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Happy 40th birthday Robertson Library

By Curtin Library 18 September 2012 News & events Comments off

When it was officially opened in September 1972, the centrally located brick and concrete Robertson Library was the largest building on the Bentley campus and provided an educational focal point for staff and students. Forty years later the building is still a leader on campus in the provision of learning spaces that reflect the essential elements of place, people, collections and technology.

The library is very pleased to celebrate this 40th milestone with a new web resource, Robertson Library: 40 years at the heart of Curtin.

Throughout four decades, the building has undergone physical extensions, interior renovations and operational transformations taking it from labour-intensive work practices to providing increasingly online services. Explore each decade in depth with a multitude of photographs illustrating changes to the building, facilities and spaces, the collections and library operations and services. There is also a facts and figures section which allows you to compare floorplans and statistical information at a glance.

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Curtin Family Home Lecture

By Curtin Library 18 September 2012 Library Services JCPML Comments off

The topic of the 2012 Curtin Family Home Lecture is dealing with pressure in a high profile position, something that John Curtin had to cope with during his wartime prime ministership.

A nasty bite…surviving the Black Dog
Riding the roller coaster of mental illness can be one of the pressures of a political life. Many high achievers have dealt with their demons through demanding workloads and under a spotlight of scrutiny. The outcomes can take a devastating personal and professional toll.

Andrew Robb AO MP, Federal Member for Goldstein, tells a personal tale of his fight with depression. The lecture forms part of the National Trust’s annual Curtin Family Home program.

When: Wednesday 3 October
Time: 5.45pm for 6.00pm
Where: The Grove Library, 1 Leake Street (Cnr Stirling Hway) Peppermint Grove
Cost: $15 ($10 NTWA members, Friends of Grove Library concession)
Light refreshments will be served after the lecture.
Book now on 9286 8686 or email

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Robertson Library Lounge closed Sunday

By Curtin Library 14 September 2012 News & events Comments off

The Lounge on level 2 in the Robertson Library will be closed on Sunday 16 September due to crane work taking place outside. It will be back open as per usual on Monday.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused.

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Referencing – LibGuide of the month

By Curtin Library 13 September 2012 News & events Comments off

If you’re having trouble referencing your assignments, the Referencing LibGuide shows you the four different styles commonly used at Curtin. The guide provides a range of examples of how to cite material such as books, journal articles, internet resources, government publications and more.

You can view the guide online or print a copy.

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New materials for WA Folklore Archive

By Curtin Library 4 September 2012 Library Services JCPML Comments off

The Foothills Connection Community Heritage Project is a rare example of a local government authority encouraging a community to collect its own history.

It was one of the first times in Australia that a project of such breadth was attempted to delineate and document the history, folklore, community arts and crafts, visual record and essential sense of local identity.

The heritage project is a part of Curtin University’s WA Folklore Archive. JCPML staff have been able to locate and receive permission from a large majority of participant families in order to digitise the interviews, held as synopses, transcripts and audio recordings, and make them available through our Electronic Research Archive.

The subject areas are a fascinating insight into life in the Foothills and range from transportation, schooling, farming and home remedies to poetry, racism, gardening and ghost stories.

To view, check out the Foothills Connection Community Heritage Project at and follow the links.

Image: The Kalamunda via Maida Vale bus service, number 361, 1952. Courtesy of the State Library of WA, image ID 240387PD.

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eBooks collection expanding

By Curtin Library 3 September 2012 News & events Comments off

Do you need access to more books for your study or research?

There has been a substantial increase in the number of eBooks available at Curtin Library from our EBL (Ebooks Library) platform, with over 170,000 eBooks recently added to the Library Catalogue. The eBooks can be read online, or downloaded to your personal computer or mobile device for offline use. You can browse the range of available titles by going directly to the EBL platform or by searching the Library Catalogue.

For more information on Curtin’s eBooks, including how to download EBL eBooks to your personal computer or mobile device, see our eBooks @ Curtin LibGuide:

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Curtin Graduate School of Business Library

By Stuart McDonald 3 September 2012 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box @ your library :

Great!  It would be good if you were open on weekends!

The library response :

Thank you.  You will be pleased to note that the Curtin Graduate School of Business Library has just increased its opening hours to 9.00am – 9.00pm Monday – Sunday.  Please see

Linda Sheedy, Manager, Flexible Delivery & Lending Services.

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Library Rovers

By Michelle Taylor 31 August 2012 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box @ your library …

The Rovers are the best!!
Helped us so many times
Superman of the Library!!

The library response …

Thank you for letting us know how much you appreciate the Library Rovers.  The rest of the library staff think they are super (supermen and superwomen) as well!

The Rovers, who are all Curtin students, are a very special and important part of how the library supports you to achieve success in your studies.  

Lynne Vautier
Associate Director
Curtin University Library

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Air conditioning in Robertson Library

By Curtin Library 24 August 2012 News & events Comments off

Work on the level 7 air conditioners will take place from Saturday 25 August to Friday 31 August 2012. As the work is only taking place on several units across level 7 we don’t forsee too much variation in the temperature of the area.

As always, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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A date for your diary

By Curtin Library 16 August 2012 Library Services JCPML Comments off

Put aside October 17 to visit the JCPML and hear our Visiting Scholar for 2012, Associate Professor of History Bobbie Oliver, speak of the secret life of Elsie Curtin, wife of Prime Minister John Curtin.

Not only will the lecture explore the life of this much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, activist, musician, letter-writer and overall sensible and practical woman, but it aims to put to rest some enduring myths about her role as a prime minister’s wife.

Professor Oliver’s research will also be transformed into a website resource which will be available soon after the lecture.

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