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2019 JCPML Anniversary Lecture – video now available

By Curtin Library 15 October 2019 Library Services JCPML News & events Comments off

The 2019 John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library Anniversary Lecture, ‘What is the Point of Reconciliation?’ presented by Kerry O’Brien, is now available online. The video is closed captioned and can be viewed here. A transcript of the lecture can be read here.

An edited version of the lecture was also submitted by Kerry O’Brien to The Monthly and has been published here.

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Kalgoorlie Campus library closure – Saturday 19 October

By Curtin Library 14 October 2019 Campus Life News & events Comments off

Curtin Kalgoorlie library will be closed this coming Saturday, Saturday 19 October, due to electrical maintenance and the replacement of a transformer by Western Power.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Suggestion: Referencing Guides

By Curtin Library 14 October 2019 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

My suggestion is for the reference guides. For the chicago referencing style, there are 2 versions, one with (author, date) and one using numbering and footnotes. It would be nice to include the footnotes system in the referencing guide as it is much more useful for those studying science/ engineering degrees.

The Library responds…

Thanks for your suggestion Caitlin. The Library provides support for four styles of referencing that are used by the majority of the University; two author-date styles (APA 6th and Chicago 17thB), one footnotes style (AGLC), and one numbered style (Vancouver). In the past, we also provided links to guides for additional styles produced by other Universities. However, as we weren’t quality checking those guides, and as we don’t offer any additional support to students who are using a reference style other than the four above, we made the decision to discontinue with these links.

We suggest that you ask your lecturer to provide details of an appropriate guide to use for your style.

John Fielder
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion: Library Help

By Curtin Library 11 October 2019 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Can the “Library Help Phone Number” please be diverted to one of the roving mobiles when you call from a mobile phone instead of to the desk phone on lvl2 (which isnt answered if the people on the desk are busy) so students can get help when they need it?

Thanks for your time

The Library responds…

Many thanks for this suggestion Stephanie. This is a great idea and we will look into promoting a direct number that clients can dial from their own mobile phones to reach the Library Rovers, rather than only having this available from the Library Help phones.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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Suggestion Box: Reporting to Student Rovers

By Curtin Library 11 October 2019 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Is it possible to develop a system to alert the student rovers to disruptive behaviour in the library outside of normal hours, like an sms system? This way it remains anonymous and the student being affected by excessive noise can continue to study. Was badly affected last night on level 3, even with headphones in these two blokes just carried on chatting and laughing (hardly studying). Got so stressed I got nothing done and left. Will use silent computer areas now I am aware of them

Next suggestion is maybe the creation of a small stretching area with some exercise mats, perhaps a foam roller or two, and maybe even trigger point tools somehow mounted on the wall to help relieve those painful postural muscles, and some bars on the wall to help people stretch.

Third suggestion is a coffee vending machine for those times when Bookmark cafe is not open. Would be nice to grab a hot drink on a late night.
Thanks for your time

The Library responds…

Thank you for your feedback and suggestions and I am sorry to hear that your studies were disrupted. The use of SMS to request support is an excellent suggestion and we will investigate this. For the moment, I have asked Library staff who monitor the areas to be alert to concerns about noise and remind people about considerate use of the Library.

It can help if you report problems like this as soon as they arise and you may like 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. You can also dial a Library Rover from nearby Library Help phones at any time.

With regards to your other suggestions, firstly, the Library will consider your interesting idea for a stretching/relaxation area as part of our planned major refurbishment, it may be something we can incorporate in the future. I will forward your other suggestion on the hot drinks vending machine to the Student Guild, as they manage the provision of these services on campus.

Barbara Parnaby
Manager
Curtin University Library

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By Curtin Library 10 October 2019 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

To whomever this concerns,

The 5th level of the library has been very rowdy the past 3 days that I came to study, and I only came the past three days of the tuition-free week. Students (or not) have been talking and laughing (not about work) as if no one here was trying to study and as though they were the only ones in the library. I hope that more monitoring could be done such that incidents like these do not happen again.

Thank you so much.

The Library responds…

Thank you for the feedback and I am sorry to hear the noise is disrupting your studies. I have asked Library staff who monitor the areas to be alert to concerns about noise and remind people about considerate use of the Library.

It can help if you report problems like this as soon as they arise and you may like 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.

Adele MacDonald
Coordinator
Curtin Library

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Curtin Library Insync Survey Competition Winners

By Curtin Library 9 October 2019 News & events Comments off

Curtin Library is pleased to announce the winners of ten $100 Coles Group and Myer gift cards. The gift cards were awarded for completing the recent Library Insync survey.

  • Tenielle George
  • Anna Fourie
  • Lorraine Chan
  • Jia Xin Tay
  • Xun Huang
  • Theresa Fitzgerald
  • Harrison Page
  • Hio Ian Ip
  • Aurelie Melissa Ip Ping Wah
  • Kim Cao

Congratulations to our prize winners, and thank you to all who participated in the Insync survey. We are currently analysing the results and considering your feedback.

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Suggestion Box: Toilets

By Curtin Library 8 October 2019 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

Please do something about the bathrooms in the library. They smell very bad.

The Library responds…

Thanks for the feedback, we are working with Properties to get these issues addressed

Colin Sinclair
Manager
Curtin Library

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The PhD: Its Place in Your Career

By Curtin Library 7 October 2019 News & events Comments off

Curtin Conversations 4 imageFollowing on from the Library’s previous Curtin Conversation in June focusing on the PhD and its place in industry, this conversation will continue the theme by exploring the place a PhD has in your career. We will explore strategies and share experiences to help you make your PhD fit your chosen career aspirations.

Join the Library and our expert presenters for a Curtin Conversation examining the PhD and its place in your career.

Date: Monday 4 November 2019
Time: 10:00am to 11:30am followed by a networking morning tea
Location: Tim Winton lecture theatre
Building 213, Room 104
Curtin University
Kent St Bentley, WA 6102
Registration: Via Eventbrite, by Wednesday 30th October 2019

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

Morning tea will be provided after the panel discussion, giving you time to network and talk to our presenters.

Is there a question you would like our presenters to answer? Submit it here.

This event will be live-streamed. You can view this here. Please sign in on the day using your Curtin credentials. The recording will also be available from this link when the event has finished.

Read more…

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Suggestion: Toilets

By Curtin Library 3 October 2019 News & events Comments off

From the suggestion box@Curtin Library…

The toilets in the library are always the dirtiest and smelliest anywhere on campus. I know lots of people use them but it would be nice if they put some urinal cakes or a scent thing in there to make them smell nicer.

The Library responds…

Thanks for your feedback. We are currently arranging a detailed clean of the Library toilets and they should be done this month. We’ll also ask the cleaners to look at more options for reducing the odour build-up.

Colin Sinclair
Manager
Curtin Library

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