Extended trial: Adam Matthew Digital Collections

July 25, 2014 – 1:36 pm


We have five collections from Adam Matthew Digital Collections from Sage – all on trial, extended until 31 August.

The First World War - this includes the latest First World War Visual Perspectives and Narratives and First World War: Personal Experiences and Propaganda and Recruitment.

Empire Online – manuscript, printed and visual primary source materials for the study of ‘Empire’ and it’s theories, practices and consequences. The materials span across the last five centuries and are accompanied by a host of secondary learning resources including scholarly essays, maps and an interactive chronology.

China, America and the Pacific – an extensive range of archival material connected to the trading and cultural relationships that emerged between China, America and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries. Manuscript sources, rare printed texts, visual images, objects and maps document this fascinating history.

London Low Life – contains colour digital images of rare books, ephemera, maps and other materials relating to 18th, 19th and early 20th century London.

Victorian Popular Culture – explore popular entertainment in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This innovative portal invites users into the darkened halls, small backrooms and travelling venues that hosted everything from spectacular shows and bawdy burlesque, to the world of magic and spiritualist séances.

Fabulous historical resources! We have these on trial until 31 August, so take a look and then provide feedback using the online form.

China, Paper making, Engraving

China, Paper making, Engraving

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China, Paper Making, Engraving . [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/images/300_219591

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New student? Our top 5 tips!

July 24, 2014 – 3:15 pm

New student? Want to get started using the library? Here are our 5 top tips.

Top tip #1 Leap into Learning

Leap into Learning (LIL) an online tutorial that helps you develop the skills you need to make the most of the Library’s services and resources and succeed at university. LIL gives you a great head start when it comes to searching and analysing information, so Leap into Learning as soon as you can!


Top tip #2 Check out our Subject guides

If you want to find good quality, scholarly information on a particular topic, but don’t know where to start – have a look at the Library’s Subject guides. The guides are put together by Subject Liaison Librarians who really know their stuff and they point you in the right direction to find the best databases, ebooks, websites, and much more for a particular subject area. You’ll find a link to the Subject guides on our website.

Top tip #3 Get to know the Library website – library.acu.edu.au

It’s your starting point to access the more than 450 databases, 192,000 ebooks and over 108,000 ejournals available to you while you study at ACU. The Library website never sleeps and you can access the Library’s high quality resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week anywhere you are online.

Top tip #4 Your student card is your Library card

Use your student card to borrow from campus libraries. Sign in to MyLibrary using your ACU username (student number) and password (date of birth in the format ddmmyyyy unless you have changed it) to check loans, request and renew items or pay fines. Add credit to your card in any campus library.

Top tip #5 Keep up to date

Check your email & Library social media channels to keep up-to-date. The Library sends important notices about loans, overdue books, etc. to your ACU student email, so check your email regularly. Keep up-to-date with Library happenings via Library News (ACU Library’s blog), Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Twitter. So read, like, watch, see or tweet us today!

And if you are a continuing student or an experienced library user,

please tell us your top library tip or trick!

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Extended opening hours for Ballarat and Canberra libraries.

July 24, 2014 – 12:55 pm

Both Ballarat and Canberra libraries are very pleased to offer extended opening hours, starting next week.

Ballarat opening hours from next week:

Monday: Thursday 8am – 7pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm – 5pm

Library after-hours facility 6am -  11pm every day all year (except Christmas break)

Entrance to Ballarat Library

Ballarat Library

Canberra opening hours from next week:

Monday: Thursday 8am – 7pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 12.30pm – 5pm

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Canberra Library

View all campus library opening hours- semester hours start Monday 28 July!

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Website maintenance notification for Emerald

July 23, 2014 – 3:03 pm

We have been advised by Emerald that there will be upcoming website maintenance on Emerald Group Publishing platforms, which is scheduled to take place on 25 July 2014, for a period of four weeks.

How will this affect me?

During this time you will be unable to make edits to your profile, settings and preferences.
As such, we advise you to make any profile updates before 25 July 2014.

Access to subscribed content remains available.

This maintenance period of one month only affects your profile (so minimal disruption).

For the record ACU Library subscribes to:

You can find these under E, in the A-Z databases list or through Library Search.

Any questions or problems, please contact the Library. :)

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Downtime this weekend

July 16, 2014 – 12:45 pm

We have been told that the University’s Primary Data Centre is being relocated this weekend as part of a national network upgrade. This means an outage and as a result an unavoidable loss of access to some services.

The relocation will take place on the weekend of 18th to 20th July 2014, starting at 6pm on Friday 18th July. The plan is to have all services restored to normal operations from 7am  Monday morning 21st July.

The relocation work WILL NOT affect the University’s web presence, staff email, student email, access to LEO and internet access on ACU campuses.

So what will be affected?

  • Library News – our Library blog may not be available….
  • those sites that have URLs with http://dlibrary.acu.edu.au in them won’t work – these include:

Fingers crossed that everything is up and running for Monday morning :)

If you have any questions or problems, do not hestitate to contact us.


North Sydney Library is shortlisted for IDEA Awards 2014

July 15, 2014 – 8:45 am

BigCity Design – who designed our refurbishments for the North Sydney Library and Learning commons project – have announced that the project has been shortlisted in this year’s national IDEA Interior Design Excellence Awards, Public Space category. From BigCity Design … “This shortlisting, in a highly competitive category, confirms our belief that this was a very special project”.


The award winners will be announced in November, with presentations to the judging panel in late August. The project will be featured in (inside) magazine issue no 83. We will keep everyone informed of progress.

We thank all students and staff who put up with any inconvience while the refurbishments were taking place!!

What’s your favourite space?

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or somewhere else??

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The Nolan Children’s Book Collection: a special collection of children’s literature

July 14, 2014 – 10:51 am

The Nolan Children’s Book Collection includes approximately 4,000 volumes of material dating primarily from the 1940s to the 1960s. All material in this collection is catalogued and available via Library Search (library catalogue). The Nolan Collection continues to grow as a result of ongoing donations by John and Grace Nolan. The collection is located at the St Patrick’s campus of the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. It is kept in locked glass fronted cabinets but can be used within the Library on exchange of ID. The Nolan Collection is complemented by the Culican Children’s Book Collection.

Find out more about ACU Library’s special collections.

Grace and John Nolan visited the Melbourne Library in May. The photo below shows Ms Narelle Love (former Campus Library Manager at Melbourne Library), Ms Trudy Clutterbok (PhD student), Professor Margot Hillel (Chair of Academic Board) and Grace and John Nolan.

Narelle Love, Trudy Clutterbok, Professor Margot Hillel, John and Grace Nolan.

Narelle Love, Trudy Clutterbok, Professor Margot Hillel, John and Grace Nolan.

From Trudy Clutterbok….

Since meeting Grace and John Nolan recently I am even more honoured to be a recipient of a Phd scholarship for study using books from the Nolan special collection of children’s literature. I am deeply moved by how important the collection is to them. The books have been and are currently read and they are well known and loved. I now feel strongly that it is partly my responsibility to ensure that these books remain in circulation and that the collection remains a living one.

My previous research has been in the area of Human Geography. I am interested in how this discipline can contribute to explorations of childhood in literature. Constructions of characters, narratives and places are related processes. The geographies depicted in literature are imagined ones and so they are informed by memory, ideology and the unconscious. I am particularly interested to consider the geographic construal of ‘home’ as a significant place in the history of the concept of ‘childhood,’ especially in the Australian context. The Nolan collection is a rich resource for such a study.

We last blogged about The Nolan Children’s Book Collection a couple of year’s ago…‘An abundance of storybooks’.


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Read full page newspapers online with Press Display

July 10, 2014 – 2:54 pm

All ACU staff and students can get online access to newspapers Press Display.

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

** ACU has a 3 concurrent user license for this database, so if you can’t access, try again!

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Britannica Image Quest: new look

July 8, 2014 – 1:49 pm

Have you looked at Britannica Image Quest lately? Britannica Image Quest has three million, yes, three million rights cleared images for you to use in presentations and lesson plans. No hassles with copyright, and an image to suit every occassion! And Britannica Image Quest gives you citation details so you can properly credit your images.

Britannica Image Quest has had an upgrade, and with this comes …”a host of features that make finding and working with images easier and more efficient. Besides the new panoramic home page, it has new filtering mechanisms for refining a search, the ability to enlarge images, features for searching and working with multiple images at once, prepared image albums on popular topics and project ideas for teachers”.

Need an image to show laughter? Try these…

Laughing Inuit Teenager

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Laughing Inuit teenager models a caribou and fur parka made by Dixie Alexander from beaver pelts and wolf fur at the Chena Indian Village near Fairbanks Alaska. [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

or this?

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Royalty – Silver Jubilee Tour. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

or this?

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LAUGHING HORSE. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

even paintings, old postcards, sculpture…all sorts!

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“Water Ballet at Beautiful Florida Cypress Gardens”Postcard. [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.


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Congratulations to our library website survey winners

July 4, 2014 – 3:15 pm

Our library website changed significantly at the start of the year. If you were new in 2014, it won’t be different because it’s all new :) but we were (and always are) after feedback.

We asked…

  • Could you find what you were looking for?
  • Did you have any suggestions?

We ran a survey until the start of April. We then put all the names into a hat (well it was a bag) and … the winners of the six $25 iTunes vouchers are:

  • Trish Hyett
  • Daniel Quin
  • Rebecca Buckingham
  • Kyle Coad
  • Aaron Olaguera – from our Manila Campus in the Philippines :)
  • Maree Villani

Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks for all the feedback and suggestions. We are continuing to *tweak* different areas and pages, but don’t forget, if you have any comments – let us know.


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