Showing posts with label libraries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label libraries. Show all posts

3 March 2017

First in family – A world of opportunities

If you are the first in your family to start at Monash University, you might feel you are embarking on the most thrilling and yet frightening journey of your life, says Roland Clements, Learning Skills Adviser. In this post he shares with you the ‘absolute essentials’ that will help you during your first year at university.

You may be the first in your family to have ever thought about going to university. Whatever inspired you to want to study, you are here, which is wonderful - so make the most of it because education and learning can be joyous!

Until the early part of the 20th century, people went for higher education because their subjects fascinated them. They were passionate about what they were studying and intensely curious about the world around them. You are such a person, so don’t be scared or have any reservations.

I’m not going to give you an Alice in Wonderland-style tour of fascinating facts and tricks on how to get the most out of your studies. Our Library offers you a wide range of resources and services which can help you in many of these areas, and they have online tutorials to help you with your study and assignments. What I can share with you are the ‘absolute essentials’ that will help ease the stress of your first year at university. If you have these on hand you won’t feel like a castaway on a desert island (remember Tom Hanks and Mr. Wilson!).

Here are a few essentials you will need for your survival at university at the start of the year. 

1. Campus maps and Library opening hours - Good to have if you need to visit other libraries - Monash students can visit any of our branches.

2. Your Library - Get to know your Library and what it offers: computers, printers, photocopiers, physical items (such as books and DVDs), and online eResources (such as databases and academic journals). The Library staff are always here to work with you through any queries you have, no matter how trivial or complex.

3. Librarians and Learning Skills Advisers - They can work with you to build a number of skills that will be useful both during your time at Monash, and beyond! Librarians have expertise in selecting appropriate databases, searching for academic resources, evaluating sources and citing and referencing. Learning Skills Advisers can build your skills in understanding assignment tasks, structuring your work, academic writing, effective reading, and note taking.

4. Monash M-Pass -Your M-Pass is linked to an online account - you can use it to add credit, copy, print, and pay fines at the Library. You’ll also need it for exams as your student ID!

5. Your username and password - You’ll need this to log in to computers, your, and to access electronic resources (such as databases) through Library Search.

Throughout the course of a regular day at university, you will meet students and lecturers from various corners of the globe who bring their educational knowledge and experience with them. You will learn to work with people from various disciplines and how to work as a team member. No matter what stage in life or circumstances you find yourself, remember that we are all human beings and always learning. So think about the events that brought you to Monash University and make the most of it - persistence and perseverance will lead to success!

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14 February 2017

Are you a Library lover?

Did you know February 14 is also Library Lovers’ Day? Declared so by the Australian Library and Information Association, it is a day of spreading library love.

Having a healthy relationship with your library while studying means you're significantly more likely to achieve higher grades. A healthy relationship means that while you engage with the Library by using information resources and spaces available, the Library cares for you in return by providing a welcoming and inspiring place of study and the resources you need so you can do your tasks efficiently and achieve your learning outcomes. 

Not only will your grades improve, you'll be less stressed while you're working on them, too. Library staff work with you so you can develop skills to research your topic, write your assignment, finish that dreaded reference list or prepare for an oral presentation.

So for Library Lovers' Day, we're taking a moment to step back and share with you the many ways Monash students love the Library, and some "love letters" we've received over the past year. This day only happens once a year, but our staff are working hard every day to find that elusive resource, answer the difficult questions, and solve all (well, most) of your information problems.

Love letters

One of our librarians received this glowing praise from the VCAL coordinator who appreciated how she engaged well with the students.

“Today I took a group of my students to Monash to participate in a library session.  I have been bringing my students to Monash since 2010 and really appreciate the library staff giving these students an introduction to library skills.

I teach students who attend an alternative school and can be quite difficult to engage.  Romney had great presence in the classroom and was able to very quickly form a connection to the students.  She made the session both fun and informative for my students and really engaged them in the process.  The students tested her on a few occasions and she handled it with grace, humour and professionalism.  All of the students found the day to be highly engaging and enjoyable and Romney really helped to set the tone for that with the introductory session.” - Mark Hunt, VCAL Coordinator
One of our learning skills advisers got a special mention in a SETU survey last semester. In their comments students singled her out and the session she delivered as some of the aspects of the SCI2010 unit that they found most effective. The unit had its best ever ranking.
The Library workshop and tutorial
The Library classes that helped with the assessment tasks
I really enjoyed the Library session and would encourage future students to attend
Tami and the Library staff are extremely helpful and lovely
Another learning skills adviser received this feedback from a grateful student – we’ve got more than just research tips up our sleeves!
“Thank you so much. I have backed up all my work just as you taught me this morning. That is really helpful and I will not worry about that anymore. You and all the Library and eSolutions staff do such an excellent job for us. Many thanks.”
One of our Law subject librarians received a heartfelt thank you from a postgraduate student. A great example of Library staff helping students achieve greater learning outcomes.
“I just wanted to say, thank you so much for helping me with research. There was a notable difference in my marks because I had improved on research. I couldn’t have done that without your help. So I truly appreciate what you do for students!”
And this Arts student was able to find what she was looking for through our Library services:
Thank you all so much for making my research easier and more worthwhile – today I found ten much-needed books in the Holds section. This is an excellent service and so helpful and prompt.”
So go on, share something with us! We appreciate any and all comments here at the Library, and are continually aiming to improve our services for both staff and students alike, as well as the wider Monash community and all who enter our doors.

Happy Library Lovers’ Day!

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6 May 2015

Access to Caulfield Library during exam study time – bring your ID card

At Caulfield Library a temporary exclusion period will operate before the exams to help Monash students find a Rosemary Miller

To provide Monash students with the greatest possible access to available study space, Caulfield Library will be accessible to only Monash staff and students between 18 May and 19 June 2015.

To assist with enforcing this policy, students from all campuses who plan to use Caulfield Library over this period are encouraged to carry their Monash ID. This will minimise inconvenience and ensure you are not delayed at the library entrance.

This policy has been introduced to alleviate the shortage of study space experienced at Caulfield during the exam study period, when use is at its peak. It is anticipated that the future expansion and refurbishment of Caulfield Library will double the number of seats when finished in 2017.

During the restriction period, CAVAL and ULANZ registered borrowers will be able to retrieve and borrow specific items, but will not be able to study in the library. Alumni and external fee-paying members of the Library will continue to have access by presenting their Library card. The exclusion also does not apply to Sir John Monash Science School and Nossal High School students.

The exclusion is not being applied at any other Monash campus libraries.

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1 April 2015

3 ways to survive a "library-less" Easter break

Getting anxious about your research or essay writing during the five days when the campus libraries are closed over Easter? Chill. You can plan ahead and get some serious work done. 

We know you like to be deep in study mode in the welcoming spaces of the Library, amidst the scent of books, the relative quiet, the convenience of free internet access and the expertise of staff on hand.

From 3-7 April, the whole University is closed. That means all campus services and facilities are also closed, not just the libraries.

If you really want to work rather than take a break, here are three ways to survive the five days of Easter shutdown:

1. Borrow items well ahead of the break

Why don't you do that today or tomorrow? If you request items at this time it would be too late so you are better off retrieving them yourself.

2. Go online!

While the campuses are closed, Monash’s IT systems remain fully operational on these closedown days so you will be able to access library resources online. Ebooks, databases, electronic journals, online tutorials, library guides, Lectures online – they’re available anytime and anywhere you have internet access.

3. If you need a physical study space, try the public libraries on Easter Tuesday

Easter Tuesday is a University holiday, unlike a number of the declared public holidays, including Labour Day, Queens Birthday and Cup Day. If you have nowhere else to study, the public libraries resume normal opening hours on Easter Tuesday so go for it.

Image: Benson Kua under CC licence 2.0

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2 March 2015

What’s new in 2015

Welcome back and best wishes from the Library for a successful year. 

Image: Elenapaint (CC BY-SA 2.0)
We hope you had a wonderful summer break. 

So what's up at the Library? There are a few important changes to note this year:

  • If you are a frequent Matheson Library user, you will see that the refurbishment has commenced; building work is taking place in back areas of the building currently. Some collections and areas have been moved or closed, so keep a look out for those popup signs redirecting you to their temporary locations. 
  • Additional seating at Matheson Library is available on Level 5 of the General Collection and Level 2 of the Journal Collection. All levels 1-5 have some quiet seating.
  • The Hargrave-Andrew Library and Law Library have additional seating available to help students find a quiet spot to study over the Matheson refurbishment period.
  • The refurbishment of the Caulfield Library is in the planning phase.

Room bookings

Group study rooms can now be booked by students directly at  Berwick, Law, Peninsula and  Matheson Library. This is a trial and your feedback would be appreciated before we roll out the system to all libraries. To book  a room, go to

New Library blog

This new Library blog you are reading will have articles written by experts to provide you with advice and tips for your studies. You can keep up with the latest about the Library’s resources and services by subscribing to the blog. 

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