Monday, April 24, 2017

CSU Library Client Survey - Your chance to win!

We're running our biannual Library Client Survey, and we need your feedback! Tell us what you do and don’t like about your CSU Library to help us review and improve library services, and you'll go into the prize draw* to win one of four $200 cash prizes, with four runner up prizes of Co-Op bookshop vouchers!
If you're wondering what comes of the feedback we receive from our client surveys, you can find out how we responded to our last survey's feedback here.

The 2017 Library survey runs until May 22. No matter how you use your CSU Library - staff or student, CSU Online or on campus, within Australia or overseas - we want to hear from you. You can access the survey from the CSU Library website, and don’t forget to enter the draw for your chance to win one of our great prizes!

*Authorised under NSW permit number: LTPS/17/13298 See Terms & Conditions 

Friday, April 21, 2017

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 four major online video collections are Informit EduTV, Informit TVNews, Alexander Street Press and Kanopy. 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:

Counselling and Therapy,
Dental Education,
Nursing Education,
Sports Medicine and Exercise Science, and
the VAST collection which includes videos on Art & Design, Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Education, Health Sciences, History, Literature & Language, Politics & Current Affairs, Psychology & Counselling, Science & Engineering and Social Sciences. 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.

Kanopy Streaming Video

Kanopy is a streaming video resource for educational institutions. It provides more than 14,000 films, TV series and documentaries covering all subjects and which can be viewed on a range of platforms and devices. Source content is from leading producers such as HBO California Newsreel, PBS, BBC, The Video Project, Media Education Foundation, and Documentary Education Resources.

You can search or browse by subject. Top-level subject categories include:
  • Film & popular
  • The arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Global studies & language
  • Health
  • Media & communications
  • Sciences
  • Social sciences
  • Instructional films & lessons.

Each subject category has a series of sub-categories.

You can create a user account and this allows you to: manage your personal profile details; create, share, and embed video clips and playlists; create watchlists of favourite films; and maintain a log of your viewing history. To create a user account, click on the Sign In button at the top right of the Kanopy screen, and follow the prompts. Whenever you are subsequently signed in, you can access your Dashboard from the top right of screen.

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

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

COMING SOON - Library Client Survey 2017

Don't miss your chance to help us improve our Library services and resources. The Library Client Survey will be running again from April 24th. Until then, find out what improvements we've made based on your 2014 survey responses

Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences L&T Symposium

CSU's first Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Learning and Teaching Symposium was held on the 6th and 7th of April at the Bathurst campus. It was a unique opportunity for academics from across the new Faculty to network with key partners, as well as showcasing the brand new CSU Engineering building. The symposium also provided opportunities for staff to build on their own learning and teaching expertise and showcase the learning and teaching excellence of colleagues.

The Library presented two workshops on streaming videos and eBooks for teaching. Participants had the opportunity to search and embed materials in Interact2, with help being given by our Information Librarians and Collection Services staff. Our friendly Librarians were also on hand at our Library display to answer questions, and 6 lucky people won fantastic prizes that were supplied by one of our journal subscription suppliers, Wolters Kluwer.

If you attended the Symposium and would like further help from Library staff, induction sessions, training and support for academic staff, researchers and HDR students are available, and are conducted by Faculty Liaison Staff. Support can be delivered individually or to small groups, in your workplace, remotely via teleconference or Skype, or using the CSU Online Meeting tool.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter Opening Hours

Are you planning to study over the Easter break?

Need to access some library resources or need to get some help from the library? Take note of the change to our opening hours over the Easter long weekend. 

Thursday (13 April)                      9am-5pm
Friday - Sunday (14 - 16 April)      CLOSED
Monday (17 April)                        1:30-5:00pm

Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst & Wagga
Thursday (13 April)                      9am-5pm
Friday - Sunday (14 - 16 April)      CLOSED
Monday (17 April)                        1:30-5:00pm

Dubbo, Orange & Port Macquaire
Thursday (13 April)                      9am-12:30pm
Friday - Sunday (14 - 16 April)      Unstaffed - 24/7 access
Monday (17 April)                        Unstaffed - 24/7 access

Normal Library hours will operate from Tuesday 18 April 2017. You can see the full opening hours on the Library's Opening Hours page.

Don't forget, even though the library doors may be closed, you can still access our vast range of online resources 24/7, including Journal Databases, Library guides, eBooks and much more from the Library Website.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Library Support for Flood Affected Students

The Division of Library Services supports all CSU staff and students affected by the recent floods. If you are experiencing difficulty with the delivery of requested library material or the return of library items, please call 1800 808 369.