Merry Christmas and Library holiday hours

December 17, 2014 – 2:53 pm

Wishing you all a happy and healthy and safe Christmas break!

From all ACU Library staff :)


Please note the Christmas closedown periods at our campus libraries:

All campus Libraries close at 3pm on Wednesday 24th December 2014


2015 Reopen dates & times:

Ballarat – Friday 2nd January @ 9am

Brisbane – Friday 2nd January @ 9am

Canberra – Friday 2nd January @ 9am

Melbourne – Friday 2nd January @ 9am

North Sydney – Monday 5th January @ 9am

Strathfield – Monday 5th January @ 8am


Tips/hints …

Renew your books on loan through MyLibrary

Our chat service only operates in semester hours, but you can always contact us by email, phone or in person. Or through FaceBook or Twitter. Whatever suits you.


‘Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.’ From Old Christmas by Washington Irving (1783-1859).


Wishing you all a joyful, healthy and safe Christmas break. We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

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Rotary Pride of Workmanship Award

December 16, 2014 – 2:42 pm

She is the quiet achiever, known to many staff and students at Strathfield campus library as the warm, friendly and extremely helpful librarian. What many do not know about Bernice McIntyre is that she has given 21 years of outstanding service at ACU, including her tireless commitment and contribution to the Faculty of Education.

On Wednesday 19 November 2014, Bernice was presented with the Pride of Workmanship Award from the Rotary Club of Strathfield. The award recognises individuals who demonstrate outstanding personal and professional qualities such as productivity, ethics, initiative and creativity in the workplace. Apart from all the work at the library at ACU, on Wednesday nights, you’ll find her lending a helping hand on the St. Vincent’s Night Patrol program, as well as being involved in several other voluntary community engagement programs.

Bernice’s colleagues attest to her humility and work ethic. According to Strathfield Campus Library Manager, Marianne Chauvet, “Bernice represents the values, mission and social justice espoused by ACU and her positive and enthusiastic spirit make her an absolute pleasure to work with.” Congratulations Bernice!

Bernice with her family

Bernice with her family


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Upgraded access to PressDisplay

December 11, 2014 – 10:51 am

We now have a full site-license to Press Display! All ACU staff and students can get online access to content simultaneously.

Press Display provides instant access to over 2000 newspapers from over 100 countries in 60 languages. Each newspaper is displayed in full colour and in their original page layout (including pictures and ads). Press Display is easy to access from your computer or mobile device.

Newspapers include:

  • The Australian,
  • The Age,
  • Courier Mail (Brisbane),
  • Daily Telegraph (Sydney),
  • Herald Sun (Melbourne),
  • Australian Jewish News

and newspapers from all over the world including China, India, Japan, Nepal, the UK and the United States.

How to access PressDisplay

1.    Go to the Library homepage > type Press Display into the library Search box, and then click on the first link in the results.

2.    Go to Library homepage > databases > databases by title > P > select Press Display

*If you are off campus you will be asked to login using your ACU network username and password

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Possible downtime tonight: Library Search, Wednesday 10 Dec

December 10, 2014 – 3:46 pm

There may be a slight disruption to Library Search between 6pm and 8pm tonight, Wednesday 10th December.

Apologies! We hope you don’t even notice :)


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New resource: Twentieth Century Religious Thought, Christianity

December 10, 2014 – 11:32 am

Twentieth Century Religious Thought: Christianity brings together the seminal works and archival materials related to worldwide religious thinkers, from the early 1900s until the turn of the 21st century.

Volume I: Christianity includes the complete 17-volume German edition of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Werke (DBW) and 16 volumes of the English edition of the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works Series (DBWE); an international selection of English-language editions of key authors such as Hans Urs von Baltasar, Rudolf Bultmann, James Cone, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Adolf von Harnack, Henri de Lubac, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Dorothee Sölle, and Ernst Troeltsch; and a selection of the papers of Reinhold Niebuhr.

Our latest release provides additional content by authors such as Pope Benedict XVI, Donald Bloesch, Leonardo Boff, Sergius Bulgakov, Helder Camara, Mary Daly, Ivone Gebara, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Bernard Lonergan, John Milbank, Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Jon Sobrino, and John Howard Yoder. Upon completion, it will include 150,000 pages of printed works and primary sources.

Twentieth Century Religious Thought supports research and teaching in comparative religion, theology, world religion, religion and law, and religion and politics, and serves as an important resource for courses and scholarship in social theory, feminist studies, philosophy, and world history. For those who own The Digital Karl Barth Library, the collection is fully cross-searchable.



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Maurice Saxby: Aussie children’s literature icon passes away

December 9, 2014 – 7:58 am

Give Them Wings: Vale Dr Maurice Saxby AM 1924 – 2014

The education community mourns the death of one of its most revered and beloved mentors.

Born in 1924, Maurice grew up loving books. As he was to say in 2012, ‘If kids are reading, they are given access to language, and not just language skills, but the thoughts behind what is being expressed in that language. They are meeting other worlds, they are meeting other people, they are looking for a home for themselves, and having great fun while they are doing it.’.

His love of literature and the possibilities it presented, led him to undertake teacher training at the William Balmain Teachers’ College following his discharge from the army after World War II. How fortunate were the primary and secondary students who were taught by Maurice, who continued to champion the teaching of quality literature in all his classrooms. Such was his advocacy for children’s literature that Maurice was the second person to be appointed as a Teacher Librarian in NSW.

After only five years in the classroom, Maurice was appointed as Lecturer in English at Newcastle Teachers College then later to Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education where he established specialist under and post graduate courses in children’s literature. Those of us who were privileged to have been taught by Maurice will always remember his inspiring lectures and his impish sense of humour. He exercised a profound influence on our teaching and the students in whom we have instilled a love of reading, especially Australian literature. Many of those students are now teachers themselves so the inspiration of Maurice continues – a legacy of more than 60 years.

His interests and research have led to many publications, including his multi-volume History of Australian Children’s Literature. His book Give Them Wings impelled many to offer exciting opportunities for children to experience literature.

Maurice championed Australian children’s literature tirelessly on many stages. He was the first National President of the Children’s Book Council of Australia and remained a staunch supporter and life member. He served twice as a juror on the Hans Christian Andersen medal for children’s authors and illustrators. Other awards include the Dromkeen Medal (1983), Lady Cutler Award (1989), Member of the Order of Australia (1995) and Nan Chauncy Award (2002).

In 2005 Maurice was made a Life Member of PETAA for his ‘influence and contribution to the teaching of English in Australia’.

Maurice Saxby’s legacy will live on and remain among the thousands of teachers that he inspired to love and revere children’s literature.

Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)



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International Day of People with Disability

December 3, 2014 – 6:17 am

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.

In 2014, the theme is Sustainable development: the promise of technology.

This year the International Day of People with Disabilities will focus on the role of technology in:

  • Disaster risk reduction and emergency responses
  • Creating enabling working environments
  • Disability-inclusive sustainable development goals.


The National Disability Awards (the Awards) are held each year as part of the International Day of People with Disability celebrations. The Awards aim to honour and recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations that have improved the lives of people with disability and thereby contributed to increased recognition of equality and human rights for all Australians.

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Check out the 2014 Award winners page

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Technology student works on display at Strathfield Library

December 1, 2014 – 2:25 pm

On October 23, 2014 an exhibition showcasing end of year projects created by students enrolled in TECH307: Design and Technology Internship was launched at the Strathfield Campus Library.

A variety of food, resistant materials and textiles works were on display on Level 3. Technology teaching staff joined parents to congratulate students on their outstanding creations.

Below are photos of some of the amazing works:

Mr John Barlow Dr Belinda von Mengersen and student Bianca Hamill welcome parents and students to Techibition 2014

Mr John Barlow Dr Belinda von Mengersen and student Bianca Hamill welcome parents and students to Techibition 2014


Rebecca Borg's food recipes

Rebecca Borg’s food recipes


Anthony Bakhos demonstrates his portable work bench

Anthony Bakhos demonstrates his portable work bench


Sarah McKay with her couture dress

Sarah McKay with her couture dress


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Downtime: Library Search 1 hour disruption tonight, Tuesday 25 Nov

November 25, 2014 – 12:34 pm

There will be a 1 hour disruption to Library Search between 8pm and 9pm tonight, Tuesday 25th November.

Library Search will still be searchable, only the real-time availability of physical items will be unavailable (availability tells you if an item is actually available to borrow/on the shelf).

All online resources will NOT be affected.

Apologies! We hope you don’t even notice :)


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New! Interactive whiteboard at Canberra Library

November 24, 2014 – 2:01 pm

Good news! A digital whiteboard has been installed for your use at Canberra Campus Library. It is interactive and you can save your work to a USB.

It is located in the Library meeting room.  You can book this room online.

If you need a demonstration on how it works, please see our friendly library staff :)

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