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2014-02-21 12:07:34

Located just inside the entrance of the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus Library is a learning space that’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; even when the University itself is closed!

Equipped with a range of features, including:

  • over 40 PCs, including Macs
  • powered workstations for your devices 
  • a Deakin Card station
  • printing, scanning and photocopying facilities.

This space has everything you need in order to focus your studies, all in Wi-Fi-connected and secure surroundings. You can use the space to get access to over 330,000 e-books, a great range of streaming video and other online resources, available at any time. 

The area has a range of comfortable couches and study spaces, food and drink vending machines and hot/cold water facilities, so you can stay relaxed and focussed. The Library Café is close by, with new extended hours starting in Trimester 1.

So come along, grab a coffee and explore the Library’s 24/7 learning space.

 

2014-02-11 18:13:14

On Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February the Library will offer a live preview of our new discovery menu and search interface.

Features of the new menu

The simple, streamlined menu features an easy-to-use interface that offers a comprehensive search of Library resources: 

  • Support for finding articles, books, videos, unit material, databases and more - everything is available from the one place
  • Discover Morean interface we have been trialling and improving over time, is now the default interface for Deakin students and staff
  • Access to the A-Z databases list, the A-Z journals listLibrary Resource Guides, and other search refinements, is easily at hand via the ‘More options’ link which sits alongside the Search button.

Discover More now has a number of new features, including:

  • Enhanced access to Unit material - type in your unit code to get a list of links at the top of the search results screen
  • Research starters, designed to assist users with their research by providing authoritative summary articles for popular topics
  • A new "Database recommender" feature, which recommends databases relevant to your topic.

Usage of the new interface will be tracked and monitored throughout Trimester 1 and a thorough evaluation will be undertaken, at which time feedback will be analysed, issues addressed and adjustments made.

Let us know what you think!

We would love to hear what you think of our new menu and interface. You can provide feedback in two ways: 

  1. Via the vertical Feedback tab that appears on every Library website page, toward the right of your browser 
  2. Via the Feedback link at the top right hand corner of the Discover More search results screen

The new interface is set to go live permanently on Friday 21 February.

 

2013-12-13 16:39:01

The Library is pleased to announce the new-look DRO website is now live.

DRO, the University's research repository, has re-designed its site, consistent with the Library’s website, covering both new information pages and the DRO interface. 

We've made some great improvements, including:

  • The new information pages include updated content, covering About DRO, Depositing research, Research data collections, Open Access & copyright, Tools, resources & FAQs.
  • All access is via the My DRO button in the top menu – where you can access Create a record and My created items.
  • When you login to MyDRO you will see the functionality remains the same – it is just the skin has changed.
  • The browse functions are now located in the search box. 
  • You know the repository as DRO – so we’ve decided that it’s going to be our official sub-brand name and therefore it is used consistently across the new site.
  • You’ll find a feedback tab located on the right side of DRO and Library web pages. For all enquiries and requests to DRO staff please use this feedback button.

We hope you enjoy the improvements and we look forward to hearing your feedback.  

Visit: dro.deakin.edu.au

2013-12-13 10:05:34

The latest upgrade to Library Search brings with it a number of improvements that will make searching, finding and accessing resources easier.

What are the new features?

  • When you login to My Library, you are no longer taken to Classic catalogue - instead, you stay in Library Search.
  • When you browse the catalogue, items you already have on hold will be flagged in the search results.
  • There is now an up-front ‘Additional actions’ menu that makes it easy to Request, add items to your book cart, email citations, and export to EndNote.
  • The publication facet now lets you put in a range of dates.
  • Library search now features a Deakin header, making navigation more consistent.

Can't view the new features?

You may need to refresh your browser. Please try:

  • Selecting F5 on your keyboard
  • Selecting the Shift key while selecting the Refresh icon on your browser.

Please Contact the Library if you have any further queries.

We trust you will enjoy the new functionality that the latest release brings!

 

 

2013-11-20 13:27:03

Important needs of our students and staff and improvements already made!

Here at Deakin University Library, we’re always looking for innovative and effective ways to improve what we do, to help shape the services available to staff, students and the community. We conduct a biannual survey to gauge your feedback and we use these results to look for ways to improve what we do.

Below is a snapshot of the things that are most important to you, as well as the things we have made efforts to improve already to make your Library better!

Do you still have feedback? We’re always open to hear from you regarding our services and resources, so feel free to contact us to let us know your feedback, in the way that best suits you.

 

2013-10-08 09:43:09

With exam season upon us, there’s never been a better time to come into the Library.

Featuring quiet study spaces, collaborative group areas, and plenty of places to plug in and study away, the Library has your study needs covered!

Using the Library online room booking tool, a few clicks is all it takes to reserve your study space. Jump online and book a room now at deakin.edu.au/library/book-a-room/.

Need help with your exam preparation?

Student Life’s Language and Learning Advisors are on-hand to help develop your study skills in areas relevant to exams, such as time management and essay writing.

You can make an appointment with them, or just drop in for a chat. 

deakin.edu.au/current-students/study-support/study-skills/consultations.php

Past exam papers

In addition to all the excellent resources available, the Library also provides access to past exam papers for a range of subjects, allowing you to get a feel for what your exams have in store for you.

To access the available past exam papers, simply select the unit material link in the Search box on the Library home page and enter your unit code.

Please note that not all units have papers available. Examination papers are released to the Library by the Assessments and Graduations Group within the Division of Student Administration upon the instruction of Unit Chairs. 

Visit our Collection Guidelines page for more information.

2013-09-18 15:46:02

The Library is looking for volunteers to participate in web usability sessions to help improve the Library website and search interfaces. With your feedback and input we can make your experience in using Library services even better!

What’s involved?

  • Sessions take between 30 minutes to one hour to complete.
  • Participants will be asked to complete simple tasks and activities using the Library website.
  • Questions about user preferences and behaviour may also be asked during the sessions.
  • Sessions will be run across all campuses during business hours.
  • Volunteers will receive a $10 DUSA Bookshop voucher for their participation. 

To express your interest in participating, please complete our online questionnaire. If you have any questions, please contact Rachael Wilson.

2013-08-28 12:44:51

Want to download an entire book onto your mobile device? With Springer publishing, you can!

Springer publishing has just introduced new functionality that allows full e-book download. With the new functionality, you can either download all chapters of Springer e-books at once or continue to select individual chapters.

Springer is a large, multi-disciplinary, scholarly academic publisher that specialises in publishing science, technology and medicine research books and journals. Deakin University Library currently provides access to over 20,000 Springer e-book titles.

Browse the Springer e-book collection.

For further help on using the Springer e-book platform go to the Library e-book help page. 

2013-08-15 10:06:01

The Library brings you a range of resources to help build your Digital Literacy skills. 

You might have seen that Digital Literacy is one of Deakin University’s Graduate Learning Outcomes, or GLOs, but what does that mean? The Library has prepared a great range of resources and tools to help you understand it. 

What is Digital Literacy?

At Deakin, Digital Literacy is defined as “using technologies to find, use and disseminate information”. 

Digital literacy skills help you to locate and fully utilise critical information sources for your assessments and to communicate your own information and ideas using the most appropriate technologies for your discipline. Digital Literacy knowledge helps you to understand your rights and those of other authors and how to find resources that are copyright-free.

The Library has created a range of Digital Literacy resources, including videos and interactive tutorials, designed to increase your understanding and skills related to this Deakin University Graduate Learning Outcome.

Explore the suite of Digital Literacy resources, where you can:

  • learn about Digital Literacy and how using these skills can help you succeed at university
  • engage in our interactive tutorials to increase your digital literacy skills
  • get ongoing support from expert library staff.

Start exploring the range of resources available now at deakin.edu.au/library/study/digital-literacy.php

2013-06-26 09:49:48

Short Story Competition winner!

Congratulations to the winner of our short story competition - John Hawkins of WA. His story, Dad's Last Words, was our competition winner and for his efforts John receives a $200 iTunes card. Well done John!

Thanks to all those students who entered the competition! We were pleased to receive many great entries.

Read the winning entry, Dad's Last Words, below.


Dad's Last Words - by John Hawkins

When my father was dying, I sat there in the darkened room holding his hand. The TV glowed busily, but was silent. And the monitor shot his progress across the screen in regular intervals, like tamed lightning in a cage. Otherwise, it was dark and quiet, except for the sound of my own heartbeat, which grew louder between thoughts like the automatic gain of a microphone. Other objects in the room seemed unreal, amorphous. Looking at the tube coming out of my father's mouth, it reminded me of the time he'd taken me to an opium den and lay there almost imperceptibly drawing on a hashish hookah, eyes closed, smoke strands drifting upward in the candle light like question marks in no rush for answers.

And then I recalled the time he talked about his pilgrimage to Gallipoli one Turkish summer with his dad, when the chill and monotony of life in Prahran, the ding-a-ling and electric sizzle of streetcars outside his window, drove Papa "half-mad" and made him restive. Papa circled the bluff, stopping in thoughtful intervals to gaze out at the sea below. A lone gull luffed overhead in the salt seasoned wind, and about a dozen compatriots chatted amiably and respectfully over by the monument that connected two worlds and cultures, now inexorably linked in time by the weird afterglow of survival and courage which binds diggers everywhere. Dad said that while Papa sighed and silently reminisced, he went trudging through the trenches, looking for a place to take a piss, almost falling over the escarpment and tearing his jeans on the rusted barbed wire, which caused him to let out a "Fawwwk!" That night, Papa told stories of gripping fear, of artillery shells strobing the night, dread dancing in their stomachs, while fireflies went on and off in an open field. Overhead, Dad said, the stars didn't seem to so much glow as well, like the sad appeal in our dog Harry's eyes, which turned out to be glaucoma.

Dad told me about this time with Papa during our own trip to Gallipoli many years later. I don't recall many details of that visit, except that there were many Aussies there, circling the monument, like the way you see them do at the Haj on TV. Dad knew one guy in the crowd who he was trying to avoid because he'd lost a bet over the Melbourne Cup and hadn't paid up yet. All I remember of that trip was the long bus ride back to Istanbul, civilians quietly chatting, the diggers all united in something, looking straight ahead; although one old soldier two seats down and across wept silently. Outside, past my reflection in the glass, the landscape rolled by without any real shape or form, like a hologram or mirage. Back at the hotel, in picturesque proximity to the Aya Sofia and the Blue Mosque, Mum sat polishing a samovar she'd bargained for at the Bazaar ("Look what I found!" she beamed), and regaled us with tales of carpet shop come-ons and archaeological digs in the ubiquitous Ottoman op-shops. Outside the underground Roman cistern, where our gasps had echoed together as we beheld the marble Medusa's head glaring up at us from the wet depths of the dim cavern, Mum and Dad had a fight, which ended with Mum storming back to the hotel while Dad and I stood there in the heat, cars whooshing by.

We walked, going over a bridge that crossed the Bosphorus, as night fell, and found ourselves in Taksim and the red light district. Cops patrolled with machine guns, looking for terrorists. We came to a booth, where Dad forked over ten lira and received two tickets, which allowed us entry to an alley filled with the sounds of disco music and rap, cigarette smoke and flashing lights. Lip-sticked girls from Romania gestured with their bodies and beckoned us with promises of bliss. It felt like we were caught in a Fellini film, or a cinema playing Fellini, the strands of projected light shifting from frame to frame like currents in the river of Heraclitus. Dad was fond of saying we lived in a world ruled by unseen forces "too big to fail."

On the telly in the hospital room, they were showing images of the golden catfish of the Kalahari, blind and unseen, streaming through the underground sluices beneath the desert's emptiness, like dharma monks in pilgrimage.

As Dad's life left him, I could feel his blood flow seemingly recede like a river going dry with time-elapsed precision. I sat in the silence, the moment's Big Bang, before the alarm sounded and the nurses bustled in, and the darkness was gone in a blink.


 

 

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