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 -

Monday, 2 October 2017

Extended Library opening hours for exam time

As we approach exam time RMIT University Library will be open longer, giving you more time to study as you prepare for exams.

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.

Find more details about Library opening hours.

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

Easy Cite - referencing made easy!

Are you confused about referencing? The Library has created a user friendly tool that makes referencing easy!

Easy Cite referencing tool shows you how to paraphrase, quote and cite your sources of information, using easy to follow examples from the four main referencing styles used at RMIT: Vancouver, RMIT Harvard, APA 6th ed., and AGLC 3.

If you need further help using references in your assignments, contact a Learning Skills Advisor. Visit the Study and Learning Centre website for more information.

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

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Streaming video showcase slideshows

Last week the Library presented streaming video showcases for RMIT academics at the City and Bundoora campuses. The showcases allowed us to highlight the range of ways our various streaming video collections can be used by academics in their teaching.  

For anyone who missed the showcases, you can access both slideshows below.

Part 1 - Alexander Street

The first sessions began with Julie Boyd-Reynolds and Taani Lin from ProQuest giving an overview of the Alexander Street platform. The Library has purchased perpetual access to a large number of video collections on Alexander Street, covering such diverse topics and counselling, art and architecture, sports medicine, food studies, and much more. (Tip: our collections can be browsed by clicking the "My Collections" tab at the top of the homepage). Alexander Street includes functionality that allows the creation of clips and shareable playlists, which can be used by all RMIT staff once they have created an account.  The Alexander Street homepage includes handy links to instructional videos on these functions, as well as on searching and using the video and audio players.  

Access slideshow

Part 2 - major streaming collections
In the second half of the session, Jo Gillespie and Beth Price from the Library gave a fantastic overview of our other major streaming collections - Kanopy, EduTV, TV News and ClickView. Each of these collections not only provide great content, but also useful functionality that our academics can take advantage of. Most of these platforms allow clipping, the creation of playlists, and embedding in the LMS. Of particular interest to academics is the ability to create interactive teaching resources in ClickView, such as quizzes, and the ability to upload their own video content to the platform (10GB of space is available per staff member).
Access slideshow

For further information:
The Online Videos page on the Library website provides links and information about each of our streaming video collections, and the Linking and Embedding Videos, Playlists and Clips page provides links to in-depth guides to using each of our streaming platforms with Blackboard and Canvas.  

If you have any queries about the content of the sessions, or how you can make better use of your streaming video platforms in your teaching, please contact Ask a Librarian, or get in touch with your Liaison Librarian.  

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.

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

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.
Take the survey

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

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

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.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

RMIT staff: learn more about streaming video

Are you making the most of streaming video resources in your teaching and learning?

Please join us to learn more aboutRMIT University Library's streamed video resources. The presentation is intended for RMIT academics from all schools.

We will showcase streamed video resources, including:
* Alexander Street
* ClickView
* Kanopy
* EduTV

We'll highlight the many ways academic staff can utilise these resources to enhance teaching and learning.
You will be introduced to functionality such as:
* clipping
* sharing
* creating customised videos

You'll learn about the ability to create interactive teaching resources in ClickView, and ClickView's "Workspace", which allows RMIT staff to upload their own video content to the platform.

The session will address the use of our streamed video resources in Canvas, including copyright issues.

City - Tuesday 19 September 10.30am-12noon, 10.6.63 (Swanston Library Megaflex Room)

Bundoora - Wednesday 20 September 9.30-11am, 207.02.001

Friday, 1 September 2017

Indigenous Literacy Day @ the Library

RMIT University Library is passionate about literacy, equal access to education and reading. We support the work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and recognise Indigenous Literacy Day as a national celebration of Indigenous stories, culture and literacy. Through all fundraising activities on the day, attention is focused on the disadvantages experienced by Indigenous children in remote communities and funds are raised for equal access to literacy resources for these communities. 

In the hope of closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous literacy the Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to reduce the disadvantage experienced by children in remote Indigenous communities across Australia, by lifting literacy levels and instilling a lifelong love of reading. Visit the Indigenous Literacy Foundation website to find out more about Indigenous Literacy Day events in your area, or to donate.

Help close the literacy gap by joining RMIT University Library to celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day on September 6 at RMIT's first Great Book Swap at Swanston Library, in partnership with RMIT Ngarara Willim Indigenous Centre and RMIT Golden Key.

Event: Great Book Swap
Location: Swanston Library, Building 10, Level 5
Date and Time: 6 September 10am - 4pm

Donate Today

For more information

(Image; Indigenous Literacy Foundation)

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.