Library stats at a glance

September 23, 2015 – 11:36 am

You may not realise that as a student at ACU you are part of a much larger ACU Library community! We have six campus libraries, vast collections and great staff to support your university learning.

So here are some of the statistics about the library*

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*2014 statistics

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A picture can speak a thousand words!

September 18, 2015 – 10:16 am

And can do amazing things for your next presentation!

Did you know that we have a huge range of image databases that may be a great help with your studies, and make your presentations and assignments even more fantastic?

Why use these?

Images in these collections are often rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational purposes, so no worries about copyright (make sure to correctly cite when you use an image though, and check each database to see…).

  • Anatomy and Physiology Online – clear 3D images and interactive models, narrated animations and illustrations, dissection slides you can label, clinical case studies, the impact of aging on each body systems, pronunciation guide, quizzes.
  • Anatomy.TV (Primal Pictures) – an interactive multimedia overview of human anatomy. It features 3D animations that illustrate function, biomechanics, and surgical procedures. Clinical videos and textual descriptions supplement the animations and models. Previously called Primal Pictures.
  • ARTstor – art, architecture and archaeology.
  • Berg Fashion Library – anthropology, art history, history, sociology, geography, folklore, museum studies, theatre, and cultural studies as well as fashion and textiles.
  • Britannica Image Quest – allows provides access to more than two million images from one convenient site. All images are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use.
  • CAMIO – stands for The Catalog of Art Museum Images Online – art from around the world.
  • Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative – Christian art, architecture and iconography
  • Early European Books – traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century, offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources.
  • MERLOT – stands for Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, a collection of online learning materials.
  • NGA Images – a repository of over 20,000 open access images from the collections of the National Gallery of Art (US).
  • Oxford Art Online – access to Grove Art Online and Oxford art reference titles.
  • SMART Imagebase – stands for Scientific & Medical ART (SMART) Imagebase. Ac collection of 11,000+ high quality illustrations and animations depicting anatomy, physiology, surgery, diseases, conditions, trauma, embryology, histology, and other health science topics.
  • TV News – news, current affairs and selected documentaries from Australian free-to-air networks.
  • Vogue Archive – beautiful! – a complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month.
  • Wellcome Images – medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science.

How do I find these?

Search for each resource in Library Search


You can find all of these databases together under – Library home  > Databases > Databases by format > Images


Library home  > Databases > Databases by title, then select the letter that matches the resource, so click on W to get to Wellcome Images.

So if you are after images to use …why not take a look at our wonderful image collections.

photo Bjork in colourful crocheted outfit

Image credit: Sigurjónsdóttir, Æsa. (n.d.). Iceland. In Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion: Volume 8 – West Europe . Retrieved 14 Apr. 2014, from

Cupid image credit:
To My Valentine’, American Valentine card, c1908. Cupid shoots an arrow into a heartheld up by a putto. The words are surrounded by garlands of Forget-me-nots (Myosotis palustris) and lucky four-leafed Shamrock or Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) is a symbol of Ireland. In Roman mythology Cupid was the son of Venus, goddess of love (Eros and Aphrodite in the Greek Pantheon). The identity of St Valentine is uncertain, the most popular candidates are Valentine, bishop of Terni (3rd century) or a Roman Christian convert martyred c270). St Valentine’s Day, celebrated on 14 February, probably replaces the Roman pagan festival of Lupercalia.. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.



Image credits: Cover: Vogue. (1932, Dec 15). Vogue, 80 Retrieved from
Cover: Vogue. (1927, Oct 15). Vogue, 70 Retrieved from
Cover: Vogue. (1965, Feb 01). Vogue, 145 Retrieved from
Cover: Vogue. (1936, May 15). Vogue, 87 Retrieved from

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Public holidays: Ballarat/Melbourne libraries closed 2 Oct and Canberra/NSW/Brisbane libraries closed 5 Oct!

September 17, 2015 – 12:12 pm

The first weekend in October is a long weekend, but in different states on different days, for different reasons!

Melbourne and Ballarat will be closed Friday 2 October for Grand Final Friday! But the Library After Hours Facility in Ballarat will be OPEN 6am-11pm Friday.

Canberra, Brisbane, North Sydney and Strathfield will be closed Monday 5 October for Labour Day!


Want to take a break from study? Read or view – our recreational reading and viewing guide is updated monthly and has links to movies, ebooks, magazines and more!

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Public holiday: Canberra Library closed Monday 28 September

September 17, 2015 – 11:45 am

Monday 28 September is the Family and Community Day public holiday in Canberra. The Canberra Library will be closed, but open on the weekend and then normal hours from Tuesday.

All other campus libraries will be open. Contact us via email, chat (24/7) or phone! Campus opening hours.

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Feast day Saint Matthew: 21 September

September 16, 2015 – 2:15 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. Saint Matthew is one of the patron saints of the Faculty of Law and Business.

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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Extended downtime: OTDBASE 21-28 September

September 16, 2015 – 9:00 am
ACU Library

The OTDBASE database is offline (from 21st September) and is expected to be running again by 28th September.

We have been informed that the database is experiencing technical problems that require a lengthy period of downtime.

For your information, OTDBASE is a database that allows for the searching of Canadian-based, occupational therapy journal literature.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Downtime: EBL Ebook Library 16 September

September 15, 2015 – 8:59 am

EBL Ebook Library will not be available on Wednesday, September 16 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am (AEST) while the new ProQuest eBook platform is being worked on. When Ebook Central launches EBL Ebook Library and eBrary will be merged!
We’ll keep you posted and give you more information after the launch :)
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Strathfield Campus Library opens its doors on the past

September 11, 2015 – 11:18 am

Strathfield Campus Library is gearing up for Open Day on Saturday September 12 which, this year, coincides with celebrations for ACU’s 25th anniversary. The library has prepared a display to mark the occasion which enables prospective students and their families to learn about the development of the university and campus.


Commemorative posters describe ACU’s history, its people, students and impact. One outlines the history of the buildings and surrounds which lend much of the character to the Mount Saint Mary Campus. Figures such as Cardinal Edward Clancy and Brother Dan Stewart who have contributed to the formation of the University or left a legacy that endures through its Identity and Mission are also highlighted. Visitors can read about former Strathfield students who have gone on to enjoy successful careers, including Melina Marchetta who penned Looking for Alibrandi, which was later made into a hit film, and two Exercise and Sports Science graduates who are now working with St Kilda and Brisbane Lions football clubs. They can also gain a sense of ACU’s commitment to the common good through descriptions of its work in East Timor, on the Thai-Burma border and other initiatives.


– remember these?

A collection of memorabilia, including a card catalogue, film strips, slides, transparencies, VHS and audio cassettes will bring back memories for older visitors and, along with a timeline of events marking university milestones, indicate the evolution of education and learning and ACU’s ability to keep step with change.

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Counselling on wheels

September 10, 2015 – 4:30 pm

If your thoughts turn to Woody Allen reclining on a couch in a therapist’s office when you hear the word counselling, you might just have to think again.

In Nowra, on the South Coast of New South Wales, one program is taking counselling to the peeps – kids that is. Little Black Duck, a program targeting indigenous children, operates from a customised van decked with Aboriginal artwork on the outside and art therapy tables and a sand pit on the inside. Twice a week the van rolls up to two schools and indigenous children have the chance to learn about their culture from aunties and uncles and discuss problems they may be having at home or at school.

As reported on the ABC, the program, which is run by the welfare group Anglicare, is said to have improved children’s self-respect, school attendance and NAPLAN results. After five years as a pilot-project, Little Black Duck has now secured federal funding.

Listen to the ABC news report about the Little Black Duck launch for more information.

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September 8, 2015 – 3:14 pm



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R U OK? wants to inspire all people to ask ‘are you ok?’ to support anyone struggling with life.

Visit R U OK?

R U OK? is an independent, not-for-profit organisation committed to reducing suicide by encouraging regular, meaningful conversations.

R U OK? Day is a national day of action which aims to prevent suicide by encouraging Australians to connect with someone they care about and help stop little problems turning into big ones.
On 10th September you’re encouraged to take some time out, have a coffee or a break and start a conversation with someone you care about who may be struggling.

Staying connected with others is crucial to our general health and wellbeing. Feeling isolated or hopeless can contribute to depression and other mental illnesses, which can ultimately result in suicide. Regular, meaningful conversations can protect those we know and love.

Not sure how to start the conversation? The R U OK? website has heaps of great information, here is some to get you started…these are tips, not a script!

Be ready > be prepared > pick your moment.

1. Ask

  • Be relaxed.
  • Help them open up by asking questions like “How you going?” or “What’s been happening?” or “How you travelling?
  • Mention specific things that have made you concerned for them, like “I’ve noticed that you seem really tired recently” or “You seem less chatty than usual. How are you going?”

‘What’s been happening? How are you going?’
‘I’ve noticed that… What’s going on for you at the moment?’
‘You don’t seem like yourself and I’m wondering are you ok? Is there anything that’s contributing?’

2. Listen without judgement

  • Take what they say seriously.
  • Don’t interrupt or rush the conversation.
  • If they need time to think, try and sit patiently with the silence.
  • Encourage them to explain.
  • Ask “How are you feeling about that?” or “How long have you felt that way?”
  • Show that you’ve listened by checking that you’ve understood. Try and do it in a way that shows you’ve listened to all the details and are really trying to understand what they’re going through. You could say, “It sounds like you’re juggling a few things at the moment and you’re feeling really stretched”.
  • If they get angry or upset, stay calm and don’t take it personally. Let them know you’re asking because you care and acknowledge that times seem tough for them.

‘How has that made you feel?’
‘How long have you felt this way?’
‘What do you think caused this reaction?’

3. Encourage action

  • Help them think about one or two things that can be done to better manage the situation. It might be they take some time out for themselves or do something that’s fun or relaxing.
  • Ask “What can I do to help you get through this?” or “How would you like me to support you?”
  • If you’ve found a particular strategy or health service useful, share it with them. You can say something like: “When I was going through a difficult time, I tried this… You might find it useful too.”
  • If necessary, encourage them to see a doctor or other professional. This is particularly important if they’ve been feeling really down for more than 2 weeks. You could say, “It might be useful to link in with someone who can support you. I’m happy to assist you to find right person to talk to.”
  • Be positive about the role of professionals in getting through tough times, but understand that it may take a bit of time to find the right one.

‘What do you think might help your situation?’
‘Have you considered making an appointment with your doctor?’
‘Would you like me to make an appointment or come with you?’

4. Follow up

  • Pop a reminder in your diary to call them in a couple of weeks. If they’re really struggling, follow up with them sooner.
  • Say something like, “I’ve been thinking of you and wanted to know how you’ve been going since we last chatted.”
  • Ask if they’ve found a better way to manage the situation. If they haven’t done anything, don’t judge them. They might just need someone to listen to them for the moment.
  • You could ask, “Do you think it would be useful if we looked into finding some professional or other support?”
  • Understand that sometimes it can take a long time for someone to be ready to see a professional. We can’t rush this or force someone to seek support. Instead, remain optimistic about the benefits of getting help and try not to judge them.
  • Stay in touch and be there for them. Genuine care and concern can make a real difference.

‘How are things going? Did you speak with your doctor?’
‘What did they suggest? What did you think of their advice?’
‘You’ve had a busy time. Would you like me to make the appointment?’

Dealing with denial?

  • If they deny the problem, don’t criticise them. Acknowledge they’re not ready to talk
  • Say you’re still concerned about changes in their behavior and you care about them
  • Ask if you can enquire again next week if there’s no improvement
  • Avoid a confrontation with the person unless it’s necessary to prevent them hurting themselves or others

‘It’s ok that you don’t want to talk about it but please don’t hesitate to call me when you’re ready to discuss it.’
‘Can we meet up next week for a chat?’
‘Is there someone else you’d rather discuss this with?’

Does someone need expert help?

  • If someone says they’re thinking about suicide, it’s important you take it seriously.
  • Tell them that you care about them and you want to help. Don’t become agitated, angry or upset.
  • Explain that thoughts of suicide are common and don’t have to be acted upon.
  • Ask if they’ve begun to take steps to end their life. If they have, it’s very important that you don’t leave them alone and do not use guilt or threats.
  • Even if someone says they haven’t made a plan to take their own life, you still need to take it seriously.
  • For confidential advice and support call a crisis support line – such as Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. Other places to find help are here.
  • If you think that someone’s life is in immediate danger call 000 (Australia only) and stay with them until help arrives.

What if I can’t speak to them face-to-face?

  • Use the same 4 steps above and talk to them over the phone
  • Avoid calling from a noisy place or whilst traveling
  • If they’re in a rush, make a time to call them back
  • Remember that they can’t see your face, so it’s important to verbally indicate your support

‘I wanted to call up and have a chat to you about how you’re going. Is now a good time?’
‘It sounds like you’re busy or in a rush. When is a good time to call you back to have a proper chat?’

Can I use social media?

  • Social media is a great way to share personal tips and information on coping strategies and wellbeing tips (visit our for examples)
  • Send positive messages but avoid publicly commenting on how someone’s coping
  • Encourage a conversation over the phone or in person by suggesting a time to catch up

Think carefully before posting or sharing content. What may be appropriate face-to-face could be misinterpreted online. If you’re wondering how the comment might be interpreted, it’s probably best not to send it and to give them a call instead.

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