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Curtin HDR theses in espace

By Curtin Library 24 October 2017 News & events Comments off

Curtin’s institutional repository espace is an open access digital collection containing the research output of Curtin staff and students. espace currently includes 2865 Doctorate or Master by Research theses, and 95% of these are available open access.

It is a requirement for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students to provide a copy of the final version of their thesis for inclusion in espace.  espace content is visible through services such as Google, Google Scholar and Trove, which helps maximise the readership and impact of Curtin HDR theses. HDR students can access usage statistics for their thesis.

The top five most downloaded HDR theses in espace are:

Thesis details File downloads
Cox, Shaphan Leon.  2012

‘Whose city/whose Fremantle?’ : reconceptualising space for an open politics of place

19,511
Tohotoa, Jennifer Lynn. 2012

The development, implementation and evaluation of a father inclusive perinatal support intervention to increase breastfeeding duration : a randomised controlled trial

19,428
Kennison, Kristen Renee. 2011

Smoke derived taint in grapes and wine

12,763
Hardjito, Djwantoro. 2005

Studies of fly ash-based geopolymer concrete

12,696
Dippon, Christian M. 2011

Consumer preferences for mobile phone service in the U.S.: an application of efficient design on conjoint analysis

8,703

The top five most downloaded HDR theses in the last six months are:

Thesis details File downloads
Le, Bich Nhu. 2015

Examining the performance of the alternative cut flower supply chains for smallholder producers in Da Lat using a pluralistic approach

1,461
Fiske, Lucy.  2012

Insider resistance : understanding refugee protest against immigration detention in Australia, 1999 – 2005

961
Rahman, Mokhlesur M.  2014

Community perceptions and adaptation to climate change in coastal Bangladesh

926
Rickards, Anthony W.J.  1998

The relationship of teacher-student interpersonal behaviour with student sex, cultural background and student outcomes.

872
Riekie, Helen Mary. 2016

Student wellbeing, resilience and moral identity: Does the school climate have an impact?

787

Library staff assist HDR students and supervisors with the process of depositing the final version of theses to espace, and provide advice and guidance about copyright.

The Library’s espace service for HDR students facilitates the depositing of theses to the Library, maximises the exposure of Curtin HDR theses, and provides tracking of usage

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Congratulations to our University Librarian!

By Curtin Library 24 October 2017 News & events Comments off

Catherine Clark

Our University Librarian, Catherine Clark, has recently been awarded the LH Martin Award for Excellence in Leadership. Catherine received her prestigious award on 18 September 2017 at a gala event held in Melbourne.

Catherine has achieved great results since her appointment as Curtin’s University Librarian in 2014 with a reputation for being collaborative, strategically focused and an excellent communicator.

One of Catherine’s most significant and recent achievements includes leading her team through the ‘Library Challenge’. The Library Challenge was a creative, task-focused event held over two half days in 2017, which gave all staff the opportunity to shape the vision and culture of the Library. This was an alternative approach to standard workshops in order to get input from all staff by providing flexible, informal and creative ways to participate.

Catherine’s leadership throughout the Library Challenge paved the way for Library staff to co-create a powerful and inspiring vision ‘A Library with great heart that empowers great minds’ and an appreciative, positive and empowering culture. Our positive results were made visible in the recently held 2017 Your Voice Satisfaction Survey.

We congratulate Catherine on her fabulous achievement!

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2017 Library survey results

By Curtin Library 24 October 2017 News & events Comments off

LibQual 2

The Library ran the LibQual satisfaction survey in May 2017, with participation open to all staff and students globally. As an incentive prize, we offered participants the chance to win one of three Co-Op Bookshop vouchers.

The LibQual survey asks staff and students to rate library service quality and this provides us with a valuable dataset to compare against international libraries in the US, UK and Canada.

We had 599 responses to the survey (70% undergraduate, 17% postgraduate, 13% staff). Similar to other surveys our strength is in customer service and our weakness is in the physical library facilities.

When we compare our 2017 results with our 2012 results, there is a slight improvement for library as place, likely due to the 2013/14 Robertson Library refurbishment activity. Our overall performance score has increased from 81% to 83%.

The comments provide us with a rich perspective on what people think of the library – high areas of feedback related to our overall service (75 of 79 positive comments) and customer service (49 of 70 positive comments). Negative comments related to the lack of space in the library buildings and our collections.

In the Robertson Library, students continue to want more group study areas and have concerns about noise levels. We hope to address these issues in future space planning. As an interim measure, during exam periods we convert Level 6 to a silent area. We have also  installed better signage to indicate acceptable noise levels, and have increased floor patrols.

Feedback on our collection related mainly to requests for access to more textbooks. The Library is addressing this by actively engaging in publisher trials of new textbook models.

To learn more about how we’re responding to the survey, read the full report on the Library website.

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Reading Lists award nomination

By Curtin Library 24 October 2017 News & events Comments off

The Library’s Reading Lists implementation team has been nominated for the Excellence in Innovation category of Curtin University’s 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards For Professional Staff.

Reading List

L – R: Stella Kenworthy, David Wells, Linda Sheedy (team leader), Gordon Cunningham (CLT), Heather McLenaghan, Daniel Piczak, Amanda Bellenger, Gail Valencia, Sarah Casewell. Absent: David Lewis, Aron Nooteboom (CITS).

The team successfully implemented an integrated course reading list solution; which improved the student experience, ensured staff can meet their copyright obligations, and reduced the administrative burden for academic and professional staff through a new, innovative software.

Completing the implementation on time and on budget required substantial collaboration between the Library, Curtin Learning and Teaching, Curtin IT Services, and faculty areas. The team worked closely with other academic libraries in Australia and overseas, and worked with the software vendor to improve the platform and to accommodate Curtin requirements.

Since semester one this year, over 40% of Curtin courses have an active Reading List with 50,000 citations currently under management and 9,000 citations added in July 2017. The implementation has been an outstanding success, delivering a seamless, responsive and innovative digital environment to enhance learning and the student experience. The solution places Curtin in a leading position in delivering to students a distinctive learning experience.

The journey from conceptual idea to reality has taken nearly three years of persistent dedication and effort from the implementation team, and receiving this nomination is a richly deserved recognition.

The full list of nominees is available from the award website and the presentation ceremony will take place on 8 November 2017.

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What makes a Makerspace?

By Curtin Library 23 October 2017 News & events Comments off

Makerspace profile photo

Our maker community is just as important as our new larger venue. To commemorate the launch of the new Makerspace we asked prominent members of our maker community why the Makerspace is important to them:

“With the new Makerspace, there is plenty of opportunity for even bigger and bolder projects in the virtual reality space. A chance for making creative things, therapeutic things, learning skills and developing both art work and practical applications.”

Erik Champion – UNESCO Professorial Chair of Cultural Heritage & Visualisation, Faculty of Humanities

“The Makerspace is a great place for creating connections with others. It’s a space to relax and a place to boost creativity, whether it is by playing board games, learning about 3D printing or knitting.”

Silvia Lozeva – Strategy & Reporting Officer and coordinator of GO Learn!

“The Makerspace provides a much needed space to foster a sense of belonging and collaborative peer learning for our 800 mentors and 12,000 mentees they support. It helps us develop the mentoring community; the Makerspace is an exciting area where mentors can meet with their mentees and engage in fun, collaborative activities.”

Roselynn Lang – Manager, Peer Learning and Support and coordinator of the New to Curtin Mentor Program

“I use the Makerspace as part of my lectures and creative workshops. It is particularly well suited for design thinking sessions, due to the atmosphere of the space and the equipment available.”

Artur Lugmayr – Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities

“My work with Curtin AHEAD in Schools brings groups of school students to the campus to learn about university life. The Makerspace has provided opportunities for students to take part in a university experience and to have access to materials and technologies they might have at school. The workshops have been well received by both school staff and students.”

Kate Bird – Learning Experience Coordinator

“The Makerspace as a larger venue is fantastic, as there is lots of space for crafting, making and programming; which helps bring people in to take part in our VR and coding activities.”

Wai Wan – Australian Virtual Reality Network

“I believe the Makerspace plays an important role in lifelong learning by developing information and digital fluency and other important capabilities, such as problem solving and creative/critical thinking in staff and students. It can support both curricula and non-cirricula activities, including research, and contributes to the wellbeing of the Curtin community.”

Karen Miller – Sessional Academic, Faculty of Humanities

“Having a team that’s invested in the wellbeing of the campus and its community has made Curtin a more exciting place to be. The Makerspace is fundamental in this work, in its ability to bring people together.”

Rachelle Jones – Place Activation Coordinator

Read more about the Makerspace on our website or drop in from 10am – 2pm Monday – Friday during semester (building 105, level 5).

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Suggestion: Room on Level 6

By Curtin Library 23 October 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hey Library staff,

I noticed that the room on level 6, next to the silent computer room has been closed due to noise issues. I normally study there, practically every day of the week, and have never had any issues with that room. In fact it is normally the only room that is quiet, that’s why I study there, but I can fully understand the other two rooms. I am quite a high achieving student and really like using that room particularly on the weekends, is there any way that it can return to being open 24hours. I really appreciate your consideration, thankyou. Please let me know your decision.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the suggestion.  I know how much students appreciate each of our study spaces and often have strong preferences.  We were getting lots of complaints about the noise transmitting into the silent space from that room and the trial change we made was in response to those complaints.   It is a trial until the end of this semester and your request to have the room open 24/7 will be considered in the review of the trial.

Lynne Vautier
Associate Director
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Secure Storage for Personal Belongings

By Curtin Library 23 October 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hi staff, just suggesting about the security of personal belongings. Is there any chance if the library can [install] small chests along the tables to keep the belongings secure, in case one need to go to toilet or food or to have a fresh air during long study period? Thanks

The Library responds…

Thank you for your useful suggestion.  I understand how inconvenient it is to have to take all your belongings if you need to move even for a short period.  The approach you suggest is something I have seen in University Libraries overseas.  I will make sure it is considered in future improvements to our study spaces and furniture.   I hope the rest of the semester goes well for you.

Lynne Vautier
Associate Director
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Microwave

By Curtin Library 19 October 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

It would be great if there was a microwave near the hot water area. It would be convenient there is no place to heat up the food during the weekend.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your suggestion. The Library has looked into providing a microwave in the past. Unfortunately the University electrical regulations do not permit placing a microwave in the level two lounge for safety reasons.

Lynne Vautier
Associate Director
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: GPS on Campus Van

By Curtin Library 16 October 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hii there! I was wondering why a GPS is not enabled on the cab which goes around after 6:30 or so within 5km of Curtin. This would enable us to not call security every-time we need to know where the cab is and can just look at an app to track it and know when its coming.

The Library responds…

Thanks for your suggestion. Properties look after the campus vans so we’ll forward your suggestion onto them.

Regards
Curtin Library

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Question: Recommending an Item

By Curtin Library 16 October 2017 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Dear Curtin Library: Is there a link or a form that I can use to suggest a new book resource for the library?

The Library responds…

The Library welcomes your recommendations for items to add to our collection and this can be done via the following link: http://recommend.library.curtin.edu.au/

Kind Regards
Curtin Library

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