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Library & Information Access
v. 10 no. 1
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Anyone for cake? During the first week of semester the Liaison Librarians hosted a very successful Coffee and Cake tour in the breezeway outside the Library. The event was promoted at Orientation Day the week before and on posters throughout the campus. We have noticed in previous years a dropping off in the number of students joining the generic tours the Library runs in the first two weeks of semester. The attraction of free coffee and chocolate cake was obviously a recipe for success with over 100 students dropping by. The tour provided students with the opportunity to learn more about the resources and services the Library provides. Libguides In late 2009 CDU Library followed the path taken by many other Australian university libraries by taking out a subscription to Libguides. The Liaison Librarians have been pleased with their ease of use and are aiming to have guides available in all the major disciplines on offer at CDU early in first semester. The libguides have also been used as a way to introduce students more generally to the resources and services available. The Student Welcome guide is available at http://libguides.cdu.edu.au/studentwelcome. Library Website The new library website is almost here. Progress reports and opportunities to provide feedback have been available via the library blog. The overarching aim of the new site is to have content more immediately available at the top level. The new site will be less hierarchical and will feature a number of new elements including the option to search across the librarys electronic resources (catalogue, databases, ejournal portal and website) from the homepage. L_I_B project The Library_In_Blackboard pilot of the Blackboard Community System was made available to students in Semester 2 2009. The aim of the project was to make library resources more accessible within Learnline, the CDU learning management system. A Library tab is now included on the Learnline homepage and once logged in students can also access their resources by discipline under a series of subject specific tabs on the Library Community site. The Library has also recently subscribed to Libguides and the Liaison Librarians are exploring options for making these accessible within the Library community site as well as within individual units in Learnline. CDUs Student Services staff are currently trialling BB Community for event calendaring and will be working with the new Student Association representatives to test the organisations function through the establishment of a virtual group in Blackboard. Printing and Photocopying Services Next month we commemorate 3 years of Uniprint Express student print service. The keys to the success of the service continue to be the underlying support and assistance from the Librarys Reference & Information Services team, working closely with ITMS and Uniprint NT staff. We have remained responsive and adaptive to the requirements of students and staff and this has resulted in some machinery and policy changes. The decision to have all printers and copiers located in the one room has proved to be successful with the Print Room at the main campus now enjoying a good profile and an atmosphere of busy energy. Palmerston Campus Library has also been an important location for printing and copying with a steady increase in popularity of the service. The 2010 year to date gives every indication of increased usage and continuing success. It is very pleasing to report that the entire Uniprint Express system has proven sustainable. This would not have been possible without the amazing support from all library staff, in particular Heather Moorcroft and the RIS team. http://libguides.cdu.edu.au/studentwelcome
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