Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jump the Queue, Beat the Rush and Kick Start your Studies

Apply now for your CSU Smart Card

Click here for more information

This card will generate your Library Record and allow you to borrow and request resources from the Library:
  • Give you access to the 24/7 Learning Commons.  
  • Pay for printing and photocopying.
  • Add credit for food purchases on Campus.
  • Just as important, you need this Card as ID to attend Uni nights and official CSU events!!!
Create your password and activate your log in
      You can:
    • Manage your borrowing and loans online via My Library Record in Primo Search
    • Use online resources that require a log in
    • Access computers and wireless networks if you come on campus or attend residential schools
    Take a minute to visit the Library home page.

    Watch this space for more ideas on how to "kick start your studies" in the next few weeks.

    Tuesday, January 27, 2015

    Welcome to Residential School 2015!

    Are you brand new to CSU? Or first time on-campus for Residential School?

    It does not matter if you are new to CSU, or never been on a campus before or even if you know your way from the Diggings to the lecture theatre, the Library is available and staff are ready to help you!

    The Library and Learning Commons are always making improvements to the facilities to make your stay even more productive. Take for example Wagga campus, if you haven't been to the Wagga campus Library recently, see the new look Learning Commons zone with this virtual tour.

    The Learning Commons on all campuses have new Print/Copy/Scan facilities which are fully integrated with your CSU card. By the way, make sure you bring your CSU card with you so you can self-check your loans from the Library. Not applied for your CSU card yet? Find out how to apply right here.

    CSU student card

    Learning Commons zones are available 24/7 by swipe CSU card access. Did you know you can access, PCs, Macs, personal lockers, wireless Internet, a parent room, Assistive Technology facilities, kitchenette and so much more, find out here.  Or, take a look at the Bathurst campus virtual tour.

    The Library in both Bathurst and Wagga will be running extended opening hours during Residential Schools, find out the times here click on the Residential School tab.

    You can keep up to date with what's happening on the campus libraries by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

    Other things that we can help you with during your stay include:
    • how to use the Library catalogue - Primo Search
    • find your subject Library Guide
    • finding and borrowing books
    • how to find information using a wide range of resources including, journal databases and ebooks
    • showing you around the Library and
    • so much more, all you have to do is Ask Us!

    Have a safe journey to campus and we look forward to meeting you real soon!

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    Movies, newspapers and novels in your CSU library

    Did you know that besides textbooks and journals your campus libraries have movies, newspapers and novels available for watching and reading?

    Movies, documentaries and tv shows

      • Browse online by typing "DVD", "evideo", 'movies' or 'Feature Films', 'motion pictures' into Primo Search and refining by options on the left side of the results pane to DVD/videos. Remember to use the 'Browse shelf option to see what other items are shelved next items listed in the results.
      • Do a Primo Search for a specific movie title
      • Browse the shelves in person around the Dewey Decimal numbers 791.4372 and 792.4372 to see what is on the shelf at your campus
    Not sure what the Dewey Decimal system is? This YouTube video explains how it works.


      • Each library has print subscriptions to the local and (in most cases) major newspapers. In some cases we hold the only print archives of local newspapers. These are available for reading in the library.

    Novels - popular novels, poetry, the classics

      • Browse the shelves in person from 820 through to 839 in person
      • Try a Primo subject search for fiction, English literature, English fiction, American literature, American fiction, Australian literature, etc. 
      • If you have a favourite author or title just search by their details
    Not sure what a subject/author/title search is? See the image below or Ask Us.

    Monday, January 12, 2015

    Before Google.... there was a Librarian to ask!

    If Google can't answer your question these days, who are you going call? A librarian, of course.

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    Several weeks ago the folks at the iconic 42nd Street building of the New York Public Library in Manhattan happened upon a box of old reference questions. These questions were ranging from the 1940s to the 1980s - asked by patrons. Spokesperson for the library, Angela Montefinise points out, the questions are compelling. And perhaps they speak to a gentler, more naïve time. Perhaps they don't.
    Here are a few gems, lightly edited for clarity:
    • Is it proper to go to Reno alone to get a divorce? (1945)
    • I just saw a mouse in the kitchen. Is DDT OK to use? (1946)
    • What is the life span of an eyelash? Answer: Based on the book Your Hair & Its Care, it's 150 days. (1946)
    • What does it mean when you dream of being chased by an elephant? (1947)
    • Where can I rent a beagle for hunting? (1963)
    • Can you tell me the thickness of a U.S. Postage stamp with the glue on it? Answer: We couldn't tell you that answer quickly. Why don't you try the Post Office? Response: This is the Post Office. (1963)
    • Does the New York Public Library have a computer for use by the public? Answer: No sir! (1966)
    And there was this typewritten note found on a cataloging card:
    • Telephone call mid-afternoon New Year's Day, 1967: Somewhat uncertain female voice: "I have two questions. The first is sort of an etiquette one. I went to a New Year's Eve party and unexpectedly stayed over. I don't really know the hosts. Ought I to send a thank-you note? Second. When you meet a fellow and you know he's worth twenty-seven million dollars — because that's what they told me, twenty-seven million, and you know his nationality, how do you find out his name?"

    A wise librarian can often help in those situations. That's a fact!

    Friday, January 09, 2015

    Issues finding eReserve readings in Primo Search?

    photo credit: Marie the Bee via photopin cc

    There is a known issue in Primo Search with some searches for eReserve readings not returning any results.
    The issue will be rectified shortly and we apologize for any inconvenience. In the meantime, here’s a workaround:

    For students

    • From the Student library webpage, in the Primo Search box, click on the ‘Search Reserve’ tab
    • Type in your subject code (no spaces), then click ‘search’

    For staff

    • From the library homepage, click on the ‘Subject Reserve’ tab in the Primo Search box
    • Type in your subject code (no spaces), then click ‘search’

    If you continue to experience problems finding eReserve readings, please contact the library for further assistance