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Information for Staff
TAFE NSW Libraries have the following services available to support the teaching and learning needs of TAFE staff:
- The TAFE NSW Library Catalogue (TAFEcat) is available at https://tafecat.tafensw.edu.au/tafecat.html, or can be accessed directly from the library webpage. The catalogue lists the holdings of all TAFE NSW Libraries. You can also renew your own loans through TAFEcat.
- Inter-Library Loans from the TAFE NSW Library network are available - request at your campus library, or use the Inter-Library Loan Form.
- A range of databases and eBooks are available - including full-text journals, eBooks and Australian Standards.
These can be accessed via our website - login with your staff Username and Password.
- Special Reserve - high demand items, or teacher's personal materials can be held behind the Loans Desk for restricted loan periods. See library staff if you wish to place items on Reserve.
- New Resources - Staff are encouraged to recommend books and other resources for purchase, as this helps us to maintain a relevant collection. Use the Purchase Request Form, or contact library staff.
If you are recommending resources to your students, don't forget to give the library a copy of the list.
A list of new resources in the collection of your local campus library is available on their library webpage.
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Staff can use any computer in the library to access TAFE email, the TAFE Portal or Microsoft Office programs. Contact library staff to book a computer.
Most libraries have computer areas dedicated for class use. If you require access to computers for your class, contact library staff to make a booking.
Photocopying and printing
Staff use a their TAFEcard, or Employee ID (available from your teaching section) to pay for printing and photocopying. Staff must log onto the computer to send print jobs to the FindMePrint print queue, which may be collected from any staff printer/copier (MultiFunction Device - MFD) on campus.
Rooms and equipment
Most libraries offer group study rooms and seminar rooms for student and class use. Rooms usually include TV, DVD equipment and whiteboard. Electronic whiteboards and Smartboards may also be available.
Other equipment such as data projectors, laptops and netbooks, digital and video cameras, portable TV/DVD players are available for short term loan. Bookings are required - contact your campus library for local information, and to make a booking.
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All libraries offer introductory library tours, and a range of specialised tutorials for you and your classes.
- Library orientation tours introduce Library services, resources and facilities - approximately 20 minutes.
- Tutorial sessions - the introductory tour should be followed up with in-depth tutorial sessions, such as:
- catalogue and database training
- searching the internet
- referencing, plagiarism and bibliographies.
Library staff can customise training to subjects and information sources of your choice.
Please contact your campus library staff for details of training available at your campus, and to make bookings.
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Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements
- Newcastle University students and staff - Students and staff of the University of Newcastle can also join their local TAFE Library as an Associate Borrower - conditions and fees apply. Refer to the Associate Borrowing guidelines below for details.
- Ourimbah Campus Hunter TAFE students and staff are entitled to use their TAFEcard at Ourimbah Campus Library - a joint venture of the Hunter TAFE and the University of Newcastle. Take your TAFEcard and proof of current enrolment on your first visit.
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Software Offers for Staff
Staff Software for Use at Home
NSW TAFE employees (including full-time and part-time NSW TAFE teachers) can purchase genuine Microsoft and Adobe software at drastically reduced prices. Go to https://tafensw.onthehub.com/.
First time users will need to click the "Register" button to create an account with their tafensw.edu.au email address, before being able to purchase software (return users can log in with their existing tafensw.edu.au email account and password – then click SIGN IN button)
- at the account verification screen, enter your full TAFE email address (e.g. email@example.com) and click CONTINUE button
- at the account registration screen, enter your First Name, Last Name and a Password (password must be at least six characters long)
- in the proof of eligibility section, select from dropdown if you are FACULTY or STAFF group member
- at the bottom of the page, verify the text or audio in the security authentication section then click the REGISTER button to continue
- the eligibility screen will display that an email has been sent to your registered tafensw.edu.au email address requiring you to confirm verification by clicking the link contained in the email
- your browser will then return to the home page of the Webstore, displaying software titles on the screen.
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Microsoft Office 365 for TAFE Staff
Microsoft Office 365 Suite available to all TAFE Staff
All TAFE staff currently have access to Office 365 and many of the associated Applications (Apps).
There are four ways to login and use Office 365:
- Accessing Office 365 through the portal in a web browser
- Logging into Office 365 through the TAFE NSW Staff Portal
- Accessing Office 365 Apps from your Outlook Web App
- Signing into Microsoft Office on your desktop to get the best Office 365 experience.
View the guide below for instructions on how to login and access Office 365 for staff.