Reggio Emilia exhibition

Southern Cross University’s Dr Wendy Boyd chased the Reggio Emilia 100 languages of children exhibition around the world for nearly two decades, and each time she thought she had found it, it had moved on.

So imagine her astonishment when, in an email, Jan Millikan OAM, founder of the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange, offered her a chance to host the exhibit.

“I couldn’t believe it, how serendipitous is that?” said Dr Boyd, SCU Lecturer in Early Childhood and convenor of the Reggio Emilia Northern Rivers Group.

“And, this is its first exhibition in New South Wales and its first exhibition in a university.

“We’re all excited about it because this is a great opportunity for students.”

Dr Boyd said the exhibition demonstrated how children are able to express their thoughts and thinking through symbols, art, words and images.

The library at the Lismore campus of Southern Cross University is hosting the exhibition which is officially opened at 5.00pm Friday, June 6.

Reggio Emilia is a town in northern Italy where, after the WWII, a revolutionary approach to early childhood development was created by Loris Malaguzzi, a teacher.

He was joined by parents and the community in his philosophy that children are capable and creative from birth and have the ability to communicate in 100 languages.

If you need proof, come along to the exhibition and be amazed at what children have created and what they understand about our world.

Jan Millikan said Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange was established in 1994 and in 2001 commissioned the exhibition in English. Since then it has toured the world and Australia.

“One of the things the Reggio Emilia approach to child development does, is demonstrate how much greater children’s competence and capabilities are than we have previously realized,” said Ms Milikan.

“We now have 50 years of research to support this.

“The theory that children have 100 languages is supported by the documentation, so creating dialogue between child, educator, parents and community now becomes collaboration.”

The exhibition is in the Southern Cross University Lismore campus library, A Block. It officially opens on Friday, June 9 and runs until July 11.


Jan Millikan and Dr Wendy Boyd

Food for Fines at SCU Libraries

Groceries in the library at Lismore’s Southern Cross University campus is an unusual sight but Margaret Lord, Day Manager of Lismore Soup Kitchen, was thrilled to accept them on Friday for use in the Kitchen’s kitchen.

“It’s a nice boost to our supplies” Ms Lord said. “We’ll take what we need to cater for the meals we offer and the rest we’ll give to people in need to take home”.

The groceries were collected as part of a “Food for Fines” scheme run by staff at SCU campus libraries at Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast and Lismore to help students clear their library fines.

Margaret Doolan, Team Leader of Collection Access Services, said it was a particular help for those students who were financially disadvantaged.

“Many Australian metropolitan and international universities are doing this and when we heard about it we thought we would do it too,” Ms Doolan said. “Not only does it give our students a chance to clear their fines, it also gives them an opportunity to contribute to the community.”

Ms Doolan said library staff were thrilled with the response from the students, collecting the equivalent of two full trolley loads of groceries. “It was extremely successful and the feedback we’ve received is very positive,” she said. “The students were very happy to contribute, so much so, students with no fines made donations anyway. “We advertised our scheme on the library’s Facebook page and within hours we had received lots of likes, which made us think we were doing something really good for our students and the community”.

Alison Slocombe, Lismore Campus Library Manager, said the scheme coaxed absent students back to the library. “We wanted a way to bring back those students who were afraid to come back to the library because they had fines,” she said. “We don’t want to be seen as punitive.”

Food from the Lismore library was donated to the Lismore Soup Kitchen because it was a locally run charity that provides hot lunches with dessert daily with sandwiches to take away. It also provides breakfast at the Red Dove behind the Uniting Church from Monday to Thursday.

You Have a Friend was the charity that benefitted from the food donated to the Gold Coast Library. You Have a Friend provides much needed support to local families and homeless people.

The food donated to the Coffs Harbour Library was passed on to the local branch of the Salvation Army who also provides support to those in need.

From left: Alison Slocombe, SCU Lismore Campus Library Manager, Margaret Lord, Day Manager of Lismore South Kitchen, Margaret Doolan, SCU Team Leader of Collection Access ServicesFrom left: Alison Slocombe, SCU Lismore Campus Library Manager, Margaret Lord, Day Manager of Lismore South Kitchen, Margaret Doolan, SCU Team Leader of Collection Access Services


John Lee from You Have a Friend picking up the donated food from the Gold Coast Library.John Lee from You Have a Friend picking up the donated food from the Gold Coast Library.

Food donated to the Coffs Harbour LibraryFood donated to the Coffs Harbour Library

Open Access Week – what does it all mean?





Open Access Week

21-27 October 2013 is Open Access Week, a global event that provides ‘an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.’

Find out more about Open Access Week and Open Access generally.

SCU Library’s ePubs offers services to assist you to make your research available via Open Access.

Contact the SCU Library ePubs team via email or the website if you would like further information.


epubs and open access



Help save the koalas

Thank you for your support!

Throughout the month of September the SCU Library and the Coffee Cart sold Caramello Koalas to raise money to help save the Koalas on the Lismore Campus.  We raised over $150.00. A big thank you to those who supported the cause. The money was handed over to Lorraine Vass from Friends of the Koala Inc.  Money will go towards a TAFE Tree Climbing Course and equipment so that injured Koalas are retrieved safely.   

Support a Koala and play a vital role in its return to the wild. Check out the Friends of the Koala Inc website where you can learn how to adopt or donate money.


Pictured: Left: Koala Margie Pembroke – Library, Second Left: Lorraine Vass – Friends of the Koala, middle right: Koala Libby Pownall – Library, Right: Ally MacPherson, Barista – Coffee Cart.

SCU Writes a Novel

SCU Writes a Novel (SWAN)   small swan

What does this mean?

Basically we have written the first chapter to get things started, but it’s up to you – staff, students and alumni of SCU – to write the rest. Our plan is to add a new chapter every two weeks.

What do we want from you?

Read the story so far, write the next chapter and send it in to us. Each winning chapter will be published online and become part of the novel. The winning author’s name will be published with their chapter, so we’re giving you the opportunity to be a published author.

The final product will be published as an ebook and who knows, maybe even a print book!

Give your imagination free rein – and help SCU write a novel!

You can find all the details about how to join in at


Set Google Scholar preferences to find articles @ SCU

When searching in Google Scholar, ensure you find articles held @ SCU by setting SCU preferences.

At the Google Scholar search screen:

Click Settings (see the cog in the top right hand corner of the Google Scholar screen)
Click Library Links
Enter Southern Cross University and click the search button
Tick Southern Cross University – Find it @ SCU
Click Save.