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.

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Library Search issues resolved

September 16, 2014 – 9:01 am

Update 16/9/14: Issue now resolved. Library Search is now working properly!

Thanks for your patience and apologies for the inconvenience.

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Library Search display problem (multiple versions)

September 15, 2014 – 10:20 am

We are currently experiencing some issues with the display of library items when you use the library search box.

The problem is occurring when there are 2 or more versions of an item, such as a book or eBook. When you click on the blue version note, you may see a zero result message. This is not accurate!!

Please ask a librarian (in person, phone, chat box) if you see this message and you need to locate the item.

We are working hard to resolve this issue as soon as possible. Apologies for the additional stress!

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ScienceDirect: updated interface

September 12, 2014 – 3:08 pm

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ScienceDirect has had a makeover! The interface was updated and is now much more user-friendly.

Key area updates:

  • My Alerts page
  • Recommended Articles export option with multiple download capabilities
  • Book citation export function for easier downloads

Have fun exploring!

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TEDMED 2014 : Unlocking Imagination

September 10, 2014 – 12:13 pm


Are you a TED fan?

Did you know that TEDMED is about to get started, and ACU Library has access!

What is TEDMED?

“TEDMED offers an exclusive look into more than 70 Talks from transformative thinkers in health and medicine. It is the independently owned and operated health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.”

“TEDMED curates a unique and provocative program featuring brilliant short talks and stunning artistic performances that reframe the way we think and inspire critical new possibilities for the future of health and medicine.”

Some of our campus libraries will be playing the talks for you to watch. A great opportunity to begin a TEDMED conversation! If you want to learn more contact your Campus Library.


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Medicine Cabinet. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/images/139_1930092

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