Recent news from the University Library
05 Sep 2012
EndNote Basics for Mac: Thursday 20th September, 10:00AM-12:00PM; and
EndNote Basics for Windows: Tuesday 18th September, 10:00AM-12:00PM.
These 2 hour sessions include 90 min. introductory presentations covering EndNote X5 basics; navigating the program; groups; exporting records from databases; attaching full-text articles and working with MS Word. Presentations are followed by optional 30 min Q & A sessions.
Open to all staff and grad students. No charge. Repeated in November. Bookings essential via: http://www.library.unimelb.edu.au/services/classes
Enquiries: Jennifer Warburton 8344 8466 Email: email@example.com
05 Sep 2012
Staff, students and members of the University and Library community are invited to the third annual Librarian Lecture.
Edward Hippius Bromby
and his legacy to the University of Melbourne Library
Tuesday 18 September
11am - 12pm, Theatre 1, ICT Building, 111 Barry St, University of Melbourne
Edward Hippius Bromby was the first librarian at the University of Melbourne. Drawing on primary sources at the University Archives and the State Library of Victoria, the presentation covers his life in Melbourne society in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bromby developed the library in the young University and grappled with perennial issues such as collections, space and staffing and university politics.
Please register to attend this event at
28 Aug 2012
Two hundred years ago Thomas Jefferson observed that access to information is one of the foundations of democracy.
Today we have Freedom of Information laws and Open Government initiatives, all designed to give citizens access to government information about issues that matter to both individuals and broader society.
Are these mechanisms working? How can we tell whether progress is being made?
These and related topics were the subject of an Information Futures Forum hosted in August by the University Library.
Guest speaker Miriam Nisbet, director of the US Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), tackled the topic from the perspective of a senior public administrator and advocate of FOI.
Dr Denis Muller, Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Journalism at the University of Melbourne, offered some 'war stories' from his own prior experiences as Associate Editor at The Age and latterly as a researcher into media ethics and public policy.
It was, said one audience member, an entertaining and enlightening conversation.
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27 Aug 2012
Learning and Sharing: Supporting Indigenous Literacy -- Help us raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is a national charity of the Australian Book Industry that aims to raise awareness and funds for literacy in remote Indigenous communities.
Join us and learn about the work of the Foundation from children's author and ILF ambassador Andy Griffiths.
Hear MGSE Teacher candidates reflect and share their experiences whilst on teaching placements at Dhalinybuy Homeland and the Gapuwiyak Community in Arnhem Land as part of the elective subject Education, Practice and Place. There will be opportunity for questions and discussion.
To find out more and to book please go to:
23 Aug 2012
Using EndNote and have some questions? -- Come to our EndNote drop-in clinic to get one-on-one help!
Wednesday 29 August, 1:00-2:00 pm
Baillieu eLearning Studio 1, 1st floor, Baillieu Library
Feel free to bring your own laptop with EndNote already installed, as well as copies of any documents and EndNote libraries you are currently working with.
No bookings required. Just turn up.
Please note this clinic is not a training session for beginners.
22 Aug 2012
Come and try out the latest mobile devices and some great apps. Upper ground floor, Giblin Eunson Library, 12pm - 2pm daily.Finishes 24th August.
Visit our Tech Zoo
Take a photo of yourself playing with the mobile devices and gadgets at Tech Zoo then post your pic on our Facebook page. The four best entries will win a $20 iTunes voucher.
The photo must be of ‘the entrant’ playing with the devices at the Tech Zoo table
Entrants are allowed to enhance the photo before posting
The four best photos will be awarded a prize. The Judges’ decision will be final
The last date for entry submission is by 24:00 on the 24th of August 2012
Winners will be notified via their FB accounts by the 28th of August 2012
21 Aug 2012
Staff, students, alumni and friends are cordially invited to join us for a lively debate about Open Government and Freedom of Information.
Miriam Nisbet: "Open Government: are we there yet?"
With Dr Denis Muller, Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Journalism
2.00 to 3.30 pm, followed by afternoon tea
Monday 27 August 2012
Coles Theatre, Melbourne Business School (map)
This free public lecture will be of interest to archivists, records managers, public sector managers, researchers in government and public policy, and journalists with an interest in Freedom of Information.
About Miriam Nisbet
Guest speaker Miriam Nisbet is Director of the Office of Government Information Services, based in Washington DC.
Established in 2007, OGIS is the US Government's Freedom of Information ombudsman. OGIS is responsible for resolving FOI disputes between Federal agencies and requesters, answering questions, tracking suggestions and providing information to both the public and government. Congress has charged OGIS with reviewing FOI policies, procedures and compliance by Federal agencies.
Miriam Nisbet's current interests are the US experience with Open Government, how the Freedom of Information laws fit into that, the critical role of records management, and the challenges of measuring successes in moving towards Open Government.
- Miriam Nisbet's professional biography
- Home page of the Office of Government Information Services, USA
- Issues paper: Understanding the Value of Public Sector Information
- Australia's Declaration of Open Government
- Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
About Denis Muller
Dr Denis Muller is a leading expert on media ethics and worked as a journalist for 27 years including Assistant Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and Associate Editor at The Age. For several years he was the Freedom of Information Editor at The Age.
Since 1995 he has conducted independent social and policy research across education, health, environment and media fields. Dr Muller teaches media ethics and is the author of Media Ethics and Disasters.
Together with Michael Gawenda, Dr Muller has been conducting the research into how the media covered the Black Saturday Bushfires and the second stage of this project, consulting with bushfire-affected communities about their experiences with the media.
Denis is a Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Journalism at the University of Melbourne.
20 Aug 2012
ScienceDirect, Scopus, Hub, Applications, SciVal, and Journals Consult are expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 19 hours from 9.30 pm Saturday 25th August to 4.30 pm Sunday 26th August.
This outage is necessary for Elsevier to implement enhancements such as a new design for journal article and book chapter pages in ScienceDirect, improved Alerts feature functionality in Scopus, and faster search capability with several new features in Hub.
16 Aug 2012
Relais Has Gone Live -- Relais, the new interlibrary loans & document delivery request management system has gone live.
Relais, the new interlibrary loans & document delivery (ILL) requesting system has gone live. Access points to the requesting forms remain the same and users are able to submit new requests, track current orders, view their request history and send messages to ILL online through their Relais account. For more information, including a user guide and a list of FAQs see : http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/services/ill/
The University Library welcomes feedback on this process at firstname.lastname@example.org
16 Aug 2012
Location: Giblin Eunson Library -Upper Ground Floor
Date: 13th August -24th August 2012.
Graphic novels have become a recognised format in publishing.The Graphica Exhibition features graphic novels from the library's collection.
In curating the exhibition,the Education Library staff have sought to highlight the growing popularity and variety of themes explored by authors.
Themes represented include; traditional comics; the individual and society; adaptations; award winners and comics in the classroom.
The graphic novel format can be a powerful means of motivating and engaging readers.
We invite you to visit the Graphica Exhibition and explore new possibilities for reading and teaching.
For more information: