Monday, 26 June 2017

Introduction to Gartner Core Research - for RMIT staff

Staff are invited to an introduction to Gartner Core Research, presented by Gartner's Jani Rundall. This important resource will be of interest to staff in many areas of the University, and all interested RMIT staff are welcome and encouraged to attend the session.

Introduction to Gartner Core Research

When Thu 29 Jun 2017 11am – 12pm 

Where Swanston Library Megaflex room - Building 10 Level 6 Room 63 


Gartner Core Research contains reports, opinions, case studies and best practices about IT issues and providers. Gartner is applicable to all Business, Computer Science and Marketing courses, and students in the Law school and in finance benefit greatly from learning cyber security issues and procurement strategies for technology.

Discover more information about Gartner, and how you may use it in your work and teaching.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

New Swanston Library entrance open today!

Breaking news - from today Swanston Library has a brand new Library entrance!

You can now enter the Library in two ways - either from Building 10, Level 6 or from Building 10, Level 5 above RMIT Connect. For all of our opening hours visit the Library opening hours page.

The new Library includes some amazing, light and bright study spaces on Level 5 and Level 6 in Building 10 and 12. Here's just some of the inviting spaces available for you.







Monday, 19 June 2017

RMIT authors showcase - Professor Rob Watts


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 Rob Watts and his latest publication, States of Violence and the Civilising Process: On Criminology and State Crime, from series: Critical Criminological Perspectives, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016.

Professor Watts is Professor of Social Policy, in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. His interests include policy studies, ethics and good practice, applied human rights and Organisational studies.

In his latest publication, States of Violence and the Civilising Process: On Criminology and State Crime Watts explores a wide range of academic sources and intellectual history to show how state crime in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has often eluded scrutiny by criminologists and sociologists. He then develops a framework for thinking about crimes of the state that links up a  study of policy and an ethical inquiry into why and how people do bad things to other people.
Find the book in the Library: 
Watts, R. (2016). States of violence and the civilising process : On criminology and state crime. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

New book due for publication later this year:
(June 2017)  Bessant, J., Farthing, R., & Watts, R. (2017) The Precarious Generation: A Political Economy of Young People. Routledge
Other recent publications by Professor Watts, available in the Library include:

Watts, R. (2017). Public universities, managerialism and the value of higher education. London: Palgrave Macmillan (imprint is published by Springer Nature).

Bessant, J., & Watts, R. (2016). Indigenous Digital Art as Politics in Australia. Culture, Theory and Critique, 1-14.

Watts, R, & Mays, J., Marston, G., Tomlinson, J. (2016). Running on empty: Australia's Neoliberal income security system, 1988-2015. Palgrave Macmillan (London, United Kingdom).

Bessant, J, Watts, R, & Lisa Young, Mary Anne Kenny, Geoffrey Monahan. (2016). Children and the law: An historical overview. Lexis Nexis (Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia).

Bessant, J., Farthing, R., & Watts, R. (2015). Co-designing a civics curriculum: Young people, democratic deficit and political renewal in the EU. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 1-19.
For more information about Professor Rob Watts, see his staff profile which includes a more comprehensive biography and list of his publications.

Semester break opening hours

The semester break starts on 24 June, which means that Library opening hours will change.

For all of our opening hours visit the Library opening hours page.


All Library sites will be closed on weekends, but you can still access our electronic resources online anytime.

You can get help with using Library resources, services and facilities by contacting Ask a Librarian.

Happy trails...













Thursday, 15 June 2017

Discover Gartner @ the Library


In this e-resource profile, RMIT University Library is highlighting 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


All academic and professional staff - Join us at Swanston Library Megaflex room on Thursday 29 June 11-12pm for an introduction to using Gartner Core Research.

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 

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


Underground & Independent Comics @ the Library

In this e-resource profile, RMIT University Library is highlighting Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels, the first ever scholarly, primary-source database focused on adult comic books and graphic novels.

This database features the works of artists both celebrated and overlooked, alongside interviews, criticism, and journal articles that document the continual growth and evolution of this artform. 

The collection contains 535 comic series, 2,581 comic books totalling 163,263 pages, including the infamous Zippy Stories, no. 1, by Bill Griffith. (San Francisco, CA:Rip Off Press)
Did you know that RMIT University Library has access to hundreds of databases? Start exploring databases through RMIT University Libraries, you never know what you’ll find!

For help with Library services or resources Ask a LibrarianSee you in the Library!


Discover. Learn. Succeed. 




Tuesday, 13 June 2017

RMIT authors showcase - Dr Libby Porter

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 Dr Libby Porter and her most recent publication,  Planning for coexistence: Recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia.

Dr Porter is a Vice Chancellor's Principal
Research Fellow
with RMIT's School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.  She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has held academic appointments in the UK and Australia. Professor Porter, a scholar-activist, has a particular focus on the role of planning and urban development processes in dispossession and displacement. Her work has looked at these questions in a number of different ways including: Indigenous rights in urban planning and natural resource management; cities and diversity; gentrification and displacement; the impact of mega-events on cities; sustainability and urban governance and she has published widely on these areas.
Dr Porter’s interest in Indigenous rights in urban planning and natural resource management is reflected in her latest publication, Planning for coexistence: Recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia. This book compares the experiences of four Indigenous communities in two distinct settler-colonial states, Victoria, Australia and British Columbia, Canada, who are challenging and renegotiating land-use planning in these places, breaking new ground in our understanding of contemporary Indigenous land justice politics.  In doing so, the book grapples with what it means for planning to engage with Indigenous peoples through a critical examination of planning contact zones in these contrasting environments.  

Find the book in the Library: 
Porter, E., Barry J (2016). Planning for coexistence: Recognizing Indigenous rights through land-use planning in Canada and Australia. Routledge, United Kingdom.

New book due for publication later this year:
Jackson, S, Porter, L and Johnson, L (2017 forthcoming) Planning in Indigenous Australia: From imperial foundations to postcolonial futures, London: Routledge.
Other publications by Dr Porter, include:
Porter, L. (2017) Indigenous people and the miserable failure of planning, In: Planning Practice and Research, Feb 2017 online, 1 - 15
Gray, N.,Porter, L. (2015). By any means necessary: urban regeneration and the "state of exception" in the Commonwealth Games 2014 In: Antipode: A radical journal of geography, 47, 380 - 400
Porter, L. (2010) Unlearning the Colonial Cultures of Planning, Aldershot: Ashgate.
For more information about Dr Libby Porter, see her staff profile which includes a more comprehensive biography and list of her publications.