Monday, 29 May 2017

Need a computer or study room? You can BookIt

It's that time of the year when the Library gets really busy as it fills with wonderfully studious people like yourself, all completing essays and studying for exams. 
You can make life easier for yourself by booking a computer or study room.
Students studying

Each Library site has computers and study rooms, which you can easily book using BookIt. You can make bookings up to two weeks in advance.
There are also other study spaces and computer labs around our campuses. Check out the study spaces page, where you can find a variety of rooms and computer labs to suit your needs for group or independent study. 

For more information about booking Library study rooms and computers using BookIt.

And, if you need any help, you can Ask a Librarian for assistance.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

National Reconciliation Week @ the Library


National Reconciliation Week is held between 27 May and 3 June each year and commemorates both the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision in 1992.  

2017 marks the 50th and 25th anniversaries of these significant milestones in reconciliation. 

This National Reconciliation Week, 
‘Let’s Take the Next Steps’ and show our support for reconciliation in Australia. National Reconciliation Week offers all Australians the opportunity to express their commitment to reconciliation and to get involved in reconciliation activities in the community. Find out more about #NRW2017 events near you. 

At RMIT University, we will celebrate National Reconciliation Week in many ways, including the opening of the new Ngarara Willim Centre for Indigenous students at our Bundoora campus.  Please join us at Bundoora on Thursday 1 June to celebrate. And in recognition of National Reconciliation Week #2017, RMIT University Library is featuring key e-resources from our Library’s collection on Reconciliation as part of our ongoing Indigenous Collection Spotlight series.

Remember: the education and celebration doesn't have to stop on 3 June.
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.

Spotlight: Reconciliation @ the Library


National Reconciliation Week is held between 27 May and 3 June each year and commemorates both the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision in 1992. 2017 marks the 50th and 25th anniversaries of these significant milestones in reconciliation. 

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

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.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Shhhhhhhh.... there's a new silent study zone @ Swanston Library!

Shhhhhhhh...quiet exam study in progress!

From TODAY there will be a new Silent Study zone located in Building 10, Level 6 at Swanston Library, for when you need absolute quiet to study for your exams.

And a large section of Library space in Building 8, Level 5 will be designated as Quiet Study space


Signage clearly indicates if an area has been designated ‘quiet’ or 'silent’. Please respect your fellow students and move elsewhere if you want to chat.

Need further help? Please Ask a Librarian or discover other ways RMIT University Library supports you as you study.

And finally, good luck with your exams!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Monday, 8 May 2017

New Swanston Library spaces now open

The new Swanston Library is open now! We have a new entrance in Building 10, Level 5 near RMIT Connect, we welcome the Study and Learning Centre drop-in into the Library and we have lots of great study spaces for you to enjoy.

So many new options await you. Whether you want to collaborate with others, concentrate on individual projects or lounge around, there's a space for you. You can book computers and group study rooms or use the collection or the Wifi network.

Librarians and the Study and Learning Centre staff are available on Level 5 to help with your information and research needs.

We look forward to welcoming you to the new space. Until then here's a preview.













Wednesday, 3 May 2017

RMIT University Library presents Russell Skelton

RMIT University Library presents Russell Skelton

We're delighted to invite you to attend a talk by Russell Skelton from the RMIT ABC Fact Check Unit. Russell is a Walkley Award-winning journalist who founded and ran the original ABC Fact Check from 2013 until mid-2016. 


Image of Russell Skelton
Russell Skelton

RMIT University and ABC News have partnered to relaunch award-winning news service Fact Check which is based at the University’s new state-of-the-art Media Precinct. 

Join us at Swanston Library to hear Russell speak about how RMIT ABC Fact Check will test and adjudicate on the accuracy of claims made by politicians, public figures, advocacy groups and institutions engaged in public debate. In the age of 'fake news' and 'alternative facts' the role of fact checking is more important than ever.

This free event is open to students, staff and the public. You're welcome to BYO lunch.


Swanston Library Megaflex Room
Building 10, Level 6

Monday 22 May
12 - 1pm

Monday, 1 May 2017

Shining a light on the Library and Student Success

With a vast and expanding digital collection and with fantastic study spaces, including the cutting-edge design of the new Swanston Library (next stage opening Monday 8 May) the RMIT University Library strives to provide the best possible experience for all students during their RMIT journey.

An entity as large and complex as an academic library is hard to sum up in a few words but these infographics will provide you with a taste of the many and varied ways we serve the RMIT community and enhance student success.


In 2017 the Library and Student Success have come together in the same group. The valuable work that the Student Success team undertook in 2016 is highlighted in the following graphic. From the Study and Learning Centre drop-in to the online presence via Learning Lab as well as curriculum support, the Student Success team have achieved impressive results.

With the Library and Student Success now joined as a team, we look forward to another successful year.

Opening soon: New entrance and spaces at Swanston Library

On Monday 8 May we’ll be unveiling new spaces at Swanston Library including a brand new Library entrance!

You’ll enter the Library in Building 10, Level 5 above RMIT Connect. The new spaces will include some amazing, light and bright study spaces on Level 5 and Level 6 in Building 10 and 12. Here's just some of what we have in store for you!


New black and white seating

New study tables

Study table and chairs

The Library service desk will move to a new location at the top of the escalators in Building 10. There'll be cupcakes on Monday to celebrate so please come and say "Hi".



















We are very excited to be integrating the Study and Learning Centre drop-in space into Swanston Library (except for statistics and chemistry which will stay in Building 80). Students will be able to build their academic skills with the help of the SLC Learning Advisors or Student Learning Assistants plus our Librarians.

Swanston Library opening hours are weekdays 8am-midnight, weekends 10am-5pm.

However, our transformation is not yet complete. Building 8, Level 6 of the Library will close for refurbishment soon, reopening at the end of July and at the same time we unveil yet more new study spaces.

We thank each and every one of you for being so patient as we’ve been renovating. 


We’re so pleased and excited to be opening and sharing the next phase of the new Library with you!