Monday, July 27, 2015

Quick new way to find study space at Wagga Campus Learning Commons - Room1021

Looking for space to study in the Wagga Campus Library building? Now you can easily see when a room is available.

Not sure if you are in the right place at the right time? You can also see who has booked the room and what it is being used for.

The Division of Information Technology (DIT) is trialling a display screen mounted outside Room 1021, level 1 in the Wagga 24/7 Learning Commons zone. The display shows when the room is free for private study and when classes are scheduled.

The calendar header will display as green when available and turn red when the room is in use.

As this is a display only unit, touching the screen won’t allow you to make room bookings. For ad hoc use - the room will still act on a first come, first served basis.

Please stop-by and check out the new display screen, is it easy/intuitive to use? What other functionality would you like to see?
Send your feedback to by Friday 14 August.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

School students get a taste of university life

In June CSU Orange enjoyed a visit from over 120 primary school students from Parkes East Public School, Parkes Christian School, Parkes Public School and Wellington Public School.

The students spent the day at CSU Orange for Check It Out Day, part of the Future Moves program.

CSU Orange Library contributed to the day by holding a scavenger hunt. Students were given a map of the Library which they used to decipher clues and find letters hidden around the Library and in amongst the collection. Working in groups, pairs or on their own, students used the clues to spell out a word – and when successful earned themselves a prize!

Connor from Parkes Public School has found a clue!
The students soon discovered our Library collection doesn't only contain books - even Stanley helped hide a clue!
It was a fun session and a great way to get students moving around the Library spaces and engaging with the collection. Orange Library staff had a great time too, as all the students were so enthusiastic and delightful.

Students at Graduation
Shayarnee from Wellington Public School

Friday, July 24, 2015

Primo Search: new features

Did you notice some changes to Primo Search after semester break?

Over session break we updated Primo Search to include some new features, but don't panic! Most of the changes are behind the scenes and you won't notice changes to how you search for items.

New Features in Primo Search

Availability & Request options

We have changed the layout of the Availability & Request box listed below each physical item result.

With multiple holdings/copies of the an item over several campuses you will see all holdings automatically in the Availability & Request box (no more clicking on plus signs!).

Clicking on the campus name will show what copies are available and under what conditions, 

  • for example this Dubbo item is only available for a 2 hour loan as it is a Reserve item.
  • For these two Bathurst library items, one is in transit between campuses, and the other copy is on loan till 30/7/2015. 

The process for placing requests has also changed

You are now prompted to sign-in for "more options" in the top right of the Availability & Request box before you can see the different request options; request and digitisation.

  • Digitisation is what we now call photocopy requests. The request options remain the same as before. If you don't know the page numbers you can include the chapter heading.
  • Request options are the same as before. Don't forget to select your pick-up location from the drop down list. 

Checking the progress of your request

Once you have placed a request or a digitisation request you can track the progress through My Library Record. Click "My Library Record" in top right corner of the Primo Search results screen and select 'Requests' from the left hand menu.

Due date slips and item due reminders are now emailed

  • You'll no longer get printed date due slips with your loans, these are emailed using the email address you have given student administration.
  • The day before an item is due back we will send to you a email reminding you that your item is almost due back.

Changes to renewal amounts

You are no longer restricted to a set number of renewals, but to a maximum loan length. Renew as many times as you like within the maximum renewal period as long as no one else requests your book!

Can't work something out in Primo? Ask a librarian!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Streaming videos at CSU Library

Did you know that you can access a range of online video collections through the Library?

Whether you’re a lecturer looking for video content for your subject or a student looking for a movie to watch on a Friday night, the Library’s streaming video collections have something for you!

The three major online video collections are Informit EduTV, Informit TVNews and Alexander Street Press. All of these collections are searchable, you can provide links to other CSU users and you can create shorter clips from videos in some of the collections.

Informit EduTV

The big news for this database is that it now allows CSU users to register with any email address to create playlists, clips and favourites and share links to clips with other CSU users, all with the click or two of a button.

The collection includes archive content back to 2006 of shows that have been aired on Australian television. You’ll find all sorts of things, from the latest episode of the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent to episodes of Foxtel’s Grand Designs Australia; television series like Yes Minister & Deadwood; children’s movies Wreck it Ralph & How to Train Your Dragon as well as movie classics like West Side Story & The Wizard of Oz. There’s something for everyone!

The database is searchable and the videos are streamed so you can find and watch the content instantly. For instructions on how to share links videos and clips with other CSU users, check out the creating links instructions.

Informit TVNews

Missed the news last night? You can watch it today using the TVNews database. The database uses the familiar Informit search platform and contains Australian television news, current affairs, and selected documentaries from the free-to-air networks with links to the digitised video content in a compressed format.

The videos are downloadable so you can watch them later, you can also browse the “publication” list and find all of the videos from a particular news service. For instructions on how to share links videos with other CSU users, have a look at out our creating links instructions.

Alexander Street Press Video Collection 

Looking for something for your subject?  Perhaps an introduction to the respiratory system or an introduction to cognitive behaviour therapy? Then Alexander Street Press might be the database for you!

Unlike the other two databases, Alexander Street Press is a collection of a number of smaller video databases focusing on specialised topics, such as:
Users can view the collections separately or in one collection. All of the videos are streamed so you are able to watch them instantly. For instructions on how to share links videos with other CSU users, check out the creating links instructions.

Need more information or help creating a clip? Ask us!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Foundation Day ... your CSU Library

This Wednesday, 22 July, we celebrate Foundation Day, 2015. Foundation Day started 19 July 1989 with the signing of the Charles Sturt University Act. Act No. 76, 1989, brought together a number of established regional institutions and their libraries, long after the original 1895 Experiment Farms at Wagga Wagga and Bathurst.
For evidence of University foundations, try a quick look at our collection. Traces of CSU history remain ... books and journals to prepare students for a career in agriculture or teaching from Bathurst and Wagga Wagga Teachers’ Colleges, Wagga Wagga Agricultural College, later, Riverina and Mitchell Colleges of Advanced Education, Riverina-Murray Institute of Higher Education and finally, the Library in Wagga Wagga Learning Commons. From as far back as 1892, until 1990, many institutions contributed to the founding collections of the Library.

The Charles Sturt community now includes campuses and libraries at Port Macquarie, Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Goulburn, and partner institutions across New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The historic print collections are constantly renewed with online collections and your Library is available 24/7. Today CSU is a multi campus, multicultural institution, proud of its distance education record and contribution to regional NSW. See how we have changed over our 25 years.

Foundation Day 2015 is an opportunity to:
  • Wear red and show you are #CSUWellRed
  • Have fun, celebrate achievements and spread the news with #celebratecsu
  • Commit to the Wiradyuri concept of yindyamarra winhanga-nha, the wisdom to respectfully know how to live well in a world worth living in
  • Jump on board, help your community, donate to the CSUgive campaign.
1964 (August-September) Queensland-Barrier Reef trip by WWTC students. CSU Ref: SA1/318