Student Engagement and Success across the United States and Australia

I am pleased to inform you that an article of mine has recently been published in the Global Postcards column of the International Information and Library Review!

Based on theories from Professor George D. Kuh’s keynote presentation at Monash University in 2015, the article discusses the similar challenges that the United States and Australia face in student engagement and success, as well as the differences between these two contexts. For example, the difference in numbers of students living on-campus, and the ensuing effect on student engagement, is quite substantial.
I consider the use of ‘High Impact Practices’ as a means to achieve student engagement and success, and how Monash Law Library has been utilising this concept in their teaching.

If your institution  has access to Taylor and Francis publications login and have read.


Designing Book Covers

This blog post by the National Library of Australia provides a really interesting look into the process of designing book covers. With my interest in art this was a fun connection between two of my passions (the other being books of course!)

It’s so fascinating to compare the different images and read about the reasons behind those covers being rejected (or accepted), there is much more than first meets the eye! Although we should never choose a book by its cover, I must say I often fall for an interesting cover – to get me to the next step of reading the blurb and borrowing the book!

book cover

Image from the National Library of Australia’s blog post.

A recent article from the Wall Street Journal describes how many publishers are now pushing for bright and bold covers to attract shoppers – with yellow and neon being the new popular choices. While some are gaudy, they do catch the eye.

I personally love the Roald Dahl covers (and illustrations) done by Quentin Blake, and the covers of many of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series (I believe the artist was Josh Kirby.)

Roald Dahl stamps


What are some of your favourite book covers? Do you choose a book by its cover?