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The team at Defence Library Service
(DLS) has been hard at work improving
and expanding the range of online
information resources and electronic
publications (e-publications) provided
The focus of these resources is to
provide access to reliable published
electronic information that can be
accessed through the Defence Restricted
Network (DRN) and, where that is not
possible, directly via the internet.
Online resources available through
the DLS include electronic books
(e-books), electronic journals
(e-journals), and online databases.
These publications provide gateways to
a wealth of information.
Prior to subscribing or purchasing,
all online resources are trialled and
evaluated by DLS staff.
The main advantage of online
resources over their hard copy
equivalents is that information contained
World of information at your fingertips
is continually updated to ensure
currency and relevance.
Online resources can be accessed
24 hours a day, seven days a week
through DLS Online at
on the DRN, via the Australian Defence
College’s Open Student Network
(OSN), or through internet logins for
Defence personnel without ready access
to the DRN or OSN.
Online resources and e-publications
currently available include:
general and reference resources such
as the Macquarie Dictionary and
news and current affairs resources,
such as ANZ Newsstand,
military/defence information such as
Jane’s and Military Periscope,
information technology, law,
health and medicine, engineering,
management, human resources and
Defence Library Service’s
resources and services
are available for use by all
Department of Defence
employees. The DLS currently
has liaison librarians servicing a
number of bases in the Sydney
area and RAAF Amberley.
The DLS is planning to further
develop its library liaison
DLS Online is available
24 hours a day, seven days a
week via the DRN or a limited
version is available via the
DLS’s internet site.
For further information
about the DLS’s services and
sessions to large and small groups as well
Working so closely with clients in their
work environment also helps Ms Vandine
gain an understanding of the subject area
and the context of their work.
“People often stop me when I’m
walking around the bases, as it helps
remind them of a research question they
would like her assistance with, or to ask
about a hard-to-find document,”
Ms Vandine says.
She fields a wide range of requests for
infor mation, from helping clients who have
to write a repor t and need information,
to those planning a career change or
under taking a promotion course.
Ms Vandine can show clients how to
set up alert services that helps keep up to
date with developments in their field.
At Fleet Support there are regularly
groups of junior sailor electronic
technicians who have to write an
assignment. Ms Vandine runs an
information session that teaches them
how to find information, how to
structure repor ts and assignments, the
best resources to use, and how to find
“I occasionally hear some groaning
and complaining at the beginning of the
session as the participants get prepared to
be bored to death by matters library, but
by the end of a practical and fun session, I
often receive lots of great feedback on the
evaluation forms,” Ms Vandine says.
“I love it when a client asks a research
question that they are sure they won’t be
able to find the information for.”
The questions that Ms Vandine receives
are from a wide range of areas such
as chaplaincy, Navy Video Unit, Navy
Psychology, Director of General Training,
resource planning, combat suppor t,
dentists, drug and alcohol program,
Directorate of Oceanography and
Meteorology and many others.
“Why wait for a Defence shuttle bus
(possibly in the wind and rain), sit on it to
get to a library and then have to reverse the
procedure to get back to where you star ted
when I can come to you,” Ms Vandine asks.
DLS has recently improved the
search function, to enable direct
access to the DLS’s online resources
and e-publications through the DLS
This has effectively created a one-
stop shop for Defence personnel as
all electronic resources purchased
and subscribed to by the DLS can be
searched for and accessed directly via
the DLS catalogue.
The goal is to provide an intuitive
search engine that enables searching
of all the library service’s collections.
It represents significant improvement
in educational and informative products
available to Defence personnel.
Through the Defence Library Ser vice,
Defence personnel can access:
5987 full text e-journals
3523 full text e-books
24 commercial information
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