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.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Apology to the Stolen Generations

A framed copy of the Apology to the Stolen Generations has been installed in the Library this NAIDOC week.

The Apology rests beneath a triptych painted by Indigenous artist Janet Nakamarra Long.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Miles Franklin Winner

Tim Winton has won the Miles Franklin Literary Award for a record fourth time.

This year’s winning novel, Breath, as well as Winton’s earlier winners, Shallows, Cloudstreet and Dirt Music are all available in the Library.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Library SMS competition

.... and the winners are:

- One Crowded Hour by Tim Bowden, sent in by Chris Clerc
- The Road Less Travelled by M Scott Peck, sent in by Stephen Askew-Smith
- By the River Piedra I sat down and Wept by Paulo Coelho, sent in by Rebecca Deagan

For the full list of titles sent in see here

Friday, May 22, 2009

Library SMS competition


Libraries - your passport to discovery

To celebrate Library & Information Week, 25 - 30 May, the Library invites you to enter a competition using our SMS service.

Renowned journalist Ryszard Kapuscinki travelled all over the globe, reporting from most of the hot spots where conflict has raged during the last 50 years. His constant companion - a copy of the Greek historian Herodotus' Histories.

If you had to choose one book to accompany you on your travels, what book would that be?

SMS the Library - 0428 767 728 (that's 0428 SMS SCU)
and tell us your choice, include your name, and you'll be in the draw to win a great prize.

Entries Close: 28 May 2009

Winners Announced: 29 May 2009

Note: All the books will be listed on the web site, and the winners' names and choices will be identified.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

EFTPOS for Printing and Copying

The Library has a new EFTPOS terminal for printing and copying.

Use the touch screen to add value to your ID card. Funds are transferred directly from your debit card to your student ID card. The minimum amount you can transfer is $5.

Unfortunately, you cannot get cash out.

The EFTPOS terminal is easy to spot, beside the autoloader, which can be used if you have cash.

Friday, May 8, 2009

New Titles for April

These are just some of the new books received in April. See the full list here.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Recommended Sites Now Delicious

To make finding information on the web easier for you, the Library maintains several delicious sites covering all areas of study undertaken on campus.

See SCU delicious, TAFE delicious, Senior College delicious

Link to these sites from the CHEC Library icon on the desktop of the computers on campus.

You can start your own delicious bookmark list, if you sign in to delicious and set up an account, which is free and simple to do. Very handy when you want your bookmarks wherever you are.

Or if you're working on a group project, it's easy to save resources to share with others

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

Monday, March 16, 2009

Google Books in the Library Catalogue

The Library catalogue links to Google Books, so you can preview books before borrowing.

Very useful for off campus students requesting books, or even if you're on campus, and want to save the walk to the shelves, to see if this is the item you want.

When searching for books in the catalogue, click on the title of the book and the full record for the book will appear with the Google Books link in the top right hand corner.

Friday, March 6, 2009

ESL Web Resources

ESL web resources for English Language Centre students and staff have been bookmarked on Delicious

Bookmark the site if you find it useful. Eventually it will be linked to the Library home page as our other Delicious pages are.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Survival Tips for TAFE students

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

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

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

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

5. Bookmark your Delicious links so you can find credible information on the web fast.

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.

Year 11 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. Click on the Library icon on the student PCs on campus and bookmark the Library site

4. Bookmark the Delicious links,
so you can easily find credible information on the web.

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Emergency Information

emergency With the heavy rain causing local flooding, up to date information is available at the ABC Mid North Coast local site.

Click the Emergency link, then Weather or Emergency Information.

The Online Resources under the Emergency Information include contact details and information for floods, fires and bushfires, ambulance, SES, police, RTA traffic warnings, health warnings and more.

Under the bushfire information, there is a handy list of things to pack if re-location is necessary. Looks like it would be useful for flood evacuation as well.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Periodic Table in pictures

ice_cubeThe University of Nottingham has produced quirky, short videos explaining every element in the Periodic Table.

Updated recordings are noted, as are the "most popular" and "recommended" - potassium, medelevium and lead.

A Visual Elements Periodic Table by the Royal Society of Chemistry lists time of discovery and by whom and how the chemical symbol is derived.

Both great aids to learning.

EFTPOS for printing and copying

The Library has an EFTPOS terminal for printing and copying.

Add value to your ID card by transferring money directly from your debit card to your student ID card.

It's like those at any retail outlet (charge per transaction is 17 cents), but you will not be able to get cash out. The minimum amount you can transfer is $4.

The EFTPOS terminal is located beside the autoloader, which will take cash if you have it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Anniversary of the Apology by the Prime Minister

Today is the anniversary of the apology to the Aboriginal people by the Prime Minister and in which he promised

"a future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities."

What has happened and what is planned?

Watch for Reconciliation Australia's barometer of reconciliation

Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation marks the PM's report card for the year and looks forward to what will come.

Trace the history of Reconcilaition and of Sorry Day and the Stolen Generations

NSW Reconciliation Council

Reconciliation Victoria

In the Library a display of our resources on reconciliation will be on display for the next week.

Near the display is a painting by Janet Nakamarra Long, presented to the Library by the University Head of Campus, Dr Rosie Wickert, earlier this week.

Charles Darwin


2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his "The Origin of Species by Natural Selection".

To mark both occasions, institutions around the world are mounting exhibitions and presentations.


Open University

BBC/Open University joint site

University of Cambridge Darwin Festival

The National Museum of Australia is hosting a free symposium on February 26.

Since 1974 the Darwin Correspondence Project has collected and made available online Darwin's letters to some 2000 correspondents, many of whom were eminent scientists and thinkers of the time.

Darwin's travels in Australia helped him formulate his theory and Wotnews has collected a number of articles from the ABC and other sources about his time here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

January New Titles

Selected titles added to the Library in January.

For the full listing of all titles received last month see here.