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Possible Library Services Outage 3/12/2011

By Pauline Lloyd 28 November 2011 News & events Comments off

The university will be performing power maintenance on December the 3rd.

 The library has been advised that all library services will be available during the maintenance but there is a small risk you may experience loss of access to library services on that day.

In the case of an outage we will endeavor to restore services as soon as possible.

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Refurbishments in Robertson Library

By Curtin Library 11 November 2011 News & events Comments off

Refurbishments to the toilets near the lifts on level 4 of Robertson Library will commence on Monday 14 November and are expected to be completed by 17 February 2012. The toilets immediately beneath on level 3 will also be closed for this period. The nearest toilet for people with disabilities is located on level 5.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Semester break opening hours

By Curtin Library 4 November 2011 Highlights Comments off

Robertson Library will be open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 6.00pm, during semester break, 7 November 2011 to 26 February 2012. Please note that we will be closed on the weekends.

For information about other Curtin Libraries please refer to

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Visit our special collections

By Curtin Library 26 October 2011 Highlights Comments off

The library supports a range of collections on specialised topics, some digitized and others physical, that just might assist you in your particular area of research.

Collection themes range from women’s health and Western Australian folklore to sexology and Asian languages. Recently, the Hazel Hawke Collection was used extensively by Sue Pieters-Hawke to research a new biography on her mother, Hazel Hawke, to be launched on 1 November.

Hazel Hawke opening Ronald McDonald House, 1990. JCPML00425-314

This collection focuses on Hazel Hawke, recognized as a “Living, National Treasure” and considered one of our most respected Australians, her time at the prime minister’s Lodge (1983-91) and her community involvement after that period. It includes correspondence, speeches, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, memorabilia, newspaper cuttings, books from the Hawke family library and more. Selected items, including the speeches, some memorabilia, book inscriptions and many of the photographs are being made available online via the JCPML Electronic Research Archive.

Find out more about the library’s special collections.

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Network speed.

By Stuart McDonald 6 October 2011 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box @ your library….

The network access speed in the Library, perhaps elsewhere, has been extremely poor recently. Accessing Blackboard or Internet can be painstakingly long. Today, I am unable to stream an iLecture in the lowest possible resolution. This is surely unacceptable, a University of this apparent calibre should have much better network/Internet access, considering the majority of students rely on access to study. Another day wasted by coming on to campus to study. Patience is wearing thin with this University. I know I’m not alone in the sentiment. Also, power for laptops at Level 2 carrells rarely works, with very few alternative access points available. Come on Curtin, please get it together or you’ll soon start seeing ECU enrolments increasing.

The library response…

Thank you for your comment.

I referred your query to the University Networks people as they are responsible for the Network speed.

University Networks proactively monitor the wireless network and are alerted when there is a problem with a wireless access point. However, in order to troubleshoot particular issues, they need as much information about the issue as possible (time, specific location, your student number etc). If you report this to Library staff (for example via a Rover or the Enquiries desk) we can log a service call.

Wireless networks “share bandwidth” which means all the devices connected to a specific access point are sharing the connection speed. If there are a number of people connected to the same access point and all are streaming video (iLectures, YouTube etc) then the connection speed for everyone is reduced. To address this, the University IT people are continually increasing the number of access points across the campus, including the Library and will be progressively installing more access points over the upcoming semester break and throughout 2012. The increased number of access points will mean less clients connected to each so everyone can have a faster connection speed.

In addition, the IT people advise that it is possible that there could be an issue with your computer, wireless configuration, updates being run, background processes using up processor or network bandwidth etc. Without having someone look at their laptop when they were experiencing the issue is difficult diagnose.

In summary, next time you experience this frustrating problem please tell a Rover and we will do our best to resolve the problem.

I have reported your comments about the power points to the University Electrical people and requested they give it urgent attention.

Lynne Vautier

Associate Director, Flexible Delivery & Lending Services

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Invitation to Lecture by Graham Freudenberg

By Chloe Lyons 3 October 2011 Library Services JCPML News & events Comments off

Staff, students and members of the public are warmly invited to attend the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library 2011 Visiting Scholar Lecture by Graham Freudenberg ‘Curtin’s battle for Australia: Relevant questions for 2011’ on Thursday 27 October.

Graham Freudenberg is one of Australia’s greatest speechwriters and an influential political insider who has both shaped and reported political thought over more than forty years. He is best-known as speechwriter to a succession of Labor leaders including Prime Ministers Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke and NSW Premiers Neville Wran, Barrie Unsworth and Bob Carr.

When the British colony of Singapore fell to the Japanese in February 1942, it sent shock waves through the country. Within days, Darwin was bombed and a series of air raids on Broome and Wyndham in Western Australia followed. Australians, standing virtually unprotected in the face of the Japanese onslaught, feared outright invasion. Graham Freudenberg will present the results of his research into the dramatic events of early 1942 and examine the lessons they hold for us today in this public lecture.

Date: Thursday 27 October 2011
Time: 4.30pm Refreshments, 5.00pm Lecture
Venue: John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library Foyer, Building 200, Level 1.

RSVP: Acceptances only by phone 9266 2563 or email by Friday 21 October.

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Library Catalogue Enhancement

By Chloe Lyons 29 September 2011 News & events Comments off

A Recent Additions tab has been added to the Library Catalogue.

The tab lets you search:

  • Additions – 7 days (newly received titles from the last 7 days)
  • Recommendations (all titles received in the last 12 months, plus all items currently on order).

From your search results you may be offered the option to refine by School/Area, On Order/Received  and four predefined receival periods.

You can also browse cover images of our new books with the Virtual Bookshelf.

As always we are interested in your feedback so please feel free to leave a comment.

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Need to chat online to a Librarian?

By Curtin Library 20 September 2011 News & events Comments off

We know there are plenty of times when you have questions such as when you can’t find a particular journal article or you need help locating resources to complete an assignment. Library staff are happy to answer your questions, whether you are on or off campus. Our Contact Us link (see Top Links on the library homepage) lists a number of options. Here are some online options:

  • AskOnline: Chat online in real time with library staff. This service is available 9am to 5pm weekdays, exclusively for Curtin students and staff.
  • Email: We welcome your queries, comments and suggestions. We’ll get back to you within 24 hours in most cases.
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Tell us what you think

By Chloe Lyons 30 August 2011 News & events Comments off

We are inviting you to tell us what you think about the new booth seating on level 3.

The library's new booth seating

The library is committed to continuous improvement of its services and spaces. Recent surveys suggest that you need more group study spaces and power points for laptops and other mobile devices. In response to this we have installed new booth seating with power points on level 3, providing an attractive, convenient space for groups to work together.

We’d like your feedback – any comments about the refurbished space, furniture used, location or new ideas are welcome.

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Suggestion Box: Noise & Space

By Michelle Taylor 29 August 2011 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box @ your library…

The noise levels are incredibly high on level 2. I understand there are quieter areas I could move to but it has increased significantly since semester 1.

The use of library facilities for art purposes seem odd – there are people who want to use the space for study, which will not result in the scattering of styrofoam across the tables, chairs and floors. Surely art students can use studios for their projects?! Also I’m not happy with the use of sharp knives in such an environment – it is situationally inappropriate and they could damage property.

Otherwise, comfortable and great space. Cheers.


The library response…

Dear Karen,

Thank you for your feedback regarding the use of Library spaces.

As you have noted, Level 2 is a high use, busy area with lots of facilities for group work etc. and moderate levels of noise are tolerated on this floor. I have, however, asked staff to continue to be vigilant about noise levels in the Library.

In regards to the issue of using art supplies in the Library – Library staff take seriously their obligations about occupational and health safety and would like to assure you that if we were aware of activity that could constitute a risk to staff or students we would act to rectify the situation. However, I am unaware of the situation you describe and have asked staff to investigate the circumstances around this activity.

All Library users who are being disturbed by inconsiderate behaviour are encouraged to approach a library staff member at the time the problem is occurring so that we can take appropiate action.

Linda Sheedy
Flexible Delivery and Lending Services

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