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By Curtin Library 20 July 2018 Uncategorised No Comments »

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Yesterday, I attended for the first time, the most excellent JCPML Anniversary Lecture. I was informed of this lecture by a friend and enjoyed it so much, I would like to receive future notifications of JCPML lectures and other events. Do you have a mailing list and/or email newsletter to which I can subscribe?

The Library responds…

Thank you for your interest in the JCPML Anniversary Lecture, we are pleased you enjoyed the event. If you would like to hear about future JCPML events and news, please sign up to our newsletter News from the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library and Special Collections.

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Semester Two Library opening hours

By Curtin Library 19 July 2018 News & events Comments off

Robertson Library (Bentley campus)

From Monday 30 July 2018 Robertson Library will be open 24 hours, every day.

Monday – Friday 8:00am – 8:00pm
Full service, all floors open to all clients
Monday – Friday  8:00pm – 8:00am
Limited service, all floors open to Curtin clients only (swipe card access). Regular Security checks.
Saturday   9:00am – 5:00pm
Full service, all floors open to all clients
Saturday   5:00pm – 9:00am
Limited service, all floors open to Curtin clients only (swipe card access). Regular Security checks.
Sunday  9:00am – 5:00pm
Limited service. Regular Security checks.
Sunday  5:00pm – 8:00am
Limited service, all floors open to Curtin clients only (swipe card access). Regular Security checks.

WA School of Mines Kalgoorlie Library

Monday – Friday 6:00am – 8:00am
Limited service, open to Curtin clients only (swipe card access).
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm
Full service available.
Monday – Friday  6:00pm – 2:00am
Limited service, open to Curtin clients only (swipe card access).
Saturday and Sunday  6:00am – 2:00am
Limited service, open to Curtin clients only (swipe card access).
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Library Orientation Semester 2 2018

By Curtin Library 18 July 2018 News & events Comments off

Get confident using the Library, our resources and facilities by coming to a Library tour or session during Orientation Week. No need to book but places are limited, arrive early!

Library Tours

A Library tour is your opportunity to get familiar with the resources and facilities available, so that you can get the most out of the Library from day one.

Monday 23 July 12pm 1pm
Tuesday 24 July 12pm 1pm
Wednesday 25 July 2pm 3pm
Thursday 26 July 12pm 1pm 5pm
Friday 27 July 12pm 1pm

30 minute tours, meet on level 2, building 105 near Lounge @ Your Library.

More tours will be scheduled in the following weeks.

Library: What’s On Offer

Learn how to navigate the Library’s online resources, including how to borrow a laptop, book a study room, use e-books and access journal articles.

Monday  23 July 1pm 2pm
Tuesday 24 July 1pm 2pm
Wednesday 25 July 3pm 4pm
Thursday 26 July 1pm 2pm
Friday 27 July 1pm 2pm

45 minute sessions, meet in room 412, level 4, building 105.

More What’s On Offer sessions will be scheduled in the following weeks.

O Day Stall

Visit the Library, Learning Success and the Makerspace at Curtin Student Guild’s O Day event on 1 August 2018 11am – 2.30pm for information about how we can help your studies.

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Levels 4, 5 and 6 availability

By Curtin Library 17 July 2018 Facilities Comments off

Due to works by contractors, levels 4, 5 and 6 of the Robertson Library will be intermittently unavailable over the next few days.  Please see the Library Help point on level 2 for assistance if required.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Changes to Library Reading Lists for Semester 2, 2018

By Curtin Library 17 July 2018 Library Services Comments off

With the commencement of Semester Two, 2018, teaching staff are reminded to arrange access to unit readings through the Library Reading List service.

It is a University requirement that the use of copyright materials for teaching purposes are registered in the Reading List system.

It is also best practice to use Reading Lists to notify the Library of essential and recommended unit readings so that the Library can provide students with access to these resources from within the Library’s electronic and physical collections.

Teaching staff who already have Reading Lists are advised to check that their Reading Lists are Associated with the correct Blackboard units and that the Reading Lists are Published before the commencement of the new study period.

A major change to Reading Lists now allows instructors to associate multiple Blackboard units with a single Reading List. Instructions for doing this are found in our Instruction Guide under “Start Building a Reading List” – “Associate a Reading List with one or many units”. This means that, unless there is a reason for doing so, it is no longer required to create a Reading List for each Blackboard availability but it is now possible to direct multiple cohorts across study periods and within availabilities to the same Reading List.

If you have questions, please contact the Reading List Team using the following methods:

For information about Reading Lists, please see our Instructional Guide.

For information about Copyright, please visit the Copyright at Curtin website.

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Robertson Library refurbishment

By Curtin Library 29 June 2018 News & events Comments off


From 2019 onwards Robertson Library will undergo an exciting refurbishment to modernise vital Library infrastructure and create the academic Library facility of the future for our clients.

With over 2 million visits every year, Robertson Library is situated at the heart of the Bentley campus and is an important academic and social hub for staff and students.

The refurbishment will be spread over a number of years and will ensure we can continue to provide a 21st century Library and, ideally, exceed our clients’ expectations.

We are delighted that local firm Hames Sharley and international firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen have been appointed as architects for the project. The team recently began preliminary consultation with students and staff, with much more discussion planned as the project takes shape. Keep a look out on our blog for updates and lots more detail as the project gets underway.

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Curtin Librarian wins F A Sharr Award

By Curtin Library 28 June 2018 News & events Comments off

Claire Murphy

Curtin Library’s Coordinator, Learning Success Claire Murphy was awarded the prestigious F A Sharr Award at a ceremony held at the State Library of Western Australia on Thursday 24 May. The award is presented to a Western Australian librarian, teacher librarian or library technician within their first three years following graduation, who exhibits the most potential to make a significant contribution to the library profession in WA.

“Being awarded the F A Sharr Award is an incredible honour, joining the ranks of an incredibly inspirational group of library professionals,” Claire said. “It gives me confidence at the beginning of my career to use my voice, suggest new approaches and try new things. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have received so much support from my managers at Curtin Library. I hope to do them proud!”

At Curtin University Library, Claire’s role focuses on improving the information literacy support for Curtin students. “Whether online, or in-person, through the LibGuides, classes or at the Help Point, the Learning Success team are helping to impart crucial skills for lifelong learning – and I love being part of that,” Claire said. “Curtin graduates need to be able to flourish in a rapidly changing society. The work the Library is doing helps students develop skills in critical thinking, creative problem solving, understanding the importance of evaluating information – important attributes no matter where life takes you.”

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Literary Locals: Curtin author readings

By Curtin Library 28 June 2018 News & events Comments off

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On 25 May 2018 the Library hosted five local authors to read from their various written works.

Despite the wet and windy weather, Perth patrons travelled to Curtin Bentley campus on a Friday evening to hear stories of motherhood, romance, cooking misadventures, and vivid depictions of our local suburbs.

Liz Byrski, Rachel Robertson, and Jude Bridge, some of Curtin’s talented staff members, read from their published and unpublished novels and short stories. Jude Bridge’s theatrical renditions were well received and reflected her background in stand-up comedy and theatre. Liz Byrski related what life was like after World War II through the eyes of a child, and Rachel Robertson gripped all our hearts with her memoirs of raising her autistic son.

Max Vos and Caitlin Gava represented the Curtin Writer’s Club, a Curtin Student Guild organisation with many aspiring writers. Neither Max nor Caitlin had read their work in front of a large audience before, but they both delivered wonderful stories with relatable characters and themes.

There were around 70 attendees, some of whom were Curtin staff or students, and others from the broader community. Guests enjoyed sparkling wine and canapés after the readings, and had the chance to chat to the authors about their work.

Literary Locals

The Library is looking forward to hosting similar events in future, to bring together Curtin staff and students through a shared love of stories and creativity.

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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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