Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Historical Statistics

ABS has just made available important Australian and New Zealand colonial statistics contained in A Statistical Account of the Seven Colonies of Australasia compiled between 1890 and 1904 by NSW Statistician Timothy A. Coghlan.

Full text searching is available within the PDF files, once they are downloaded.

A full list of all historical titles is available here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Colour Printing

Colour printing is now available in the Library from the computers on Level 1, including the computer with Plant File installed. Hopefully, the computers on Level 2 will also have colour printing enabled soon.

Select the colour printer (E114A Colour) before you send your job to the printer. The default for colour printing is one sided printing. The colour printer is the Xerox machine near the window in the Photocopy Room on Level 1.

One thing to note. If you've selected the colour printer, but some pages in your document are text only, the whole job will be charged as colour printing.

To get around this, select the colour pages only (under Page Range when selecting printing preferences) to send to the colour printer.

The black and white text pages can then be sent to the black and white printer.

Colour printing rates are the same as those in the Student Learning Centre.

A4 single sided = $0.60
A4 double sided = $1.08
A3 single sided = $1.20
A3 double sided = $2.16

Friday, August 28, 2009

ABS- Social Trends and National Accounts

Information from the latest Australian Social Trends (June 2009) released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics:
- internal migration and population growth within Australia's regions
- health literacy
- student achievement in Maths and Science
- casual employees and their working conditions
- living arrangements of young people

Next quarterly Australian National Accounts due out next Wednesday September 2.

If you have trouble finding information on the ABS site, try the online tutorials, or ask your librarian for assistance.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New web resources

Belonging, Being and Becoming - The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia - is part of the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) reform agenda for early childhood education and care and is a key component of the Australian Government’s National Quality Agenda for early childhood education and care."

SHUT OUT: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia
National Disability Strategy Consultation Report, prepared by the National People with Disabilities and Carer Council 2009

Refugees and asylum seekers: a guide to key electronic resources
prepared by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library

Friday, August 14, 2009

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature

Allen and Unwin, the publishers of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature are running a competition with the prize being a limited edition copy of the work. Answer 10 questions and then in 25 words or less, say who is your favourite Australian author, and why.

Nicholas Jose, the General Editor of the Anthology and Professor of Writing at the University of Western Sydney writes on Australian literature, shortly before the book's release.

Selected authors from the Anthology reading or speaking about their works

Friday, August 7, 2009

Improved Scanning

Scanning is now possible from the colour photocopier on level 1. The scanned image is sent as an attachment to your email address, but only after you key in your email address to enable this.

If you don't want to leave your address in the address book of the machine, you can insert and delete it each time. Step by step instructions will be provided.

Images up to A3 can be scanned and at no charge.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

For Cricket Tragics

Disappointed in the cricket commentary on SBS?

Try the over-by-over commentary on the Guardian site. Sure they're the enemy, but so much more amusing.

From the first test -

"14th over: England 34-1 (Strauss 18, Bopara 4) After a very tricky start, in which he looked like he needed sat-nav to find his own nipples, Bopara is starting to settle. It's cat-and-mouse in that over: Bopara happy to leave everything, Hilfenhaus trying to draw him into that dangerous corridor. The result is six leaves, and a maiden. Hilfenhaus has figures of 7-3-10-1. The word 'Alderman' has been tentatively uttered. "Have the Aussies pulled a fast one by selecting each of the school houses at Hogworts? Katich, Hauritz, Siddle and Hilfenhaus," says Steve Baldock, whistling a cultural reference over my head."

I don't even like cricket much, but I could be a convert with commentary like this.