Library December Update

It’s been an interesting year in the Library! We’ve added new resources to the collection, had some staff changes and continued with our work supporting staff and students with their information and research needs.

New Resources

We’ve added the following collections in 2021

Staff farewells and new staff

In September, the Library’s Executive Director, Karen Johnson retired. In late November, we welcomed our new Executive Director, Carlo Iacono, who comes to us from Bath University, previously Griffith University and a past life as a Law Librarian in court and law firm libraries.

Just last month, we farewelled Karen McNally who has retired from the Library. She has been with the Library since 2012 and has been in the BJBS team since 2019, supporting several schools over that time. We’d like to wish her well in her retirement and say thank you for the work she did, particularly with researchers and research students.

Embedded Librarian Program

Our strategic program provides Information Literacy support to students and has provided a range of support to over 80 subjects across the faculty. The program is currently embedded in every undergraduate course in the faculty and 80% of post-graduate courses.

Read & Publish agreements

Charles Sturt Library is strongly supportive of Open Access publishing and other Open Science initiatives to improve the visibility and impact of our research. The Open Access publishing landscape is rapidly changing, with one recent initiative being Read and Publish agreements. Read and Publish agreements are a form of transformative agreement designed to support the transition to an open scholarly publishing system by providing an addition means of paying for some Article Processing Charges. Charles Sturt has a strong record of paying for APCs through the Tri-Faculty Publishing Scheme, and this scheme will continue in 2022. 

To achieve the best possible impact for your research outputs the key consideration is publishing in the right journal. The beauty of Read and Publish agreements is that when you publish with one of the included journals you will automatically be alerted to the fact that the APCs are part of an agreement at no extra cost to your area of the University. Want to know more about APCs and Read and publish agreements – contact your BJBS Faculty Librarian.