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Preparing unit readings for semester one

By Curtin Library 16 February 2017 News & events Comments off

Staff involved in the creation of Reading Lists should be aware in the week beginning 20 February, the Library will remove the ‘Reserve/e-Reserve’ tab from the Library catalogue. This will mean that students will not be able to search for Reading List items in the catalogue by unit number or lecturer name. However, library resources will still be discoverable in the total catalogue.

University Copyright procedures require you must arrange your unit readings through the Library. If you wish to self-audit your Blackboard for copyright compliance you can use the resources provided by the University copyright team. You can contact the University Copyright team by emailing

To ensure students can access their Reading Lists, please check that your Reading List is associated correctly with each Blackboard instance and your Reading List has been published.

For further assistance, please contact

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New espace is now live!

By Curtin Library 14 February 2017 News & events Comments off

Curtin’s institutional repository espace, migrated to a new software platform on 2 February 2017. New features include:

  • better search and browse functions,
  • suggestion of related items to users at an item level; enabling serendipity discovery and increased exposure of espace items,
  • filtering search results by access status; making it easier to locate open access items,
  • usage statistics available at site, collection, and item level,
  • most popular items, most popular authors, and where our visitors come from statistics are now available.

Old persistent links are being redirected so existing bookmarks and references will resolve to the correct location in the new system. All espace records are assigned a handle identifier, enabling persistent linking and altmetrics tracking.

Import of publication records from SCRIPT to espace is now discontinued. Integration with Elements (the University Publications Management System replacing SCRIPT) will commence as soon as possible. However, there will be a period where no publication records will be ingested to espace. If you need to submit items to espace during this period, please contact the espace team at

Curtin theses submission and cataloguing will continue as normal.

If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact the espace team at

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Catalogue Tip 1: logging in

By Curtin Library 13 February 2017 News & events Comments off

You’ll receive more search results when you’re logged into the Library Catalogue. This is because some search results are restricted to authorised users. Logging on from an on campus computer automatically gives you authorised access, but off campus you are not authorised until you have logged in. So for maximum results, it is best to log in.

By logging into the Library Catalogue you’ll also be able to:

  • request items that are on loan or held at another Curtin Library,
  • place document delivery requests (if you are eligible for this service),
  • store search queries and records of library items in your eShelf,
  • set up alerts for your search queries,
  • access online journal articles,
  • access your Borrower Information, and
  • tag and review items.

Don’t forgot to log in next time you use the Catalogue!

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Toilet improvements at Robertson Library

By Curtin Library 13 February 2017 News & events Comments off

To improve your Library experience, Robertson Library toilets will be periodically closed for mechanical improvements over the next two weeks. At least one group of toilets should be open on each level during this time.

The Library apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Hazel Hawke Portrait

By Curtin Library 10 February 2017 Library Services JCPML News & events Comments off

The portrait of Hazel Hawke by artist Sally Robinson was painted for the 2000 Archibald Prize competition. The acrylic on canvas portrait was part of the Archibald Refuses Exhibition in 2000.


The painting was donated to the JCPML by Ms Robinson and Hazel Hawke, and is part of the Hazel Hawke Collection held at the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library.

The portrait is now on display in the JCPML Reading Room.

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Love Your Data Week

By Curtin Library 8 February 2017 News & events Comments off

Love Your Data Week (13 – 19 February) is an international campaign devoted to helping researchers of all levels improve the care and management of their data: numbers, text, code, photos – whatever format it comes in!

Researchers and librarians from around the world will be collaborating and sharing useful ideas, suggestions, best practice models, new tools, nightmarish data-loss stories, heart-warming victory tales and much more on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtags #LYD17 and #loveyourdata.

If you’d like to know more about the Research Data Management classes that Curtin Library runs year-round you can find them here. To get more information about Research Data Management check out our useful LibGuide.

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JCPML Patron Honoured

By Curtin Library 2 February 2017 Library Services JCPML Comments off
The Hon Julia Gillard at the 2016 JCPML Anniversary Lecture.

The Hon Julia Gillard at the 2016 JCPML Anniversary Lecture.

The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library Patron, the Honourable Julia Gillard was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2017 for eminent service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly as Prime Minister, through seminal contributions to economic and social development, particularly policy reform in the areas of education, disability care, workplace relations, health, foreign affairs and the environment, and as a role model to women.

The JCPML congratulations Ms Gillard on her award.

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Julia Richardson visits Robertson Library

By Curtin Library 1 February 2017 News & events Comments off

Associate Professor Julia Richardson from Curtin Business School recently donated a signed copy of her new book An Intelligent Career: Taking Responsibility for Your Work and Your Life to the Library. The book draws on examples and insights from around the globe and explains how to audit your situation; determine future action; combine assets such as your commitment, experience and relationships; and earn greater career success on your own terms. It provides  practical and inspiring guidance on how to take charge of your career.

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Associate Professor Julia Richardson signs a copy of An Intelligent Career.

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Business Faculty Librarian Kitty Delaney, Associate Professor Julia Richardson & Law Faculty Librarian Jaya Ralph

Many thanks to Julia for her kind donation and for stopping by Robertson Library.

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The Lost Geography Book

By Curtin Library 31 January 2017 News & events Comments off

An unassuming 1799 geography book was recently found on the Robertson Library Level 6 shelves. The 218 year old book, A Short and Easy Introduction to the Science of Geography, written by Thomas Keith, gives an overview of the world’s geography at the end of the 18th century.


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A map shows recently colonised New Holland (Australia), with Van Diemans Land (Tasmania) connected to the mainland. Bass and Flinders had only successfully circumnavigated Tasmania in 1798 – 1799, just prior to the publication of this edition.


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As a rule, books created before 1900 aren’t included in Curtin University Library’s general collection due to their often fragile state and rarity. A Short and Easy Introduction to the Science of Geography will be relocated to the JCPML Stack for safekeeping, but it was a pleasant surprise for staff to rediscover this book on the shelf.

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Sanders’ first return 29 January 1987

By Curtin Library 30 January 2017 Library Services JCPML News & events Comments off

January 2017 is the 30th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of Jon Sanders’ 1986 – 1988 non stop voyage.

To qualify as a ‘true’ circumnavigation according to the Guinness Book of Records, the sailor must go above the Equator for at least 24 hours. Originally, the voyage was scheduled to turn at Cape Verde located 570 kilometres off the coast of West Africa. However Sanders’ radio mentor Jack Seabrook suggested the turning point be the islands of St Peter and St Paul in the Atlantic Ocean as this would save 10,000 nautical miles.

To complete the circumnavigation Sanders had promised his sponsor Kevin Parry that he would sail past the America’s Cup course off the coast of Fremantle on Thursday 29 January 1987, two days before the final match. Sanders arrived in Fremantle at approximately 8:30am with two chase boats alongside. A crowd of more than 3,000 had assembled to wish Sanders well on the next leg of his voyage.

Objects from the Project Endeavour Collection are currently on display in Robertson Library (January – February) to commemorate the first circumnavigation.

Curtin University Library has created the Triple Solo Sailor blog, charting Sanders’ voyage thirty years after he first set sail. Follow the blog and Twitter account for day by day updates on Sanders’ voyage.

See here for further information.

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