Recent news from the University Library
12 Apr 2013
08 Apr 2013
Wednesday 10 April 2013 10:30am-12:00pm
This library research skills session is essential for any research higher degree student. The presentation will focus on effective search strategies for citation tracking and include tips on making the most of databases such as Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar.
Presented by Sabina Robertson.
A repeat session will be offered in August.
08 Apr 2013
Which reference manager? EndNote, RefWorks, Mendeley or Zotero? -- Which will best suit your research needs?
Session: Wednesday 10 April 2013, 1:10pm-2:10pm
This session will look at the pros and cons of Endnote, Refworks, Zotero and Mendeley and give researchers an insight into which reference management software might best suit their research needs.
Bookings open to all staff and graduate students
You might also be interested in the Library's Managing References guide:
04 Apr 2013
Potential disruption to Readings Online/UMER/Special and Cultural collections during urgent maintenance on the Institutional Repository platform.
In order to resolve an issue with the Repository platform which hosts Readings Online/UMER and Cultural Collections content, the Library Systems Team will undetake some maintenance from 3.40pm today.
This may result in a disruption to the service and some of its content during this period.
We are hopeful that the issue maybe resolved over the next 2 hours.
28 Mar 2013
Senior Development Manager, University Library
Competitive salary and benefitsThe University Library is at the intellectual heart of the University of Melbourne. Its physical facilities attract 3 million visitors per year and hold over 3 million items, valuable primary and secondary resources for the University’s students and research community and countless unique, rare and valuable special collections. The University Library is committed to increasing public and private sector support to continue to improve its physical space, as well as to further build its Cultural Collections.
The University Library seeks a new Senior Development Manager who will be responsible for the implementation of a robust fundraising strategy, including the ongoing development of the University Library’s case for support. The postholder will cultivate and solicit significant philanthropic gifts from individuals and organisations and play a leading role in the development and implementation of an eight-figure fundraising campaign for the proposed redevelopment of the Baillieu Library.
Your track record in securing major philanthropic gifts from individuals and organisations will be matched by your highly developed interpersonal and relationship building skills and the ability to motivate and develop volunteers. You will have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team within a complex environment. A strong affinity with and passion for the University Library’s work and University’s mission together with an ability to champion this mission among external and internal constituents will be key.
To discuss this exciting opportunity, please contact Jocelyn Kelty, Director, Richmond Associates, Australia Office on +61 (0)2 9258 1932 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can also be downloaded from the Richmond Associates website at http://www.richmond-associates.com.
Closing date for applications: Monday 15 April 2013
25 Mar 2013
EndNote X6 available -- EndNote X6 for Windows and EndNote X6.0.2 for Mac are now available for download from the University Library EndNote site http://endnote.unimelb.edu.au/
Importantly for Mac OS 10.8 "Mountain Lion" users the EndNote X6.0.2 for Mac is compatible with Mac OS 10.8.2.
EndNote software provides a reference management database for your personal computer and can be used with Microsoft Word and other word processors to produce reference lists for essays, theses and academic works.
The University of Melbourne will continue to recommend and support EndNote X5 for Windows and EndNote X5 for Mac through 2013 and this version will be found on University computers in labs and libraries. EndNote X6 is provided for users wanting to utilise new features or who are experiencing compatibility issues. Note that the program is supplied with default settings from EndNote and requires configuration to utilise all article retrieval, search and style citation functions available. A configuration guide is provided on the installation instructions page.
Staff requiring EndNote X6 should request the software through the ITS Service Desk.
20 Mar 2013
Print collection online -- The Baillieu Library Print Collection which features over 8,000 woodcuts, engravings, etchings, mezzotints and lithographs from the Renaissance onwards, has just upgraded its database web interface.
Some new features include a picture viewer, multiple module searching and shopping cart functionality whereby researchers may select prints and place them in ‘My Print Room.’ The interface and collection may be explored at
Please direct any questions or feedback to Kerrianne Stone email@example.com
19 Mar 2013
Public lecture: reconfiguring libraries for a network environment -- Lorcan Dempsey (OCLC) 11 April 2013
The University Library is delighted to welcome Mr Lorcan Dempsey who will deliver the next public lecture in the Information Futures Forum series.
Lorcan is Vice-President of Research at OCLC and Director of OCLC Strategy. He is a leading thinker in the fields of library services, information science and the possibilities offered by new technologies.
This is a free public lecture:
10.30 am to 12.00 noon
Thursday 11 April 2013
at the Woodward Centre
Level 10 Melbourne Law School
Pelham Street, Parkville [map]
RSVP online or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"Reconfiguring libraries for a network environment: rightscaling, engaging, learning"
The classic library was built on an outside-in model: information materials were brought to the institution, and made available for use. This was appropriate in an age of information scarcity and high transaction costs. The only way effectively to interact with a large body of knowledge was to have it assembled close to the reader.
Our environment has now changed. We live in an age of information abundance and transaction costs are reduced on the web. This makes the locally assembled collection less central to the lives of readers.
At the same time, institutions are generating new forms of data – research data, learning materials, preprints, videos, expertise profiles, etc – which they wish to share with others. These need to be managed and disclosed so as to be discoverable by others, as an ‘inside-out’ perspective becomes more interesting.
This creates new questions for libraries. What is the best scale to do things at (locally or in the cloud)? How do you collaboratively source common infrastructure which creates little unique local impact? How do you better understand the changing research, learning and information workflows of readers and become more engaged with them? How do you become a learning organisation which can respond effectively to change?
About Lorcan Dempsey
Lorcan Dempsey oversees the research division and participates in planning at OCLC.
OCLC Research is one of the world's leading centres devoted exclusively to the challenges facing libraries and archives in a rapidly changing information technology environment.
Lorcan is a librarian who has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, England and the US. He has policy, research and service development experience, mostly in the area of networked information and digital libraries.
Before moving to OCLC Lorcan worked for JISC in the UK, overseeing national information programs and services, and before that was Director of UKOLN a national UK research and policy unit at the University of Bath. Lorcan is Irish, and before moving to the UK he worked in public libraries in Dublin, Ireland.
18 Mar 2013
EndNote issues? EndNote Drop-in Clinic Wednesday 20 March, 1-2pm -- Using EndNote and have some questions?
Wednesday 20 March, 1-2 pm
Venue: Baillieu Library: 1st floor eLearning studio #2 (Parkville)
University of Melbourne researchers can come to the monthly Library's EndNote Drop-in Clinics to get one-on-one help!
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.
14 Mar 2013
University of Melbourne Archives session for graduate reseachers -- UpSkills Discover Primary Sources: An introductory session to the University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) @ Brunswick