Stress Less Week at UON

24 May, 2016

Don’t stress – Book a Librarian !  Try the service that is fast becoming one of the Library’s most popular.  Some 350 students have already sought help finding journal articles, using the library catalogue or managing references.  Why wait? Get the help you need now and  Book a Librarian

Finding yourself too busy to ask for help?  Try our online chat service which is available  on or off campus and  open on weekends from 10am to 3pm. Chat is a part of our  Online Librarian Service where you can also text or email us your questions.


Or chill out with a good book – there are leisure reading collections at each library, as well as comedy or feature films on DVD.

Our Kanopy service has films and documentaries you can stream online.


The Unwritten Rules of Library Etiquette

22 May, 2016

What a great article we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Bravo.

Yak Media

Michaela Wagland explores the importance of respecting others whilst studying in the library. 

The end of Semester One 2016 is nearly upon us. It is quite possibly one of the most frightening thoughts to ponder. It is also extremely exciting.

Although we are consumed by the delightful thought that only a hop, skip, a few assessments and exams and a jump later and we will be free from the academic life (for a little while), we are not quite there yet.

As the intensity begins to flare and our stress levels reach unimaginable heights, it is essential to remember that every student is sailing in similar boats. So having consideration and being respectful of others whilst studying within public spaces on campus is pretty crucial.

This is extremely applicable to our library spaces. So here at Yak, we thought it would be of great importance to explore the ‘unofficial’ etiquette of the UoN libraries.

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Improvements to 24/7 Information Commons

9 May, 2016

In our last Library survey you told us you wanted more  group study rooms available at night as well as more quiet and silent study spaces.  So we’ve extended the Auchmuty Information Commons to make this happen.

The Auchmuty Information Common now has an extra:

  • 3 group study rooms available 24/7
  • 32 extra quiet/silent study spaces
  • Course Readings collection which includes:
    • Holds and BONUS+ items for pickup
    • English Learners collection
    • Self-check machine (Check out and check in)
    • Photocopier, print & scanning
    • 5 individual study spaces

Did you know the University of Newcastle Library has the longest opening hours of any University in Australia? Our Information Commons  are open 24/7 throughout semester.

For all spaces please check the Library Hours  for changes during the mid-year recess and summer break.

Responses to Feedback 3 May 2016

3 May, 2016


Premier Pro software update (UoN121609)
The computers in the library should have the updated premier pro so that (mainly) Communication students can still do assignments out of hours. The most recent version is available in the ICT building but not the library. They’re both 2015 versions so only an update should be required.

It Services have scheduled this update and we are advised that it will ab available soon.  Thank you for your feedback.

Update furniture for Nyte Byte (UoN121630)
To whom it may concern
Over the years I have noticed the lounges in the the Nyte Byte area are quite worn out and look shabby. I was hoping that in the new year University admin would have replaced the old furniture considering all the other ‘new’ changes i see around the library. However, I am very disappointed that the same very worn out lounges sit there. I am putting this request forward reason being that I spend most of the weekends and late night study time in that area and during the late hours one needs a clean place for rest and reflection. Thank you.

Thank you for your feedback.

Placing Holds in the catalogue (UoN121514)
Unhappy with the holds on library webpage. Put books on hold from huxley and auchmuty to pick up at huxley only to be told once I came in to collect them that these types of holds were not going to be honoured. Luckily the books had not been borrowed by somebody else but I had to go to the other library to pick up several books which was inconvenient for me. I don’t understand why you are given the option to put these types of holds on the system when they are not honoured.

Thank you for your feedback , we are looking into resolving this issue.

ANZAC Day Library Hours

18 April, 2016

Library hours for Monday 25 April 2016

  • Auchmuty and Huxley Libraries are open 9am – 5pm
  • Ourimbah Library is open 10am – 3pm
  • Newcastle City and Sydney CBD Libraries will be closed

Information Commons

  • AIC, CHIC & OIC close at 12 midnight Sunday, are open 8:00am – 12 midnight Monday 25th and will reopen Tuesday 26 April at 8am.

Please check the Library Website for opening times during the 2016 ANZAC Day holiday



Newcat+ new features

5 April, 2016

NewCat+ now has 3 choices  to help you refine your search before you start.

  • Search All (search both the library catalogue and the databases) – default search.
  • Books (search the library catalogue)
  • Journal Articles (search key library databases,).


Another new feature is the link to Inter Library Loans so you can request an item if the library doesn’t subscribe to the full text.


Try the  Browse nearby call numbers feature to find similar items.  Click on the item call number to view nearby items by call number. Newcat+ provides a pop-up display with:

  • a graphical browse or
  • list browse.

Use the arrow keys to navigate through the browse results.


What is Referencing?

22 March, 2016

When you use information or ideas that originally appeared in another work, you must acknowledge that source. Learn the basics of referencing with this short Referencing tutorial.

Yak Media is the student media channel at the University of Newcastle. You will find great videos like the one below that  unravels some mysteries around Referencing and Peer reviewed journals.

For more information go to our website for Referencing.

To learn more about Peer Reviewed journals or follow this link to our InfoSkills Information literacy and academic integrity tutorial. Learn how to plan your research, use and evaluate information, and how to use information ethically and avoid plagiarism.


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