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Watch your belongings

By Curtin Library 3 June 2016 News & events Comments off

A reminder to keep watch of your belongings at all times to prevent theft.

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WA Day opening hours

By Curtin Library 1 June 2016 News & events Comments off

Please note the Library opening hours for WA Day on Monday 6 June 2016.

Robertson Library

Robertson Library’s opening hours will not be affected by WA Day. The Enquiries Desk will operate from 8.00am – 8.00pm on Monday 6 June.

Curtin Graduate School of Business Library

Curtin Graduate School of Business Library’s opening hours will not be affected by WA Day. The Library Enquiries desk will be open 4.30pm – 8.00pm on Monday 6 June.

John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library (JCPML)

The JCPML will be closed for business on WA Day on Monday 6 June.

WA School of Mines Kalgoorlie Library

WA School of Mines Kalgoorlie Library’s opening hours will not be affected by WA Day. The Library will be open as usual from 8.00am – 6.00pm on Monday 6 June.

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Suggestion: computer sound

By Curtin Library 31 May 2016 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Please enable all computers to have access to the volume switch. I come to the library to study and it is frustrating when I cannot listen to a lecture. I understand the reason due to people playing sound out loud. Is there a possibility that computers can be altered so that sound can only be played through headphones? I like to work in the silent room and the computers never have sound. Perhaps enable the ‘only headphones’ feature just in the silent room? People can still play sound through their laptops? I guess noise levels need to be more controlled  by staff if computer sounds are a problem. Thank you for your time. I look forward to a response.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback. While it is technically possible to enable sound only with headphones on some Library computers, we have specifically removed sound cards in the designated Silent Computer Rooms due to complaints we received, even when people were using headphones. On the whole, this has been well received, though I will take your suggestion into consideration for the future.

I also take your point that people may bring laptops to these rooms and use headphones. I agree this should not be allowed and I will advise Library staff who check on rooms to be aware.  If you do have any issues with noise please let our staff know and they will assist you.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: internet browser

By Curtin Library 30 May 2016 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Please cleanse Internet Explorer as the default web browser for Curtin’s computers and replace it with something better and up-to-date, such as Google Chrome. Internet Explorer is ultimately obsolete and has no place in a modern University such as Curtin.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your comments. I will make sure these are passed to the University staff responsible for providing computer services and the operating environment.

Barbara Parnaby

Manager

Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: coffee machine

By Curtin Library 27 May 2016 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

It would be an extremely useful to have a coffee machine available to students and staff in the foyer after hours, particularly at night. A warm coffee would be a fantastic pick-me-up as the nights get colder and provide extra energy to complete our work. Having a coffee machine would be significantly safer alternative to walking late at night to McDonald’s.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your suggestion, one that I am sure lots of students would support.  The Guild used to provide a vending machine in the rear of the Lounge in the Library that supplied hot coffee (amongst other things).  I am not sure why this was discontinued but will find out and post the answer here.

Lynne Vautier

Associate Director

Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Library computers

By Curtin Library 26 May 2016 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

During busy periods it is very difficult to find a computer in the library, particularly on the third floor. I have noticed that many students are using their laptops and not the desktop computers, this prevents those who don’t have a laptop working.

I have a laptop, however what would ease congestion is if there were more lap top pods/desks/booths made available throughout the library, thus may reduce the need for students with laptops to occupy desktop computer space.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback. Power is now available at most study carrels on level five and six of the Library, so there is capacity for more students to use their laptops. We have asked the Library Student Assistants to keep an eye on this, but we have noted that students often use their laptops as well as the Library computers.

Some students use special software on their laptops while writing their assignments on Library computers, while others were listening to music through headphones while using the Library computers. There were a variety of reasons why students use a laptop and a Library computer.

We will monitor this and where possible suggest students free up computers, including reminding students that there are now more power points available. In addition, if you have this experience again can you please let a staff member know and they will investigate.

Barbara Parnaby

Manager

Curtin University Library

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JCPML Anniversary Lecture

By Curtin Library 25 May 2016 Library Services JCPML News & events Comments off

The 2016 JCPML Anniversary Lecture will be held on Wednesday 29 June at the John Curtin Gallery.

Ms Sally Warhaft will present the lecture titled Curtin’s Call: what our 14th prime minister would make of the federal election campaign.

The Honourable Julia Gillard, Patron of the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, will give an introduction.

Date: Wednesday 29 June 2016
Time: 4:45pm for a 5pm start
Cost: Free, however places are limited and registration is required
Location: John Curtin Gallery
Building 200A
Curtin University
Kent Street, Bentley
Register: Register online or via telephone (08 9266 4364) by 17 June 2016

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, The Fifth Estate, now in its fifth year. She is a former editor of The Monthly magazine and the author of the best selling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library (JCPML) Anniversary Lecture commemorates the anniversary of John Curtin’s death (5 July 1945). Curtin was the only Australian Prime Minister to represent a Western Australian seat in the House of Representatives and led his country during the most critical phase of World War II. The JCPML recognises Curtin’s significant contribution to Australian society.

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Commemorating Jon Sanders’ Iconic Voyage

By Curtin Library 25 May 2016 Library Services JCPML News & events Comments off

Follow Triple Solo Sailor for daily ‘updates’ on Jon Sanders’ record breaking voyage from 25 May 2016 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Parry Endeavour‘s journey.

All blog and Twitter information is sourced from original logbooks, photos and footage taken on the voyage from the Project Endeavour: Jon Sanders’ Triple Circumnavigation of the World Collection.

The historically significant Project Endeavour Collection was donated to Curtin University Library in 2007 by Emeritus Professor John Penrose from Curtin University’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology. The Centre played an important role in supporting Sanders’ journey.

Jon Sanders is a Western Australian yachtsman best known for completing the first solo, non-stop triple circumnavigation of the world on Parry Endeavour from 25 May 1986 to 13 March 1988.

Triple Solo Sailor commemorates the 30th anniversary of Jon Sanders’ record breaking triple circumnavigation of the world. Follow our blog and Twitter account for daily ‘updates’ on this iconic Western Australian achievement.

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Suggestion: closing message

By Curtin Library 23 May 2016 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

The 7pm / 5pm closing announcements are so annoying! They’re loud and distracting and pointless. Yes we know when the library enquiries are closing it’s the same every night. Save the PA for emergencies and when the library is actually closing not pointless enquiries desk closure announcements.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback on the Library closing announcements.  We find these prompt people to come to the Enquiries Desk, for example, to ensure return of loaned laptops and other items. However, I take your point that they are distracting. We will review the use of these announcements and see what we can do to minimise the impact on people studying in the Library.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Kalgoorlie Library makes the local news

By Curtin Library 23 May 2016 News & events Comments off

Last week WA Governor Kerry Sanderson visited the WA School of Mines Kalgoorlie campus and a highlight of the visit was a tour of the WA School of Mines Library. Read more…

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