Following our Lion’s
Den challenge and recent surveys, Library staff have been working hard to
introduce new ideas into our spaces to make student experience even better…
just in time for first semester exams.
Improvements we’ve been working on include:
Improved Kitchenette facilities
In Fisher Library, we’ve improved our kitchenette facilities
with new microwaves and seating areas. Don’t forget – there’s also vending
machines and a 24/7 coffee machine available for late night study energy boosts.
More study spaces &standing desks
We have installed over 190 new study spaces across SciTech, Fisher and Law Libraries, equipped with power and USB outlets. Prefer studying standing up? We have new high-level standing desks on Level 6 of Fisher Library.
Noticed our new blue ‘Silent’ signage around our
spaces? Last year our Library staff conducted surveys on our
3-tiered Quiet, Silent and Group zoning. Results showed that this system was
generally too confusing, therefore the new scheme simply has specific marked
silent zones and all other spaces are unmarked.
If you want a quiet place to study, head for a spot with
Printing in central locations
All printers in Fisher Library are now located on levels 3
& 4. There are also quick print service ICT kiosks available for your
Rare Bites is a series of 30 minute lunchtime talks held monthly during semester. Each talk features an expert speaker spotlighting specific Rare Books and Special Collections resources that are part of their field of study.
The series gives the opportunity for staff & students to learn about some of the treasures and lesser-known gems within Rare Books & Special Collections.
Talk One: More than just its prayers: A late medieval Dutch Prayer Book in Fisher Library
Our first talk More than just its prayers: A late medieval Dutch Prayer Book in Fisher Library is by Dan Anlezark- McCaughey Professor of Early English Literature and Language; Director, Medieval and Early Modern Centre; Associate Dean Research (Education) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of English who will be talking about the book from our collection: Add. Ms. 342
Add. Ms. 342 is an unstudied late medieval prayer book in Middle Dutch and Latin. This late fifteenth-century manuscript, written on paper, is only minimally decorated, and is the kind of book that was the output of mass production in the Low Countries in the later Middle Ages. The book appears to have remained in private ownership from the time it was made until relatively recently, as is indicated by the inscription of a number of names (including those of children) up to the early nineteenth century.
This short talk will provide a brief overview of the book in its evolving historical contexts, from the time of its manufacture, until it was acquired by the Fisher Library.
Talk Two: Illustrations to micrographs: Visualising patterns in Botany
Learning about the world around us involves observing and recognising the patterns. In science, learning is about sharing and challenging “the what” and “the how” of our observations through discussion within the classroom and with the scientific community at large.
Join Associate Professor Rosanne Quinnell from Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science discussing Botanische Wandatafeln – a series of technical scientific illustrations (1874-1911) distributed globally as teaching tools to support student learning in botany.
Reliance on these illustrations
of resources fell out favour for a number of reasons including the advent of
digital imaging which coincided with the explosion in the number of online
resources (including the University’s eBOT collection). Re-utilising Leopold
Kny’s series in a digital platform allows for an enriched dialogue about how
science, in general, and botany, is communicated.
Professor Rosanne Quinnell is from Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of
Science. Dr Quinnell’s research and teaching focus on plant sciences and the
use of technology-enhanced solutions to improve student learning e.g. Botany,
Zoology and Human Biology virtual microscopy slide collections, eBOT botanical
image repository, electron laboratory notebooks, CampusFlora apps.
Her project ‘A Bird is in the Library’ brings together her passion for print techniques, text, libraries, and birds. It anticipates engagement with library users in an imaginative journey via letterpress and the architecture of the library and its systems.
Stay tuned for more updates coming… Watch for the birds!
It’s never too early to start planning your next steps after Uni.
Come along to our first Lunchtime Connections for 2019 and chat to Career Development Officer, Daniel Laurence. Daniel can help you to start planning your career, build you network, give you pro-tips to improve your employability, what to expect when starting in a new role, starting your own business or taking a gap-year or working holiday.
Daniel has worked in over 5 countries and can offer a wealth of knowledge whether you’re an international or domestic student or if you hoping to build a career in Australia or abroad.
This is an informal drop-in session so there’s no need to book. Just come along and chat to Daniel in the student kitchen on level 3 of Fisher Library from 12.00pm – 1.00pm on Wednesday 17th April.