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09 Jul 2014

Celebrating NAIDOC Week - indigenous library resources --

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 


The University of Melbourne Library has a number of guides pointing you to resources for indigenous research:

Indigenous Arts Management

Australian Indigenous Studies

Australian Indigenous Education

Indigenous Law 



18 Jun 2014

Digital tools to support your research -- Have you caught up with our 23 Research Things @ Melbourne blog yet?

Consisting of 23 weekly posts the blog showcases a range of digital tools that might be useful for your research practice.

Whatever your current level of confidence, the programme aims to help you develop a strategic approach to integrating digital skills into your work as a researcher. You might be using some of the tools already, in which case the programme will encourage you to think more deeply about how and why they can benefit your professional practice, and how to get the most out of them.

Topics covered to date include:
  • Thing 01: Organisational and productivity tools.
  • Thing 02: Collaboration tools.
  • Thing 03: File sharing.
  • Thing 04: Social media for researchers.
  • Thing 05: Online presence – blogging your research
  • Thing 06: Managing your online research networks.
  • Thing 07: Researcher identifiers and your publication profile.
  • Thing 08: Mind-mapping and brainstorming tools.
  • Thing 09: Web-conferencing and communication tools.
  • Thing 10: Locating and using digital images.
  • Thing 11: Managing and manipulating digital images.
Read the 23 Research Things@Melbourne blog here.

For weekly updates, sign up to our email list here.



12 Jun 2014

RefWorks and all ProQuest databases unavailable Sunday 15th June -- RefWorks and all ProQuest databases will be unavailable from midday Sunday 15th June through to 1.00 am Monday 16th June.

ProQuest has scheduled maintenance to take place on Sunday 15th June.  The maintenance will enable ProQuest to make improvements to its internal systems to accommodate a growing number of users and to reduce the need for future downtime.

ProQuest expects RefWorks and all ProQuest databases not be available from approximately 12:00 PM AEST, Sunday, June 15, 2014 through 01:00 AM AEST, Monday, June 16, 2014.




11 Jun 2014

LMS upgrade July 2014 -- The LMS will be unavailable from 7am on Monday 7th July until 5pm on Tuesday 8th July while scheduled maintenance is carried out.  

Staff and students will not be able  to access the LMS from any page. As with all scheduled maintenance periods, the LMS will be unavailable for the shortest time possible, but this window has been set to allow for the delivery of complex works.

Any queries can be lodged at 

Academic Learning and Systems Support (ALSS) Team



05 Jun 2014

Minerva Access the new University Institutional Repository -- The University’s Institutional repository, UMER, has been replaced by an enhanced new system, Minerva Access.

Designed to support the preservation and dissemination of the University’s scholarly works, Minerva Access will also provide enhanced search functionality and improved mechanism for compliance with funder Open Access mandates. Over the coming months, Open Access material will progressively become findable via Google and Google Scholar, significantly increasing the visibility of the University’s scholarly works. To find out more, Meet Minerva now.



02 Jun 2014

Author Workshops on Book and Journal Publishing (Springer) --

In these 2-hour workshops for academics and research students, senior editors from Springer will provide advice for getting published.

Springer publishes in Science, Technology, Medicine, Business, and Education. 

Tuesday 20 May 10am-12.00pm or 1.00-3.00pm (repeat)

Baillieu Library, Parkville Campus.

Topics covered will include: 
  • journal and academic book publishing – how it works with Springer; 
  • practical book publishing examples; 
  • benefits of eBook publishing; 
  • access, and use of content in MOOCS. 

A buffet lunch will be served from 12.00pm. Please feel free to join us (stay on after first session, or come early for second session). A lunch invitation will be sent to all participants a few days before the workshops.  

At lunch there will be opportunities for discussions with editors about specific book proposals.

Bookings essential and are open until Friday 16 May unless filled earlier.



02 Jun 2014

New Fellowship Scheme --

The University of Melbourne has been involved in a successful bid to establish a new fellowship scheme, which is a partnership between the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA).
The initial three-year Fellowship program has been made possible through a grant from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. Researchers and creative scholars are able to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to assist in their research using the special collections held in Australian University Libraries. The University of Melbourne Library is one of the 12 libraries that have offered to host a scholar. There is only one grant in the first year but it is planned to grow in subsequent years.
Applications are now open for 2014 CAUL and ASA Fellowships. More information about the application process, host libraries and their collections is available at:



02 Jun 2014

Radicals, slayers & villains exhibition - opening 16 April 2014 -- Noel Shaw gallery, Level 1, Baillieu Library, Parkville Campus

Radicals, slayers and villains will be a major attraction at the University’s biennial Cultural Treasures Festival in July 2014. It is currently on display in the Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library until 3 August 2014. The exhibition will then travel to Art Gallery of BallaratHamilton Art Gallery and Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Radicals, slayers and villains shows controversial figures from history that have challenged the status-quo and helped shape our world. The striking imagery of these works is captured by seminal artists including Dürer, Goya and Rembrandt. The artists in the exhibition have been instrumental in the development of Western art and the universal theme of the individual and his or her role in society is illustrated through these extraordinarily powerful works. The exhibition has wide appeal through its representation of themes, such as the place and role of the individual in society, the depiction of the human figure, the impact of violence, and death. The often violent imagery depicted in the ‘slayers’ component of the exhibition presented great appeal to artists working from the Renaissance onwards, and inherent in these images is their capacity to shock and inspire awe in contemporary audiences with their lethal armoury of brutal and savage capabilities. The depiction of the human figure is equally arresting in the group of works categorised as ‘villains’, which shows supernatural skeletons bringing death, hybrid fiends, demons, criminals and evil animals all conspiring to throw our existence into turmoil.



02 Jun 2014

EndNote Drop-in Clinics --

Need help with EndNote? Come to one of the Library's monthly EndNote Drop-in Clinics for one-on-one help with specific EndNote problems. 

Bring your laptop with EndNote already installed, as well as copies of any documents and EndNote libraries you are currently working with.

Parkville campus:

Tuesday, 22 May 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm 

Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm

Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm

Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm

Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm

Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm

Venue details and additional dates

Southbank campus (Faculty of VCA and MCM)

Monday, 16 Jun 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm

Monday, 21 Jul 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm

Monday, 18 Aug 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm

Monday, 15 Sep 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 1:00pm-2:00pm

Venue details and additional dates

Please note that our clinics are not training sessions for beginners. See our EndNote Basics sessions for Mac and Windows.

Other EndNote help options: 

Thomson Reuters for EndNote troubleshooting and technical support service

University of Melbourne Library's EndNote support page



02 Jun 2014

23 Things for Research -- 23 Research Things is an online learning program from the University Library for university staff and graduate students, showcasing a range of digital tools that can support research activity.

The program will explore new digital tools that might be useful to researchers and will look at how and why they can benefit research practice and professional development. 23 Research Things launches on March 24 as a series of weekly blog posts.

You can participate in as much or as little as you like: join the conversation regularly or just read the occasional post:




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