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


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.