Tuesday, 12 December 2017

University closedown: 23 December - 1 January

Season's Greetings to you all!

Library sites will be closed from Saturday 23 December - Monday 1 January inclusive.

For all our opening hours visit the Library opening hours page.

Though the Library sites will be closed you'll still be able to
access our extensive online resources 24/7

We hope you have an enjoyable holiday season with your nearest and dearest and we look forward to seeing you again in 2018!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Course coordinators: Textbook adoptions for 2018 - last chance

The interim list of textbook adoptions for 2018 is now available. Course coordinators - it's your last chance to request edits to your submissions before the Bookshop and the Library start processing them.

If you missed the deadline to submit you have a limited time to make a late submission.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Develop your work and life skills this December

Now that exams are over why not learn some industry relevant skills over summer and earn some valuable micro-creds?


Woman typing on a laptop


Try the Collaborating Online Cred 
This credential demonstrates to future employers that you are able to:

* identify the importance of digital citizenship
* identify accepted norms of online interaction
* evaluate online communication practices
* apply appropriate codes of conduct to online interactions
* identify and apply good online collaboration practices
* select appropriate feedback comments and responses
Modules include:
* Digital citizenship
* The importance of netiquette

* Collaborating Online

Facilitation period will be from the 6 to 20 December. Enrol now.
Learn about the full range of RMIT Creds.

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.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

RMIT authors showcase - Dr. Adrian Danks


At RMIT University Library we are extremely proud of our academics and their contributions to their fields of research expertise. As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are delighted to feature “‘Ain't there anyone here for love?’ Space, place and community in the cinema of Howard Hawks”, a chapter written by Dr Adrian Danks for Howard Hawks: New Perspectives (2016), edited by Ian Brookes.

One of Australia’s leading writers on film culture, Dr Danks is Deputy Dean, Media in the School of Media and Communication. He has published widely on the cinematic representation of place, Australian, US and Iranian cinema, film restoration, found footage cinema, home movies, film criticism, and cinematic authorship. His writing has appeared in a range of books and journals including: Senses of Cinema, Studies in Documentary Film, Studies of Australian Cinema, Australian Book Review, Metro, Screening the Past, Real-Time and Screen Education. He is the author of A Companion to Robert Altman (Wiley) and is currently completing several books including Australian International Pictures (Edinburgh) and 3-D Cinema (Rutgers). An experienced educator, Dr Danks has taught an array of cinema and cultural studies courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at RMIT University, and has supervised numerous students at both MA and PhD levels. He was co-editor of the internationally recognised journal Senses of Cinema from 2000-2014 and is co-curator of The Melbourne Cinémathèque, screening at ACMI.

In his chapter titled, "Ain't there anyone here for love?" Space, place and community in the cinema of Howard Hawks", Dr Danks examines the ways in which many of Hawks' films create a hermetic world that embraces the heightened artificiality of classical Hollywood cinema. Although Hawks is most often celebrated as a masculine action director who utilises exterior locations, Danks presents a complex re-examination of particular elements of the director's style in relation to the intricate and even domestic construction and representation of space and place.
Find this chapter in RMIT University Library:
Danks, A. 2016, "Ain't there anyone here for love?" Space, place and community in the cinema of Howard Hawks" in Ian Brookes (ed.) Howard Hawks: New Perspectives, Palgrave and British Film Institute, London, pp. 35-48.

Other recent publications by Dr Adrian Danks, available at RMIT University Library, include:

Danks, A. (2016). 
This room is my castle of quiet: The collaborations of Delmer Daves and Glenn Ford. In: Matthew Carter and Andrew Patrick Nelson (ed.) Refocus: The Films of Delmer Daves, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 102-117.

Danks, A. (2016). 
South of Ealing: recasting a British studio's antipodean escapade In: Studies in Australasian Cinema, 10.2, 1-14 

Danks, A. (2015). "
The man I love', or time regained: Altman, history and Kansas City" In: Danks (ed.) Companion to Robert Altman, Wiley-Blackwell, United Kingdom, 321-45. 

Danks, A. (2015). 
"It's OK with me:" Introducing Robert Altman In: Danks (ed.) Companion to Robert Altman, Wiley-Blackwell, United Kingdom, 1-17.

Please view Dr Adrian Dank's 
staff profile for a more comprehensive biography and list of his publications.

Looking for career advice? Discover the Work Ready guide

Are your student days nearly over? It's time to get your work ready skills refined. We've put together a guide which highlights tonnes of useful ways you can get 'Work Ready'.


People talking in an office
  • Get the low-down on which companies are the best to work for by finding out about their operations and reputations.
  • Read what's in the media about various companies.
  • Watch videos which will help you with vital skills like communications, positive self-esteem, team work and common sense. All skills which enhance your employability.
  • Learn about being safe at work with our range of OH&S resources and much more.



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.

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 through exam time

At this time of year, during exams, 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, offering:

Extended opening hours
 to give you plenty more time to study before 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 - libdoc@rmit.edu.au

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.