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From the suggestion box…

By Curtin Library 3 June 2010 News & events Comments off

The number of computers in the library really helps me use anytime. However, only a few scanners does not seem to reflect the number of students at Curtin. I would like to suggest to have more scanners or make the copier work as a scanner. Thanks.

The library responds…

Thankyou for your comment and suggestion.

Re the scanners. The library appreciates the growth in demand for scanning facilities. Frustration in gaining access to a scanner arises when all the library computers are in use, including those attached to scanners. In the short term, we are going to designate a computer/scanner in the lounge@your library as a scanning machine. We will also look at expanding the number of scanners attached to the computers throughout the library.

Re using the copiers as scanners. This is a good idea and one the library has been looking into. The problem at the moment is that the copiers are set up to charge for copies and we do not charge for scanning (nor do we intend to charge). The system the copiers use is not easy to set up to make this distinction. However, we have not given up and are still working on a solution. We are also looking at the option of purchasing a copier that will do scanning only.

Lynne Vautier
Associate Director
Flexible Delivery & Lending Services

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Library extends opening hours in June

By Curtin Library 20 May 2010 Highlights Comments off

Robertson Library will extend its opening hours between 5 and 18 June to help students preparing for exams. The library will be open:

7.00am to 10.45pm Monday to Friday (except Foundation Day 7 June)

10.00am to 10.45pm Saturday and Sunday

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Have you tried our new catalogue yet?

By Curtin Library 20 May 2010 News & events Comments off

The library is trialling a new catalogue which is more intuitive and offers a range of improved functionality including:

  • One simple search across multiple collections (books, journals, audiovisual, archival materials, Curtin research)
  • Ability to limit search results to “online only” – particularly useful for our off-campus users
  • Option to narrow your search results to items currently available, type of resource or items held at a certain location
  • Suggestions for new searches, relevance and popularity ranking
  • The e-shelf – a personalized workspace allowing you to save and ogranize records
  • Ability to add your own tags and reviews
  • Ability to share records by emailing, printing or pushing them to other applications such as EndNote, Connotea and delicious.

You can try our new catalogue from our homepage (just click “try our new catalogue” link under the search box).  We welcome your feedback so please leave a comment.

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National Career Development Week

By Pauline Lloyd 13 May 2010 News & events Comments off

May 17-21  is National Career Development Week. The Curtin Careers Centre wants to help encourage all Curtin staff and students to take active ownership of their careers and get the life they love, though a week of presentations and workshops, guest speakers and interactive activities.

 Robertson Library features a display on level 2 with information about the Curtin Careers Centre and how they can assist students, as well as information about the dates, times and location for events as part of National Career Development week on campus.

 For more information about the week’s events go to: http://www.careers.curtin.edu.au/ncdw2010.html

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What you said about the library

By Curtin Library 6 May 2010 News & events Comments off

Results from 2009’s Curtin Annual Student Satisfaction (CASS) survey reveal that 90% of you are satisfied with the service provided by library staff. Other responses show that:

  • 88% of students are satisfied with the library’s opening hours
  • 89% of students are satisfied with the library’s book/journal collections and electronic information
  • 80% of students are satisfied with the facilities provided in the library.

Click to find out what we’re doing to improve our services and facilities even more in 2010.

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Researchers do you need help?

By Curtin Library 28 April 2010 Highlights Comments off

The Mastering Research Resources seminar series is an excellent opportunity for staff and research students to keep abreast of current library resources and tools. Participants are encouraged to bring their own research queries to each session.

Seminars include:

  • Getting started: library services for researchers
  • Using library databases effectively
  • Tracking citations: following the research trail
  • Scholarly publishing: maximising the impact of your research.

Register your interest in the MRRS Series today. If you and your colleagues need a seminar on a specific topic then contact your Faculty librarian to arrange a seminar at a time to suit you.

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Exhibition on display at Kalgoorlie

By Curtin Library 14 April 2010 News & events Comments off

The JCPML travelling exhibition Menzies, Fadden, Curtin and the Japanese Envoy is on display at the Kalgoorlie Campus Library from 12 April to 30 June 2010.

All are welcome to come and view during library opening hours.

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Need help researching your assignment?

By Curtin Library 12 April 2010 News & events Comments off

Try our new interactive tutorials to help you find and use information for your assignments. These are short, visual tutorials that take you through 7 essential steps:

  • understanding your reading list
  • finding items on your reading list
  • analysing your assignment topic
  • finding books on your topic
  • finding journal articles on your topic
  • evaluating your resources
  • understanding referencing.
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Library trials 7am opening

By Curtin Library 12 April 2010 Highlights Comments off

From 19 April Robertson Library will open its doors from 7am on weekdays until the end of semester (25 June).

Trialling the new hours is a response to direct feedback and CASS survey comments that students need time in the library before classes commence. Clients will have:

  • access to all floors;
  • use of computers and other technology;
  • access to self-serve facilities such as borrowing and Reserve.

Library rovers will be on hand to help with any technology-based queries and the normal enquiry and loans desk service will operate from 8am.

As this is a trial we are very interested in your feedback so please leave a comment to let us know what you think of the earlier opening and help us evaluate this trial.

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Muresk Campus closed 7-9 April

By Pauline Lloyd 8 April 2010 News & events Comments off

The Curtin Muresk Campus will be without power on Wednesday 7 and  Friday 9 April 2010.  Therefore the Muresk Campus Library will be closed on these dates.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

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