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Curtin Library to adopt Creative Commons Licensing

By Curtin Library 10 May 2019 News & events No Comments »

To demonstrate our commitment to open scholarship, Curtin Library has decided to adopt the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence (CC BY-SA) to content created by Curtin Library staff that is made publicly available, and not subject to additional licensing restrictions.

The Library will adopt  Creative Commons licensing


The CC BY-SA licence will allow anyone to copy, re-use, share, and adapt Library-created content without requiring additional permissions. The only condition is that re-users who adapt our content attach a similar ShareAlike licence to the new work they create. This ensures works continue to be contributed to the Commons.

As part of the rollout, Library staff will attend a 90 minute training workshop which provides an overview of the Creative Commons licence tools and the opportunity to quickly create a learning object associated with a CC licence. The format and structure of the workshop has been inspired by the in-depth Creative Commons for Educators course.

There are a number of advantages to the approach:

  • Use of Creative Commons licensing will help Library staff understand the challenges of creating and sharing open educational resources (OERs).
  • Individuals and organisations do not need to contact us directly for permission to use library-created content (as long as they comply with the ShareAlike condition of the licence).
  • In advocating for open scholarship, we can use the Library as a case study for other professionals and academics.

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Suggestion: Use of Bin Bags

By Curtin Library 9 May 2019 News & events 3 Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I notice that the bin bags in the small bins around the library are frequently changed, even if they have nothing or barely anything in them. Why? It’s a complete waste of plastic. And, as you know, plastic is bad for the environment, so as Curtin University is meant to be a progressive institute, surely this much (or any) plastic should NOT be used. I think it would be better, overall, to not use plastic, and CLEAN the bins when necessary rather than being wasteful.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback regarding the plastic bin liners used in the Library. I will pass on your concerns to the University’s Properties team who manage the cleaning contract and waste disposal for the building.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Noise and Vibration survey – TL Robertson Library

By Curtin Library 9 May 2019 News & events No Comments »

From Monday 13 May, a noise and vibration survey will be conducted in and around TL Robertson Library in preparation for refurbishment works. The equipment for this survey will be set up around the Library for a few weeks.

There may be minor noise disturbances for short periods in the early morning; other areas of the Library or university campus may be pleasant to study in during these times.

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Research Rumble: innovation on display at the Library

By Curtin Library 7 May 2019 News & events No Comments »

Curtin University’s rich research offerings were on display to industry, the public, staff and students throughout Research Rumble, a four-day showcase exploring the future of health, astronomy, technology, mining, agriculture, sustainability and data science. The Robertson Library hosted a research poster exhibition to showcase our student’s exciting and innovative research, with 15,000 clients visiting the Library throughout the Research Rumble period.

Poster winner, Daniela Scaccabarozzi, is congratulated by Kate Conway, Associate Director, Learning, Engagement & Global.


The exhibition, which ran from 25 – 27 March 2019, consisted of more than 30 electronic and physical research posters. The posters spanned the University’s four faculties of Science and Engineering, Business and Law, Health Sciences and Humanities; creating a fascinating diversity in research areas and topics.

A highlight was judging the ‘Most Engaging Poster’ entered as part of the exhibition. Daniela Scaccabarozzi, School of Molecular and Life Sciences, was crowned the winner with her poster Masquerading as peas: a case of floral mimicry in an Australian orchid, commended for her use of colour, clear layout, and clarity in explaining her research.

In addition, several entries were highly commended by the University Librarian Catherine Clark. Elizabeth Brown, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Angela Lee, School of Marketing, Yuanghang Liu, School of Media, Culture and the Creative Arts and Darren Shawn Tek-Suen Cheah, School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, also received awards. The 30 attendees at the awards ceremony enjoyed afternoon tea while networking with fellow researchers from different faculties.

Darren Shawn Tek-Suen Cheah, School of Earth and Planetary Sciences was highly commended for his entry. 

Elizabeth Brown, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine  was highly commended for her entry. 

“The Library provides the ideal space for a cross-faculty event,” said Science and Engineering Faculty Librarian Linden Hall, organiser of the exhibition.

“As well as being centrally located, the Library supports students and staff across the University, so we have connections with all faculties. A big thank you to the students for exhibiting their work with us!”

2019 was the inaugural year for Curtin’s Research Rumble, previously known as Research Week. Events, seminars and presentations were held at the Bentley campus, the city campus, Technology Park and in the metropolitan area.

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Suggestion: Group study sessions in the computer lab

By Curtin Library 7 May 2019 News & events 2 Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

I am sick and tired of students conducting group study sessions in the computer lab on 3rd floor. They take chairs from all the other computer stations making it harder to get a computer.

Can we either get more chairs or enforce them moving to study rooms?

The Library responds…

If you notice this problem again can you please let a staff member know? They will be happy to assist in either locating another workstation for you or they can have a chat with other students to free up a chair for you, especially during busy times.

Alternatively, we also have computer workstations on Levels 4, 5 and 6, or laptops are available to loan from the Help Point on Level 2.

James Robinson
Coordinator
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Wet Wipes

By Curtin Library 3 May 2019 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hi,

I would just like to raise an issue regarding the wet wipes from the dispensers provided on each level. The majority of wet wipes drawn are either dry or brown coloured with black specs on them. In order to find a clean wipe I find myself discarding the first 10 or so to find 1 clean wipe.

In the rare occasion that there are fresh wipes, they are excellent for wiping down oily or sticky keyboards and desks.

Thanks

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback about the wet wipes provided in the library. We will be in contact with the cleaning contractors about improving the quality of the supplied product.

Adele MacDonald
Coordinator
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Computer Use

By Curtin Library 30 April 2019 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Hey guys,
So I seem to have this problem often. On level 3 waiting to be able to use a computer, there are 16 computers not being used that I can’t access because people are using the desk in front of the computer. Now often people are using their laptops and the computer- cool! All good!! However there are always heaps of people working at the desk on their laptops that never actually intend to use the computer. Is it possible for you to consider an approach to managing this? It would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback. The Library does not have a specific rule about the use of other devices when clients are at a library computer as we have noted that students may be using both simultaneously.

If you do have need of a PC, you may respectfully let the person using the workstation know that you also need it. Alternatively, we also have computer workstations on Levels 4, 5 and 6.

A staff member will also be happy to assist you to locate another workstation, especially during busy times.

James Robinson
Coordinator
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Microwave

By Curtin Library 26 April 2019 News & events 3 Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Can we have some microwave in the library please?

The Library responds…

Thank you for your suggestion. At this stage the Library is unable to provide this service, but it will be looked at as part of the Library refurbishment.

Colin Sinclair
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Hot Water

By Curtin Library 26 April 2019 News & events No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

When the hot water taps in the library are out of order, the bookmark should give out free hot water. There is no reason why hot water from their coffee machine should cost money when we could be getting it for free but someone hasn’t fixed it yet.

The Library responds…

Apologies for the inconvenience. The Guild run Bookmark café and is separate from the Library so it is at the Guild’s discretion if they want to offer free hot water when our units are being serviced.

Colin Sinclair
Manager
Curtin Library

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Study help open over the Easter break

By Curtin Library 18 April 2019 News & events Comments off

Studiosity
If you have assignments to work on or essays to write over the study break, Studiosity – your free online study help service is staying open, to make sure you always have the support you need.

Log in via Blackboard when you get stuck, and ask a question in maths, stats, English, writing, science and more to a live specialist who can help you work through it. Closed only over the Easter weekend Friday 19 April  – Monday 22 April.

Or, upload your written draft any time you like, 24/7 and you’ll get comprehensive feedback so you can improve your work before you hand it in. No matter when you upload, the feedback will come back to you in around 24 hours. Open year-round, even holidays!

Studiosity is available to students studying first year, second year and postgraduate units.

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