning Assistants (SLAs). She's interviewed by Adam Browne, an RMIT University Library Attendant and published sci-fi author. Let's go...


Sarah and Adam arm wrestling

Adam: Sarah and I chatted at the new Study and Learning Centre Drop-in at Swanston Library. I enjoyed it. I kept digressing into abstruse questions about her new job in Data Analytics and Management at Deloitte, starting next year. It sounds like an interesting place. 

As John Fong, the manager of the Student Learning Centre, said, Sarah gives a friendly face to the University. It’s clear she takes pleasure in helping out new students. Although she’s doing an IT degree now, I was unsurprised to learn that she’d once also studied social work. It carries through to her attitude as a Student Learning Adviser (SLA).

Where Connor (see previous interview) specialises in helping students with their written language, Sarah tends to help with coding and other aspects of IT studies -- language of a different sort. ‘I help with the logic of it,’ she says. ‘When you build software, there are a number of ways you can go about it. The less code the better; because of their lack of experience, that’s what a lot of first year students tend to need help with.’

 Adam: What do you like best about being an SLA?
Sarah: It’s the peer-to-peer stuff that makes this job awesome. I love the interaction with students, being able to calm them down, sort of normalise a stressful situation for them. I can say to them, ‘You know what? I’ve been in your situation, and it sucks, yeah? And here’s what I’ve learned about taking the worry away.’ And then later, when they come back smiling, just to thank us … it’s that nice warm fuzzy feeling of knowing I’ve made an impact on someone.

This touches on an experience I had just this week, actually. I bumped into a student on the street. He was surprised I remembered him; he was taken aback. We had a great 20 minute talk. It turned out he was having some problems, and I was able to compartmentalise things for him, put a bit of a plan in place, give him a few focal points. At the end, it was lovely, he said that the conversation turned everything around for him.

Adam: Students can expect to get help from SLAs and Learning Advisors (LAs) in Drop-in. What's the difference, and how do SLAs and Learning Advisors work together?

Sarah: Well, LAs are professional educators, whereas SLAs are students who assist their fellow students based on their own experience. SLAs welcome students when they come into Drop-in and get to know them a little by asking them how they are and what degree they are studying. If they are international students, we ask how their time in Melbourne has been so far - this is always a great way to calm a student who is overwhelmed by their transition into university life and a new country. Once we know a little about the student and what they need from the space, we will introduce them to the LA and let the LA know what the student needs help with - this eases the transition from the student meeting the SLA and then sitting with an LA.

I am studying an IT degree and I enjoy when IT students come into the Drop-in space because it means I can help them out with something I am very passionate about and skilled in! Even though English and writing is not my field of expertise, I can help students begin to plan their writing or help them to understand the criteria of the task they have to complete. This sets the student up and then I'll ensure an LA visits them making sure we have tied up any other points of confusion for the student before they leave our space.


Adam: You're studying a Bachelor of Information Technology.  How do you feel about embarking on a career in a predominantly male industry?
Sarah: Yes, it’s definitely still a problem. In a previous IT role, I was one of three women in a team of 22 -- they were significantly older than me too. It was a toxic environment. Really, my career was stopped because I was female. I was given work I couldn’t do; I was shut down, ignored -- in the end I had to take a career break. I think it’s just mental that it’s still an issue. We’re building products for all genders, all ages -- we have to make sure you’ve got diversity when you’re building products, because otherwise you’re limiting your market. (We talked here about Deloitte, where things don't sound so grim. The CEO is Cindy Cooke, who Sarah says is very much around well being and mental health, and that everyone is doing things they love to do.)

Adam: What advice would you give to new students starting at RMIT?
Sarah: Make sure you understand Blackboard! And to do that, come into Drop-in; sit down with a friendly SLA. We’ll show you how to use Blackboard, how to access email, all those things. I think that’s the most important thing when you start. Blackboard is where you discuss things with your tutors, lecturers, it’s where your notes and rosters are. It’s the spot.

Also -- try to make a friend. Do that whole weird awkward thing; when you’re sitting in a lecture, ask the person next to you about a question you’re working on. It means you’ve overcome that difficulty so often encountered when you’re on meeting new people, which is what you’re going to talk about. It gives you a talking point.

Or -- if that’s too scary … again, come into Drop-in. I’ve sometimes got a queue of people just wanting to catch up.

This sounds like good advice to me -- especially in the vibrant new Study and Learning Centre Drop-in which is part of the new Swanston Library (and also available at Bundoora Library and Brunswick Library). Sarah’s excited about it. It’s a bright, vibrant, positive place. 


If you need help with assignments, now's a great time to check it out! 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Postgraduates - book into an EndNote class today


Does referencing your assignment give you a headache?

Feeling overwhelmed by your endless bibliography?


Help is here - RMIT University Library offers free EndNote for beginners classes, where you will learn how to create, store and easily manage your references in a hands-on session. 

Places are limited so book fast! Book in now.

Learn more on the Library’s EndNote page - download EndNote, use the Library’s online training resources and visit EndNote: a beginner’s guide for all the information you need to learn about EndNote in your own time.

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

Monday, 31 July 2017

Spotlight: Indigenous Film @ the Library


As part of our Indigenous Collection Spotlight series, we are featuring key resources from our Library’s E- resources collection, highlighting award-winning Indigenous Film held in our audiovisual collection via Informit EduTV (Log-in required):


Bran Nue Dae - Rachel Perkins 2009

Samson and Delilah - Warwick Thornton 2009

Ten Canoes - Rolf De Heer 2006

The Sapphires - Wayne Blair 2012


Stone Bros - Richard Franklin 2009

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.

5 reasons to play Library Quest NOW


Looking for that elusive tool to help you plan and write your assignment?

Struggling to find resources?

Baffled by referencing?

Library Quest can help!

It is a fun and easy way to discover useful Library tools and resources that are designed to help you with your studies, essay planning and research.  

Here are five wonderful reasons to play - you will learn how:

1. Assignment Planner can help you get organised and submit your assignment in on time;

2. Subject Guides take all the mystery out of researching your subject;

3. LibrarySearch helps you easily locate Library resources;

4. Ask a Librarian is available for friendly advice whenever you need help;  

5. Easy Cite makes referencing easy and helps you avoid plagiarism. Beware the worm!

What are you waiting for? Play Library Quest and feel confident learning essential Library skills to help you ace your studies. And enter the draw for a $500 Coles/Myer gift voucher. 

Play now and win. www.rmit.edu.au/library/quest


Monday, 24 July 2017

Study and Learning Centre Drop-in now in Bundoora Library

Bundoora students: the Study and Learning Centre Drop-in is now conveniently located within Bundoora Library.

Get expert study help from the talented Student Learning Assistants and the wonderful Learning Advisors. They can help you improve your writing, maths, study skills and more. Better skills = better grades, right? 

To celebrate the new location in Bundoora Library we have tonnes of these
super-cute pencil sets to give away (while stocks last).  


The Drop-in is open:

Monday            1.30 - 4.30pm
Tuesday           1.30 - 4.30pm
Wednesday      12.30 - 3.30pm
Thursday          10am - 1pm


Come and say 'hello', find out how the Study and Learning Centre Drop-in can help you and pick up a free pencil set. Easy.





Monday, 17 July 2017

Win a $500 gift voucher with Library Quest!

Play Library Quest - the online game that teaches you about the Library while you race against time to save the world from a meteorite!

New students - play now to discover all the ways the Library can help you with your studies.

Returning students
- why not play again and refresh your skills?


Play now to pick up some hot Library tips and go into the draw for a $500 prize voucher!

Welcome back for Semester 2



Welcome to all new and returning students!

Whether you're newly enrolled at RMIT University or starting back for semester two, now is a great time to get to know your wonderful Library and all the services and resources it offers to support you during your student journey. 

Here are four Hot Tips to get you started in semester two:

1. Swanston Library has a new entrance -

You can now enter the Library in two ways - either from Building 10, Level 6 or from Building 10, Level 5 above RMIT Connect. Come explore!

2.
The Study and Learning Centre Drop-ins are friendly learning spaces -
Drop-in and work with experienced Learning Advisors to develop your skills in assignment writing, maths, physics and chemistry, study skills and computer basics. Find out more

3. Learning Lab provides online study skills training -
Perfect if you prefer to learn online, check out the Learning Lab.  Find out more

4. Ask a Librarian is here to help anytime -
Chat or email our friendly Librarians for help with Library services and resources. Find out more

Visit the Getting Started page for more essential Library tips.

Play Library Quest for all the best tips and tricks to make studying easy. Even if you played in semester one, you can play again to refresh your skills, have fun, save the world from a meteorite and enter a prize draw for a Coles - Myer $500 voucher. Play Library Quest
Remember whatever Library service you choose, you're in good hands. We're here to help.

RMIT University Library presents Rob Hulls


RMIT University Library presents Rob Hulls.

We're delighted to invite you to attend a talk by Rob Hulls from the RMIT University Centre for Innovative Justice. Rob completed his law degree at RMIT and is an ex-federal and ex-state politician.

In his state political career Rob held numerous offices including Attorney-General. In October 2012 Rob was appointed Adjunct Professor at RMIT and was invited to establish the new Centre for Innovative Justice as its inaugural Director.


Join us at Swanston Library to hear Rob speak about the centre's objective to develop, drive and expand the capacity of the justice system to meet and adapt to the needs of its diverse users.

This free event is open to students, staff and the public. BYO lunch.


Where - Swanston Library Megaflex Room
Building 10, Level 6

When - Thursday 27 July
12 - 1pm

Book your place now

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Material ConneXion @ the Library



In this e-resource profile, RMIT University Library is highlighting Material ConneXion - a comprehensive online database of new materials and processes.

This unique database currently includes over 7000 innovative materials in various categories, covering disciplines such as interior design, construction, industrial design, product design, textiles and architecture.

Material ConneXion is the definitive source for architects, engineers and industrial and interior designers to discover and research new and innovative materials from a large spectrum of industries, typically unnoticed or difficult to reach by the design community. 

Explore Material ConneXion today (log in required).

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Spotlight: Indigenous Culture @ the Library


As part of our Indigenous Collection Spotlight series and in recognition of #NAIDOC Week 2017 we are featuring key e-resources from our Library’s collection on Indigenous Culture. 

NAIDOC Week (2-9 July) is a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a time to recognise the contributions Aboriginals and Islanders have made to Australia and our society. Find out how we are celebrating NAIDOC week at RMIT University.

Here are some of the highlights from our Library’s collection on Indigenous Culture:
e-books 

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

e-journals

Databases (log-in required)


In recognition of #NAIDOC Week 2017, RMIT University Library is hosting Indigenous film screenings @ the Library (3-7 July) in Carlton Library Seminar room, screening an eclectic schedule of award-winning Indigenous film.

Film Screening schedule (streamed via EduTV):

Monday 3 July (starting at 6:30 pm) - Bran Nue Dae - Rachel Perkins 2009
Tuesday 4 July (starting at 6:30 pm) - Samson and Delilah - Warwick Thornton 2009
Wednesday 5 July (starting at 6:30 pm) - The Sapphires - Wayne Blair 2012
Thursday 6 July (starting at 6:30 pm) - Ten Canoes - Rolf De Heer 2006
Friday 7 July (starting at 4pm) - Stone Bros - Richard Franklin 2009

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.

Celebrating NAIDOC Week @ the Library

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NAIDOC Week (2-9 July 2017) is a celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a time to recognise the contributions Aboriginals and Islanders have made to Australia and our society.

The 2017 theme Our Languages Matter, aims to celebrate the essential role that Indigenous languages play in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water, and in the communication of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites, through story and song. Find out more at the NAIDOC website.

Activities take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week in July. RMIT University encourages all staff and students to participate in celebrations - t
his year’s highlight is NAIDOC Week @ RMIT Bundoora Campus. The College of SEH hosts a celebratory NAIDOC day on Monday 3 July

And in recognition of #NAIDOC Week 2017, RMIT University Library is -
and 
  • hosting Indigenous film screenings @ the Library (3-7 July) in Carlton Library Seminar room, screening an eclectic schedule of award-winning Indigenous film.

Film Screening schedule (streamed via EduTV):

Monday 3 July (starting at 6:30 pm) - Bran Nue Dae - Rachel Perkins 2009
Tuesday 4 July (starting at 6:30 pm) - Samson and Delilah - Warwick Thornton 2009
Wednesday 5 July (starting at 6:30 pm) - The Sapphires - Wayne Blair 2012
Thursday 6 July (starting at 6:30 pm) - Ten Canoes - Rolf De Heer 2006
Friday 7 July (starting at 4pm) - Stone Bros - Richard Franklin 2009

This is a free event. All welcome. BYO snacks.

To find an event near you visit the NAIDOC events calendarRemember: the education and celebration doesn't have to stop on 9 July.
Looking for 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.