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Liam Olden – award winning UniPASS staff member

By Curtin Library 28 June 2018 News & events Comments off

UniPass student

UniPASS Peer Learning Facilitator and Geology student Liam Olden was recently awarded the Aniket Desai Prize for his all-round academic, professional and leadership skills at Curtin University.

UniPASS is a voluntary academic assistance program that sits within Curtin University Library. Sessions are run by Peer Learning Facilitators like Liam, who guide students in revising unit content each week through activities and peer learning. UniPASS helps with student retention at Curtin University by targeting hard to pass core units across faculties, with attendees achieving better grades and forming close bonds with their fellow students. Liam’s background as a regional student from Tambellup, Western Australia, gives Liam a unique insight into the challenges of adjusting to university life and study.

Liam has been part of the UniPASS team for the past five semesters, and is currently facilitating Fundamentals of Geology unit sessions and an online learning community. In semester 1 2017, his sessions attracted 38% of the Fundamentals of Geology cohort with attendees achieving an average 19% grade increase compared to non-attendees.

The Aniket Desai Prize is awarded yearly to a Geology student who contributes to the Curtin community as well as achieving high academic scores, and this year Liam’s dedication to many facets of the student experience was recognised. In addition to his honours studies and UniPASS work, Liam is also the Curtin Geology Student Club president and the Curtin student representative for the Geological Society of Australia, and has been regularly involved as a New to Curtin mentor.

Having award-winning students like Liam as Library staff members is extremely positive and we know his success will continue far beyond his time at the Library.

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Curtin Conversations: A discussion about publishing choices

By Curtin Library 28 June 2018 News & events Comments off

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The Curtin University Library Faculty Librarian team were excited to hold their first Curtin Conversations event on Thursday 14th June 2018. The panel discussion addressed the factors influencing publishing choices and what these choices mean for researchers and for Curtin. The views of each Faculty were represented by our expert panel:

  • Professor Garry Allison, Associate DVC, Research Excellence
  • Professor Kate Trinajstic, Dean of Research, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Professor Fran Ackermann, School of Management, Faculty of Business and Law
  • Professor Dora Marinova, Director of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute

A lively discussion ensued tackling questions such as what makes a quality publication in your discipline? How does choosing quality journals sit with industry demand driven research? Is there a place for lower impact / higher visibility journals? Is open access considered quality? How does publishing in social media relate to quality? How do you identify predatory journals?

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The conversation cemented the fact that there are many factors which drive the choice on where a researcher may choose to publish and how this decision can impact their publishing record and career.

Curtin staff and students can access a recording of the event via Echo360.

This event was followed by a workshop on tools for finding quality journals to publish in. An online version of this workshop will be available in the near future.

We hope to host another event later in the year on another hot topic in academia.

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Meet Academic Skills Advisor Claire Hulcup

By Curtin Library 28 June 2018 News & events Comments off

Claire Hulcup

Our Academic Skills Advisor Claire Hulcup specialises in providing numeracy support to Curtin staff and students. We asked her to tell us about her role and some recent highlights of her work.

“I help students and staff with maths and data analysis at a range of levels and through both workshops and consultations.

“My role helps students succeed in their studies by improving their numeracy skills, which in turn helps the University achieve its goal of increased retention rates. For example, I might help nursing students prepare for their medication calculation test, commerce students with their algebra and calculus, education students prepare for the numeracy component of their LANTITE (Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students) or engineering students understand their maths units. There’s often a lot of assumed maths knowledge for university students, and if they can access help for any skill gaps they are more likely to continue studying.

“I also help postgraduate students and staff with statistics and analysing research data. My workshops on data analysis software SPSS, STATA and NVivo are very popular; with over 500 attendances in the last six months. My priorities for the rest of the year include making more links with academic staff to ensure I continue to meet the needs of students, increasing my range of numeracy and software workshops, and increasing promotion of undergraduate workshops.”

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Catalogue improvements 25 June – 26 June 2018

By Curtin Library 22 June 2018 News & events Comments off

Maintenance to the Library Catalogue is scheduled between 8 pm on Monday 25 June 2018 to 8 am on Tuesday 26 June 2018. During this period there may be some interruption to normal Catalogue services.

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2018 JCPML Anniversary Lecture presented by Stan Grant

By Curtin Library 22 June 2018 Library Services JCPML News & events Comments off

Stan Grant

The 2018 JCPML Anniversary Lecture will be presented by award-winning journalist and author Stan Grant with an introduction by JCPML Patron, The Hon Julia Gillard AC. The John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library (JCPML) Anniversary Lecture commemorates the anniversary of wartime Prime Minister John Curtin’s death on 5 July 1945.

Event details

Date: Thursday 19 July 2018
Time: 4.30pm: Registration
4.45pm: JCPML Anniversary Lecture
6.00pm: Light refreshments
Location: Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre
Building 210
Curtin University
Kent Street, Bentley
Parking: Parking is available in carpark D3. Enter via the main entrance on Kent Street.
Registration:     Please register by Friday 6 July. This is a complimentary event, however places are limited and a registration is required to attend.

About Stan Grant

Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri man and one of Australia’s most respected and awarded journalists, with more than 30 years’ experience in radio and television news and current affairs. Prior to taking up his latest role at the ABC, Stan served for a decade as a senior international correspondent for CNN in Asia and the Middle East. He currently hosts the ABC News program Matter of Fact launched in January this year. Stan is an award-winning and bestselling author of several books and has contributed articles to major Australian newspapers, magazines and journals.

Further information

If you have any special requirements to enable you to participate at this event please advise when you register and we will contact you to provide assistance.

For information about disability services at Curtin, please visit disability.curtin.edu.au.

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Suggestion: noisy study rooms

By Curtin Library 22 June 2018 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Does the library even do anything about noisy people in study rooms? I saw one of your staff talk to a group a number of times and then they just left and nothing changed. Why are people allowed to stay when they’re disturbing everyone else?

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback. Library staff have a policy to provide two warnings to remind clients of considerate behaviour rules and after this should be taking further action, including asking groups to leave when they are not complying. I am not sure what floor of the Library you were on when this happened, however, I will remind Library staff to be vigilant.

If you have any further concerns, you may wish to email LibraryEnquiries@curtin.edu.au. This email address is monitored all the time the Library is providing full service and issues will be attended to as soon as possible once they are drawn to our attention.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: study room occupancy

By Curtin Library 21 June 2018 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Can the study rooms be available for 2 people instead of minimum 3? Not everyone has 2 friends to study with! Plus, I needed to use the white board in library and rooms are easier to discuss with 2 pax… 3 is a chaos… Can the library look into allowing 2? I am annoyed getting chased out time and time again by the staff just because i don’t hit the min number of people in a room

The Library responds…

Thank you for the suggestion to allow two people to work in group study rooms. Depending on demand, this may be a good idea to allow you to have access to the facilities you need. We will take this into account when reviewing all our feedback from Semester 1 and looking at any changes going forward. We are certainly looking at ways to make more spaces for pairs available.

Just to let you know there are a number of three-sided open spaces on levels 2 and 4, which provide whiteboards without the requirement for at least three people to use the space. These may be suitable for you in the meantime, though I do understand that they are not always available.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Library temperature

By Curtin Library 21 June 2018 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Can the library stuff please check on Library Level 6 silent room? This room is so cold I feel like I’m in the freezer! Doesn’t help when its winter and yet the library has no heating!

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback. The temperature of the air conditioning is centrally set at the University and not individually controlled by the Library. I have passed on your comment to the University Properties area responsible for the air conditioning to investigate.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Don’t delay your exam results!

By Curtin Library 20 June 2018 News & events Comments off

A sanction on your student record will prevent you from seeing your exam results. To avoid sanctions, please return all Library items by the due date and keep outstanding fines below $20.

Check due dates on all Library items through My Borrower Information by logging into the Library catalogue.

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JCPML entrance

By Curtin Library 18 June 2018 News & events Comments off

Please note the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library (building 200A, level 1) is now accessible via the front entrance.

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