On trial: Sacramentum Mundi Online

June 27, 2016 – 10:24 am

We have this resource on trial from Brill until 23 July.

Sacramentum Mundi Online is the online edition of the famous six volume English reference work in Catholic Theology, edited (in 1968-1970) by Karl Rahner, one of the main Catholic theologians of the 20th century.

More information on Sacramentum Mundi Online from Brill:

“Karl Rahner, together with Adolph Darlap, began work on Sacramentum Mundi in 1961, just before the start of the Second Vatican Council. It was conceived from the start as an international project, and was eventually published simultaneously (or almost simultaneously) in six languages—German, French, Italian, Spanish, English and Dutch– by Rahner and thirteen editors. The four volume German edition came out from 1967-1969; the six volumes in English, from 1968-1970.
Three things make Sacramentum Mundi stand out from the profusion of theological dictionaries and encyclopedias published in the last century or two. First, it is this international quality, involving scholars from across Europe (and to a certain degree America), whereas the norm is for a dictionary or encyclopedia to have a certain insular quality—written in German by and for German language scholars, or in English by and for theologians of the English speaking world, and so on. Secondly, there is the fact that it was edited and shaped by Karl Rahner, one of the leading theologians of the 20th century. One does not find anything like it from Barth or Balthasar, Tillich or Bultmann—Rahner alone among the great minds of this great theological generation turned his attention to forming such a distinctively collaborative intellectual endeavor. Thirdly, it offers itself not just as a reference work, available for occasional consultation, but as a Summa–something from which one can gain, in other words, not only bits and pieces of theological information, but a vision of the discipline as a whole in its coherence”.

Please take at look at Sacramentum Mundi Online and fill in our online form to help us evaluate the resource.

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#relaxwiththelibrary – movies, TV, books and magazines all online

June 26, 2016 – 1:12 pm

You’ve made it, exams are over.

Time to take a break, look after yourself and reconnect with family and friends.

We have great movies, TV shows, books, magazines – online!


Take a look at our recreational reading and viewing guide. All the links! Updated monthly!

Stay warm and #relaxwiththelibrary :)

Japanese macaque / Snow monkey {Macaca fuscata} group of monkeys bathing in hot springs, water at 40 degrees, Jigokudani, Nagano, Japan

Japanese macaque / Snow monkey {Macaca fuscata} group of monkeys bathing in hot springs, water at 40 degrees, Jigokudani, Nagano, Japan

Image credit:

JAPANESE MACAQUE. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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Campus Library Hours

June 24, 2016 – 10:30 am

Today is the last day of exams and it’s the time of year when we all take a deep breath, lie back and relax before Semester 2.


If you plan on coming to a campus library check our opening hours as we have reduced hours over the winter break.

Library opening hours:

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On Trial: JoVE – Journal of Visualized Experiments

June 23, 2016 – 1:20 pm

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is the world’s first peer reviewed scientific video journal.
Established in 2006, JoVE is devoted to publishing scientific research in a visual format.


  • All JoVE articles are indexed in subject-relevant indexing sites, including PubMed/MEDLINE, SciFinder and Scopus
  • Publishing in JoVE allows authors to present their methods, data analyses and results clearly, accurately, and professionally
  • JoVE has published thousands of video articles from top research institutions around the world.

Have a look at the Journal, the website or the Science Education database.

We have JoVE on trial until 31 July so please have a look and let us know what you think!



Image credit:  http://www.jove.com/science-education-database

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Feast day of Saint Thomas More: Patron Saint of Faculty of Law and Business 22 June

June 22, 2016 – 10:30 am

The patron for the Faculty of Law is Saint Thomas More and the feast day is celebrated on 22 June.


Saint Thomas More born in 1478, was an English lawyer, social philosopher, author, statesman, and noted Renaissance humanist. He opposed Henry VIII of England’s separation from the Catholic Church and in 1535 was tried for treason and beheaded.

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#exambusters pt 7: keep going – almost there…

June 20, 2016 – 9:30 am

Well done on your efforts so far, keep going – the finishing line is in sight!


Over the past few weeks the library has been providing you with some ideas and tips to help you prepare for your exams.

So far we have covered:

  1. #exambusters – Past exams
  2. #exambusters – Exam preparation workshops
  3. #exambusters – Look after yourself
  4. #exambusters – Productive study spaces
  5. #exambusters – Ten study tips for exams
  6. #exambusters – Libraries still open for business


  • Visit Academic Skills on LEO and Exam Skills for more information.
  • Chapter 16 in the ACU study guide: Skills for success has information about preparing for exams.
  • The Library is here to help – Best of luck everyone!


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National Refugee Week: 19 – 25 June

June 19, 2016 – 12:59 pm


Founded in 1986, Refugee Week is held in June each year and coincides with World Refugee Day on June 20.  The event raises awareness about the issues affecting people who have been forced to flee their homes.  Millions of refugees around the world hope to find freedom from persecution and to obtain safety and security for themselves and their families.

ACU’s work with refugees

This year the theme of Refugee Week is “With courage let us all combine”.  Taken from the second verse of the national anthem, the theme celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice. It serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy refugees bring to their new home.

ACU’s mission identifies a commitment to the dignity of the human person and the common good – and the University seeks to support refugees through a number of programs including the Thai-Burma Program.

Refugee Week also highlights the situation of refugees whose hopes have not been fulfilled.  Many people remain in seriously protracted situations, facing ongoing discrimination, violence and uncertainty, with little hope for a resolution in the near future.

This week is an opportunity for all Australians to consider actions and support that could help to improve the quality of life for refugees and restore hope for a better future.  It is also a time to recognise and celebrate the positive contributions of refugees within communities.

The Freedom stories DVD is available from the library to borrow. It tells the stories of former boat people who are now Australian citizens.

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See more at the National Refugee website.

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FIXED TUESDAY 20 June. Problems with some ebook titles :(

June 17, 2016 – 3:39 pm

We are currently having issues with some ebooks…

If you find an ebook when you are searching in Library Search, and then follow the link through to Ebook Library, you will not get to the book :(screenshot of library search


You can get to the book another way right now…go to Ebook Library directly and search for the book within the Ebook collection.

If you still need help, please contact the Library :)

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Behind the scenes: what have our librarians been up to!

June 16, 2016 – 12:09 pm

Do you ever wonder what our librarians do when they aren’t on the service desk?

Well on Friday 3 June, the Melbourne campus library hosted the CRIG (Caval Research Information Group) forum and Meena Gupta, one of our liaison librarians was a presenter.

Meena’s presentation covered her experience of creating digital and information literacy information for academics with a just-in-time, point-of-need approach within their online teaching environment.

Luigi Belmonte from the Faculty of Law and Business contributed to Meena’s presentation by giving his perspective on the work Meena and he had done.  Explaining that they worked not just collaboratively but as a partnership.

Other presentations were delivered by information professionals from Monash University, University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

The forum highlighted current practices in the area of information and digital literacies and included the perspectives of information professionals working in this important area within the academic sector.


Image of Paula Todd (Chair) from Monash University, Meena Gupta and Luigi Belmonte from ACU.

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Guykuda Mununggurr’s Yolngu Angel

June 14, 2016 – 10:30 am

ACU Melbourne Campus Library is proud to announce that it has Guykuda Mununggurr’s Yolngu Angel on display in the foyer.  The medium is natural ochre on wood with string.


Guykuda Mununggurr comes from a family lineage of great authority, and is the great-grandson of famous Djapu clan elder and ‘King of Arnhem Land’ VVongu Mununggurr. Guykuda works with his wife Bininydjiwuy Wununmurra, who paints the… sculptures that he makes.[1]

Although this work has  been exhibited several times under the title Yolngu Angel, most notably as a finalist in the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Award in 2015, the artist is surprisingly circumspect in attributing true angelic symbolism to it.  According to the Yirrkala Arts Centre, “When asked about the underlying meaning he denied any. He said “its just art.”[2]

This reticence may be well-founded.  The Centre’s literature goes on to offer an intriguing insight into local polemics, stating that “in march 2013 the elders at Garrthalala where [the artist] lives forbade him making any more mermaid forms because of spiritual danger from Maningrida who do have a mermaid story.”[3] As the only artist in his homeland and having apparently already been banned from making images of mermaids (a moderately common subject in Aboriginal art and worldwide folk mythology), Mununggurr may have a perfectly natural desire to avoid additional prohibitions resulting from over-zealous admissions of Christian symbolism in his work.

Ironically, the presentation of hybridised religious symbols in enthusiastically sanctioned and rewarded in more established areas of Aboriginal art production such as the Warmun Community of Western Australia (See Shirley Purdie’s work in the lounge to your right upon entering the Melbourne Campus Library).

Viewed from well outside the realm of provincial controversies however, the Mununggurr sculpture represents a fascinating inversion of traditional iconography.  With the emaciated, smaller than life-size figure dressed essentially in rags the artist moves decisively, and perhaps appropriately away from the grandiose, gold-encrusted spectacle of angels form in Western European art toward a humble and unpretentious figure that we might come the recognise as a perceptive embodiment of key Christian values.

[1] Alcaston Gallery, Guykuda Munungurr Curriculum Vitae, 2016

[2] Buku Larrnggay Mulka Artwork Description for Yolngu Angel, 2010

[3] Ibid.

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