Friday, October 31, 2014

Changed library opening hours from November 1st

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Bricks & mortar services:
Library doors at Albury, Wagga, Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst are open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
The Ontario library will be open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Virtual Library services:
Librarians will be available to take your calls and live chat throughout the third session
Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Fridays 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 1:30 – 5 pm (all times are AEST)

Check out our Ask a Librarian webpage for all our contact information.

To see when your campus Library will be open, including the Ontario campus go to our Opening hours and Exception dates webpage

Don't forget, even though the Library doors may be closed, you can still access our vast range of online resources 24/7, including Journal Databases, Library guides, eBooks and much more from the Library Website.

Halloween Hits Wagga Campus Library!

This year Wagga Charles Sturt University Library staff got into some Halloween decorating spirit! A BIG thanks to everyone who got involved putting up decorations, as well as those who were kind enough to buy some of the props (including catching some spiders).

 It looks FANG-TASTIC!

Monday, October 27, 2014

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

2014 Theme: 
"Archives at Risk: Much more to do"

Audiovisual documents, such as films, radio and television shows, are our common heritage and contain the primary records of the 20th and 21st centuries. They help to maintain the cultural identity of a people; but countless documentary treasures have disappeared since the invention of image and sound technologies that permit the peoples of the world to better share their experiences, creativity and knowledge.
Link to On Record Blog

Through initiatives such as the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the precious work of preservation professionals is given impetus to manage a range of technical, political, social, financial and other factors that threaten the safeguarding of our heritage.
Annually, archives around the world join together on the 27th of October to celebrate audiovisual archives to celebrate the often unheralded work of the heritage institutions that protect it. All of the world's audiovisual heritage is endangered. UNESCO encourages everyone, everywhere to join in by showcasing their precious collections so that present and future generations can enjoy the treasures that are our shared audiovisual heritage.

Some links to check out:

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