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Silent on 6

By Curtin Library 29 May 2019 News & events No Comments »

The Library will be transforming TL Robertson Library level 6 into a silent study area to help you prepare for exams. Silent on 6 will be in place during semester 1 Study Week and Exam Weeks.

Please be respectful of students studying on level 6 by:

  • Taking phone calls away from level 6 and the stairwells
  • Using group study spaces on levels 2, 3, 4 and 5

Please notify staff in person or via the help phones if there are noise disturbances on level 6.

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National Reconciliation Week

By Curtin Library 28 May 2019 News & events No Comments »

National Reconciliation Week display

To mark National Reconciliation Week, TL Robertson Library is hosting a collection of artefacts from the Centre of Aboriginal Studies. The artefacts are being displayed on level 3 until Monday 3 June.


National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

National Reconciliation Week occurs between 27 May to 3 June, commemorating the 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

The 2019 National Reconciliation Week theme is Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage

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1Lib1Ref: Wikipedia editing workshop

By Curtin Library 24 May 2019 News & events No Comments »

Wikipedia is one of the first stops for the public and researchers worldwide – ever thought about how you could make it better? Learn how to update and improve Wikipedia for millions of users at the Library’s 1Lib1Ref workshop.

  • Learn about what goes into creating and editing Wikipedia articles.
  • Find an article needing a reference or chose from a list of articles relevant to the Curtin community.
  • Add a citation to Wikipedia.
Date: Tuesday 4 June 2019

2pm – 3pm

Location: Building 105, Room 510

Library Makerspace

RSVP: No RSVP required, all welcome.

Light refreshments will be provided, please bring your own device.

The 1Lib1Ref campaign runs in January and May of every year, and asks participants to simply add one more citation to Wikipedia. Adding citations makes articles more reliable, and is a great way to share our university’s expertise and research skills with the world.

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Suggestion: Print Queue

By Curtin Library 21 May 2019 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hi all,

I just wanted to bring up a problem which has been acknowledged before, but not yet solved. I’m not normally one to press an issue which I hope is in the process of being addressed, but this particular one is a pain and I don’t really see why it is difficult to fix.

When I’m logged into a computer, if that computer already has jobs from other students pending, I cannot use it to print. I can’t remember the last time the first computer I logged into didn’t have another student’s printing jobs still pending, and it is beyond frustrating having to switch between computers, wait for them to boot up and load my profile, locate the file to print again, then have to start the process again just because I can’t clear pending jobs, particularly when it’s busy and not always easy to find free computers.

Is it not possible to simply automatically clear printing jobs when people log out? Or give us the ability to prioritise our printing jobs at least, so we can use the printing function?

Sorry to sound whingey but as I mentioned before, it’s very frustrating and seems pretty easy (to me) to solve.

Thank you for all your other great services and amenities!

The Library responds…

Thanks for your feedback. We are aware of this problem and are working closely with Curtin’s IT department to get to a resolution. We have already implemented clearing of old print jobs when people log in but this isn’t working in all situations so we are looking at other options.

Colin Sinclair
Curtin University Library

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Vale Bob Hawke

By Curtin Library 17 May 2019 Library Services JCPML News & events Comments off

The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library pays tribute to Bob Hawke, Australia’s longest serving Labor Prime Minister. Bob Hawke will always be remembered by the JCPML for the support he provided in the early days of the campaign to establish this library in the memory of another great Australian Prime Minister, John Curtin.

We extend our condolences to his wife, Blanche D’Alpuget, children Sue, Steve and Ros, and grandchildren.

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Suggestion: Air-conditioning

By Curtin Library 17 May 2019 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

The library is too cold and I am freezing!!! Could you please consider increasing the temperature in the library? I acknowledge that it is difficult to find the ideal temperature as everyone is different but it is well documented that the ideal temperature, for both health and environmental reasons in indoor workspaces is approximately 24 degrees. I do not have a thermometer but I am pretty sure it is well below that. Thank you

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback. The temperature of the air conditioning is centrally set at the University and not individually controlled by the Library. I will make sure to pass on your comments to the University Properties area responsible for the air conditioning.

Barbara Parnaby
Curtin University Library

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Ebooks set to overtake print at the Library

By Curtin Library 15 May 2019 News & events Comments off

Electronic books (ebooks) have been a boon to libraries and their clients in many different ways. Ebooks can be read anywhere and anytime – as long as there’s an internet connection – which offers clients increased flexibility for their research and studies. Typically, more than one person can read an ebook at any one time, eliminating waiting periods for limited copies of print publications. Client demand for ebooks is high, and Curtin University Library is steadily increasing its collection, while reducing its number of print publications.

Ebooks can be read anywhere and anytime.

At the end of 2018 Curtin University Library held 430,410 print book titles.  The number of electronic book titles available to Curtin clients was slightly greater at 451,686.  Fifty-one percent of the Library’s book holdings are thus now electronic.  As we continue to buy more new ebooks than print, and to retire superseded print textbooks and reference works, the proportion of electronic to print books in the Library’s collection is set to increase rapidly.

While print books have to be picked up or read in one of the Library’s physical locations and can only be read by one person at a time, electronic books can be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection, and so are immediately available to all Curtin clients whether based in Perth or elsewhere in Western Australia or at any location throughout the world, and at all times of the day and night, from their laptop or personal device.  Moreover, most of the Library’s electronic books are available simultaneously to more than one reader.

A look at the usage figures suggests that Curtin staff and students greatly value the flexibility of our ebook offerings.  Use of print books from the Library’s collections has dropped significantly over the last few years.  In 2014 over 150,000 physical items were borrowed or renewed; in 2018 the equivalent figure was less than half this at 74,000.

By contrast, the consultation of electronic books increased dramatically.  In 2014 the number of uses registered on our most popular ebook platform ProQuest Ebook Central alone was 304,760.  By 2018 this had reached 488,713, representing over 6 million pages viewed, printed or downloaded.  Ebook Central currently provides access to 187, 804 books.

(The fall in usage in 2015 was caused by the need to cancel one particular ebook subscription package for budgetary reasons.  This package was reinstated towards the end of 2018, so it can be expected that usage will increase significantly in 2019.)

The most used subject area for ProQuest Ebooks is Education, followed by Social Science, Medicine, Business/Management and Psychology.

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The Future of the PhD: Its Place in Industry

By Curtin Library 14 May 2019 News & events Comments off

With fewer academic positions, and greater numbers of PhD completions, questions are being raised regarding the relevance of skills gained through the PhD and the employability of new graduates.

Join the Library and our panel of experts for a Curtin Conversation examining the future of the PhD and the emergence of the industrial doctorate.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday 5 June 2019
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am
Location: Council Chambers, Level 3
Building 100, Curtin University
Kent St Bentley WA 6102
Registration: Via Eventbrite, by Friday 31 May 2019


Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor – Research Training Professor Garry Allison will set the scene for the conversation, looking at future trends in higher education and industry.

Tracey McClurg from APR Intern will talk about their all discipline PhD internship program that supports industry based training.

Professor Ana Ivanovic from the University of Aberdeen will provide a pre-recorded overview of the Aberdeen EngD – Engineering Doctorate, focused on equipping graduates with professional practicing research skills for industry.

Panel members:

Following presentations, our panel of experts will discuss the PhD’s place in industry:

  • Professor Torbjorn Falkmer – Dean of Research, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Dr Kathleen Franklyn – Career Development Consultant, Curtin Careers Centre
  • Dr Vanessa Rauland – Research Fellow, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute
  • Rod Evans – Company Director and Faculty of Business and Law PhD student

Morning tea will be provided after the panel discussion, giving you time to network and talk to our panellists.

This event will be live streamed and recorded.

Further information

If you have any special requirements to enable you to participate in this event please advise when you RSVP. We will contact you to provide assistance.

For more information about disability services at Curtin, please visit­­

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Suggestion: Noise

By Curtin Library 14 May 2019 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I’d like to share this problem that I have faced a several time in the Level 6 individual study room. Apparently it is written quiet talking on the poster, and people are just so inconsiderate that they can speak loudly in their rooms where I can hear it from the next door. This is not the first time. It is very annoying as I can’t focus on my work as library should be a “quiet” place for studying. I know people can discuss work in study rooms, but not that loud where even the next doors can hear them. Even my earphones with music on doesn’t help.

I am not sure if there is anything that you guys can do, but I am just sounding this up so that you guys can be aware that students are actually facing this kind of problems in the library. Thank you.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback and I am sorry to hear the noise is disrupting your studies. I have asked Library staff who monitor the areas to be alert to concerns about noise and remind people about considerate use of the Library.

It can help if you report problems like this as soon as they arise and you may like to email 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.

James Robinson
Curtin University Library

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Library takes pride in research achievements

By Curtin Library 10 May 2019 News & events Comments off

In the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) latest evaluation of Australia’s research against international benchmarks, Curtin University achieved ratings at or above the world standard in 95 per cent of the research fields assessed, an outstanding result for the University.

 Peter Green, Associate Director, Research, Collections, Systems & Infrastructure

It’s a result Curtin’s Library, which provides an essential service to scholars, takes some pride in. Curtin’s researchers are ably supported by teams led by Peter Green, Associate Director, Research, Collections, Systems & Infrastructure, who has seen the demand for research support soar over the past twenty years.

“We provide services around managing data and data publishing, we provide support around sharing research publications, and we’ve built some of those services from nothing to now being quite substantial support to the research part of the University,” said Peter.

“Some of that is because the nature of research has changed. There’s a concept called e-research, which is around the contribution information technology makes to all aspects of research and that is a big difference. Almost all of our work and all of our research has an IT component, whether it be computing, communications, data storage, analysis or visualisation. And the Library’s been engaged in that area as it’s grown, providing training, providing additional resources and working across other teams.”

Recognising that Higher Degree by Research students often struggle with the solitary aspect of research, which can impact their motivation to write up their findings, the Library has worked with the faculties, and with support from the Research Office at Curtin, to develop an inventive program of support, which includes ‘Shut Up and Write’ days and the more intensive ‘Boot Camps’, both of which offer time, space and support to write.

“Our Boot Camps have been very successful. We ran a couple last year and we’ve scheduled in a lot more this year. They’ve helped the students to get back on track and make progress with their writing. The HDR students can be very isolated and the Bootcamps help to provide a connected research community, which is a focus for the University particularly for our HDR students,” Peter said.

Early innovators and scholarly works

Over the past two decades, the Library has changed significantly with the move from a large print collection to a predominantly electronic collection, with social and creative spaces for students, and ever-evolving technology offering the opportunity to access information and resources remotely. What hasn’t changed, however, is the demand for the skills and expertise the Faculty Librarians offer to staff and students in the University’s four faculties, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) and the Vice Chancellory.

“The Library was an early implementer of the very successful Faculty Librarian model, in which other university libraries have expressed interest. The Faculty Librarians have helped us to maintain a presence and connection with academic staff, who may not come into the physical Library but will make heavy use of Library resources and services,” Peter said.

External scholars can also utilise the expertise of Librarians, with many accessing the special collections at the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library (JCPML). The JCPML recently held a book launch of the second volume of John Edwards’ biography John Curtin’s War: Triumph and Decline, which Professor Edwards extensively researched at the JCPML. The book was described by the Sydney Morning Herald as ‘a well-researched and finely written piece of lucid historical and political analysis’ (the first volume won the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award in the history category).

The JCPML also hosts the annual JCPML Anniversary Lecture, which is introduced by the JCPML Patron, currently the Hon. Julia Gillard AC, and is a significant event for the University. The nineteenth lecture was presented by bestselling author and journalist, Stan Grant, in 2018, the 2019 lecture will be announced shortly.

“The work of the JCPML team, and more broadly with special collections, is where we bring value to the University by creating research collections of primary materials that wouldn’t be easily available, and that’s something we’ve been doing for well over twenty years and an area we continue to grow in,” said Peter.

“I love working in a stimulating, innovative environment. I’m privileged to rub shoulders with incredibly gifted academics, who are making a difference in their fields, and it gives me a lot of pleasure to see students progress through their studies, and the Library making a difference to those students. The Library is innovative and Curtin is very innovative, so the Library sits well within a University that likes to be fast moving and flexible.”

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