Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Mt. Lawley library lifts

The ML library lifts are out of order and will not be available until the early part of 2010. While the lifts are undergoing repair works clients are advised to use the staircase to move between floors.

Library staff will be available for assistance on all floors where necessary. We sincerely apologise for the inconveniences caused.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

SFX Link on Google Scholar disabled

ECU Library's SFX Link on Google Scholar will be disabled over the Xmas break.

This is to facilitate the implementation of the Library's new Find It @ ECU article finder in mid-January 2010.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Find It @ ECU replacing SFX in 2010

The full text article finder SFX Find It will be replaced by Find it @ ECU for all of the Library’s ejournal packages and databases. This will be undertaken in stages from 14th Dec 2009 to 30th Jan 2010.

During this change-over period, you will see a mix of SFX and the new Find It @ ECU links.

Please contact the library should you have any questions.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Learning spaces photo competition student winner


Library’s learning spaces photo competition attracted some interest from ECU students when it ran during October 2009.

We were asking students to take photos of what they considered “good” and “bad” learning spaces around the campuses and to give us some reasons why they made their choice. Photos were taken of a range of areas such as megalabs, library and outdoor areas on all campuses: Joondalup, Bunbury and Mount Lawley.

Adrianna Pracas, (pictured top left) a final year Teacher Education student from Mount Lawley Campus was the lucky winner. Dan Archibald, University Librarian, presented her prize of an iPod Touch, at a morning tea function last week.

Kristina MaGee was one of the runners up (pictured top right) who received an iTunes voucher as prize. Congratulations to both students!

Thanks to all students who participated. The photos and comments will help the university plan future campus spaces.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Taylor & Francis and InformaWorld electronic journals will not be available on Tuesday 10 Nov 12 noon to 5 pm

Taylor & Francis, InformaWorld and Informa Health Sciences electronic journal titles will not be available on Tuesday 10 Nov 12 noon to 5 pm

Monday, 26 October 2009

VDX (document delivery) system planned outage

The VDX system will be unavailable on Monday 26th October from 22.00 to 24.00 (midnight) due to planned data transfer.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Exam papers for Semester 1, 2009

Exam papers released by lecturers are now available via the Catalogue.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Take Photos and Win Reminder



Two days to win an iPod Touch or itunes vouchers
All currently enrolled ECU students are invited to take photos of the best and worst learning spaces at ECU, ID the location, write a short comment on why it is best or worst and submit the document to competition@ecu.edu.au .
Competition closes 12 noon Friday 23rd October 2009 and winners will be notified on 30th October 2009.
Your agreement to use this information in the ALTC Retrofitting project is implicit on submission of your entry.

Longer opening hours for study and exam weeks

To help students better study for their exams the libraries at Joondalup and Mt. Lawley will be staying open later during the week.

Starting on Monday 26th October they will be open until 10pm Monday to Thursday. These hours will continue until Thursday 19th November.

Friday, 16 October 2009

EndNote vX3 is expected in the New Year

Just to advise that EndNote v X3 is expected to be released for ECU early in 2010. The new version will be available for download from the website and CD ROMs from your campus library loans area. Please watch this space for updates...

All library electronic services now working as normal.

All access via the library catalogue and access to databases is now restored to normal.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Access to databases and library catalogue authentication is now restored

We are pleased to announce that the recent system problems are now resolved.

The journal databases are now working again.

If you are authenticating to e.g. view your patron record or place a request, you need to temporarily use your name and student / staff number on the right hand side of the screen as indicated on the relevant webpages within the catalogue.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Upgrade to library catalogue services 14/10/09

There will be an upgrade to the library server overnight Wednesday / Thursday 14 - 15 October 2009. This means that all library catalogue services and databases will be unavailable from 10pm Wednesday until 8am Thursday. This also includes on-campus access.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Access to databases and library catalogue authentication is now restored


The issues with access to several electronic library services is now resolved.

Services restored are:-
(1) Normal access to journal article databases on-campus and off-campus.
(2) E-reserve articles are now available on-campus and off-campus.
(3) 'My Library Record' within the catalogue is available again on-campus and off-campus
(4) Requesting of items within the catalogue is available on-campus and off-campus
(5) All other functions within the catalogue are working as normal.

We thank you for your patience, and apologise for any inconvenience caused during the outage.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Access to databases and library catalogue authentication is still unavailable

We are still having issues with access to several electronic library services, and apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Services affected are:-
(1) Normal access to journal article databases is unavailable off-campus, but is available on-campus.
(2) E-reserve articles are unavailable on-campus and off-campus.
(3) 'My Library Record' within the catalogue is unavailable on-campus and off-campus
(4) Requesting of items within the catalogue is unavailable on-campus and off-campus
(5) All other functions within the catalogue are working as normal.

We are working with the vendor to correct this problem. To assist staff and students to access resources we are offering the following solutions:

For loans, or anything else relating to your library record, or print reserve items from the library collection, please contact Library staff.

Journal articles databases
(1) Come to a campus if possible, as journal article database access is available there.
(2) If this is not possible, off-campus users should download and install the VPN software from http://it.ecu.edu.au/VPN.asp. It is important that you choose the correct link for your operating system, e.g. XP, Vista, etc. This software allows you to search journal databases and download articles as normal as it makes it appear that you are on campus.
(3) If for any reason this does not work, you should still be able to search databases via MetaQuest, from the library homepage. You can then contact the library staff to obtain the articles you need from your database search.

eReserve
We are happy to provide you with copies of eReserve items you require. Please email library staff for this service.Please contact us if you have any other queries, and we will try to help.

Further notifications will be posted on the blog when we have new information.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Library staff member writes our podcast music

Finding just the right music for our ECU library podcasts and vodcasts was a difficult task, until we realised we had a talented musician here among our library staff. So ECU library “commissioned” library staff member Carmelo Sollazzo, to write some music for us which could be placed as the lead in and lead out on the audio track.

Carmelo has given us two of his own compositions: In the mood and Just the way and we will use both. We did this Project Music vodcast which has Just the way at the beginning and end of the video.

Have a listen, we think it's great, and many thanks Carmelo.

Academic staff - renew Reserve items for 2010

Do you have Unit Reserve Readings posted on the Library website for 2009?

Do you want these unit items renewed for next year 2010?

YES?

Then email a list of your unit codes NOW to E.Reserve@ecu.edu.au and your reserve readings will carry through to the end of next year.

We will be removing any Unit Reserve Readings which have not been renewed after Summer School 2010 (approximately at end of January 2010)

Access to databases and library catalogue authentication temporarily unavailable

We are still having issues with access to several electronic library services, and apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Services affected are:-

(1) Normal access to journal article databases is unavailable off-campus, but is available on-campus.
(2) E-reserve articles are unavailable on-campus and off-campus.
(3) 'My Library Record' within the catalogue is unavailable on-campus and off-campus
(4) Requesting of items within the catalogue is unavailable on-campus and off-campus
(5) All other functions within the catalogue are working as normal.

We have spoken to the supplier this morning, and a Senior Technical Developer is looking at the problem. We will post further information when available.

For loans, or anything else relating to your library record, or print reserve items from the library collection
Please contact Library staff.

Journal articles databases
(1) Come to a campus if possible, as jounral article database access is available there.
(2) If this is not possible, off-campus users should download and install the VPN software from http://it.ecu.edu.au/VPN.asp. It is important that you choose the correct link for your operating system, e.g. XP, Vista, etc. This software allows you to search journal databases and download articles as normal as it makes it appear that you are on campus.
(3) If for any reason this does not work, you should still be able to search databases via MetaQuest, from the library homepage. You can then contact the library staff to obtain the articles you need from your database search.

eReserve
We are happy to provide you with copies of eReserve items you require. Please email library staff for this service.

Please contact us if you have any other queries, and we will try to help.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Take Photos and Win !!!





All currently enrolled ECU students!




Coming soon on your campus! Look out for flyers on how to win an iPod Touch or iTunes vouchers. Take photos of learning spaces or places that you think are the best and worst at ECU, identify the location and write a short comment, e.g. good for working as a group because .... etc. Submit your entry by email with name, student no. and contact details to competition@ecu.edu.au.
Competition closes 12 noon on Friday 23rd October and Winners will be notified on the 30th October, 2009.
Your agreement to use this information in the ALTC Retrofitting project is implicit on submission of your entry.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Library's AirPAC now supports iPhone and Blackberry Storm

The all-new AirPAC now supports the BlackBerry® Storm™ smart phone. The AirPAC product for iPhone™ and BlackBerry Storm allows you to use library services wherever you are, simply.
AirPAC Features
· Usability and visual design just right for smart phones
· Catalog Search
· Full support for requesting options
· Results relevance ranking
· Book jacket display
· Access to online resources and electronic journals
· Integration of library locations with Google Maps™
· Access to your personal library record including support for tools like My Lists

More information about AirPAC available from http://www.ecu.edu.au/library/services/airpacFAQ.html

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Find It @ ECU links in Google Scholar

Currently, FindIt@ECU links are not appearing within Google Scholar search results. The vendor has been notified of the problem and updates will be posted when more information becomes available. We apologise for any inconvenience. This currently affects all users on and off campus using any browser. An alternative service is ECU Library's MetaQuest which allows you to search databases and link to full text journal articles.

Update (as of July 24): Services are expected to be restored by Thursday July 30.

Update (as of July 29): Google Scholar and SFX Find It services have been restored.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Longer weekend opening hours

In a move we hope will be favourably received, and in response to student feedback that they wanted longer weekend opening hours at the metro campuses, ECU Library will be extending open hours.

We looked at various models and spread of hours and have decided that we will open 10am-5pm, both Saturday and Sunday at the Mt. Lawley and Joondalup libraries. These extended hours will commence the weekend of 1st and 2nd of August.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

NATIONAL AWARD FOR ECU LIBRARY SERVICES

ECU Library Services Centre has received an award from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council: "For a sustained contribution to the improvement of learning through collaborative library services, and leadership in the design and effective use of innovative learning spaces."

These prestigious national awards recognise contributions to the quality of student learning and improving the overall student experience and places ECU among the top academic libraries in Australia.


Professor Richard Johnstone, ALTC Executive Director, said the citations reveal the tremendous commitment in the higher education sector to improving the student experience.


“The quality and quantity of applications received represent the incredible effort made by university staff Australia-wide to contribute to a positive learning experience for every student,” Professor Johnstone said.

Congratulations to all library staff on this well deserved award.

Dan Archibald

University Librarian

Thursday, 2 July 2009

EBL (ebook Library) download function disabled

The “Download” function for EBL(ebook Library) titles enabled users to save the entire ebook to their computer’s hard drive and would “expire” (i.e. become non-accessible) after 1 or 3 days.

As a result of a range of technical & IT issues, as well as restrictions placed on reading the downloaded ebook, the “Download” function for EBL titles has been disabled.

As with other electronic books from other providers, ECU staff and students can still read EBL titles online and print the allowable number of pages. All other existing functionalities are still available.

Please contact your respective Faculty or Subject Librarians should you have any questions.
http://www.ecu.edu.au/library/faculty/cont-faculty.html

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

E-Book Access Changes

E-Book Access Changes

Students and Staff at ECU will notice that access to EBL e-book titles has been restricted to only those titles ECU own as part of our electronic collection. This is due to the fact that our “student driven selection” of EBL titles has ended for 2009 with about $100,000 being spent by ECU students in 6 months. We hope to bring this project back in 2010! In the meantime e-books we currently own can be accessed in the catalogue and requests can be made to access non-owned EBL titles from the “suggest a book” link on the Library homepage.

E-Book Access Changes

E-Book Access Changes

Students and Staff at ECU will notice that access to EBL e-book titles has been restricted to only those titles ECU own as part of our electronic collection. This is due to the fact that our “student driven selection” of EBL titles has ended for 2009 with about $100,000 being spent by ECU students in 6 months. We hope to bring this project back in 2010! In the meantime e-books we currently own can be accessed in the catalogue and requests can be made to access non-owned EBL titles you come across from the “suggest a book” link on the Library homepage.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Extended Opening Hours

During the study weeks and exam weeks ECU Metro Campus Libraries will be extending their opening hours.

From Monday 25th May until Friday 19th June the hours of opening will be: M-Th 8am-10.00pm, Fri 8am-6.00pm, Sat 10am-5.00pm, Sun 12.30pm-5.00pm

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Food in the library - your thoughts

We have opened up the library to food. More bins have been provided, yet food scraps are still left on tables and chairs.

What do you think, are you happy with the current food policy or can you think of other options to allow food but still keep the library clean???

We need your feedback!

Thursday, 30 April 2009

The future of the textbook - what do you think?

The following articles discuss the demise of the printed textbook as we know it. what are your thoughts, in favour or too sad to contemplate.

Nature (2 April 2009) Volume 458 Number 7238 pp549-668

Editorial

Clicking on a new chapter p549
The e-textbook is only one part of a bigger revolution in online learning.
doi:10.1038/458549b
Full Text PDF (551K)

News feature

Technology: The textbook of the future p568
Undergraduate textbooks are going digital. Declan Butler asks how this will shake up student reading habits and the multi-billion-dollar print textbook market.
doi:10.1038/458568a
Full Text PDF (1,101K)

This issue can be located in the ECU Library Catalogue

Scopus on trial

The Library has organised a trial for the Scopus database as follows:

Scopus (expires 23 May 2009)
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. It is designed to find the information scientists need. Quick, easy and comprehensive, Scopus provides superior support of the literature research process

Access and feedback options are available from this page.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Library wins ECU Vice Chancellor's Citation Award



ECU Library has been awarded a Vice Chancellor's Citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. The citation is for:

"For a sustained contribution to the improvement of teaching and learning through the provision of innovative learning spaces, rich resources, and user-friendly, collaborative library services."

These citations are awarded to people or sections of the university who have made a significant contribution to student learning in a specific area of responsibility, over a sustained period, who are widely recognised for their achievements and who have received strong endorsement from students, colleagues and the wider higher education community. Details of all ECU award winners are here

The citation recognises all Library staff for the consistently high service provided to students. Team members who gathered the data and put together the submission are Dan Archibald (University librarian), David Howard, Julia Gross, Lyn Leslie and Agnes Noronha

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Easter Opening Hours

The ECU Libraries will be open the following times over the Easter break.

Good Friday - Closed
Easter Saturday - 12.30-5.00pm
Easter Sunday - Closed
Easter Monday - 12.30-5.00pm

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Library Survey Results

Outstanding Library Survey Results
The results from the 2008 library survey conducted toward the end of last year showed significant improvement when compared with the 2006 survey.
>>Overall, the ECU Library is now performing in the top 25% for student satisfaction of all Australian academic libraries surveyed in the last 2 years.
>>Improvement was shown in all of the six Best Practice categories including Communication, Service Quality, Service Delivery, Facilities and Equipment, Library Staff and Virtual Library.

Nevertheless, we intend to build on these outstanding results to deliver an even better library service by:
>Continuing to provide top quality customer service by examining processes and training staff
>Providing alternative ways that students can communicate with the library using new technologies
>Providing alternative ways of delivering services using new web 2.0 technologies
>Improving our electronic and print collections
>Expanding opening hours

Your continuing feedback is vital to our improvement so tell us when we are doing something well or where we need to improve.

Dan Archibald
University Librarian

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Library Survey $100 Voucher Winners



CONGRATULATIONS... to the five students who won $100 vouchers to spend at the ECU Bookshop: Alan Byrne, Amy Roberts, Lillian Tan, Jean Evans and Jo-Anne Bastian (pictured receiving her voucher from the University Librarian).


All students who filled in the library survey run last October went into a draw for the vouchers. Even though you may not have won a voucher, we'd like to thank all students who filled in the survey. The results are valuable to us and will result in even better library services.


Kind Regards,
Dan Archibald
University Librarian




Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Reciprocal borrowing at UWA, Curtin, Murdoch, Notre Dame and TAFE

A reminder to all ECU students and staff that you are able to register at UWA, Murdoch, Curtin and Notre Dame University libraries to borrow items.

There is a new convenient online reciprocal registration process for UWA, Murdoch and Curtin libraries. Just go to the webpage, http://wagul.curtin.edu.au/reciprocal_registration.html and follow the instructions. You will still need to take your ECU University ID card with you when you attend the library in person.

For reciprocal borrowing from Notre Dame, you must still take your University ID and proof of enrolment, you cannot use the online registration process.

ECU students can also join any TAFE library by taking their University ID card with them and proof of current enrolment.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Laptop Security in the Library

For all new students, and a reminder for returning students, the campus libraries have laptop security leashes that you can borrow for several hours to use within the library.

These may help prevent opportunist theft of your laptop, but they do need to be secured to an immovable object to work properly. Ask at the library enquiry desk for one next time you are in the library.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Welcome to new students

We would like to welcome to those students who have just joined ECU and hello to those returning. Just wanting to let you know that we have a range of support available from tours, workshops, online help and library staff to chat to when your needing to find information. There is a really useful website where you can enrol for workshops or locate useful contacts. Just click here or select Training option from the website.

Another link that you may be interested in, to get some practice before you start having to write your assisgnments, is the ECU Library Referencing site. Here you will find answers to some key questions and some very help short tutorials.

Check out the blog regularly for further useful library information.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Find It @ ECU links in Google Scholar

Currently, FindIt@ECU links are not automatically appearing within Google Scholar search results for users on campus. This normally happens, but there is a problem at the moment which is preventing this occurring.

We have been told that the links may reappear on or after Friday 13 February, as we are waiting for Google to search the server again. When it does, details will be updated and that's when links to ECU will re-appear.

We apologise for any inconvenience. This currently affects all users on and off campus using any browser.

For more information on how to set up links manually once the problem is fixed (not necessary for Internet Explorer users on campus), please visit http://www.ecu.edu.au/library/system/google_scholar.htm