Campus libraries are closed over Easter

April 16, 2014 – 1:00 pm

A reminder that all campus libraries will be closed over the Easter holiday period.This means that there will be no libraries open from Friday 18 April to Monday 21 April inclusive. All campus libraries will reopen on Tuesday 22 April.

Check your campus opening hours as the week after Easter is a non teaching week.

When we are closed – our online resources are open – eJournals, eBooks through databases and the library website. Remember that subject guides are a great place to start.

Don’t forget to contact us through Ask your Librarian (note- no chat over the Easter break).

Whatever you do over the Easter break, stay safe.

An Easter message from Professor Greg Craven, Vice-Chancellor ACU:

Dear ACU Community,

Holy Week has arrived, and soon, Easter Sunday will be here. The commemoration and celebration of Jesus’ passion and resurrection make Holy Week, for Christians around the world, the most important time in the Church’s year.

As you gather with family and friends over these coming days, may this Easter time be a testimony in your life of God’s grace for us here at Australian Catholic University.

To all our staff and students of the many faiths we celebrate on our campuses, have a blessed Easter season, and I pray you share in the peace that comes from a loving and compassionate God.
Professor Greg Craven
Australian Catholic University

photo of cross in North Sydney library





University Cross, pictured here at North Sydney Library.







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Hyper about textiles: sustainability event at Strathfield

April 15, 2014 – 4:52 pm

Textiles students on the Strathfield Campus make craft look easy. When you watch these students in action, it’s as if they’re working with their eyes closed. Their hands go in and out and over and under.

On Monday 14 April, the students held an event on the main quad to raise awareness of sustainability in textiles. The students manned a clothing stall and supervised a number of activities including how to knit and crochet. They also encouraged the university community to donate their old clothes. Another group of textiles students gathered at the Strathfield Campus Library to create a hyperbolic crochet. Inspired by mathematician Daina Taimiða, the form uses crochet to represent hyperbolic planes. Using a specific crochet pattern, the fabric becomes wider and on completion resembles a coral ball. ACU staff and students were encouraged to participate by adding to the hyperbolic crochet and knitting blankets which will be donated to the Fistula Foundation. And while they had fun, the students also reinforced the importance of selecting sustainable fabrics that don’t have adverse effects on the environment. For instance, did you know that it takes nearly 3,000 litres of water to make a cotton T-shirt or that 5% of all land fill is actually textile waste?

photo of Dr Belinda von Mengersen Ms Sharon Marley and Textiles Students

Dr Belinda von Mengersen Ms Sharon Marley and Textiles Students

You can join the textiles students as they continue to contribute to this worthwhile cause. Activities will run at the Strathfield Campus Library until Thursday 17 April.

For more information on sustainability in textiles, contact: Dr. Belinda von Mengersen, Lecturer Technology (Textiles):
For information on sustainability at ACU, see the ACU Library. Growing. Greener subject guide

photo of a A textiles student demonstrates crocheting techniques

A textiles student demonstrates crocheting techniques

Hendersen, R., & Taimiða, D. Crocheting the Hyperbolic Plane. Retrieved from

(2011, August 19). Representing the hyperbolic plane with crochet [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Merino Australia. Textiles – environmental costs [Web log post]. Retrieved from

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Feast day of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes: 16 April

April 15, 2014 – 12:43 pm


St Bernadette was only 14-years old when she saw the first of 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at what is now one of the major pilgrimage destinations in the world, Lourdes in France.

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes is the patron saint of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

“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”.

Want more information about Saint Bernadette of Lourdes? Take a look at one of our online reference books such as The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.

Text and image from: Faculty Patron Saints ACU website

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On trial: House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

April 14, 2014 – 2:14 pm

We have this on trial until 6 May, 2014. House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) is from ProQuest .

HCPP includes over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688. HCPP delivers page images and searchable full text for each paper, along with detailed indexing.
We have access to the following collections in House of Commons Parliamentary Papers:

  • 18th century (1688-1834)
  • 19th century (1801-1900)
  • 20th century (1901-2003/04 session)
  • 21st century module 1 (2004/05 – 2009/10 sessions)
  • 21st century module 2 (2010/12 – 2013/14 sessions)
  • Hansard (1803-2005)

So take a look at House of Commons Parliamentary Papers – on trial until 6 May, and let us know what you think by completing the online feedback form.

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New: Knowledge Unlatched

April 14, 2014 – 1:10 pm

Knowledge Unlatched is a collection of 28 scholarly titles covering general interest topics such as literature, history, media, communication, and international affairs.

Titles include:

  • Aging gracefully in the Renaissance,
  • Governing failure,
  • Human rights and democracy,
  • The ethics of armed conflict,
  • Understanding the global energy crisis

… with several of the titles looking useful for Core Curriculum studies.

Knowledge Unlatched are new release publications from scholarly publishers such as Brill, Cambridge University Press, De Gruyter, Duke, and Bloomsbury.

Take a look at the ebooks in Knowledge Unlatched.

These ebooks will shortly be available through Library Search, but a full list of titles available is at Knowledge Unlatched to be read and downloaded.




ACU Library has joined this worldwide pilot project.

“A collaborate initiative enabling open access books. Knowledge Unlatched is helping stakeholders to work together for a sustainable open future for specialist scholarly books. Our vision is a healthy market that includes free access for end users. A collaborate initiative enabling open access books.” – Knowledge Unlatched website


Ballarat Library bytes this week

April 13, 2014 – 3:07 pm


Ballarat library bytes …fast classes in the Library to support your studies. No need to book. All in Lab A. 30 minutes.

Monday 14th April 11am Using Dropbox
Tuesday 15th April 9am Searching for Journal Articles
Wednesday 16th April 2pm Exploring useful Apps: BYO device if you can

Not at Ballarat?

Check out a subject guide for your area.

Check out our library training and events calendar for details of classes.

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Get ready before the Easter break

April 11, 2014 – 10:36 am

All campus libraries will be closed over the Easter holiday period.This means that there will be no libraries open from Friday 18 April to Monday 21 April inclusive. All campus libraries will reopen on Tuesday 22 April.

Check your campus opening hours as the week after Easter is a non teaching week.

So….get ready before the break! Before we close our physical campus libraries for four days – get ready if you need to study, work and research over Easter. Search and get your books, DVDs and other items ready!

When we are closed – our online resources are open – eJournals, eBooks through databases and the library website. Remember that subject guides are a great place to start.

Don’t forget to contact us through Ask your Librarian.

Students in Brisbane library.

Students in Brisbane library.

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Presentation due and want an alternative to PowerPoint? #five options

April 10, 2014 – 4:07 pm

Of course you can use PowerPoint, but here are five other options…

Write a short, art inspired story! Visual storytelling.

Totally different to PowerPoint, Prezi uses a single zoomable canvas and focuses on images, graphics and motion to get your attention.

Google Docs
Google Docs/Drive is not just for word documents and spreadsheets. You can also create slideshows on any system, share and collaborate with other students.

Zoho Show
Online presentation application that allows you to collaborate, present remotely and embed your presentation in blogs and websites.

A slick flash-based webapp that lets you produce media rich collaborations online.

So have a look at some of these alternatives to Powerpoint?

  1. Storybird
  2. Prezi
  3. Google Docs
  4. Zoho Show
  5. Sliderocket

Do you have other suggestions for presentation tools/software??

Share them!

See also Mashable: 5 must-have tools for a killer presentation

photo of five kittens drinking milk

Image credit: five thirsty little kittens


Children’s Book Council of Australia: Book of the Year Awards Short List for 2014!

April 9, 2014 – 11:38 am

The Children’s Book Council of Australia announced the 2014 short list yesterday.

The short list comprises of awards for:

  • Book of the Year: Older Readers (mature readers)
  • Book of the Year: Younger Readers (intended for independent young readers)
  • Book of the Year: Early Childhood (intended for children in the pre-reading to early reading stages)
  • Picture Book of the Year (generally birth to 18 months)
  • Eve Pownall Award for Information Books (generally birth to 18 years)

Full list available here.

Check our Library Search (the search box on our Library home page) for these books. Some are very new and may be still on order, but the Library will get at least one copy of every shortlisted book.

Children’s Book Week this year is August 16-22, 2014 and the theme is ‘Connect to reading’

The winners will be announced on Friday 15 August, 2014.

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Image credit: Reading. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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The database of the week is: ARTstor

April 8, 2014 – 1:49 pm

I love ARTstor so it’s easy for me to write about just how great this collection is. ARTstor provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences.

There are amazing collections in ARTstor.

You can browse by geography…for instance, only interested in art works from Afghanistan?

You can browse by classification…only want to see maps or paintings or sculpture or photographs. You can do that too!

And browse by collection…only want to look at images from The National Gallery of London. You can.

 So what? Why should you use ARTstor?

Our subscription to ARTstor means that you can use these images for your presentations and assignments…these images are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational purposes, so no worries about copyright (make sure to correctly cite when you use an image though).

circus poster of horses

Barnum & Bailey: Children’s Favorites Ponies

From ARTstor. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art: Circus Collection

Take a look inside ARTstor. You will need to register with ARTstor to download images, but it’s worth it! Your next presentation will be …wow!

painting by Michelangelo of the Tempation and fall of Adam and Eve

Rome: Sistine Chapel: Temptation and Fall of Adam and Eve; Expulsion from Paradise

From ARTstor. Art, Archaeology and Architecture (Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archives)

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