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December 2011

Library closed between 24 December – 2 January

The Library will be closed from 24 December – 2 January, along with all units on campus. See the Opening Hours page for 2012 opening hours in the Main Library and other sites.

New ebooks, journals and journal archives

Ebook collections

Over 1,800 ebooks will be added to our ebook collection during 2012 following the purchase of 4 new large collections in the areas of Business, Management and Economics; Social Sciences such as education, healthcare management, politics, sociology and public policy; humanities such as history, literature, media, theatre and performance; sciences and technology.

All of our ebooks can be found using Summon

Journal backfiles

MEDICINE: The Lancet

The Lancet is one of the world's best known, oldest, and most respected general medical journals. You can now access issues from Vol 1 (1823) through to the present, including articles that have influenced the practice and science of medicine, including seminal papers from Joseph Lister, Elliott Joslin, Harvey Cushing, Howard Florey, William McBride, Christian Barnard and Jonas Salk.

Search for The Lancet in the A-Z Journal List.

SCIENCE: Nature (now 1950 - current)

We have been able to further extend archival access to the journal, Nature, with the purchase of the 1950-1985 archive. Access all Nature issues through the Nature Journal Archive.

SCIENCE: ScienceDirect Backfile Journals

Access archival issues of 98 Earth & Planetary Sciences journals and 73 Neuroscience journals. Earth & Planetary Science titles include Atmospheric Environment, Continental Shelf Research, Earth & Planetary Science Letters, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf science, Geomorphology, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Quaternary Science Reviews, Sedimentary Geology, Tectonophysics and Water Research. Neuroscience titles include Behavioural Brain Research, Biological Psychology, Brain Research, Cell Differentiation and Development, International Journal of Psychophysiology, Neuroscience, Psychiatry Research and Schizophrenia Research.

Access to these journals is through ScienceDirect database.

HEALTH: Informa Healthcare Archive

Access archival issues of 149 journal titles including Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Endocrine Research, International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, Journal of Mental Health, and Medical Teacher. Access these journals through Summon or Informa Healthcare.

HEALTH: Extended archival access to Ovid Journals

Access more than 4 million pages of archival material from nearly 250 journals in medicine, healthcare, and nursing. Journals include American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology, Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews, Investigative Radiology, Journal of Human Virology, Journal of Hypertension, Journal of Psychiatric Practice, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Soil Science.

Access through Summon.

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY: Cambridge University Press Journals Archive

Access archival issues of 183 Cambridge University Press Journals. Journal titles included are Behavioral and Brain Science, British Journal of Nutrition, Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society, Cambridge Law Journal, China Quarterly, Epidemiology and Infection, Geological Magazine, Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Psychological Medicine.

Access to these journals is through the Cambridge Journals Online database.

November 2011

Relax with a good book

Once you have finished with serious study for Spring Session, pick up a Leisure Reading book, DVD or CD. The Library holds over 400 popular titles at Wollongong (Ground Floor) and Shoalhaven, with many of the latest titles to choose from, kindly donated by the UniShop.

If you’re planning your next holiday, the See the World collection contains guides books, including Lonely Planet guides for countries and regions all over the world.

To borrow over summer, you will need to be enrolled in subjects for Summer or Autumn Session 2012.

October 2011

60th Anniversary Exhibition open

The 60th Anniversary Exhibition is now open at the Library's Panizzi Room, and everyone is invited to come along and take a step back in time to days gone by at UOW.

View images and footage of the colourful campus community of the 1970s, watch archive WIN News coverage of controversies at UOW and discover the changing face of student publications over the years. The 60th Anniversary collection also includes memories contributed by the UOW community throughout the 60th Anniversary year.

The Exhibition will be open every day until Friday 18 November and every Wednesday during this time there will be living history sessions and first come first served free Panizzi coffee from 9.30 am. Come along and join in these discussions about UOW's past present and future:

Wednesday October 26: Bill Parnell - student activist from the 1970s - talks about student protest and the battle for autonomy.
Wednesday November 2: Lynn Woodley - UOW staff member - reflects on what it's been like to work at UOW over the years.
Wednesday November 9: Where in the world is Wollongong? Shady Cosgrove, Creative Arts Lecturer and Author, talks about her journey to UOW.
Wednesday November 16: UOW's Future. Emily Christofides, UOW's National Marketing Manager, reflects on what UOW might look like in the future.

Come along and reflect on 60 years of success.

Are there any computers free?

Find a computer screenshot

The new online ‘Find a Computer’ service can tell you how many computers are free in the Library and where they are, and is based on computer log ins. The page is available from both the Library homepage (in Related links), the Library’s mobile site and periodically on the Library screens near the entrance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t risk having your results withheld

All Library fines must be paid by Thursday 24 November to avoid having your results withheld.

To check whether you have outstanding fines, log into your Library record.

Exam support: past papers, exam help and more ...

Take the stress out of preparing for your exams by using the Library’s wide range of exam resources.

Past exam papers

Find out how to access released exam papers from the past three years. All past exam papers we hold are now online and are accessible through the catalogue.

Exam guides and study resources

There are some great exam study guides that you can find in Summon, both in ebook and physical books. The Student's Guide to Exam Success is an excellent ebook available online. For more specific resources, search Summon books using your subject area and the keywords exam study guide.

Expert research help

For help with finding information for last minute assignments or take home exams, visit Research Help in the Main Library foyer. Our friendly staff are available to help with all your study questions. Alternatively you can Ask a Librarian for help with your research questions for a response within 24 hours or just give us a call on 02 4221 3548. Visit the Ask Us page for more details.

Excellent work spaces

The Library is a haven for quiet study, with access to computers, individual study spaces, powered desks and group study rooms. Don’t forget that Level 1 and the Law Library are designated quiet zones and are the best place to stay on track with your study. For more details on Library learning spaces visit the Using Library learning spaces page.

Extended opening hours for exams

To support study for exams, the Library will be open longer on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during Week 12, Week 13, study recess and Exam Week 1 (21 October – 13 November 2011).

Fridays: 8.00am - 10.00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 10.00am - 6.00pm
View full opening hours

September 2011

Public lecture: “The Legacy of King James and his Bible” by Dr John Harris

Reverend Dr John Harris

Dr John Harris, curator of Bible Society Australia’s historic Bible collection will be visiting the University of Wollongong to give a lecture on the legacy of King James and his Bible to accompany “The Book that Changed the World” exhibition of historic bibles in the Library (open until 28 September).

The King James Version of the bible is widely known for its beauty, dignity and charm. Dr John Harris will share his knowledge of the bible’s huge influence on the English Church, the English language and the culture of the English-speaking world.

When: Tuesday September 20, 7pm
Where: Building 20, Lecture room 2
All welcome. The Library and exhibition is open until 10pm for those who wish to view the exhibition following the lecture.

UOW Library now mobile

Library mobile site interface screenshot

Easy mobile access to Opening hours, My Info, Summon, Readings, Databases, Book a room and Ask a Librarian is now available using your mobile phone.

The Library has a new webpage designed specifically for mobile users. Navigate to http://uow.libguides.com/mobile/1014 and save the bookmark for later.

Please provide feedback to inform future updates.
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Library Feedback Month

Do you have a compliment, complaint or comment about staff, services or resources? It’s Library Feedback Month and we want to hear from you!

The Library uses feedback to inform the continuous improvement of all of our services, resources, facilities as well as staff development. Comments received from our clients feed into annual plans to create new services, change the way we deliver services and inform new purchases. Without your input, we can’t deliver the kind of Library you want!

Please take the time to tell us what you think using our Ask a Librarian page, click the Give Feedback button on the Library’s homepage. We will respond to you within 2 business days. You can also read other client’s feedback and our response.

August 2011

King James Bible exhibition

King James Bible exhibition in the Panizzi Room

An original 1611 edition of the King James Bible, along with Shakespeare’s Personal Bible and 22 others, will be on display in the Panizzi Room, Library, 1-28 September.

The exhibition will travel around Australia to celebrate 400 years of the King James Bible, ‘The Book That Changed the World’. If you have ever “fallen flat on your face, “escaped by the skin of your teeth”, had the “scales fall from your eyes” or “seen the writing on the wall”, you have encountered the King James Bible. Many common phrases we use today have come straight from the KJV. First published in England in 1611 the KJV put the Bible into the hands of the common people; the original Preface to the KJV shows that the translators wanted this Bible to be understood “even of the very vulgar”. This “vulgar” (or “common”) translation is now, ironically, often referred to as the pinnacle of English literature and is frequently studied as an academic text quite separate to its sacred origins.

The exhibition is open during Library opening hours

Dr. Greg Clarke, CEO of Bible Society Australia, said, “The King James Bible may not be universally admired (it was a cause of division in its time, and still separates some religious communities today), but its impact on Western culture and language can hardly be overstated.”

For more information, contact Ainsley Lynch, Promotions & Partnerships Coordinator on 02 4221 4330.

Win your textbooks for 2012

If you had one piece of advice for new students about researching assignments, studying or using the Library, what would it be? Send us a short clip of yourself and your one piece of advice, and we’ll pick the best range of answers to mash up into a video to help the students of 2012. Read more ...

June 2011

Imagine you have access to 6,000,000+ books

Well now you do! The Library has joined BONUS+, a resource-sharing initiative that allows every UOW student and staff member to borrow selected books from any of the 11 partner libraries, including University of Melbourne and University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Books are usually delivered in 2-7 days.

BONUS+ requests are easy! Find out how.

BONUS+ logo

Increased borrowing conditions

Your borrowing conditions—the number of items you can borrow and for how long—have been extended. All students and staff can now borrow at least 30 items at the one time, for 28 days. Visit the Borrowing Conditions page for full details.

Relax with a good book

Once you have finished with serious study for Autumn Session, pick up a Leisure Reading book on the Ground Floor, or if you’re into serious fictional literature, search Summon for your favourite authors. You can also browse our extensive film collection, mainly shelved on Level 1 at 791.4372/… or check out the CD collection in the Media Room. There’s something for everyone!

If you’re planning your next holiday, the See the World collection contains guides books, including Lonely Planet guides for countries and regions all over the world.

May 2011

"7 Deadly Sins" competition winner

Monica Birrento, an Medicinal Chemistry Honours student, solved the "7 Deadly Sins" cryptic puzzle to win the Dell Streak android phone this week. Students had to participate in 7 competitions over 9 weeks, each activity edging them closer to solving the major prize puzzle. The final answer, a 6-digit PIN, was translated from of a QR code, which Monica emailed to the Library to win. Monica was very pleased to win the new android phone, "My friends and I really enjoyed participating in the competition, they were all excited every time I got one step closer to solving the Pride puzzle. In the end, I think they were just as happy as I was that I had solved and won the competition!"

7 Deadly Sins competition winner photo

Monica Birrento, was presented with her prize by Margie Jantti, University Librarian on Tuesday 24 May.

Visit the UOW Library Facebook page to see all the answers.

Fantastic Fundraising Cake Stall

Pick up something yummy on 1 June at the Library’s Fantastic Fundraising Cake Stall.

We haven't had a cake stall in a few years so we are ready to bake! Hundreds of muffins, biscuits, slices, pieces of lovely cake as well as whole cakes will be on sale. Spoil yourself, and your friends and family!

The Library is raising funds for Indigo Foundation, a small independent Australian community development organisation, who provides assistance in public health & education to improve the lives of people in marginalised communities around the world.

Be quick! Stall opens at 9.30am, finishing at Midday (If they last!)

For your diary:
When: Wednesday 1 June, 9.30am – 12.00pm.
Where: Outside the Library

Exam Support: Past papers, exam help and more …

Take the stress out of preparing for your exams by using the Library’s wide range of exam resources.

Past exam papers

Find out how to access released exam papers from the past three years. All exam papers we hold are now online and are accessible through the catalogue.

Expert research help

For help with finding information for last minute assignments or take home exams, visit Research Help in the Main Library foyer. Our friendly staff are available to help with all your study questions. Alternatively you can Ask a Librarian for help with your research questions for a response within 24 hours or just give us a call on 02 4221 3548. Visit the Ask Us page for more details.

Excellent work spaces

The Library is a haven for quiet study, with access to computers, individual study spaces, powered desks and group study rooms. Don’t forget that Level 1 and the Law Library are designated quiet zones and are the best place to stay on track with your study. For more details on Library learning spaces visit the Using Library learning spaces page.

April 2011

Book & DVD swap raises cash for charity

Students and staff relished the opportunity to swap their pre-loved books and DVDs for new ones at the Library’s Book & DVD Swap fundraiser held 19-20 April. Everything from Matthew Reilly’s Ice Station to The Great Gatsby, and Gardening in Australia was swapped, raising over $490 for the Indigo Foundation.

Indigo Foundation is a small independent Australian community development organisation, providing effective and innovative assistance in public health & education to improve the lives of people in marginalised communities around the world.

An Apple i-Pad was also raffled off at the event. Congratulations to the Library’s own Annette Meldrum who was thrilled to receive the i-Pad.

Scenes from the 2011 Big Book and DVD swap charity event

 

Fundraising event: The Big Book & DVD Swap

Come swap your old books and DVDs for new ones at the Library’s Book & DVD Swap, to be held on 19 – 20 April.

Do you have a few books, once loved, that are now taking up space in your house? DVDs you have seen a million times? Would you love to swap them for new ones?

Pay $5 to swap as many books and DVDs as you like! You’ll also get a free ticket into the draw to win an Apple i-Pad, plus you can purchase extra raffle tickets for the draw.

All funds raised go to the Indigo Foundation, a volunteer-run, independent Australian community development organisation.

  • When: Tuesday 19 – Wednesday 20 April, 11.30am – 2.30pm
  • Where: Panizzi Room, Library

Come along, bring your books and see what we have!

Please note: Only items in reasonable condition will be accepted; we won't accept textbooks and can't accept pirated DVDs.

March 2011

What did UOW look like in the 60s, 70s & 80s?

As part of UOW’s 60th Anniversary celebration, over 1,000 vintage UOW photos from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s of staff, students and the campus have recently been digitised. The Library has loaded images to a publicly accessible Flickr site to showcase the rich and varied range of UOW related historical photographs held in the University Archives' collection.

The Library invites you to visit the Flickr site to explore the collections, pass them around, and add comments and tags to specific images to help us build a richer history of the University of Wollongong. More information is needed about some of the pictures so that we can help more people find and use them.

For more information or to ask a question about any of the photos in Flickr, contact UOW Archives.

7 Deadly Sins: Win a Dell Streak

Are you crafty, tenacious, and devious enough to win a 5-inch DELL Streak android tablet with 3G phone? Each week try your luck competing in the 7 Deadly Sins.

More Group Study Rooms on Level 2

Eight more Group Study Rooms are now available on Level 2. These rooms are fitted with whiteboards and large LCD screens so that you can plug in a laptop. Use a Group Study Room to study with other students, work on a group project, practice presentations and more.

Book a group study room online (up to 2 weeks in advance) for up to 2 hours and head to the room at the time you booked. If you require whiteboard markers or cables, you can borrow kits at the Loans Desk.

Go to: Library homepage > Related links > Book a room or use scan the QR codes displayed near the rooms.

Summon information sessions

Would you like more information on how to use Summon? Summon is the new search tool which helps you to find books, journal articles and lots more.

Come to a 15 minute Summon information session during Week 2, 3 or 4.

  • When: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
  • Time: 12.30pm & 1.30pm each day
  • Where: Panizzi Room, Ground Floor, Library

February 2011

Wireless support

Connect your laptop or Wi-Fi enabled device to the internet using the UOW Wireless Network. During Orientation Week and Weeks 1 – 3, Library staff are on hand to help you connect. If you would prefer to connect on your own, instructions are available online.

What: Wireless support
Where: Panizzi Room, Ground Floor, Main Library
When: 10am – 3pm, Monday 21 February – Friday 18 March

Take a tour, get a HeadStart at uni!

You will undoubtedly be spending a lot of time in the Library studying, and a lot of time on the Library website trying to find information for your assignments this year! Get a headstart, take a Library tour, which includes an information session.

  • Learn how to:
  • Log in to our computers
  • Find what you need
  • Print and copy
  • Connect to wireless


Weeks 1 - 4
Meet us in the Library foyer each Tuesday and Thursday at 12.35pm and 2.35pm during Weeks 1 - 4.

Other HeadStart options

New information resources for 2011

Many new information resources have been arranged for 2011 to support our mission to enable access to quality resources and services for excellence in research, teaching and learning.

  • Databases: expanding access to quality journal titles, conference proceedings and datasets
  • Ebooks: expanding online access to quality book titles

New databases

In addition to the journal archive collections recently announced the following new database resources will be available to our clients in 2011. Find these resources on the Databases page.

Access to the individual journal titles covered by these databases is available via Summon or through the A-Z journal list.

  1. Art and Architecture Complete
    Art and Architecture complete replaces Art Abstracts and provides indexing and abstracts to over 700 journals, access to 330 fulltext journals, 215 books and an image collection of over 64,000 images.
  2. Asia Studies Fulltext Online
    Asia Studies Fulltext Online brings together thousands of full-text reports covering 55 countries on a multitude of business, government, economic, and social issues.
  3. ASTM Standards
    ASTM Standards provides access to the 12,000 active standards of the American Society of Testing and Materials.
  4. Business Source Complete
    We have upgraded our existing Business Source Premier subscription to the higher collection. This will provide access to a further 1200 fulltext journals, over 900 books and the Harvard Faculty video series on topics such as innovation & entrepreneurship, leadership, sales and marketing.
  5. IBISWORLD
    IBISWorld provides industry research reports on over 500 Australian industries, including emerging industries.
  6. JSTOR Arts & Humanities collections 4 and 6
    These collections will complement our existing subscriptions to the JSTOR Arts and Humanities 1-3 collections and provides archival access to the archives of a further 232 journals. Titles include Academy of Management Review, American Journal of Education, American Journal of Psychology, AQ: Australian Quarterly, Asian Affairs, Child Development, European Journal of Education, Harvard Law Review, Journal of Accounting Research and Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.
  7. MIT Cognet
    MIT Cognet provides an online location for the brain and cognitive science community’s scientific research and interchange. It includes cutting-edge primary research across the range of fields concerned with understanding the nature of the human mind. It includes electronic books, journals and reference works. It also includes abstracts to relevant material on other publisher sites.
  8. Nature Archive 1987-1997
    This archive combined with our existing online access (1998-2010) will provide our clients with over 20 years of online access to this prestigious journal.
  9. OSIRIS
    Osiris is a fully integrated worldwide public company database with analytical information produced by Bureau van Dijk and other specialist data providers.
  10. Passport GMID
    This is Global Market Information database containing industry data, country reports and company profiles.
  11. Royal Society Excellence in Science Collection
    This collection includes the eight leading science journals published by the Royal Society, including Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences and B: Biological Sciences and the archive back to 1665.
  12. Taylor & Francis Journal Archives
    The Library has purchased 3 additional journal archive collection - Geography, Urban, Planning & Environment (44 titles) and Sport, Leisure & Tourism (15 titles) and Criminology & Law (17 titles). Key titles in these collections include Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Asia- Pacific Journal of Tourism research, Australian Geographer, Commonwealth Law Bulletin, International Journal of the Legal Profession, Journal of Geography, Journal of Legal History, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Leisure Science, Regional Studies and Research in Sports Medicine.

New ebook collections

The Library’s ebook collection now covers over 60,000 titles.

How to find ebooks:

Search for ebooks using the Summon search box. Use relevant keywords, then refine your search by ticking ‘ebooks’ under Content type. For more instructions, see the Ebook Guide.

New ebook collections purchased to extend the collection for 2011:
  1.  ebrary Academic Complete
    ebrary provides access to in excess of 50,000 ebooks covering a wide range of subject areas from leading publishers such as CABI Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Harvard University Press, John Wiley, Kluwer, Springer and Taylor & Francis.
  2. MD Consult – Basic Science Premium Collection
    This collection provides access to over 24 of the latest edition medical textbooks covering areas such as epidemiology, physiology, histology as well as the latest edition of Gray’s Anatomy. Browse MD Consult titles using the MD Consult platform.
  3. ACLS Humanities ebook collection
    This collection provides access to over 2800 ebooks in the humanities offered by the American Council of Learned Societies. Subject areas include Australasia/Oceania, film & media studies, historical studies, literary studies, medicine, performance studies, philosophy, political science and Science/Technology. Browse the American Council of Learned Societies ebook collection.
  4. Books@Ovid
    A selection of over 20 ebooks in medicine and related fields of nursing, nutrition and sports medicine. Browse Books@Ovid titles.
  5. SPIE ebook collection
    A collection of 155 ebooks published between 1989+ in the subject area of optics and photonics by the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Will be available in time for Autumn Session.
  6. IEEE E book Collection
    A collection of 400 ebooks accessible via IEEExplore platform in subject areas including electrical engineering, bioengineering, power, energy and communication technologies. The collection include handbooks, introductory and advanced texts, as well as reference works and professional books. Browse IEEE Ebooks.
  7. Palgrave E Book collections
    The Library has purchased the Business & Management, Media & Culture and Social Sciences 2010 collections providing access to over 270 ebooks.  Browse Business & Management, Media & Culture or Social Sciences ebooks.
  8. CogNet
    This dataset from MIT Press provides access to over 500 ebooks in addition to a number of journals and reference books in brain and cognitive science research. Browse Cognet reference titles, books and journals.

These collections will supplement the Emerald Business, Management and Economics collection purchased earlier this year.

Please see our friendly staff or Ask a Librarian online if you have any questions about using these resources.

January 2011

Take a tour, get a HeadStart at uni!

You will undoubtedly be spending a lot of time in the Library studying, and a lot of time on the Library website trying to find information for your assignments this year! Get a headstart, take a Library tour, which includes an information session.

  • Learn how to:
  • Log in to our computers
  • Find what you need
  • Print and copy
  • Connect to wireless

Tours leave from the Library stall at the Welcome festival every day at:
24 – 28 January
10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm

Exceptions:
Monday only 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm
Wednesday: No tours

Other HeadStart options

December 2010

Holiday opening hours

The Main Library will be open Christmas Eve (24 December) between 8.30am – 5.00pm. From 25 December 2010 – 3 January 2011, the Main Library will be closed, reopening at 8.30am Tuesday, 4 January 2011. Check the Opening Hours page for other UOW libraries and other dates.

Sometimes it's easier just to ask

If you have questions, we have answers. We could even give you the answer instantly! The Library has just launched a new and greatly improved online help service, Ask a Librarian, which replaces Email a Librarian. Ask a Librarian lets you:

  • Ask us about any Library service
  • Ask us how to find any material
  • Get answers instantly if your question has been asked before
  • Browse previous questions and answers
  • Get an answer within one business day

Have a look, see what others have asked or ask a question yourself.

Ask a Librarian

November 2010

Summon: Simple, fast, easy research!

On the 6th December, the Library will be launching Summon, a single search box on the Library’s homepage that searches within:

  • Over 500,000 hardcopy items;
  • Over 60,000 ebooks;
  • Journal articles, conference papers and newspaper articles from the majority of Library databases;
  • plus the wealth of resources in Research Online and other digital collections

University Librarian, Margie Jantti is pleased to be able to launch Summon, “Our vision for seamless access to information is being realised. Summon provides an easy, simple to use discovery interface to search across 80% of Library content with just a few keywords. We know that this enhanced search service will allow students and staff to find and use a wider array of available resources.”

Look out for Summon on the homepage.

Plans for Level 2

Building work for new group study rooms and powered desks will start in the coming weeks. We are excited to be able to share these plans, we hope you are looking forward to using this new learning space.

Library level 2 plans - November 2010

Minor disruptions for building works

The Library is continually striving to improve your learning facilities. In addition to the new Level 2 Group Study rooms (see above News Item), additional individual study desks will be installed and new paint will refresh several areas.

To allow for building and maintenance, the following minor disruptions will occur over the Summer Session:

  • 23 – 24 November: Group study rooms will be unavailable due to painting.
  • 23 – 25 November: Noise disruption on Level 2 while shelving is removed.
  • 25 – 30 November: Computers along the Level 1 central wall will be unavailable due to painting.
  • 26 November – 2 December: Postgraduate Space will be unavailable while remodelling takes place.
  • 29 November – January: Parts of Level 2 will be unavailable to allow building of Group Study rooms.

Thank you for your patience while this work is taking place.

Relax with a good book

Once you have finished with serious study for Spring Session, pick up a Leisure Reading book, DVD or CD. The Library holds over 400 popular titles at Wollongong (Ground Floor) and Shoalhaven, with many of the latest titles to choose from, kindly donated by the UniShop.

If you’re planning your next holiday, the See the World collection contains guides books, including Lonely Planet guides for countries and regions all over the world.

Changes to Main Library computers

Campus IT Services will be working towards updating all computers in the Main Library over the coming months. A small number of computers will be unavailable each day while this process takes place. Thank you for your patience.

Using updated computers: You will be required to log in using your SOLS username and password. Important: Please ensure you LOG OFF at the end of your session to ensure others cannot use your internet quota.

If you require assistance at any time, please ask our friendly staff. We are here to help.

Exam support: past papers, exam help and more ...

Take the stress out of preparing for your exams by using the Library’s wide range of exam resources.

Past exam papers

Find out how to access released exam papers from the past three years. All exam papers we hold are now online and are accessible through the catalogue.

Exam guides and study resources

We have a wide range of resources in our collection to assist you with studying for exams or upgrading your general study skills. Use the Catalogue and try searching with the terms ‘examinations study guides’ or ‘study skills’.

Expert research help

For help with finding information for last minute assignments or take home exams, visit Research Help in the Main Library foyer. Our friendly staff are available to help with all your study questions. Alternatively you can Email a Librarian for help with your research questions for a response within 24 hours or just give us a call on 02 4221 3548. Visit the Ask Us page for more details.

Excellent work spaces

The Library is a haven for quiet study, with access to computers, individual study spaces, powered desks and group study rooms. Don’t forget that Level 1 and the Law Library are designated quiet zones and are the best place to stay on track with your study. For more details on Library learning spaces visit the Using Library learning spaces page.

October 2010

What's happening on Level 2?

During 2010, the Library purchased numerous journal backsets and archives to expand access to online fulltext journals. Many of these journal volumes were also in print on Level 2.

Space is at a premium in the Library, and we have used this opportunity to free up valuable space to install more group study rooms and powered desks. We know from research and your feedback that students and staff prefer to access journal articles online and the convenience of working from your home or office. Renovations on Level 2 will commence as Spring Session comes to a close, readying this new learning space for Autumn 2011.

Don’t risk having your results withheld

All Library fines must be paid by Thursday 25 November to avoid having your results withheld.

To check whether you have outstanding fines, log into your Library record.

Exhibition: Voices of Children: Turkey

How do children in different countries make sense of the world in which they live? How do their experiences shape their personal and cultural identities and how can we share this information? Voices of Children is an international project that provides a medium for answering these questions.

Voices of Children: Turkey is an exhibition of words and images from the children of Izmir Turkey & Wollongong.

You are invited the opening of the exhibition

  • When: Monday 1st November @ 6pm
  • Where: Panizzi Room, Library

Exhibition is open all week (1 – 7 November).

Client Survey update

The Library received a tremendous response to its client satisfaction survey, with 3,495 clients taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback.

Congratulations to the following winners!

  • Beau Lidden – 1st prize winner, Dell Laptop
  • Nathan Niklich – 2nd prize winner, 2 Symbio zoo passes
  • Benjamin Whalley & Claire Harper – 3rd prize winners, 10 Greater Union movie passes each
  • Sharon Peterson (Bega) – winner of remote site prize, a Kindle ebook reader

Library Client Survey 2010 prize winners

Analysis of survey data will be completed in December. Preliminary results indicate that the Library has performed strongly relative to other university libraries, with the Library being placed in the top quartile for 5 of the 6 best practice categories. The Library also improved its overall performance and satisfaction rating. Initial results show that computer access continues to be an issue for many clients. We will be able to provide detailed feedback when we have access to the many comments submitted by clients. Survey results will be published by January 2011.

Extended opening hours

To support study for exams, the Library will be open longer on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during week 12, week 13, study recess and exam week 1 (October 22 – November 14).
Fridays: 8.00am - 10.00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 10.00am - 6.00pm
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Open Access@UOW: Learn how it can work for you

Open Access Week, the global event to promote free, immediate, online access to research, takes place between 18-24 October 2010. Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to: learn about the benefits of Open Access (OA), share experiences and success stories, and to promote wider participation in support of Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.

Event: ‘Introduction to Open Access’
When: Friday 15 October at 10.30am (30 minutes)
Where: Panizzi Room, Ground Floor of the Library.

Speakers at the session will include Margie Jantti, University Librarian, Ciorstan Smark, editor of UOW’s open access journal Australasian Accounting Business & Finance Journal, and Michael Organ, Manager of Research Online.

Please RSVP by Wednesday 13 October to alynch@uow.edu.au
Bring along you morning coffee, morning tea treats will be provided.

Short Program

10.30: Margie Jantti, University Librarian
Importance of open access / UOW Library support / Research Online / Open access journals on the catalogue

10.35: Ciorstan Smark, Editor of Australasian Accounting Business & Finance Journal
Ciorstan will speak about editing an open access journal, the value of open access in regards to facilitation scholarly communication and the advantages of open access publishing over the traditional pay per view model.

10.45: Michael Organ, Manager of Repository Services
Promoting UOW’s research outputs via open access using Research Online.

10.50: Questions

More about Open Access@UOW

September 2010

Group study rooms: book early to avoid disappointment

Did you know you can book group study rooms up to 2 weeks in advance? The best way to get the date and time you want is to plan ahead and book your group study room early.

Don’t forget Group Study rooms 1 and 2 have laptops and digital projectors installed so that you can practise presentations or work together on the one document.

Library > Quick links > Book a room

August 2010

Science Made Marvellous: Poetry readings in the Panizzi Room

To celebrate National Science Week (14 – 22 August), Christine Paice who has recently been commissioned to write about the Janet Cosh Herbarium will give a reading, her poetry from the anthology: Earthly Matters, Holding Patterns and Law and Impulse as well as some of her other work.

When: 12.30pm, Tuesday 17 August 2010
Where: Panizzi Room, Library
Free event. All welcome.

The anthologies have been published as part of Science Made Marvellous, a collection of poems that investigate the facts, themes and language of science, put together from poems submitted by both scientists and writers from around the country.

About Christine Paice

Christine Paice has published two poetry collections, Mad Oaks and Starting at the Aral Sea. She won the Josephine Ulrick Award for Poetry in 2009. She has also written a children's book, The Great Rock Whale, which has been nominated for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, 2009.

Database downtime: Wiley databases & ebooks

Due to system upgrade, journals and other electronic resources on the Wiley platform will be unavailable this weekend from 6.00 pm Saturday 7 August until 2.00am Monday 8 August.

All Wrapped Up

Picture of completed wraps

The Library would like to thank everyone who contributed squares or wool to the Wrap with Love appeal. This year we managed 27 wraps! Made from a whopping 756 squares! This is an incredible effort, an estimated 2646 hours of knitting and 756 balls of wool worth an estimated $3024.

Come along to the Wrap Up morning tea. All the wraps will be on display – find your squares!

The Wrap Up ‘thank you’ morning tea will be held Wednesday 11 August, 10am in the Panizzi Room, Ground Floor, Library. Morning tea will be provided, just bring your cup!

Come along to see what you have helped achieve.

Wrap with Love Inc. is a non-denominational, non-political, not-for-profit organisation that distributes knitted woolen wraps (blankets) around the world to people in need. They collect these woolen wraps from the public.

Compassion and Love - Li Zijian Exhibition

2-6 August 2010

Come and enjoy the world class works of Li Zijian, a US-based Chinese artist in the Panizzi Room, Ground Floor, Main Library. Having lived through poverty and various hardships, Li has consistently adhered to an artistic spirit of simplicity and sincerity. This exhibition is presented by the UOW Buddhist Society and the Nan Tien Temple.

The theme Compassion and Love is close to everybody’s heart. Enjoy a series of activities such as Tea Ch’an, Meditation and Dharma Talk, Q & A, in the relaxing atmosphere of the Panizzi Room during your lunch break!

Full program:
Monday 2 August:11.30am Opening
 1.00pm Tea Ch’an
Tuesday 3 August:12.30pm Taichi / Meditation
Wednesday 4 August:12.30pm Dharma talk: What concerns you most—Love?
Thursday 5 August:Walking meditation
Friday 6 August:Dharma and Q&A: Zen & Nature

July 2010

Felicity McGregor, Fellow of the University

Felicity McGregor - Fellow of the UniversityFelicity McGregor, former University Librarian (1997 – 2010), was made a Fellow of the University, on Friday, 23rd July, 2010.

A Fellowship is the University’s peak award for service to the University and community. Felicity has been recognised by the University for her outstanding service to the research, teaching and learning community, for attaining national and international recognition for innovative and sustained approaches to Library management and for her demonstrated and long-standing commitment to the growth and success of the Library and the University. Through her vision and leadership, she developed a world-class Library, befitting an institution now widely recognised for its learning and teaching performance and its position in the top 2% of universities world-wide.

During the ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Gerard Sutton concluded the citation by noting that ‘Felicity’s vision for the Library and the University has always been dynamic, imbued with the energy of human potential and achievement.’

Add credit to your UOW ID Card online

Printing and copying credit can now be added to your UOW student or staff card online.

Go to the Printing & Copying website, and log into your account. You can add $2.50, $5, $10 or $20 at a time using a Secure Funds Transfer to charge your credit card or Paypal account.

More information

June 2010

Join our Knit Ins

Library knit in session 2010

Knitting Guru Virginie Schmelitschek, along with Library staff, will be holding weekly ‘Knit Ins’ to for the Wrap with Love appeal, knitting squares to make colourful wraps for the needy in Australia as well as overseas. We invite staff and students to join us, please come along:

When: Every Thursday, last knit in 15 July.
Where: Panizzi Room, Ground floor of the Library (come to the Information Desk if you’re lost)
Time: 12:30-1:30pm
What to bring: 4mm - 4.5mm needles, 8ply wool, or any type of knitting paraphernalia, plus your tea/coffee. There will be some spare knitting needles if you don’t own any.
Why: Because every square counts – if you can knit just one square, on cold days like today, you will be making a huge difference to someone else’s life.

Hope to see you there!

Library staff win VC Award

Vice-Chancellors Award 2010

The Library’s Information Skills team, including Lynda Cooper, Bernadette Carr, Nadine Clark, Lesley Smith and Bernadette Stephens, were awarded the Vice-Chancellors Award for Outstanding Service at the Vice-Chancellors Award ceremony on Friday 11 June. The team were presented with the award for the development and implementation of ‘StartSmart: Essential Academic Information Skills’, an online information literacy program which transitions students to the academic information environment.

StartSmart provides first year and international students with a sound foundation in the development of their academic information skills as well as an understanding of academic integrity.

Nina Moreno, Collections Services also received her 25 Years Service award.

Congratulations to all recipients!

Relax with a good book

Once you have finished with serious study for Autumn Session, pick up a Leisure Reading book, DVD or CD. The Library holds over 400 popular titles at Wollongong (Ground Floor) and Shoalhaven, with many of the latest titles to choose from, kindly donated by the UniShop.

If you’re planning your next holiday, the See the World collection contains guides books, including Lonely Planet guides for countries and regions all over the world.

More Information.

Don’t risk having your results withheld

All Library fines must be paid by Thursday 1st July to avoid having your results withheld. To check whether you have outstanding fines, log into your Library record.

Main Library open Monday 14 June

The Main Library is open Monday 14 June (public holiday) between 10.00am – 5.00pm.
All opening hours

More "Print Only" computers

Need to print fast? There are now more "Print only" computers in the Main Library. Nine "Print only" computers are available:

LevelLocationPrint-only computers available
GroundBehind Stair East3
GroundNear Group Study Rooms (next to printers)2
1Near printer copiers4

You can print from online sources or use your USB key/thumb drive on these computers, and then go to any printer/copier in the Library to collect your print job.

May 2010

Rare books? What rare books?

Did you know the Library houses a multitude of rare books? During Library Week (May 24 – 30) a selection of interesting old, rare and valuable books will be on display in the Panizzi Room and the Archives Reading Room. You can also see which ones have been scanned and are online for all to read.

Panizzi Room: Open everyday, 24 – 30 May.
Archives Reading Room is open:
Monday: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Tuesday: 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Wednesday: 10.00pm – 1.00pm
Thursday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Friday: 11.00am – 1.30pm

Extended opening hours

To support study for exams, the Library will be open longer on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during week 12, week 13, study recess and exam week 1 (May 28 – June 20, 2010).

Fridays: 8.00am - 10.00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 10.00am - 6.00pm

Full opening hours

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Your Library Record RSS

Receive up to the minute information about your Library Record, (e.g. holds available, recalls, items due soon) using My Record Feeds. You will still receive Library email notices.

To subscribe to your Library Record using RSS:

  1. Go to your Library record
  2. Enter family name and barcode as requested.
  3. Inside your Library record, click the "My Record Feeds" link.
  4. Paste the URL into your favourite feeder/reader, or use the Internet Explorer Feed tool on your personal computer.
  5. When you receive a new message, click the link and log into your record.

New Books RSS

Receive daily updates of new books arriving in the Library, by faculty or location.

Subscribe on the Library’s New Books webpage (go to Library > Quick Links > New Books)

  1. Select “Subscribe to RSS feeds for your favourite New Book Lists”.
  2. Click the faculties or locations you are interested in and paste the URL into your favourite feeder/reader, or use the Internet Explorer Feed tool on your personal computer.

Read some of the Library Week entries!

So far, we have received over 250 entries in the ‘Give the Library a tagline’ competition! Go to the Library Week website to see what other people have submitted – can you do better?

Celebrate Library Week and win a $200 UniShop Voucher or 30 FREE coffees!

Give the Library a tagline

Tell us in 6 words or less what you think should be the Library’s tagline or slogan.

What makes the Library great? How should the Library be known?

Make it clever and memorable and you’re in with a chance!

ENTER NOW!

WIN:

> First prize: $200 UniShop voucher
> Runner up for the most humorous or creative: 30 FREE coffees
> Remote site student prize: $50 Wish voucher

Visit the Library Week website to see what people have submitted so far. [All valid entries will be published on the Library’s website.]

There’s no such thing as a silly question!

There's no such thing as a silly questionRead recent questions and answers (http://uow.libguides.com/content.php?pid=109333&sid=831215) you have been too scared to ask!

 

Rare books? What rare books?

Did you know the Library houses a multitude of rare books? During Library Week (May 24 – 30) a selection of interesting old, rare and valuable books will be on display in the Panizzi Room and the Archives Reading Room. You can also see which ones have been scanned and are online for all to read.

Open during Library Week: May 24-30.

April 2010

Study spaces are in high demand - don't leave your desk unattended

Desks and seating in the Main Library are in high demand, especially during peak periods of the day. In order to ensure the best use of desks and computers, we ask students not to leave desks or computers unattended for long periods of time.

The Library's Code of Conduct states that the reservation of desks or computers is not permitted. Books and other articles left unattended in the Library for more than twenty minutes on chairs and tables may be removed by the Library staff. Students can assist us by reporting desks which are unattended for 10 minutes.

Library staff are concerned that students are leaving laptops, netbooks and bags unattended on desks. Please keep your valuables with you at all times. The University accepts no responsibility for personal belongings left in the building.

ANZAC Day long weekend

The Main Library is open 10.00am - 5.00pm each day over the Anzac Day long weekend (Saturday 24 April - Monday 26 April). Come in, catch up, and get help from expert staff!

See Opening Hours page for other locations and times.

Which databases are best for your subjects?

Do you use the same databases for every subject? If you answered yes, you might be missing out on great articles and other research.

Try the Resources for Assignments pages for short lists of relevant databases for almost all specialisations offered at UOW. Broaden your search; find out what databases librarians recommend for your subjects.

You can also find handy search tips, information about evaluating websites plus relevant information about searching for hard to find information (e.g. case studies, statistics, standards etc.).

Library > Search > Resources for assignments

March 2010

Easter opening hours

Main Library

Friday 2 April – Sunday 4 April: CLOSED
Monday 5 April: Open 10.00am – 5.00pm

Please check the opening hours page for other UOW libraries and/or other dates.

More space for students

In spite of the recent extension and significant refurbishment of the Main Library building, demand for individual and group study was already at capacity. During Summer Session, the following upgrades were made to Level 2:

  • a new ceiling and improved lighting
  • revised layout of group study tables and improved access to power outlets
  • installation of glass panels to limit the spread of noise
  • 20 new individual powered study desks

On Level 1, 12 new powered study carrels have been installed plus power outlets have been fitted to an additional 156 existing carrels.

February 2010

Databases: now even easier to access

www.library.uow.edu.au > Search > Databases: journal articles and more

The Library’s database web pages have been changed to improve navigation, access and searching options. It is now possible to search for and access databases by name (alphabetical list), journal title (through the A - Z list) or by faculty. Another key feature is Article Finder, to allow you to perform a simple search across multiple databases simultaneously.

To ensure access to relevant, current subscriptions, please change your bookmarks and links to point to the new web page at http://uow.libguides.com/uowdatabases.

Start Smart: Library Tours and more…

Don’t spend the entire session learning your way around the large Library building! If you haven’t already, take one of the quick tours scheduled in Orientation Week and Weeks 1-4:
Guided tours are best:

  • Weeks 1 – 4: Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 12.35pm & 2.35


If you can't make a guided tour, take an Audio Tour
Use the Start Smart online orientation guides to take a virtual tour of the building and website:
www.library.uow.edu.au > Help > Start Smart: Library orientation

January 2010

Use renewals to keep your Leisure Reading books longer

You can now renew Leisure Reading books you have borrowed.

The two renewals mean that you now have the potential to extend your loan period from 28 days up to 56 days, and then 84 days, as long as another client has not placed a hold on that item. You will need to renew online, over the phone or in person, before the due-date.

If you wish to borrow an item that is currently on loan by another client, you can now place Leisure Reading items on Hold. Once the item has been returned, you will be notified by email and the book will be held at the Loans Desk for 4 days for you to collect.

More about renewals and holds

Scheduled IT Maintenance: Saturday 16th January, 6am-6pm

Maintenance planned by IT will affect all IT services on campus, as well as off-campus access to online Library services. The following will be unavailable:

  • access to the Library website from off-campus
  • links to databases on Library website both on-campus and off-campus
  • access to catalogue from off-campus
  • ability to check and renew borrowed items from off-campus
  • access to Document Delivery service from off-campus
  • access to study room booking system from off-campus
  • access to Resources for Assignments from on-campus
  • access to some Resources by Topic pages from on-campus
  • access to Email-a-Librarian and the Feedback system from off-campus
  • access to BlackBoard Vista
  • access to Webmail

On-campus, clients will be able to search the catalogue, borrow and renew items but will not be able to access any resources outside the University.

Please ask our friendly staff if you have any questions. We apologise for any inconvenience.

December 2009

Library closed from the 25 December to 1 January

The Library will reopen on the 4 January 2010. An after hours returns bin is located at the rear of building 17, near the Post Office.

Scheduled IT maintenance: Saturday 12 December, 6am – 6pm

Maintenance planned by IT will affect all IT services on campus, as well as off-campus access to online Library services. The following will be unavailable:

  • access to the Library website from off-campus
  • links to databases on Library website both on-campus and off-campus
  • access to catalogue from off-campus
  • ability to check and renew borrowed items from off-campus
  • access to Document Delivery service from off-campus
  • access to study room booking system from off-campus
  • access to Resources for Assignments from on-campus
  • access to some Resources by Topic pages from on-campus
  • access to Email-a-Librarian and the Feedback system from off-campus
  • access to BlackBoard Vista
  • access to Webmail

On-campus, clients will be able to search the catalogue, borrow and renew items but will not be able to access any resources outside the University.

Please ask our friendly staff if you have any questions. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Library building news

Essential building work on Level 2 (bound journals collection) will commence on 7 December and will continue throughout Summer Session. To protect the journal collection, barriers will be installed. This will prohibit general access to both the collection and central area of the floor.

A retrieval service for bound journals will be offered. Request forms will be available at the Information and Research Help Desks, located on the Ground Floor of the Library. Journals will be supplied within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

Access to computer labs and group study tables will be available, however, there will be noise from the works. Access will not be available to Level 2 via Central Stairs, please use other stairs.

The Library apologises for any inconvenience caused, but anticipates the completed changes will be welcomed in 2010.

November 2009

Don’t risk having your results withheld!

REMEMBER: You must complete ILIP and pay outstanding Library fines by Thursday 26 November to avoid having your results withheld.

Check your borrowing record to find out if you have fines owing and how to pay them.

Scheduled IT Maintenance: Saturday 21 November, 6am – 6pm

Maintenance planned by ITS will affect all IT services on campus, as well as off-campus access to online Library services. The following will be unavailable:

  • access to the Library website from off-campus
  • links to databases on Library website both on-campus and off-campus
  • access to catalogue from off-campus
  • ability to check and renew borrowed items from off-campus
  • access to Document Delivery service from off-campus
  • access to study room booking system from off-campus
  • access to Resources for Assignments from on-campus
  • access to some Resources by Topic pages from on-campus
  • access to Email-a-Librarian and the Feedback system from off-campus
  • access to BlackBoard Vista
  • access to Webmail

On-campus, clients will be able to search the catalogue, borrow and renew items but will not be able to access any resources outside the University.

Please ask our friendly staff if you have any questions. We apologise for any inconvenience. Check the ITS website.

October 2009

Exam support: past papers, exam help and more ...

Take the stress out of preparing for your exams by using the Library’s wide range of exam resources.

Past exam papers

Find out how to access released exam papers from the past three years. All exam papers we hold are now online and are accessible through the catalogue.

Exam guides and study resources

We have a wide range of resources in our collection to assist you with studying for exams or upgrading your general study skills. Use the Catalogue and try searching with the terms ‘examinations study guides’ or ‘study skills’.

Expert research help

Visit Research Help in the Main Library foyer. Our friendly staff are available to help with all your study questions. Visit the Ask Us page for more details.

Excellent workspaces

The Library is a haven for quiet study, with access to computers, individual study spaces, powered desks and group study rooms. Don’t forget that Level 1 is a designated quiet zone and is the best place to stay on track with your study. For more details on Library learning spaces visit the Using Library learning spaces page.

Open Access Week

Open Access Week banner

The University is supporting Open Access Week from 19 – 23 October. Open Access Week promotes the use of online digital repositories such as UOW’s Research Online and Open Access Journals

Last month, Research Online recorded its 1 millionth download, delivering on its promise to increase the visibility, retrievability and impact of UOW research. 

Find out what Open Access actually means, why it’s important, and how researchers at UOW and worldwide are using Open Access to their advantage.

Visit: http://uow.libguides.com/openaccess

Extended opening hours

To support study for exams, the Library will be open longer on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during week 12, week 13, study recess and exam week 1 (October 19 – November 15).

Fridays: 8.00am - 10.00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 10.00am - 6.00pm

Full opening hours

September 2009

Interruptions to UOW Internet access (on & off campus)

6pm Friday 25 September – 9am Saturday 26 September

There will be several short periods between 6pm Friday 25 September – 9am Saturday 26 September where the following services will be down, due to ITS maintenance works.

Services affected:
  • On campus: Access to websites outside UOW domain, including Library databases, e-books and Resources for Assignments
  • Off campus: Access to UOW websites, including Library subscription databases which require a EZproxy username and password

"Did you find it?" Survey prize draw

Sam Wiaczek (Did you find it survey 2009 prize winner)All students who completed the Library’s ‘Did you find it?’ Survey entered the draw to win a $100 UniCentre voucher, as well as receiving a chocolate for their time. The prize was drawn on Wednesday 16 September.

Sam Wiaczek was the lucky winner. When Sam came into the Library to collect his prize, he said he was happy to complete the survey but the prize was an added bonus!

Thank you to all clients who took the time to complete the survey. Results will be published in the coming weeks.

Use our print-only laptops for fast printing, with no queues.

Where are they? In the Main Library:

  • Three near the Library entrance, behind Stair East, Ground Floor
  • One opposite Group Study room 2 (GS2), Ground Floor South

These are ideal for printing assignments and other urgent documents.

Please note: There is no Internet access on print-only laptops, print documents from USB key only.

Get the most from Library computers

Life on campus is getting busy and parking isn’t the only thing that’s in demand. As use of the Library increases, you may find it harder to access a computer when you need one. Use the following tips to ensure that you’re not caught short.

  • Check all floors for access to more than 300 computers
  • Consider visiting outside of peak hours (11am to 2pm)
  • Borrow a laptop from Short Loans
  • Bring your own laptop and use the many powered desks located throughout the building
  • Use the Link on Level 1 and walk straight through to the Student Central Computing Laboratories
  • Use the dedicated print-only computers for quick printing

August 2009

Did you find it?

Are you looking for a book, DVD, journal or any other physical item in the Library?

If so, we would like you to complete a quick survey on whether you found the item. You will receive a chocolate and an entry into the draw to win a $100 UniCentre voucher for your effort!

The survey will be run at the Wollongong and Shoalhaven campuses 10.00am - 2.00pm from 31 August to 11 September. Collect the survey at the entrance and place your completed survey in the box at the exit to receive your chocolate.

The survey will be used to assess whether the collection meets your needs.

Have you tried Article Finder?

Searching for information across the Library’s vast array of electronic resources has just been made a whole lot easier. The Library’s new search engine, Article Finder, allows you to simultaneously search across a wide range of databases.

For a more intensive searching, click Advanced Subject Search. Article Finder saves valuable time by identifying databases and resources relevant to a particular area of study or research. Tick your topic area, enter several keywords and click Search.

Article Finder is “Google like” as it is easy to use, but unlike Google, the results will include high quality scholarly sources suitable for academic assignments and research.

www.library.uow.edu.au > Catalogue > Article Finder tab

or

www.library.uow.edu.au > Databases

If you require any assistance, please ask our friendly staff.

July 2009

Printing update

You can now collect your print job and photocopy at any* of the printer/copiers in the Main Library. The new printing process means you can choose a free printer/copier – no more queues!

Printing: Once you have selected “Print” on your computer [Printer: Follow Me Library], walk up to any available printer/copier and follow the instructions to release your print job(s).

Some things to remember:

  • You will need to collect your printing within 3 hours.
  • Your document will print double-sided by default, so if you need to print single-sided you will need to change the printing properties on the computer.
  • If you normally print from your wireless-enabled laptop, you will need to print using the old system. Choose either First Floor printer, Second Floor printer or Media Room Printer and collect your job at these print stations.

* There are three print stations that are for wireless-enabled laptop users only.

Read full printing instructions and other hints and tips.

The Library Search page has had a makeover! You can now use the various Search box tabs to search across an unprecedented range of information resources.

The different search options:

  • Search Guru: Use this search option when you are looking for books, e-books and other materials on a certain topic. Refine your search by selecting a material type, location, publication year. You can also refine by topic using the tags on the right.
  • Subject code: Use this tab when you are looking for e-readings and short loan items your lecturer has made available for you to download or borrow.
  • Classic catalogue: Use the different options (Title, Author, Call number, Journal title) to search for specific items; or click Advanced Search for multiple keyword searching and to apply search limits.
  • NEW! Article Finder: Search for journal articles across multiple databases simultaneously. Use the Advanced subject search to search multiple databases more specifically related to your area of study.
  • My Library: Log in to Check your loans record, fines, holds, set up reading history or preferred search tools.

Can you knit or crochet?

Wrap with love

Library staff are supporting Wrap with Love Inc, a non-profit organisation which sends knitted woollen wraps around the world to people in need.

We need your help! Knit or crochet 25cm x 25cm squares using wool and leave them at the collection point, positioned in the Library foyer. Hurry, the collection ends on 31st July 2009. The Library will then forward completed wraps to Wrap with Love Inc.

View instructions on how to create a square, and patterns if you are feeling creative.

June 2009

Don't risk your results being withheld!

REMEMBER: You must complete ILIP and pay outstanding Library fines by Friday 3 July to avoid having your results withheld.

Check your borrowing record to find out if you have fines owing and how to pay them.

Congratulations Library Hunt winners!

Winners of the Library Hunt were extremely pleased with their prize of $100. The winners were:

  • Jane Deeley
  • Matthew Tonini
  • Phillip Wise
  • Steven Barker (Shoalhaven)

The Library Hunt was held in celebration of Libraries and Information Week. Winners searched the catalogue using keywords deduced from the cryptic clues given as part of the hunt and then located the book and found the key inside.

Pictured below: Jane Deeley, Matthew Tonini, Phillip Wise

Library Hunt 2009 winners

Library Hunt

All the keys have been found! Congratulations to all the winners.

Please join us in celebrating Libraries & Information Week: 25 – 31 May.

April 2009

Get the most from Library computers

Life on campus is getting busy, and parking isn’t the only thing that’s in demand. As the Library gets busier, you may find it harder to access a computer when you need one. Use the following tips to ensure that you’re not caught short:

  • check all floors for access to more than 300 computers
  • consider visiting outside of peak hours (10am to 2pm)
  • borrow a laptop from Short Loans
  • bring your own laptop and use the many powerpoints located throughout the building
  • use the Link on Level 1 and walk straight through to the Student Central Computing Laboratories
  • use the dedicated print-only computers at Ground Floor South for quick printing

Postgraduates: get your own space

Did you know that as a postgraduate student you have access to two exclusive rooms situated on the Ground Floor? One room is limited to quiet individual study and has study computer access, while the other one is designed for quiet group work with round tables and comfortable chairs.

Take advantage of your postgraduate status and access these rooms. Visit the Information Desk and ask for the security code. You will need to show your student card. 

March 2009

Activate Reading History

We know how frustrating it can be trying to remember the name of a great book that you’ve borrowed in the past.

Reading History is a feature of the catalogue that once activated, records all items you borrow from the Library, even after they are returned. You can then check your Reading History and re-borrow the item, or get the information you need from the catalogue record.

To activate: Log in to your Borrowing Record, click Reading History and then click Opt In. You can opt out at any time.

Please note: Once activated, Reading History will only record new items borrowed, not items already on loan.

New Exhibition: Mary Rosengren

An exhibition of limited edition prints & artists books by Mary Rosengren is on display in the Library, Ground Floor, Panizzi Room.

Taken from the series "The Real Thing", "Fruitingbodies" and "Digitalis", limited edition archival prints and artist’s books combine references and images from botanical history with vivid contemporary visualisations of plant subjects.

These works of visual and textual material are contemporary views of vegetation from western science, and include historical accounts of plant subjects from European artist-scientists of 17th & 19th Centuries. Researched at the British Museum, Natural History Museum London, Herbarium RBG Edinburgh, School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong; and on field trips including the Cairngorm Mountains Scotland, Lake Mungo NSW, sub-Antarctic House RBG Hobart and the South Shetlands & Antarctic Peninsula.

Opening: Tuesday 10 March 2008, 12.30pm
All welcome, refreshments available.

Where: Panizzi Room, Ground Floor, Library

Exhibition Dates: Tuesday 10 March – Friday 3 April 2008

Last reviewed: 13 March, 2014