New: Kanopy Streaming Videos

September 30, 2014 – 1:55 pm

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The Library is very pleased to announce we now subscribe to Kanopy, a new streaming video resource.

What is it?

Kanopy is an online video streaming resource including documentaries, educational videos and movies.
The videos are streamed online, meaning you can view them at any time, on or off campus.

ACU Library currently has over 6,000 videos (and growing!) covering a range of topics such as:

  • The Arts – design, fashion, literature, visual art
  • Business/Training – business & economics, health & safety, legal studies, training & development
  • Health – health studies, medicine, midwifery, nursing
  • Media/Comm – foreign language film, film studies, marketing, advertising & PR, movies & TV
  • Sciences – biology, computer science & IT, engineering, sustainability & environment sciences
  • Humanities – Australian & Indigenous studies, psychology & sociology, religion & philosophy
  • Education – K-12, teacher education development

Plus so much more!!

And for recreational viewing there’s plenty of movies & TV to watch from producers such as BBC Active, Madman Entertainment, Roadshow Films, Ronin Films and United International Pictures!
Some of the movies to choose from:

  • Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows
  • The Hunger Games
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  • Toomelah
  • Francis Ha
  • Brighton Rock
  • Red Dog
  • The Ides of March
  • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole
  • Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing
  • Tomorrow When The War Began
  • Samson and Delilah
  • Farewell, My Queen
  • Lore
  • The Sapphires
  • Paris Manhattan
  • In Bob We Trust
  • Blue Ruin

Database features:

  • Keyword search and subject browse
  • Videos play on all devices
  • Captions and interactive transcripts
  • Recommend titles for purchase (you can watch a 2 minute preview)
  • Create an account to comment on videos and create customised playlists/clips (stitch together your favourite clips!)
  • Academics can embed videos/playlists directly into LEO
  • Rights-cleared so videos can be streamed in lectures

Where do I find it?

Search for “Kanopy“ in Library Search
From the Library homepage, go to Databases then ‘K’ under Databases by Title or ‘Videos’ under Databases by Format

Note: If you are off campus, you will need to enter your ACU user name and password to gain access.

Kanopy website banner image featuring the movie Red Dog

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‘Red Dog’ website banner used with permission from Kanopy


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Patron saint of librarians: St Jerome 30 September

September 29, 2014 – 9:28 am

30 September is the Feast Day of St Jerome – the patron saint of translators, booklovers, librarians and encyclopedists.

St Jerome (c342-420) was a priest, confessor, theologian and historian. He is best known for his translation of the Bible into Latin (the Vulgate).

Further information on St Jerome available from our Library online resources:

painting of St Jerome in the Desert' attributed to Giovanni Bellini (1426-1516)

St Jerome in the Desert’ attributed to Giovanni Bellini (1426-1516)

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St Jerome in the Desert’ attributed to Giovanni Bellini (1426-1516) Italian painter. Jerome (c340-420) a father of Western Christian Church and compiler of the Vulgate reading, his lion centre. Book Beard Cave Old Aged Hermit . [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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Public holiday: Canberra Library closed Monday 29 September

September 26, 2014 – 4:53 pm

Monday 29 September is the Family and Community Day public holiday in Canberra. The Canberra Library will be closed, but open on the weekend and then normal hours from Tuesday.

All other campus libraries will be open. Contact us via email, chat or phone!

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On trial: The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926

September 25, 2014 – 12:37 pm

We have The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926 on trial until 7 November 2014.

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


The Making of Modern Law: Foreign, Comparative and International Law, 1600-1926, brings together foreign, comparative, and international titles in a single resource…

The Foreign Law component features foreign legal treatises … and other similar works such as commentaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, monographs, or festschriften.

The Comparative Law component features books that compare more than one legal system and includes Ancient, Roman, Jewish Law, and Islamic Law.

The materials in this archive are drawn from three world-class American law libraries: the Yale Law Library, the George Washington University Law Library, and the Columbia Law Library.

Description adapted from Gale


Photo of Justitia (Lady Justice) statue - lady holding scales

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Dublin / City Hall / Justitia. [Fine Art]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.


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Feast day Saint Matthew: 21 September

September 20, 2014 – 12:46 pm


Tradition holds that Matthew initially preached the Good News in Aramaic to Jewish communities in Palestine for 15 years. His Gospel is considered to be a work that attempts to build bridges between Jewish and Gentile Christians. Later in his ministry, he travelled to Gentile nations and spread the Good News to the Ethiopians, Macedonians, Persians and Parthians. Islamic tradition holds that Matthew with St Andrew was the first to preach Christianity to the Ethiopians - from ACU website.

What are Patron Saints?

Patron Saints are often touted as those who can intercede in heaven on our behalf, or advocate for a cause.  Yet more importantly, our Patron Saints help and inspire us to follow the example of their lives.

At Australian Catholic University (ACU) traditions are important, and to that end, we have decided that the University have a Patron Saint, and that each of the University’s faculties will have a Patron Saint – to help us carry the spirit of faith, learning and justice in all that we do.

These Patron Saints are deemed to be special protectors in a specific area, through either tradition, custom, or by declarations of the Church - ACU website

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And the winner is!

September 19, 2014 – 1:12 pm
Christine accepts prize from Professor Anne Cummins

Christine accepts prize from Professor Anne Cummins, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching)

Congratulations to Ms Duong Phuong Thao Huynh, aka Christine!

Christine was in the library studying when she received the news that she was the winner of the Samsung Galaxy NotePro, which was offered as the prize for completing the ACU Library survey conducted in August. Ms Duong is in the final year of her Masters of Business by coursework at the North Sydney campus.

In total, 2346 students and staff responded to our recent survey. You have provided the library with valuable feedback on our services, our resources and our facilities.

Thank you to all who completed the survey- our staff have been looking at your responses. We will be looking at your words in greater depth and we will be providing answers to many of your requests through Library News.

Watch this space!


International Read an eBook Day

September 18, 2014 – 4:21 pm
Today is the first International Read an eBook Day which celebrates and raises awareness for reading on digital devices.
ACU students and staff can access eBooks on any mobile device, computer or tablet, anytime, anywhere.

Have a look in our OverDrive leisure reading eBook and audio collection where you can find over 1100 titles ranging from biography to crime, romance to science fiction and includes travel guides, cookbooks, history, health and fitness.

Happy reading!!

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Database trial- Loeb Classical Library

September 17, 2014 – 3:35 pm

The digital Loeb Classical Library makes English translations of Greek and Latin literature available to readers worldwide.

ACU Library has Loeb Classical Library on trial until 15 November 2014.


Loeb Classical Library  database has more than 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts are available in a modern and elegant interface, allowing readers to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share content with ease.

The authors in the Loeb Classical Library span eighteen centuries and every genre and contains works by Aristotle, Hesiod, Plato and Herodotus.

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

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The Logo of the Loeb Classical Library®, featuring Athena, goddess of wisdom, and Nike, goddess of victory.

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No mobile access to some databases

September 17, 2014 – 3:20 pm

We have recently realised that some of our subscribed databases are using a particular system to make their site “mobile friendly”. Unfortunately this system does not work with the authentication system ACU uses, EzProxy. This means you will have difficulty connecting via a mobile device (phone, tablet etc), especially when you are off campus.

Affected databases include:

  • Taylor & Francis Online – Ok when you are on campus. If you are off campus, please use a desktop computer to access.
  • Informahealthcare – Use a desktop to access.
  • Intermid & Internurse – Will give you the option to view the full site from your device. Alternatively, you can make an account with them and then pair your device for future off campus use.

If you come across any other databases where mobile access does not work, please let us know!

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We saved 50 trees in 5 months!

September 16, 2014 – 10:06 am

At the beginning of 2014 we changed the default on Library computers to duplex (double-sided) printing. We’ve received some outcomes of this change and we think you will be as excited as we are about them.

Changing to duplex has saved 679,000 sheets (or 1360 reams) of paper in the five months from February to June, compared to the same period in 2013. This is a 31% reduction in paper consumption!

To get a sense of the scale of that saving, if the 1360 saved reams were placed one on top of another, it would create a pile 67 meters high, almost to the top of North Sydney’s Tenison Woods House at 70m (with nice views of the harbour…). Equally, those reams could be placed end-to-end to encircle the Mary Glowrey Building (Melbourne Campus) almost twice!

It’s a huge saving achieved in just five months. Not only that, it’s allowed 50 trees to remain standing. ACU Library. Growing. Greener.

Thanks to Mark Doggett, ACU Sustainability Co-ordinator, for this information.

close up of leaves on a tree