Tuesday, 27 November 2018

RMIT author showcase - Professor Imad Moosa

Photo of Imad Moosa
At RMIT we are extremely proud of our academics and their contributions to research in their fields of expertise. As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are delighted to feature Professor Imad Moosa, from the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, College of Business. 

Before coming to academia, he worked in investment banking for ten years. He has published extensively in several fields including international finance, financial markets, macroeconomics, energy economics, applied econometrics and the history of economic thought.

Professor Imad Moosa’s recent publication, co-authored with Vikash Ramiah from the University of South Australia, is titled “The financial consequences of behavioural biases: an analysis of bias in corporate finance and financial planning”. This book analyses the implication of behavioural biases on financial decision making. It explores the prevalence of narcissistic behaviour in the finance industry, the role it played in the global financial crisis, and a unique discussion of conspiracy theories and how behavioural biases lead to belief in them.

Find the book in the Library:
Moosa, Imad A. author, & Ramiah, Vikash. (2017). The financial consequences of behavioural biases : An analysis of bias in corporate finance and financial planning. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Other publications by Professor Moosa available in the Library include:
Moosa, I., (2018). Publish or perish : Perceived benefits versus unintended consequences. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Moosa, I. (2017). Econometrics as a con art : Exposing the limitations and abuses of econometrics. Cheltenham, England ; Northampton, Massachusetts: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Moosa, I. (2017). Contemporary issues in the post-crisis regulatory landscape. Singapore; Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Publishing Pte.

Moosa, I. (2015). Good Regulation, Bad Regulation The Anatomy of Financial Regulation. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan.

Moosa, Imad A. author, & Burns, Kelly. (2015). Demystifying the Meese-Rogoff Puzzle (Palgrave Pivot Demystifying the Meese-Rogoff puzzle). London: Palgrave Macmillan UK : Imprint: Palgrave Pivot.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Focus on Research: Citation databases

Researchers: The Library provides a wide range of resources and services to help you with your research projects. This post highlights some key citation databases available to you as a member of the RMIT community.

Water drops on a spiders web

While Google Scholar is a freely available resource, RMIT University subscribes to major citation databases including Scopus, Web of Science, and Altmetrics Explorer. Search for them here.

These databases can be used by researchers to:

  • create search alerts based on specific criteria to keep up to date with developments in your subject area.

  • find highly cited works on a particular topic
  • analyse large citation datasets to show the number of documents based on various criteria such as subject category, author, and year.
  • set up citation alerts so you can see when a specific document, including your own, has been cited elsewhere
  • create a profile of works published by a specific institution or author(s), with things like a citation summary and analysis, including author H-index and impact factor 

In addition to the traditional citation-based research metrics, there are newer types of bibliometrics referred to as altmetrics. These are an alternative or complement to the traditional metrics as they provide metrics and qualitative data on things like the number of citations a document has on Wikipedia, social media (Twitter, Facebook). They also include citations in public policy documents, mainstream media coverage, and bookmarks on reference managers like Mendeley. Therefore altmetrics can be really valuable in finding out how often journal articles and scholarly outputs like datasets are being used, as well as discussed around the world.

Through the Library, you have access to Altmetrics Explorer, a major source of altmetrics ("Create an account" to get started). Why not take a look at the altmetrics of RMIT as an institution or of the work of a particular author you’re interested in? Altmetric Explorer have recently added patent citations, extending the way that researchers can measure their, and others’ impact in broader society, rather than just in the more traditional scholarly publishing circles.

For more information and to find out how to contact your Liaison Librarian visit the Library's Services for Researchers page.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Academic staff: Reading lists are now live in Canvas

Reading lists are an interactive and collaborative way of managing course readings. We’re pleased to announce they are now live in Canvas.

The new system is extremely user friendly and easy to work with. You can add references with ease - just find the reference and click to add. In most cases the details will be added automatically - no typing required.

Find out if your resources are being read
You can see exactly which of your readings are being used with easily accessible statistics available on number of views and number of accesses for each item.

Easy to update
Your reading list are easy to rollover into the next semester or year - they’ll be ready for you to review and update each time.

Students are able create their own lists from your readings and make notes about them. Reading lists also allows export to Endnote which facilitates easy referencing.


Students are able to suggest readings to you and will be able to ask questions about the readings.

Find out more
Read this comprehensive guide to reading lists and watch the video.
Contact your Liaison Librarian for more information about reading lists.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Building a future-fit Library for you

A message from David Howard - Director of Library Services

Photo of David Howard - Director of Library Services

Over the course of this year, we’ve been busy re-imagining the Library. I'm pleased to tell you that we’re ready to start implementing changes which will allow us to build a future-fit Library.

We undertook a rigorous program of consultation, with a wide variety of stakeholders, and analysed nearly a thousand items of feedback. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this process, including students and staff. I took this high level of engagement as an acknowledgement of the importance that the RMIT community place on the Library. This encouraged us to strive even harder to get our groundwork right as we build our “Library of the future”.

In recognition of moving to our new ways of working, we will be changing our name from Library and Student Success to RMIT University LibraryThis name encompasses the work of:
* Library
* Student Success
* Information Management and Archives; all working together as one Library.

Vision, core purpose and service principles
Our vision, core purpose and service principles will guide our future state. Our key purpose is: “We shape the education and research experience, transforming how students and staff discover, access, use and create knowledge”.

Our operating model
We have developed a Target Operating Model which provides a high-level pictorial representation of how the new organisation will work, covering main service areas, organisational capabilities, inter dependencies and relationships. We will use this to guide our service delivery.

Our stakeholders were clear in asking for an accessible Library, where services are available to students and staff wherever they are studying or working. Hence, "Digital First" will become the primary focus as we plan our future services.

Today, in partnership with you, we start working towards this exciting future. Some changes will happen straight away and some will happen over time. We will work with you as we transition our services and will keep you informed of the changes.

I feel we are well positioned to deliver an exceptional library service which will be equipped to meet the changing and diverse needs of the RMIT community.

David Howard
Director of Library Services

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

RMIT author showcase - Dr Juliet Watson

At RMIT we are extremely proud of our academics and their contributions to research in their fields of expertise. As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are delighted to feature Dr Juliet Watson, Lecturer of Urban Housing and Homelessness in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Her research interests focus on contemporary issues of homelessness, violence against women, social exclusion, social capital, feminist theory and activism, intersectionality, embodiment and young people.

Dr Juliet Watson’s recent publication is titled “Youth homelessness and survival sex: intimate relationships and gendered subjectivities”. In this work, Watson provides an insightful analysis of personal narratives revealing how young homeless women are exposed to situations in which survival can be impeded or assisted by playing out specific gender roles. This book highlights that homelessness is not a gender-neutral phenomenon and that there are gender-specific processes and practices involved in the navigation of poverty, violence, and social exclusion.

Find the book in the Library:

Watson, J. (2018). Youth homelessness and survival sex: intimate relationships and gendered subjectivities. New York: Routledge.

Other publications 
available in the Library by Dr Watson include:

Watson, J.,Cuervo, H. (2017). Youth homelessness: a social justice approach In: Journal of Sociology, 53, 461 - 475

Johnson, G.,Watson, J. (2017). International commentary: The implications of the family options study for family homelessness in Australia In: CityScape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, 19, 215 - 221

Casey, S.,Watson, J. (2017). The unpalatable-palatable: celebrity feminism in the Australian mainstream media In: Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge, 37, 1 - 19

Watson, J. (2016). Gender-based violence and young homeless women: femininity, embodiment and vicarious physical capital In: Sociological Review, 64, 256 - 273

Watson, J. (2014). I'm just a 17-year-old girl. I can't take on the AFL'. The St. Kilda schoolgirl and the contemporary neoliberal subject In: Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge, 30, -

View Dr. Watson's profile for more information

Monday, 8 October 2018

Open textbook forum

Symbol for open access

Ready to learn more about open access textbooks?

RMIT University Library and La Trobe University Library present Open Textbook Summit for Open Access Week.

A range of speakers will discuss the state of open access textbooks and explore initiatives in the area. We'll feature talks by academics who have successfully integrated open textbooks into teaching and learning. We'll explore the role of academics as open textbook authors and of university libraries as publishers.

Speakers include:
  • Professor Birgit Loch, Acting Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Coursework, a leader of learning and teaching across the College of Science, Health and Engineering at La Trobe University. 
  • Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education and a Psychology Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada. 
  • Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

This forum is designed for academic staff but all staff and all students are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Bundoora East Library closing down

Bundoora East Library will be permanently closing in November. The last day will be Friday 2 November. Over summer the space will be refurbished into a new facility for higher degree by research students which is expected to open in February 2019.

What will happen to the Library collection?
From 5-9 November, the Bundoora East Library collection will be moved to and combined with the collections at the main Bundoora Library West Library. After that transition week, the whole Bundoora East collection will be available from the Bundoora West Library.

Will I still be able to get help?
From Thursday 8 November Library staff will at the Bundoora East cafe every Tuesday and Thursday between 1-3pm to answer queries. When the academic year starts in 2019 Library staff will be in the cafe every day for the semester 1 from Monday to Friday 1-3pm to answer queries and to help with the new collection lockers.

Students and staff will continue to be able to use the online Ask a Librarian service.

New locker system for collecting books.
Over summer lockers will be installed in Bundoora East Building 251 (next to East Cafe) to allow students and staff to collect Library holds. Students and staff will be able to request items from any RMIT University Library site and collect them from the Bundoora East pickup lockers. Once an item is ready for collection, the user will receive an email with instructions about accessing the locker and collecting the item.

Have a query?
Please contact the Bundoora Library Manager - Guy Wilson guy.wilson@rmit.edu.au or +61 3 9925 7431.