Friday, August 18, 2017

Welcome to Res School!

Are you heading our way for a Residential School this August? CSU campus Libraries will be open and our staff are always ready to help! This session, Res Schools run from Sunday 20th August to Sunday 3rd September.

During your stay at CSU, Library staff can help you with:
And so much more – all you have to do is AskUs!

Albury, Wagga and Bathurst Libraries will have extended opening hours during Residential Schools, while the Port Macquarie, Dubbo and Orange Campus Libraries are now open 24/7. Get to know your campus library by taking a virtual tour.

Follow these links to find out what is available at the Albury WodongaWaggaBathurst and  Orange campus Libraries.  Our Learning Commons have 24/7 spaces that offer access to PCs, Macs, wireless Internet, personal lockers, parent's room, assistive technology facilities, a kitchenette and more.
The Learning Commons also have Print/Copy/Scan facilities on all campuses which are fully integrated with your CSU card.

Make sure you bring your CSU card so you can access your on-campus accommodation and the Learning Commons 24/7, borrow books and print.  Haven’t applied for your CSU card yet? Apply online today. We look forward to seeing you all here!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

CBCA Children's Book Week

Each year across Australia, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) bring children and books together celebrating Children's Book Week. During Children's Book Week (18-25 August), it's a take time to reflect and celebrate excellent children's literature written by some inspiring Australian authors and illustrators. The theme this year is...Escape to Everywhere and books will certainly help us do that.

Check out some of the shortlisted books in our collection:

The book of the Year: Older Readers
  • Waer by Meg Caddy
  • Words in deep blue by Cath Crowley
  • The Blue sparrow by Zana  Fraillon
  • Yellow by Megan Jacobson
  • Frankie by Shivaun Plozza
  • One Would think the deep by Claire Zorn

Book of the Year: Younger Readers
  • Rockhopping by Trace Balla
  • Within these walls by Robyn Bavati
  • A Most magical girl by Karen Foxlee
  • Dragonfly song by Wendy Orr
  • Mrs Whitlam by Bruce Pasco
  • Captian Jimmy Cook discovers third grade
Book of the Year: Early Childhood
  • Chip by Kylie Howarth
  • Nannie loves by Kylie Dunstan
  • Gary by Leila Rudge
  • Go home, cheeky animals by Johanna Bell & illustrated by Dion Beasley
  • All I want for Christmas is rain by Cori Brooke & illustrated by Megan Forward
  • The Snow wombat by Susannah Chambers & illustrated by Mark Jackson

Picture Book of the Year  
  • One Photo by Liz Anelli & text by Ross Watkins
  • Mechanica by Lance Balchin
  • Home in the rain by Bob Graham
  • My brother by Dee Huxley & Tiffany Huxley
  • The Patchwork bike by Van T Rudd & text by Maxine Brenda Clarke
  • Out by Owen Swan & text by Angela May George

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
  •  Spellbound: making pictures with the A-B-C by Maree Coote
  • A-Z of endangered animals by Jennifer Cossins
  • The Gigantic book of genes by Lorna Hendry
  • Amazing animals of Australia's National Parks by Gina M Newton
  • Fabish, the horse that braved a bushfire by Neridah McMullin & illustrated by Andrew McLean
  • William Bligh: a stormy story of tempestuous times by Michael Sedunary & illustrated by Bern Emmerichs

Winners will be announced at noon on Friday, August 18.
Need any help locating these books, please Ask Us!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

All you need to know about library guides!

Library guides are a list of resources, study and research tools put together by the librarians in consultation with course coordinators. Library guides may be subject and course specific or general purpose. 

Library Resource (course related) Guides typically contain information related to your course. They include information on:
  • Subject dictionaries and encyclopedias
  • Key texts for your course
  • Journals and journal databases relevant to your discipline and assessments
  • Open access web resources including professional organisations
  • Latest news and media databases
  • Study support; resources to support academic writing and referencing

Library Research Skill guides relate to a specific subject and are compiled to develop research skills. Sometimes they are even part of an assessment task! 
They will typically contain information on:
  • where to start - topic analysis
  • how to find information in Primo and journal databases
  • useful subject resources
  • evaluating information 
  • referencing and writing techniques and support

General purpose library guides contain information on a variety of different areas, including: 
Library guides can be found on the student webpage in the drop down menu for the library, or alternatively you can go straight to library guides using this link.

New guides are published regularly and guides are updated frequently. If you have suggestions for a new library guide, or think changes are needed, please contact us via web form or Ask a Librarian services.

Need help with finding library guides and making sense of them? Ask us, we're here to help!

Upcoming EndNote workshops

Take a lot of the work out of referencing, and save time on your essay-writing, by learning how to use the bibliographic management software EndNote.

We are running workshops in September for PC and Mac users. Register now to join us and get started using EndNote.

Getting Started with EndNote (PC users)  Monday 11 September 1 pm
Getting More out of EndNote (PC Users) Monday 18 September 1 pm
EndNote for Mac Wednesday 13 September 12 pm

The PC workshops run for approximately one hour, and the Mac workshop is an hour and a half. All you will need to attend is an internet connected device and a pair of headphones.

If you need help or have further questions please contact us.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Don't miss out - More Online Library Workshops being run!

If you missed out on the fantastic Online Library Workshops that CSU Library ran at the beginning of this semester, never fear - we've decided to run more! These Online Library Workshops are part of the wide range of amazing services and scholarly resources that the Library offers to support you in your studies. Why not register now, and learn something that will continue to help you throughout your entire time studying with CSU!

The topics these one hour workshops will be covering are:

Friday, August 04, 2017

Librarians cooked their way to important copyright reform!

Last week CSU Library staff baked their way through a Cooking for Copyright shindig, to celebrate the new Copyright Amendment Bill that was passed through the Australian Parliament on the 19th of June this year.

The Amendment of this Bill has been pushed along by Librarians all over Australia, who wanted to raise awareness of our muddled copyright laws, and lobby for immediate reform. Librarians held the first Cooking for Copyright challenge back in 2015 - they took part in a huge act of civil disobedience by posting 35 handwritten recipes to the FAIR website. This act effectively contravened the copyright law at the time, and encouraged Australians to cook their way to tasty tasty law reform!
As a result of this amendment, millions of historical manuscripts - from celebrity letters and diaries held by the National, State and Territory libraries and archives, to the thousands of theses at our universities - will be simultaneously freed into the public domain on 1 January 2019.

If you'd like to join the celebrations, here are a couple of the recipes that were posted online, and cooked around Australia: