2013 in review

January 6, 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Sessional Staff Resources (DSC) Subject Guide

November 28, 2013

The Sessional Staff Resources (DSC) guide has been created specifically for sessional staff to support learning and teaching. The guide was developed in response to feedback by teaching staff at the recent DSC Sessional Staff Symposiums. It brings together links to Library and support services, resources and teaching support tools like Kanopy Streaming Service, Lynda.com tutorials and the Screenrights Offair Service.

Sessional staff guide

Connecting Sessional Staff Logo

Textbooks for Semester 1, 2014

October 17, 2013

All prescribed and recommended textbooks for 2014 can now be ordered via the Textbook Adoption form.  To ensure sufficient copies are available to borrow for Semester 1, we suggest you place your requests by 30 November.

If you would like any resources placed in our Reserve Collections, please fill in the Reserve request form and send it to the Library site you want the item to be available from. Allow up to 5 working days for processing.

For your reference, the Library uses this guide when purchasing print copies:

Number of
Essential reading, or (prescribed) textbooks per course Recommended
1 – 10 1 copy 1 copy 1 copy
10 – 20 2 copies 2 copies 2 copies
20 – 40 2 copies 3 copies 3 copies
40 – 60 3 copies (max) 4 copies 4 copies (max)
60 – 80 3 copies (max) 5 copies 4 copies (max)
80 – 100 3 copies (max) 6 copies 4 copies (max)
100 – 120+ 3 copies (max) 7 copies (max) 4 copies (max)

Submitting an ‘accepted manuscript’ to the RMIT Research Repository

September 19, 2013

What is an ‘accepted manuscript’?

  • The author-created version that incorporates referee comments and is the accepted version for publication.

As an author, why should I submit records and full-text?

  • Positive effect on citation rates
  • The public can access your findings
  • Compliance with NHMRC and ARC grant rules

How to Add Your Research Publications

Step 1. Report all of your research outputs for inclusion in HERDC to the staff in Research and Innovation. For information about how to report your publications for HERDC, see: http://www.rmit.edu.au/staff/research/publishing 


Step 2. After reporting your research outputs for inclusion in HERDC, email the Research Repository  a copy of the ‘accepted manuscript’ version of your output.

Link to RMIT University Research Repository

New video – What is LibrarySearch? – now available

September 5, 2013

LibrarySearch is a discovery tool which allows you to find resources held by the Library including print books, e-books, journal articles and more…

LibrarySearch gives you a good indication of what’s available on your topic.


  • It should not be the only tool used in your research
  • Library Subject Guides point you to more specific information

  • Tell us what you think!

    July 25, 2013

    Tell us how we can make the Library better for you and you could win an iPad!

    After the last survey in 2011, the Library:

    • extended opening hours
    • installed more power points and student computers, and
    • expanded silent study areas.

    You have until 2nd August 2013 to complete the survey.


    Academics & Researchers – Store your work safely!

    July 4, 2013

    Did you know that RMIT provides access to storage for your research data?

    Academics & Researchers

    The research data and records you create as an RMIT researcher are of immense value to you, your colleagues and the university.

    Storing your work safely means you can have access to the data whenever you need it without searching old drives and worry about corrupted files or formats. More and more, government legislation, funding bodies and publishers also require researchers to protect their data.

    The Research Office has produced new factsheets to help you set up and access your own storage space and update your knowledge of obligations towards research data storage and retention. The Storing your Research Data Factsheet (login required) shows researchers how to access the storage space RMIT provides so that they can save their research data and related records securely and in a usable format into the future.

    The Research Record Retention Factsheet (login required) is a list of easy to follow instructions on how long various types of research data and records must be stored by researchers and RMIT University.


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