Wednesday, 24 December 2008
The electronic material in the Library (e.g. ebooks and PDFs) are available via the library catalogue throughout the end of year break. Journal articles are also available via MetaQuest.
Information about other Library services isavailable via the Library website, http://www.ecu.edu.au/library/ 24 hours per day.
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Library database access at ECU
The library now has a single database management tool called MetaQuest. When selecting a database it offers a number of different pathways to choose from.
Search for a title of the database:
- in the library catalogue
- choosing the databases by title option below the Find journal articles(databases) search
Search for a list of databases on a subject
Search across multiple databases – a federated search
- A quick search
- enter a search term or string and select a broad subject area from the drop down menu and click search.
- A MetaSearch – cross searching a number of databases of your choice
Friday, 7 November 2008
Thursday, 30 October 2008
For a number of years staff and students have been able to locate and access journal articles via Library databases in a number of ways. Primarily these access points have been via the Library Catalogue, the Indoor platform, and our MetaQuest platform.
On the 14th November the long serving Indoor platform will be retired from service and several enhancements made to the MetaQuest platform that will improve its functionality .
Access to Indoor from the Library website will no longer be available and all users will be directed to the MetaQuest platform. If you are a long time Indoor user unfamiliar with MetaQuest, or perhaps you need a refresher on what MetaQuest can do, the Library can help. Students can take advantage of Library training in the use of these resources and should check our Training Timetables for help. Staff should contact their Faculty Librarian and seek assistance.
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
From Monday 27th October until Friday 21st November the hours of opening will be: M-Th 8am-10.00pm, Fri 8am-6.00pm, Sat 10am-5.00pm, Sun 12.30pm-5.00pm
Thursday, 16 October 2008
From October 20th to November 2nd 2008, your library will be running an online customer service survey and this is a great opportunity for all our students and staff to tell us what they think about current library resources and services, and what they would like to see improved for the future development of our library services.
By participating in the survey you will also have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a $100 bookshop gift voucher.
Watch the library website for details from next week and have your say.
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
It has been a difficult time for students and we would like to thank you for your patience and tolerance during the past year. Mt Lawley Library staff have worked especially hard to provide full library services in spite of the demolition, dust, noise and general upheaval. We hope you enjoy your new Library and will take advantage of the new learning spaces and other facilities. However let us know if there is anything else we can do to improve library services.
Friday, 10 October 2008
Do you have any great ideas for improving Library services?
The Library Services Centre is commencing planning for 2009 and we would value your suggestions. Good ideas will be added to our 2009 Operational Plan and you will be kept informed of progress.
Click on "comments" below to record your suggestions.
Dan Archibald, University Librarian
Friday, 19 September 2008
The student demand driven E-Book project has come to an end for 2008. The project successfully purchased over 600 new e-book titles based on the selection and use of those titles by students. E-book titles that have been purchased by ECU are accessible via the library catalogue. Those titles that we did not purchase (titles used less than three times) will no longer be accessible to staff and students for the remainder of 2008. If you require access to tiles that are no longer available please send through a "suggest to purchase" request to your Faculty Librarian via the "suggest a purchase link" in the Library catalogue or contact your Faculty Librarian direct.
We would also love to have your comments on this trial.
Thursday, 18 September 2008
The quote of the day bowl sitting on the Reference desk at the Mt Lawley campus library has become very popular amongst the library users, providing that extra bit of interest to the library visit. As it has been so popular, we have decided to add a quote of the day option to our blog so those online may also get the experience... let us know what you think.
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Last Monday afternoon a group of twenty young science students visited the ECU Joondalup Campus Library as part of their Year 10 academic enhancement program. The students were from Irene McCormack College, Mater Dei College, Prendiville College and Sacred Heart College. Greg Bates the Campus Librarian introduced them to our library before they had a brief tour of the library building.
Dr Christine Ormond, Lecturer in Mathematics Education wanted the students to get a feel for the university study environment available in the new purpose built library. Students accessed our library catalogue, searched for material and used the library study spaces to research their science projects.
The culmination of the enhancement program will be the presentation of their topic to an audience including ECU academics, their families and friends on the evening of September 15th at ECU.
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
The 4 main products in MarketLine are:
*Industries (including industry profiles & a Consumer Markets Database with information such as market size, segmentation, consumption share)
*Companies (including company profiles & a Financial Deals Database)
*Countries (including country profiles & a Base Drivers Database which searches for key macro-economic, social, demographic and industry statistics for 215 countries)
*News with commentary & analysis by MarketLine analysts
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
New Online Books: the Library has recently purchased a number of online book titles, relevant to exercise and sports science, to add to the Library’s growing collection of e-books. New titles have been added from the EBL collection, as well as additional titles from Wiley InterScience Online Books. To locate these, search the library catalogue and use the drop down on the search box to limit to online.
We welcome your comments and feedback on these collections, as well as any other titles that you would like to be able to access via the Library.
Monday, 1 September 2008
Major changes are afoot for the ECU Library with two campus library buildings being refurbished to follow the standard set by the new building opened for business at the Joondalup campus last year.
In addition, a recent structural change sees the Library, formerly part of the Knowledge and IT Services Centre (KITSC) becoming the Library Services Centre (LSC) and reporting to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning). Mr Dan Archibald, formerly Manager of Library Services has been transferred to the newly created position of University Librarian. Many will be pleased to see the position of University Librarian once again on the establishment. Best wishes Dan..
Mr Dan Archibald, formerly Manager of Library Services has been transferred to the newly created position of University Librarian. Many will be pleased to see the position of University Librarian once again on the establishment. Best wishes Dan..
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Project MUSE has now launched a new web site interface making it easier for researchers to navigate. It offers a convenient spot where you can search and retrieve current journals.
You can also set up email alerts or RSS feeds to be notified of new issues of your favourite journals. We had information on setting up alerts in a previous ECU Library Blog post. Just contact your subject librarian if need a hand with alerts.
Check it out Project MUSE now by going to the Library website databases page
Thursday, 21 August 2008
Alternatively, you may wish to contact a librarian from your faculty's library team to discuss your assignment topic and strategies for finding some information. Ask for your contact at the front desk or email a query - names and contact details can be located here.
An additional database, the Nursing Resource Center, gives online access to full text evidence based care sheets, full text quick lessons, full text drug guide information, full text patient education handouts, full text guidelines information, full text legal cases and clinical updates.
It includes animations that bring human anatomy to life, the ability to translate articles into several different languages and it reflects the nursing process by organizing information using clearly defined “tabs” for – Diseases and Conditions, Assessments, Diagnostics, Interventions, Drugs, & Care Plans.
The Nursing Resource Center also includes online encyclopedias and textbooks such as:
Gale encyclopedia of medicine, Gale encyclopedia of cancer, Gale encyclopedia of nursing and allied health, Encyclopedia of drugs, alcohol, and addictive behavior, Foundations of basic nursing, 2007 PDR nurses drug handbook, Fundamentals of nursing, standards and practice, Health assessment and physical examination, Delmar’s critical nursing care plans, Delmar’s nursing clinical skills and concepts, Delmar’s pediatric nursing care plans, Davis’s comprehensive handbook of laboratory & diagnostic tests with nursing implications, Taber’s cyclopedic medical dictionary,Davis’s drug guide for nurses, Diseases and disorders: A nursing therapeutics manual.
Please feel free to leave your comment.
Friday, 8 August 2008
Expect to be visually tantalised this semester by displays of student teacher art work in the Joondalup campus library building.
In a partnership between the Education Library team at Joondalup and Julia Wren, Art Education lecturer in the K through Primary Programme, the Library is hosting displays of student work. Keep an eye out for their offerings in the Teaching Collection area and on the desk fronting the stairway on Level 3.
Collage, ceramics, murals and more...
Thursday, 7 August 2008
However each campus library now has several Laptop Locks, with cables, available for locking laptops to immovable objects. The locks are available from the Loans Counter for short term use within the library. When used correctly these locks can be extremely useful, but unfortunately the library can take no responsibility for any losses incurred.
Please remember that when using cables the laptop will only be secure if the object they are attached to is secure. There have been instances where a table was lifted so the cable could be slipped off the leg.
Remember also to report any thefts on campus to Security as soon as possible.
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Alternatively, you can add the ECU Library catalogue gadget from within your iGoogle page. Click on the 'Add stuff' link, and search for ECU Library. Then follow instructions to add the gadget to your iGoogle page.
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
Tour features includes:
Books, print and online
Journals, print and Online
Music collection, scores and CDs
DVDs and Videos
Hourly tours starting from 12pm - meet your guide in the Building 8 foyer.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
From 2nd semester 2008 undergraduate students will be able to borrow up to 30 items. This is a 50% increase over the previous 20 items.
We hope students will be able to utilise this increase, but always remember that many items can be recalled by other students hence reducing the length of your loan period.
Please login and check your library record at, https://library.ecu.edu.au/patroninfo~S7
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
New and continuing students! Why not get off to a good start to semester by finding your way around the library and making the most effective use of the library’s resources? Would you like to find out more about the new catalogue and some new options? Then book into one of our Library Tours or one of the Using Library Resources sessions. These are being offered at Joondalup and Mt Lawley Libraries in Orientation week and in Weeks 1 and 2. Details of times are listed in the link -Library Tours and Workshops.
Tuesday, 17 June 2008
Books cannot be returned to Churchlands library after the 20th, but may be returned to any of the other ECU Campus libraries, at Mt. Lawley, Joondalup or Bunbury.
If you have any questions about items you have on loan, or where to return them, please call the Loans Desk at any campus library. Joondalup 6304 5525, Mt. Lawley 9370 6195 or Bunbury 9780 7740.
Thursday, 5 June 2008
Refurbishments at the Mt Lawley Campus Library are on track for a partial completion, with the ground floor entrance, staircase, loans services, reserve collection, student lounge & exhibition area, new item display and bookshop due to be finished in the second week of July. Look forward to this floor being accessible soon after....
Thursday 5th June 2008: ECU’s award winning Library and ICT Building at the Joondalup Campus was officially opened today by the Honourable Alan Carpenter MLA, Premier of Western Australia before an esteemed audience including ECU's Chancellor, the Honourable Dr Hendy Cowan and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox.
The four-storey building provides a range of colourful learning spaces including private study areas, computer labs, group meeting rooms, student lounges and a courtyard. Students also enjoy the 200-seat e-lab, extensive print and online library collections, a bookshop and a coffee shop all in close proximity in the one building.
See here for the official media release. Photo of opening: J Andersen ECU Library
Thursday, 22 May 2008
- some alerts have a pre-defined topic, for example, the latest news, marketing articles etc.
- some databases allow you to customize your alert to cover your topic or a journal's latest contents page.
Alerts can be set up for receipt by E-mail or RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication)
To access more information go to Find Journal Articles (Databases) and select the menu option: how do I set up alerts?
Please leave a comment to let us know whether this service is useful.
If you haven't used one, then try a search in the library catalogue. Use the keyword option and type in a keyword ebook, for example health ebook.
We would love to know what you think about ebooks. Good or bad, please leave your comment or ask a question if you prefer. We will respond to the Blog.
From Monday 26th May until Friday 20th June, the library will be opening until 10.00pm Monday to Thursday. In addition the library will open at 10.00am on Saturday mornings.
Friday and Sunday openings will remain the same.
Monday, 12 May 2008
JSTOR stands for “Journal Storage” is a trusted digital archive for scholars, preserving over 1000 academic journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences. JSTOR doesn’t usually include the most recent issues of journals (3 to 5 years) Each journal issue included, is scanned in its entirety, from Volume one, Issue one and retains all interesting art, illustrations and graphs. The oldest content in JSTOR was published in 1665. Definitely worth looking at!
Friday, 9 May 2008
To register,sign-up on the sheet at the Loans desk or email Lynette Hirsch to register interest.
Our long term goals are to:-
(1)Continually improve library and information services, increasing student and staff satisfaction and enhancing library support for learning and research.
(2)Improve support for Edith Cowan University’s research by developing efficient systems and processes and enhancing the collection.
(3)Maintain strong partnerships with local schools, community partners, the professions and the wider Edith Cowan University community.
(4)Continue to develop our people with skills, ability and knowledge to equip them to provide flexible services that meet the expectations of our stakeholders.
(5)Build a relevant and accessible collection that provides strong support to the learning and research goals of the University.
Read the complete document here
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Follow these steps to set up Library Links in Google Scholar on your own computer:
Click on Scholar Preferences
Type Edith Cowan University Library in the Library Links text box
Check the box next to Edith Cowan University Library - Find It@ECU
Click Save Preferences
Next time you search Google Scholar, you will see a SFX Find It@ECU link below the results. This will take you directly to ECU Library's SFX link to resources.
Monday, 28 April 2008
These guides provide a “snapshot” of the range of library resources available at ECU in each subject area. The focus is on online resources accessible via the Library Homepage. Also included are links to information and support materials for Research and Referencing. The guides are updated on a regular basis.
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Friday, 18 April 2008
(1) Tabbed display of catalogue records
(2) Item availability shown on first tab
(3) "Did you mean..?" spell-checking capability for keyword searches
(4) Automatic relevance ranking of keyword search results, most relevant items can be shown first
(5) Choice of sorting keyword results by date or alphabetically as well as by relevance
(6) Book jacket images shown beside many items - these link to a larger image
(7) RSS feeds - which will deliver the latest information about new library items into your feed-reader automatically
(8) RSS feeds of items due for pickup from the library, plus warnings about overdue items
(9) Ability to view a condensed version of the catalogue on a hand-held device, e.g., PDA
(10) 'Suggest a purchase' forms which allows you to send us details of items you would like bought by the library
(11) 'Star' rating facility for all items, and ability to leave comments against any items.
Ask your library staff for further details
Thursday, 17 April 2008
Access the additional titles using the IEEE database. Locate this database from the title or subject lists on ECU Library's Find Journal Articles (Databases) pages and search for your topic and the full text will be presented in the results.
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Thursday, 10 April 2008
Library Search Strategies and Document Delivery
Thursday 17th April 4.30-6.00 Mt Lawley level 4 Training Room
There's no need to book for this session, just come along.
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
Self paced assistance using the latest version of EndNote is available for various platforms and in several formats from this link.
All student SOE machines have to access EndNote XI.
Monday, 7 April 2008
1. Start Endnote
2. Go to EDIT
3. Connection files
4. Open connection manager
5. Highlight Edith Cowan Uni
6. Then click on Edit.
7. Choose Connection settings
8. Enter the following Server address 126.96.36.199
9. Exit saying yes when asked if you want to save changes.
Thursday, 27 March 2008
There are now over 3,000 members of the ECU Facebook network. So if you are one of them, then check us out.
If you have any thoughts or feedback on our library Facebook page then please post us a message on this blog
Thursday, 20 March 2008
We will open at the following times at Easter 2008:-
Good Friday (21 March)
Saturday (22 March)
1.00 - 4.00pm
12.30 - 5.00pm
12.30 - 5.00pm
12.30 - 5.00pm
Easter Sunday (23 March)
Monday (24 March)
1.00 - 4.00pm
12.30 - 5.00pm
12.30 - 5.00pm
12.30 - 5.00pm
Friday, 22 February 2008
You can now access the Library catalogue via handheld wireless devices such as mobile phones. Further information is available at http://www.ecu.edu.au/library/services/airpac.html
Access the ECU library catalogue from your web enabled mobile phone at http://library.ecu.edu.au/airpac
This service operates Mon – Fri 9am to 5pm.
We aim to respond to your questions during this period within 90 minutes.
Messages received outside this time will be responded to on the next working day.
We look forward to hearing from you...
Over 16,000 recent E-book titles will be loaded into the Library catalogue for ECU Staff and Students to access. In addition 50,000 titles are available from the EBL Portal, giving ECU staff and students access to over 65,000 E-book titles.
E-books within this collection are a combination of title that ECU already own and titles we will be charged for as we use them.
These books can be browsed for 5 minutes free. Once you choose to browse past 5 minutes or select to download the title the library will be charged about 5 % of the total cost of the book. After a title has been selected 4 times the Library pays the full amount and will own the title. In this way staff and students are actively selecting and purchasing titles for the Library collection through “demand driven selection process”.
How can you tell what titles are already owned by ECU when accessing an e-book? The easiest way to tell is to look at your download options. Titles that we do not own and will be charged to access are only offered for a one day download and will need to be downloaded again after this one day. Books we already own have the option to download the item for three days and as we have already paid for the title we will be free of charge.
We encourage you to use the material we do not own and to generate a charge to the Library if you think the material is useful for your studies or research. In this way you get immediate access and you help identify useful titles for the collection.
Titles can be accessed from the Library catalogue at http://library.ecu.edu.au/ by adding the keyword “ebook” to your search i.e. management ebook or ethics ebook.
To access the full back catalogue of titles you can access the EBL portal from the Library home page at http://www.ecu.edu.au/library/ . Click on the “EBL Library Login” link under the quick links section of the home page.
We encourage you to send us feedback on your thoughts about the usefulness of this project and e-books in general at http://www.ecu.edu.au/library/contacts/feedback/index.html