Monday, 13 February 2017

At Swanston Library this week

Updated Monday 20 February

With the NAS renovations in full swing near Swanston Library in Building 8 it will be noisy. Until Friday 24 February we advise that you consider studying in other locations. A great alternative is the brand new NAS Library space. To access the space go to Building 10 Level 4 and take the escalator to Levels 5 and 6. Some beautiful and flexible study spaces await. Can you find the 'rocking chair' room?

Rocking chairs
Rocking it!

Access to the collection at Swanston Library will also be limited as we move the entire collection from Level 6 to Level 5 in Building 8.

You may not be able to access books, journals or audiovisual items directly. You will have to place holds on the items you require in LibrarySearch. Library staff will retrieve the items for you and email you when they're available for collection. The turnaround time will be dependent on the accessibility of the item to Library staff.

As of Monday 20 February the newly refurbished Building 8 Level 5 of Swanston Library has reopened but is subject to the collection access issues and the construction noise.

Please continue to return your Library items in the returns bin in Building 8, Level 2 or near the Library service desk on Level 6.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but hope you enjoy exploring the new Library spaces in Building 10.

The Library is for lovers!

Happy Library Lovers' Day❤❤❤

In the spirit of St. Valentine's Day, here are more reasons for you to love RMIT University Library today:
  1. Brunswick Library is now open both Saturday and Sunday. Hurrah! Find out more. 
  2. Looking for love in the Library? type the word Love into LibrarySearch and you get over 7 million results. Lovely. Try it yourself.
  3. A new Library is on its way! Swanston Library is being refurbished and transformed. We look forward to sharing the new Library space with you soon. Find out more. 
  4. Library Quest: Win, win, win! Learn about the Library, save the world from a meteorite and go into the draw to win one of two $500 vouchers just by playing Library Quest. Find out more.

The origins of St. Valentine's Day, the story of its patron saint and customs associated with it are shrouded in mystery. But the tradition of sending messages to loved ones on 14 February thrived in the 18th century and remains popular to this day.

Fun fact: the odd tradition of 'Mock Valentine' originated in the early 19th century, and involved sending mocking St. Valentine's Day cards to persons of authority! Read more about the quirky history of Mock Valentine.

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

Friday, 10 February 2017

National Apology Day @ the Library

National Apology Day is held on 13th February each year and commemorates the anniversary of the formal apology by the parliament of Australia to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, particularly the Stolen Generations. Find out more.

Kevin Rudd’s apology viewed by a crowd on Federation Square, Melbourne. Photo: Virgina Murdoch, Flickr

2017 marks the 9th Anniversary of the National Apology to Australia's First Peoples. To acknowledge National Apology Day, RMIT University Library is highlighting some of the outstanding Indigenous e-resources held in the Library’s Indigenous collection, including eBooks, streaming videos, journals and databases:

Streaming Videos: The following is a selection of the indigenous streamed videos available to the RMIT community (login required).
Journals: Most journals in the collection are available electronically and key titles include:
With a broad range of international Indigenous research resources brought together, the Informit Indigenous Collection offers a variety of content on both historical and topical issues within Indigenous studies.

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 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, 8 February 2017

Postgraduates: Book into an EndNote class now

Postgraduates: now is a great time to learn EndNote.

RMIT University Library offers free EndNote for beginners classes. Learn how to create, store and manage your references in this hands-on session. Book in now.

Places are limited so book fast!

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, 6 February 2017

On the move at Swanston

Changes at Swanston Library
As we move one step closer to opening the new Swanston Library we have to move the collection around. During February and March there will be disrupted access to the collection and some Library spaces may be unavailable. If you need to borrow anything from Swanston Library try to do it before 10 February to avoid disappointment.

Friendly Library staff will be on hand to assist you through the changes.

Student taking a book from a shelf in a Library

When are the new spaces opening?
From 20 February the refurbished spaces on Level 5 of Building 8 will reopen. By mid-March we expect the first of the newly built Library spaces in Buildings 10 and 12 will open.

Ask a Librarian for more information about Library services.

Find out more about the NAS project.

Friday, 3 February 2017