Friday, October 24, 2014

Support nonviolence month

International nonviolence month runs throughout October, from October 2nd till November 1st.

CSU is supporting nonviolence month and has pledged “against violence in order to bring about positive change in the communities within which we work and study”, aiming to “empower our students and staff as social change advocates with knowledge, innovation and a real sense of community”

What is nonviolence month?

Nonviolence is the belief that all of us should be able to live in safety, free from all forms of violence.
Nonviolence means celebrating our common humanity and the natural environment that sustains us. It is a challenge to structural violence, utilising reflective practice based on promoting education and understanding.

International Centre of Nonviolence (ICON) Australia is the sponsor of nonviolence month.

Why should I care?

Consider the prevalence of violence in the Australian community (compiled by White Ribbon, the Australian campaign to stop violence against women)
  • Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week as a result of intimate partner violence (Chan and Payne 2013)
  • One in five women over 18 have been stalked during their lifetime (ABS 2013)
  • One in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them (ABS 2013)
  • Intimate partner violence is the leading contributor to death, disability & ill-health in Australian women aged 15-44 (Victorian Health Promotion Foundation 2014)
  • Domestic and family violence is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children (AIHW 2013)
  • In Australia, one in four children are exposed to domestic violence (Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse 2011).

What can I do?

  • Have a look at the student services webpage of resources, inspiration, research and publications around nonviolence.
  • Reject attitudes, behaviours and language that create a culture in which violence against others is accepted. 
  • Treat everyone as equals (and humans!) and with respect in all aspects of life.
  • Speak up and step up when you see or hear of people using violence against others
  • Practice peaceful conflict resolution
  • Manage unhealthy stress so that you create an environment of safety and relaxation where you are less likely to behave violently or voice violence.
  • Embody and teach constructive patterns of emotional reactivity in the children around you. It will hopefully stick with them for life!
Further resources:
Search for "nonviolence" resources in PrimoSearch

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

International Open Access Week 20-26 October 2014

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Open Access Week 20 - 26 October 2014: Australia

Have you participated in Open Access this week?

The Australian Open Access Support Group provides support for Open Access in Australia, with information about the benefits of Open Access and options for authors.

Can Open Access increase citation rates? Learn more.

The CRO (CSU Research Output) repository lists research articles, conference papers, books and book chapters and creative works produced by CSU staff. Adding copyright cleared copies of your work to the CRO database makes it easier for readers to discover and access your research.

If you want to make your research publication Open Access, contact CRO staff at

Curious about Open Access and Copyright? Copyright may limit what you can do with published articles, but CSU asks authors to provide a copy of the final accepted for publication manuscript in PDF format to CRO.  Many publishers allow a copy of the final manuscript to be made available via institutional repositories. CRO staff check that the submitted manuscript meets the publisher's OA criteria and, if so, make it available.

Policy Compliance Decision Tree

The Library can provide
Scholarly Publication Support.

For more information on Research assistance,subject guides, and useful resources - check out the
Library Guides.

Contact your
Library Faculty Liaison staff
for assistance, and

take a look at CRO today. Or,

want to know more about Open Access in Australia? Watch this webinar

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Exam Survival Guide

Exams can be a very stressful time in your life. To help reduce stress and ensure that you're as organised as you can be, learn more about looking after yourself and about staying focused in order to be as ready at exam time as you can be.

Take the time to plan:
•Prepare a study plan and goals for each day / week. 
•Talk to your employers early to let them know you need to limit your shifts / hours while studying. 
•Create a study space that is comfortable, quiet, well lit, organised, and has no distractions nearby.
•Make sure you have everything you need for each study session. 

Look after yourself:
•Build activities you enjoy and that bring your stress levels down into your study plan, such as sport, spending time with friends, internet, etc.
•Don't get hungry before or while studying. 
•Remember to get some exercise every day as this helps you to keep focused and energetic. 
•Get rest in!
•Relaxation, especially before bed, to slow the brain activity down. 
•Learn more about sleeping well.
•Say "no" to parties during the weeks close to the exams. 
•When studying, switch your phone and email off to stop the distractions. 
•Ask friends what they are doing that is helping with their study or friends who did it last year. 

Some handy links to check out:Headspace
      CSU Exam Information

        Monday, October 20, 2014

        INTERNATIONAL OPEN ACCESS Week - 20-26 October 2014 - Everywhere!

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        Open Access Week is a global event and an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share and to help inspire.

        Participating in Open Access Week can be as simple or involved as you like. OA week is an invaluable chance to connect the global momentum toward open sharing with the advancement of policy changes on the local level.

        "OPEN ACCESS" to information - the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need. It has direct and widespread implications for academia and for society as a whole. OA is about making publicly funded research publications available to all without a subscription.

        Get Involved. Learn More - Library News -The Australian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) will run some informative seminars explaining Open Access and some of the issues around it:

        Tues 21 October    12.30pm - 1.30pm - Open Access 101
        Wed 22 October    12.30pm - 1.30pm - Funder OA policies and requirements
        Wed 22 October    2.30pm - 3.15pm - Understanding publisher agreements
        Thur 23 October    12.30 - 1.30pm - The changing publishing landscape.
        Register at

        Visit the Library website for more information on Open Access eBooks. We have links to additional sources of electronic texts which are available on the internet and which you may not find in Primo Search.


        Friday, October 17, 2014

        A Herd of Nerds

        What does a herd of nerds look like?

        At the Wagga CSU library it is some of these lovely people :-)

        Brady, Michelle, Toby, Sarah and Katelyn

        Our "Herd of Nerds"; Sarah B, Kerry, Sarah C, Toby, Michelle, Brady and Mitch from the Wagga library raised over $750 for last weekend's Relay for Life Event.

        Besides being on the track for 24 hours, and getting sponsorship, this super amazing motivated herd of nerds also held a cake stall at the local Sunday Markets. Treats for sale included choc hazelnut brownies, meringues, salted-caramel fudge, cupcakes, carrot cake-cupcakes, spiders, honey joys, checkerboard cake and more!

        The Relay for Life cake stall

        Sarah B's famous checkerboard cake
        Sarah B is famous in the library for her rendition of the checkerboard cake from the Great Australian Bake off

        For more information about Relay for Life and what it supports go to their website.

        Did you know your CSU library has a lot of resources on how to support people experiencing cancer? Try doing a PrimoSearch using "cancer" as your search phrase, or if you like browsing the shelves have a look around 616.994 in your campus library (or use the Browse shelf feature in PrimoSearch!)

        We think a' herd of nerds' are actually pretty amazing!

        Mobile App - CSU2 - now live!

        CSU2 mobile app for quick, on-the-go access to the Library resources - Check out the Library icon.
        CSU2 Mobile App
        The latest "app" is called CSU2 and is now available for downloading on suitable Android & iOS devices. This version has improved content and functionality.

        You can search for available texts and resources using Primo Search. Use My Library Record to renew and request books. Use Library Guides for research assistance, subject guides, and useful resources.

        Other Features:
        • Message Centre - read, review and archive all your student.csu messages. All your Message Centre information is seamlessly kept in sync with the student.csu.Message Centre.
        • News - keep up to date with the latest News from CSU's newsroom, including the Vice Chancellor's blog, Library and Student news.
        • Maps - view major campus locations and services with integrated Smartphone GPS
        • Get Help - Emergency and Service contact details at your fingertips.
        • Service Access - one location access to mHub, Interact2 (requires Blackboard Learn app) and Library search facilities.
        • Events - keep track of important University dates, add selected dates to your device's calendar.
        • Videos - access all of CSU's online videos, including the CSU Library and AVFX YouTube channels.
        • Photos - browse through the large collection of CSU's photo libraries.
        For more information and download options, go to Mobile App - CSU2.

        To keep informed of new releases you can follow @CharlesSturtUni on Twitter or connect via the CSU Facebook page. The Student News page and Message Centre will also provide regular updates on developments. You can make feature suggestions via the page.