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Tell us what you think

By Chloe Lyons 30 August 2011 News & events Comments off

We are inviting you to tell us what you think about the new booth seating on level 3.

The library's new booth seating

The library is committed to continuous improvement of its services and spaces. Recent surveys suggest that you need more group study spaces and power points for laptops and other mobile devices. In response to this we have installed new booth seating with power points on level 3, providing an attractive, convenient space for groups to work together.

We’d like your feedback – any comments about the refurbished space, furniture used, location or new ideas are welcome.

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Suggestion Box: Noise & Space

By Michelle Taylor 29 August 2011 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box @ your library…

The noise levels are incredibly high on level 2. I understand there are quieter areas I could move to but it has increased significantly since semester 1.

The use of library facilities for art purposes seem odd – there are people who want to use the space for study, which will not result in the scattering of styrofoam across the tables, chairs and floors. Surely art students can use studios for their projects?! Also I’m not happy with the use of sharp knives in such an environment – it is situationally inappropriate and they could damage property.

Otherwise, comfortable and great space. Cheers.


The library response…

Dear Karen,

Thank you for your feedback regarding the use of Library spaces.

As you have noted, Level 2 is a high use, busy area with lots of facilities for group work etc. and moderate levels of noise are tolerated on this floor. I have, however, asked staff to continue to be vigilant about noise levels in the Library.

In regards to the issue of using art supplies in the Library – Library staff take seriously their obligations about occupational and health safety and would like to assure you that if we were aware of activity that could constitute a risk to staff or students we would act to rectify the situation. However, I am unaware of the situation you describe and have asked staff to investigate the circumstances around this activity.

All Library users who are being disturbed by inconsiderate behaviour are encouraged to approach a library staff member at the time the problem is occurring so that we can take appropiate action.

Linda Sheedy
Flexible Delivery and Lending Services

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Help for students

By Curtin Library 25 August 2011 Highlights Comments off

What are the most relevant resources to help me find information for my assignments? What is a journal article? How do I find items on my reading list?

For answers to these questions and more, check out our online LibGuides:

  • LibGuides conveniently connect you to library resources relevant to your subject area.
  • Each LibGuide has been carefully customised to your subject area or unit and includes relevant databases, e-books, journals, and much more to help you find information for your assignments.
  • Our generic LibGuides provide you with additional skills in using EndNote, referencing and finding statistics.
  • Other LibGuides you might find helpful are Using the library catalogue, Where to find… and Apps and mobile resources.

LibGuides also hosts our short interactive tutorials which can help you find information for your assignments and develop research skills. Learn through step-by-step instructions and quiz questions about:

• Understanding a reading list
• Finding items on a reading list
• Analysing your assignment topic
• Finding items on your assignment topic
• Searching databases on your assignment topic
• Evaluating resources and
• Understanding referencing.

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Open Day winner collects prize

By Curtin Library 25 August 2011 News & events Comments off
Lorraine Murray and Sophie Bocian
Lorraine Murray, Manager Corporate Services (library), handing over the prize to Sophie Bocian

Year 11 student Sophie Bocian of Pinjarra was the lucky winner of the library’s QR Code Scavenger Hunt on Open Day. She took home a stationery prize pack worth $50. Sophie is looking to study engineering at Curtin when she completes her high school studies.

Open Day in the library was a great success with 3000 people passing through the gates – 515 more than last year! Many visitors enjoyed taking part in the library’s Quirky Quiz and QR Code Scavenger Hunt.

Here are a few photos of the happy participants:

Melissa O’Brien and Matthew Brown
Gary Lau, Zhi Yong and Janelle Hing
Gary Lau, Zhi Yong and Janelle Hing
Amanda Leigh and Kate Conroy
Amanda Leigh and Kate Conroy
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Win a stationery pack worth $50 on Open Day

By Chloe Lyons 11 August 2011 News & events Comments off

Visit the library on Open Day, Sunday 21 August, and take part in our QR Code Scavenger Hunt for a chance at winning a stationery pack worth $50!

As well as this you can:

  • fill out the Quirky Quiz to win lucky dip prizes
  • take a tour of the library to discover the exciting and innovative study spaces the library has to offer (tours will run every half hour, with the first tour commencing at 10.30am)
  • view our ongoing presentation on the library

Activities will run from 10.30am to 2.30pm.

If you know someone coming to Curtin on Open Day, tell them to pop into the library!

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Your Virtual Bookshelf

By Curtin Library 9 August 2011 Highlights Comments off

The Virtual Bookshelf has been developed to provide a weekly view of newly arrived materials in an exciting visual format.

The Virtual Bookshelf displays eBooks alongside print items, thereby showcasing a much larger section of the library’s acquisitions. The Virtual Bookshelf also offers additional functionality. Clients are able to click on a book they are interested in and a catalogue entry will pop up advising them of the item’s bibliographic details. From there the client can find the book’s location and its current availability, as well as having the option to add reviews and tags.

The Virtual Bookshelf is refreshed each week and is a work in progress, your comments are welcome.

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A library workshop could help you

By Curtin Library 3 August 2011 News & events Comments off

The library will be running the following workshops in second semester:

  • Getting started with EndNote (hands on) – book early to get the session you want.
  • EndNote Extras – for experienced users to learn more.
  • Finding journal articles – locate the most relevant resources for your assignments.
  • Saturday workshop – if you can’t come during the week.

Find out more information or book yourself into a workshop today.

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Get more out of the Catalogue

By Curtin Library 28 July 2011 Highlights Comments off

If you want more than a simple search, here are a few hints on some of the other things the Library Catalogue can do for you.

First, remember to log in using your Curtin ID and password to access the catalogue’s full functionality. To log in, simply click on the ‘log in’ in the top right hand corner of the catalogue screen to connect to the full range of electronic resources, save records and queries, place requests and access your borrower information.

Reviews and Tags
Add tags and reviews for any retrieved item by using the ‘Reviews & Tags’ tab. Click on ‘Add New Tag’ to attach text and retrieve it later by choosing ‘In User Tags’ from the drop down menu in the search box or by clicking on ‘Tags’ on the menu at the top of the screen. This may be useful if you want to tag records to use later for an assignment or to share them with others. The ‘Post Your Review’ link can be used to share your thoughts and rate items on a 1-10 scale.

If you click on the ‘Full Record’ tab for any retrieved item you will see on the right hand side a list of Links pointing to further information or services associated with the item, including links to:

  • summaries
  • author information
  • Google books
  • National Library of Australia’s Trove service

For items held in the library’s collection there is a ‘Permanent Link’ option. You can right click on this and select ‘Copy Shortcut’ to include a link to this record in another web page or document.

Some records have a ‘Recommendations’ tab which will give you suggestions for further reading on the same topic. These suggestions are based on user logs indicating what other people who found the same item as you also found interesting or useful.

You can easily learn how to search the catalogue more effectively, place requests for items, use the features of Borrower Information and e-shelf, by selecting the Using the Library CatalogueLibGuide under Study and research tools on the library homepage.

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Library open longer

By Chloe Lyons 18 July 2011 Highlights Comments off

From the beginning of semester 2 on 18 July Robertson Library will be open:

Monday to Thursday 7am to 10pm (limited service 7 – 8am)
Friday 7am to 10pm (limited service 7 – 8am and then 6 – 10pm)
Saturday and Sunday 9am to 6pm (limited service 4.50pm – 6pm)

Between 7 and 8am Monday to Friday clients can use library computers, print, copy, collect books on hold, borrow material and use study spaces on all levels. Rovers will be on hand to assist clients with wireless connection, printing, etc.

Between 6 and 10pm on Fridays we will offer the same service limited to levels 2 and 3. The other floors will be closed from 6pm.

Between 4.50 and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday we will offer the same service limited to levels 2 and 3. The other floors will be closed from 4.50pm.

Enquiry desk services will be available from 8am to 10pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 6pm Friday and 9am to 4.50pm weekends.

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Requesting the pickup location of an item

By Chloe Lyons 15 July 2011 News & events Comments off

Just a reminder, if an item is on the shelf at Robertson Library and you want to collect it at Robertson Library, then you must get it from the shelves yourself.

By selecting any other pickup location the item will be transferred to that location and you will be expected to pick it up from there.This is particularly important for pickups at the Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB, also known as MSL), which is located in Murray Street in the city. Items sent in error to CGSB will take several days to be returned to the Bentley campus and requests will be cancelled.

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