The garden style open library at USQ Ipswich.
The garden style open library at USQ Ipswich. Jocelyn Watts

Ipswich campus library is a hub for help and learning

IN A first for the university, the USQ Ipswich Library has initiated a new collaborative approach to its operations, positioning itself as a service hub for students studying at the campus.

USQ Librarian Kerrie McLaren said the new approach had brought together Library Services, ICT Help Desk, Learning Centre and Student Support and Retention staff in one area to provide assistance to students.

"USQ Ipswich Library is now a service hub for a variety of student questions at the campus," Ms McLaren said.

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"Questions can be as diverse as assistance on how to find an online journal article, connecting the USQ wireless network, information on how to enrol at USQ or booking an appointment with an academic advisor or a counsellor.

"USQ staff are also working collaboratively with colleagues from the University of Queensland to provide services at the library hub for UQ students who continue to complete their studies during the two year transition teach-out period."

The library has also purchased new print and electronic resources to support the programs introduced this year.

"The library collection at Ipswich will grow as new programs and courses are offered. Our collection development focus is to purchase electronic resources that are available to all students 24/7," she said.

"For nursing alone, more than 600 new ebooks were purchased and more than 500 print books. The library also purchased the Nursing Reference Centre database."

Ms McLaren said the online focus had resulted in the removal of excess shelving making way for study spaces.

The library is located within an architecturally designed award-winning building, and has undergone a recent refresh of the interior rainforest.

The library is open Monday to Friday and Sunday afternoon. Visitors are welcome.



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