Tuesday, 6 December 2016

RMIT authors showcase - Professor Supriya Singh

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 Supriya Singh and her recent publication titled "Money, migration and family: India to Australia".

Professor Supriya Singh is the Professor of Sociology of Communications in the RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law and co-leads the AsiaPacific@RMIT initiative at RMIT University. Her research interests include globalization, migration, money and banking, gender and financial inclusion and the transnational family.

Her latest publication, "Money, Migration, and Family: India to Australia" tells the story of five decades of Indian migration to Australia, through the eyes of migrants and their families. It explores the shift in migration from professionals to student-migrants; the two-way flow of money between families in India and Australia, and the impact of changing methods of communication between migrants and their families. 

Read the book online or find it in the Library: Singh, S. (2016). Money, migration and family: India to Australia, Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

Other publications by Professor Singh, available at RMIT University Library, include:

Liddell, M.,Blake, M.,Singh, S. (2016). Over-represented and misunderstood: Pacific young people and juvenile justice in NSW In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 1 - 19

Singh, S. (2015). Transnational community and money in the Indian disapora in Melbourne In: Searching for Community: Melbourne to Delhi, Manohar Publishers and Distributors, New Delhi

Singh, S. (2013), Globalization and Money. A Global South Perspective, Rowman & Littlefield, Plymouth, UK

Singh, S. (1997), Marriage Money: The Social Shaping of Money in Marriage and Banking, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, NSW

For more information about Professor Supriya Singh, see her staff profile which includes a more comprehensive biography and list of her publications.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Help build the Library collection for your course

With preparations underway for the 2017 academic year we encourage academic staff to request new Library materials using our recently streamlined form.

Your requests are assessed in line with budgetary considerations and on the teaching, learning and research requirements of the University.

So we can provide students and staff with easily accessible materials we purchase electronic formats as a preference. At present about 80% of our spend on resources is on electronic materials.

We encourage you to request items now.

Woman at computer

If you require further assistance or have questions about the Library you can contact your liaison librarian.

Introducing auto-renewal of loans

Great news! From Thursday 1 December 2016, the Library will start automatically renewing loans of physical books and audiovisual items. What does this mean for you?

Library items are borrowed for an initial period of 14 or 28 days depending whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate or staff. With the new system the Library will renew your items automatically, 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.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Changes at Swanston Library

As we prepare for the new Swanston Library in 2017 there’ll be some changes over summer. From Monday 28 November Level 5 of Swanston Library will be closed with Library services and collections being consolidated on Level 6. So what does that mean for you?

  • The entrance to the Library will be on Level 6, so you’ll need to take the lift or the escalator up one extra level.
  • The service desk will be relocated to Level 6. We’ll still be providing the same helpful service, just from a different location.
  • All the current book, journal and audiovisual items will be available on Level 6, except for the items in the Special Collections room which will be unavailable.
  • The reserve collection (4 hour loan material) will be moved to Level 6 and filed with the main book collection.
  • You’ll be able to return your Library materials at the service desk on Level 6 and also via the returns box on Level 2 of Building 8 (near Swanston St). The returns chutes on Level 5 will be closed.
  • The slide collection has moved to Carlton Library.

You’ll still be able to:
  • photocopy and print
  • use group study rooms and the silent area
  • use pcs (but not Macs)
  • get help from librarians

Librarian helping student

We are committed to providing you with the best possible service as we make the changes. Carlton Library is located close by in Building 94, if you would prefer to study in an alternative location. There are also lots of other places around the University which provide interesting study spaces.

For more information about the NAS project.

For help with Library services or resources Ask a Librarian.

We are sorry for any inconvenience in the short term and we are looking forward to sharing the new Swanston Library with you in 2017.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Staff: discover how to create interactive videos with ClickView

Great news! Uploading your own video content and sharing with students has just got easier with the
ClickView Streaming Video Platform.

A range of exciting new features are available for RMIT staff, including the ability to:
  • Transform content into interactive videos containing questions, images and annotations - allowing students to gain a deeper understanding of the content within a specific video.
  • Upload your own video content (up to 5GB storage per staff member) and stream or share it with students through email, Blackboard, or playback in class
  • Create, save and share video playlists
  • Find the right video content for your courses by browsing videos aligned to VET units of competency by using ‘Albert’ ClickView’s Training Package Specialist.

Enjoy these new features today by accessing ClickView Streaming Video Platform and explore hundreds of streaming videos across diverse subject areas including arts, sports, health, education, business and technology.

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

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Staff and postgraduate students - you're not on your own

Liaison Librarians are here to support you - they are subject and resource specialists who provide information, teaching and research support for staff and postgraduate students.

There is a subject specialist Liaison Librarian for every subject area taught at RMIT University and they are your contact in the library, assisting:
  • postgraduate students connect with library services and resources; develop successful search strategies and manage search results; identify high impact research for your literature review and where to publish, and
  • academic and teaching staff identify and select resources to support teaching; collaboratively teach information literacy skills within courses and provide collection advice for new programs and program renewal. 

To discover the specialist Liaison Librarian in your subject area, and to find out more about the assistance they can offer you, visit the Library's Liaison Librarians page.

Best of all, Liaison Librarians are available for individual research consultations -
face-to-face, by phone, email or Skype. Make the most of this valuable service and book an individual research consultation with your friendly Liaison Librarian today!

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

We asked if you were Happy or Not?

In 2016, the Library has been trialling a new customer feedback service called Happy or Not? We are asking Library users to rate their library experience using buttons to indicate satisfaction. 55942 responses so far and growing at about 900 per day.

For a two week period in May, Library users were invited to give more detailed feedback on post-it notes stuck on a “Feedback wall”. Your feedback covered a variety of topics including Library computers, study spaces, noise, temperature, printing and photocopying.

Here are some examples of feedback you gave us:
  • More computers please. 
  • Don't limit student computer time. 
  • More power points at the group study tables.
  • It's always quite cold in the library. Heaters please.

We value your feedback and in response we have made some changes in the Library:
  • installed extra power points to enable student's to use their own devices. 
  • changed our computer booking policy, so the number of multiple bookings available on Library computers increased from 10 to 100. 
  • relaxed Library booking policy over summer, so students can now enjoy unlimited use of Library computers and Group Study Rooms.
  • replaced the air conditioning at Brunswick Library and continue to communicate with property services to resolve any temperature issues at other Library sites.

Thank you for participating and letting us know if you were Happy or Not.

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

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

The slide collection is moving

From 11 November the slide collection will be relocated to the Carlton Library. While students and staff will still be welcome to use the collection the way it is accessed will change.

Patrons will need to ask a librarian at the Carlton Library Service Desk and will then be directed to the collection.

Hands holding slides

You can search the slide collection in LibrarySearch. Some architecture images in the slide collection have been digitised and are available on the RMIT Learning Repository.

Carlton Library is located in Building 94, Level 3. Find out more including Library opening hours.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

There’s a lot to look forward to at Swanston Library next year

We’re excited to be opening the newly transformed Swanston Library during the first half of 2017. The Swanston Library transformation will provide contemporary, vibrant and comfortable Library spaces which will cement the Library’s place at the centre of the student experience.

Architects image of new Library space

As we progressively open the brand new Library spaces there will be some changes over summer and beyond. The dates may change but current projections are:

Summer holidays (25 November till mid-February)
Only Level 6 of Swanston Library will be open. The entry will be moved to Level 6 and you will be able to return your Library items on Level 6. In order to relocate the Library’s physical collection we may have to close Swanston Library for a period of time.

Semester 1 (mid-February till end of July)
We’ll be progressively unveiling the vibrant new Library spaces, in stages, throughout the semester.

Semester 2 (end of July onwards)
All the new Library spaces will be open.

Throughout this transition we will continue to provide the same high-quality Library service and we will continue to provide maximum possible access to collections and study spaces.

For more information about the NAS project.

For help with Library services or resources Ask a Librarian.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

RMIT Research Repository - open the world's eyes to your publications

Want to ensure all your RMIT University affiliated publications are co-located in the one place? Want to ensure maximum possible exposure to your publications to the broadest possible audience? The RMIT Research Repository is the service for you!

In its seventh year and managed by RMIT University Library, the Repository houses records and volunteered full-text for publications reported for the former Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) and the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) schemes. 

With over 3 million downloads for its 38,000+ records, the Repository is the place for your research works. Indexed by Google, Google Scholar, Trove and LibrarySearch, Repository records have a global reach and enable you and your works to connect with researchers and the public alike. Repository staff also ensure your uploaded full-text comply with any copyright requirements and/or publisher policies they are subject to.

Email your full-text papers to the RMIT Research Repository repository@rmit.edu.au
Search the RMIT Research Repository 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Get the assignment help you need

Need help with your assignments? We've got the friendly Library staff and Study and Learning advisors together and they are ready to help you write great assignments.

Students at a desk studying

What can I get help with?
Study and Centre advisors and librarians can give you advice on:
  • assignment writing and study skills
  • English language development
  • referencing
  • finding quality articles and resources for your assignments and lots more

When and where?
Bundoora campus
Bundoora Library, Building 210
Mondays 2.30-4.30pm

Brunswick campus
Student Study Area, Level 1, Building 514 
Tuesdays 2-4pm

City campus
RMIT Connect Building 8, level 4, room 12
Mondays 11.30am-1.30pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30-2.30pm

Just drop in, we'll be happy to help you.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Graduating soon? What you need to know before you go

RMIT University Library is here to support you throughout your student journey - from the day you start, until graduation and beyond. 

As you approach graduation the new Graduating Students and Alumni guide is the place to find out about:
  • free online training - boost your skills with Lynda.com training 
  • Alumni Library membership - learn about borrowing from the Library
  • free open access journals, books and image portals 
  • essential websites for further study, jobs and career planning

Why not boost your skills and employability now? Use the guide to find Lynda.com
where you can take top-quality video courses, taught by industry experts. It's free for RMIT students and staff. 

Lynda.com also offers a great feature where you can integrate your course completion certificates with your LinkedIn account. It's an invaluable way to enhance your professional profile!

Lynda.com is brimming with useful courses which will help kick-start the next phase of your life, including: 
  • Writing a Resume 
  • Master Common Interview Questions
  • How to Turn an Internship into a Job
  • Job Hunting for College Grads
  • Succeeding in a New Job
  • J.T. O'Donnell on Making Recruiters Come to You
  • How to Pitch to Investors
  • Personal Finance Tips
  • How to Start a Business with Family and Friends
  • Small Business Secrets

Explore Lynda.com and much more on the Graduating Students and Alumni guide.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Never get lost again - find it on the shelf!

Ever have trouble finding a book on the shelf? View Map shows you exactly where a book is located on a map of the Library.

3 easy steps to use View Map!

1. Search for the book you want using LibrarySearch. A View Map icon will appear beside the item availability information.

2. Select View Map to open a map of the Library with the shelf location highlighted by a red pin.

View Map

3. If an item is available in multiple locations you can select the Locations tab to open a map for a specific location.

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

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Carlton Library now open earlier on weekends

In response to weekend construction noise at Swanston Library, Carlton Library is now open from 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

Student studying at Carlton Library

We apologise for the noise at Swanston Library but encourage you to study at Carlton Library, which is only a five-minute walk from Swanston Library in Building 94 in Cardigan Street, Carlton. 

Monday, 22 August 2016

RMIT authors showcase - Buxton, Goodman and Moloney

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 a work that has been authored by three academics within the School of Global, Urban & Social Studies at RMIT University, titled,“Planning Melbourne: Lessons for a sustainable city”

Book cover Planning Melbourne : lessons for a sustainable city
Professor Michael Buxton has been at RMIT University since 1998 and now heads a research team carrying out extensive research into peri-urban regions; Dr. Susie Moloney’s background is in the area of urban planning and environmental sustainability and Professor Robin Goodman's research focuses on a range of aspects of urban planning and public policy.                                                                   
Their recent publication “Planning Melbourne: Lessons for a sustainable city” is held at RMIT University Library. The book explores Melbourne’s identity and identifies the city as a socially integrated and environmentally sustainable metropolis.

Current issues, including housing affordability, transport, protection of green areas and heritage and urban consolidation are considered. They focus on the past two decades of development and call for a new approach to governance and spatial planning in the city.

Read the book online or find it in the Library:

Buxton, M; Goodman, R and Moloney, S, (2016) Planning Melbourne: Lessons for a sustainable city, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Australia

Other publications by these academics, available at RMIT University Library, include:

For more information about these authors, including a comprehensive biography and list of their publications, view their staff profiles here: Professor Robin GoodmanProfessor Michael Buxton and Dr. Susie Moloney.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Textbook on loan? Three easy ways to borrow from another Library

To borrow from another academic library, you will need a CAVAL card. Ask for this card at any RMIT University Library or the other academic library, when you visit.

RMIT University Library already provides you with access to millions of diverse resources. But did you know that RMIT students can access even more? When your textbook is on loan, or the Library doesn't hold the book or journal article you need, there are three fast and easy ways for you to borrow from other libraries.

Borrow it yourself

When you really need your textbook fast, the best way to access books at other libraries is to borrow them yourself. First, just search the other library catalogues link from our Library homepage to see which other library has the book.

Request online

When the Library does not have the book you need, another option is to request the book using CAVALborrow. Just log into LibrarySearch and search for the book you want.
If we don't hold it, select the CAVALborrow button and choose the RMIT Library site you wish to collect the book from. Simple!

Use Document Delivery Services

If you can't find the item you want using the options above, you can make a Document Delivery Services request.

How can I find out more?

Find out everything you need to know about borrowing from other libraries.

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

Monday, 15 August 2016

Study smarter

Set yourself up for success. The Library’s online tutorial iSearch will give you a head start into the world of finding, evaluating and using information for your uni assignments. Watch a video, take a test and learn some great tips and tricks to give yourself the edge.

To get you started our liaison librarians have selected some highlights from iSearch:

Image of owlWhat is referencing?
Referencing is when you acknowledge or cite the source
of the information or idea you used in your assignment. Play against the Referencing Ninja

Analysing your assignment 
It's important to understand what your assignment topic means before you start your research. Don’t waste time and save confusion! Develop your skills in the analysing an assignment topic activity.

Identifying keywords
To search effectively you will need to learn how to identify keywords and think of alternative words. This exercise will help you identify keywords and alternative words.

Evaluating information sources
Do you want to know whether the information you have found for your assignment is credible and reliable? Take the CRAAP Test

What's a scholarly source?
Have you been asked to use scholarly sources for an assignment but you’re not sure exactly what this means? This super video explains what a scholarly source is, and where to find them.

Searching Library databases
Through the Library you have access to many databases of online resources. Discover what a Library database is, how to choose a database and how to search them effectively.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

New HDR students: book now for Library Research Skills workshops

Are you a new higher degree by research student? Do you want to discover how to find the best resources for your literature review? Do you want to know how to establish good reference management habits from the start of your research? Do you want to know how to make yourself and your research visible to the research community?

Boost your research skills with these 60 minute workshops specifically for new HDR candidates.

A Candle In The Dark exhibition - Swanston Library

The beautiful and evocative photographic exhibition 'A Candle In The Dark' is now on display at Swanston Library. The exhibition showcases work Save the Children undertook in Uruzgan, Afghanistan. The evocative images by Elissa Bogos Mirzaei and Mats Lignell introduce the people who are changing Uruzgan’s future for the better through the Children of Uruzgan program, a partnership between the Australian Government and Save the Children Australia.

Lucy Setti, an RMIT final year Social Policy degree student, undertook an internship with Save the Children in which she promoted this wonderful exhibition.

Photograhic image of young boy on a bike

The exhibition includes photos tracing Save the Children’s Children of Uruzgan program, a four-year program, in one of Afghanistan’s most conservative and insecure provinces. Every year in Uruzgan, about 300 mothers and more than 3000 children under the age of five die.

Photographic image of young girls at school

The program aimed to improve access to basic health and education for children and their families. It is trained 300 community health workers, as well as 50 midwives to ensure women had access to skilled birth attendants during childbirth. The program improved basic education for children by building community schools and training 1000 teachers, including females, to encourage more girls to attend school.

Photographic image of an old woman kissing young boy on a cheek

A Candle in the Dark will be exhibited at Swanston Library until 10 September. 

Friday, 5 August 2016

Library subject guides - here to help you, so you won't lose your way

Need help getting started with your research? Beginning an assignment, but not sure where to start?

Library subject guides are here to help you, so you won't lose your way!

How will Library subject guides help me?

Don't waste any more time searching in the wrong place. Use your Library subject guide to find the best information available in your subject area.

Our expert librarians have created these guides to assist you in your research - so you know what you’re searching will be good quality.

Best of all, the Library has online subject guides for all subject areas taught at RMIT. 

So, what are you waiting for - pick your subject guide and get started! You can access your guide anywhere, anytime, using any device!

How do I find out more?
This video shows you how Library subject guides can help you find the information you need

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

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Google Scholar access problem

Google Scholar is temporarily blocking access to RMIT. These events happen from time to time and are based on the amount of traffic going through our proxy system. Typically they take a few days and then the block is removed. In the meantime here are the best options for access:

Use LibrarySearch and make sure you log in for maximum search results.

Use https://scholar.google.com.au. To access RMIT subscribed content open the settings for Google Scholar and set the Library links option to RMIT. When you search the results will then include a Findit@RMIT option. Use these links to access the full-text.

You can also check yourself if the block has been removed. Go to Google Scholar.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

You could win a $250 gift voucher with Library Quest

"If I planned my time like that, I wouldn’t get anything done before being consumed by flames and ash!” Meet the lumberjack and more unlikely allies and dastardly foes in Library Quest
Character from the Library Quest game

“Do you actually want reliable information, or do you just want to trawl through obscure forum posts from 2009?" Meet the professor! She’ll polish up your research skills in no time!Character from the Library Quest game

Play Library Quest now to discover all the ways the Library can help you with your studies… and you could win a $250 gift voucher. Yes, I want to play now.

Australian Book Design Awards exhibition

RMIT University Library is pleased to be hosting an exhibition of the winning and shortlisted books in the 63rd annual Australian Book Design Awards.

The award celebrates the 'bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books' published in Australia each year. During July and August you can see the exhibition at our Carlton and Brunswick Library sites.

Brunswick Library showcases books from categories including: 

  • Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book
  • Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book
  • Best Designed Young Adult Book 
  • Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Series

Exhibition display case with books - Brunswick Library

Carlton Library showcases books from categories including: 
  • Best Designed Fully Illustrated Book Under $50 (sponsored by RMIT) 
  • Best Designed Series (including Classics) 
  • Best Designed Independent Publication
  • Best Designed Cookbooks

Exhibition display case with books - Carlton Library

This travelling showcase has already been hosted by The University of Wollongong and The University of Newcastle and will continue its journey around Australia after it leaves RMIT.

Find out more about the organisers of these awards - Australian Book Designers Association.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Six top tips from the Library

Now is a great time to find out how the Library can help you succeed with your studies. Whether you're starting back for semester 2 or a brand new student, you can't miss these great tips.

Student holding books

Learn about LibrarySearch, pick up some research skills, find out how to get help with your assignments or any Library question and find out where we are. 

Check out how simple it is to get started with the Library.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

A gladiator hiding in the stacks!

On an ordinary day in the RMIT University Library you're likely to use a textbook or an e-journal but sometimes you can discover the extraordinary. Sam Gibbard, our Metadata Standards Librarian, highlights one of the hiddens gems of our collection in this fascinating article.

Title page of book
About two months ago I was working with a colleague on some data clean-up tasks when I came upon several extremely large folio items. Looking through them, I became immediately excited by one in particular. I could tell from the paper that it was printed on that it was very old, and the illustrations within were incredible. I had to know more, so I took it to my office to investigate further. The title page revealed the following information: ”Anotomie du gladiateur combattant, applicable aux beaux arts”, written by Jean-Galbert Salvage, and printed in Paris in 1812.

The book contains extraordinary illustrations of anatomy that look absolutely incredible for when the book was produced. The detail and the exquisite quality of the etched plates really is something to behold. My curiosity was now piqued and I looked further. I discovered that we are the only library in Australia to hold a copy of this work. I also came to realise that this is perhaps one of the most valuable items held in the Library, after looking at prices of online booksellers. While this book may be valuable in a monetary sense, its artistry and story are more valuable still. After looking on Trove, I discovered an article on LibrarySearch dedicated just to this one book! “Jean-Galbert Salvage and His Anatomie du gladiateur combattant: Art and Patronage in Post-Revolutionary France” was written by Raymond Lifchez and published in the Metropolitan Museum Journal in 2009. As Lifchez himself proclaims at the start “This article is but one outcome of the intermittent but nevertheless stimulating and immensely enjoyable attempt to tell the Salvage story (1)”. Lifchez goes on to detail the backstory to this incredible book. Particularly inspired by the Greek statue called The Borghese Gladiator, or Fighting Warrior, Salvage “conceived the plan for a book that unites both the exact study of anatomy and its application to the progress of art (2) ”. He believed that his unique combination of surgeon, physician and artist enabled him, and him alone, “to make the necessary connections between science and art that would liberate the artist’s imagination (3) .”

Image of skeleton from the book
Image of two heads from the book

Salvage spent years trying to fund the creation of this atlas, and ultimately had to sacrifice his position as a surgeon in the military so he could complete the book saying it would be more use to society “than a low ranking surgeon could be (4) ”. Salvage experienced numerous delays, financial problems and bureaucracy over his 9-year journey to finish the work. Ultimately, it was to kill him in the end when he contracted tuberculosis from a cadaver. He also died with a large amount of debt, and his near decade-long struggle to fund the project highlights the complex and frustratingly slow system of patronage in the arts at that time.

The book is now safely housed in Special Collections at Swanston Library (SPE FOL 743.4 S182), and would welcome your eyes anytime.

Anatomical images from the book

1. LIFCHEZ, RAYMOND. "Jean-Galbert Salvage and His Anatomie Du Gladiateur Combattant: Art and Patronage in Post-Revolutionary France"  Metropolitan Museum Journal 44 (2009): 163-84.

2. ibid

3. ibid

4. ibid

Monday, 11 July 2016

RMIT authors showcase - Professor Charlotte Williams

Today we are featuring a work that has been edited by Professor Charlotte Williams titled “Social work in a diverse society” as part of our showcase of RMIT authors.

Image of Charlotte Williams
Professor Williams is Deputy Dean of Social Work at RMIT University. Her research is focused on issues surrounding contemporary multiculturalism, ethnicities and race. She is particularly interested in issues of social justice and equality. Williams’ background is in social work and her current research has allowed her to pursue issues relating to social theory and policy, race theory and policy, social geography and development and theories of migration and multiculturalism. She has undertaken additional research in the areas of social work and multiculturalism in Australia, issues and conditions for newly settled migrants and asylum and refugees.

Her latest publication “Social work in a diverse society” is held at RMIT University Library. It is concerned with the concept of working with racially and ethnically diverse populations and the manner by which this is a crucial aspect of modern social work practice and planning. It brings together a plethora of academics and field practitioners whose diverse experience and background lend great insight into current issues concerning the profession. It offers observations on how best a present-day practitioner can undertake their work within modern culturally and racially diverse societies.

Find the book in the Library:
Williams, C. and Graham, M. (Eds), (2016) Social work in a diverse society, Policy Press, Bristol, UK
Image of book cover
Image courtesy of Policy Press

Other publications by Professor Williams available at RMIT University Library include:

  • Williams, C. (2015). Experiencing rural Wales In: A Tolerant Nation? Revisiting Ethnic Diversity in a Devolved Wales, University of Wales Press, Cardiff, UK

For more information about Professor Charlotte Williams, see her staff profile which includes a more comprehensive biography and list of her publications.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Online videos

Put a video on it! RMIT University Library subscribes to a number of online video services, all of which offer educational, informative and recreational videos, features and shorts across a range of subject areas.

Finger pressing play button

What do we have? 
We have a vast selection, here are some of our favourites:
Alexander Street includes documentaries, features, educational and informative videos and a wealth of archival material. It features transcripts that scroll alongside its videos and also allows you to create playlists and cut clips from longer videos. Not all titles are visible in LibrarySearch so click through to the Alexander Street page and browse to discover all the titles the Library gives you access to. Alexander Street also offers a free viewing program called Weekend Watching which allows you to watch featured videos which are not normally part of our subscription from Thursday through until Wednesday. View this week's selection of Weekend Watching

Click View features informative and educational shorts on a variety of topics including business, education, the arts and health. 

Kanopy includes a huge range of films encompassing the entire history of film making, from Georges Melies 1902 A Trip to the Moon to contemporary hits like The Dressmaker, based on a book by an RMIT graduate. Kanopy also has documentaries across a range of subject areas and a great selection of foreign language films. It also includes a wide range of educational titles that could be of interest to primary and secondary teaching students. Kanopy hosts RMIT’s off‐air recordings of free‐to‐air TV, making them much more accessible than in their physical VHS format.

EduTV (via Informit)
EduTV hosts many Australian free-to-air programs, and is updated daily. Programs include current affairs, documentaries, feature films, animations and edu‐tainment, with both Australian and international content. Not all titles are visible in LibrarySearch so click through to the EduTV page and browse to discover all the titles we have access to. Please note: Users may experience problems playing EduTV videos on Apple devices due to technical issues, which are currently being investigated. To solve the problem, you can try accessing EduTV via myDesktop on Apple devices, or, alternatively, you can access the database using a non‐Apple device. 

What can you do with online videos? 
There’s a lot you can do with online videos apart from just watching them in your browser. They can also be watched on devices such as smartphones and tablets (apart from EduTV, which doesn’t play well with Apple products). Videos can be embedded in a webpage, in a subject guide or in Blackboard. They can be emailed and shared on social media, played in lectures and tutorials and saved to playlists.

Discover more of the online video titles you can access.