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2014 Library Annual Report now online

Read about our achievements from last year in the 2014 Library Annual Report. Did you know:

  • Research Online ranks in the top 5% of institutional repositories in the world and downloads exceeded 3.2 million
  • Nearly 185,000 items were borrowed from the Library
  • Our staff answered over 30,600 questions in person
  • We digitised the earliest known aerial footage of Wollongong, taken from a biplane in 1938.



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UOW Library Annual Cake Stall

The annual cake stall and raffle fundraiser on Tuesday 22 September raised $907.50 for AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience). Our team of bakers churned out yummy cakes, biscuits and slices to support our 2015 charity—and we sold out in less than 3 hours. Rachel Dyer from the UOW Advancement Division was the happy winner of the gourmet hamper raffle.

UOW Library in NMC Horizon Report

UOW Library in NMC Horizon Report
UOW Library facilitates 3D printing and digital literacy workshops

UOW Library is featured in the NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition which examines key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in technology for their impact on academic and research libraries across the globe.

Knit one, purl one

Library knits blankets for Wrap With Lovel
Library knits blankets for Wrap With Love

Throughout winter, students and Library staff volunteered their time and knitting skills to support Wrap With Love. 560 knitted squares were crafted into 20 blankets for individuals and families around the world who are suffering from extreme cold.

Since 1992, more than 323,000 blankets have made their way to over 75 countries, including Australia. UOW first became involved in Wrap With Love in 2008 and participation continues to grow—this year, our Wellbeing Committee organised a collection box and weekly lunchtime “knit-ins”.

Although this year’s campaign has officially come to a close, weekly Library knit-ins will resume again in 2016. Until then, volunteers and Library staff will keep knitting squares for next year’s blankets. Visit Wrap With Love for more information.

Teaching, learning and collaborating with Padlet

Teaching, learning and collaborating with Padlet

The UOW Learning & Research Services Team has been using Padlet, an online collaboration tool, to “flip” information literacy classes. Before students attend a class, they are introduced to key concepts and research skills. Students provide feedback and ask questions using the Padlet wall, and in turn the instructor gains a sense of the students’ prior knowledge. Class content can then be tailored to meet students’ needs. After using Padlet to complete a pre-class activity, a student said, “It got me thinking about what I hoped to learn from the library session.”

Padlet allows participants to choose to remain anonymous, which encourages collaboration and interaction from students who may not feel comfortable speaking up in class. Learning & Research Services Librarian Amy Hardy said, “In the future I hope to find opportunities to use Padlet and other tools, not just for flipped teaching but also in the classroom to encourage participation and learning.”

Padlet can also be used for group discussion, gathering feedback, brainstorming, and sharing multimedia resources and links. At the 2015 UOW Library Winter Conference, library staff participated in a lively discussion using Padlet to share ideas.

Watch the video below to find out more about using Padlet for teaching, learning and collaborating.

UOW Learning Co-Op: easy access to study help

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Peer Academic Coaches at the Learning Co-Op launch on 23 July

The UOW Learning Co-Op has reopened for Spring session in its new home, just inside the main entrance on the ground floor of the Wollongong Campus Library. Students can drop into a peer-supported study environment 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. Library Rovers and Peer Academic Coaches offer study skills advice; help with technology; and referrals for individual consultations, or essential academic skills seminars and workshops.

40 Years of Student Life Exhibition launch

40 Years of Student Life exhibition

The "40 Years of Student Life" exhibition was officially launched on Monday 6 July, celebrating the student experience from 1975, when UOW first stood as a university in its own right, through to the current day.

The opening address by Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings was followed by testimony from Bachelor of Business student Trang Dao, who offered unique insight into life as an international student at UOW. Director of Library Services Margie Jantti, as MC, welcomed special guests including Wollongong Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Chris Connor, and reflected on the university student experience. "For many students, their time at university is remembered for the learning experiences, the growth of friendship networks, and the opportunities it presented to be exposed to a diverse range of people and ideas. This exhibition aims to capture those experiences and how social and technological changes have shaped the way students transition through university life", Ms Jantti said. See photos of the launch in our Facebook gallery.

If you're a current UOW student or alumni, we're looking to capture your reminiscences on social media. Tag your stories with #UOWthen&now so you can be a part of the 40 Years of Student Life exhibition. Come along to our special event presentations, running at 12.30pm every Friday until the exhibition closes on 6 September.

Staff Spotlight: Goodnight Irene, but not goodbye

The Library recently farewelled long-time staff member Irene Mar, who has accepted a new position with University's Information Management & Technology Services Division (IMTS), as the Web & Digital Production Coordinator. Irene began as a casual Library assistant in February 1996. She quickly gained a permanent position in client services, working there for two years before entering the world of systems support in 1998. Within two years, Irene began specialising in web development and became the Library's Web Development Officer from 2001 to 2015.

Irene's dedication to quality is obvious to anyone who worked with her, and she played a key role in maintaining the Library's online content. Her creativity and humour came in very handy in 2014 when she hand-illustrated a series of online characters for two Library instructional video clips.

We wish Irene well in her new home at IMTS, and although physically she is not very far away, she is very well missed here at the Library!

UOW Library also recently farewelled Lisa McIntosh and Katrina McAlpine, who have taken on positions at University of Sydney; and Mike Manning, who is heading off to the French Riviera. We've welcomed a new Learning and Research Services Librarian, Rachel Jones; and Client Relationship Officer, Suzannah van der Haak.


Library GCC 2015

We all know excessive sitting is bad for us but when your job is largely desk bound what can you do? Enter the Global Corporate Challenge! UOW Library is once again pounding the paths around the duckpond, botanic gardens, and the rest of the campus in an effort to raise our step levels to 10,000 a day. That means lots of trips up and down the stairs instead of taking the elevator and using lunch breaks to walk, get some fresh air, and recharge for the afternoon ahead. There are a total of 7 Library teams participating this year - The Sausage Rolls, RIS-Soles, Dewey Decimators, The Young Guns, Motley Crue, Lost in Pace, and The Gaitkeepers. Keep your eye out for them around campus!

UOW Library new search

We have recently made updates to the Library home page, which includes an upgraded search engine to provide users with an improved, streamlined and sophisticated search experience. The new search engine delivers a whole range of new features including superior search results, the ability to save and share your search history and results, and customisation options for result display and managing citations. You can try it out now via the Library homepage, or from My Library in your Moodle site.


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To celebrate our latest exhibition 40 Years of Student Life, now open daily in the Library Panizzi Room, we're offering you the chance to win one of four double passes to rock out at UniBar with:

Tex Perkins - Friday July 17
Death Cab for Cutie - Friday July 31
Gang of Youths - Friday August 7
or, The Getaway Plan - Thursday September 10

To enter simply:

  1. Recreate one of the below images
  2. Upload to Instagram
  3. Tag @uowstudentlife and #UOWthen&now

Winners will be contacted via their Instagram account in the week leading up to each concert. To find out more about the exhibition and weekly special events, visit 40 Years of UOW student life.

Proudly supported by UniBar.

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THETA Conference 2015

Conference attendees Kristy Newton and Jen Lyons

UOW Library staff Deb Nolan, Jen Lyons, Kristy Newton and Director of Library Services Margie Jantti, went to the Gold Coast in May for the THETA Conference 2015. THETA, The Higher Education Technology Agenda, is run bi-annually under the direction of Australia’s CAUDIT, CAUL and ACODE. The conference aims to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. This years conference explored how information services and technologies are radically transforming the way scholars communicate, create, connect with and consume information.

One of the most interesting sessions I attended was by Jim Cook and Jai Honeybrook-Carter from the Innovation Techlab at Sydney Uni, titled “ICT as a Catalyst for Curriculum Reform or, how we paint with our brains.” They discussed innovation in education and demonstrated how they had used a $159 EEC device to create original projects across different faculties including “Mindwave”, where students had written a program to create a mind controlled music program by coupling the EEC with a computer.’Deb Nolan
THETA was full of inspired discussions about usability, the growing role of technology in higher education and how we manage resources in this brave new world. One key emerging issue is the importance of giving students enough flexibility to interact with learning so they can engage with it in ways that make sense to them. There is a growing need for new pedagogies that do more than translate the physical classroom into the digital space. If I could sum up my THETA experience in a sentence it would be that an attitude that combines real humans, good data, and smart tech is essential for success.’ Kristy Newton

Maker Spaces: Printing in 3D

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Media and Communication Studies students have been gathering in our new 3D printing space for a series of hands-on 3D printing workshops. Students have the chance to explore, document and share their experiences of the entire 3D printing process:

  • building 3D models
  • scanning
  • printing
  • applying finishing touches to 3D prints

“Desktop 3D printers are no longer the speculative technology they once were … and the Library’s new 3D print room brings the technology to students now. It is clearly important that our visual arts and design students materialise their digital creations”, said School of the Arts, English and Media Lecturer Dr Christopher Moore. Read what BCM112 students are tweeting about 3D printing and watch a Cyborg Beast prosthesis being assembled.

UOW Library is making changes to our search engine

“Search” will soon replace “Summon” on the Library website, offering basic and advanced search functions with refining options to help you find the information you need. New personalisation features will enable you to save and share your search history and results, as well as customise your results display and citation preferences. You can try it prior to the Spring Session launch, and we’d love to hear your feedback via our web site. Just use the subject title “Search feedback”.

Celebrating National Simultaneous Storytime 2015

UOW Library supports National Simultaneous Storytime

UOW Library joined with Early Start volunteers last week to deliver a fun program to KidsUni as part of National Simultaneous Storytime 2015. NSS is a campaign promoted annually through ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association), to encourage young Australians to read and enjoy books. This year’s book, The Brothers Quibble, was read to children in pre-schools and school across Australia. It explores the difficulties that some children experience when a new baby brother or sister arrives and they are no longer the centre of attention. In addition to reading the story, Early Start volunteers and UOW Library staff enjoyed engaging with the children in singing, breathing and craft activities.

Morning tea raises $135 for Cancer Council

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UOW Library staff rallied with their teacups today to celebrate Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, the Cancer Council’s annual fundraiser. Renowned across campus for their baking prowess, Library staff shared their homemade tea-time treats with colleagues over a cuppa. While sampling the delicious cakes, biscuits, savouries and sweets, gold coin donations from staff raised $135 towards cancer research, prevention and support services.

Visit Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to get involved or make a donation.

Upcoming exhibition

Library Exhibitions Team meeting

Exhibition preparations are well underway at UOW Library for our forthcoming exhibition, 40 Years of Student Life, set to open on June 29 in the Library Panizzi Room. The exhibition celebrates student life at UOW from 1975 when the University became independent, through to today. It will explore aspects of the student experience such as technological advancement, social and academic experience, and how student engagement has transformed through the generations.

Open through to September 6, the exhibition will feature presentations by UOW alumni on topics such as sports, activism, art and student shenanigans, and we are currently seeking one line quotes to include about these topics on image boards as part of the installation. If you would like to provide your comment and have the chance to win the latest UOW hoodie – please go to our Facebook page and simply comment on the appropriate post. Conditions apply [PDF]

More study spaces on the way

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Have you noticed the book shuffling lately?

Over the past few months, we’ve been busy shifting our hard copy collection on Level 1 of the Main Library to make room for more study spaces.

We’re integrating the larger items into the main collection, so it’s easier to browse and find books on the shelves. The whole Library’s been involved, rearranging and making room to expand the collection. When we finish, hopefully around September this year, there will be another 30 quiet study desks with a view over the Library main entrance—a place for you in the sun!

Masters student planning a career in academic libraries

Kate Galloway, an aspiring library and information professional, gained real-time, real-life experience during her recent two week placement with UOW Library. The Library, an active supporter of student placements, ensured that Kate was introduced to all facets of library operations and offered her targeted assignments in the Business Solutions Team with particular emphasis on promotional and publication outputs. Reflecting on her experience, Kate said “it is astounding the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes, in a facility that many students take for granted.” She particularly enjoyed the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Library clients. “One of my favourite parts of my placement would have to be the Client Services roles working on the service pod. I also had the opportunity to sit in on Book a Librarian appointments and watch professional librarians in action!”

Kate lives in Wollongong, and plans to complete her Masters of Information Services (Information Science) with Charles Sturt University later in 2015. She said that “the experience was amazing and the insight into the profession that I am studying towards was priceless. Working alongside such skilled, friendly and dedicated people was incredibly enjoyable and I would wholeheartedly recommend other students consider UOW Library as a placement option.”

Staff spotlight: Fiona Macdonald

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Originally from Scotland with an Honours degree in Sociology, one of Fiona Macdonald’s earliest library jobs was managing a tiny library—a cupboard—in a commune in New Zealand. Now with extensive experience in both public and academic libraries, as well as education design, UOW Library has been delighted to welcome her as Senior Manager Client Services.

As a young mother, restless at home and trying to return to work, Fiona found herself volunteering at a local public library in the small rural town of Winton on New Zealand’s South Island. From the circulation desk to children’s services, working in all facets of the library reaffirmed Fiona’s desire to be a librarian. After several years in public and academic libraries, the Christchurch College of Education offered Fiona a contract to run their education design department. Fiona had some doubts about the position: “I said 'I don’t know anything about education design, I’m a librarian', but it turns out academic librarians do know about education design”.

One of Fiona’s first projects at UOW is a collaboration between Learning Development and Peer Learning to pilot a Learning Co-Op for students. Fiona is passionate about collaboration, and having lived and worked in a commune, is familiar with the challenges of collaborative endeavour. “It is incredibly rewarding because you realise… you can’t just go off and do things by yourself, or if you do it’s usually not as good as when you bring other people along with you”, she said.

Fiona believes that the Learning Co-Op model works because it creates a dynamic learning environment where students can access peer support for their studies, as well as advice and instruction from librarians, and learning developers, all in the one place. Fiona is enthusiastic about the project: “I’m really delighted with the Learning Co-Op and hope that we can create a space that is learning centred and student driven.” The Co-Op is the realisation of a learning and working environment that Fiona is obviously passionate about. “Everyone is there talking to each other - staff and students - sharing knowledge and experience, and finding solutions. That’s just a dream for me, you know? That is how we should be working.”

Australia at the time of the First Fleet — The voyage of Governor Phillip

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The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay: With an Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson and Norfolk Island is one of the first substantial works published in Australia’s European history. Researchers now have the opportunity to study an original early volume, recently restored for UOW Library and now housed in the Rare Books Collection. “It’s a rare and significant work, which is deserving of preservation and in this instance we’ve been able to do that”, said Susan Jones, UOW Archivist. Originally published in 1789, this firsthand account of the convict colony in Sydney also offers a glimpse into the lives of Indigenous Australians, the local landscapes, and Australia’s native flora and fauna.

First Fleet journals such as this were an important means of reporting back to England. The authors, contemporaries of Governor Arthur Phillip, documented details of the colony, and one of the first things they did was look around and start to record the animals, the bird life and other elements of the local environment. As one of the very first published accounts of Australian flora and fauna, the illustrations in The Voyage of Governor Phillip formed a noteworthy addition to the annals of science.

When Mr Barry Becarevic donated The Voyage of Governor Phillip to UOW, as is often the case with antiquarian volumes, it was in dire need of restoration. The leather cover showed signs of deterioration, and the pages were affected by mould and water damage. Multi-award winning bookbinder Barbara Schmelzer was entrusted with the restoration. She meticulously assessed and bathed individual pages to stabilise them, and inserted a special, lightweight paper between the illustrations to preserve them. The painstaking restoration process retained as much of the original material as possible, including the leather cover and parts of the spine that had remained intact. Barbara recreated missing parts with the same style and materials, and finally the book was rebound and ready for display.

StartSmart Feedback Competition

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If you’re a new student at UOW in 2015 and have completed StartSmart - we’d like to hear your thoughts. Go to our Facebook Page to leave your comments and be in the running for a $50 UniShop voucher PLUS $50 worth of UOW printing credit.
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The Living Daylights

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Another snapshot of avant-garde and underground movements in Australian art and publishing history has been added to UOW Library’s growing collection, with the release of all 25 issues of The Living Daylights magazine. Already nearing 1,000 downloads since it became freely available, The Living Daylights represents an important historic record of Australian counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s—from sex, drugs and rock‘n’roll to politics, corruption, social justice and the environment.

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Introducing My Library

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Save time by using My Library to easily find subject specific Library content, all within your Moodle site! The My Library menu gives you links to Subject Readings, Guides, StartSmart and more, and the My Library search box helps you search for books and journal articles that relate to your specific subject area. Find out more.

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Last reviewed: 30 September, 2015

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