Monday, May 22, 2017

Research Repository hits 3 million downloads

The University Library celebrated a significant milestone last month, reaching three million downloads from the Institutional Research Repository.

Research Repository Coordinator Joanne Richards said this was a great result. “The Repository started slowly with two items accessed in Sept 2009, but has now become a significant way for Murdoch’s research output to be disseminated amongst researchers and communities around the world,” Joanne said.

“We now hold 12,132 research papers in the Repository, and these freely available papers are helping to make Murdoch University’s valuable research more discoverable and accessible.

“Researchers who choose to input their papers into the repository enjoy improved citation rates, increased opportunities for collaboration and supervision, enhanced brand awareness of the University and improved community engagement.”

The United States currently tops the list for the most downloads from the Repository. However, less developed countries including Malaysia, Brazil, Indonesia, Philippines, Iran and Thailand all appear in the top 20.

Other countries from the Asia-Pacific region are also well represented, with China appearing third, Japan fifth, and India seventh on the list.

The Murdoch Library plays a major role in helping researchers share their work with the world through the Repository and encourages all Murdoch University staff and postgraduate students to submit their publications.

To contribute just go to researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thank you for your survey responses

The University Library would like to thank those who participated in the Library Client Survey 2017.

We received over 800 responses over the two week survey period and your answers and feedback will help us identify areas where we can perform better. The results of the survey will be available in the coming months from this page: Library Survey.

In the meantime, if you have any further feedback or comments about the Library, please let us know.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Tell us how we're doing to win prizes!

Murdoch University Library is running the Library Client Survey to get your feedback on how well you think the Library is performing. The survey takes 10 minutes to fill in and the results will help us improve your Library, as well as giving you the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a Go-Pro or University Bookshop voucher.

The survey is available online and runs until 11:59pm (AWST) on Sunday 14th May 2017. All responses are confidential and the anonymised final summary of the results will be made available.

Start the survey here: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/librarysurvey 

We appreciate you taking the time to fill out the survey, and look forward to hearing what you think!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Library foyer now reopened!

The new Library foyer is now open and you are invited to come and have a look.  You will find a variety of flexible spaces for research, study and social activities.  We have brought together Library, IT and Peer Academic Coaching services, with an emphasis on friendly, pro-active assistance and self-service options.

Come and enjoy the new space and let us know what you think.  Surveys are available in the foyer for your feedback.


ANZAC Day public holiday

We’ll be closed on Tuesday 25th April to observe the ANZAC Day public holiday. The 24/7 Learning Common at the Geoffrey Bolton Library will remain open; use your ID card to swipe in at the Level 2 entrance.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Opening Hours

The University Library will be closed on Friday 14th April (Good Friday) and Monday 17th April (Easter Monday). Saturday and Sunday opening hours will remain the same.

See our public holiday opening hours for more information.

The 24/7 Learning Common at the Geoffrey Bolton Library will remain open throughout the entire Easter period. Use your University ID card to swipe for access via the entrance on Level 2.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

What is the High Demand collection?

The High Demand collection provides Murdoch students with books and other materials selected by lecturers as required or recommended readings for courses.  The Collection is conveniently located in North Wing level 3, near the Library’s main entrance.

You can only borrow High Demand items for a short time period to ensure they are available for everyone who needs them.

Please return High Demand items through the Returns chute on the outside wall of the Library building.  You may find that your unit readings are available online through My Unit Readings.

For more information, see High Demand collection and My Unit Readings help.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Westlaw AU database downtime

Due to scheduled maintenance, the Westlaw AU database will be unavailable on Saturday 8th April from 12pm-8pm WST.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Discover Scholarly Journals and Stay Current in Your Reading

We are pleased to announce that Murdoch University Library is the first of its kind in Western Australia to subscribe to the popular journal browsing service, BrowZine.

Browzine allows academics, researchers and students to browse, read and follow thousands of journal titles subscribed to by the Library.

With BrowZine you can:
  •  Browse and read journals by subject, easily review tables of content and download full text articles
  • Stay current by creating a personal bookshelf of titles to follow and receiving new article notifications
  • Save complete articles to read off-line later or to export to services such as EndNote and DropBox
  • Easily access journals on the web or on any device using the Browzine app, staying up to date wherever you are.
You can get started today by visiting BrowZine or downloading the app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon App Store.

Please contact your Subject Librarian for further information.



Monday, March 20, 2017

Library online resources, Library Catalogue, My Library and borrowing services unavailable

Due to a scheduled system upgrade, Library online resources, the Library Catalogue, My Library and borrowing services will be unavailable from Tuesday, 21st March at 11pm WST until Wednesday 22nd March at 8am WST.

Additionally, the self check machines will be unavailable on Tuesday from the following times:
  • Geoffrey Bolton Library from 10pm, 
  • Veterinary Library from 6pm.
You can still borrow items until 11pm, see Library staff on Level 2, NW of the Geoffrey Bolton Library or call 9360 2563.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this downtime.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Borrowing is now simpler and better

The University Library has expanded its borrowing so students can now borrow more for longer. Undergraduates and Graduate Diploma students can borrow twice as much for twice as long; 30 items for 12 weeks.

We’ve also increased borrowing limits for honours students and postgraduates, alumni, community and corporate members and reciprocal students.

Don’t forget, if the item you want is currently on loan to someone else, you can recall it and we’ll let you know when its available for you to pick up.

For more information, see our Borrowing page.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Research Repository unavailable

The Murdoch Research Repository is currently experiencing some downtime.

The problem has been referred to our service providers and we hope it will be back up shortly.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Library renamed in honour of Murdoch icon Geoffrey Bolton

In a dedication ceremony on Tuesday, Murdoch University celebrated the naming of the Library after eminent historian and Murdoch icon, the late Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Bolton.

The Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC and Murdoch Vice Chancellor Professor Eeva Leinonen, dedicated the Geoffrey Bolton Library in front of invited guests including members of Professor Bolton’s family, his friends and colleagues.

“We decided dedicating our Library in Geoffrey’s honour would be a fitting and lasting memorial,” said Vice Chancellor Leinonen.

Professor Bolton was the Foundation Professor of History at Murdoch, as well as a former Senate member, Chancellor and academic. He was also regarded as one of Australia’s most eminent historians. He died in September 2015, at the age of 83.

An exhibition entitled ‘Geoffrey Bolton: The Legacy of an Eminent Historian and Iconic Murdoch Figure’, featuring artworks, pictures, awards and memorabilia relating to his life, will also be showcased in the Library foyer until March 17.

All visitors are welcome to view the exhibition during Library opening hours.














Thursday, February 16, 2017

Main entrance closed: Tuesday 21st Feb from 8am-1pm

The main entrance to the Library will be closed on Tuesday 21st February from 8am-1pm due to a special event that will be held in this area. Please use the 24/7 Learning Common entrance during this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.



Friday, February 10, 2017

Access issues for Kaplan (Singapore) students

Due to an issue between the student records system and our Library records, students currently enrolled at Kaplan (Singapore) may not be able to access online Library resources.

An error screen may appear stating that your record is expired.

We are currently working on this issue with IT but we don't anticipate a fix before early next week.

In the meantime, please include your name and student number in an email to libhelp@murdoch.edu.au, so we can restore your access.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Discover Murdoch University Library’s unique Science Fiction collections

Have you ever wondered what happened to those science fiction fanzines and convention materials from the 60’s and 70’s, and how they might be used by researchers and community members today?

Join Dr Jessie Lymn, Special Collections Fellowship recipient, as she provides a rare insight into Science Fiction fanzines at Murdoch University Library; how they reflect the cultural, political and social issues of their era and the importance of the human networks around them.

This will be followed by a unique panel discussion with Dr. Leigh Edmonds, the collection donor, Grant Stone, the collector librarian and Dr. Jessie Lymn, the researcher.

When: Friday 3rd March 2017, 3:45 for 4:00 p.m. start
Where: Hill Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University.
RSVP: goto.murdoch.edu.au/DiscoverSF by Monday 27th February 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Main entrance closed - Saturday 4th February

The main entrance to the South St Campus Library will be closed on Saturday 4th February due to construction work required in that area.

The Library will remain open (from 12pm to 5pm) and all services will be available. Use the 24/7 Learning Common entrance located on Level 2 in the ECL Courtyard to enter the Library. If you require assistance, see Library staff located at the Help Desk located on Level 2, North Wing.

We apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Don’t get lost, take a Library tour!

The easiest way to discover Library services, facilities, study spaces and collections is to take a Library tour. You’ll also learn how to get help with your study or research and meet our friendly Library staff.

Tours will run during O Week until Week 2 of Semester 1. See the schedule below:
If you need help at any time, please see our friendly staff at the Library Help Desk on Level 2 in the North Wing, or Ask a Librarian.

Congratulations Professor Alan Bittles

The Library wishes to extend its congratulations to Professor Alan Bittles, Adjunct Professor and Research leader in the Centre for Comparative Genomics who was the recipient of an Order of Australia during the 2017 Australia Day Awards.

With a career spanning 5 decades now, Alan has published over 250 research papers and book chapters in the field of genomics covering subjects such as  impact of consanguinity and genetic sub-structure, patterns and prevalence of genetic disease in human populations, and longevity and comorbidities in intellectual and developmental disability.

His body of work has been collated by Library staff on the Research Repository: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/view/author/Bittles,_Alan.html

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Exciting news - The front of the Library is being remodelled!

We’re excited to announce that the North Wing Level 3 entrance is being remodelled to provide a new and more flexible experience for students and staff.

The new space will feature user-friendly areas for individual and collaborative learning and peer assisted coaching along with purpose built exhibition facilities.



We are also looking forward to delivering a brand new customer focussed service model.
The project is due for completion by April 2017.

In the meantime, the Library and IT help desks have been temporarily relocated to North Wing Level 2.


We thank you for your patience while work is in progress.

Visit the Library website or our Facebook page for updates on this project.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Australia Day Public Holiday

The University Library will be closed on Thursday 26th January for the Australia Day public holiday and will reopen on Friday at 8am.

Please see our Opening Hours and Public Holiday dates for more information.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Research Repository downtime

Due to necessary upgrades to the software and servers, the Research Repository will be unavailable on Monday 16th January between 11am and 3pm (WST).

During this time, you can still contribute to the Repository here: http://webapps2.murdoch.edu.au/apps/thesis_submission/

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Power outages - Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th January

Due to regular maintenance, there will be no power to the Library building at the following times:

Wednesday 11th January, North Wing and Learning Link:

  • 7am to 9am
  • 10:30am and 12 noon (2 minute outages)
  • Library Help Desk Services available from 8am-9am in South Wing, Level 3.
  • No phone service available until 9am
  • Additionally, the IT Service Desk will be closed until 9am.

Thursday 12th January, South Wing

  •  7am to 9am
  •  10:30am and 12 noon (2 minute outages).

During each outage, you can still access computers in other areas of the Library. See Computer Availability for more information.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Friday, January 6, 2017

My Unit Readings - Digitised content access issues

We are currently having issues with access to digitised content (PDF scans of articles, documents etc.) on My Unit Reading lists.

Please report any issues you notice to digitallibraryservices@murdoch.edu.au, included details of the unit code and affected reading.

Teaching staff can also report any other My Unit Readings issues to digitallibraryservices@murdoch.edu.au.

We will endeavour to fix all issues as soon as possible and apologise for the inconvenience.

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