20 June 2016

Rare Books Week a must for book-lovers

Book lovers, local historians and collectors will be interested in the Melbourne Rare Books Week, to be held between July 14 and 24, 2016.

The mid-year program is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and literary heritage.

Monash is associated with a number of items on the program, with staff presenting topics including The Tyranny of Distance, 50 years on (Emeritus Prof Graeme Davison), Banned books exposed (Dr Patrick Spedding), Illustrated books (Stephen Herrin) and Keeping the originals (Professor Wallace Kirsop with a panel). Other speakers during the week include Emeritus Prof. Chris Browne, Adj Assoc Prof John Arnold, and former Rare Books Librarian Richard Overell.

Two of the free events are to be held at the Monash Law Chambers in Collins Street, while others are to be held at the State Library of Victoria, the Library at the Dock, the Supreme Court Library and other city venues.

All events are free, but bookings are needed in most cases. The full program and links for individual rsvps can be found on the web page.

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15 June 2016

Changes to the Matheson Library

Works on the Sir Louis Matheson Library have passed the halfway mark, and we’re well on track for completion by the end of the year. In order to undertake the final stage of this transformation process, a number of temporary changes are required to library operations and access. 

Temporary closure during the mid-year break

The Matheson Library will close to all staff, students and visitors on Saturday 25 June and will reopen on Monday 18 July ready for the start of Orientation Week. Check the blog for a list of alternative study and work areas and arrangements for pick-up and return of items for this period.

During these three weeks, we’ll complete the heavy demolition works to pave the way for the new and visually striking library entrance. This will involve the demolition and replacement of some external wall portions with transparent facades to improve the visual connection into and out of the library.

While these works are being carried out, we will closely monitor and manage noise and dust levels to ensure minimal disturbance to neighbouring building occupants.

Relocation of library entrance

From 18 July, the library entrance will be temporarily closed and a new entry will be created on the eastern side in the Performing Arts courtyard. This entrance will remain in place until the beginning of Semester 1 2017. During this time, we’ll construct the spectacular new library entrance as well as complete landscaping works in the Forum.

Initial hoarding has been installed, and will be extended out progressively in line with works staging. With this hoarding in place, there will be no access to the after-hours book return chute. Borrowers can return books after hours using the return chutes at the Hargrave-Andrew and Law libraries during this time.

Landscaping works on the Forum

In September, we’ll commence landscaping works on the Forum, the lawn area between the Matheson Library, Chancellors Walk and Exhibition Walk. These works will rejuvenate the area, complement the new Matheson Library entrance, and create a contemporary, central and ceremonial space.

A new forecourt will be established to the Matheson Library adjacent to the Menzies Building, providing areas to meet, gather and study within a reinvigorated landscape. We’ll also improve pedestrian access with larger walkways and new lighting.

Hoarding around the Matheson Library will change as various stages of the Forum landscaping are completed. Directional signage will be in place to guide pedestrian access until the completion of works in February 2017.

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13 June 2016

Matheson Library to close for 3 weeks during mid-year break

The refurbishment of the Sir Louis Matheson Library at the Clayton campus is halfway through to completion and is on track to finish by the end of the year. We're preparing for the final stage of the works which requires a temporary closure.

The Matheson Library will close to all staff, students and visitors for three weeks from Saturday 25 June and will reopen on Monday 18 July ready for the start of Orientation Week in semester two.

During this period, Monash staff and students can:

  • use Search to request items held at Matheson Library for pick up at any other library including at the Law Library on the Clayton campus. 
  • return items via after hours returns at Law Library or the Hargrave Andrew Library on this campus. 
  • find study spaces at the two other libraries on the campus.

From Wednesday 22 June and throughout the closure period, Search temporarily will not allow staff and students to select 'Matheson' as the pick-up location when requesting items from other libraries.

From the afternoon of Monday, 27 June until Sunday 17 July, Matheson holds available for collection can be picked up at the Law Library.

Members of the public may wish to visit our other libraries on campus. Please consult the map.

  • Law Library – 15 Ancora Imparo Way
  • Hargrave-Andrew Library – 13 College Walk

We apologise for this disruption and ask for your patience through the coming months as this exciting project takes shape.

Keep checking this blog for more updates on the Matheson Library refurbishment.

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8 June 2016

Caulfield Library update as refurbishment progresses

The temporary entry to Caulfield Library, level 2
After a lot of speedy work by the builders and patience on the part of students, the first stage of the refurbishment of Caulfield Library has been completed.

The updated North East side of level 4 has now opened, with a range of study accommodation, including wired study desks and computers.

Later in the refurbishment new furniture will be fitted to this floor and elsewhere.

Additional study spaces have also been set up on level 1, increasing the number of students who can be accommodated in the library during the current exam period to 600.

Level 3 is now closed for next stage of the refurbishment. Noisy works are to some extent unavoidable, so please make use of ear plugs provided at the information point.

At the campus a range of alternative study places have been arranged in other buildings, to provide accommodation for students during the exam period – find out more.

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3 June 2016

History, culture and politics in Russia and the Soviet Union

From Comrade Stalin to President Putin, you can access a compilation of Russian media articles translated into English through this unique database, says Anna Rubinowski, Subject Librarian for Slavic Studies.

Since its first publication in 1949, the Current Digest of the Russian Press, formerly published under the title Current Digest of the Soviet Press (1949-1991), and The Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press (1992-2010), has provided a representative selection of Russian language press materials translated into English on all aspects of Russian history, culture and politics.

As a digest it offers a weekly compilation of articles that illustrate the topics of interest discussed in the Russian press. In this aspect it is a unique source for original material usually only available for Russian language speakers, as articles are translated into English as close as possible to the original Russian and without any elaborations or commentary added. This makes it one of the few sources available for English language speakers to access the Russian point of view, not only in regards to current issues but also in the historical perspective.

Established during a time when information from the USSR was inaccessible to the rest of the world, the digest became an essential resource for news from the Soviet Union and provided access not only to newspaper articles but also to significant speeches, documents from all meetings of the Communist Party Congresses, all five-year plans, and important Soviet laws and foreign policy development. It still continues to publish articles on economics, politics, foreign policy, international affairs, social and legal issues, public health, and culture.

Available on the East View databases platform, the interface is easy to navigate and content can be discovered through browsing individual issues of the digest or by searching for particular names or topics.

The Current Digest of the Russian Press is available through Library Search and Databases A-Z. If you are after more analytical or scholarly material, the Slavic Studies Library Guide is a great starting point for your research on Eastern Europe, Russia and the Soviet Union. Use the guide to access resources such as the American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies, the Stalin Digital Archive, and other English and Slavic languages materials.

Please contact Anna Rubinowski, Ada Booth Librarian and Subject Librarian for Slavic Studies, if you have any questions.

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1 June 2016

Social media and your research

It can be beneficial to share your research on social media with the community, as it can lead to more  people reading your published articles or providing feedback, says Subject Librarian Lucie Goudie.

Everyone considers their research valuable. By sharing it, generating feedback and tracking its usage we can add even greater value and exposure. Social media is the perfect tool for this. Using social media to share your research can result in higher download counts and potentially higher citations. It can lead to exchange and collaboration with other researchers, and importantly it’s quick, easy and free.

Melissa Terras, University College London, says:
"If you want people to read your papers, make them open access, and let the community know (via blogs, twitter, etc) where to get them. Not rocket science. But worth spending time doing";  (Terras 2012).

Let’s look at some ways to share your research across social media:

General tips

When working with social media you need to establish a digital presence to meet a larger online audience. You can attract loyal followers by regularly posting, reposting and offering a  range of emotions and opinions to maintain interest. You can easily measure your popularity by monitoring statistics on downloads, likes, dislikes and links

Open access

By publishing your research on an open access platform you can generate scholarly use, producing greater download counts and citation usage. By taking this initial step you open your research up to the public, increasing its impact. Find out all you need to know about  publishing in an open access journal.

LinkedIn could almost be considered a Facebook for professionals. It allows you to manage your professional identity and build networks across your field. With a strong emphasis on professional networking, it’s a great way to share your research.

You can readily share your research across Twitter. It offers quick links, uncomplicated uploads and it’s free. Opportunities for conversation and collaboration with other researches can also be developed through resulting tweets. Make sure you post at times when people are likely to respond; not 3am on a Saturday morning!


Similar to twitter, blogging offers informal conversation to promote your research. It’s an easy platform to add presentation slides, videos & link other supporting data. Blogs also work well for researchers collaborating in small groups and for generating exchange on research topics. When writing blogs, don’t hold back. Share your knowledge and opinions, but keep it informal, short and ‘punchy’.

By setting up a YouTube account you can upload videos of conference sessions, discussions, and show evidence of results.Quick tip; make sure to add written script; YouTube is renowned for automated subtitle faux pas’!  You can easily link to these videos from other social media formats. Like all other social media you can measure the number of ‘views’, ‘likes’ or ‘dislikes’. These may even translate into increased downloads and citations of your research.


Monash.Figshare is a repository where you can make all of your research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. You have options to contain private data within a closed group or open it up to share on the public domain including social media.

The best thing about figshare is that it has an ‘altmetric badge’ that can automatically track all the discussion your research has generated on social media.

With all the social media platforms available it’s hard to know where to start. Looking beyond social media trends of Trump gaff’s and Kanye West’s sneakers is the first step. The next, is  recognising that social media is a serious option to promote your research and gain greater exposure. All you need to do is sign up!

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