Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Library Services over Christmas / New Year

Campus Libraries will be closed for the Christmas break from 12.30pm Wednesday 24 December 2014 (AEDT) and will reopen for normal business at 9am on Monday 5 January 2015 (AEDT)

The Learning Commons will be open as usual, with 24 hour swipe card access.

For more information, visit the Library Opening Hours.
  • Online resources will still be available during this time.
  • Need help? Try FAQs and Online tutorials.
Request your print books, DVDs and other physical items NOW.

We wish our CSU Community a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Prosperous 2105.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Cats!

If you are a cat lover, you would know that cats love to climb Christmas trees! You are probably feeling unimpressed like the Christmas cat above at this thought. In this case, here are some heart-warming and very cute cat in tree photos here.

Also check out some Christmas cat books available through CSU Library:
- The twelve cats of Christmas / by Kevin Whitlark
- Christmas cat / words by Peggy Blake ; paintings by Yutaka Sugita

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Ultimate Christmas Book

Book: Farm Journal Christmas Book
Year: 1970

Nothing says Christmas like jelly salad and paper-mache! To view in full (plus other titles), click here.

Image Source: Farm Journal Christmas 1970

Do you have a Christmas book that is an old favourite? If so, please comment below. We'd love to hear from you!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Free text books online!

Imagine if those text books you need for your classes that so far have only ever been available as print copies costing $100s were to become open access ebooks (i.e. available for unlimited downloads on your device)?

It’d be great, right? 
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The CSU Library and other libraries think this too and have supported an international pilot by Knowledge Unlatched for 28 books to become ‘unlatched’. This unlatching involves Knowledge Unlatched paying a  fee to the publisher in return for the publisher making the book available on a Creative Commons Licence via OAPEN and HathiTrust as a fully downloadable PDF.

All but one of the books in the KU Pilot Collection are available on Creative Commons Non-Commercial licences that allow for sharing with others, as long as it is for non-commercial purposes. This means that users have permission to share PDFs with each other directly via email or messenger.

These items are listed in PrimoSearch. A full list of titles made available is on the Knowledge Unlatched website 

Almost 13,000 downloads of KU Pilot Collection titles so far. The pilot project was supported by 137 North American libraries, 77 UK libraries , 27 Australian & New Zealand libraries and 55 from the rest of the world all working together to make the Pilot Collection Open Access

For more info about Knowledge unlatched go their website 
There's also a brief video on Knowledge Unlatched.

Why is there a push for Open Access eBooks?

Book prices particularly in humanities and social sciences have spiralled upwards over the years and libraries (and students) are increasingly unable to afford specialist research books. If libraries work together sharing the costs of making books available electronically on a Creative Commons licence ( the costs of securing these same books for individual libraries decreases

What next?

These books are available for download from Primo or OAPEN. Use them, and share appropriately.

Later in 2014 Knowledge Unlatched will move into its next stage: scaling-up, involving a larger number of publishers and libraries in the project and providing libraries with a wider range of selection options.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

What do we do in Information Services?

In the Information Services section of the Library, we help clients learn how to use Primo Search and  databases to locate the books and online resources they are looking for. There are thousands of hard copy items in our Collection and even more online! Whether you are studying internally or as a Distance Education student, we can help you. So if you need assistance to locate material for your studies you can come in and see us, call us, do a Live Chat or email us.
  • Our Live Chat service is one of our popular modes of contact and so far this year we have chatted 3,733 times!!
One of the most commonly asked question is asking for help to find a particular book or journal article. Last year our overall enquiries via our different channels totalled over 10,000!! That's a LOT of happy clients that we have helped.

We also create the Subject Library Guides and Online Tutorials to help get you started with your studies. The Library Guides have useful information in them for subject specific resources and research assistance. The Online Tutorials are short videos with instructions on doing things like checking your library record, finding books and research skills.

Struggling with EndNote? We have some friendly librarians who are experts with Endnote and are ready and willing to help. Or check out our EndNote Library Guide which just might have your answer.

Meet one of our EndNote whizzes, Tric..
EndNote whiz Tric, Librarian

Info Services staff also like to keep you up-to-date with what is going on around the library by posting information on our social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and, of course, the blog where you are reading this right now.

Keep an eye out for the Online Workshops that we run at the start of each session.

They cover Library Services, EndNote and finding journal articles.
Join any of these sessions to meet and chat with our friendly librarians such as Bec..
Rebecca, Librarian in Orange
Poster detailing Information Literacy at CSU which was produced for the CSUed Conference in November 2014.
V Salway, C Daws, C Gerts CSUed Poster
For more information visit Information Literacy Library Guide.

So don't tear your hair out spending hours trying to find what you need, come in and see us or contact us via phone, Live Chat or Ask a Librarian Web Form to help.