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Air conditioning in Robertson Library

By Curtin Library 24 August 2012 News & events Comments off

Work on the level 7 air conditioners will take place from Saturday 25 August to Friday 31 August 2012. As the work is only taking place on several units across level 7 we don’t forsee too much variation in the temperature of the area.

As always, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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A date for your diary

By Curtin Library 16 August 2012 Library Services JCPML Comments off

Put aside October 17 to visit the JCPML and hear our Visiting Scholar for 2012, Associate Professor of History Bobbie Oliver, speak of the secret life of Elsie Curtin, wife of Prime Minister John Curtin.

Not only will the lecture explore the life of this much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, activist, musician, letter-writer and overall sensible and practical woman, but it aims to put to rest some enduring myths about her role as a prime minister’s wife.

Professor Oliver’s research will also be transformed into a website resource which will be available soon after the lecture.

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eBooks@Curtin LibGuide

By Curtin Library 16 August 2012 News & events Comments off

Did you know the library has a large collection of ebooks for study and research?

Find out how to locate, print, copy and download ebooks to your computer, ebook reader or mobile device.

Check out the eBooks@Curtin LibGuide and start reading today!

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Improving the library's public areas

By Curtin Library 14 August 2012 News & events Comments off

It is our aim to make the public areas of Robertson Library an even better place for clients to study.

During our recent LibQual survey, many respondents indicated they like having library staff roving public areas to assist them with enquiries.

Some also commented that they would like more monitoring of:

  • noise
  • food and drink
  • use of study rooms.

Enforcing silence in silent areas and no food seems to be lacking – Undergraduate 4th year
Noise levels need to be monitored and action taken when noise is made. It is not unusual to hear someone on their phone in a silent area. – Academic staff member
Many of the library services would be better if students followed the rules about noise and food – Undergraduate 3rd year

So from this week you will see more library staff in public areas of the library to proactively offer assistance and manage inconsiderate behaviour. If you find you are being disturbed by others, we encourage you to approach a library staff member so that we can take appropriate action.

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Access to Robertson Library

By Curtin Library 9 August 2012 News & events Comments off

Some access routes to the Robertson Library may be unavailable on Sunday 12 August between 6.30am and 12.30pm due to crane works. We ask that all pedestrians adhere to barricades and signage.

The library will be open as per usual but the lounge@your library may be unavailable for some of this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Many visitors to the library kiosk for Open Day

By Curtin Library 7 August 2012 News & events Comments off

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Curtin Library kiosk on Open Day. With over 17,500 people visiting the campus there was lots of activity.

The library’s virtual quiz was a big success and everyone who participated got a lucky dip prize. The main prize of a $50 Dymocks voucher will be drawn on Thursday 9 August.

One of the happy participants in the library's virtual quiz.

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Trimester opening hours at CGSB library

By Curtin Library 7 August 2012 News & events Comments off

The Curtin Graduate School of Business Library will be open during trimester break (10 – 28 August) but will not be staffed.

You may borrow library items in person from Robertson Library or by recalling on loan items via the library catalogue for collection from Robertson Library.

Normal hours will resume from 28 August.

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Visit us on Open Day!

By Chloe Lyons 2 August 2012 News & events Comments off

Come down to the University Life marquee at Edinburgh Oval on Open Day, Sunday 5 August, and take part in our Library Virtual Quiz for a chance at winning a $50 Dymocks voucher*.

As well as this you can:

  • grab a lucky dip prize if you complete the quiz
  • discover the mobile technology the library has to offer
  • talk to our friendly library staff
  • pick up a library self tour to discover the exciting and innovative study spaces in the Robertson Library.

Activities will run from 11am to 3pm.

Robertson Library will be open from 9am to 6pm if you want to take a self tour and have a look around.

If you know someone coming to Curtin on Open Day, tell them to visit us in the University Life marquee or pop into the library!

*Terms and conditions apply, more information available on the quiz.

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Curtin home open to visitors

By Curtin Library 31 July 2012 Library Services JCPML Comments off

The National Trust of Australia (WA) invites you to learn more about the life of wartime Prime Minister John Curtin, his wife Elsie and their family.

There will be a Curtin Family Home Open Day on Sunday 5 August 2012 from 11am-4pm.

The house at 24 Jarrad Street, Cottesloe was home to the Curtin family for 75 years and is one of only three residences of former Australian prime ministers open to the public so don’t miss this opportunity. There will be games for children and you can follow ‘Elsie’ as she takes you on an audio tour of the house.

Or try a talk and tour of John Curtin’s home from now until 10 August. Sessions include readings from John and Elsie’s diaries, letters, newspapers of the time and oral histories with the family and include morning or afternoon tea.

For more details and to make bookings phone 9321 6088 or email

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Microsoft Word.

By Stuart McDonald 31 July 2012 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box @ your library …

The library computers have an issue with the Microsoft Word program.

The issue is that when I went to utilise the thesaurus function on the computer, when I press  Shift F7, it comes up with a French and Spanish thesaurus.  This is not helpful at all and needs to be sorted out please.  It is very frustrating to not have an English thesaurus on Microsoft Word.

Can you please resolve this problem?

Thank you

Kind regards

Student at Curtin.

The library response …

Thank you for bringing this problem to our attention.  Library staff have tested a range of computers across the Library this morning and found this problem is widespread.  We have now asked for an urgent fix from Curtin IT services. 

I am confident you will see the problem solved very soon. 

 Lynne Vautier

Associate Director, Flexible Delivery and Lending Services

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