Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dubbo Library Services Arrangements

Changes are afoot in Dubbo, and unfortunately the campus' library services will be affected. But have no fear, we've got all the info Dubbo users need right here to keep you up to speed, and provide the best access to library resources available during the period.

What's happening?

Refurbishments are taking place over the next 3 months. This means CSU library users will be unable to access the Dubbo collection.

How to borrow and request items

For the next four weeks at least, we'll be posting out items to Dubbo staff and students, as is the current process with our Distance Students. If you're unsure how to go about requesting items, just watch this video! You'll still need to select "Dubbo Campus" as your pick-up location, but we'll contact you to find out where you want us to send your items.

After 4 weeks, we could go back to a normal campus pick-up, but this is still to be determined. Whatever happens, we'll let you know when the time comes if you need to collect your items, or if we're going to keep sending them out.

How to return your loans

We ask that during this period, all items be returned in the post to one of the other CSU Campus Libraries. If your books are mailed to you, you should receive a reply paid label so that you can return the item in the post at no cost to yourself. If you borrowed the item in person, and now just need to send it back to us, get in touch, and we'll happily send you a label electronically which you can print out and attach to your post parcel.

Additionally, all current loans will be extended, so you shouldn't get any overdue fines if there are delays processing returns or if there are any hiccups when you're trying to get your items back to us!

Still confused?

Yeah, there's a lot happening; we get that! If you need help getting your head around it all, Contact Us. Your CSU Library staff are in the know, and we'll help you out!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Open Access Week!

This week is open access week, and the theme is "Open in Action", which is about the identifying the steps you can take to open up research, and how to encourage others to do the same.
If you're not sure exactly what Open Access means in terms of research, or why it's important, try watching the video below, produced by Arizona State University:

This year's theme will also highlight those who have made a commitment to open access, and how that decision has benefited them.

If you have an Open Access experience you'd like to contribute, or for more information, visit the International Open Access Week website!

Friday, October 21, 2016

End of semester - what to do?

Enrol for next semester, apply to graduate

You really don't want to forget to do this!

Download/print and save any course notes from Interact that you want to keep

Once you graduate, you won't be able to access them anymore :-(

Return your library books and pay any overdue fines

You want to know what grades you got, right? And maybe graduate with the rest of your class? If you have any commitments or money outstanding with CSU your marks and grades won't be released until your CSU commitments are finalised. The same applies to graduating.

Sell or return old textbooks

If your textbooks aren't looking too shabby and you won't be needing them for further study you can sell them to make some cash. Both the Co-op bookshop and studentvip have schemes for you to sell your old textbooks. 
If you've rented a book from the Co-op bookshop, now is the time to return it! 

Clean out your stationery and clean off your desk

Work out what can go in the bin, what you need to replace and what you won't need till next semester. You'll feel so much better for having a clean desk. 

Review what worked this semester

Or should it be what didn't work this semester? Make a list and start thinking about what might need to change for  next semester. Semester breaks are a good time to get help with Library research skills and study skills .


Decide how well you stayed motivated this semester. Identify what you need to do to keep you motivated for next semester. This might mean changing priorities and analysing if your course and enrolment type still fits in with your life plans. 


Once are exams and assignments are done you need to relax a little and get back to a good work/life/balance for you. Create some good routines that will keep you healthy

And.....we'll look forward to seeing you back next semester. Enjoy your break!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Get your grades and graduate on time: Return your books and pay your library fines

Finished your studies for 2016? Time to check around your room for outstanding library books. You may return items to any campus at any time. Access the return chute from the 24/7 area in your nearest CSU library.

If you are a distance education student, your return postage is free within Australia. You should have a reply paid label in the front cover of your loans. Can't find your label? Please contact the Library on 1800 808 369 to request another, or to ask any other questions.

Don't forget! All fines and fees must be paid up before graduation.

Finished your degree? Congratulations! Now is the time to join the Alumni Association and enjoy ongoing library membership. You will find the details in our blog post Library access for graduates.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Escape from exam stress: books that make you feel good about life

Need to escape from exam and assignment stress?

See if you can track down a copy of some of the books recommended by members of the Australian Library and Information Association.

They are books recommended as something you can escape into, read to lift your mood, or get tips on how to manage mental health better.

To browse the list, go to this link: Books that make you feel good about life

Find them in the CSU library, or at your local public library