Friday, 19 September 2008

ebook trial finishes

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

Quote of the day

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

Budding scientists visit the Joondalup Campus Library

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

Researching? Check out the new business database MarketLine!

MarketLine is a newly subscribed library database with a searchable full-text collection (interactive reports & statistical modelling functions are available). MarketLine can be used to “increase sales, improve business planning, track competitors, Identify suppliers and partners”.

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

ECU Library increases access to online information for Exercise and Sports Science

ECU Library now subscribes to SPORTDiscus with Full Text providing access to a greater range of online sports science and allied health journal titles, including some that were previously only held in print. Included in these extra titles are “Journal of physical activity & health”, “International SportMed journal”, “Psychophysiology”, “Journal of musculoskeletal research” and “Isokinetics & exercise science”. Online access is now also available to American journal of health promotion, which was previously only held in print. In addition to the full text of academic journals, SPORTDiscus with Full Text also provides access to the full text of a number of magazines, reports, trade publications and some books. Link to other full text articles available via ECU by clicking the FIND IT icon, listed against each reference in the results.

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

A University Librarian for ECU Library

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..