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Open access success stories at Curtin University – a Curtin Conversation

By Curtin Library 11 August 2020 News & events No Comments »

header imageCurtin University Library would like to invite you to our online edition of Curtin Conversations. Our speakers will cover Curtin’s position in the open access landscape, transformative publisher agreements; open access and its impact on communicating research; and open scholarship.

Join the Library and our expert presenters for a Curtin Conversation sharing and exploring open access success stories at Curtin.

Date: Wednesday 2 September
Time: 2pm to 3.30pm
Location: Online using Webex Events
Registration: Via Eventbrite

A question and answer session will follow these presentations, allowing time to explore the strategies and experiences shared.

Have a question for our presenters? Submit it here.

A recording of this event will be available from this link when the event has finished. By booking a ticket, you are agreeing to take part in the recording.

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23 Things program begins!

By Curtin Library 3 August 2020 Library Services News & events Teaching and Learning No Comments »

Gear up for a digital world and win prizes with our free 23 Things program! Created by students, for students, the program covers a different technology or digital skill each week, ranging from video editing and coding to 3D modelling, digital storytelling and more. This can be completed anywhere, at anytime, and Curtin students who participate can go in the draw to win a $100 voucher each week and a grand prize of $500 at the end of the semester for overall participation!*

Our program begins this week with a workshop on developing your digital and creative skills! Following this, we have a whole schedule of fantastic topics that’ll be covered over the course of semester.

Sign up here to receive our weekly program email, look out for updates on the Library’s social media in the coming weeks, or join our online Curtin Makers community to stay connected!

*Terms and conditions apply

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Library services for semester two

By Curtin Library 29 July 2020 News & events No Comments »

With some COVID-19 restrictions easing, we’ve changed some of our services in preparation for semester two.

Borrowing

You can now request and recall books. Any items you have may be recalled and you will be required to return them. We will let you know via email or OCC if you need to return items.

Remember, fines and fees may be charged for late returns. For any COVID related borrowing issues contact us.

TL Robertson Library and WA School of Mines Library opening hours

TL Robertson Library will be open 24/7 from Monday 3 August 8am, with swipe access for staff and students only.

From Monday 3 August, the WA School of Mines Library is open every day from 6am to 2am, with swipe card access for staff and students only.

Visitors to the Library need to comply with social distancing and hygiene rules. Occupancy limits also apply to Library buildings.

Makerspace

The Makerspace will reopen from Monday – Friday, 12pm to 5pm by appointment.

Appointments may be taken at the door, however, to avoid disappointment, you can schedule ahead at makerspace@curtin.edu.au.

We also have a great schedule of online and face-to-face workshops for you as well as our online community.

Group study rooms

Group study rooms are available for bookings from Monday 3 August for small groups. Occupancy limits apply to group study rooms.

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Library orientation week activities

By Curtin Library 24 July 2020 News & events 1 Comment »

Welcome to semester two 2020! Our online orientation week workshops will boost your confidence and get you familiar with our services.

For more information and links to the online sessions, check out your personalised orientation planner via Student OASIS. Want to discover more about the Library? Check out our guide!

Monday 27 July

Activity Time
The Library: what you need to know 11am and 2pm
Student sew-along 12.30pm
Microsoft Word and PowerPoint essentials 1.30pm
Gathering information for your first assignment 3pm

Tuesday 28 July

Activity Time
Microsoft Excel essentials 10am
Referencing the right way 11am
The Library: what you need to know 11am and 2pm
Student sew-along 2pm

Wednesday 29 July

Activity Time
Develop your digital and creative skills 10am
The Library: what you need to know 10am and 2pm
Referencing the right way 1pm
Origami jam 2pm
Microsoft Word and PowerPoint essentials 3pm

Thursday 30 July

Activity Time
The Library: what you need to know 11am, and 2pm and 5.30pm
Gathering information for your first assignment 12.15pm
Improve your numeracy skills 1.30pm
Time management 1.30pm
Student sew-along 2pm
Critical thinking 2.45pm

Friday 31 July

Activity Time
Time management 9.30am
The Library: what you need to know 11am and 2pm
Origami jam 12pm
Effective reading 12.45pm
Microsoft Excel essentials 2pm
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Expand your digital knowledge with the 23 Things program!

By Curtin Library 22 July 2020 News & events 1 Comment »

Gear up for a digital world and win prizes with our free 23 Things program! Created by students, for students, the program covers a different technology or digital skill each week, ranging from video editing and coding to 3D modelling, digital storytelling and more.

Starting O-Week (with a repeat in week one), the program will run online throughout the semester for you to complete anywhere, at anytime. It’s free, self-paced and you can do as much or as little as you want! In addition to the online module, the Makerspace will be holding weekly workshops related to each skill, both online and in person.

Curtin students who participate can go into the draw to win a $100 voucher each week, and a grand prize of $500 at the end of semester for overall participation. Terms and conditions apply.

Sign up here to receive our weekly program email, or look out for updates on the Library’s social media in the coming weeks!

Workshop schedule

WEEK THING WORKSHOPS
O-Week Info session Develop your digital and creative skills (29/07)
Week 1 Info session Develop your digital and creative skills (05/08)
Week 2 Getting started Creative thinking (12/08, 19/08*)
Week 3 Video editing Video editing and polishing (21/08, 28/08*)
Week 4 Data makeover Data makeover (25/08, 01/09*)
Intro to robotics (27/08, 03/09*)
Week 5 (tuition-free) Free week Arduino 101: getting started (31/08, 07/09*)
Video formats and compression (04/09, 11/09*)
Week 6 Digital creativity Image remix: becoming familiar with the software (08/09, 15/09*)
Week 7 Remix and re-use Image remix: digital collage (16/09, 22/09*)
Arduino 101: project-based activity (14/09, 21/09*)
Week 8 3D modelling 3D models: part one – becoming familiar with the software (24/09, 30/09*)
Week 9 (tuition-free) 3D models: part two – creating a basic object (01/10, 08/10*)
Week 10 Internet of things Tinker with Micro:bits (05/10, 12/10*)
Week 11 Basic coding Deciphering code: basic programming (14/10, 21/10*)
Week 12 Your digital footprint Your digital security (23/10, 30/10*)
Week 13 Digital storytelling Digital storytelling (28/10, 04/11*)
Week 14 Wrap-up

* indicates face-to-face classes

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Mike Daube Tobacco Control and Public Health collection launch

By Curtin Library 21 July 2020 Databases News & events No Comments »

Daube Collection promotional imageMarking a four decade public health career, the Mike Daube Tobacco Control and Public Health collection is now available via Curtin University Library.

Professor Mike Daube AO has been a leader in tobacco control and public health advocacy in the United Kingdom, Australia and internationally. His collected papers, unpublished works, ephemera and more tell the story of Australia’s declining smoking rates and innovative public health programs.

“The collection takes you through a comprehensive journey through nearly 50 years of advocacy in health and social areas, with a particular focus on tobacco,” says Daube. “The success of tobacco advocacy programs mean they can be used as a model in so many other areas.”

The collection was donated to Curtin University Library by Professor Daube in September 2015, and is securely stored in the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library archives. A searchable database of the collection’s contents is available online.

“I hope the collection will be useful to people working on the history of tobacco and tobacco advocacy, but also those working in public health. In advocacy, you can be up against some tough opposition. This collection shows how you can work as individuals, small organisations and academics to save lives, millions at a time,” says Daube.

“This is a unique collection that gives you a sense of the progress in public health advocacy in Australia and around the world, and we’re honoured to hold this at our institution.” says Catherine Clark, University Librarian at Curtin University Library.

The Daube collection is available to search online. Contact the Library’s special collections team for assistance or further information: jcpml@curtin.edu.au.

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JCPML opening hours

By Curtin Library 21 July 2020 Library Services JCPML No Comments »

The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library is currently open by appointment only.

Appointments can be made via phone and email.

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Reading Lists: information for semester two

By Curtin Library 21 July 2020 News & events Teaching and Learning No Comments »

With the commencement of semester two, teaching staff are reminded to arrange access to unit readings through the Library’s Reading List system.

The Course Quality Manual states that all units must have a list except where limited by legislative requirements or the external environment in which the unit is offered. In particular, all learning resources copied under the University’s Statutory Licence must be recorded in the Reading List system.

Your next steps

Teaching staff who wish to create new Reading Lists or need to roll-over existing Reading Lists should do so now.

Staff should also check that their lists are associated with the correct Blackboard units and that the lists are published before the study period commences.

Staff should use Reading Lists to notify the Library of their unit’s prescribed essential learning resources. Check the “prescribed learning resource for this unit (visible to library staff only)” box in the add tags form to do this.

New Reading List features

Guided tours

Click the “question mark” in the right hand corner of the top pane on the Reading List user interface to activate step-by-step guided tours that will show teaching staff how to:

  • Add an item based on a library resource
  • Add a file to an citation
  • Tag citations
  • Add a public note to an citation
  • Managing an item’s due date

Acquisition of Print books

Please note that Curtin Library is an e-preferred library. This means that we will buy books in an electronic format where it is available. Unless the item is a prescribed learning resources (and tagged accordingly) or no electronic format is available, resources will no longer be purchased in print format. Please see Curtin University Library Textbook Guidelines for more information.

Need help?

For help with Reading Lists, see our tutorial.

If you have questions or wish to arrange online training, please contact the Reading List Team via readinglists@curtin.edu.au or +61 8 9266 7572 during normal working hours.

For help with copyright issues, such as how to comply with the University copyright licences, visit Copyright at Curtin.

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Finding a balance with Shut up and write sessions

By Curtin Library 15 July 2020 News & events No Comments »

As a busy full time lecturer, PhD student and mother, Shubashni Ramrekha uses the Library’s Shut up and write sessions to carve out time for her research.

Curtin BlogOriginally from South Africa, Shubashni now lives in Mauritius with her husband and two kids, and works as a lecturer in management at the Curtin Mauritius campus. She is currently working on her PhD, titled Exploring the transition to senior leadership for women: A comparative study of female senior leaders from South Africa and Mauritius.

“I wanted to explore gender equality and how women broke through the glass ceiling to reach senior leadership positions in South Africa and Mauritius,” she said.

“The nature of work is changing. The need for career counselling aimed at developing young adults’ career flexibility and agility is of paramount importance.”

Writing her thesis was a challenge amid the upheaval of COVID-19 lockdowns. The Shut up and write sessions helped her set time aside for her research work.

“It was difficult to find time for my research, between changes at work like switching from face-to-face teaching to online teaching and support, home-schooling my kids and coping with the lockdown,” she said.

“The virtual Shut up and write sessions are amazing. The sessions forced me to set writing objectives each week and focus my attention on the thesis. I have participated in the sessions throughout the COVID-19 confinement and this helped me stay connected with the research.”

Our Shut Up and Write sessions are focused writing sessions for research students. Students are encouraged to write intensively for short periods and then take a break with their fellow writers.

Dr Michael Seats facilitates the sessions and says he enjoys speaking with students about their research successes and challenges. He agrees that COVID-19 restrictions can be challenging for students, but the changes as a result of these can provide new opportunities.

“An unexpected benefit of Shut up and write sessions moving online is that students around the world like Shubashni can join in and have the space to write,” he said.

“Though separated physically, there’s still the same comradery between students undertaking their PhD. I think this is really important in what can be a rather solitary experience.”

Curtin research students can join the next Shut up and write session, contact Library Help for more information.

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Remembering John Curtin: commemoration and book launch

By Curtin Library 2 July 2020 News & events Comments off

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Hosted by the Australian Trade Union Institute, this online panel event will discuss John Curtin’s life and legacy as a union activitist, wartime prime minister, and transformative leader on the 75th anniversary of his death.

It will also launch the new biography Becoming John Curtin and James Scullin by Liam Byrne.

Event details:

Venue: Online via Zoom
Date: Sunday 5 July 2020, 6pm – 7pm AEST
Speakers: Sally McManus (ACTU Secretary), Wayne Swan (ALP National President & Former Deputy Prime Minister) and Dr Liam Byrne (ACTU Historian and Author).

Register for the online panel event

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