Wednesday, 29 March 2017

RMIT authors showcase - Dr Olga Lorenzo

At RMIT we are extremely proud of our academics and their achievements in creative writing. As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are delighted to feature Dr Olga Lorenzo and her recent novel titled "The Light in the Water".

Dr Lorenzo is a teacher, Professional Writing and Editing at the School of Media and Communications and has a Masters and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include contemporary writing, American and Latin-American writing, trauma studies and psychoanalytic studies. She has won the Felix Meyer Scholarship and the Percival Serle Bequest at the University of Melbourne for her writing, as well as grants from Arts Victoria and the Australia Council, and a Varuna Fellowship. 

Her latest publication, "The Light in the Water" explores the themes of grief, family, maternal love and how we are forced to live with the consequences of our actions. Framed around the mysterious disappearance of an autistic child, the novel investigates a mother's moral conscience against the media and society's judgement.

Find the book in the Library:
Lorenzo, O. (2016). The Light in the Water, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, N.S.W.

Other publications by Dr Lorenzo, available at RMIT University Library, include:
Lorenzo, O. (1996). The Rooms in My Mother’s House, Penguin, Ringwood, Vic.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

An interesting discovery

Working in a library is fun. On any ordinary day staff working in RMIT University Library are likely to discover a great new book or an amazing DVD, but sometimes we even uncover history! Sam Gibbard, our Metadata Standards Librarian, shares his story of the day he uncovered one of the forgotten collections of our Library.

Last year, while clearing out a storage room in Swanston Library, Sam came across several dusty boxes. The contents were described as "Herald-Sun donations", but upon opening, it was discovered almost all of the books were inscribed by former chairman of the Herald group, and prominent journalist Sir Keith Murdoch, the founder of News Limited (News Corp Australia) and father of business magnate and media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

The Keith Murdoch Collection

Sir Keith Murdoch is a fascinating figure in Australian history, and his formative experiences abroad as a reporter and war correspondent had a profound effect on his later life. While visiting troops in Gallipoli in 1915, he wrote his famed "Gallipoli letter" expressing grave concerns about the situation there. It is widely credited with helping force the evacuation of Australian troops in December that year. 

We like to imagine this small collection of 40 books represents an insight into the early reading choices of a future newspaper tycoon. Titles from the collection, such as "The Truth behind the News" and "The Street of Ink" are a reminder of the old world of print journalism as Sir Keith Murdoch might have experienced it. And provide a vast contrast to the much different landscape his son's giant media empire now occupies.

So next time you are passing the Library, why not wander in - you never know what you might discover! An itemised listing of the Keith Murdoch Collection can be browsed as a collection here. The collection is supplemented with a few biographies of Sir Keith Murdoch, as well as a commemorative book produced by the Herald staff in 1952 (the year he died) and the auction catalogue from the sale of his art collection and household effects the following year. 

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Spotlight: Indigenous Education @ the Library

Welcome to part one of our Indigenous Collection Spotlight series, where we are featuring key e-resources from the Library’s collection on Indigenous Education

Here are some of the highlights:


Looking for more Indigenous resources @ the Library? Find information on indigenous culture, education, environment, film, health, law, land rights, reconciliation and sport in the Library’s Indigenous Resources subject guide. RMIT University Library is committed to enrich its growing collection of Indigenous resources in support of RMIT's vision for reconciliation,‘promoting a learning and research environment that engages partnerships and values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges, cultures and diversity’.
RMIT University acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional owners of the land on which the University stands. RMIT University respectfully recognises Elders both past and present.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Introducing auto-renewal of loans

We're pleased to introduce a great new Library service - auto-renewal. From now on, you won't need to remember to renew your borrowed Library items, because the Library does it for you!

This convenient service automatically renews your eligible borrowed items.  Library items are borrowed for an initial period of 14 or 28 days depending whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate or staff.

The Library automatically renews your items, 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.

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