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New on Swinburne Commons (July 2014)

Posted July 21, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne Commons is the central service for managing and distributing digital media resources at Swinburne. If you are interested in contributing, please contact us.

Our people, our prosperity... (Chancellor's lecture series)

Jennifer Westacott

Explores why and how we need to transform the VET system...


Leadership tools for wicked problems
(Swinburne Leadership Dialogues)

John Fien
Swinburne Leadership Institute

Leadership for the public interest is not easy to achieve. Many of the issues leaders...


Sarah Maddison (Swinburne Story)

Sarah Maddison
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing

The 'Swinburne Story' series will take an inside view into the journey of inspirational...


Merging Word documents into a larger document (EndNote X7 basics for Windows and Mac)

Swinburne EndNote Team

We advise that you write larger projects in chunks of 50 page Word documents...


Twitter for education

Anne-Marie Chase
Learning Transformations Unit

In this video, we hear of a practical, real world use case of Twitter in education.


Innovation, scaling and impact in microfinance
(DataBlitz 2013)

Liz Branigan
Faculty of Business and Enterprise

Discusses assessing the social and economic impact of microfinance loans and...


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Rare Book Week

Posted July 21, 2014 in category General by Jo Gillespie

Rare Book Week is on now and finishes on 27 July.  See an original copy of the Gutenburg Bible, the first book made using moveable type, at Melbourne University's Ballieu Library.

Swinburne also has a Special Collection of rare materials related to Australian design history.

One of the interesting items in this collection is the Australia National Journal. First published in 1939, it's widely considered to be the first Australian journal to focus on design issues.

The Australia National Journal was a high quality journal that aimed to give expression to our progress in Art, Architecture and Industry? (Ure Smith 1939, p.15).The publication was a major contributor to the discussion of modernism at the time and is still used by students and staff.


Reference: Ure Smith, S 1939, The Aims of this journal, Australia National Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, p.15.

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Discover Weng Weng

Posted July 10, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

At this years Melbourne International Film Festival, Andrew Leavold pays homage to the movie career of Weng Weng in "The Search for Weng Weng".

Imelda Marcos intended the 1981 Manila International Film Festival to be a showcase of Filipino culture. To everyone's horror, the only film that was successful was a low budget, midget James Bond spoof that ended up selling all over the world in countries as far apart as Iceland, Uganda, Tonga, Bolivia and Papua New Guinea and even out-grossing Star Wars films the West Indies.

Weng Weng became a star, appearing on TV,  at film festivals, shopping centres, and political rallies. He was presented with a customised 25-callibre pistol and made an honorary Secret Agent by General Ramos.
At the presentation ceremony for a citation for services to the Filipino film industry, he joined Imelda Marcos in a karaoke duet of "My Way"- the bootleg of their performance later sold 200,000 copies.

Leavold (owner of Trash Video in Queensland 1995-2010) toured Weng Weng's most famous film, "For Your Height Only" around Australia in the 1990s. I remember going to a screening in a cafe in Melbourne's Manchester Lane ...  then buying a VHS copy at "Inferno" in Elizabeth Street.

"For Your Height Only" had a Docklands drive-in screening at MIFF2010 as part of a a double feature with Mark Hartley's "Machete Maidens Unleashed" documentary about Filipino exploitation movies of the 1970s and 1980s.

Weng Weng fans can find dvds of "For your Height Only" and its sequel "The Impossible Kid" in the Library's Audiovisual Collection.


On the back of Mark Hartley's first documentary "Not quite Hollywood" - many Australian Genre films are being remade. First there was "The Long Weekend", then "Patrick", now a remake of "Turkey Shoot" will screen at MIFF2014. Make sure you check out the original "Turkey Shoot" on dvd in the Library.

Also get in quick for tickets to Hartleys 3rd doco screening at MIFF ... Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films.
Featuring interviews with Eli Roth, Tobe Hooper, Franco Nero, Bo Derek, Olivia d'Abo, and Dolph Lundgren. It tells the story of Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus who bought low-rent Cannon Films, and injected ninjas, nudity, and Rambo clones into their threadbare plots. They upped the output of shlock films to the point that the very sight of the Cannon logo made audiences boo throughout the 1980s. When Menahem insisted on getting ?that Stone woman? for a rip-off of Indiana Jones, instead of securing Kathleen Turner star of Romancing The Stone, he inadvertently booked Sharon Stone and launched her career.


Image credit: Flickr fantasticfest


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One of Melbourne's Best Kept Secrets

Posted July 03, 2014 in category General by David BRADLEY

The Design Special Collection is one of Melbourne's best-kept secrets.


Located on level 1 of the Hawthorn library, this unique collection holds magazines such as, Art in Australia, Australia Today, The Australian Home Beautiful, Architecture and Arts and many others from the early to mid-twentieth century. The collection also includes some contemporary material and design tools such as colour charts and samples of printed objects in unusual formats.

Built up over many years, the collection provides a valuable source of publications of design significance. Both staff and students of Swinburne's School of Design frequently use these primary resources for research into the history of design in Australia.

If you'd like to use the collection, you can get the key from the Level 2 Library Service Desk. The room can be booked online.

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Perspectives on Global Development 2014 Boosting Productivity to Meet the Middle-Income Challenge

Posted July 03, 2014 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

 New Publication on the OECD iLibrary.

Developing economies continue to grow faster than more advanced countries.

Non-OECD countries' share in world GDP surpassed that of OECD countries in 2010.


Since its first edition in 2010, the annual Perspectives on Global Development has investigated the trends in "shifting wealth", the increasing economic weight of developing countries in the world economy.

"At average growth rates over 2000-12 several middle-income countries will fail to converge with the average OECD income level by 2050. Their challenge is deepened by the slowdown in China, where rapid growth has up to now benefited its neighbours and suppliers, in particular natural-resource exporters."

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More Exciting Events for Film and Cinema Studies Students!

Posted June 30, 2014 in category General by Cleve Carvalho

Melbourne International Film Festival 2014

The ACMI features exciting events for Film, Cinema Studies and Animation students. Some of these events include the upcoming Melbourne International Film Festival which will run from Thursday 31 July to Sunday 17 August 2014.The  Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will feature Cannes highlights, critics' favourites, award winners, emerging stars and cult classics.


One of the unique features will be the screening of Out 1: Noli Me Tangere, a 12 hour magnum opus of French New Wave, starring Jean-Pierre Leaud. 


Check out the Library's DVD and Online Streaming Video Collection for past films MIFF has screened over the years.

 Image Credit:  Flickr Tick Tock Tom

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Welcome to the Camberwell Art Show

Posted June 30, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


 Emma Niehof: Near Bendigo

The 49th Camberwell Art Show is now showing at the ATC building in Burwood Road. This year, our very own Liaison Librarian, Emma Niehof is one of the exhibiting artists.

The art show began in 1966 at the Camberwell Grammar School. It now attracts up to 7000 visitors annually and raises money for local national and international humanitarian and charitable projects.

We invite all art lovers to come along. The show runs until 6th July.

Emma Niehof: Wildflowers

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Australian Furniture Desgin

Posted June 27, 2014 in category General by Jo Gillespie

Delve into Australian modernist design history. 

If you're thinking of venturing out into Melbourne's wild weather this weekend, why not go to the NGV and see Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design.

 Listen to Swinburne lecturers Carolyn Barnes and Simon Jackson talk on ABC Radio National about the Australian furniture company 'Fler'. This program was recently re-broadcast on Hindsight to coincide with the opening of the exhibition.  

Audio reproduced with the kind permission of the ABC.


 Featherston Furniture in Boyd designed Walsh Street house.

Image credit: bobarcpics 

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New on Swinburne Commons (June 2014)

Posted June 24, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne Commons is the central service for managing and distributing digital media resources at Swinburne. If you are interested in contributing, please contact us.

Reimagining ethical leadership
(Swinburne Leadership Dialogues)

Helena Liu
Faculty of Business and Enterprise

The presentation articulates a radical reimagination of ethical leadership research...


Scholarship ceremony

Student Operations

Held on Monday 26th May 2014, 5.30pm.


Syncing EndNote X7 with a new EndNote online account

Swinburne EndNote Team

Link your EndNote X7 library with a new EndNote online account to automatically...


Time lapse building videos

Time-lapse videos of the construction of the AMDC, George, and ATC buildings...


A scheme to make integration by parts easier - Part 1 (MathsCasts)

Stephen Bedding
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology

Integration by parts using the formula is briefly revisited, then we look at how to code use...


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Exciting Events for Film and Animation Students!

Posted June 17, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

There's lots on offer this week for Cinema Studies and Animation students.

The "Melbourne International Animation Festival"  and "Joyous Curiosity: The Cinema of Agn├Ęs Varda" both kick off at ACMI in Federation Square this week.

The 14th Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) will run for eleven days from Thursday 19 June to Sunday 29 June 2014. Featuring new animation and retrospectives from around the world. The festival will include 400 films showcasing award winners, outstanding industry veterans, inspiring independents, studios and newcomers. 

To tie in with the World Cup in Brazil there's a South American program stream.

There'll also be a Best of the Next student stream dedicated to the year's best student work, plus Careers in Animation forums, lectures and workshops.

Make sure you also check out the Library's dvd and online streaming video collection for many other award winning animated films, including features from festival favourite Bill Plympton (Hair High, Guard dog), acclaimed Aussie animators Adam Elliot (Harvey Krumpet, Mary and Max) and Shaun Tan (The lost thing), Oscar winning animated short Ryan, plus Tropfest fan favorites The cat piano, and My neighbourhood has been overrun by baboons


Also starting this Thursday 19 June, ACMI's Joyous Curiosity: The Cinema of Agnes Varda retrospective is a chance to watch some of her rarely seen works on a big screen. Screenings will encompass half a century of her work, showcasing newly restored and rarely seen documentaries, fiction, shorts, and television. Varda never gets enough credit, she pioneered the French New Wave when, in the early 1950s aged just 26, she made "La Pointe Courte". She was using hand-held cameras, non-professional improv actors, on-location shooting and natural lighting long before Godard and Truffaut's films of the 1960s. Varda has outlasted many of her contemporaries and is still making films today. Her films often appear on Swinburne Cinema Studies reading lists. The Library has dvds and streaming video of some of her most famous films including "Cleo from 5 to 7", "The Gleaners and I" and "The Gleaners and I: two years later".


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

Image credits: Flickr Ben Richards; Flickr Pablo Lemos Ochandio

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Clare Wright wins the 2014 Stella Prize.

Posted June 06, 2014 in category General by Heather COUTTS

Clare Wright  has won the $50,000 prize for 'The forgotten rebels of Eureka'.

This title sheds a new light on the Eureka Stockade by telling stories of 1850's Ballarat from the perspective of a range of women. "The book explores the different kinds of power and influence that women wielded, and reveals the importance of their role in the miners' growing resistance to oppressive government regulations".

The Stella Prize was first conceived after it came to light during an International Women's Day panel convened at Readings Bookstore that from the Miles Franklin Award 54-year history only ten women had ever won the prize. The prize which is awarded for both fiction and non-fiction is intended to celebrate Australian women writers and promote their literature. Carrie Tiffany won the inaugural prize for 'Mateship with birds'.

No need to wait in a queue for this title!  It's available to all Swinburne students and staff as an ebook .

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June 6th is Drive-in Movie Day

Posted June 05, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

June 6th is International Drive-In Movie day

During a visit to America in the early 1950s, George Griffith Jnr discovered that drive-ins were very profitable.  Like America, Australia had good weather, high car ownership and available land. George opened Australia's first drive-in on February 18 1954, "The Skyline" in Burwood. Popular films at Burwood included "The Sound Of Music", James Bond films and B westerns.

Drive-ins thrived in the post war years prior to television, more than 330 were built across Australia. Once TV started to cut into their market, drive-ins began showing films that weren't on TV.  Films with simple plots and lots of shocks were ideal, B melodramas like Samuel Fuller's "Shock Corridor" and "The Naked Kiss". It wasn't until Hammer Films' "The Curse of Frankenstein" that the trend began to really take off.  American genre films were joined by low cost dubbed foreign movies, like Godzilla and Asian martial arts films.

In the late 1970s big-budget Hollywood movies usurped these traditional low-rent genres with star-studded, heavily publicized, expensive disaster films. The popularity of blockbusters like  "Jaws" and "Star Wars" revitalized drive-ins for a while, however by the early eighties drive-ins had fallen on hard times.

The growing popularity of video stores along with the high price of land were making survival difficult. Drive-in screens were rapidly disappearing and in 1983 Burwood drive-in closed.  Recently the old Dandenong Panoramic Drive-in has been reopened as the Lunar Drive-in and is now Australia's largest drive-in.

Former video store clerk turned director, Quentin Tarantino revived interest in spaghetti westerns, foreign horror, and exploitation films. As Tarantino's star rose, so did interest in these genres. But fans of genre films want to see the films quickly which often means that they use iTunes or even download movies illegally. How long will the drive-in revival last now that we are watching movies on laptops?

Find out about the lifeblood of drive-ins, the "Midnight Movie" by watching the documentary "Midnight movies : from margin to the mainstream".  Swinburne teaches Cinema Studies so the Library has many of the films mentioned, including "El Topo", "Night of the Living Dead", "The Harder They Come" & "The Rocky Horror Picture Show".

Also check out Mark Hartley's doco "Not quite Hollywood" ...  we have dvds of most of the Aussie films mentioned in his documentary including: Dead End Drive In; The Man From Hong Kong; Razorback; Roadgames; The Cars That Ate Paris; Mad Max; Long Weekend; Stone; Wake in Fright; The Adventures of Barry MacKenzie; Stork; Alvin Purple; Mad Dog Morgan; Shame; Dark Age; Turkey Shoot; Thirst; The Money Movers; The Chain Reaction; Fair Game; Journey Among Women; Pure Shit; Snapshot; Body Melt; The Survivor;  Cassandra; Harlequin; The FJ Holden; Inn of the Damned and Night of Fear.

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New on Swinburne Commons (May 2014)

Posted June 04, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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Welcome to OUA students

Posted June 03, 2014 in category General by Susan ROBERTS

Welcome to OUA students, who started their new teaching period on June 2. The library website is a great place to find information and the good news is that most of it is online. OUA students who still like to borrow books and live too far away from any of our libraries are welcome to use our mail delivery service via the borrowing link on the library website.

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June 2nd is Annual Leave Work Early Day

Posted June 02, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

In the almanac of unofficial holidays, today is Annual Leave Work Early Day

Many people are putting in extra hours, or using their smartphones to be on call when they're not physically at work.

So step away from the keyboard with some of our relaxing books and dvds ...

Yoga for stress relief & flexibility

Managing time & stress

Surviving stress and burnout

Work smarter : live better : practical ways to change your work habits and transform your life

Time on, time out : flexible work solutions to keep your life in balance

Instant calm : over 100 successful techniques for relaxing mind and body  

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