Thursday, December 12, 2013

Overdue Book returned after 50 years

An elderly gentleman walks into Preston Library this afternoon looking around for some assistance, book in hand. Staff approached him and asked how they could help him.

The gentleman hands the book to staff and informs them that it's overdue and he's returning it.

The staff asked: "When was it due?"

The man replies: "1963"

Confused, the staff asked him to clarify.

The man explains: "It was due in 1963."

He continued …. "I used to attend Preston Tech. It was a Friday afternoon in Chemistry class. I ask my chemistry teacher if I can leave 5 minutes early to catch the bus. The teacher says (abruptly) "No you may not". Angry, I stood up and left, NEVER to return. "

Fifty years later, he decided today was the day to return the book.

The moral to this story…                                                                                                                                          

 Good, or in this case, Bad Customer Service can stay with a customer for life!                                                  

So, it's important to always offer Excellent Customer Service.


The book is on display at the NMIT Preston Library Information Desk.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Merry Christmas

From all the staff at NMIT Library
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a
Safe and Prosperous New Year.
See you in 2014!

Library Staff saluted after 2013 InSync Library Survey:


Librarians lauded for student satisfaction

NMIT's library staff have set themselves apart in the InSync Client Satisfaction Benchmarking Survey.

The survey compares the level of student and staff satisfaction with the library resources and staff engagement across the Institute. The libraries of 32 universities and two TAFEs around Australia participated in this year's survey.

The results of the survey were presented to NMIT's CEO, Andrew Giddy, and other key stakeholders by Michael Samarchi from InSync Surveys on Wednesday 23rd October.

NMIT's staff scored in the top 25% in library satisfaction. The high correlation between services that students and staff deemed to be important and services thought to be performed well is testament to the library's commitment to improvement and overall high level of service.

The study also looked at how NMIT's students use the library, most students are using study areas, computers and library resources. There was also research into how students use their personal devices such as laptops and tablets.

Informing Development

The latest results mark an improvement from the previous study completed in 2011. NMIT Library has participated in the InSync survey, biennially, since 2009 with continual improvement identified in each survey.

Since NMIT's participation in the InSync survey, the library has introduced a number of changes to assist staff and students. These improvements include a 68% increase in computer workstations, following the 2009 survey. The development of the Library Research Skills databank, increased learning spaces, improved WiFi connectivity and website, following the 2011 survey, greatly enhanced the library.


For a copy of the full executive summary & bench-marking reports:


NMIT Library would like to thank both staff and students who gave their time to participate in this year's survey. The feedback is invaluable in helping the Institute to improve the library, resources and services.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Our opening hours during Christmas and New Year

From 9 December to 19 December 2013:

Collingwood Library

Mon – Fri          8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Epping Library

Mon – Fri           8:15 am – 5:00 pm

Fairfield Library

Mon – Fri          8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Heidelberg Library

Mon – Thu         8:15 am – 5:00 pm
Fri                              8:15 am – 3:00 pm

Preston Library

Mon – Fri           8:30 am – 5:00 pm

From 12pm 20 December 2013 to 1 January 2014:

All libraries closed

From 2 January 2014:

 Preston Library Only (other libraries closed, bookshop closed)
  Mon – Fri                      8:30 am – 5:00 pm   

From 6 January 2014:

Collingwood Library

Mon – Fri          8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Epping Library

Mon – Fri          8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Fairfield Library

Mon – Fri          8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Heidelberg Library

Mon – Thu         8:15 am – 5:00 pm
Fri                              8:15 am – 3:00 pm

Preston Library

Mon – Fri          8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Preston Bookshop

Mon – Fri           8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Today we say farewell to Greensborough Library.

After 23 years of service, Greensborough Library closes its doors (the view) forever.
We would like to thank all the staff for you contribution to the library over the years.
The Greensborough library may have closed, but the NMIT Library continues to renew itself as new opportunities develop.
We hope that we have been able to support the educational and information journey for many Greensborough students throughout the years.
NMIT Library will hope to see you at one of our other campuses... Fairfield, Preston, Epping, Collingwood, Heidelberg and Prahran in 2014!
Au revoir and bonne chance!
Signing off from Greensborough...

Monday, December 2, 2013

Last evening opening is Thu 5 Dec 2013

Due to the end of term, library evening openings will end on Thursday, 5 December.
Libraries will continue to be open with limited opening hours until Friday, 20 December 2013.
Keep an eye on the library website for the latest opening hours.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Let us know how we can improve our services

Thank you to all who completed the Insync library user survey earlier this year:
The survey lets us know the issues that are important to you. We use the survey results to improve and expand our services at our campus libraries and online.
Suggestions and ideas are welcome. Please email or contact your library staff member.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Last Saturday opening is 16 Nov 2013

Just a reminder that the last Saturday opening for NMIT Library is 16 November 2013.
After the 16th, we're back to our regular Monday to Friday opening hours.
Our latest opening hours are on the NMIT Library website:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Preston ride to work morning tea now in the library

The wind did not stop our riding, but it might just upset our morning tea, so we have relocated to the ground floor of the Preston library
Maggie Iovannella
NMIT Library Research &Scholarly Information Team Coordinator
PH 03 92691362

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Monday, September 30, 2013 trial extended to 14th October

Great news for people who are enjoying the trial and for anyone interested in having a look. Our trial period has been extended to the 14th October 2013.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Library hours from 23 Sep - 4 Oct

LIBRARY HOURS: Term Break 2013
23 Sep - 4 Oct
Monday - Friday

8.30-1.00  2.00-5.00



Extended hours lab
(Level 3)



Monday- Friday         

Monday- Thursday

Monday –Thursday

Study at NMIT in 2014

Sunday, September 15, 2013 video tutorials trial

NMIT has arranged for a trial to from 9th September to 11th October 2013 for all staff and students. During this trial you will receive free access to online video tutorials covering subjects such as business skills, photography, design, music and video, home computing, animation, web design and development. 

For instructions on how to register for your free trial to go here


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Library weekend hours: dont forget Preston library is open

every Saturday 10.00am -3.00pm until the 16th November
Students who have a swipe card can use the extended hours computer lab at Fairfield.
Fairfield Building FQ, level 3 the extended hours computer lab is open from 9.00am-5.00pm (no staff in attendance)

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Have you been caught procrastinating lately?

A little bit of humour, are you managing your study time effectively? Getting your stuff done
Preston campus library is now open 10.00-3.00 on Saturdays.
Fairfield extended hours computer lab has  fantastic views and a great atmosphere for 'getting stuff done'...just saying

Race Mario Karts at Collingwood Library

Get behind the wheel of a Mario Kart at Collingwood Library!
With new beanbags, television and Nintendo Wii, you're all set to play the best-selling racing game of all time.
Collingwood Library is open 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Library feedback survey winner Aysha is definitely a library fan

Big congratulations to Aysha, the lucky winner of the library feedback survey prize of a 64g iPad mini. Aysha is studying the Diploma of Sport Development at Preston..enjoy your prize Aysha
Thank you to all completed the survey, we look forward to receiving the results and learning how we can provide a better library service.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Guess the millionth student and win!

NMIT is celebrating one million students!
Guess the course of the millionth student and win an NMIT hamper filled with gift vouchers, NMIT products, NMIT gym membership, NMIT merchandise plus an iPad mini.
Fill in an entry form at your campus library before 30 September.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fairfield library open Sunday 1 September

The Fairfield campus library will be open this Sunday 1 September from 10am to 3pm as part of Open Day.
Prospective and current students are welcome.
Find out more about Open Day here:

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Library open on Saturdays

Looking for a good place to study?  The Preston campus library will be open between 10am and 3pm until the 16th November.
Extended hour computer labs are open at Epping and Fairfield.

Feel like a smile, Old Spice comes to a library near you

Successful marketing or what do you think, check out this short film.
The serious part of the study year is now underway, are you tapping into all the resources available to you?
Contact your local library staff for more information.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Complete the Library Survey and Win an iPad mini

1. Login to the student portal, complete our very important User Satisfaction Survey. Survey runs from  12th -23rd August
2. To go in the draw to win,  select email from the ASK US  link on the library home page 
Subject of the email: Library survey
Info needed: Your student number

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Study on Saturday!

Study on Saturday!
To meet the needs of our students, Preston campus library will be open every Saturday 10.00am – 3.00pm until 16 November.

Students who have an access swipe card can use the following facilities;
Epping EM102 extended hours lab  (no staff in attendance*) 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
Fairfield FQ level 3 only (no staff in attendance*) 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Monday, August 5, 2013

Music and movies at Collingwood library

Music has returned to Collingwood campus library with CDs of some of the most popular and critically acclaimed artists of recent times.  Some of the albums that you can borrow include:
·         Hungary Kids of Hungry – You're a Shadow
·         Rhianna – Loud
·         Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls
·         Husky – Forever So, and
·         The Hottest 100 volume 20
Also check out our DVD collection that has been bolstered by a range of new movies, TV shows and documentaries.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The New Library Website Is Here!

The New Library Website Is Here! 

We have redesigned our website to align with the look of the NMIT web presence. The library website has a fresh and modern interface with clear features for better navigation.

It provides bright obvious access options for all the searches you will need to locate resources and to find information about library services.

Some of the key changes are:

·      Fresh familiar interface similar to the NMIT website

·      Bright clear layout for ease of searching

·      Navigation includes five simple headings - Borrow, Find, Help, Services and About

·      Quicklinks to frequently performed tasks such as renew your loans, opening hours, databases &              eJournals A-Z, chat to a librarian, and reference your work.

·      Funky dynamic word cloud linking to the most tagged LibGuides

·      Adaptability for mobile devices

What we have not changed is the FindIt@ search box. It is still the best place to start any of your research. Similar to Google search, FindIt@ is a single search interface where you can find everything NMIT library holds on a topic.

There is so much at your fingertips – please explore and enjoy. Visit

Monday, July 22, 2013

Introduction to the Library for new staff

Learn a bit more about how the library works... the library is running an introductory lunchtime session for new staff.
When: Tuesday 30th July
Where: Fairfield campus library Q202
Time: 12-1pm
Come along if you can!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Win a $50 iTunes voucher!!

Visit the Library stand at your campus Re-O Week event for competition details. See you there!
Collingwood: Tues 16th July
Greensborough: Wed 17th July
Heidelberg: Thurs 18th July
Preston: Mon 22nd July 
Epping: Wed 24th July
Fairfield: Thurs 25th July

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Want that research edge or need to find the best information for your assignment?

Want that research edge or need to find the best information for your assignment?
Faculty Librarians are on hand at the following times for you to touch base.
Click the link for contact details
Don't forget to make an appointment to make sure they are not double booked.
George Eraclides, Epping
Wednesday 9.00-1.00
Janet Buick, Preston
Monday 1.00-3.00
Dianne Wisth, Fairfield
Wednesday 8.30-12.00
Shirley Ward, Heidelberg
Monday 2.00-4.30 & Wednesday 11.00-1.00
Robyn Ciuro, Preston
Tuesday 9.00-1.00
Robyn Ciuro
Faculty Librarian for Higher Education
Early Years
NMIT Library Preston
T: 9269 1370

Monday, July 1, 2013

Copying and printing made easier with new add value machines

Adding value to your student card for copying and printing is easier with new add value machines at all NMIT libraries. The new machine accepts coins and notes and uses a colour touchscreen. Just touch the screen to begin.
Please note that the machines do not give change. Ask the library staff if you need change for large denomination notes.
To add value with EFTPOS, please ask the library staff.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

CAVAL Tertiary Libraries Borrowing Scheme

Is our copy of that book you need right NOW on loan ???Check with us to see if you are eligible to join CAVAL and access the resources of participating tertiary libraries .

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Changes to library hours 1-12 July 2013

Libraries are open during the break from Monday to Friday:
8.30 - 1.00
2.00 - 5.00
Epping 8.30 - 5.00
(including higher education level)
8.30 - 5.00
Greensborough Closed
Mon-Thu: 8.15 - 5.00
Fri: 8.15 - 3.00
Preston 8.30 - 5.00

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Turnitin Mendeley and Zotero new LibGuides now available

Three more guides added to the Academic skills series
Text matching software
Zotero is citation management software. 
Mendeley is both a reference manager, and a scholarly social network
These guides can all be accessed from the tab on the library home page

Ebooks loans now 14 days!

Are seven days not enough time to read your eBook in? EBook loan periods have now been extended to 14 days; you can still choose less at check out if you wish.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Low on power? let the library recharge your mobile device

Just hand over your phone, iPad, laptop or other equipment, with your charger and ID card, and we will get you powered up.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Higher education students: your study space on Fairfield campus

The higher education study centre (Level 3, Building Q, Fairfield) is open even when the library is closed:
Mon to Thu: 7.00 am to 9.30 pm
Fri: 7.00 am to 5.00 pm
If you're a higher education student (bachelor degree), you can get a swipe card from your department.
The centre has quiet study areas, PCs, Macs, piano keyboards, scanning, printing and photocopying facilities.

Have you seen the latest LibGuides?

The LibGuides list continues to grow.  Recent additions are ...  
Viticulture & winemaking
Building design & interior design
Environmental degradation & restoration

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Scootle: The National Digital Learning Resources Network now available

The NMIT library is now a registered Scootle member.
Learn, teach and collaborate using digital resources to support the Australian Curriculum,
Do you need to join Scootle today?
To access Scootle you will need to login and register.


New updates to the Safetycare Online Resource.

PPE - An Introduction - which replaces 'Personal Protective Equipment' Machine Guards - which replaces 'Equipment and Machine Guarding'

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Studying IT? Worried by amateurs online?

For those studying information technology in all its various forms, we've got some of the best and most current books available across a range of topics.  Borrow a book from NMIT library and you could learn to develop an Android or Apple app, program a database with Java, keep your computer secure from hackers, and even learn how today's user generated media is destroying our culture and values!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Let the library be your lounge room

At Collingwood library we've fired up the TV for your lunch time viewing.  Come in, have some lunch, and watch some of your favourite ABC and SBS shows.
And if you have a request for a particular programme you may have missed or you'd like to watch with your friends, let us at the library desk know, and we may be able to get it on for you.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Epping Library staff unveil new sign

Epping Library staff unveil the new sign!

Get your fiction and fantasy fix at Collingwood library

Collingwood library has loads of new books for fiction and fantasy fans alike.  Included in our collection is Steven Erikson's  Tale of the Malazon Book of Fallen series ,  Robin Hobbs' Liveship Traders series, and  Terry Practchett's Wyrd Sisters.

Also, check out some our new fiction like Ghost Stories by Women  and What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.  Or discover for the first time or revisit such wonderful classics as Catcher in the Rye ,  Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Were you blown away by our motivational speaker at graduation?

Brad Smith the Australian Young Entreprenuer of the year, designer of the braaap motorcycle and founder of the multi million dollar Australian business
Read his blog and feel his energy
I'm not passionate about most of the day to day shit I do but "Passion is not in what you do, it's how you do it."

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Latest journal edition now available for loan.

* Most recent issue of each journal now available for loan.

*This enhancement to the borrowing policy excludes some core titles.

Students can borrow up to four journals at a time for a period of two weeks.

WOW !!! 601 lucky students had their fines waived during our fine amnesty

The library staff wish all students a stress free re-engagement with the library following the waiving of so many fines in such a short period.

We have a winner!!

Thanks for all the entries to our book table competition and congratulations to Brett Lee!! Brett guessed 555 books... the actual amount was 399. 
Suggestions for our next book installation???

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The next best thing to an emergency librarian!

Lost in the catalogue? Need help NOW to find your way through library services? Bamboozled by your latest assignment? NMIT library has a brand new service that can help...Live Chat.

Where one of our friendly librarians is ready to answer your questions on-line and in real-time.
Available from 10am to 2pm Monday-Friday and 5pm to 7.30pm Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday.
You can find Live Chat via the library web page at

Thursday, May 2, 2013

De-stress: library fine amnesty 6th-17th May

Return your overdue books or just drop in and have your outstanding fines waived, the library is joining SLAM for Good Health week; visit us at your campus during the lunchtime SLAM events.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Have you seen the latest LibGuides?

Numerous new LibGuides were added to the collection this month. 

Equine nutrition
First steps to research
Information technology
Liberal arts
The literature review
Screen and media
Visual arts
Visual arts – photography
Writing, publishing and editing

Guess how many books and win!

Guess how many books and win!

Preston campus library has created a fantastic table made out of... you guessed it... books! 

Come and check it out and guess how many books were needed to make it. Guess the closet number and win a movie ticket!

Email your estimate, along with your name and student number to :
or see library staff at any campus library loans desk.

Competition closes on the 15/05/2013