Friday, November 23, 2007

New site for HSC students

The Board of Studies has launched a new site All My Own Work designed to help HSC students "to follow the principles and practices of good scholarship" when preparing assessment tasks.

Among other things, it explains plagiarism, copyright compliance and addresses the thorny problem of collaborative learning, collusion and copying.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Avoid fines and invoices for lost items

Final exams have started and soon many of you will be leaving campus for the summer holidays or for good.

Before your last day on campus, have a look through your study area and return any library items you no longer require. This will ensure you avoid fines and invoices for items not returned after 30 days.

Not sure if you've returned everything? You can check your library record by

* calling the Library on 6659 3232
* emailling
* signing in to the catalogue

Sign in using your student ID or your library number (on your ID card, starts with 29339... or 25555...), the PIN is the last four digits of whichever number you used. Click on My Library Record at the top of the page and check Loans.

If your fines are below $20 at the end of the year, they will be waived.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Exam Stress

The HSC is under way again and university and TAFE exams are coming up fast. How can you stay calm and make the most of your chances?

Some tips to help you do just that - try here, here and here

Monday, October 22, 2007

Take your bookmarks wherever you go

Want to have all your favourite web sites or articles bookmarked and available wherever you are, whatever computer you use? Try, Connotea or Citeulike

These are social bookmarking web sites and they all work in a similar way. Delicious has wide appeal across all interests, Connotea (owned by Nature) and Citeulike attract more scholarly users. They are "social" because many people use them to store and share interesting sites they have found. Your bookmarks are available to you whenever you're on the web because they are stored on a website, not just on a single computer.

After choosing one of these sites, register as a user and follow the simple instructions.

When you find articles or sites that you want to re-visit, bookmark them and allot a couple of tags or labels to enable you to find them quickly when needed. If you don't want to share your information, you can keep it private.

Try this Youtube demo of to see how easy the process is and how useful these tools are - "Social Bookmarking in Plain English"

Thursday, October 18, 2007

2007 Man Booker Prize Winner

Labrokes got it wrong again, and so did many readers, I suspect. The punters final choice was for Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach, followed closely by Lloyd Jones' Mister Pip.

The 2007 Man Booker Prize has gone to rank outsider Anne Enright's The Gathering, described by one reviewer as "an exhilaratingly bleak family epic". Irish born Enright also cautions readers ‘when people pick up a book they may want something that will cheer them up, in that case they shouldn’t really pick up my book… my book is the equivalent of a Hollywood weepie.

The TimesOnLine
reveals that all six shortlisted novels will go online free to anyone anywhere.

Negotiations are under way with the British Council and publishers over digitising the novels and reaching parts - particularly in Africa and Asia - that the actual books would not otherwise reach.

Jonathan Taylor, chairman of The Booker Prize Foundation, said that the initiative was well advanced, although details were still being thrashed out.

The online publication of the books is not expected to cause a drop in sales. It will allow readers to dip into those titles that they may not have considered purchasing, and perhaps stimulate interest in them.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Find It Fast

Need credible information from the web, try our Find It Fast web guides. The guides cover all subject areas taught at this campus. If you have a suggestion for further guides, email Gabriele Ogilvie, the site co-ordinator listed at the bottom of the page.

All sites are selected by library staff, so you can be assured of the authority and accuracy of the information. Each link is regularly checked to see that it is still valid.

Link to the guides from this blog, from the library home page and from the icon on the desktop of each student PC at this campus.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Betting on a Winner

According to Ladbrokes, the British bookmakers, Les Murray, our world renowned poet, was a short price favourite (6/1) to win the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. They had successfully tipped last year's winner, Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, so many of us were hopeful their tip was right this time. But last week the judges from the Swedish Academy for the Nobel Prize in Literature, selected Doris Lessing, the prolific English author, so Les will have to take his chances again next time.

The Man Booker Prize will be announced later this week, and the betting is very close, so let's see if Ladbrokes get it right this time. Current tipping is as follows:
Lloyd Jones - Mister Pip 2/1
Ian McEwan - On Chesil Beach 2/1
Mohsin Hamid - The Reluctant Fundamentalist 4/1
Nicola Barker - Darkmans 5/1
Anne Enright - The Gathering 12/1
Indra Sinha - Animals People 12/1

Monday, October 1, 2007

Banned Books Week

With none too subtle irony, the American Library Association celebrates the freedom to read freely in Banned Books Week September 29- October 6. The list of books in the US "banned by someone, somewhere, sometime" is huge and in many cases the reasons for banning seem difficult to understand.

Several books banned in Australia, on the grounds of obscenity or coarse language, have later become school or university texts e.g. J. D Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, D. H Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover and James Joyce's Ulysses. For more infornation on books banned in Australia, see the Classification Board and Classification Review Board.

Perhaps more unsettling is the banning of books for political reasons. As Ray Bradbury, author of Fahreheit 451, noted "You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."

Friday, September 28, 2007

Finding New Titles

If you would like to see what new items have been received in the Library, bookmark the New Titles page.

The items are listed by call number, so use the index at the top of the page to find your subject.

Each title has a link to the catalogue so you can tell immediately if the item you want is on the shelf waiting for you, or if it's out on loan. If you find it's out on loan, request it using the Request button on the left of that page.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

TAFE Art Competition in the Library

Coffs Harbour TAFE art students have been invited to enter works in the CHEC Art Competition. The entries are on display in the Library now. The winner (Texture Tree by Will Price) and runner up (Nude by Gai Faulkner) are pictured.

Five entries have been chosen to go forward to the regional judging of the TAFE Art Acquisitive Competition at Lismore.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Coffs Harbour History at the Museum

Last week also saw the launch of another Coffs Harbour history archive, at the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum

Professor Henry Reynolds, well known historian, opened the new permanent exhibition "The Coastal Waterways: Indigenous Elders tell their stories", which has been funded by a regional arts grant.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Coffs Harbour History Online

The Coffs Harbour City Library today launched the Voice of Time Oral History Digitisation Project

"The Voice of Time oral history project is a collection of 150 interviews with descendants of pioneering families and long-time residents of the Coffs Harbour region. The original project was completed in 1988 as an Australian Bicentennial project. It has now been digitised by Coffs Harbour City Library and published in digital format to enable improved preservation and public access."

Search the Oral History Database and hear snippets from the recollections of Jessie Tulk and her daughter of their time at the Solitary Islands' lighthouse, or Mary Thomas recall her adventures on the telephone exchange from the early 1920s onward.

The project has been a long time in the making for Enzo Accadia and other staff and volunteers at the Coffs Library and all are to be congratulated on this wonderful oral history archive of the local region.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

ABS - A mine of information

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) collects data on every facet of Australian life and its available to you free.

It may feel like drinking from a fire hose, as there is so much information, its difficult to take it in all at once, but you can break it down into bite size pieces. Once you're on the ABS homepage, in the navigation bar at the top

- click on Themes, for information on a topic
- click on Statistics to locate publications by topic, by title, by catalogue number or by release date.
- Teachers looking for classroom activities, try the Education link.
- The first release of 2006 Census data is out now, just click on Census.

There's bad news -

1338.1.55.001 - Statistical Trends, NSW, 2007 released 19/9/07)
Deaths of Young People
In 2005, nearly half of all deaths of young men and a third of young women aged 15–34 years in NSW, were due to suicide, transport accidents or accidental drug overdoses (418 persons).

and there's good news

4602.0 Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, Mar 2006
Waste management
* In March 2006, about 98% of Australian households recycled waste, 87% reused waste, while only less than one per cent did not recycle or reuse waste at all.

and many interesting facts. This from the population clock page

* one birth every 1 minute and 56 seconds,
* one death every 3 minutes and 59 seconds,
* a net gain of one international migrant every 3 minutes and 15 seconds leading to
* an overall total population increase of one person every 1 minutes and 45 seconds.

From time to time we'll post snippets from the ABS site on different topics to keep you up to date. If you would like us to find information for you or show you how to find your way round the site, come in and see your liaison librarian.

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