Friday, July 29, 2016

Manage your online presence to get your dream job: workshops running August 2nd and 4th

The library is running two great online workshops next week, and they are all about raising the profile of your online presence so that future employers can discover what an amazing employee you are because:
  • you are up to date you are with your field, and 
  • you are well connected online, sharing ideas and resources with colleagues in your field

The importance of your online presence

Employers are increasingly verifying potential employee's qualifications, professionalism and organisational fit through applicants' screening job applicants online presence.

In 2014, 52% of Australian recruiters used social media to research job candidates. In a CareerBuilder survey* recruiters reported finding "provocative or inappropriate photographs", as well as information on drinking, drug use, inappropriate comments about previous employers and/or co-workers, poor communication skills and discriminatory comments, all of which led recruiters to not hire an applicant.

Recruiters  are also assessing applicants' professional online presence through web platforms such as LinkedIn. In this sense it is important to make a distinction between your online social life and your online professional life. This means ensuring inappropriate content should be removed, but also promoting how your achievements and interests align with the interests of your potential employer.

It's not just recruiters screening people online, 30% of employers are utilising social media to examine current employees' online presence, with 25% of these employers warning or dismissing employees as a result of their online content.

Industries where the online screening of job applicants is most likely
  1. IT - 76%
  2. Sales - 65%
  3. Health care - 59%
  4. Retail - 59%
  5. Manufacturing - 56%
  6. Professional and business services - 55%*

Like to know more about managing your online presence?

The library is running two workshops next week on ways to manage your online presence.

  1. Learn to Connect: Developing you Personal Learning network (PLN),Tuesday, 2 August 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (AEST) 
This workshop shows you how to create and maintain an online presence to help you keep up to date with your particular field of study. It demonstrates the applications Twitter, Feedly and Linked In, that allow you to make yourself known to others in your field as well allowing you to communicate with them. The workshop also has some suggestions about clearing up your current online presence to display a more professional image.
  1. Learn to Connect: Managing your Online InformationThursday, 4 August 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (AEST) 
This workshop demonstrates the Evernote and OneNote applications and how to use them for study and collaboration. It also has some tips for migrating browser preferences for when you have to go from one computer to the next (i.e. from home to work). And we also explore the legal issue of Copyright in regards to how you can re-use material found online without getting into trouble!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Windows 10 Handy Hints

Have you noticed that the Learning Commons computers have been upgraded to windows 10? To make sure you're getting the most out of the new Windows experience, here are some new features and handy hints everyone can use!

Logging Out

Logging out of Windows 10 is slightly different to Windows 7. All you need to do is open the start menu, click on your name at the top of the menu, then select "Log Out". It's that easy! But remember, learning commons computers and those in computing facilities will still log out automatically after 20 minutes of inactivity.

Printer Not Available

If you can't access a printer after logging in, try logging out and logging back in again. Sometimes there can be a delay for printers to load if the computer was switched off the last time it was used.

Start Menu

Applications installed on the computer can be found in the start menu under the "All Apps" section, and are listed in alphabetical order.

Changing the Language at Login

To change the language at login, you just need to click the language button you'll see in the bottom right hand corner. Alternatively, you can click on the username box where a drop down list will show the other languages available.

Web Browsing

Internet Explorer is the default web browser at CSU. You can also access the new Edge browser in the task bar.


Cortana is available as a new way to search in Windows 10, and can be found in the start menu.


Due to the shared nature of teaching and public access computers, DIT is currently evaluating this service.

If you'd like to know more, you can find information about Windows 10, Edge Web Browser, and Cortana online. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

eBook Changes this Week

If you're at all familiar with your CSU Library's eBook collections, then you've probably used eBook Library (EBL) and ebrary titles before. You're soon going to notice some changes, and we're here to give you an idea of what's happening, and what it means for your studies!
EBL and ebrary are joining forces, and together migrating to a new platform - ProQuest Ebook Central. This is good news for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you'll only have one platform to get to know, so everything will be nice and familiar! Other benefits of the migration include:
  • An updated, more modern appearance, building upon the popular ebrary reader, while combining all of EBL's strengths
  • Increased copy and print limits, 
  • Support for all ebrary and EBL eBooks available on the one platform!
The migration should be a smooth event, with no expected downtime. It'll be a hybrid upgrade, meaning that you'll first see the changes as EBL eBooks are migrated to the new platform this week, with the final changes made when the ebrary titles make the move in the coming months.
All the fun will kick off on Wednesday 27th July, between 11am and noon, when the EBL titles in CSU's collection will move to the new platform. If you're using one of the eBooks affected during this period, you'll just see the appearance of the platform change. Otherwise, your usage should be unaffected, and any notes you've made in the eBook will be carried over. And if you're a CSU academic, don't worry about your current eBook links. They'll all be redirected!

If you'd like to know more about using eBooks, you could come along to one of our Using eBooks Online Library Workshops! You'll be shown how to find eBooks in our collection, and how best to access them. And if you're having troubles, or need help, check out the CSU Library's eBook Guide, or Contact Us! One of our Library staff will be more than happy to step you through it.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Scholarships and financial assistance to help your studies along

University study is a big financial commitment. There's textbooks, HECS fees, accommodation, living expenses, printing, placement, even graduation costs at the end.

There is some help with some of these costs from CSU

CSU offers a variety of scholarships and bursaries, some in partnership with external organisations. While many of them were only offered in the first semester, there are still many you can apply for in the second semester.

Scholarships and grants are open for applications this semester

These are only some of the scholarships and grants on offer. To see what else is available and applicable to your enrolment and personal situation have a look at the CSU scholarships and grants website search. 
There'll be more scholarships on offer at the start of 2017. 
For more information on scholarships and graduations in general you might like to download the Scholarships brochure

Monday, July 18, 2016

Wear Red for Foundation Day

CSU is celebrating Foundation Day on the 20th July 2016, and we'll be painting the town red!
Foundation Day commemorates our past, who we are and where we are going. We celebrate our commitment to the public good, and we show just how proud we are of our past and present students, alumni, staff, and our community!

There'll be events on at all campuses, and if you share your photos on social media using #celebratecsu, you could even win a red prize pack!
For more information about what's happening at your campus, and what you need to do to be in the running to win, check out the Foundation Day webpage. And on Wednesday, wear red, and come and celebrate with us!