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Suggestion: noise

By Curtin Library 20 March 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Is there any way to stop the music that I constantly playing in the green across from the library. You can hear it all of the “silent rooms” and it kind of defeats the purpose of having them.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your comment. The Library has passed your comments and concerns to the people organising the activities on campus.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Come to a Learning Centre plagiarism workshop

By Curtin Library 16 March 2017 News & events Comments off

Need help avoiding plagiarism in your assignments?

Whether intentional or not, plagiarism can have serious consequences. Make sure your academic writing skills are up to scratch before your next assignment!

Come along to a Learning Centre workshop to learn about paraphrasing, summarising and synthesising others’ ideas into your own writing. Register for a ‘Paraphrasing & Avoiding Plagiarism’ workshop on Unihub.

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Catalogue Tip 10: narrowing your search

By Curtin Library 16 March 2017 News & events Comments off

You can quickly refine your Library Catalogue search results to narrow down on the resources you want.

Under Refine My Results on the left side of the results page, look for Topic and click on More options. Tick the boxes you want included or excluded and then click on Continue. This will narrow your search to the topics you choose.

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Suggestion: noise

By Curtin Library 15 March 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I have been spending plenty of time on levels 5 and 6 in the recent weeks as I normally consider these to be the quietest floors in the library. I spent so many hours on these floors studying last year and never have I experienced a time when there has been this much noise. It would make a world of difference if these loud large groups of people that loiter on these floors be broken down and sent out side or to level 2 to gossip (it’s always talk about snapchat, kik, instagram, boyfriends/girlfriends, exes, facebook, yada yada yada).

The “library police” were always very good last year and even told me off once and twice as a first year which taught me decent habits. But it’s week 3 and I have not seen them on either levels yet. I understand they’re also stuck at the printers and helping other first years learn their way around, but this has to be stopped immediately before the semester gets too far underway. I guess on the same note I can confirm the strict policing last year during the exam period was very good and I was happy to the strict signs regarding being courteous of others.

Thanks for reading :)

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback. I will ask Library staff who are monitoring the areas to be alert to the concerns you raise. If you experience an unacceptable level of noise, it can help if you are able to immediately tell a Library staff member, who will investigate and address any inconsiderate behaviour in the Library.

You can report problems like this to Libraryenquiries@curtin.edu.au. This email address is monitored all the time the Library is providing full service and issues will be attended to as soon as possible once they are drawn to our attention.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: cleanliness

By Curtin Library 15 March 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I study at the library almost every day for the past 2 years. I recently found that there are so many gum under tables which is very disgusting. I enjoy laying on a couch on lv4 while reading my books, but whenever I look up, the gums under the table are right in front of my face. Could you please ask the cleaners to remove them?

The Library responds…

Thanks for your suggestion. We will pay particular attention to this issue and expect the desks to be cleaner soon.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: hand dryers

By Curtin Library 14 March 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I was wondering if it would be possible if in the Men’s toilets there could be paper towels in addition to the hand dryer, as it is not very effective and takes a long time.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback. To reduce the Library’s environmental impact and paper waste in the toilets, these are installed with hand dryers only. I will pass your comments to University Properties who are responsible for maintenance of the facilities, including the decision to install hand dryers only.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: standing desk location

By Curtin Library 13 March 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hi, I like to use the standing desks on level 3. I have a back injury and they are great for working while allowing my body sufficient time in a standing position such that my spine can resest and my hamstrings don’t become too tight, however I find their current locations near the lifts and triangualted between three doors quite distracting. Is there any chance we could review the location of at least one of the desks?

Many thanks and good to see the library has come such a long way since I started studying here about 10 years ago. PS I find the temperature inside the library pleasant.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your suggestion and feedback. The Library will investigate moving an existing standing desk from level three to a quiet area as a trial and see how this is received. We are currently identifying a suitable location and hope to move it soon.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Catalogue Tip 9: teaching practicum

By Curtin Library 13 March 2017 News & events Comments off

Did you know the Library holds toys, books, teaching resources and much more that you can use on your teaching practicum? Do a catalogue search and then refine by Teaching Resources under Library or Collection to find great teaching resources.

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Suggestion: Library temperature

By Curtin Library 13 March 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Library level 2 is too hot in the mornings. Very humid, could we please have the air-conditioning on.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your comments. The temperature of the air conditioning is set centrally at the University and not individually controlled by the Library. As with previous comments of this nature, I will pass on your comment to the University Properties area responsible for the air conditioning.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Catalogue Tip 8: getting results

By Curtin Library 10 March 2017 News & events Comments off

Having trouble searching for what you want? Try this:

  • Make sure all words are spelled correctly – incorrect spelling is the most common reason for not getting any results.
  • Try different keywords.
  • Try more general keywords – your terms might be too specific.
  • Try fewer keywords.
  • Don’t use “inverted commas” with “Starts with” from the drop down menu.
  • If you are looking for a specific title, just use the main words or the most uncommon words in the title.

If all else fails, let the Library know about your issue through LibAnswers.

As a Curtin student or staff member, you are also entitled to borrow from selected libraries in Western Australia. Postgraduate students and staff also have the option to request items through Document Delivery.

 

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