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Library study space in the exam period

Posted October 31, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


Library study areas are now restricted to Swinburne staff and students until November 23. Keep your ID card with you, as Swinburne Security staff will be checking IDs.

If you're looking for study space, don't forget these venues:

ATC103 Student Common (100 seats)
AD108 Student Common (50 seats)

Dedicated study desks, with extra power and seating are available in the foyers of all teaching floors in the AMDC, BA, TA, TB, TC and TD buildings.

You can also check available study space here or download the study space app

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Halloween is coming!

Posted October 30, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

We've dragged the most bewitching books from the shadowy depths of the Library's vaults for our Halloween display this week

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Mint Global and Orbis company database demonstration

Posted October 29, 2014 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

Tony Ventura from Bureau van Dijk will demonstrate how to find global company information
and data from Mint Global and Orbis.

Thursday 30th October 2014

3.00-3.50pm   Mint/Orbis demonstration and search scenarios

4.00-4.30pm   Mint/Orbis Q and A

Library Conference Room, Hawthorn Campus, Level 3.

No RSVP required

Both Orbis and Mint Global carry the same content however Mint Global is a streamlined version of Orbis and is designed as a simple interface for those who don't require advanced functionality.  Bureau van Dijk (BvD) is one of the world's leading publishers of electronic business and company information.

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Celebrate International Animation Day

Posted October 28, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

October 28th is International Animation Day

International Animation day was started in 2002 by the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA) whose headquarters are in Annecy (home of the famous Annecy International Animated Film Festival).

October 28th was selected to commemorate the first public performance of Emile Reynaud's Theatre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris in 1892.

To support Swinburne's animation courses the Library has a collection of online streaming animated features and shorts.

International animated features include:
Who Framed Roger Rabbit; Shrek; How To Train Your Dragon; Wreck-It Ralph; The Croods; Chicken Run; Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 

Some animated shorts include:
Shaun Tan's Oscar winning The Lost Thing (also won Best Short Film at Annecy); Bruce Petty's Global haywire; Harvey Krumpet and Mary And Max by Adam Elliot; The cat piano (narrated by Nick Cave); Bill Plympton's Guard dog; Ryan Larkin's Spare Change; Medusa-the first date; Le Fantome De L'apero; My neighbourhood has been taken over by baboons; Going to the dogs; Chainsaw maid; Testicle; Loose ends; Song for a comb; Murder; One; Fault; Awakening

Image credit: Flickr carlylehold - Jules Chèret poster for Musee Grevin Pantomimes Lumineuses Theatre Optique

To view online videos you will be asked for your Swinburne username and password to login.
They are made available for educational purposes under Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968 and access is restricted to Swinburne staff and students only. 
The material is subject to copyright. Any further copying or communication may be the subject of copyright or performers' protection under the Copyright Act 1968

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Design classics: Paul Rand

Posted October 27, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

 "Don't try to be original. Just try to be good."

And he was. Paul Rand designed some of the best known corporate logos, including IBM, UPS, Westinghouse and the now notorious Enron. He produced designs for numerous book jackets and magazines in a modern, expressive style.

Rand attended the prestigious Pratt Institute and Parsons New School for Design in New York. He was inducted into the New York Art Director's Club Hall of Fame in 1972.

For more on Paul Rand check out: Paul Rand: a designer's art and Design, form and chaos.

Image credit: flickr/tchertykovtseva

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Open Access Week 2014: Swinburne Online Journals

Posted October 24, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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To celebrate Open Access Week (#swinoa #oaweek), this post features Swinburne Online Journals - the Library's support service for publishing open access journals.

In providing journal publishing support to Swinburne faculties and research centres, this service offers technical assistance and software hosting (using the open source Online Journal Systems (OJS)), as well as advice on online publishing and copyright issues. Areas of service include:

  • Journal setup
  • ISSN registration
  • Ongoing support for:
    • publication of new issues
    • managing online submissions
  • Scholarly publishing advice
    • open access publishing
    • copyright and licensing

Currently supported journals:

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 Sensoria: A Journal of Mind, Brain and Culture publishes progressive, topical research and analyses from within contemporary psychology and associated disciplines of the mind.

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The Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government aims to advance our understanding of cutting edge issues in theory and practice that inform business decision making and/or government policy.

For a full overview of our support service and contact details, visit Swinburne Online Journals.

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October 23rd is Diwali

Posted October 23, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Celebrate Diwali with some Bollywood DVDs from the Library

Swinburne teaches Cinema Studies so we have many Bollywood DVDs, from the social realism of directors Satyajit Ray and Mira Nair to Bollywood blockbusters featuring megastars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Preity Zinta.

DVDs include... 

Sholay; Deewaar; Dabangg; Kabhi khushi kabhie gham; Chakde India; Main hoon na; Don 2; Asoka; Veer-Zaara; Devdas; Parineeta; Dostana; Chalte Chalte; Hulchul; Kuch naa kaho; Bride and Prejudice; Heyy babyy; Love Aaj Kal; Salaam namaste; Munna bhai M.B.B.S.; Lage raho Munna Bhai; Gangs of Wasseypur; Khakee; Kaante; What's your raashee?; 3 idiots; Dil bole hadippa; Hum aapke hain koun; Jodhaa AkbarLike stars on earth; Rang de basanti; Mangal Pandey the rising; Lagaan; Dhoom; Dhoom 2; Kaminey; Masala; Fida; Eklavya the royal guard; Outsourced; Americanizing Shelley; The mistress of spices; Mr. and Mrs. IyerBandit Queen; Salaam Bombay; Monsoon wedding; The Namesake; A tale of a naughty girl; Apron StringsThe damned rain; Kites; Road to Ladakh; Slumdog millionaire; Charulata; Aparajito; Apu sansar;

Some titles are also available as streaming video:

Ra One; Veer-Zaara; Devdas; Parineeta; Salaam namaste; Love Aaj Kal; Kaante; Jodhaa Akbar; DhoomShot in BombaySita sings the bluesHeaven on Earth; The damned rain

Image credit: Flickr  Anuradha Sengupta

To view online videos you will be asked for your Swinburne username and password to login.
They are made available for educational purposes under Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968 and access is restricted to Swinburne staff and students only. 
The material is subject to copyright. Any further copying or communication may be the subject of copyright or performers' protection under the Copyright Act 1968

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Open Access Week: Swinburne Research Bank

Posted October 22, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

 Meade, Bernard Seeing the big picture

Swinburne's research repository, Swinburne Research Bank is an online open access collection of research published by Swinburne authors.

We like to think of Swinburne Research Bank as a researcher's best friend. It provides a citation for each of your publications across your career (before and after arriving at Swinburne), making it easy to find, manage, link to and access your research. Where copyright permits, we also make the full text of a publication available. This is particularly valuable for older work, which might otherwise be very difficult to track down in print.

Research made available on open access can be more frequently cited and have greater impact than research published only through traditional scholarly media. There is a whole network of research databases like Swinburne Research Bank across Australia and all over the world. Our content is harvested by Google and other search engines, which means that scholars everywhere can discover your work without ever needing to know Swinburne Research Bank exists.

We can also help with your research in other ways. If you're funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) or the Australian Research Council (ARC), your research may be subject to an open access mandate. This is a great initiative, as it makes sure that Australian research is openly accessible to those who paid for it: Australian taxpayers. But it's a significant change in process for many of you, so make sure you contact the Swinburne Research Bank team for help. We are experienced at interpreting publishers' copyright policies and will help you determine which version of your work to make available to meet the conditions of your grant.

If you've recently published your research, we want to hear from you! Just send the details of your work to on acceptance, and attach the accepted manuscript (the final Word or LaTeX draft you sent to the publisher after peer review but without the publisher's formatting and logo).

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Open Access Week 2014: Swinburne Image Bank

Posted October 22, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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To celebrate Open Access Week (#swinoa #oaweek), this post features Swinburne Image Bank - Swinburne's collection of digital images illustrating the rich history of learning and teaching at the institution.

The collection spans over one hundred years, tracing Swinburne's evolution from a technical college to its status today as a centre of teaching and research excellence. The searchable collection includes all aspects of university life, including portraits, architectural images, events and student life. The collection is accessible from the National Library's Trove, and most images are made available under Creative Commons licensing.

Newest additions to the collection include:

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 Swinburne Image Bank: Engineering students visiting gasometers

Engineering students visiting gasometers, 1950s - Les Gorrie Photography

Swinburne Image Bank: Burwood Road frontages at dusk

Burwood Road frontages at dusk, 2012 - Tom Rutter (cc by-sa)

How to contribute

Contact to contribute your own Swinburne-related images.

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Open Access Week 2014: Swinburne Commons

Posted October 20, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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To celebrate Open Access Week (#swinoa #oaweek), this post features Swinburne Commons - the Library's centralised service for the management and distribution of Swinburne digital media.

Swinburne Commons draws together quality digital media from across the University, highlighting research strengths, teaching excellence, student accomplishments and unique aspects of Swinburne.

Over 1,500 open access resources are available, many of which are available for re-use under Creative Commons licenses. The service ensures discoverability for its open access content via Google, YouTube, iTunes U and Swinburne Library. Featured content includes:

  • public lectures
  • video tutorials
  • instructional course material
  • researcher interviews
  • graduation ceremonies

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Swinburne Commons is constantly on the lookout for interesting material to add to Swinburne Commons. If you have video or audio material that you would like to make available more widely, please contact the team.

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Join us for Open Access Week

Posted October 16, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


Monday is the start of International Open Access Week the global event that promotes Open Access (OA) in scholarship and research.

Join us for a series of lunchtime discussions at Hawthorn campus library, hosted by the Copyright Office. All sessions run from 12.30pm to 2.00pm and include a light lunch.

Come along for a lively discussion or join the twitter discussion using #swinoa @swinlib

Venue and program
Penang room, Hawthorn campus library, level 3

Monday 20 October

OA at Swinburne Library including Swinburne Research Bank and Swinburne Commons

Tuesday 21 October
Roundtable on Open Access in Learning & Teaching

Wednesday 22 October
Join Leon Sterling and George Collins as they debate: Should researchers publish in OA journals?

Thursday 23 October
Open Access, public policy and the value of grey literature: Amanda Lawrence and Julian Thomas

Friday 24 October
Roundtable on Open Access and data

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Paul Gaultier

Posted October 14, 2014 in category General by Gordon Turnbull


The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

At the National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road,

17 Oct 2014 - 8 Feb 2015

The unconventional and playfully irreverent designs of Jean Paul Gaultier will be celebrated in the first international exhibition dedicated to this groundbreaking French couturier.

The National Gallery of Victoria will be the only Australian venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which will feature more than 140 superbly crafted garments in addition to photographs, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from runway shows, film, television, concerts and dance performances.

This spectacular overview of Gaultier's oeuvre features the first dress created by the designer in 1971 to his latest haute couture and ready-to-wear collections, costumes worn by Kylie Minogue and Beyoncé and haute couture dresses worn by Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett.

The exhibition is organised by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris.


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Listening to Design

Posted October 14, 2014 in category General by David BRADLEY


Want to hear more about design? There are a number of great free podcasts available to download that discuss a number of contemporary and recent design issues and ideas.

99% Invisible describes itself as, 'a tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world'. Each week the program explores the process and power that design and architectures holds in our lives.

ABC Radio National's By Design looks at the places and things we imagine, build, use and occupy, explaining how creative ideas take tangible form through the design process.

In Melbourne, Triple R's The Architects is a weekly discussion show that discusses architecture, sustainability and design.

Image credit: Ben Kure/flickr


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Uncover the Secrets of the Supermarkets

Posted October 09, 2014 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

Supermarket Secrets

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This documentary series from the BBC goes behind the scenes with Britain's biggest food retailers, to discover how they source, make and move the food we find on the supermarket shelves.

Looks at how the supermarkets are studying what we look at to help structure their stores.

Also how the weather affects what food we buy. Episodes focus on;
Autumn - Winter - Spring - and Summer

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Design classics: Volkswagen Beetle

Posted October 08, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


Recognisable everywhere, the Volkswagen Type 1 was designed to be a cheap, simple car that could be mass-produced. Manufactured by the German company Volkswagen (VW), it was released in 1938.

Production was put on hold during World War II but large numbers were manufactured from 1945, when the car was called simply the Volkswagen. In Germany it became known as the käfer (German for beetle). It was eventually marketed as the Volkswagen Beetle.

The Beetle remains the longest running and most manufactured car of a single design platform worldwide. It was last manufactured in Mexico in 2003. It was called 'El Ray' (Spanish for 'the king' after a song by Jose Alfredo Jimenez. The New Beetle was released in 1997 and a version of that car is still manufactured today.

For more on the Volkswagen Beetle, read The people's car: a global history of the Volkswagen Beetle.
Or watch Volkswagen Beetle (Design classics)

Image credit: flickr/Walmink

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