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13 February 2015

Are you a Library lover?

At Monash, the Library is well loved by students and staff. How do we know? Let us count the ways...by Heidi Binghay




We thought we'd share some letters from admirers we received in recent times. Library Lovers' Day happens but once a year so why not?


From academics

"Creative Music Technology co-ordinator Ben Grayson (Faculty of Arts) set his enthusiastic team of students on a mission to create their own original compositions using nothing but vinyl samples. You heard correctly; pretty much the coolest assignment ever! Students spent their time fossicking around in the world of vinyl (the unique, dare-we-say-retro collection housed in the Matheson library) and produced the slickest, devilishly creative works imaginable."

A 2014 Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence was given to a team of Library staff based in the Caulfield Library.


This is in recognition of “the exceptional contribution that the MARS [Moodle unit] program has made to the student learning experience of the Faculty of Business and Economics over the year."

The following comment from the Associate Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Law, Associate Professor Pam O’Connor, who has since left Monash, is a great acknowledgement of the Library’s approach to working with Faculty and students.


“I have always had the greatest regard for Library colleagues, and for what you do for students. You have been the innovators, the true teaching professionals, always looking for opportunities to make things better. Others talk about being student centred, but you demonstrate it every day. You have been the nucleus of skills teaching and blended learning, always ready to share your experience with others wishing to adopt these approaches in their classes. It has been a great pleasure working with you.”

From students


One of our Learning Skills Advisers received this feedback from a  grateful Masters of Human Rights Law student. A great example of where Library staff's work has resulted in improved learning outcomes and results!


“I just wanted to give you some feedback about our wonderful study session which you might not even remember! I took everything you said on board and lo and behold I obtained my first ever HD. I have done a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts and never once got a HD before so this is super exciting for me in my first ever postgraduate subject! I truly thought I would be scraping the barrel for a pass.
I just really wanted to thank you and tell you that you are doing an amazing job!”

For locating a book a staff member received a chocolate brownie from a grateful student who was having trouble getting his head around the Dewey Decimal System.

An email from a student put a smile on another staff member's face: "Thanks so much! As usual you were a knight in shining armour!"


From a non-Monash user


A book we supplied to a WA library was returned with the following note from the borrower:
“Thank you very much for sharing this book with me in WA. In my youth I lived opposite Monash Uni in Clayton Road and my husband worked at the Monash Med School so thanks for continuing my faith in what a great uni you are!”

We'd love for you to tell us  your Library love story. Add a comment to this article or share your story on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.  #librarylove #monashunilibrary


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