National Photography Competition 2014

September 1, 2014 – 12:51 pm

The Melbourne Library is currently displaying the winning Melbourne photos from the ACU student National Photography Competition 2014.  The theme for the competition was “the destination or the journey”. There were over 65 entries in Melbourne.

The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and highly commended photographs from both the colour and black and white categories will be on display until 5 September 2014 in the lounge area on the ground floor. The local campus winning photographs in both categories will go into the national photography competition with the national winning entries being announced and displayed on Monday 15 September on the North Sydney campus.

Melbourne students look at some of the photos

Melbourne Library

Other campuses:

  • Ballarat Library is also displaying the Ballarat photos
  • Brisbane – can you tell us if photos are being displayed anywhere?
  • Canberra photos are in the foyer outside S3
  • North Sydney photos are being displayed outside the Ryan Auditorium, on level 4 of the Carroll Building
  • Strathfield photos will be displayed in the Atrium next Thursday 4 September for the day.

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New Ebrary Online Reader

August 29, 2014 – 1:28 pm

Ebrary has a new online reader, so if you are used to using Ebrary eBooks, you’ll see changes.

The new Ebrary Online Reader was developed with extensive input from researchers.

The user experience features:

  • Clearer user permissions and information on ebooks for patrons – when you are looking at a book online you will clearly see if it’s available to download, for online reading, how much you can print and save – all clearly labelled!
  • Intuitive navigation to locate popular features faster
  • Higher text quality and display options for better readability
  • Streamlined tasks such as copy, print, download and in-book search

Want more? Check out this 2 minute YouTube.

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If you need any help, please contact the Library.

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Start with a subject guide

August 27, 2014 – 2:12 pm

We have loads and loads of great resources, but sometimes that can be confusing. Where do you start when you are looking for resources for your assignment or presentation. How do you know you are using the best databases, journal articles, websites?

Start with a subject guide

1/ all you need to start a project – all in one spot

2/ quick lists with links

3/ compiled by subject librarians – who know their *stuff*

4/ organised by faculty – see the webpage

5/ most links are to online resources, so useful any time of the day!


Education subject guide

front page of the Education subject guide


PS. If you were around at ACU before 2014, you’ll remember subject guides, but they were called ‘resources by topic’. We are now calling them subject guides as we think that best describes what they really are!

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Thanks: library survey has now closed!

August 25, 2014 – 3:04 pm

Thanks to the 2216 students and staff who have completed our recent library survey!!

We hope to announce the winner of the Samsung Galaxy NotePro very soon and we will let you know.

And we shall also let you know results of the survey, and what we plan to do…
So thanks again!


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Last days for the library survey!

August 22, 2014 – 1:32 pm

The library survey closes at 9am on Monday 25 August. And 1960 of you have completed the survey :)

Thank you to all who have generously participated so far.

Ballarat and Canberra campuses are pulling above their weight when you factor in their relative student population!

An updated tally:

2407 people have started the survey.
1960 (81%) have completed the survey.

Breakdown of responses
Which Campus Library do you use most?

  • 352    Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo)
  • 507    North Sydney (MacKillop)
  • 353    Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary)
  • 128    Canberra (Signadou)
  • 141    Ballarat (Aquinas)
  • 709    Melbourne (St Patrick’s)
  • 217    Unspecified

Your input is appreciated and will shape future library services. We want to know what’s important to you, how we perform and how we can do better. If you haven’t already…complete the library survey now.

Have a great weekend!

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ACU Literature Prize winner for 2014 announced

August 22, 2014 – 11:52 am

Sydney poet Helen Thurloe has won the 2014 Australian Catholic University (ACU) Literature Prize with her poem Surgeon Mother. The winner and runners up Lucy Williams and Jenny Blackford were announced on Thursday night, 21 August 2014 at ACU’s Melbourne Campus as part of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival.
Thurloe’s poem was chosen from more than 200 entries nationally on the theme ‘The Language of Compassion’. The Sydney-based poet won $7000 for her poem, and $2000 and $1000 were awarded for second and third place.
Poet, author and academic Professor Kevin Hart, ACU Literature lecturers Dr Carolyn Masel and Matthew Ryan, and Academic Board chair Professor Margot Hillel OAM judged the award. The prize was made possible through the sponsorship of ACU’s Directorate of Identity and Mission. Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven and Director of Identity and Mission Father Anthony Casamento presented the awards.
The theme of compassion had resonated with poets and the standard of entries was particularly high, said Professor Hillel.
“The judges were delighted and impressed by the way poets responded to this year’s theme in moving and sometimes surprising ways. At least one of the judges confessed to shedding more than a few tears while reading the entries. Among other things, poems addressed compassion of the everyday, compassion for animals, the elderly, the ill and refugees,” she said.
The ACU Prize for Literature aims to support writers and to continue the tradition of the Catholic Church as a key patron of the arts.
“Australian Catholic University was delighted to be sponsoring this important event in the Australian literary calendar. As with last year, the breadth and quality of the entries for this year’s prize has been remarkable, and is a testament to the eagerness with which the Australian literary community has embraced this prize,” Fr Casamento said.

Sara Coen/ Media Coordinator ACU

2013 prize winner

The 2013 Inaugural prize went to Stephen Edgar for his poem, The Dancer. The 2013 theme was ‘everyday immanence’. Copies of the book, ‘A sudden presence’ are available at campus libraries.  See Library News post for 2013 details – ACU Literature Prize winner.

Rose (Rosa Poetry in Motion 'Harelan')

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Rose (Rosa Poetry In Motion ‘Harelan’). [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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On trial: SAGE Research Methods Cases

August 21, 2014 – 2:25 pm

ACU Library already subscribes to SAGE Research Methods Online (SRM), but this trial is for Cases, which is a new component on the SAGE Research Methods platform.

What are SAGE Research Methods Cases?

SAGE Research Methods Cases (SRMC) is a collection of over 350 case studies of real social research that faculty can use in their teaching. Specially commissioned and designed to help students understand often abstract methodological concepts by introducing them to cases of real research projects that are interesting and engaging and designed to add colour, context and understanding to the teaching of research methods or statistics”.

To search for case studies:

  • on SRM landing page along the top tool bar next to ‘Browse’ Open the Menu under Content and click on Cases – an alphabetical index should appear.
  • alternatively on the SRM landing page you could search for “big data” and several Case studies should come up – eg first one ‘The Use of ‘Big Data’ for Social Sciences Research: An Application to Corruption Research’ Mihaly Fazekas 2014.

We have SAGE Research Methods Cases on trial until 20 October.

Please take a look and send us your feedback via the quick online feedback form.

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Improvements to Search

August 20, 2014 – 4:01 pm

Our Library Search had an upgrade over the weekend. So what’s new?

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There has been lots of tweaking behind the scenes to bring better, more relevant search results and a few obvious things like…

New year of publication slider

Now you can refine your search results by the date slider.

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Get help with your citations! Works for books, ebooks and journal articels. When you want to cite, go to details > actions > citations and select your citation style

screen dump of a citation example

If you have any comments, problems or if you don’t think things are working as they should be – please let us know!


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Woohoo! 1480 surveys completed so far!

August 19, 2014 – 2:30 pm

Thanks to everyone who has completed the survey so far. We have surpassed our 2012 survey total which was 1102 surveys completed, but we do have more students now, so if you haven’t already the survey, please do the survey now!

We run this survey every two years. Why? The responses to the survey give us really valuable feedback about what’s important to you, and how we can improve our services and programs. The more responses the better!

And by completing the survey, you may win the Samsung Galaxy NotePro, valued at over $1000.

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Racism: It stops with everyone at ACU

August 19, 2014 – 12:21 pm

You may have noticed that the Library website and also the students and public ACU website all have the image -


What is this all about?

Media release from 11 June:

Racism: It stops with everyone at ACU

Australian Catholic University (ACU) has thrown its support behind the Australian Human Rights Commission’s anti-racism campaign as a Community Supporter of the policy.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning & Teaching) Professor Anne Cummins and Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Stephen Weller will sign a statement of agreement with Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane at ACU’s North Sydney campus on Monday.

Professor Cummins said the agreement was an acknowledgement that ACU’s own values were aligned with those of the Human Rights Commission. “Our Mission positively states our commitment to the dignity of the human person and the common good,” she said.

Dr Weller said the university’s proactive approach to equality and fairness was fundamental to the philosophy that “cultural diversity be embraced and the university is a safe and respectful community where racism is not tolerated”.

Initiatives in place to support the agreement include:

  • A Discrimination and Harassment Policy which reinforces that race based discrimination and harassment are not tolerated; support is available for staff members and students to deal with their concerns and complaints,
  • A proactive approach to enhancing inclusiveness and respect; staff members are encouraged to come together in a safe environment to share their knowledge and increase understanding of various cultural perspectives,
  • An Indigenous Employment Framework provides opportunities for staff members to build their cultural competency regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture,
  • Staff and students are encouraged to support Harmony Day every year, which coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,
  • ACU’s National Student Association (ACUNSA) supports the diversity of our campuses and the right of our students to study in a hate free environment; ACUNSA will include its statement of support at all events and in written communications.