Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Closing the year

May all students and staff enjoy a peaceful Christmas and a bright and bounteous New Year.

The Library will re-open on Monday January 5 at 9am.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Good Reading for the Holidays

If you're looking for some good holiday reading, the Library has ordered the following titles and many have arrived already.

The Man Booker Prize 2008 shortlisted novels:

Aravind Adiga - The White Tiger (Winner)
Sebastian Barry - The Secret Scripture
Amitav Ghosh - Sea of Poppies
Linda Grant - The Clothes on Their Backs
Philip Hensher - The Northern Clemency
Steve Toltz - A Fraction of the Whole

The Prime Minister's Literary Prize shortlist:

# Burning In Mireille Juchau
# El Dorado Dorothy Porter
# Jamaica Malcolm Knox
# Sorry Gail Jones
# The Complete Stories David Malouf
# The Widow and Her Hero Tom Keneally
# The Zookeeper's War Steven Conte

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Politics, society and culture

Launched last month by Australian Policy Online is a new site Inside Story | Politics, society and culture edited by the Institute for Social research at Swinburne University of Technology.

"Inside Story combines high-quality journalism and analysis to bring readers a distinctive view of Australia and the world." And it looks good too.

Overland which has brought us "culture that matters.....since 1954" now has an expanded web presence and is also well worth a look.

Monday, November 3, 2008

National and state libraries online resources

The Library subscribes to databases giving you access to thousands of online journals to assist your research and study, but because of license restrictions, these are available only to staff and enrolled students.

Now the National Library of Australia (NLA) and the state libraries provide access to databases for any citizen who applies for a library card from them. The various state libraries will only provide access if you are a resident of that state, but the NLA provides access to all citizens.

Apply online and once your card is sent to your home address, you may search the available databases remotely. To see what is on offer from the NLA and the state libraries, try the links below:

National Library of Australia

State Library of NSW

State Library of Queensland

State Library of Victoria

State Library of South Australia

State Library of Tasmania

State Library of Western Australia

Northern Territory Library

Thursday, October 23, 2008


The HSC is under way again, university exams begin in a week 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, here and here.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Lift out of service Wed Oct 8-Fri Oct 10

The Library will be open all next week, but lift access will only be available via the A Block and M Block lifts from Wednesday to Friday.

If assistance is required, contact Security on
· 6659 3091
· ext 3091
· 1800 004 357

Or the Library on 6659 3232 if you need items delivered to your office or sent to your home address.

Please ask Library staff to fetch items from Level 2 if you are unable to use the stairs.

Thank you for your patience whilst this work is being done.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Library closed Labour Day Monday October 6

The Library will be closed on Labour Day, Monday October 6

Except for the above public holiday, the Library will be open throughout the school/TAFE holidays.

Avoid fines and suspensions by returning or renewing any items you have on loan prior to the holidays.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Library Survey: Have your Say

The Library is holding its biennial Client Satisfaction Survey from 8 September to 26 September 2008.

The survey gives you an opportunity to rate the performance of the Library, in relation to what you think is important. Your feedback is vital in assisting the library to improve its services and resources. It's a confidential survey, so you won't be identified.

Survey participants may enter a prize draw for a $200 voucher to spend at the Co-op Bookshop, plus minor prizes of $100 Co-op Bookshop vouchers.

Complete the survey online here.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More computers

The number of PCs used exclusively for catalogue searching in the library has been reduced from seven to four for a trial period.

The additional PCs are now available for students to use as they require.

They will be re-located so their availability as work stations is obvious.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

EFTPOS Terminal for Printing and Copying

The Library now has an EFTPOS terminal for printing and copying.

Add value to your ID card for printing and photocopying by transferring money directly from your debit card to your student ID card.

The EFTPOS terminal is located beside the autoloader. It's like those at any retail outlet, but you will not be able to get cash out.

The minimum amount you can transfer is $4.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Google Knol, not grassy knoll

Google appears to be challenging Wikipedia with its Knol, a peer-reviewed encyclopedia, which is a collection of knols.

And what's a knol? As defined by Google, "an authoritative article about a specific topic".

The big difference between this and Wikipedia seems to be a declaration of authorship. Articles will not be written by an anoymous crowd, as "we value and promote authorship", authors will sign their own names to their knol. It's unclear how this makes the knol authoritative.

It's "your knol, your voice", so you can be a solo author or partner with other experts in your field if you prefer.

Many of the articles are medical in nature, so one hopes they are authoritative. and some are more whimsical:

Barbecue sauce recipes : a taxonomy by Craig Goldwyn

Japanese whisky by Chris Bunting

Browsing is difficult as alphabetical arrangement is eschewed for a search box which delivers unrelated results.

It's still in beta, so it will hopefully get better.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Is it cool?

Cuil (pronounced cool), a new search engine has appeared. Its stated goal is "to solve the two great problems of search: how to index the whole Internet—not just part of it—and how to analyze and sort out its pages so you get relevant results".

Cuil claims to crawl more pages than Google and the developers (two of whom are ex-Google employees) insist that "popularity is useful, but has dominated search results so heavily that it gets harder and harder to find the page you want, especially if your search is a complex one." This is a second jibe at Google, as its page ranking is based on total links to sites.

Judge the claims for yourself by comparing results from identical searches on both Cuil and Google.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Out of the Box - Slow TV and ABC iView

The Monthly Magazine has introduced Slow TV, a “free internet TV channel delivering interviews, debates, conversations and public lectures about Australia’s key political, social and cultural issues”.

Some highlights -

Clive Hamilton on “Consumerism, Self-Creation and Prospects for a New Ecological Consciousness”

David Malouf “Australian Culture and Writing"

Sport: a panel discussion with William McInnes, Gideon Haigh and John Harms

Also, ABC TV content is now “out of the box” and available on line at ABC iView

Friday, July 18, 2008

What's happening?

It's back to study for students this week. So what's been happening while you've been away?

1. Access to printing is slightly different since an upgrade to the system during the semester break. Your print job will now be identified by your campus login name, however, you still use your student ID card to enable printing. No ID card? Organise that today so you can print when you need to.

2. The library stairs had a makeover which we hope makes the library an even more pleasant place to study.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Australian Collaboration

A range of free scholarly resources is available on a newly launched web site the Australian Collaboration. "The overall aim of the Australian Collaboration is to help to achieve an integrated and sustainable ecological, social, cultural and economic environment in and outside Australia."

To achieve this aim the consortium is keen to provide web resources to enable informed public debate on the big issues facing our nation today, See Democracy Watch page.

Resources available include essays, books, fact and issue sheets on Australian societal and environmental issues and study guides for schools on a broad range of topics e.g.
- Australian population characteristics
- climate change and energy, biodiversity
- land degradation and water
- culture
- economics
- government and business
- human wellbeing and fairness
- Indigenous Australia

Well worth a look.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Holidays and no fines

Before you go on holidays for the mid year break, have a look through your room and return any library items you no longer require. This will ensure you avoid fines, and invoices for items not returned after 30 days. Keep your fines below $20 and at the end of the year, they will be waived.

Not sure if you've returned everything? Check My Library Record in the catalogue

Click on My Library Record at the top of the page.

Sign in using your student number 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.

Check Loans.

Need help with this?

SMS 0428 767 728 (make sure you give your student number or name)

Ring 6659 3232, or


See you next term

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Photographic Competition Winners

The winners of the Library Week Photographic Competition

People's Choice: Number 18 - Jo Mason
Library's Choice: Number 5 - Alison Henry
Voters' Lucky Draw: Alexandra Bruggisser

If you've not seen the photos, they are still available for viewing at the library's Flickr site

Friday, May 30, 2008

Student Science Prizes and Resources

Science is not a popular choice for many Australian school students today, and this is part of a worldwide trend. A number of science research bodies and associations are offering prizes to young participants to get them interested in science while at school, and as a career.

Molecular Frontiers Foundation Inquiry Prizes will be awarded for the best questions posed by 20 girls and 20 boys who are under 18 years of age. The winners will be judged by a panel of eminent scientists, including Nobel laureates. Selected winners will be invited to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, which awards the Nobel Prizes, to meet with eminent scientists.

Australian Museum's Eureka Prizes

University of Sydney's Sleek Geeks Prizes for primary, secondary and university students

BHP Billiton Science Awards for students and teachers.

If you've missed out on this year's competitions, it just means you have plenty of time to craft the winning entry for next year.

Keep up to date with the latest science news here:


New Scientist


Public Library of Science

ABC Science

BBC Science and Nature

Thursday, May 15, 2008

New Books and DVDs in the Library

If you want to see what's new in the Library without leaving your desk, the New Titles link on the Library home page lists everything that arrived in the previous month.

Check to see if the items are already on loan or waiting on the shelf for you by clicking on the catalogue link under each item.

A selection from the April list, lots more to choose from -

155.9 ZIMB
The Lucifer effect : how good people turn evil /
Philip Zimbardo.
Zimbardo, Philip G. London : Rider, 2007.

371.100994 MARS
Becoming a teacher : knowledge, skills and issues /
Colin Marsh.
Marsh, Colin J. Frenchs Forest, N.S.W. : Pearson Education Australia, c2008.

610.73 NURS
Nursing diagnosis handbook : an evidence-based guide to planning care /
Ackley, Betty J. St. Louis, Mo. : Mosby Elsevier, c2008.

641.5784 BARB
Barbecue bible.
Tice, Claire. Camberwell, Vic. : Penguin Books, 2007.

775 CORR
Photo restoration and retouching using Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo : learn how to /
Correll, Robert. Boston, MA : Thomson Course Technology, c2008.

808.06607 GRAN
Newspaper feature writing /
by Len Granato.
Granato, Len, 1938- Sydney, NSW : University of New South Wales Press in association with Deakin Uni

Monday, May 12, 2008

Photographic Competition for Library Week

Send us a photo of your favourite place to read. You don’t have to be an expert photographer, just snap a photo with your camera or phone

Entry requirements:
• Students and staff from CHSC, TAFE, SCU or ELC are eligible.
• Submit your photos electronically to
• Photo files must be JPEGS (no more than 1 MB).
• No more than 1 entry per person.
• Photos will go on the Library's Flickr site and be displayed in the Library

Entries close: 19 May 2008 Voting : Tues 20 May – Sun 25 May 2008

How to vote:

Come and vote for your favourite
• in the Library, or
• vote on the Library's Flickr site by leaving your name in the Comments under your favourite photo
Either way, you’ll be automatically in the draw for a prize.

Winners will be selected by popular vote, and by a Library vote.

People’s Choice: iPod shuffle
Library’s Choice: Movie passes or USB drive
Voters’ Lucky Draw: Movie passes or USB drive

Thursday, May 1, 2008

2008 National Survey of Young Australians

Young Australians aged 11 to 24 years have an opportunity to comment on a range of issues which are important to them.

This is the seventh annual survey of young Australians conducted by Mission Australia. Results will be released later in the year.

Have your say, by completing the online form

Your answers will help improve services for young people.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Powerhouse Museum on Commons on Flickr

In an earlier post I mentioned that the National Library of Australia is publishing images from the Picture Australia collection on Flickr.

Now the Powerhouse Museum has put its Tyrrell collection of photographs on the Commons on Flickr so more people can see these historical images.

Read more about it on fresh + new(er) the Powerhouse Museum blog.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Study Guides On-Line

Mentioned on SBS' Cutting Edge program "Growing Up On-line" this week, SparkNotes, is billed as "today's most popular study guides" by its owner Barnes and Noble, the US book chainstore.

Aimed at high school students, the guides are broad in coverage from astronomy to zoology and everything in between. While they claim to be "smarter, better, faster", Pluto has not lost its planet status in the guide to the planets, so a little caution may be needed in some fields.

It is a commercial site so you will be bothered by advertisements, but it's certainly worth a look.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Library Wise OWL Quiz

Congratulations to:

Victoria Matthews, winner of first prize
($50 Co-op Bookshop voucher) and
Amanda Matthews, second place winner
($25 Co-op Bookshop voucher)
in the SCU Library Wise OWL Quiz.

Rosalind Hurst is also a winner, just for attending an SCU library orientation session. Rosalind's name was selected from among all those who attended orientation classes in Weeks 1 and 2, to win a double theatre pass to the Sawtell Cinema.

Thursday, March 20, 2008


The Library will be closed for the Easter public holidays

Good Friday - March 21
Easter Saturday - March 22
Easter Sunday - March 23
Easter Monday - March 24

We will re-open on Tuesday March 25 at 8.30am.

If you've ever wondered why Easter is a moveable feast, why chocolate eggs get delivered by a rabbit, and how this relates to the Christian celebration of Easter, this site will explain all that.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Take your bookmarks wherever you go

I posted this last year, so if you've already started using Delicious or another bookmarking site, stop reading now.

Want to have all your favourite web sites or articles bookmarked and available wherever you are, whatever computer you use? Try, Connotea or Citeulike or 2collab

These are social bookmarking web sites and they all work in a similar way. Delicious has wide appeal across all interests, Connotea, Citeulike and 2collab 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"

Friday, March 7, 2008

SCU OWL Week Quiz

Next week is OWL Week (O Week Link). On Tuesday new students can find out how your school can help you with your course and what student services are available to help you while you study.

The Library, Schools and Student Association reps will be in the Gathering Space near D Block Theatre on Tuesday from 12-2pm. While you're there, or next week in the Library, pick up an entry form for the Library Wise OWL quiz. All correct entries will be eligible for the prize draw.

First Prize: $50 Co-op Bookshop voucher
Second Prize: $25 Co-op Bookshop voucher
Third Prize: 4 Coffee Vouchers

Friday, February 29, 2008

Uni online resources at your fingertips

If you were recovering from O Week and didn't get to one of the Week 1 Library orientation classes, do yourself a favour and come along to the Library Lab next Wednesday March 5 at 11.30am.

This 1 hour session will introduce you to the online resources the Library has to offer including:

• catalogue
• e-books
• journals
• eReserve
• exam papers
• referencing

No bookings needed, just turn up.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Technology Update

Two places on campus loan equipment to students and staff - the Library and the Student Learning Centre. The list includes data projectors, laptops, CD players, hand held note takers, digital cameras, digital video cameras, graphics tablet, portable drives. A handy map of the layout of the SLC with services and equipment listed is available here.

Colour copying and printing is only possible in the SLC, but will soon be available in the Library also.

Ensure you have sufficient credit on your ID card to print and copy by topping up your account at the autoloader in the Library.

A range of computers are available and also a scanner in both places.

New flat screen DVD/video viewers have been installed in the group study rooms in the Library and similar viewers are available in the SLC.

Wireless access for university students and staff is here and access for TAFE and school students is expected soon.

Monday, February 18, 2008

O Week Tours and Orientation in Week 1

During O Week the Library is conducting tours each day at 10am and 1pm for first year students. You'll get a quick overview of library services, but to get the most out of what we offer, sign up for library orientation classes beginning in Week 1.

The classes last approximately 45 minutes and are at the following times:

Mon Feb 25 - 9.30 and 5.30

Tues Feb 26 - 12.30 and 4.00

Wed Feb 27 - 10.00 and 2.00

Thur Feb 28 - 11.00 and 3.00

Fri Feb 29 - 10.00

Sign up sheets are on the noticeboard near the entrance to the lab or call (6659 3232) or email and we'll put your name down at the time that suits you.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Survival Tips for New TAFE Students

1. Get to know your TAFE librarian, Gabriele Ogilvie, who can help you find online and print resources for assignments and reports.

2. Improve your research skills by attending library tutorials arranged by your teachers.

3. Seek help early when you can't find information you need, don't wait till your assignment is almost due.

4. Take advantage of the great online resources available to TAFE students in this region.

5. Find resources in TAFE libraries across the state and get them sent to you free. Ask Gabriele how.

5. We've just re-launched the Library web site and we'd like feedback about this and any of our services. Post a comment on the blog or email us

6. Carry your student ID with you because it enables you to borrow books and use the printers and photocopiers on campus.

7. Avoid library fines by telling us your email address, so we can send reminders before your loans are due, or by renewing your own loans via "My Library Record" in the library catalogue.

8. Keep your library fines below $20 and you can keep borrowing, plus at the end of the year, we'll make the fines disappear.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Year 11 Library Survival Tips

Survival tips to ensure you have a hassle-free experience and get the most out of the services we offer:

1. Get to know your school librarian, Louise Cleary, who can help you find online and print resources for assessment tasks and essays.

2. Improve your information skills by attending library tutorials and by seeking help when you're stuck with not enough information to complete your assignment.

3. Carry your student ID with you because it enables you to borrow books and use the printers and photocopiers on campus.

4. Avoid library fines by telling us your email address, so we can send reminders before your loans are due or by renewing your own loans via "My Library Record" in the library catalogue.

5. Keep your library fines below $20 and you can keep borrowing, plus at the end of the year, we'll make the fines disappear.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Picture Australia, Flickr and Australia Day

Picture Australia, hosted by the National Library of Australia, is a wonderful archive of photos, objects, maps and works of art making it a rich source of local and national history.

You can add your own story to Picture Australia by uploading your pictures to Picture Australia via Flickr. Find instructions on how to do this here.

Why not start with some photos recording your activities on Australia Day, coming up this weekend.

If you're interested in US history, you'll be delighted to know that the Library of Congress has now begun to display some of its vast photographic collection on Flickr.

Welcome to 2008

After a long holiday, it's good to be back at my desk, starting a new year, planning changes and improvements in the library service and looking forward to welcoming new school, TAFE and university students and staff to campus.

May the New Year be bright, prosperous and full of hope for all.