Thursday, 30 November 2006

Visiting Artist positions

There are employment opportunities for part time Visiting Artists at the National Art School for 2007. More information at:

Wednesday, 29 November 2006

State Library database access from home!

Earlier this year the State Library of New South Wales ran a trial of offsite access to selected databases . This now appears to be a permanent service from the State Library.

At first glance the list of databases available doesn't look like they will be much use for NAS students/staff - but don't be fooled! There are some real gems tucked away in there, if you know where to look.

My two faves are :INFORMIT and ProQuest 5000

INFORMIT is a group of databases that includes APAIS -FT (Australian Public Affairs Information Service - Full Text). APAIS-FT is a database/index of more than 2000 Australian periodicals.

APAIS-FT includes the full text (that's right, download the article here and now!) for the following art journals:

  • Art & Australia
  • Art Asia Pacific
  • Artlink
  • Australian Art Education
  • Photofile
  • Ceramics
  • Craft Arts International

Proquest 5000 is a suite of databases that includes the Academic Research Library. This American online database indexes over two thousand periodicals which provide information on a broad range of general reference subjects including arts, business, humanities, social sciences, and the sciences.

It has full text for the following art journals:
  • African Arts
  • American Artist
  • The Art Bulletin (NY)
  • Art Education
  • Artforum
  • Art History (London)
  • Art in America
  • Art Journal
  • Ceramics, art and perception
  • Ceramic Industry
  • Modernism/Modernity

To access this service you must be a registered reader at the State Library. You can register online and they will post you a readers' card with an unique number (this takes about 10 days).

Or drop in to the State Library next time you are in the city and they will set you up with an account - but make sure you take some ID, preferably something with an address, with you.

If you already have a readers' card, you can log-in straight away. There have been some changes to the access requirements since the trial. Readers now have to set up a unique password that links to their readers card.

If you can, have a play around with these over the break. That way you will feel confident about using them when it comes time to start researching for essays etc next year.

If you are feeling totally confused by it all, come and see me. I am quite happy to spend some time going through the whole set-up to get you started.

The NAS library will also be running some lunchtime research skills sessions in first semester 2007. So if you want to brush up on your library style research make sure you attend.


Wednesday, 8 November 2006

Suggestion Box

Have we helped you this year?

If you have any feedback or suggestions about our services, please post a comment here! We want to know what you think.

We'd also like to wish all of you well in preparing your work for assessment. You're all so damn talented and inspiring! Thanks for using the library this year.


Kelly, Elizabeth, Lea and Todd.

Summer library hours

Mon 20th Nov:
9.00am - 12.00pm (closed in the afternoon to allow building repairs)

Tues 21st Nov – Fri 8th Dec:
10.00am – 4.00pm

Mon 11th Dec – Fri 22nd Dec:
CLOSED for stocktake

Mon 25th Dec – Fri 5th Jan:
CLOSED for holidays

Mon 8th Jan – Fri 12th Jan:
9.00am – 4.00pm

Mon 15th Jan – Fri 2nd Feb:
10.00am – 4.00pm

Any further changes will be advertised at the library entrance. Call 9339 8620 to double-check.

Tuesday, 7 November 2006

Happy Birthdays!

Melbourne Cup day gave us several reasons to celebrate here - but unfortunately none of them involved large winnings at the TAB...

Happy Birthday to Librarian Elizabeth Little;
Happy Birthday to Acting Director and Head of Studies Geoff Ireland (our boss);
And Happy Birthday to the library - we've now been in this fantastic building for a year!

What better reasons to raise a glass or two?


Wednesday, 1 November 2006

ANZRC - we have subscribed!

After receiving many positive comments from both students and staff during the trial period, the library has subscribed to the Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre (ANZRC).

Login details have now changed - please come and see us or call 9339 8620 to get the details.

Available now from any internet computer - you can even use this at home.