Tuesday, 28 March 2017

An interesting discovery

Working in a library is fun. On any ordinary day staff working in RMIT University Library are likely to discover a great new book or an amazing DVD, but sometimes we even uncover history! Sam Gibbard, our Metadata Standards Librarian, shares his story of the day he uncovered one of the forgotten collections of our Library.

Last year, while clearing out a storage room in Swanston Library, Sam came across several dusty boxes. The contents were described as "Herald-Sun donations", but upon opening, it was discovered almost all of the books were inscribed by former chairman of the Herald group, and prominent journalist Sir Keith Murdoch, the founder of News Limited (News Corp Australia) and father of business magnate and media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

The Keith Murdoch Collection

Sir Keith Murdoch is a fascinating figure in Australian history, and his formative experiences abroad as a reporter and war correspondent had a profound effect on his later life. While visiting troops in Gallipoli in 1915, he wrote his famed "Gallipoli letter" expressing grave concerns about the situation there. It is widely credited with helping force the evacuation of Australian troops in December that year. 

We like to imagine this small collection of 40 books represents an insight into the early reading choices of a future newspaper tycoon. Titles from the collection, such as "The Truth behind the News" and "The Street of Ink" are a reminder of the old world of print journalism as Sir Keith Murdoch might have experienced it. And provide a vast contrast to the much different landscape his son's giant media empire now occupies.

So next time you are passing the Library, why not wander in - you never know what you might discover! An itemised listing of the Keith Murdoch Collection can be browsed as a collection here. The collection is supplemented with a few biographies of Sir Keith Murdoch, as well as a commemorative book produced by the Herald staff in 1952 (they year he died) and the auction catalogue from the sale of his art collection and household effects the following year. 

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Monday, 27 March 2017

Easy Cite - referencing made easy!

Are you confused about referencing? The Library has created a user friendly tool that makes referencing easy!

Easy Cite shows you how to paraphrase, quote and cite your sources of information, using easy to follow examples from the four main referencing styles used at RMIT: Vancouver, RMIT Harvard, APA 6th ed., and AGLC 3. 

Print referencing guides are still available to download for students who prefer this option. If you need help using references in your assignments, contact your teacher or the Learning Skills Advisor. 

Visit the Study and Learning Centre website for more information.

Remember whatever Library service you choose, you're in good hands. 
We're here to help.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Spotlight: Indigenous Education @ the Library

Welcome to part one of our Indigenous Collection Spotlight series, where we are featuring key e-resources from the Library’s collection on Indigenous Education

Here are some of the highlights:


Looking for more Indigenous resources @ the Library? Find information on indigenous culture, education, environment, film, health, law, land rights, reconciliation and sport in the Library’s Indigenous Resources subject guide. RMIT 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.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Improve your practices with insights from Gartner

The Resources and Education portfolios have partnered to bring you Gartner, the leading provider of research and analysis on the use of information technology. Gartner’s extensive database includes research findings on a wide range of IT-related topics, including analyses, opinions, trends, leading practices and case studies. Gartner analysts distil large volumes of data into clear and usable advice for practitioners.

Updated daily, you’ll find research and analysis on:

  • Learning Management Systems
  • customer relationship management
  • service platforms
  • strategic technology trends
  • social learning
  • IT in Education
Gartner is applicable to all business, computer science and marketing students. Students in law and finance can benefit from learning about cyber security issues and procurement strategies for technology. Gartner will also appeal to a wide variety of University staff.
Managers and IT staff could use Gartner to:
  • validate technology decisions
  • improve infrastructure
  • analyze industry trends 
  • explore best practices 
  • leverage their vertical focus on education technology 
  • benchmark and assess IT services

Academic staff could use Gartner to:

  • stay current with the rapidly changing IT industry
  • ensure your relevancy in the classroom with fact-based data 
  • enrich your students’ experience with insight into the use of technology and solving business problems 

Join us for introductory training sessions on using Gartner at:

Carlton Library Seminar Room on Thursday 23 March 2-3pm
Bundoora Library Seminar Room on Thursday 6 April 11am -12midday

All students and staff welcome.

Please take full advantage of this impressive service. Explore Gartner.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Introducing auto-renewal of loans

We're pleased to introduce a great new Library service - auto-renewal. From now on, you won't need to remember to renew your borrowed Library items, because the Library does it for you!

This convenient service automatically renews your eligible borrowed items.  Library items are borrowed for an initial period of 14 or 28 days depending whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate or staff.

The Library automatically renews your items, three days before the due date, for a further loan period of 14 or 28 days. This will continue until a hold is placed on an item by someone else, up to a maximum borrowing time of 12 months (3 months for CAVAL borrowers).

If an item you have borrowed has a hold placed on it, you will receive an email from the Library and you will need to return it by the due date.

Overdue fines are still 50 cents per day per loan, however we anticipate there will be less fines thanks to the automated renewals. 

Check your Library account.

Remember whatever Library service you choose, you're in good hands. We're here to help.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Meet Connor: a Student Learning Assistant who's ready to help you

The Study and Learning Centre is THE place on campus to get free study and learning advice. Open to all RMIT students it helps you build your academic skills in a friendly environment. The centre is staffed by experienced Learning Advisors and with Student Learning Assistants (fellow students). 

Today we're profiling Connor Jolley, one of the amazing Student Learning Assistants (SLAs). He's interviewed by Adam Browne, an RMIT University Library Attendant and published sci-fi author. The bearded gents discuss what it's like to be a Student Learning Assistant.

Two bearded men
Connor (left) and Adam (right) beard bumping
Adam: I interviewed Connor in the Study and Learning Centre's drop-in space in Building 80. The Student Learning Advisors (SLAs) are the sort of people you instantly feel comfortable with; they’re energetic and merry and clearly on your side
Connor graduated from the Bachelor of Environment and Society program last year and is about to commence the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) program this semester. Before studying he was frustrated “It was either become a student, or work in a call-centre for the rest of my life.” Perhaps because of this, he’s keen to ensure the students he works with have every opportunity to realise their potential.
Adam: So what made you decide to become an SLA?
Connor: It w
as about getting a part time job, and also the opportunity to work on campus. I was quite taken with the teaching aspect of it -- we get a lot of experience in facilitated teaching environments. I’m considering taking up tutoring. I might be able to do it if I do a PhD.
Adam: What are some questions you get asked at the SLC drop-in?
Connor: A lot of people come in asking for us to check their grammar and so on. But we don’t do proofreading -- what we do is teach them how to proofread for themselves.
Note that RMIT subscribes to the Smarthinking Writing Centre, where students can submit work online. It’s free for students. Again, this service doesn’t proofread, exactly, but they can focus on certain areas, like grammar and spelling.
Adam: When you’re dealing with students, what do you specialise in?
Connor: For me, writing. I’m pretty good at explaining essays; I mean the high-level, structural stuff. I can sit down with someone and look at their introduction, then look for a clear logical progression of points leading to an overall argument; I look for this in each paragraph along the way. I often help with essay planning too. Of course, we have people who are good at maths and physics, and so on, but I can still help. I can tell them they need to approach it in a certain way -- ‘your lecturer is asking these questions; this is what you need to get out of those questions…’
Adam: Do you have any tips for students new to university studies?
Connor: I would advise them to get a good understanding of what the expectations on them are. They need to know what their lecturer is asking of them -- if it’s an essay, or a project, know the basic mechanics of those things.
Adam: Do you get feedback about improvements?
Connor: If stu
dents come in regularly, we can see a good, clear progression in their development. A common problem is that they need to learn how to think about a question, or how to follow a set of instructions; when we explain that to them, it can be a bit of a revelation for them; we see great developments then.
Adam: What will you take from your experience of being an SLA into your future career?
I think it builds up confidence. I feel I’m able to walk into any situation and quickly assess it and be able to speak to whatever it is that somebody’s doing. We do quite a few workshops too -- these are with students from English Worldwide. Public speaking, for example -- it’s a skill that I’ll certainly be able to carry over into my working life.

So now it's over to you, drop-in to the Study and Learning Centre on your campus. There are lots of great people who can help you maximise your academic success! 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Welcome to the Library! Tips to get you started.

Welcome to all students! Now is a great time to find out how the Library can help you succeed with your studies.

Whether you're newly enrolled at RMIT University or starting back for semester one, here are some great tips to get you started in the Library:

Photo by RMIT University (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Remember to Book It! 
Don't miss out on a computer or study room - each Library site has bookable computers and study rooms, which you can easily reserve using BookIt. 
Book now

Use Easy Cite referencing tool
A great new tool designed by the Library, Easy Cite makes referencing easy! 
Find out more

Play Library Quest and win!
Want to get a head start at uni? Play Library Quest for all the best tips and tricks to make studying easy, save the world from a meteorite and enter a prize draw for one of two Coles/Myer $500 vouchers. Play Library Quest

Visit the Study and Learning drop-in learning centres
Set yourself up for success! Come to these friendly learning spaces and work with experienced Learning Advisors to develop your skills in assignment writing, maths, physics and chemistry, study skills and computer basics. Find out more

Discover the Learning Lab
If you prefer to learn online, check out the Learning Lab. It's full of helpful information on developing and improving your study skills. Find out more

Ask a Librarian
Whether you need assistance on campus or at home, you can chat or email our friendly Librarians for help with Library services or resources. Find out more

Library opening hours and locations
Opening hours are generous and include weekends and late nights to support your study. Find out more

Printing, scanning and photocopying
Each Library site has printers connected to the RMIT printing system. Use your student card to print, scan and photocopy and easily add credit to your card using the top-up kiosks in the Library. Find out more

Get started with the Library
Getting to know your Library is easy with these six tips.
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Remember whatever Library service you choose, you're in good hands. We're here to help.