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Australia Day holiday opening hours

By Curtin Library 21 January 2019 News & events Comments off

Robertson Library (Bentley), Kalgoorlie Library and Curtin Graduate School of Business Library will be closed on the Australia Day public holiday, Monday 28 January 2019.

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Writing with Attitude: Thesis Boot Camps

By Curtin Library 21 January 2019 News & events Comments off


Selected Curtin PhD candidates have had the opportunity to get serious about their writing at two Thesis Boot Camps sponsored and facilitated by the Library and the Graduate Research School during 2018. In order to support students who are well advanced in their research and thesis writing, these events have provided students with a distraction-free and inspiring venue, enabling them to maximize their output of quality writing over an extended period. Students also have access to individual consultations on thesis writing issues.

The first Thesis Boot Camp was held over two days in September at the Curtin Graduate School of Business in Murray Street, Perth CBD. The 19 participants really appreciated the central location and feel of the beautifully refurbished building.

Following this success, and based on very positive feedback and suggestions, it was decided to extend the length of the event from two to three days for the second event held from 3rd to 5th of December. It was held on the Bentley campus, and 26 students were able to enjoy the architectural delights of the light-filled Curtin Medical School building 410. All students achieved a very satisfying written output with one participant reporting a total of 15,000 words toward his thesis draft. One satisfied participant said, “I over achieved – I didn’t really think I could just write, but given the space and time, magic does happen.”

More Thesis Boot Camps and other intensive writing events are being planned for 2019.

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Our projects for 2019

By Curtin Library 21 January 2019 News & events Comments off


Each year Curtin University Library develops an annual plan of initiatives in alignment with the University’s Strategic Plan. The following initiatives will be implemented in 2019:

  1. Establish a Learning Hub, bringing together digital, information and academic literacies in a flexible online environment.
  2. Develop a data literacy skills module that will be part of the suite of materials available in the Learning Hub.
  3. Develop and implement a promotion and engagement strategy for Curtin grey literature, higher degree by research theses, and datasets.
  4. Geolocate and tag photographs in the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library archives.
  5. Host the International Association of University Libraries Conference; an annual international conference with the 2019 theme ‘Shifting Sands and Rising Tides:  Leading Libraries through Innovation’
  6. Partner with public libraries in supporting rural and remote students, including Muresk.
  7. Greater support for regional and remote students, resulting in a better student experience and retention of these students.
  8. Review and relaunch the Library staff site.
  9. Grow connections between Library staff across Curtin campuses through developing and running a program of technology enabled events with broad aims to share experience, create professional development opportunities and identify opportunities to improve client experience of our services.
  10. Re-evaluate how the Library demonstrates its contribution to learning, teaching and research.
  11. Explore service excellence and what it means for the Library.
  12. Develop a ‘Future Library’ roadmap that identifies a long term vision for Curtin University Library.
  13. Work with the University to implement the Robertson Library refurbishment and services upgrade project.

Ideas for initiatives are sourced from a number of areas, including an idea generation exercise with Library staff and identifying opportunities for collaboration internal and external to the University. A highlight of the planning cycle is the Library’s ‘Innovation Initiative’ presentations, in which Library staff are invited to pitch an idea that will benefit the Library and its clients. Workshops are then held with senior Library staff to finalise the list of initiatives that will be worked on for the year.

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Helping students in new fields of librarianship

By Curtin Library 21 January 2019 News & events Comments off


Master of Information Management student Niamh Quigley completed work experience with the Library.

As one of the largest academic libraries in Western Australia, Curtin University Library has a role in providing valuable professional experience for future librarians. With the rapid changes we see in the age of computer-driven research and teaching, the role our Library plays in helping these future librarians also changes.

One of the emerging needs that the Library helps support is research data management – helping people better handle and share their data to improve the impact and reach of their research. By making the data that supports their findings available and reusable, researchers can improve the impact of their findings, gain better connections within their discipline, meet funder requirements, and improve transparency and reproducibility.

In December the Library was fortunate to host a Work Integrated Learning experience for Niamh Quigley, a Master of Information Management student at Curtin University. Niamh’s past work in software test management and her keen interest in the research data management field created a learning project that benefited both her and the Library.

For her project Niamh evaluated data publication workflows – one of the Library’s core research data management services. This involved becoming familiar with Curtin’s research obligations under various Australian government and institutional polices, finding out current recommended best practice, and observing the Curtin research data publication process. By evaluating a range of policies, procedures and client-oriented supporting materials, Niamh was able to submit a thorough and valuable 58 page report outlining 34 recommendations, many of which the library has already begun working on implementing.

Niamh found her work at the Library to be helpful to her professional development: “Having a mentor freely available resulted in being able to have all my questions answered instantly from a practitioner perspective. I felt embedded in an academic library and was treated as a colleague, rather than a student. The practicum enabled me to apply what I had learned across different units in a professional context.”

The Library would like to thank Niamh and Bec Shillington (Practicum Program Coordinator, School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry) for their time and efforts in making this connection possible.

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Highlights from 2018: Library use

By Curtin Library 21 January 2019 News & events Comments off

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To celebrate the start of 2019, we looked back on how clients used our Library spaces and services in 2018.


In 2018 there were over 2 million in person visits to Curtin Libraries. 1.9 million visits were at Robertson Library, 22,000 visits were to Kalgoorlie Library and over 5600 visits were to Curtin Graduate School of Business Library. The busiest day in 2018 at Robertson Library was Tuesday 13 March with 15,306 visits.

Students from Business and Law, Science and Engineering, and Health Sciences faculties were the most likely to use Robertson Library overnight, an indication that our 24/7 opening hours during semester have continued to be popular with a wide range of disciplines.

Facility use

Library study spaces were well-used throughout 2018, with high use of group study facilities and study carrels – especially the new powered carrels. There were 14,392 group study room bookings across the year at Robertson Library, with May and October being the most popular months for bookings.

The Robertson Library Makerspace continued its success in 2018 with over 4,300 people using the space during semester time. In semester two the Makerspace facilitated over 90 activities with more than 1600 people participating.

Our virtual library continues to be the primary way that staff and students access our information resources, with over 5 million catalogue searches and 4.8 million downloads of online resources, compared with 70,000 physical book loans.

Help and workshops

Library staff answered over 60,000 queries in 2018, in person, over the phone, and online. Queries were most often presented at Library help desks, closely followed by queries to our Library Student Assistants who patrol Library spaces.

During orientation and early weeks of each semester in 2018 we offered more than 100 tours, with over 1600 people participating. Over 30 demonstrations of how to access the virtual library and catalogue were held, with 500 people attending.

The Library led a range of workshops and classes in 2018. Workshops ranged in topic and audience; from referencing, searching, academic writing, and study skills through to copyright, research data management, statistical analysis, and research writing. More than 400 workshops were held, with over 9000 participants. New sessions for 2018 included ‘Shut Up & Write’ and ‘Thesis Bootcamp’, which aimed to help higher degree by research students write their thesis.

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North Kalgoorlie Primary School students visit the Kalgoorlie Library.

Kalgoorlie Library

In 2018, Kalgoorlie Library hosted a number of prominent visitors, including academics from China University of Mining and Technology, Senator Matt Canavan, and Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan. Representatives from mining companies Minjar Gold and the wholly Aboriginal owned Carey Mining Contracting Company also toured the Library.

There were also several opportunities for primary and high school students to visit Kalgoorlie Library. In 2018 over 190 students from Clontaf Aboriginal College, Kent Street High School, South Kalgoorlie Primary School and North Kalgoorlie Primary School participated in activities organised in the Library.

An important occasion for Kalgoorlie Library was welcoming the first intake of Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course students in semester two 2018. The students were introduced to the Library early in their studies and made good use of the Library during semester.

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Meet John Fielder

By Curtin Library 21 January 2019 News & events Comments off


John Fielder is the Manager, Learning Success at Curtin University Library. We spoke to him to find out what his team has in store for 2019.

Describe your role in a few sentences.

I manage the Library’s Learning Success Team formed in late 2017. Our team focuses on developing academic literacy and study skills in Curtin students and researchers. It’s been a good challenge over the past twelve months to improve my information, digital, and literacies skills, but I’m being schooled well by experts in the new team. With a diverse team of highly professional people, my main role is facilitating a more integrated approach to the various services we offer, in a way that aligns to Curtin’s key strategies.

How does your team help the University function and achieve its goals?

Many students struggle to transition to tertiary studies, so our online resources and workshops focus on common problem areas. Our main aim is to develop strategies that will improve their skills if they practise and pay attention to detail. Like any form of skill development, it’s an iterative process that takes discipline. We can offer tips and guidelines, but students need to take responsibility for their learning and apply themselves in a disciplined way, whether this be for effective reading, better referencing, or clear and concise writing.

What has been a highlight for your team over the last six months?

A highlight for me has been the way our team members have been open to working outside their area of speciality. We’ve all got something to offer and learn from each other: facilitating learning and collaboration; opening up to discovery learning and creativity; sharpening up our own academic, information and digital literacies; and trying out some team teaching.

What are your team’s goals for the year? What big projects are coming up?

We’re currently developing our Learning Hub, which will integrate all learning support delivered through the Library into one website. This really important if we’re to provide quality online learning experiences for global Curtin students and to make our self-directed skills development engaging and pedagogically sound. The platform and technology is the initial challenge, and then we have the massive task of progressively transforming existing programs and resources. A number of our key goals feed into this online learning presence, including projects focused on digital and data literacies, and plans to trial UniPASS online.

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Measuring Engagement: making (social) media work for you

By Curtin Library 21 January 2019 News & events Comments off

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Faculty panel members from left to right: Gretchen Benedix, Nikos Ntoumanis, Peter Green (Chair), Katharina Wolf and Tama Leaver.

A lively and thought provoking event titled Measuring Engagement: making (social) media work for you was held on Thursday 8 November 2018 in the Curtin University Council Chambers and was organised by the Library’s Faculty Librarian team.

It was part of a new series called Curtin Conversations, which aims to reach out to staff and higher degree students across Curtin’s global campus to discuss hot topics of broad but intense interest. This event was held to address the urgent need for researchers to demonstrate their impact beyond academia.

The opening speakers came from the Curtin University Research Office, Public Relations and Library teams who provided their expertise to frame the conversation. Topics included the recent Excellence in Research Engagement and Impact exercise, as well as how to use public relations to promote research. The Library presented the Altmetrics Explorer tool which measures engagement via non-traditional metrics such as mentions in tweets, newspaper articles, blogs and more.

The faculty panellists were researchers Gretchen Benedix, Nikos Ntoumanis, Katharina Wolf and Tama Leaver, moderated by the Library’s Peter Green. Each gave a brief overview of how they had promoted their research and engaged with the wider community using traditional media, social media, personal websites and LinkedIn. This was followed by a lively networking session over morning tea.

Some of the outcomes of this session included:

  • connecting marketing and communication staff to researchers with stories to tell.
  • making researchers aware of the support available within the University to promote their research.
  • exposing researchers to new channels – there is no single ‘right’ way to tell your story.
  • a deeper understanding of the growing imperative to communicate and demonstrate research impact.

Attendance and feedback on the session were excellent. Ba Tuong Vo, Director of Graduate Research, Electrical Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences stated that Curtin Conversations was “a fantastic initiative which has been well received in our school.”

More Curtin Conversation events have been planned for 2019, and we look forward to engaging more researchers with topics that matter to them.

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Suggestion: Library Lifts

By Curtin Library 15 January 2019 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hi, would it be possible to remove the dead moths from the glass ceilings in the library lifts? Not an attractive look

The Library responds…

Thank you for reporting the moths in the ceiling of the Library’s lifts. We have passed this on to University Properties who will address the issue.

Barbara Parnaby
Curtin University Library

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Semester break opening hours

By Curtin Library 13 January 2019 News & events Comments off

Our Library opening hours will change over the semester and trimester breaks:

Robertson Library

Semester break opening hours
7 January 2019 – 24 February 2019
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed

Curtin Graduate School of Business Library 
29 November 2018 – 14 January 2019

CGSB Library is unstaffed during trimester break. Swipe card access is available from Monday to Sunday, 9am – 9pm.

WA School of Mines Library

Semester break opening hours
7 January 2019 – 24 February 2019
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed

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Suggestion: Cleaning

By Curtin Library 8 January 2019 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I went to level 4 of Robertson Library today and find something sad. The Asian Lagrange collections are in terrible conditions and situations. Dusts all around the books and even germs. Some books are almost 100 years, so please be nice to them and take care of them.

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback and for bringing this to our attention. There has been some work reviewing library collections, but this area has not been attended to recently. We will use the semester break period to look at additional cleaning including the Asian Language Collection and think about how to maintain the area.

Barbara Parnaby
Curtin University Library

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