Sunday, 15 July 2018

Pop-up bookshop 16 - 20 July

It's time to get your textbooks organised for semester 2.

Which textbooks do I need?
The semester 2 2018 textbook list is now available. Browse the complete list of prescribed and recommended textbooks.

Graphic with text: Pop-up bookshop open 16-20 July
Buy them
You'll be able to buy textbooks on campus for one week only at The Campus Bookstore pop-up. 
When: 16-20 July 9am- 5pm
Where: Building 10, Level 5, near the entrance to Swanston Library.

Many popular textbooks, as well as some stationery, will be available for purchase in-store, but we strongly recommended that you pre-order your books online to ensure in-store availability. Your pre-order can be picked-up at the RMIT pop-up store at no extra charge or you can select ‘Home Delivery’ for $9.99. Order early to avoid disappointment. 

If you miss the pop-up store you can order online anytime or you can visit The Campus Bookstore at Monash University’s Caulfield Campus, which will stock textbooks for RMIT courses. 

Borrow them
Search the Library to see if a copy of your textbook is available on-shelf or online. 

Rent them
The Campus Bookstore also offers a rental service for select textbooks. All rentals must be paid for and processed online.

Experience Swanston Library in a new way

There's a whole new and innovative way to experience the Library! Meet Owlbot, our augmented reality holographic tour leader. Owlbot is ready to show you around Swanston Library in a mixed reality tour - the likes of which you've never experienced before.

Two students in Swanston Library using HoloLens

How do I take the tour with Owlbot?
Collect a HoloLens headset from the service desk on Level 5 of Swanston Library, then you'll be ready to take the 20-minute tour. Bring your friends, we have several headsets so you can try it together.

What will I learn?

Learn about the Swanston study spaces, services and collections. They'll help make your study journey more successful plus you'll have a great time with Owlbot.

How can I help co-create the experience?
You can provide feedback on the system, help iron out bugs and suggest improvements!

Monday, 2 July 2018

NAIDOC Week film screenings

To celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018, RMIT University Library will present NAIDOC Week
educational film screenings (9 - 13 July). Featuring ten exceptional Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander films and documentaries, sharing powerful Indigenous women's
stories and showcasing award-winning films of Indigenous women filmmakers.

Honouring this year’s NAIDOC theme Because of Her We Can, we acknowledge
the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have
made to our communities and to our nation.  Find out more at the NAIDOC website.

Program 9 - 13 July

Monday 9 July
12.30pm Women of the Sun: Lo-Arna (Australia, 58 min, 1982, PG, Bob Weis)
The story of Indigenous Australia as told by Aboriginal women. (Film introduced
by Steven Graham)

6pm  Women of the sun: 25 years later  (Australia, 1 hr. 20 min, PG, 2006, Bob Weis)
In 1982, Bob Weis produced the drama series Women Of The Sun and 25 years later he
sets out to gauge the impact on five of the women who featured in the original series.
Tuesday 10 July
12.30pm Black panther woman   (Australia, 52 min, 2014, M, Rachel Perkins)
Indigenous woman Marlene Cummins breaks a 40 year silence to tell the story of her abuse
in the Australian Black protest movement. (Film introduced by Tanya Bramley)

6pm Here I Am  (Australia, 1 hr. 26 min, 2011, M, Beck Cole)
Set and shot in and around Port Adelaide, Here I Am is a moving and hopeful story about
the strength and resilience of Indigenous women.
Wednesday 11 July
12.30pm In my own words (Australia, 60 min, 2011, M, Erica Glynn)
Follows the Literacy for Life Foundation who move through towns offering the opportunity
for Aboriginal men and women to learn to read and write. (Film introduced
by Julian Blake)

6pm The Sapphires (Australia, 99 min, 2012, PG, Wayne Blair)
An inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late 60s when four young, talented singers
from a remote Aboriginal mission are discovered and guided by an unlikely manager.
Inspired by a remarkable true story.
Thursday 12 July
12.30pm Occupation: Native (Australia, 52 min, 2017, PG, Trisha Morton-Thomas)
Examines the aboriginal story beneath the accepted 228-year Australian narrative. (Film
introduced by Beth Price)

6pm Satellite Boy (Australia, 87 min, 2012, PG, Catriona McKenzie)
In the northern Kimberley region of Western Australia, young Pete lives with his grandfather
in an abandoned cinema in the desert. When the old drive-in is threatened with demolition,
ten-year-old Pete takes off to the city with his best mate Kalmain, to save his home.
Friday 13 July
12.30pm Who we are: Brave New clan  (Australia, 47 min, 2014,G, Leah Purcell)
Six young Australians share what Indigenous culture means to them today. (Film introduced
by Beth Price)

4pm Radiance  (Australia, 80 min, 1998, M, Rachel Perkins)
Tells the story of three women who reunite after many years apart for their mother's funeral.

All 12.30pm screenings will be in the Innovative Design Showcase (12.04.108).
All 6pm and 4pm screenings will be at Carlton Library Seminar Room (94.03.03).

This free event is open to RMIT students and staff. You're welcome to BYO snacks.
Come along and learn, watch films, show support and celebrate NAIDOC Week!

Looking for Indigenous Resources @ the Library? Find information on indigenous culture, education, environment, film, health, law, land rights, reconciliation, sport, stolen generations in the Library’s Indigenous Resources subject guideRMIT University Library is committed to enrich its growing collection of Indigenous resources in support of RMIT's vision for reconciliation,‘promoting a learning and research environment that engages partnerships and values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, cultures and diversity’.

RMIT University acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional owners of the land on which the University stands. RMIT University respectfully recognises Elders both past and present.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

RMIT authors showcase - Professor Judith Bessant

At RMIT University Library we are extremely proud of our academics and the contributions they make to research and innovation in their fields. As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are delighted to feature Professor Judith Bessant and highlight two of her most recent publications.

Judith Bessant is a Professor in RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies and her work as a researcher and lecturer covers the areas of sociology, politics, policy studies, youth studies, ethics, criminology, education and history. A prolific writer, Judith has authored over thirty book chapters, edited more than eight books, and has published over one hundred articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals. In 2017 Judith was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to education as a social scientist, advocate and academic specialising in youth studies research.

The great transformation: history for a techno-human future, explores how artificial intelligence, robots, bio-technologies and digital media are transforming work, culture, and social life, and contemplates what little understanding or agreement there is about the scope and significance of this change. The author argues that a major shift is taking place, a techno-Axial Age akin to the shift in human consciousness that occurred throughout the first Axial Age, and is a development that carries with it significant political, cultural, and ethical ramifications. The author ambitiously weaves together much-needed historical, sociological, scientific, and philosophical insights into our present techno-social condition, and explores how we might wisely steer its trajectory towards a better future.  It concludes with social design principles that can inform deliberative processes and new social arrangements that will ensure everyone benefits from the affordances of the new and emerging technologies.

The precarious generation: a political economy of young people, co-authored by Rob Watts (Professor in Social Science, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University) and Rys Farthing (a freelance consultant based in London), draws upon a wealth of social economic and political research, in addition to young people’s own stories, to document how young people are now faring in increasingly unequal societies like America, Britain, Australia, France and Spain. How is it that most young people born since the early 1980s, in contrast with earlier generations, are unlikely to be better off than their parents’ generation?  While governments and experts typically explain this by referring to globalisation, new technologies, or young people’s deficits, the authors offer a new political economy of generations, which identifies the central role played by governments promoting neoliberal policies that exacerbate existing social inequalities based on age, ethnicity, gender and class. This book investigates changes in the socioeconomic and political circumstances of the past three to four decades which affect the lives of young people who are now facing increasing social and economic burden of relative deprivation and disadvantage.  

Other publications:

Bessant, J & Watts, R 2017, ‘Indigenous digital art as politics in Australia’, Culture, Theory and Critique, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 306-319.

Bessant, J 2017, ‘Digital humour, gag laws, and the liberal security state’, in R Luppicini & R Baarda (eds.), Digital media integration for participatory democracy, Advances in electronic government, digital divide, and regional development (AEGDDRD) series, IGI Global, Hershey, pp. 204-221.

Bessant, J 2014, Democracy bytes: new media, new politics and generational change, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills.

Grasso, Maria T., Bessant, Judith, & ProQuest. (2018). Governing youth politics in the age of surveillance. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Pickard, Sarah, & Bessant, Judith. (2018). Young people re-generating politics in times of crises. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

View Professor Bessant’s staff profile for a more comprehensive biography and list of publications.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Streaming media - free TV, film and training content

From Attenborough to Gruen, from Lost in Translation to Children of Men - as an RMIT student or staff member you can access a huge range of streaming media content, for free.

Image of Lost in Translation film and Children of Men film.
Watch these films on Kanopy.
There's a massive range of content to support academic learning and also tonnes of leisure viewing for when you just want to kick back.

Watch current affairs programs, documentaries, drama series, and feature films in EduTV offers online training in business, software, technology and creative skills.

Kanopy streams feature films as well as videos in the arts, business, education, global studies and languages, health, media, sciences, social science and technical training.

Or searching in LibrarySearch will also give you access to streaming video content.

Our feature database 

Let's explore one of our favourite sources of streaming video - Kanopy. You viewed a record 16,500 items last year, that’s 5000 more views than the previous year. Why? Because Kanopy contains a vast amount of streaming videos from a wide variety of subject areas relevant to us at RMIT; as reflected in some of the most watched titles, including everything from: 
  • Anatomy to Algebra
  • Clothing Fibres to Chasing Asylum
  • Workplace Ethics to Working at Heights

There is something for everyone on this platform so it’s well worth taking a look to see what’s available in your area of study or interest.

Academics and teachers: Find out how you can embed videos, playlists and clips in your online courses.

You have access to a vast range of free e-resources, which you can access anywhere, anytime. Jump in and explore!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Extended opening hours

As we approach exam time RMIT University Library will be open longer, giving you more time to study as you prepare for exams.

- From 14 May Bundoora Library will open until 12 midnight Monday to Thursday. 

- From 19 May Swanston Library will open until 8pm on weekends. 

Friendly and professional study advice and assistance is available either online via Ask a Librarian and Learning Lab or in person at the Library or Study and Learning Centre drop in.

Find more details about Library opening hours

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Staff: last chance to submit your textbook requests

The deadline for textbook submissions for semester 2 has now passed. However, it's not too late - we are currently accepting late submissions, so please submit textbook details ASAP if you haven't already done so.

All the information you need to submit now is on the textbook adoptions page

Books on a shelf

Please note that the Co-op Bookshop has now closed, and alternative resourcing is currently being considered. We will provide further details on new arrangements when they are available. 

Your Liaison Librarian can assist you to identify suitable materials for your course, or email your questions to