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.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Need referencing help?

Its assignment time (again) and we thought you might appreciate some tips on where you can get help on your tricky referencing problems, like:

How do I reference a webpage?
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How do I reference a subject guide?
How do I reference when no author is listed?
How do I reference information that was given to me in a face to face meeting?

Most Schools at CSU use the APA style (6th edition) and this is the referencing style we are most familiar with when asked how to reference.

The basics on referencing correctly at CSU

  • Your first stop is the referencing at CSU webpage, particularly the CSU guide to APA referencing
  • Workshops on referencing and other study basics are offered on demand and at different times of the year by ALLaN (Academic Literacy, Learning and Numeracy)
  • If you are going to be writing a lot of essays  a referencing management systems like Endnote really makes it easier to organize and manage references. 
    • References can be automatically downloaded, inserted as citations in the body of your essays and reference lists automatically compiled. 
    • CSU students and staff can download Endnote for free. 
    • Endnote user support is provided by library staff. 

 Questions on referencing?

  • Try the Referencing forum hosted by ALLaN (Academic Literacy, Learning and Numeracy). Select 'Study Success Forum' and 'Referencing' to navigate to it. You can scan through this forum to see if anyone has asked a similar question in the past, or post your own question there. Questions are usually answered by the next business day.
  • Make an appointment with a learning skill advisor. Face to face, Skype, phone, and email 'appointments' are available
  • Library staff are available to help with simple referencing questions. 

 Love to know everything possible about the APA style?

  • The official APA style blog is a fascinating blog on absolutely everything anyone has ever tried to reference
  • Get a copy of Perrin, R. (2015). Pocket guide to APA style (5th ed.). Boston, Mass: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. This edition is already in the Library.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Mental Health Week (October 6 – October 13)

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This week (October 6 – October 13) is Mental Health Week!

Mental Health Week is a national event held each October in conjunction with World Mental Health Day on October 10. The aim of this week is to promote awareness about mental health and wellbeing, encouraging people to explore their full potential and helping others to find ways to deal with mental challenges and recovery. In Australia, the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2007 found that an estimated 3.2 million Australians (20% of the population aged between 16 and 85) had a mental disorder in the twelve months prior to the taking part in the survey.

The theme for Mental Health Month this year is ‘beYOUnique!’ This theme promotes acceptance and an understanding of the impact that being proud of who we are can have on our wellbeing. The theme also aims to encourage all of us to consider our strengths and challenges and nurture our own ‘unique worth’. We should also take the opportunity to support the people in our lives and celebrate their own individual qualities that make them unique.

Other things to check out:
  • This week the ABC has launched 'Mental As...' - a week of programs looking at mental health. To find out what is coming up this week on the ABC, please click here.
  • If you are struggling with anything, CSU does have Counselling available, as well as other resources. To seek further help, please click here.

Just remember that you are not alone if you are struggling. Never feel that you are not worthy of help, because you are! There are always people and resources out there to support you. Take the step. Look out not just for those around you, but yourself this week!

Friday, October 03, 2014

The ideal length of all things social media

Ever wondered how short or long your post should be for Twitter, Facebook, blogs, presentations, headlines, etc. should be?

It is something we certainly wrestle with here in the social media land of the library, and thanks to Kevan Lee writing at Buffer Social we have something approaching a definitive guideline that is backed up by research. To summarise try this:

A tweet of 100 characters 

Gets the highest engagement rate

Facebook posts less than 40 characters 

This is the equivalent of a pretty short sentence!). Stick to that and you will get more 'likes' and 'comments'

Headlines limited to 6 words 

We tend to absorb only the first three words and the last three words of a headline, so it looks like the headline to this post broke the rule on length, but hopefully stuck to making the first and last 3 words count

Blog posts that take 7 minutes to read and contain around 1,600 words

Although you have to factor in the amount of time we might spend looking at photos, which would reduce the amount of time spent reading. These guidelines come with a disclaimer that it really depends on your audience, the content, and the quality of writing.

Paragraphs of 40-55 characters
This is about 8 to 11 words. Shorter lines appear as less work for the reader, and often the lead paragraph has shorter lines, with the subsequent paragraphs being longer. 
Presentations lasting 18 minutes 
10 to 18 minutes is about how long most people can pay attention before they start tuning out. also at this length people have to be disciplined and really clarify what they want to say. 
Web page title tags of 55 characters 
Google search results will list a maximum of 60 characters, after this it gets truncated

Domain names with 8 characters

Domain names need to be short, easy to remember, easy to spell, descriptive or brandable, no hyphens or numbers and have a .com extension.
Kevan Lee includes a few other forms of media too. Check out the full post for further discussion on these guidelines and check out the infographic below that he developed.

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