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Suggestion: Standing Desks

By Curtin Library 18 August 2017 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Standing desks: could the location of the standing desks be added to the library floorpan diagrams? Also it would be good to have these desks located in less-trafficked areas – currently they seem be located in what are movement areas.

The Library responds…

Hi Lucia

Thank you for the suggestion. We have updated the Library’s floor plans to include the location of the standing desk and will take this into consideration.

Colin Sinclair
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Student Lounge Kitchenette unavailable 23/08/17

By Curtin Library 18 August 2017 News & events No Comments »

The kitchenette area, including the hot water zip tap, in the Robertson Library Student Lounge (Lounge @ Your Library) will be unavailable on Wednesday 23 August 2017 until 4pm. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Suggestion: Double-sided Printing

By Curtin Library 17 August 2017 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I’ve noticed that the printers don’t have a default setting of double-sided printing. I think it would be a good idea as it would save paper and the size of printed documents.

The Library responds…

Thanks for your feedback.  The default setting for printing should be double-sided however there appears to be an issue. This has been reported to CITS.

Colin Sinclair
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Catalogue tips – requesting items

By Curtin Library 17 August 2017 News & events No Comments »

To place a request for a library item, log into the catalogue and use the Request link under Availability in the item’s full catalogue record.

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Suggestion: Virtual Bookshelf

By Curtin Library 17 August 2017 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

This is not meant to be a criticism but I can never find the new book carousel online. It used to be front and centre and I was wondering if you could bring it back. Thanks.

The Library responds…

Thanks for your feedback.  The book carousel, or Virtual Bookshelf, can be found under the “Find books and resources” menu from the Library home page.

Colin Sinclair
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Unattended Computers

By Curtin Library 16 August 2017 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Could the libary please keep an eye on computer use? I often find myself unable to find a computer during busy times. Yet there are computers that have no one on them and a sign on the screen with something along the line of “brb” or ” gone to get coffee”. I think this is unfair.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback on computer use in the Library. We do make sure that the computers have notices advising students not to leave them unattended for more than 10 minutes. If you notice this problem again can you please let a staff member know? They will be happy to assist in either locating a computer workstation for you or removing unattended items to free up a space for you.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Catalogue tips – teaching practicum items

By Curtin Library 15 August 2017 News & events No Comments »

The Library holds a number of resources that can assist with teaching practicum placements. To search for these resources, filter your search results by selecting Teaching Resources from the Library or Collection drop down menu on the right hand side of the screen.

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Study Skills Bazaar

By Curtin Library 14 August 2017 News & events No Comments »

The Library is holding our first ever Study Skills Bazaar on Wednesday 23 August from 10am to 2pm in Robertson Library (building 105).

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We are bringing together study support groups from around the University as a one-stop-shop for study skills advice:

  • Library – finding information, tools for referencing, Makerspace
  • The Learning Centre – writing, numeracy and time management skills
  • UniPASS – peer-led group study sessions
  • Student Wellbeing – holistic support for students
  • UniEnglish – English language support
  • CITS – wireless access, OASIS and other IT support

Featuring a guest appearance from George the Therapy Dog!

Come along and see the student support services you can access.

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Catalogue tips – finding and reading items

By Curtin Library 11 August 2017 News & events No Comments »

If an item is physically in the Library, click on the Available at link under the item’s record. This will indicate where it can be found on the shelf as well as if it is already on loan or available for borrowing.

If you only want to see items you can read online, enter your search terms and, under Filter my results on the right hand side of the results page, click on Books from the Resource dropdown menu. Now under Show only click on Available Online. You will now have a list of electronic books and book chapters that you can read online. You can read an eBook on your computer by clicking on the Available Online link in the book’s catalogue record.  If you wish to download an eBook to your mobile device you should visit the eBooks@Curtin LibGuide for instructions, as different collections require different eBook readers.

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Spotlight on Curtin Library Makerspace

By Curtin Library 10 August 2017 News & events No Comments »

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Curtin Library Makerspace is an exciting space that brings together innovation, design and fabrication for all members of the Curtin community and beyond. It has recently grown in importance and is now part of the University Learning and Student Experience Enabling Plan.

Our goals are to:

  • evoke a sense of community among the makers within, or connected to Curtin;
  • foster creative thought, skill building & sharing;
  • encourage cross-disciplinary interaction, inquiry, learning, and collaboration;
  • make our specialised materials & equipment obtainable to users;
  • facilitate project work and research between students and staff; and
  • have the makerspace available for academics to be able to incorporate ‘making’ and/or use of our equipment into their curriculum.

To continue to achieve our aims, the Makerspace physical hub has been relocated to a much larger space on Robertson Library level 5. Drop in Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm during semester to check out the changes we’ve made.

You can also join us in celebrating National Science Week 2017 with ‘Future Earth Makers at the Library'; a week long Makerspace program. Hands-on activities and workshops will blend the boundaries of science and creativity, focusing on the themes of sustainability and the environment.

Day Time Event
Monday 14 August 10:00am – 11:00am, Curtin Library Makerspace Make old paper new – Explore paper recycling and make old paper new again.
1:00pm – 2:30pm, Curtin Library Makerspace DIY solar-powered car – Make a solar-powered car made with a simple circuit & other materials.
Tuesday 15 August 10:00am – 11:30am, Curtin Library Makerspace Build your own Wind Turbine – Discover how a windmill works and make your own mini version.
12:00pm – 2:00pm, Lower Henderson Decorate your own solar light  Use different methods to embellish your own garden solar lightbulb.
Wednesday 16 August 10:00am – 11:00am, Curtin Library Makerspace Plastic bag crafts – Repurpose everyday plastic shopping bags into something crafty.
12:00pm – 1.30pm, Curtin Library Makerspace Energy Awareness Design Challenge – Team up with others to make something that conserves something.
Thursday 17 August 11:00am – 2:00pm, Lower Henderson Insect Hotel – Create a habitat for the insects in your garden.
2:30pm – 4:30pm, John Curtin Gallery Coffee Pod Creations – Produce a work of art with recycled coffee pods.
Friday 18 August 10:00am – 11:30am, Curtin Library Makerspace Visit the new Makerspace – Celebrate the end of National Science Week and drop in for morning tea.
5:00pm – 8:30pm, Curtin Library Makerspace SCINEMA – Come to our screening of the SCINEMA International Film Festival.
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