On trial: ARTS:LIVE, an online learning platform for arts education

August 1, 2014 – 11:03 am

We have ARTS:LIVE on trial until 31 August.

“Using innovative technology, the ARTS:LIVE platform promotes active collaboration between teachers and students and supports teachers in delivering arts education across all Australian Curriculum art forms of Music, Media Arts, Dance, Drama, and Visual Arts. ARTS:LIVE offers pre-service teachers access to highly practical, theory-based education resources designed to enable them to ‘hit the ground running’ and enter the classroom to confidently and effectively deliver the Australian arts curriculum”.


There is a sign in button at top right of the homepage. However, the first time ACU staff and students access ARTS:LIVE they will need to register with their uni email address via the library’s trial resource link. This is to ensure that they go through the proxy server and, once they have registered this way the first time, they will then just be able to sign in to ARTS:LIVE from any computer via the standard website/URL.


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Children acting in a school play in San Francisco, California.


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Children Acting in a School Play. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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Cengage Learning and EBL eTextbook Pilot is now live

July 31, 2014 – 10:50 am

ACU Library is participating in this pilot & we have purchased 3 copies of each of the 7 titles – which means that we have a 9 concurrent user license for each title.

This is a first step to gather valuable information about the performance of eTextbooks in libraries.

In collaboration with Cengage Learning, EBL and ProQuest are pleased to launch an exclusive etextbook pilot during 2014, only for ANZ libraries.  There are seven core etexts selected for participation in this pilot.  Using the EBL platform technology, the model is 3-User and 3x list price for a single e-textbook.  The purchase and access of these eTextbooks is EXCLUSIVE to EBL only.

Many of these are already adopted textbooks at your university, but none of them have been available in ebook format.

The pilot list is:

The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice – Chenoweth/McAuliffe
An Introduction to Language – Fromkin/Rodman/Hyams/Collins/Amberber/Cox
Principles of Microeconomics – Gans/King/Mankiw
Effective Teaching Strategies : Lessons from Research and Practice, ANZ edition – Killen
Teaching Primary Science Constructively – Skamp
Understanding Nutrition : ANZ edition – Whitney/Rolfes/Crowe/Cameron-Smith/Walsh
Clinical Psychomotor Skills : Assessment Tools for Nursing Students, ANZ edition – Tollefson

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What do you think of this pilot?

If you have any comments on this pilot, please send them on!

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Three teams, three trolleys

July 30, 2014 – 8:57 am

The Brisbane Campus Library staff are hoping to raise money for Growing Communities. With your help, the library has already raised money for this community group from the sale of the Library Bags…but they want to raise some more!

If visiting the Brisbane Campus over the next few weeks, come into the library and check out the three decorated trolleys.

Team Lending have created a Growing Greener trolley.

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Growing greener trolley

Team Liaison have created a Lifelong Learning trolley.

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Lifelong learning trolley

Team Level A have created a Candy Cart.

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Candy cart

They even have sweets for sale, and are also raising money for Diabetes Australia through the sale of the yummy treats.

So vote for your favourite trolley by donating a gold coin into the team bucket.

PS. Library staff aournd the world have a bit of history with decorating library trolleys – see Pimp my bookcart, and bookcart decorating contest (and there are loads more photos out there!).

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ACU Library is social: 5 ways!

July 29, 2014 – 3:51 pm

Keep up to date with what’s happening in the library by following us on your favourite social media platform. We are in #five online social spaces, so no matter where you are, join us and come and have a look at what we have to offer.

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Strathfield students

1/ Facebook

Like ACU Library on Facebook where we share and post about library events and also about books and libraries and reading and other interesting things that catch our eye :)

2/ Twitter

The Library tweets also….information about new resources, upcoming events, and again – things that we find interesting… If you have a Twitter account follow @LibraryACU.

3/ Blog: Library News

Library News – our blog (that you are reading now!) is a great place to find information that can help you as you progress through the semester. You can subscribe to the blog via the RSS and never miss a post :)

4/ YouTube

Our YouTube channel has a range of videos that will help you explore library resources.

5/ Flickr

If you prefer to get your info visually then take a look at our ACU Library Flickr page. Our Flickr sets let you see all the different library spaces.

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Our top 5 tips for new academics

July 28, 2014 – 4:01 pm

If you are a new academic to the university, here are our top 5 library tips to get you started…

1/ Get to know your liaison librarian – your link to the library. Give them a call, email or make a time to see your liaison librarian in person.

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2/ Get to know the ‘teaching’ part of the library website. Here you’ll find information about resources for your teaching and much more.

3/ Subject guides. Our subject guides are compiled by librarians to help you find the most useful resources for your subject.

4/ Borrowing – for all the information about borrowing at your local library, any campus library and in fact borrowing from beyond ACU libraries (if needed!).

5/ If it’s all too much in the first few weeks – go back to #1 and get in contact with your liaison librarian – your link to all things library.

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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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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.