Friday, September 19, 2014

Banned Books Week 21-27 September

We should be able to read, hear and see what we want as adults, right?

But what about books (or films, internet sites, music) which may offend?

Books containing erotica, content about illegal drugs, and end-of-life issues are frequently attacked on the grounds that they are offensive. Historically you could add to this list books that contained minority views on politics, religion, sexuality and morality. Controversy on whether books should be censored or banned has been around as long as books have been banned. 

When a book provokes and enlightens, or even horrifies it is usually a great read. Books like this open up our perspectives to on what it life is like for others from different backgrounds and in different contexts. Consider the following classic books; should they be banned, have some censorship or should anyone who wants to, be able to read them?
For a more comprehensive list of some books banned in Australia browse this website

More recently in the USA the following titles have had complaints lodged against them :
  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    : Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence
Currently The Peaceful Pill Handbook by Philip Nitschke and Fiona Stewart is banned from sale or import in Australia by the Office of Film and Literature Classification, because of its content on assisted suicide.

Monday, September 15, 2014

**When Book Covers Are Not Quite Right**

Have you ever considered the role a book cover can play when selling a story or idea? Do you have those favourite reads with those equally telling and beautiful book covers in toe? Ok, if you do, hold that thought and image!

Now prepare yourself for some tonally inappropriate book covers for some of your favourites, by clicking here. If you have any comments, please share them below.

Image source:
(Warning: there may be inappropriate or offensive content on this site)

Monday, September 08, 2014

all about eReserve

eReserve provides digitised readings for students to access required subject materials.
eReserve readings are generally book chapters or journal articles that have been scanned and uploaded so that you are able to find them via Primo Search, or via an Interact link to the reading.

Finding eReserve items
You can find your eReserve readings by:
  • entering your subject code on the Search Reserve page, or 
  • entering your subject code into the search box on the Library homepage, clicking on the subject reserve option (above the Primo Search bar)
    • to view a reading, select a reading from the results list, and click the 'view online' option.
In most instances you will have to enter your CSU login details before you can access the resource.
In some cases subject readings may be emailed to you directly by the eReserve coordinator when there are issues with copyright.

At busy times of the year there may be some delays in eReserve materials becoming available. If you think your resources should be available on the library website and aren't, please contact us.

Reserve vs. eReserve
Reserve is different from eReserve. Reserve refers to physical materials that are in high-demand, such as books, DVDs and other audio-visual items. These items are usually kept behind or close to the Ask Us desk on each campus library and are available for short term use only.

If you have an Reserve question please contact us.
Will, our eReserve Coordinator

Friday, September 05, 2014

Access Services - Who are You?

Access Services are the friendly faces you meet when you come into the Library. We’re the guys at the front desks helping you out with ANY questions you have...

Toby fielding your Library related questions in Wagga

Kathryn shelving at Bathurst

We’re there keeping the books in order so it’s easier for everyone to find them later on. You’ll see us with our trolleys collecting your loan requests... 

Charlotte shelving at Albury

Or re-shelving them once they've been returned, in accordance  to the dastardly, spelling reformist Melvil Dewey’s decimal classification system. (hey – it was over a hundred years ago and spelling reform was a huge thing back then!)
Melvil Dewey - awesome cataloguer (not so awesome person) Image source:

Access staff also do your scanning requests (and scan material for your e-reserve resources), which is often a good solution for those high demand books that never seem be on the shelf! And we handle all your mail (so much mail!!).
 Laura happily scanning your requests!

 Janine doing the mail - so many books!!
Some cool stats from 2013:
  • Number of loans we mailed out to you guys: 41479 
  • Number of books requested for pick up at another campus Library: 11111! (and no – that isn’t a typo) 
  • Number of photocopy requests processed: 3874 
  • Number of brilliant people in Access: too many to count!! ( around 40) 
  • Number of physical items in our Libraries: 588,234 (golly gosh that’s a lot) 
  • Number of happy times helping students and staff: infinite 

So please don’t be backward in coming forward to see us – we’re here to help and we love doing it! (And we also like to chat!)

Compiled by our guest blogger for September, David from the Orange Campus Library.

Watch out next month for another in this series of guest blog posts, exploring CSU Library.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Primo Search with Bells & Whistles

What's new in Primo Search?  New Features Now Available

Primo Search, the discovery tool that allows you to find Books, eBooks, DVDs, journal articles and more all in the one location, now features several new enhancements designed to improve your search experience.

1. AUTOCOMPLETE.  Helps you to choose search terms.

2. BROWSE SHELF. Clicking on this tab in your search results displays a virtual book shelf of related titles that the Library holds in print format.

3. DATE SLIDER.  Refine your search results by Publication Date.

4. PERMALINK.  Making a permanent link (Permalink) to resources in Primo is now easier for Academics to manage. Instructions for creating permalinks in Primo Search.

For more information: