Monday, 28 August 2017

Library survey - tell us what you think

The Library's major, biennial survey is now on!

Every two years we ask you to tell us what you think about all things Library - the good, the bad and the ugly. 

We will use the results to improve and enhance your Library experience.

Please take the time to do the survey before 17 September. To say thank you we have three $500 Coles-Myer vouchers to give away, you can enter the draw at the end of the survey (Australian-based staff and students only).

Thank you for your time, we appreciate it!

Take the survey

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Library Quest winner!

We're very excited to announce the winner of the Library Quest competition for semester 2.

Georgia, a Nuclear Medicine student (pictured) is the lucky winner. We hope you really enjoy spending your $500 prize voucher, Georgia!

Thanks to all of you adventurous people who entered the competition this year. You may not have all won a prize but we hope you've enjoyed learning some invaluable
Library skills. 

The competition may be over, but you can still play Library Quest and refresh your skills and knowledge about how Assignment Planner, Easy Cite, subject guides and the Library can help you with your studies. 

Discover. Learn. Succeed. 

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Web of Science training for staff and researchers

The Web of Science database allows you to access an unrivalled breadth of world-class research literature linked to a rigorously selected core of journals and to uniquely discover new information through meticulously captured metadata and citation connections. 

You are invited to attend one or more sessions run by a trainer from Web of Science.

Introduction to Web of Science
Learn how to easily navigate Web of Science and be introduced to various features and functions of the database.
  • Bundoora - Tuesday 5 September 2.30-4pm, Bundoora Library Seminar Room 3 (210.2.20)
  • City - Monday 11 September 10.30am-12noon,  Swanston Library Megaflex Room (10.6.63)

Advanced Web of Science for Researchers 
Gain an understanding of using Web of Science for research analytics and discovery. Learn about researcher profiles and how to use Web of Science effectively for research.
  • City - Wednesday 13 September 10.30am-12noon, Swanston Library Megaflex Room (10.6.63)
  • Bundoora - Wedenesday 13 September 2.30-4pm, Bundoora Library Seminar Room 3 (210.2.20)

Please join us, no need to book.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

More books and study spaces at Swanston Library

The newly refurbished section of Building 8 Level 6 at Swanston Library is now open. It's one of the last Library pieces of the NAS renovation puzzle. 

New features in Building 8 Level 5 and 6 include:

More study spaces
Discover over 240 extra seats, with power, giving you more places to study.

Photo of new Library spaces

60,000 more books on the shelves
Over 60,000 books will be coming back into the Library from long term storage. Search for them in LibrarySearch.

Photo of extensive Library book collection

In coming weeks you'll notice some changes as we move the Library collection from Level 5 to Level 6 and move items back from storageYou can use and enjoy the new study spaces now but as we're moving the book collection around there might be some light disruption for a little while.

AFI Research Collection
The entrance to the AFI Research Collection, on Level 6, is now via the Library entrances in Building 10 Levels 5 and 6. 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Celebrating women in higher education - Bluestocking Week (14-18 August)

Happy Bluestocking Week!
RMIT University Library supports women's inclusion and participation in all aspects of higher education and celebrates women's achievements in academia.
The first generations of women university students were called 'bluestockings' and Bluestocking Week is celebrated across our universities to reflect on the generations of women university students who paved the way for women in higher education today.
Discover more about the history of women in higher education and Bluestocking week at RMIT University Library. 

Please join us for the Bluestocking Week celebration at the RMIT Bundoora campus on 16 August, Celebrating Women in STEMM. You will hear from guest speakers in STEMM fields and have the opportunity to network. This event will focus on recognising women’s contributions to science and discuss the progress we have made toward gender equality in academia.

This event is being hosted by Professor Kay Latham in partnership with RMIT Athena SWAN, RMIT Women Researchers' Network and National Tertiary Education Union
Register here.

Spotlight: Indigenous Law Resources @ the Library

As part of our Indigenous Collection Spotlight series, we are featuring key e-resources from our Library’s collection on Indigenous Law.

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.

Thursday, 10 August 2017

RMIT author showcase - Associate Professor Paul Battersby

As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are delighted to feature Associate Professor Paul Battersby, Deputy Dean of Global and Language Studies in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. His research interests focus on contemporary issues of global security, international development and transnational crime.

Associate Professor Battersby’s recent publication, co-edited with Ravi Roy from Southern Utah University, is titled “International Development: A Global Perspective on Theory and Practice”. Focusing on the theory and practice of international development, it features contributions from experts in the field covering a range of contemporary topics in global security, new technologies, ethics and learning, and participation. Associate Professor Battersby contributes to several chapters including “Globalization and global development practice”, “Governance, power and participation” and “Global justice, international law and development”.

Find the book at RMIT University Library:
Battersby, P. & Roy, R. (Eds.). (2017). International development: A global perspective on theory and practice. London: SAGE Publications.

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

Please view Associate Professor Battersby’s staff profile for a more comprehensive biography and list of his publications.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Looking for facts? You need the Library Fact checking guide

Sick and tired of reading Fake News?

Looking for a useful guide to help you sort fact from fiction?

RMIT University Library is here to help!

In consultation with RMIT ABC Fact Check Unit coordinator Russell Skelton, the Library has created a Fact checking guide.

In a complicated world full of fake news stories and misinformation this guide is full of useful resources to help you sort fact from fiction.

The Fact checking guide includes a: 
  • guide to fact checking sites like RMIT ABC Fact Check which assesses the accuracy of claims made by public figures, politicians and institutions involved in public debate 
  • fact checking toolkit for accurate news sources, statistics, political transcripts, company information and images 
  • list of websites that identify fake news and hoaxes 
  • guide to evaluating resources and skills to help you spot fake news 

Access the guide

"In a political milieu swirling with claims and counter claims, fact checking can provide an antidote to ignorant, wrongheaded and deliberate falsehoods." Russell Skelton, Director of RMIT ABC Fact Check.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Meet Sarah: she's more than just a friendly face who's ready to help you

The Study and Learning Centre Drop-in is the best place to get free, reliable study help.
Today we're profiling Sarah Longhurst, one of the wonderful Student Learning Assistants (SLAs). She's interviewed by Adam Browne, an RMIT University Library Attendant and published sci-fi author. Let's go...

Sarah and Adam arm wrestling

Adam: Sarah and I chatted at the new Study and Learning Centre Drop-in at Swanston Library. I enjoyed it. I kept digressing into abstruse questions about her new job in Data Analytics and Management at Deloitte, starting next year. It sounds like an interesting place. 

As John Fong, the manager of the Student Learning Centre, said, Sarah gives a friendly face to the University. It’s clear she takes pleasure in helping out new students. Although she’s doing an IT degree now, I was unsurprised to learn that she’d once also studied social work. It carries through to her attitude as a Student Learning Adviser (SLA).

Where Connor (see previous interview) specialises in helping students with their written language, Sarah tends to help with coding and other aspects of IT studies -- language of a different sort. ‘I help with the logic of it,’ she says. ‘When you build software, there are a number of ways you can go about it. The less code the better; because of their lack of experience, that’s what a lot of first year students tend to need help with.’

 Adam: What do you like best about being an SLA?
Sarah: It’s the peer-to-peer stuff that makes this job awesome. I love the interaction with students, being able to calm them down, sort of normalise a stressful situation for them. I can say to them, ‘You know what? I’ve been in your situation, and it sucks, yeah? And here’s what I’ve learned about taking the worry away.’ And then later, when they come back smiling, just to thank us … it’s that nice warm fuzzy feeling of knowing I’ve made an impact on someone.

This touches on an experience I had just this week, actually. I bumped into a student on the street. He was surprised I remembered him; he was taken aback. We had a great 20 minute talk. It turned out he was having some problems, and I was able to compartmentalise things for him, put a bit of a plan in place, give him a few focal points. At the end, it was lovely, he said that the conversation turned everything around for him.

Adam: Students can expect to get help from SLAs and Learning Advisors (LAs) in Drop-in. What's the difference, and how do SLAs and Learning Advisors work together?

Sarah: Well, LAs are professional educators, whereas SLAs are students who assist their fellow students based on their own experience. SLAs welcome students when they come into Drop-in and get to know them a little by asking them how they are and what degree they are studying. If they are international students, we ask how their time in Melbourne has been so far - this is always a great way to calm a student who is overwhelmed by their transition into university life and a new country. Once we know a little about the student and what they need from the space, we will introduce them to the LA and let the LA know what the student needs help with - this eases the transition from the student meeting the SLA and then sitting with an LA.

I am studying an IT degree and I enjoy when IT students come into the Drop-in space because it means I can help them out with something I am very passionate about and skilled in! Even though English and writing is not my field of expertise, I can help students begin to plan their writing or help them to understand the criteria of the task they have to complete. This sets the student up and then I'll ensure an LA visits them making sure we have tied up any other points of confusion for the student before they leave our space.

Adam: You're studying a Bachelor of Information Technology.  How do you feel about embarking on a career in a predominantly male industry?
Sarah: Yes, it’s definitely still a problem. In a previous IT role, I was one of three women in a team of 22 -- they were significantly older than me too. It was a toxic environment. Really, my career was stopped because I was female. I was given work I couldn’t do; I was shut down, ignored -- in the end I had to take a career break. I think it’s just mental that it’s still an issue. We’re building products for all genders, all ages -- we have to make sure you’ve got diversity when you’re building products, because otherwise you’re limiting your market. (We talked here about Deloitte, where things don't sound so grim. The CEO is Cindy Cooke, who Sarah says is very much around well being and mental health, and that everyone is doing things they love to do.)

Adam: What advice would you give to new students starting at RMIT?
Sarah: Make sure you understand Blackboard! And to do that, come into Drop-in; sit down with a friendly SLA. We’ll show you how to use Blackboard, how to access email, all those things. I think that’s the most important thing when you start. Blackboard is where you discuss things with your tutors, lecturers, it’s where your notes and rosters are. It’s the spot.

Also -- try to make a friend. Do that whole weird awkward thing; when you’re sitting in a lecture, ask the person next to you about a question you’re working on. It means you’ve overcome that difficulty so often encountered when you’re on meeting new people, which is what you’re going to talk about. It gives you a talking point.

Or -- if that’s too scary … again, come into Drop-in. I’ve sometimes got a queue of people just wanting to catch up.

This sounds like good advice to me -- especially in the vibrant new Study and Learning Centre Drop-in which is part of the new Swanston Library (and also available at Bundoora Library and Brunswick Library). Sarah’s excited about it. It’s a bright, vibrant, positive place. 

If you need help with assignments, now's a great time to check it out! 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Postgraduates - book into an EndNote class today

Does referencing your assignment give you a headache?

Feeling overwhelmed by your endless bibliography?

Help is here - RMIT University Library offers free EndNote for beginners classes, where you will learn how to create, store and easily manage your references in a hands-on session. 

Places are limited so book fast! Book in now.

Learn more on the Library’s EndNote page - download EndNote, use the Library’s online training resources and visit EndNote: a beginner’s guide for all the information you need to learn about EndNote in your own time.

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