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7 December 2015

Multimedia resources to enrich your teaching

Have you wanted to engage students with relevant and interesting multimedia course materials, but concerned about copyright or felt you lack the technical skills?  Information research staff Carlie Nekrasov and Tracey Whyte have some suggestions.




The Multimedia Resources Library guide provides a gateway to subject specific and multidisciplinary video databases as well as tips for accessing, using and integrating them into your teaching.
  
The guide includes tips on how to:
  • Generate stable links for Moodle, reading lists, lecture slides
  • Save favourites into playlists 
  • Create clips for YouTube from selected databases
  • Link to or embed multimedia content
  • Understand copyright rules when using YouTube and other digital materials.
The following three resources provide a small sample of what is available through the Multimedia resources Library guide.

Resources available online

Alexander Street Press provides access to thousands of video and audio resources as well as texts across a wide range of disciplines, including film, music and performing arts, art and architecture, ethnographics, health and society, nursing and more. ASP includes contemporary as well as historical resources.

The collections available to Monash staff and students are listed under the 'My collections' link. You can also search by subject or topic, or browse by discipline. The Alexander Street Press platform offers you the flexibility to use entire videos, or to select segments or short clips.

 Photograph by Dennis Mayor 1972.
Courtesy State Library of Victoria

Detailed, step by step instructions are provided for:
  • Making a clip
  • Creating a playlist
  • Searching effectively 
  • Using the video player
  • Using the audio player 
Informit Edu TV is a TV online streaming resource that provides over 10,000 television programs to watch across a range of subject areas. You can also embed clips from the television programs into your course materials.

After setting up an individual registration to Informit EduTV you will be able to create a project file for storing your favourite shows, episodes and clips. After registering you will receive a username, and option to create a password, as well as information to help you search and create clips. You can read more about Informit EduTV in this Library blog post.

Kanopy provides a collection of around 26,000 documentaries and movies as well as selected television programs. You can for search for individual titles or browse subjects within Kanopy and individual titles are also available via Search. Further information about creating and managing clips and embedding excerpts in Kanopy can be found in this document.

Advice and tips

The Multimedia Resources Library Guide provides you with access to a world of audio, video and text resources to enhance your student’s learning experience. It provides tips on creating and maintaining a personalised set of playlists, and resources to guide you through creating clips and embedding these excerpts into your teaching materials. It even helps you find the right advice on copyright.
If you need further advice on how to best utilise these resources please contact the subject librarian in your relevant discipline or the copyright adviser.
  
The multimedia resources featured in the Multimedia Resources Library Guide are also available via Search and the Library Databases page.
  

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3 December 2015

Matheson Library to close for four weeks in early 2016

The refurbishment of the Sir Louis Matheson Library at the Clayton campus is progressing well and the first stage will be completed before Christmas. The next stage is now underway and heavy demolition will be carried out in January. 

To allow the demolition to be completed more efficiently, Matheson Library will be closed from Monday 11 January and will reopen on Monday 8 February 2016.

During this four-week closure, Monash staff and students can:
  • use Search to request items held at Matheson Library for pick up at any other library including at the Law Library and Hargrave-Andrew Library on the Clayton campus. There may be some delays as Matheson staff will only have access to the collections for short periods each day.
  • return items due at any other library or via the after-hours returns outside Matheson Library.
  • find study spaces at the two other libraries on the campus.
  • get advice and ask questions at an Information point at any other library, through ask.monash.edu, or by telephone (03 9905 5054).
Due to the closure, Search temporarily does not allow staff and students to select 'Matheson' as the pick-up location when requesting items from other libraries.

From Friday, 8 January, all Matheson holds available for collection can be picked up at the Law Library or Hargrave-Andrew Library.

Members of the public may wish to visit our other libraries on campus. Please consult the map.
  • Law Library – 15 Ancora Imparo Way
  • Hargrave-Andrew Library – 13 College Walk
We apologise for this disruption and ask for your patience through the coming months as this exciting project takes shape.

Visit the Library website for more information. If you have any comments or concerns about the Matheson Library refurbishment project, please email fsd.feedback@monash.edu.


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2 December 2015

SciFinder a powerful biochemistry tool

Revisit a powerful discovery tool for biochemistry and molecular biology, writes Jennifer Kain, a subject librarian at the Hargrave-Andrew Library.


SciFinder is a research discovery application that provides access to the world's most comprehensive
and  authoritative source of references (including journals, conferences and patents), substances and reactions  in chemistry and the related sciences; including biochemistry and  molecular biology, pharmacology, chemical  engineering and chemical physics.  Content is updated daily.

SciFinder’s search features offer fast and convenient access to comprehensive sources in a single tool designed for a more efficient workflow. 

Content information available in SciFinder includes:
  • Substances – a trusted resource for substance information including chemical structures, chemical names, CAS Registry Numbers®, properties, commercial availability and regulatory information.
  • Reactions – dependable and current chemical reaction information including reaction schemes, experimental procedures, conditions, yields, solvents, catalysts, as well as commercial availability of substances with direct links to leading producer and supplier sites.
  • References – found in journals, patents, dissertations and more. SciFinder can bring you information from early discovery through clinical trials with the combined coverage of  CAplusSM and MEDLINE®. Links to full text version of articles  may be embedded.

Users report that SciFinder facilitates access to not only the chemistry, but also allows searching for the right structures and physical properties of compounds that they are interested in. Using the Synthetic Planning Tools they can find intermediates that eventually lead to the molecules of interest, seeing different synthetic methodologies and how to make this particular compound.


SciFinder is particularly strong in molecular biology. When you search for chemicals and substances,
you can do it with the molecular formula, or using the structure.  Check out the SciFinder application overview .

SciFinder  is available to Monash staff & students via a link from the Database pages.  SciFinder is now web based and easy to use, once you have registered on their system.  It provides online demonstration tutorials and  help.


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1 December 2015

All you need to know about reading lists and digitisation for your teaching

Reading lists created by the Library provide students with direct access to their essential recommended readings and can even be integrated with Moodle. Let the Library do the work for you!... by Adam Duke and Beth Pearson.



Who creates the reading lists?
The Library’s Readings and Reserve Services team works within the University’s seven libraries to create online reading lists using the Talis Aspire Software.

Aspire is currently used by 77 universities in seven countries worldwide.

When should I submit my reading list request to the Library?
Requests to create a reading list must be received at least four weeks before the start of the teaching period.

Submitting your requests early is important to enable your students to have access to the resources they need at the required time. Reading lists will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Minor updates and changes can be submitted any time during the year, by contacting the Readings and Reserve Services

How can students access the online reading list?
There are three simple ways:
  • Enter the unit code in Search.
  • Follow the reading lists link on the Library’s home page.
  • Visit the unit's Moodle page.
Moodle Integration
Library reading lists can now be integrated with Moodle and can be set to display from within the Moodle environment in a number of different ways. This
  • simplifies access for your students - no need to leave Moodle.
  • places the reading list resources in the most relevant section of their course unit pages.
Watch the video and contact your Faculty admin  to get started.

What are the benefits to students?
Online reading lists allow students to access all their unit readings from the one place throughout the teaching period.

Using the Aspire reading list software, students can:
  • view real time availability of the Library’s physical collection
  • gain direct access to online journal articles and databases
  • view digitised materials
  • login to add personal study notes and track their reading progress.

How does digitisation work?
The Library’s Digitisation Centre can reproduce works that are otherwise unavailable in a digital form. These digitisations are created under the provisions of Part VB of the Copyright Act (1968). The documents are stored in a central repository and made available to students via their online reading lists.

All digitisation requests are made via the Library’s Readings and Reserve Services.
When a digitisation request is received by the Library it will be checked to ensure it is copyright compliant.

What are the advantages of the Library’s digitisation service over faculty photocopying?
  • University copyright compliance
  • high quality, digital reproductions with increased functionality (searchable text, commenting, and highlighting enabled)
  • easily accessible online through unit reading list
  • track usage of digitised items via the Aspire software.

How long will a reading list, and any digitised content, remain online?
Reading lists, and any associated digitised content, will remain available online throughout the unit’s teaching and exam periods.

What happens to reading lists at the end of semester?
Reading lists and any digitised items will be archived to comply with University copyright regulations.

What happens if an item can’t be digitised?
Essential readings can be placed onto restricted loan by the Library to manage student demand through the teaching period. New materials can also be purchased upon request.

Around 1,000 reading lists are created each year so we encourage you to send your request to the Library as early as possible.

For further information, contact the Library’s Readings and Reserve Services.




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