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Workshop: An introduction to VR design

By Curtin Library 18 August 2016 News & events Comments off

Learn about virtual reality design and build a basic game with Curtin Library Makerspace.

The Curtin Library Makerspace and the Australian Virtual Reality Network, Curtin invites interested staff and students to an introductory workshop on VR design. If time permits, we will make a start on building a basic VR game.

Participants will be required to BYO laptop – Please download Unity Personal software prior to attending.

Event details

Date: Wednesday 24 August 2016
Time: 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm
Location: Robertson Library, building 105, room 225Curtin University Bentley
RSVP: Via Eventbrite
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National Science Week events

By Curtin Library 17 August 2016 News & events Comments off

Join one of our FREE workshops or screenings in Robertson Library (building 105) on the 16, 17 and 18 August to celebrate National Science Week:

Make and Take a Vibrobot
Tuesday 16 August 1pm to 2pm, Library Makerspace
Come and experiment using a battery, a motor and everyday household items to create a moving object. You can even get creative with how your little critter might look! Register via Eventbrite.

A Robotics Club and Robogals workshop
Wednesday 17 August 12pm to 2pm, iZone
The Curtin Robotics Club in collaboration with Robogals Perth will be hosting two robotics workshops during common free time: Lego Mindstorms from 12pm – 1pm and Arduinos from 1pm – 2pm. Come to one or come to both! Register via Eventbrite.

Brain Break Morning Tea with Dr Raymond Sheh
Thursday 18 August 10am to 11am, Library Makerspace
Please come and enjoy some morning tea with us whilst listening to Dr Sheh share some fascinating facts about robotics! Dr Raymond Sheh is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computing. He specialises in the areas of artificial intelligence, robotics and cyber security, and has also been involved in robotics research since 2003. Register via Eventbrite.

SCINEMA – International Science Film Festival
Thursday 18 August 6pm to 9pm, room 225
Multiple screenings of science based short films and documentaries. No registration necessary.

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Suggestion: adjustable desks

By Curtin Library 15 August 2016 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Is it possible to look into getting adjustable desks in some areas of the library?
I see many students sitting for hours at a desk with little change in posture.
If desks were able to be converted from seated to standing it would allow a few minutes of every hour to be spent working standing up without having to hunch over the pc’s.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your interesting suggestion. I do take your point regarding the importance of adjusting your posture through a long study session. There is currently an adjustable desk available in the Library on level three. Although it does not have a computer, you may make use of a laptop at this desk. We will take up your idea and investigate whether a facility to have more height adjustable desks in future will be possible.

Barbara Parnaby
Curtin University Library

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Delays to Library processing

By Curtin Library 15 August 2016 News & events Comments off

The Library is currently experiencing delays with the processing of items for Reserve and the acquisition of new books and DVD items for the collection. We are working to complete requests in order of receipt, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Please contact David Wells, Manager, Collections, if you have any concerns:

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Suggestion: energy pods

By Curtin Library 9 August 2016 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Have a second sign on the sleep pods making it clearer that maximum use time is say 20 minutes or half an hour so more students get a chance to use them.
Some users use them longer knowing they are hidden and no one will want to interupt them.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your suggestion. We will review the signs in the area to look at ways of encouraging considerate use of the pods. If you should have any concerns in the future, please do approach a member of Library Staff for assistance.

Barbara Parnaby
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: mouse sensitivity

By Curtin Library 5 August 2016 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

The computer mouse settings have them waaay too sensitive. Coupled with how jerky they are due to the inappropriate desk surface, any fine movements of the mouse are very difficult and frustrating. I used to be able to change the settings myself but not anymore it seems.

The Library responds…

Thanks for your feedback about computer mouse settings on library computers.  We will to contact Curtin IT Services to see if the ability to adjust sensitivity can be made available.

With regards to ‘jerkiness’ this is most likely caused by a build-up of dirt on the bottom of the mouse, so I have asked Library Staff to check and give these an extra clean.  If you do encounter this problem again, please report it to a member of Library Staff.

Barbara Parnaby


Curtin University Library

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Connect Four sessions

By Curtin Library 2 August 2016 News & events Comments off

The Connect Four live Q&A sessions will be filmed in Robertson Library over August. Feel free to follow along and ask questions on the New to Curtin Facebook page.

Wednesday 3 August Your enrolment, timetable and time management
Wednesday 10 August Financial assistance, getting motivated and being a successful student
Wednesday 17 August Academic and English language skills
Wednesday 24 August Course not what you expected? Enrolment options and career expectations

As a result, the area near the energy pods on level three will be unavailable from 2pm to 4:30pm on Wednesdays during August. The Library apologises for any inconvenience.

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Open Day at the Library

By Curtin Library 29 July 2016 News & events Comments off

Come visit Robertson Library on Curtin Open Day, Sunday 31 July and take part in our all day activities:

  • Library tours – learn about the facilities and resources available to staff, students and community members.
  • Relax with craft activities – take a break from Open Day and do some colouring in, make origami or knit while enjoying a Bookmark Café coffee.
  • Try our Makerspace – play a fruit salad piano and watch a robot paint.
  • Make a wish – share a wish for the future Robertson Library on our Wishing Tree.

To see the full Open Day program, please see the Open Day website.

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New to Curtin Library guide

By Curtin Library 28 July 2016 News & events Comments off

Are you a new student to Curtin, or want to learn more about the Library? Our New to Curtin Library guide will let you hit the ground running on your assessments. Learn about:

  • your Library card and borrowing,
  • accessing online resources,
  • your unit readings and e-Reserve,
  • printing and copying, and
  • referencing.

Check out the New to Curtin Library guide for more information.

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New Library website

By Curtin Library 27 July 2016 News & events Comments off

Please note that a new Library website will be launched tomorrow morning (Thursday 28 July). Previous bookmarks should still work on the new website.

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