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 or +61 3 9925 7431.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Course coordinators: order next year's textbooks now

Order your textbooks for semester 1, 2019 now.

To ensure your students are able to access the resources they need in semester 1, please submit the details of the books you have prescribed or recommended by 
Friday 26 October

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

Your Liaison Librarian can assist you to identify suitable materials for your course, or you can email your questions to or call Aggie Kong (x57531) or Katie Finch (x57490).

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Upskill on the go with

Now's a great time to boost your skills and employability, and it's so easy to do with courses. is available free through the Library. 

You can maximise your commute and learn on the go...or learn from anywhere. Download the app to make your on the go learning easy. allows you to take top-quality video courses which are taught by industry experts. You can integrate your course completion certificates with your LinkedIn account making it an invaluable way to enhance your professional profile.
Many students are already using it to complement their coursework plus it's brimming with useful courses which will help kick-start the next phase of your life, including: 

  • Writing a Resume 
  • Master Common Interview Questions
  • Job Hunting for College Grads
  • How to Pitch to Investors
  • How to Start a Business with Family and Friends

Plus there are tonnes of courses in tech, business and innovation.

New courses are added all the time. Hot off the press:

  • Photoshop CC 2018 One-on-One: Fundamentals
  • Project Management Foundations: Small Projects
  • Web Programming Foundations
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  • Learning Data Analytics

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

What makes e-books so good?

No overdue fines, no need to put the book on hold, no carrying the book home and no chance your dog will eat it. e-books really do provide flexibility and accessibilityAnother great feature of e-books is their searchability. Not only searchable by title, but the text within the resources is also searchable. That’s much more powerful than using an index in a print item.

Three people sitting at a table, looking at a laptop

At RMIT we invest heavily in e-books, making hundreds of thousands of volumes available to you. Finding e-books is easy too. As an RMIT student or staff member, you have access to e-books at your fingertips. You can find them by searching in LibrarySearch, and also directly in the e-book databases, which can be browsed in Databases A-Z

Last year the most accessed ebooks at RMIT were on the topics of ‘management’ and ‘research’; this is perhaps unsurprising as both topics cross all disciplines in one way or another. 

Feature database: ProQuest Ebook Central This great all-rounder, contains thousands of e-books across a range of interdisciplinary subjects. It has many handy features including:
  • saving books into virtual ‘bookshelves’
  • full-text searching within books
  • the ability to add annotations
  • the ability to email e-book links and lists with other authorised RMIT users. 
You can access more information on these features, and other tips on using this platform on the ProQuest eBook Central LibGuide.
Try our e-books guide for everything you need to know about finding and using e-books in our Library and beyond.