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Dimensions – a new analytical tool now available

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The University has purchased a subscription to Dimensions – a new analytical tool that brings together over 128 million research publications, grants, patents and clinical trials – on an international scale, enabling users to explore connections between them.

Using your University of Melbourne email address all staff and students can create an account for Dimensions and then login to the ‘standard’ access level.

Log in as standard users here

Available via the Library Catalogue soon.

Some examples of the ways in which it can be used include:
• Discovery of the latest publications, awarded grant funding, clinical trials or patents on any topic of interest, worldwide.
• Benchmarking of research organisations, funders, publications or researchers in a particular topic, or across all research activity.
• Identification of new sources of research funding for future funding applications
• Analysis of the research activity at our own organisation, and how this is changing over time.

Learn more now:
Register for the UoM Dimensions webinar on Tuesday 29 May 2018 at 3.00pm. The webinar will be presented by the Dimensions team at Digital Science.
• About Dimensions:
The Dimensions Story

Virtual Repository Tour

The University of Melbourne Archives Repository Tour

University of Melbourne Archives holds 20km of shelves full of historical records, dating back to the 1600s and from all over the world, behind locked doors in our repository in Brunswick. The repository is usually off-limits to everyone but UMA staff. However, they have such a wonderful time working in the repository that they wanted to share what happens behind those locked doors with their curious patrons. So we have teamed up with our colleagues from the Video and Media Productions Unit in Learning Environments to give you a virtual tour of the repository!

Watch the Virtual Tour now!




The Great Book Swap – presented by Academic Services

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National Reconciliation Week (NRW) begins on 27 May. The theme this year is “Don’t Keep History a Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow.”

Here’s how you can help:
Come and visit the Level 1, Leigh Scott Room, Baillieu Library between 12-2pm on Tuesday 29 or Wednesday 30 May.
• Browse through a one-off collection of literary treasures, potboilers and oddities donated by University Services staff.
• Donate a gold coin (one for each title, please) and walk out with all the reading pleasure you can safely transport.
• Attend our official opening at the Baillieu Library on Tuesday 29 May at 1.15pm. Neil Robinson, Deputy Head University Services and Registrar will launch the Book Swap and introduce Gwenda Thomas, the University’s new Director Scholarly Services, University Librarian.

We need your book donations to make it a success

To make it easy to donate in advance, we’ve set up four drop off points across campus:
• Dulcie Hollyock Room, Ground Floor, Baillieu Library. Drop off on the 23 May and 24 May from 9am -12 noon
• Level 6, 757 Swanston – drop off next to the stairs in front of the couch
• Level 2, 11 Barry St – drop off next to the main stairwell close to People and Culture
• Level 4, Alan Gilbert – drop off next to the Legal Services photocopier.

All proceeds will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation who gifts new culturally appropriate books to communities that need them. The Foundation provides an early literacy program to encourage children under five to read and publish books written by community, some in their first language.

This year, the Foundation’s goal is to raise $300,000 to buy 30,000 new books for remote Indigenous communities.

Privacy Awareness Week (PAW) 2018

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Privacy Awareness Week (13-19 May 2018), part of the Information Awareness Month, is an excellent time for staff to ensure that they are up-to-date with University privacy training.

The following training is available to staff through the University Privacy Office:

  • Privacy @ UoM, Monday 21 May, 9.30am – 10.30am, PAR-Redmond Barry-102 (Latham Theatre).
  • Privacy by Design, Thursday 24 May, 12.30pm – 1.30pm, PAR-Redmond Barry-200 (Rivett Theatre).

Register now!

International Museum Day tours

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In celebration of International Museum Day on Friday 18 May, a series of tours of the University’s museums and collections will be held especially for staff. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore some of our rich cultural collections first hand and discover the treasures that surround us. Enjoy tours of the UoM Archives, Tiegs Zoology Museum, Law Rare Books, UoM Herbarium, the Ian Potter Museum of Art and more!

Book now! For further enquiries, please contact Jason Benjamin by phone (83440216), or by e-mail (

‘Louise Dyer and Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre: The Establishment of a Music Press’ – Free Symposium at the University of Melbourne

The University Library and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music are co-hosting a symposium celebrating the achievements of Melbourne woman, Louise Dyer (later Hanson-Dyer), who, in 1932, set up and operated a music publishing house, Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre, in Paris. The Press published a profusion of extraordinary scholarly music editions and sound recordings of early and contemporary music.

The symposium concentrates on the Press’s early period, through to the end of World War II. It also, in the 350th year since the birth of Francois Couperin, celebrates Dyer’s contribution to Couperin scholarship in her inaugural publication: a superbly researched and presented 12 volume collected edition of his works. French curator and musicologist Catherine Massip is keynote speaker.

The two day symposium covers the Couperin complete edition (12 vols.; marking the 350th centenary of his birth) and other print publishing of the early years; the 78 rpm sound recordings; the press’s support in the 1930s of contemporary composers, especially French and Australian; and Louise Dyer and the visual arts.Keynote speaker Catherine Massip from Paris will deliver a public lecture. Concerts on Friday and Saturday evening complement the Symposium.

Venue and time:


  • Tallis Wing, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music: 18 May 2018, 2pm – 6pm
  • Dulcie Hollyock Room, Baillieu Library: 19 May 2018, 11am – 5.30pm

Complementing concerts:

  • Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne: 18 May 2018, 6pm
  • Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne: 19 May 2018, 5.30pm

More information and bookings for the symposium can be found through the University of Melbourne Special Collections. Register to reserve your spot!

An Improved Way to Check your Scopus Author Profile!

Are your research outputs indexed in the Scopus database?

The redesigned Scopus Author Feedback Wizard, enables users to easily review their Scopus Author Profile and submit any required corrections.

Your Scopus Author Profile (automatically created by Scopus) showcases various indicators including number of citations, publication history and h-index. These metrics may be used for tenure, funding and for other research performance based decisions; therefore, it is important to ensure your profile reflects your information correctly. Despite the sophistication of the algorithmic profiling used by Scopus, algorithms cannot always match all documents to a single profile with 100% accuracy. The Scopus Author Feedback Wizard hence allows you to review your Scopus profile and submit feedback.

Check the redesigned Scopus via the University of Melbourne Library Catalogue!


The 14th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) Call for Submissions – Collaborations and Partnerships: addressing the big digital challenges together.



The 14th edition of the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) will be run in partnership with the University of Melbourne Library.  

The main theme of the conference will be collaborations and partnerships in the field of digital curation and preservation. How do they develop and evolve across the professional, disciplinary, institutional, regional, national, and international levels? And how are such collaborations supporting the advancement of digital curation and preservation practices? 

The central focus of IDCC 2019 is to examine collaborations and partnerships in the field of digital curation and preservation. Submissions should address one of the topics below (for more details about these topics): 

  • Grand curation challenges
  • Building diverse and inclusive communities 
  • Examples and models
  • Good foundations for working together 

 Submissions for IDCC 2019 are now open. 

 (Information for the full call and details of how to submit)

  •  Paper submissions and lightning talks close on 18th June 2018.
  • Demos and workshop submissions close on 31st July 2018
  • Poster submissions close on 30th September 2018.


14th International Digital Curation Conference, 4-7 February 2019 in Melbourne, Australia is organised by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) in partnership with the University of Melbourne Library.

Register for Data Wrangling and Visualisation sessions with SCIP!

The Social & Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP) at the University of Melbourne is hosting a series of seminars on data wrangling and visualisation to help you with your work and research.

These seminars provide an introduction to using Excel and Tableau for data-related work in research and business reporting. Both software tools allow you to edit, clean, transform, modify and explore your data, without needing any advanced programming skills.  Excel has become the ubiquitous desktop tool for working with tabular data. Tableau is a widely used business analytics tool that makes it easy to combine multiple views of their data into one analytics tool.Come to these sessions to see some simple yet powerful tricks for working with data.

NB: Each of the three sessions below is run twice, with dates and venue detailed below.

Session 1:  Introduction

  • Excel Topics: How to save valuable time, by transforming many rows of raw data at the same time
  • Tableau Topics: Getting started, Overview of the Tableau workspace, Connecting to Data

Date & venue: May 9 3pm-4pm (The Lab, Level 2 Digital Studio, Arts West)

                    or May 16 3pm-4pm (Room Q218, MGSE, 234 Queensberry St).


Session 2:  Deep Dive A

  • Excel Topics: Joining tables (vlookup), Cleaning up name variants using lookup tables, Removing duplicate rows safely
  • Tableau Topics: Communicating with data, Creating Basic Charts, Discrete vs. Continuous Data, Calculated Fields

Date & venue: May 23 3pm-4pm (The Lab, Level 2 Digital Studio, Arts West)

                    or May 30 3pm-4pm (Room Q217, MGSE, 234 Queensberry St).


Session 3:  Deep Dive B

  • Excel Topics: Working with text and qualitative data in Excel, Searching and filtering data sets, String functions
  • Tableau Topics: Using Maps to Visualize Spatial Data, Creating Dashboards and Story Points.

Date & venue: Jun 6 3pm-4pm (The Lab, Level 2 Digital Studio, Arts West)

                    or Jun 13 3pm-4pm (Room Q217, MGSE, 234 Queensberry St).


Register now! For all other enquiries, please contact Geordie Zhang at Happy wrangling!

Upcoming Library Workshop at UoM

2018 is almost a third done! This May, Researcher@Library is bringing you some more sessions to help you with your research journey. Check out the Researcher@Library workshop page regularly to stay updated about what’s on offer.

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How to publish strategically: Tips, Tools and What to Avoid

Ever feel like your work is not getting the reach that you think it can reach? Come along to a library workshop on How to Publish Strategically. We will be discussing on tips, tools and what to avoid when publishing your research.

Topics covered:

  • Identifying peer-reviewed journals in your research field, journal ranking and analysis tools
  • Formulating a publication plan and overview of Thesis by Publication
  • Introduction to Open-access publishing
  • What is an ORCID and why do I need one? (Digital identities for researchers)
  • Ethical publishing: thesis mills, predatory publishers and how to avoid them.

Date: Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock Room, Baillieu Library


Digital Imaging 103: Basic Image Handling

It is important to know how to manage digital images (Photo, Figures, Graphs, Illustrations, Maps, etc) for publications. The library is organizing a Digital Image Workshop so come join us to learn how to adjust images into files for book, journal or article publications or submission of graduate research theses.

Date: Thursday, 3 May 2018
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock Room, Baillieu Library


Public Access and Your Thesis

Everything you need to know to prepare your thesis for submission in the University’s Open Access Repository (Minerva Access). Come and learn about Public Access of your thesis.

Topics covered:

  • An overview of the University policy on public access to graduate research theses;
  • An overview of the systems used for examination and OA: TES and Minerva Access;
  • The benefits of making your thesis open access, along with a consideration of potential issues;
  • Selecting and applying embargo periods to protect your ability to publish;
  • How to protect commercial IP, patentability applications, and legally/politically sensitive information;
  • Managing 3rd-party Copyright, including Theses-with-Publication.

Date:  Monday, 7 May 2018
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock Room, Baillieu Library


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