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Why open access is important

By Curtin Library 2 November 2016 News & events Comments off

The Library asked early career researchers why open access is important for them, here’s what they had to say:

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New Food and Drink policy

By Curtin Library 31 October 2016 News & events Comments off

The Library has listened to your requests and has reviewed the Food and Drink policy for Robertson Library.

Snacks will be allowed on all floors, except the Silent Areas. Hot, messy or odorous foods must still be consumed on level two. Please ensure that you keep the Library clean and comfortable – please see staff if you require cleaning products for any mess you generate.

Silent Areas

These areas are for silent study.

  • There is no noise (no collaborating/chatting) and no food of any type allowed. Mobiles must be on silent and calls answered in the foyer area.
  • Please ensure headsets are turned down if listening to iLectures or any other audio – please move to a different area if others are being disturbed.
  • Please consider wearing noise cancelling headsets if you are sensitive to sound.
  • Please see staff to borrow cleaning products for any mess you generate.

Quiet Areas

Noise must be kept to a minimum – whispering/quiet voices allowed.

  • Snack food is allowed but messy, hot or odorous food must be consumed at Bookmark Café or Lounge @ Your Library on level two.
  • Mobiles should be on silent/vibrate and calls should be moved to the foyer area if extended.
  • Please keep the areas clean and comfortable for other clients. Please see staff to borrow cleaning products for any mess you generate.

Level two

As a collaborative group study space this area will generally be noisier, however, mobiles should be on vibrate/silent and calls moved to the foyer area. Snack food is allowed but messy, hot or odorous food must be consumed at Bookmark Café or Lounge @ Your Library.

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Library Student Assistants wanted for 2017

By Curtin Library 31 October 2016 News & events Comments off

Register your interest now for a Library Student Assistant position at Robertson Library (Bentley campus).

These positions are offered to current Curtin University students only. A current police clearance and proof of citizenship/permanent residence or visa permitting work will also be required for successful applicants.

Successful applicants will be rostered for an estimated 8 – 20 hours per week during semester, including exam periods. Some additional and semester-break hours may be available.

The current pay rate is $30.54/hour. This is a casual rate, which includes a loading in lieu of sick pay and holiday pay. The same rate applies for any hours worked in the evenings or on the weekends.

Essential criteria:

  • Be available for 8 – 20 hours per week during semester including mornings from 7am, and late night and overnight shifts, including on weekends.
  • Be available during study week and exam weeks.
  • A level of physical fitness appropriate to the duties involved e.g. pushing trolleys, shelving.
  • Flexibility to deal with a changing workplace and work patterns.
  • An ability to accurately comprehend and follow instructions.
  • Reliability and punctuality.
  • Good teamwork, interpersonal skills, and good communication skills.

Desirable criteria:

  • Some knowledge of Curtin Library’s shelving system and experience using the Library.
  • Knowledge of computers and Curtin IT processes (e.g. wireless).
  • Some availability to work during semester breaks if required.

How to apply

Students interested in applying for the Library Student Assistant positions should lodge an application online through the Curtin Career Hub. Applications close on Monday 14 November 2016. If you have questions about the positions or the application process, please contact:

Sasha Hilton
Curtin Careers Centre
08 9266 3023

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Outcomes of Subscriptions Review 2016

By Curtin Library 31 October 2016 News & events Comments off

The Library Collection Development Group would like to thank the many people who provided input to the review of Library subscriptions in 2016. This exercise was required to ensure that the databases and journals which the Library subscribes to continue to represent good value for money within the parameters of the available budget.

Factors taken into account in making renewal decisions included levels of usage, cost per use, high cost increases, non-availability of full-text content, and duplication by other forms of online access. In making cancellation decisions the Library has sought as far as possible to minimise the impact on teaching, learning and research and to ensure an equitable distribution of cuts across different discipline areas.

As a result of the review exercise several database products will not be available after the end of 2016. These include:

  • Alternative Press Index
  • Book Citation Index (new content)
  • ChemNETbase
  • Common Ground Sustainability Collection
  • Geobase
  • Geofacets
  • Modern Language Association Bibliography
  • On Architecture
  • Optical Society of America Package
  • Oxford English Dictionary
  • Oxford Quick Reference Online
  • PsychVisual
  • Research Professional
  • Shock and Vibration Digest
  • SPIE Digital Library
  • Springer Protocols

A number of individual journal subscriptions will also be discontinued. A detailed list of subscription changes will be made available at the end of the year once the renewal process has been finalised.

Please note that the Library continues to provide a document delivery service to academic staff and higher degree by research students to supply material not available in the Library’s collections.

For further information please contact David Wells, Manager, Collections.

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Curtin Family Home Lecture

By Curtin Library 19 October 2016 Library Services JCPML Comments off

Seventy-five years after he became Prime Minister, Associate Professor Deborah Gare will explore how John Curtin’s actions against conscription in the First World War shaped his approach to Australia’s involvement in the Second.

Date: Thursday 17 November 2016

5.45pm for a 6pm start

Venue: The Grove Library, cnr Stirling Highway and Leake St

Peppermint Grove

Price: $25 members, $30 non members

Lecture by Associate Professor Deborah Gare, University of Notre Dame. Hosted by Josh Wilson MP, Federal Member for Fremantle.

For more information, see the Curtin Family Home Lecture flyer.

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Suggestion: study pod use

By Curtin Library 13 October 2016 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hi would you be able to get library staff to move on students occupying places like the private study pods on lvl 5 who are using them to watch movies/anime during busy times. It is frustrating when you want a quite place to study and someone is in there watching movies.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback. If you do encounter this situation, please call on Library Student Assistant to help you. If there are no Library staff in the immediate vicinity, simply use a help phone on the floor to call, or visit the Enquiry Desk and we will organise this help for you. Library staff are happy to remind clients of considerate use of the library, which includes using computers and equipment in the library for research and study purposes. We ask all to refrain from occupying Library computers and using equipment for non-study purposes when people are waiting to use these.

Barbara Parnaby
Curtin University Library

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Thanks for your Wishing Tree contributions

By Curtin Library 13 October 2016 News & events Comments off

Thank you for adding your wishes to the Library Wishing Tree. Library staff are going through your wishes to consider as part of our future planning for the building and our services.

Common themes from your wishes include:

  • Concerns about noise issues
  • Availability of food and drinks
  • Kitchen and bathroom facilities
  • More space or more specific types of space
  • More computers

A number of you praised the Library – both staff and facilities – thank you for this feedback!

In the short term, we are continuing to work on issues relating to noise and reviewing our food and drink policy. In the long term, a major refurbishment project is planned for the Robertson Library and we hope to address issues relating to the current space design and infrastructure.

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Make a loud t-shirt on Wednesday

By Curtin Library 10 October 2016 News & events Comments off

Help raise money for Telethon Speech and Hearing by making a loud t-shirt on Get Loud Day, Wednesday 12 October.

The Library Makerspace will be running ‘No dye tie dye’ workshops from 11:30am – 1:30pm at Atkinson Forum inside the tepee. Make your own loud t-shirt and support WA children living with a hearing, speech and/or language impairment.

Other activities include making your own wax ear impression, music by Shrinking Violets, hearing tests, carnival food and George the Therapy Dog.

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Suggestion: power outlets

By Curtin Library 10 October 2016 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I have noticed that more desks are slowly getting the powerpoints with usb charging added to them so that people can effectively use their own laptops and smart devices.

is this a constant work in progress?
as I have noticed level 5 and 6 in particular seem to be lacking in this area are quite a lot of desks.

level 5 in particular where there only seem to be power outlets available at desks surrounding pillars, as they are actually on the pillars.

look forward to your response.

The Library responds…

Thanks for the suggestion. The Library is aware of the need to provide even more power for your devices. We are looking for further opportunities to increase the number of power outlets as our budget and other refurbishment plans to the building allow.

Barbara Parnaby
Curtin University Library

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eReserve is changing in 2017 – learn more now

By Curtin Library 10 October 2016 News & events Comments off

The Library’s new Reading Lists service will replace eReserve in 2017. From 25 November 2016, staff who wish to make resources available to their students through the Library will need to do so through the Reading Lists service.

The Library’s Reading Lists service assists teaching staff to make educational resources available to students using an engaging user interface, and offers more communication tools than ever before. Resources that can be added include book chapters, journal articles, video, web content and much more. The Library will continue to purchase and digitise your required resources ensuring they are available to your students, and to manage the University’s copyright obligations.

The Where do I start? page has step by step instructions to help teaching staff create their own Reading Lists.

Library staff will be available to assist staff who wish to learn the new system, and/or migrate their existing eReserve lists over to the new system. We offer individual appointments and group training for those who would like instruction in using the new system. For more information or to make a booking, contact

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