Library News and Events

Brekkie stall raises over $1000 for headspace

a collage featuring library staff at the brekkie stall

Our annual fundraiser event set up on Tuesday 19th of September; a brekkie stall with this year’s proceeds going towards headspace. Delicious pancakes and goodies brought plenty of smiles to hungry students and staff, all for a good cause.

Why donate to headspace?

Young people have a higher prevalence of mental health issues than any other age group and research shows that 75 per cent of these issues emerge before the age of 25. That’s why it’s important to have services like headspace that provide treatment and support early on.

headspace offers services to 12-25 year olds through the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. They actively promote young peoples’ wellbeing through mental and physical health, work and study support, and alcohol and drug services with centres and online/phone counselling.

The power of pancakes

The brekkie stall raised over $1000 to donate to headspace by selling light and fluffy pancakes with all the toppings – fresh fruit, maple syrup, lemon juice, sugar and butter – alongside yoghurt and seasonal berries and homemade muffins. Who knew we had such expert pancake-flippers in the library!

Thank you to our Library staff who kindly donated ingredients for the breakfast, and to Dairy Farmers who donated yoghurt and milk, as well as Gypsy Jones catering for their donation of baked goods.

And congratulations to Rachael who won our raffle, taking home a beautiful hamper of gourmet jams, desserts and treats.

If you or someone you know needs help, please contact:
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
eheadspace online chat
headspace centre

Congratulations, Margie!

director UOW library Margie Jantti

UOW Library would like to congratulate our Director, Library Services, Margie Jantti, on her re-election for a second term as President of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) from 2017-2019.

Established in 1965, CAUL is the peak leadership organisation for university libraries in Australia. CAUL advocates the role of university libraries as essential knowledge and information infrastructures that enable student achievement and research excellence.

As the Director, Library Services at the University of Wollongong, Australia, Margie provides leadership and direction for library services spanning six onshore campus locations and guidance for offshore library partnerships in the UAE and Asia.

Margie’s key interests include leadership development and she has contributed to the development of the profession through mentoring and teaching in programs such as the CAUL Leadership Institute, the CAUDIT Leadership Institute and Aurora.

She has an international profile in the areas of performance measurement and organisational development, noted through her publications and her keynote speaker invitations in the USA, UK and Europe. She is also a member of the editorial board for the journal, Performance Measurement and Metrics.

Before being elected as CAUL President in 2015, Margie held various roles including: member of the Executive Committee since 2012, Deputy President since 2014, chair of CAUL’s Quality & Assessment Advisory Committee from 2011-2014, and chair of the CAUL Leadership Institute program committee in 2014.

In the last two years, Margie’s achievements as President have been significant. Her vision and leadership as President are inspiring. She has striven to transform CAUL into a contemporary organisation designed to meet the collective needs of its members into the future.

As President, Margie has demonstrated strong advocacy for CAUL, and in her regular attendance as the senior representative of CAUL, with national bodies such as the National Library of Australia, ARC, NHMRC and Universities Australia, she ensures that CAUL is the go-to organisation for strategic, professional advice.

"I am honoured to be serving a second term has President of CAUL. Much has been done over the past two years to progress the strategic refresh of CAUL, and I am excited to drive initiatives for the advocacy of university libraries and to assure that CAUL’s leadership is indeed influential."

We wish Margie every success in her second term as CAUL President.

UOW just got a little greener

Student at a self checkout machine borrowing books

Say goodbye to printed receipts! Your borrowing details will now be sent directly to your email.

Environmentally-friendly practices are important to us, so we've introduced a green initiative to reduce library paper waste. Several of our UOW campuses have recently scrapped paper receipts, including Wollongong, Shoalhaven, South Western Sydney and Bega.

"It's great that the Library is thinking about the environment that way. It's a small change but it's actually going to make a difference... It's definitely a good thing!" Second year UOW Student.

This simple measure takes a big step in reducing our carbon footprint and wasting less paper. In fact, we'll be saving an average of around 110,000 paper loan receipts every year (that's over 300 every day)!*

And you don't need to worry about misplacing your borrowing receipt. All the loan information and due dates you need are right there in your UOW inbox 24/7.

*Includes regional library campuses

24/7 building access trial commencing 5 June, 2017

Access 24/7 logoYou asked for it – NOW we’re trialling it! 24/7 building access will be available to main campus students in both the UOW Library South Wing AND IMTS Student Computer Labs (Building 17) from 5 June to Thursday 22 June, 2017.

In September 2016, the Library completed its latest Client Satisfaction Survey. Persistent themes from over 3,500 responses included: computer availability, more study spaces, availability of information resources and longer opening hours. In response, we will be trialling a study hall type service from 10pm to 8am during the week, and 10pm to 10am over the weekend throughout the pilot, in an effort to access real demand for expanded service hours.

Although library staff will not be available on site at this time, security staff will be present and students will able to access online learning and research guides, and find answers to queries that can be resolved through an established knowledge base repository.

Students will be able to utilise computers, BYO device stations and printing services, as well as access basic Kitchen Go facilities, including hot and cold water, and a microwave. There will be no access during the expanded service time to facilities located in building 16, including library physical collections.

Visit to let us know what you think, or share on social media. #UOW24x7

Wrap with Love 2017 to launch in New Library MakerSpace

Six female volunteers sitting on the floor with colourful blankets made from knitted squares

UOW Library are excited to launch our 2017 Wrap with Love campaign in the brand new SAF funded MakerSpace, located on the ground floor of the main campus Library.

We are extending an invitation to the broader university community to join us between 12 noon and 2pm on Thursday 18 May for an official launch, and each Thursday following for a regular knit-in through to Thursday 10 August where participants can enjoy the company of others and receive assistance. We can also provide assistance for other groups across campus and our regional sites who may also wish to contribute.

Wrap with Love Inc. is a non-political, not-for-profit organisation that distributes knitted woollen wraps (blankets) around the world to people in need. In 2015 the organisation distributed a total of 31,996 Wraps through a variety of Aid Agencies. This brought the total of Wraps - donated since its inception in 1992 - to a staggering 414,065 Wraps, which have been sent to over 60 countries.

The Library Wellbeing Committee will arrange to have individual squares stitched up and ready for collection by volunteers towards the end of August after hosting a celebration display in the Library Main Foyer from Thursday 17 August – Saturday 19 August.

Downloadable knitting pattern [pdf, 218k]


The UOW Learning Co-op is seeking engaged students to work in collaboration with staff in the role of Project Officer on the development of a new digital learning website.

Students will participate in the design and development of the website as advocates for their peers, and will lead user-testing and evaluation of the site at various stages of development.

The role is an opportunity for students to contribute to the learning development and the learning experience of their peers, and to shape a significant emerging service at the University.

Student partners will be casually employed for three hours a week for a total of 30 weeks and will be paid for their time.

Key Responsibilities

  • Advocating for the wider student body in all facets of the project
  • Providing feedback and approval, when required, in a timely manner
  • Leading evaluation and user testing of website by students
  • Attendance at monthly Key Stakeholder meetings

To apply, submit a copy of your resume with an expression of interest addressing the question below (max. 500 words):

  • What is important to you in a digital learning space?

Then email your application to by 11.59pm Sunday 21 May

Introducing our new online chat service... Library Live Chat v2

Ask Library staff questions in real time using Live Chat.

We can help you access resources and information, regardless of your location.  Just click on the red Live Chat tab at the top right hand side of UOW Library web pages.

Available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Mining the Landscape _Library News

NEW exhibition about the local coal industry set to open 6 February 2017

One of the earliest Illawarra industries, coal mining, greatly impacted the establishment and settlement of communities along the Illawarra coastline, shaping the urban development of the area.

Appreciated early on for its picturesque qualities, the Illawarra landscape was also geologically resource-rich, with coal discovered at Coalcliff in 1797 by Dr George Bass. By 1849 the first mine had opened at Mount Keira and the shipping of coal through the Wollongong harbour commenced. The region quickly transformed from the “Garden of New South Wales” into an industrial centre, spurred on by the need for coal to power steam engines and prospered due to the richness of its coal seams.

More than 150 years later, the Illawarra continues to supply coal to domestic and overseas markets, although the pit top entrances, coke oven batteries, tramways and jetties which once dotted the landscape have now all but disappeared, washed away by raging seas or demolished and covered by dense escarpment forests.

This exhibition explores our local mining history with a display of images and objects predominantly from the UOW Archives and Illawarra Historical Society.

Mining the Landscape: Coal in the Illawarra
February 6 – May 14
UOW Library Panizzi Room

2016 Client Satisfaction Survey findings...Library Survey Promo Image

Overall, we continued to outperform 75% of other university libraries. Moreover, seven of the Library's best performance areas were also your top ten most important areas. While it’s important to understand our strengths, it’s equally important we don’t miss improvement opportunities.

Two strong themes emerged. You aren’t happy with computer availability, and you want more space to study, particularly for group work.

What will we do?

Firstly, we must dive deep into the feedback, and there is much to read. We received 3,618 responses, a fantastic outcome. In addition, 2,080 people provided written responses to the open-ended question “Please give us your suggestions for improvement or any other comments about the Library”. In total, you wrote 61, 714 words of comments. That’s more than half a novel!

The issues raised were expected, though their volume surprised us. We understand the frustration many students face trying to secure a peaceful place to study, whether alone or in a group. Our challenge is to devise strategies to alleviate that frustration. Achievable strategies.

It will take a few months to formulate a plan, though already, we’re carefully considering how to minimize the MakerSpace area’s impact, scheduled for roll out next year.

Click here if you are a detail person and want more information.

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Last reviewed: 22 September, 2017

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