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Congratulations to our O’Week 2015 book voucher prize winners, Lin Xiong, Tessa Cappelluti, and Makoto Sano! All students who took a library tour or session during O’Week were eligible to win a $100 Unibooks voucher, drawn randomly following the final tour. Keep an eye out to see what we’ll do for O’Week 2016…

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Libraries are facing enormous change and renewal. Emerging technologies and new ways of working are impacting academic libraries around the world. The expectations of clients and our interactions with them have shifted and continue to shift in their nature and mode of delivery.  In addition to global changes in the sector, locally we are facing immediate, significant changes and opportunities. Our University Librarian, Ray Choate, will retire later this year after 25 years of service and we have an aging staff profile.  There is also an exceptional opportunity represented by the establishment of the University’s Library of the Future Committee.

The Library of the Future steering committee was formed in December 2014, with representation from across the University including students, academic and professional staff. In consultation with the University community, throughout 2015 the committee will consider Library services, functions and raison d’etre, resulting in a clear direction and strategy for Library transformation.

The Library of the Future project will articulate a clear vision for the Library’s future.  It is essential for the Library to actively engage with and support the Library of the Future process.  We also need to develop an objective understanding of our current state and issues to better inform the process of planning our future.  The Acting University Librarian has nominated a strategic planning team within the Library Senior Staff Committee to consultatively develop a University Libraries 2015 Plan. The 2015 planning process is focussed on understanding our current situation and context to best position the University Libraries Branch for the implementation of the Library of the Future steering committee’s recommendations.

Over the coming weeks, public blog posts will provide updates on the planning process. Library staff and community feedback is welcome. Opportunities to comment, discuss and participate will be highlighted here.

Kylie Percival
Acting Deputy University Librarian

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The University Libraries recently conducted a survey on research training needs. Thank you to everyone who responded. The survey ran over December 2014 and January 2015 with 233 responses. Key findings include:

  • There is a clear demand for research support training on topics related to choosing journals to publish with, bibliometrics, altmetrics, social media and research profiles, and open research data.
  • Responses indicate that more than one training delivery method is desirable (e.g. face to face and online).

Download the Library Research Needs Survey Summary Report for further information.

The University Libraries are developing new information and research skills training modules, based on the feedback. Additionally, the University Libraries’ online introductory tutorials will be reviewed.

Library research support information is available on our Research Support LibGuide and by contacting your Research or Branch Librarian. The University Libraries continue to offer EndNote training (view upcoming sessions here) and data management planning workshops (view upcoming session here).

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The problems with requesting which we experienced over Easter have now been resolved.

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Students who need assistance for their research exercise, particularly help with finding a primary source are welcome to drop in for assistance from Martin Bailey and Carolyn Collins, tutors in HIST 1108 and Margaret Hosking, History Research Librarian on :
Thursday 2 April 10 am to 2 pm
Ira Raymond Room, Library/Hub Level 3
There is also [...]

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For ARTS 1007 students who wish to find resources for their Annotated Bibliography, there is a resource guide which has been developed to help  you.  You can also find more information from the tutorial ‘Finding Scholarly Sources’ which can be found in the Resources section of your My Uni course.
If you need further  assistance please to [...]

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Bob Byrne: Adelaide Remember When
The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an event with Bob Byrne on Thursday 16 April, 2015, at 6.00 for 6.30pm in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.
Growing up in Adelaide in the ’50s to the ’80s, we played in the street [...]

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Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive is a four-part historical archive devoted to the scholarly study and understanding of slavery from a multinational perspective. This second component includes collections on the history of the transatlantic slave trade from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.  It charts the inception of slavery in Africa and its rise [...]

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University Collections of the University of Adelaide invite you to the launch of
The Death of the Collector,
Curated by Kim Littler
The Illumination will be launched by Dr Heather Kerr, Senior Lecturer, English and Creative Writing, The University of Adelaide.
4.30 –6.00pm Wednesday 18 March 2015
Rare Books & Special Collections
Level 1, Barr Smith Library
North Terrace Campus, the University [...]

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Missed out on a library tour or information session during O’Week?
Not to worry!
We will be running combined info sessions/tours during the first three weeks of Semester 1.
Week 1 (March 2-6, every day): Every day at 10:10am and 1:10pm
Week 2 (Friday 13 March only): 12:10pm
Week 3 (Wednesday 18 March only): 12:10pm
Each session runs for 50 minutes [...]

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