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20 February 2017

Caulfield Library reopens


Caulfield Library has reopened today via a temporary entrance from the arcade level 1 tunnel between Buildings A and B. 




A bank of brand-new Macintosh computers
Following a three-month closure over summer, Caulfield Library has reopened via a temporary entrance at street level, across from Monash Connect. A temporary ramp is available for wheelchair access.

Approximately half the total space is now open for use, including 500 seats and open access to collections.

When completed, the library will have a total of 1500 seats.

Study and teaching spaces


Wireless is available on levels 1, 3 and 4 so students can use their devices. The computers on levels 3 and 4 can be used beginning Thursday 23 February, including a large number of brand new Macintosh computers.

There are five discussion rooms for group work and these rooms will be bookable after they have been fitted with 'plug and play' technology (coming soon). Two more discussion rooms will be added when the rest of the library is opened.

Three large teaching rooms are located on level 1 and will be available from Monday 27 February. Initially, these rooms will only be accessible via a separate entrance from the Ian Potter Sculpture courtyard on the south end of Building A. Students should note that there will be no access to the rest of the library spaces from this area due to construction hoardings while builders complete the remaining works.

Borrowing


Staff and students can again request items from other campuses via Search and choose Caulfield Library as the pick-up location. Holds are now located on level 1 where the temporary entrance is. Please note: items on shelf at Caulfield cannot be requested for pick-up at the same library. Users should retrieve the items and borrow them at the Information point. From Tuesday 21 February, users can use the self-loan machines with their Monash ID.


Printing

Student printing will be available from Tuesday 21 February, as part of the roll out of the new Monash-wide M-Pass system. All students can release their print jobs / copy at the multi-function devices by using their Monash user name and password. Check 'how to print' instructions via the posters in the library or visit the website.



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25 January 2017

Matheson and Caulfield libraries set to re-open on 20 February

Both the Sir Louis Matheson and Caulfield libraries will reopen on Monday 20 February 2017 in time for Orientation Week. The summer closure of the two libraries has been extended to finish major building works.

Temporary borrowing arrangements are in place until the re-openings so that Monash staff and students can continue to borrow from both libraries.

Matheson Library

Caulfield Library 
  • Request items for pick-up at Room T103, Ground Floor, Building T from Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm or at any of our other libraries.
  • Return items at Room T103 from 7am - 7pm during the week or anytime if you have swipe card access. You may also return items at any of our other libraries during library hours or the after-hours returns at Law Library at Clayton.
Critical functions such as the preparation of reading lists for Semester 1 units continue unimpeded. 

If you need advice from Library staff or have any questions, go to an Information point at any other library, through ask.monash.edu, or by telephone (03 9905 5054).

We apologise for the delays and ask for your patience through the final stages of these projects.


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10 January 2017

Caulfield Library to reopen on 20 February

Caulfield Library will be reopening on Monday 20 February 2017. The date has been pushed back due to some unexpected delays, while still providing early access for new and returning students preparing for Orientation and first semester. The final stages of work are expected to be completed by 21 March.



The temporary arrangements for the pick-up and return of items held at Caulfield Library will continue until 20 February. 

Monash staff and students and visitors should note that:


  • From 20 February to 9 March, the Library's temporary entrance will be from the arcade level 1 between Buildings A and B (opposite Monash Connect). A temporary ramp will be available for wheelchair access.
  • From 9 March, the Library entrance will shift permanently to the West entrance facing the Campus Green. The landscaping works will continue.


When it reopens, the Library will have three-quarters of the total space open for use, including the physical collections, study and teaching spaces. An initial five bookable discussion rooms will be available to students.

Upon completion when all corners of the Library are open, it will have:

  • 1500 seats for individual and group study
  • Seven bookable discussion rooms with technology
  • Four teaching rooms, including three large state-of-the-art teaching rooms
  • Study nooks
  • A café located inside the Library
  • More natural light and an inspiring interior
  • Artwork from the Monash collection
  • Shade house at the front extending four levels

Thank you for your patience during the refurbishment. Stay tuned for updates.









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3 January 2017

SAGE Research Methods Online

Undertaking research for a project is an exciting prospect - but it can also be intimidating, especially when starting out, says librarian Romney Adams. SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a powerful tool researchers can use throughout their journey - from familiarising yourself with methodological concepts via the Methods Map, to materials designed to inform your practice.


For new researchers, a fascinating place to begin is with the Methods Map - an interactive component of SRMO which allows you to ‘drill down’ to a set of methodologies that may best suit your needs. For example, perhaps you are undertaking a qualitative study, but are unsure of the data collection options available to you. Using the Methods Map, you can obtain an overview of a number of qualitative data collection methods - including ethnography, narrative research, and interviewing - and determine which may be best-suited to your needs. Or, perhaps you’d like to learn more about research design? Again, using the Methods Map, you can explore different research design theories and principles - including phenomenology, longitudinal research, and systematic reviews. You can choose to get a basic overview, or drill down to more specific information concerning these types of research design.

When beginning your research, you can move on and access some of the materials housed in SRMO. These include case study examples from researchers in the field, video tutorials showing chosen research methods in action, and full-text items. SRMO houses over 1,000 academic books, reference works, and journal articles, all with full-text online access - with a particular strength in the social sciences. To access these materials, enter your search terms into the simple box on the SRMO homepage - you’ll be able to tweak your search by specifying date ranges, material types, and other limiters once your results have been returned.

By running a simple search on ‘ethnography’, for example, you can then refine the returned materials by using the limiters. This will make the results more relevant to your needs - from ~4,000 items relating to ‘ethnography’, to ~150 eBooks relating specifically to ethnographic research in the field of education, published in the last 10 years. As you can see, a quick and easy way to be connected to high-quality materials!

If you think your search is complex, just use the Advanced option to use multiple terms and construct a more robust approach to exploring SRMO’s collections.

SAGE Research Methods Online can be found through Library Search, and Databases A-Z.

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1 December 2016

Writing in books: Marginalia in the Rare Books Collection

When you are reading for study or pleasure, do you underline words, highlight parts of the text or draw asterisks next to important lines? Do you write notes to yourself in the margin to clarify what you’ve just read or to remind yourself of an idea that the passage has brought up? If you are using an ebook or reading an article online, do you use the annotate tool to highlight passages or to create notes? Perhaps you annotate as a way of replying to the author or to question, approve, or refute his or her viewpoint.  If you do any of these things, you may not have realised it, but you have been engaging in the scholarly process of creating marginalia.  By Lauren Buchanan



Recently, a conference on marginalia - Marginal Notes: Social Reading and the Literal Margins - was held at the State Library of Victoria in conjunction with Monash University and University of Otago’s Centres for the Book. It included a masterclass where participants could bring and discuss examples encountered in their work or study, learn about different kinds of annotation, and consider the underlying meaning and significance of the practice. Attending the conference led me to consider the examples of marginal notes I have seen in the Rare Books Collection at Monash and pick out just a few favourites to share. These items are available for you to view in the Special Collections Reading Room at Sir Louis Matheson Library, Clayton. (Note: The library is currently closed, reopening on 30 January 2017.)

Marginalia is generally produced as part of the reading and studying process (Jackson, 2001) and can also serve a communicative function (Fajkovic & Björneborn, 2014). Annotations to the text can act as an imaginary conversation between the reader and the author, as well as initiating an ongoing conversation between subsequent readers of the marginalia. Once they have been written, “marginalia become physical artefacts, whose function is a constant and inseparable part of both the text and the physical book” (Fajkovic & Björneborn, 2014, p. 914).

In the realm of marginalia, there are many different kinds of markings. From an innocuous pencil underline of a keyword to the vertical line next to a paragraph indicating its importance; from an exclamatory “No!” scrawled by an outraged reader to an earnestly written argument debunking the author’s viewpoint in the margin of the page. Stars, asterisks, curly brackets, scribbles, doodles, sketches, even the elegant outline of a hand with a finger or fingers pointing to specific parts of the text, known as a manicule, are all marks of marginalia.

Decoding handwritten annotations

The first image is an example from one of our manuscripts, probably written in France during the eighteenth century. A professional scribe was employed to transcribe Jean de la Fontaine’s Transformation metallique, trois anciens tractez en rithme francoise (Paris: Guillaume Gillard, 1561) and an extract of Le roman de la rose by Jean de Meung (c.1240). The manuscript’s owner has interacted with the text by underlining important passages, inserting a curly bracket to emphasise another passage, writing extensive notes in the margins, and also excising large passages by crossing them out. The reader has also drawn a manicule in the left-hand margin, a name that comes from the Latin maniculum, meaning "little hand”. Manicules originated in the scribal tradition of the medieval and Renaissance period and functioned as punctuation marks to signal corrections or notes. They were later used as a printer’s typographical symbol to mark notes and also act as a means of signifying noteworthy passages and in advertising displays (Houston, 177).

The next item that caught my eye is an edition of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Du contrat social, ou, Principes du droit politique (Strasbourg: De l'Impr. de la Société typographique, 1791). Our edition has an ownership inscription on the front cover that reads, “A. Lewis Parkes” and contains a number of handwritten annotations. Unlike the previous example, in which marginalia accompanies the text throughout, the Rousseau edition has only been annotated on the front and preliminary papers and the endpapers. This particular example also highlights one of the problems inherent in decoding handwritten annotations. Sometimes, the handwriting is extremely difficult to read and its meaning and significance remains opaque. Interpreting marginalia can often prove a tantalising but frustrating and difficult task!

 The last two examples of marginalia are both connected to the author Jonathon Swift. This image is from a pamphlet with a rather interesting lineage. Swift’s pamphlet, The Presbyterians Plea of Merit (1733), attacked the Whig government for their intention to remove the Test Act for dissenters. We hold the anonymously printed reply to Swift’s pamphlet, entitled, A Vindication of the Protestant dissenters (Dublin, Powell: 1733), which contains handwritten notes penned by Jonathon Swift himself as he read the attack upon his work. Unfortunately, some notes were cropped in the binding process but we can immediately see some of his reactions in the margins, including his rebuttals of certain points. These comments were later reworked as part of Swift’s ironic reply, Reasons for repealing the Sacramental Test & c. in favour of the Catholics (1732).

The final example shows an anonymous commentator’s interaction with another of Swift’s pamphlets, The management of the four last years vindicated….(London: J Morphew, 1714). It was written by Swift as a reply to Charles Povey's An inquiry into the miscarriages of the four last years reign (London: Robinson, c.1714). As you can see, the commentator has drawn a manicule, signalling the importance of the passage. There are also underlinings, vertical lines to emphasise a paragraph, comments written next to the printed text, as well as copious notes at the foot of each page. Like previous examples, the handwriting here is difficult to decipher, rendering the task of interpretation problematic. However, for a student or researcher interested in either Swift or the historical period, grappling with difficult marginalia may provide a rich reward.

Studying marginalia can provide a deeper insight into an author and his or her readers as well give a greater appreciation of the wider context in which they wrote. Marginal notes and annotations help make an item unique and offer a glimpse into the lived experience of the book itself. They raise questions of provenance, use, and appreciation. In the digital landscape, we may question whether the process of creating marginalia will continue and what this means for the study of marginalia. We would love to see you in the Special Collections Reading Room deciphering these works or puzzling over other books with accompanying marginalia.



References

Fajkovic, M., & Björneborn, L. (2014). Marginalia as message: Affordances for reader-to-reader communication. Journal of Documentation, 70(5), 902–926. doi:10.1108/jd-07-2013-0096 

Houston, K. (2013). Shady characters: the secret life of punctuation, symbols, & other typographical marks. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.


Jackson, Heather J. (2001).  Marginalia: readers writing in books. New Haven: Yale University Press.






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24 November 2016

Matheson Library to close from 28 November

The refurbishment of the Sir Louis Matheson Library at the Clayton campus is on the homestretch. The library will need to close over summer to commence the remaining works and speed up other construction activities. 

Matheson Library will be closed from Monday 28 November and will reopen on 20 February 2017.

Items currently on hold in Matheson will remain in the library for collection until the close of business on Friday 25 November. On Monday all holds items will be transferred to Law Library as the new pick-up location.

During this period of closure, Monash staff and students can:
  • use Search to request items held at Matheson Library for pick-up at the Law Library. That will be arranged as soon as possible; you will receive an email when they are ready for collection. 
  • return items due at any other library except Caulfield; after-hours returns available at Law 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, 'Matheson' will not be available as a pick-up location for inter-campus loans.

We apologise for this disruption and ask for your patience over the summer as the Matheson Library's refurbishment comes close to completion in semester 1 2017.


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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3 November 2016

The Lyell Collection – a wealth of valuable Earth Science resources

Jennifer Kain, Subject Librarian, lets  us know about a specialist geology resource, that includes information from the early nineteenth century.

Named after Charles Lyell, the eminent nineteenth-century geologist, the Lyell Collection is a highly regarded and comprehensive online collection from the Geological Society (London).  It includes journal titles, Special Publications & Memoirs, along with key Book series and material published on behalf of other related societies.

Cutting edge science sits alongside important historical material, all captured and presented via the HighWire Press platform, and available to us as HTML or high quality PDF.

Content, from 1811 onwards, covers a wide range of topics in the Earth Sciences, including; Geology, Hydrogeology, Geochemistry, Palaeontology, Geo-engineering, Petroleum, Mining, Environment, Climate, Volcanology, Planetary sciences and many other related areas of interest to Monash reserchers.  You might be surprised to find what gems could be discovered!  Try a search on your own topic.

For each item found you may also discover fully linked references embedded, enabling users to navigate from the original journal article to other cited references.  These may also be available in full-text if these cited references are part of our wider HighWire Press collections, or be available as part of another Monash subscription.

Lyell Collection is an excellent resource for the Earth Sciences in particular, but includes some valuable material for the wider Science/Engineering areas as well.  Enjoy exploring the Lyell Collection from the Monash University Library.

Contact the Subject Librarian with any enquiries.  jennifer.kain@monash.edu

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5 October 2016

A welcome resource: New LGBTQ database


The Archives of sexuality and gender : LGBTQ history and culture since 1940 gives access to a range of resources surrounding the social, political and health issues relating to the LGBTQ movement since the 1940, by Rod Rizzi


The Library has acquired a subscription to a new database that contains a wealth of information and resources across the social science, humanities and health subject areas.

The Archives of sexuality and gender: Part 1, LGBTQ history and culture since 1940 database provides access to articles on a broad range of political, social and health issues that have previously not been available as part of the mainstream media. It allows us to look back at stories as they broke from a perspective that has not always been available via our traditional and indeed existing databases.

Using the unique ‘Term Clusters’ visual wheel to look at related subject areas can uncover relevant information that a simple search may have overlooked.

The database content is drawn from more than 35 countries sourcing relevant material in the form of reports, policy statements, articles and the like. The coverage of the AIDS crisis is a particular feature, but equally the inclusion of material in relation to feminism and women’s rights are notable features.

Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity can be found by going to Library Search and the Databases A-Z page.


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4 October 2016

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

Students and staff are reminded to bring their ID cards when visiting the library at Caulfield campus from next Monday.


Caulfield Library will be open to only Monash staff and students between 10 October and 11 November 2016, to help ensure they have the best chance to find a study space.

Students from all campuses who plan to use Caulfield Library over this period must carry their Monash ID. This will minimise inconvenience and ensure you are not delayed at the library entrance.

Seating in the library is much more limited this year because of the refurbishment. When completed in April 2017 the library will have double the number of seats it had in the past.

The temporary exclusion of non-Monash visitors was introduced a few years ago to alleviate the shortage of study space experienced at Caulfield during the exam study period, when use is at its peak.

During the exclusion 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 Library members 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.

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29 September 2016

Making the ordinary extraordinary


By Daniel Wee

Old and special books are an important element of any rare books collection, and people are often surprised by some of the items we acquire for Monash University Library. Our recent acquisition of over 400 school readers from the Whitcombe and Tombs series certainly fits into this category. Individually the readers are well used, somewhat unimpressive in appearance, and incongruous amongst the typical rare decorative cloth, fine gilt bindings and delicate engravings. However, when these singularities are merged to form a collection, the seemingly subdued suddenly takes on a new lustre.




Taking advantage of the Antipodeans’ late 19th-century interest in children's literature, New Zealand bookseller, George Hawkes Whitcombe, and printer, George Tombs, created “low-priced, paper-wrapped children’s supplementary readers” en masse (McLaren, 1984). The series became known in Australasia as ‘Whitcombe’s Story Books’. The printing of 12 million copies of original Australasian and classic literature from 1908 to 1962 is a testament to the proliferation of leisure reading amongst the masses over this time and the unyielding demand for cheap books.

These little readers demonstrated a delineation from prescribed canonised texts and inflexible school syllabuses to the 'democratisation' of education and availability of books to the masses. By creating cheap and accessible alternatives and supplements to school curriculums, Whitcombe and Tombs contributed to the cultural phenomenon of child readership. Jeff Prentice, muses in 'A History of the Book in Australia' that the 1930s and 1940s saw a movement that “reflected the needs of real child readers, and an increased willingness to address a child reader directly” (Prentice, 2001).

Unlike the rigidity of the 'School Papers' (a compulsory Education Department (Victoria) publication built into the curriculum), ‘Whitcombe’s Story Books’ amalgamated supplementary leisure reading with prescriptive texts. Whitcombe and Tombs’ encroachment into the school curriculum was met with a failed Victorian Royal Commission in 1935-36 after it was suggested that the bookseller was 'hijacking' the syllabus (Prentice, 2001).

The new acquisition of ‘Whitcombe’s Story Books’ are housed in the Lindsay Shaw Collection in the Rare Books Collection of the Library. This collection of over 12,000 items from the 19th and 20th century form one of Australia’s premier children’s literature collections.

Lindsay Shaw was the Secretary of the Monash Faculty of Education when he began to donate books to the Library in 1979. Lindsay was a major collector of Australian children's books and began his gift to Monash by donating sets of Ethel Turner and Mary Grant Bruce. As part of the development of this impressive collection, the Rare Books team posthumously supplement his collection by purchasing rare and important English, American and Australian children’s books.

The collection is available for viewing and research purposes Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.  Items can be found through Search and our knowledgeable librarians can work with you to discover some of the treasures that are housed in your Rare Books collection.



References

McLaren, I., and Whitcombe Tombs Limited 1984, Whitcombe's Story Books : A Trans-Tasman Survey. U of Melbourne Library, Parkville.

Prentice, J 2001, ‘Case-study: Textbook publishing’, in J Arnold, A history of the Book in Australia 1891-1945 : A National Culture in a Colonised Market. U of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld , pp. 294-297.


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12 September 2016

Update: Matheson Library and Forum works

There's so much to look forward to next semester when the library refurbishment is completed and all corners of the Sir Louis Matheson Library are opened. On top of that, the Forum, that area between the library and the Menzies Building, will look beautifully landscaped and will have a decked area, lawn, boardwalks...


This week landscaping works will commence on the Forum. It will complement the new library entrance, and create a contemporary, central and ceremonial space.

We know you love to be in the library, your 'study bubble', but we're pretty sure you'll appreciate the new open courtyard and decked space for informal study and relaxation.

The whole area will have larger walkways, integrated boardwalks and better lighting. Fresh lawn and new native plants will reinvigorate the landscape and establish it as a welcoming outdoor community space.

A new cascading water feature will form the centrepiece of the landscape. This will act as a natural stormwater treatment and harvesting system to filter water into major underground storage tanks for sustainable landscape irrigation.

To allow landscaping works to progress, sections of the Forum will be hoarded off. This may affect access to the Matheson Library from the Campus Centre via Chancellors Walk. Wayfinding and directional signage will be in place throughout each project stage to help guide pedestrians.

Given the central location of the Forum, we are keenly aware of the impacts these landscaping works will have on neighbouring building occupants and the broader campus community. We will endeavour to keep impacts to a minimum, continue to closely monitor noise levels, and will keep you informed of anticipated changes and disruptions.

For more information contact bpd-feedback@monash.edu.

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9 September 2016

A new cafe coming to Hargrave-Andrew Library

By orientation week in semester 1 2017, the Hargrave-Andrew Library on the Clayton campus will have a much-anticipated new retail space on the ground floor, similar to the exciting new Northern Plaza dining options at the Campus Centre.


Architect's drawing

Get excited! Here's what you can look forward to: a destination meeting space and a relaxed sanctuary offering, with music performances in the Kenneth Hunt Garden at selected times. It will be a unique environment that has the opportunity to house unique and quality operators with the concept for it to become the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ on campus. The space will encourage student engagement with seating arrangements to foster group discussions. It will also be a space to cater to off-campus visitors seeking a quality eating experience.

Construction has begun and the after-hours return chute is closed due to the hoardings, with a sign redirecting users to the Law Library.


Extended hours of food retailers on campus

Currently Hargrave-Andrew Library and Caulfield Library are open until midnight during semester. If you're studying late, you'd be pleased to know you can get quality food on these campuses -- check out the retailers' extended hours.

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1 September 2016

Migration to new worlds

Migration to New Worlds is a digital primary source collection that explores the journeys of 19th and early 20th century immigrants from around the world to the United States, Canada and Australasia. ... by Melanie Thorn



'Canada Docks', 1860, watercolour. 
Most of the material is from the period 1800 to 1924, the ‘Century of immigration’, and comes from institutions in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, with a small number of items from Museum Victoria and the Maritime Museum of Tasmania included. The material incorporates Colonial Office files, manuscripts, watercolours, rare printed books, ship logs and plans, legal papers, maps and scrapbooks, and objects related to migration. There is also a significant collection of first hand accounts in the form of letters, diaries and oral histories. The database includes an interactive Migration Map which allows you to analyse and visualise migration trends using data from around the world, and also provides some secondary research aids such as the biographies of major immigrant agents and Tasmanian migrant stories. Content can be discovered by browsing thematic areas such as ‘Motives for Emigration’, ‘Departures: Port Conditions and Organisation’ and ‘Journey Conditions’, or browsing or searching the Documents, Galleries, and Oral History sections. Migration to New Worlds is available through Library Search and the Databases A-Z. For other primary source databases, the Primary Sources for Humanities Library Guide is a great place to start!



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2 August 2016

Matheson Library closed until further notice


Currently all of the toilets in the Sir Louis Matheson Library are out of action. As a result the Library is closed until further notice.

Plumbers are working to resolve the problem and we will re-open the Library as soon as possible. In the meantime, both the Hargrave-Andrew and Law libraries remain open.

All bookings for the discussion rooms at Matheson Library for Wednesday 3 August will have to be cancelled.

Please check back here for updates on the situation, including how to collect requested items.




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4 July 2016

UpToDate - the key to evidence for doctors

Subject Librarians Penny Presta  and Anne Young let us in on an invaluable source used by doctors. Medical and other students can now access this database and practice using it for when they are a professional.



Have you ever wondered what it is your doctor is looking at on their mobile device? You’ll be pleased to know that it’s probably not their share price or their next trip on Expedia.com! Doctors rely heavily on evidence to make the best decisions for your care.

Using decision support tools such as UpToDate means that doctors can find the evidence they need quickly, rather than spending hours reading articles in library databases.

UpToDate makes it easy for health professionals to find symptoms, tests, diagnoses and treatment options for medical conditions. If they need more information they can link through to further information in references provided in each entry.

UpToDate is an indispensable tool, in fact it is like Google for doctors, but with all content written and reviewed by a team of physicians and clinical experts in each specialty. Enthusiastic feedback from one of our Medical students indicates that it is “an absolute lifesaver ….”.

Find out more in UpToDate tutorials

Access: All students can access UpToDate anywhere, anytime with their Monash username and password from the library databases page. However staff are restricted to accessing UptoDate from some Monash campuses only.

Please contact a member of the Library's Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences team  if you would like any further details



Image by Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
 



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20 June 2016

Rare Books Week a must for book-lovers


Book lovers, local historians and collectors will be interested in the Melbourne Rare Books Week, to be held between July 14 and 24, 2016.

The mid-year program is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and literary heritage.

Monash is associated with a number of items on the program, with staff presenting topics including The Tyranny of Distance, 50 years on (Emeritus Prof Graeme Davison), Banned books exposed (Dr Patrick Spedding), Illustrated books (Stephen Herrin) and Keeping the originals (Professor Wallace Kirsop with a panel). Other speakers during the week include Emeritus Prof. Chris Browne, Adj Assoc Prof John Arnold, and former Rare Books Librarian Richard Overell.

Two of the free events are to be held at the Monash Law Chambers in Collins Street, while others are to be held at the State Library of Victoria, the Library at the Dock, the Supreme Court Library and other city venues.

All events are free, but bookings are needed in most cases. The full program and links for individual rsvps can be found on the web page.

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15 June 2016

Changes to the Matheson Library

Works on the Sir Louis Matheson Library have passed the halfway mark, and we’re well on track for completion by the end of the year. In order to undertake the final stage of this transformation process, a number of temporary changes are required to library operations and access. 



Temporary closure during the mid-year break

The Matheson Library will close to all staff, students and visitors on Saturday 25 June and will reopen on Monday 18 July ready for the start of Orientation Week. Check the blog for a list of alternative study and work areas and arrangements for pick-up and return of items for this period.

During these three weeks, we’ll complete the heavy demolition works to pave the way for the new and visually striking library entrance. This will involve the demolition and replacement of some external wall portions with transparent facades to improve the visual connection into and out of the library.

While these works are being carried out, we will closely monitor and manage noise and dust levels to ensure minimal disturbance to neighbouring building occupants.

Relocation of library entrance

From 18 July, the library entrance will be temporarily closed and a new entry will be created on the eastern side in the Performing Arts courtyard. This entrance will remain in place until the beginning of Semester 1 2017. During this time, we’ll construct the spectacular new library entrance as well as complete landscaping works in the Forum.

Initial hoarding has been installed, and will be extended out progressively in line with works staging. With this hoarding in place, there will be no access to the after-hours book return chute. Borrowers can return books after hours using the return chutes at the Hargrave-Andrew and Law libraries during this time.





Landscaping works on the Forum

In September, we’ll commence landscaping works on the Forum, the lawn area between the Matheson Library, Chancellors Walk and Exhibition Walk. These works will rejuvenate the area, complement the new Matheson Library entrance, and create a contemporary, central and ceremonial space.

A new forecourt will be established to the Matheson Library adjacent to the Menzies Building, providing areas to meet, gather and study within a reinvigorated landscape. We’ll also improve pedestrian access with larger walkways and new lighting.

Hoarding around the Matheson Library will change as various stages of the Forum landscaping are completed. Directional signage will be in place to guide pedestrian access until the completion of works in February 2017.

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