Thursday, 19 April 2018

Anzac Day opening hours

Library opening hours will vary on Wednesday 25 April for the Anzac Day public holiday.

Swanston, Carlton and Bundoora Library sites will be open 10am-5pmBrunswick and Bundoora East Library sites will be closed.

You'll still be able to access our electronic resources 24/7.

Photograph of a soldier reading in a tent

Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria (
Creator: Argus (Melbourne, Vic.)

Monday, 16 April 2018

RMIT authors showcase - Associate Professor Suellen Murray

This month our author showcase features Associate Professor Suellen Murray and her book Finding Lost Childhoods: Supporting Care-Leavers to Access Personal Records.

Book cover for Finding Lost Childhoods

Associate Professor Murray is Associate Dean (Research and Innovation) in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. She has researched and published extensively on two areas of social policy: domestic violence against women and the life histories of adult care- leavers. Her book Half a Citizen: Life on Welfare in Australia won the 2011 Australian Human Rights Commission Award for Non-fiction Literature.

Finding Lost Childhoods examines the significance of records for Australians who grew up in childhood institutions. This group includes Forgotten Australians, former child migrants and members of the Stolen Generations. Often they have little or no information about their families, why they were placed in care and how decisions were made about their lives. Answers can be found in the archives of government and non-government agencies, so many care-leavers come forward as adults seeking access to their personal records. Based on life history accounts, Finding Lost Childhoods shows how care-leavers use records to reconstruct the stories of their livesIt explores what people discover about themselves and their families through accessing their records and the impact of this new information.

Professor Murray argues that those working with records must understand their importance for the identity and well-being of people who grew up in care. This understanding should inform policies and practices to support and engage with care-leavers. The book takes a person-centred approach, arguing that the care-leaver and their need to better understand their life story must be placed in the centre of service provision for archives and other agencies involved in records release.

This book will be of interest to scholars and professionals in records management, social policy and social work. It is also intended as a resource for care-leavers themselves, to support them in accessing and making sense of their records.

Other publications by Associate Professor Murray concerned with care-leavers include Supporting Adult Care-leavers: International Good Practice (2015) and the co-authored After the Orphanage:Life Beyond the Children’s Home (2009). Both are available through the Library.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Still haven't found what you're looking for?

Check out the new Library Navigator app, it's the easiest way to find your way around any of the RMIT University Library sites.

You'll learn about: * Library services and collections
* finding a computer or a study room
and hopefully you'll never get lost in your favourite Library again!

Enable Bluetooth on your device for best accuracy when using the app.

Download the now from Play Store and App Store.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Mid-semester break opening hours

Happy Easter!

Library opening hours will vary over the mid-semester break which includes Easter. Here's a site by site run down of when we're open.

Colourful Easter eggs hanging from a tree

Swanston, Bundoora and Carlton Library sites  
Thursday 29 March                                      8am - 6pm
Friday 30 March - Sunday 1 April                Closed
Monday 2 April -  
Tuesday 3 April               10am - 5pm

Brunswick Library
Thursday 29 March                                      8am - 5pm
Friday 30 March - Tuesday 3 April               Closed

Bundoora East Library
Thursday 29 March                                      10am - 4.30pm
Friday 30 March - Tuesday 3 April               Closed

You'll still be able to access e-books, e-journals and much more online 24/7 and find out how the Library can help you with your first assignments.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Staff: submit your textbooks adoptions for semester 2 now

To ensure your students are able to access the resources they need in semester 2, via the Library, please submit the details of the books you have prescribed or recommended by 20 April. 

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

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

Books on a shelf

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Getting the best resources for your first assignment

Your lecturer asks you to find journal articles for your first assignment. What does that even mean? Where do you start looking? Watch this video. *Warning: contains cute cats.

If you need to find scholarly articles for your assignment, you'll need to search a database. As an RMIT student you have free access to a vast number of databasesDatabases help you to find high quality, up-to-date journal articles (and more) that have been published by respected publishers. This video contains the ins and outs of databases but no cats. :-(

So where should I start?
The best place to start is your subject guide. Specially designed for your subject area these guides point you to the best resources for your studies, including which databases to search for quality journal articles
You can also search for electronic resources at the Databases A-Z where you'll find shortcuts to our most frequently used databases (like ProQuest, Emerald or You'll be able to search for e-journals, e-books, newspapers, videos, images and more.
You have access to a vast range of free e-resources, which you can access anywhere, anytime. Jump in and explore!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

RMIT authors showcase - Professor McMurray and Dr Muenjohn

At RMIT University Library we are extremely proud of our academics and the contributions they make to research and innovation in their fields.
A recent addition to the Library’s collection is The Palgrave Handbook of Leadership in Transforming Asia co-edited and co-contributed to by Dr Nuttawuth Muenjohn and Professor Adela McMurray from RMIT University. This publication provides a comprehensive overview and evaluation of the variety of the leadership issues that affect the relationship between leaders and their followers in the Asian context. Read the book.

Photo of Professor McMurray
Professor McMurray has extensive experience researching in public and private sectors and has published over 220 refereed publications. Her research is internationally recognised and she is the recipient of four Australian Research Council grants, two industry Collaborative Research Centre grants and various other grants. Adela has won teaching and leadership awards, she chaired the USA Academy of Management’s International Theme Committee and is a member of a number of journal editorial advisory boards. Adela’s research expertise addresses workplace innovation, organisational culture and climate, cultural diversity and sustainability.
Photo of Dr Muenjohn

Dr Muenjohn’s research focuses on leadership studies, international management, workplace innovation and cross cultural issues in management. He has worked on various research collaborations with international networks in the Asia-Pacific region such as China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India and Australia. Dr Muenjohn has been the recipient of the RMIT College of Business for Best Research Supervisor Award in 2015 and 2013 and has been awarded research grants and funding from ten research projects in the last five years, of which he was the first Chief Investigator in eight.

For more information with more comprehensive bibliographies and lists of their publications visit their staff profiles:

Professor Adela McMurray
Dr Nuttawuth Muenjohn

Other joint publications:

Moussa, M. McMurray, A. and Muenjohn, N. 2018, 'A Conceptual Framework of the Factors Influencing Innovation in Public Sector Organizations', in Journal of Developing Areas, Tennessee State University, United States, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 231-240 

Muenjohn, N.,McMurray, A. (2017). Design leadership, work values ethic and workplace innovation: an investigation of SMEs in Thailand and Vietnam In: Asia Pacific Business Review, 23, 192 - 204

Alenazi, F.,Muenjohn, N.,McMurray, A. (2017). The effect of demographic characteristics on leadership behaviour In: World Journal of Management, 8, 15 - 31

Muenjohn, N.,McMurray, A. (2016). The impact of leadership on workplace innovation in Thai and Vietnamese SMES In: The Journal of Developing Areas, 50, 479 - 486

Khalili, A.,Muenjohn, N.,McMurray, A. (2015). Leadership behaviour, creativity and innovative behaviour: instrument development inquiry In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Business and Information (BAI 2015), Hawaii, United States, 4-6 February 2015