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Catalogue Tip 9: teaching practicum

By Curtin Library 13 March 2017 News & events No Comments »

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 No Comments »

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 No Comments »

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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Drop in at the Makerspace

By Curtin Library 10 March 2017 News & events No Comments »

Drop in! New to semester one 2017 the Library Makerspace will be open from Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm in the Library Lounge.

Come along and make something!

  • Get crafty with a variety of odds and ends. Give our ScanNCut machine a go!
  • Learn a new skill such as coding or knitting.
  • Explore robotics and electronics.
  • Join the Makerspace community; learn and lend your skills to a engaged group of makers.

For more information about the Makerspace, visit the Makerspace website or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Suggestion: air conditioning

By Curtin Library 9 March 2017 Library Services 1 Comment »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

please turn the aircon down its freezing in here

The Library responds…

Thank you for your suggestion. I can understand feeling too cold is unpleasant.

The temperature of the air conditioning is set centrally at the University and not individually controlled by the Library. I will make sure your comment is passed to the University Properties area responsible for the air conditioning.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: loan due dates

By Curtin Library 9 March 2017 Library Services No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Its frustrating that books are due back on the weekend and public holidays. Make them due back on weekdays.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback.  I can understand that it may not be possible or convenient to come to campus on the weekend.  Due dates are determined by when the Library is open with Library staff attending the Enquiries Desk, so may indeed fall on a weekend day or public holiday.  As a rule, if you loan an item on a weekday, it will be due back on a weekday.  If it is requested by another person, this may alter the day. Overall, the Library is aiming to provide equitable access to the resources and limiting due dates to weekdays may unfairly shorten or increase loan lengths for many items.

Unless a book is requested by someone else,  it will renew automatically and you will have the option to return on a date that is suitable for you.  There are a few other cases in which items will not renew automatically (please see http://library.curtin.edu.au/borrowing/library/renewal/ for full details). If you have should have any queries about due dates on specific items, please contact the Library Enquiries team.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

 

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Suggestion: water fountains

By Curtin Library 8 March 2017 News & events 2 Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I have written a suggestion regarding keeping algae out of water fountain half a year ago, but the problem still exists. If you look at the tip where the water come out from the water fountain, you can see green stuff like algae on them. Please look into the matter seriously & take necessary action asap.

I think the water taps that allows people to refill their water bottles need fixing, especially the one on Level 4. The water flow is really thin, making people have to bend forward more than 90 degrees to drink water out of it. The height of the water fountain is ridiculously low (It’s about 60cm only off the ground only.). Could someone please look into this issue?

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback. I have reported your concerns to the University Properties team responsible for cleaning and maintaining the water dispensers in the building. I will follow up on their response. The water fountains do have calcium deposits on the metal (with a green appearance).

With regard to the height of the water fountain near the stairwell on level four, this is designed to be lower for the accessibility of those who are unable to reach a standing height fountain.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

 

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Catalogue Tip 7: exam papers

By Curtin Library 8 March 2017 News & events No Comments »

Here’s how to find past exam papers kept by the Library:

  1. Go to the Library Catalogue.
  2. Locate the link to Exam Papers above the search bar and type in the name of the unit (e.g. Management 100).
  3. Click on the relevant search result.
  4. A selection of exam papers can be found under Online Resources.
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News from the JCPML – March edition

By Curtin Library 6 March 2017 Library Services JCPML No Comments »

Our newsletter News from the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library and Special Collections contains information regarding the Library’s Special Collections housed at the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library and reports on JCPML events. View our current newsletter here.

If you would like to receive our newsletter direct to your inbox please subscribe via this link.

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Suggestion: laptop workstations

By Curtin Library 6 March 2017 News & events 1 Comment »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Could some consideration please be given to making some workstations available with just a screen and USB mouse/keyboard for students to use with their own laptop.
This would be better ergonomically for people who need to work for an extended time on their own device, not having to hunch over a small screen. It would be cheaper and easier to administer than having to provide more PCs in the library.
Even if just some screens with HDMI cables were provided, to avoid mouse/keyboards from going missing, that would be a huge improvement. It would free up the other library PCs for use by students who do not have, or wish to use, their own device. Thank you.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your suggestion. This is something the Library will have a look to see if it can be done effectively.

Colin Sinclair
Manager
Curtin University Library

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