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Its World UFO day!

Posted July 02, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

July 2nd is World UFO day!

In 1938 Orson Welles caused a panic in the USA with his radio broadcast of War of the Worlds,  a dramatization of the H.G. Wells book about a Martian invasion of Earth.  Although it was clearly introduced as a radio play, almost a million listeners tuned in late to the program and believed that a real Martian invasion was underway.

Watch As It Happened: War Of The Worlds or The day that panicked America the H.G. Wells War of the worlds scandal  to see how panic broke out across the country. The Library also has the recent Spielberg adaptation of War of the worlds on dvd.

In the decades that followed, Hollywood films used alien invasion as an analogy for the cold war and UFO sightings increased. Check out the documentaries Watch The Skies and Between Paranoia And Science Fiction. UFO reports spiked again after the release of the Steven Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

The Library has many out of this world alien movies to look out for including:
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Repo man, Paul, Starship Troopers, and District 9 

Image credit: The Futuro UFO House, Pensacola Beach, Florida  Flickr Rian Castillo

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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Attention Animation and Film Studies students - catch MIAF this weekend!

Posted June 24, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

The Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) returns from 21st to 28th June at ACMI in Federation Square.

Animation arrived in Australia in 1915 in a series of shorts by Harry Julius called "Cartoons of the Moment" so this year MIAF celebrates with a Centenary of Australian Animation Symposium

In addition to screenings and retropectives there will be careers forums and opportunities to meet with filmmakers.

To support Swinburne's Department of Film and Animation, the Library has recently organised online streaming of many animated Disney classics via the EduTV database.

New titles include:

Pinocchio, Bambi, Dumbo, Lady And The Tramp, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, The Aristocats, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Pocahontas, Tarzan, Frozen, Fantasia, and Fantasia 2000.

Also check out the documentaries Once upon a time Walt Disney  and The Story of Frozen.

Image credit: Flickr Nancy <I'm gonna SNAP!



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New on Swinburne Commons (June 2015)

Posted June 22, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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Posted June 16, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Help students understand how they can use copyright material in their assignments and creative projects by embedding the popular 'Copyright for students' tool directly into your Blackboard units.

Here's how:

Step 1. Go to:
and log in with your SIMS credentials

Step 2. Click on 'Add to Blackboard' (right hand menu)

Step 3. Tick 'Add resource summary' and your desired units / sections (see image below)

Step 4. Click on 'Add selected resources'
Image: Swinburne Commons select units

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Anniversary of the Magna Carta

Posted June 10, 2015 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


The Great Charter, or Magna Carta is 800 years old this year. The agreement made by King John at Runnymede on 15 June 1215 is now considered a cornerstone of English law and a document that influenced many other constitutional documents around the world.

Only four copies of the original document remain in England; the best preserved is in Salisbury Cathedral in Wiltshire.

Anniversary celebrations in England include Magna Carta trails, in which visitors can travel through cities, towns and villages connected with this period of history.

An exhibition at the British Library commemorates the history and legacy of the Magna Carta. The exhibition featured on a recent episode of Radio National's Law Report.

For more on the Magna Carta, watch Guilty as charred or read Magna Carta uncovered.

Image credit: flickr/Tim Evanson

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Break out the VHS, June 7th is VCR Day!

Posted June 07, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

VCR Day is dedicated to the videocassette recorder! Do you still own a VCR player or do you know someone who does?

The first videocassette recorder was invented in 1956. The home VCR was developed in 1970, was enormous and cost about $1000.

The real VCR boom was in the 1980's when video rental stores were on nearly every street corner. Although many stores were franchises, some independent stores had a unique variety of movie titles depending on the taste of the owner.

Check out the documentary named "Rewind this" which documents the impact of VHS and its recent revival and cult following by hipsters who collect shlocky 1980's direct to VHS movies that have never been re-released to dvd.

Image credit: Flickr Rob Pearce  © rcp:251010:a0028

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Level 2 Hawthorn revamp begins June 15!

Posted June 01, 2015 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


From 15 June until 3 August we'll be creating great new spaces on level 2, Hawthorn library. While the work gets done, most services will continue as usual, but there'll be changes to Library access and location of service points. Read on for details. Questions or comments? Contact us.

Entering the Library

From 12 June, enter the Library through the Latelab door; the main entry door will be closed.

Where will I return my books?
Return books to the staff in the Latelab, level 2; outside return chutes will be closed from 15 June.

How will I borrow books?
Use the self-checkout machine near the level 3 stairs or see the Library staff in group study room 3D.

Can I still borrow laptops and equipment?
There will be a limited number of laptops available for loan.

How will I access the Reserve room and hold shelf?
The reserve collection and hold shelf will be on level 3 near group study rooms 3C and 3D.

Where will I find the Service desk?
The Service desk and staff will move to level 3 in group study room 3D.

How can I get research and referencing help?
Librarians will be available on call. See the staff in group study room 3D to arrange an appointment, or contact your Liaison Librarian.

Where will I find newspapers and magazines?
Daily newspapers will be available near the Service desk on level 3. Current magazines will be on level 1 near the periodicals collection.

Where will I find staplers, guillotine and hole punchers?
Electric staplers, hole punchers and other tools will be available near group study room 3C.

How can I recharge my copycard?
Use the EFTPOS kiosks to add value to your card. To deposit cash, use the kiosk on level 1.


@swinlib #hawthornrevamp

Image credit: flickr/clement127




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New on Swinburne Commons (May 2015)

Posted May 27, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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Scimex for experts

Posted May 25, 2015 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


Are you, or would you like to be a media-savvy scientist? Would you like to be heard when your field of expertise hits the news? Do you want to share your stories, images and videos and pitch directly to journalists? Here is your chance!

Scimex (the Science Media Exchange) is an online news portal designed to help journalists cover science. Features include a newsfeed, a find an expert database and a pitch a story section that allows experts to bring untold stories directly to reporters.

Scimex enables researchers to communicate science to the public through the media and is free for experts. Why not register with Scimex today.

Image credit: flickr/pheezy


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May 22nd is World Goth Day

Posted May 21, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Connect with your inner goth this Friday
with these books and dvds from the Library

DVDs: Autoluminescent Rowland S. Howard; Bela Lugosi: The fallen vampire; This must be the place; and Edward Scissorhands

BOOKS:  The ballroom: the Melbourne punk and post-punk scene: a tell all memoirJapanese Goth; Gothic Lolita punk; and Gothic charm school : an essential guide for goths and those who love them

GRAPHIC NOVELS: Lise Myhre's Nemi, Roman Dirge's Lenore series including Swirlies, Wedgies, and Purple nurples, plus Ted Naifeh's Gloomcookie and Courtney Crumrin series.



Image credit: Flickr  Joachim S. Mueller

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Are you looking for case studies?

Posted May 19, 2015 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

Case studies, if used effectively in teaching and learning, are a great way to test new knowledge or demonstrate theories and principles.

Here is a page that will help you to find quality cases, whether you are teaching or learning.

Subject Guide - Case Studies

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Design classics: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Posted May 13, 2015 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


Scottish architect, artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born in Glasgow in 1868. His first major project was the Glasgow Herald Building, now known as The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture.

He met Margaret MacDonald in 1892 at the Glasgow School of Art; they married in 1900. Together with their friends Herbert MacNair and Frances MacDonald, they became known as the four, a collaborative art group of the Glasgow School movement. The group exhibited in Glasgow, London and Vienna.

Mackintosh was influenced by modernist design, Japanese art and furniture design and Art Nouveau. The most famous expression of these influences is the Glasgow School of Art.

In 1989, work began on Mackintosh's 1901 design for House for an Art Lover. The house was opened to the public in 1996.

For more on Mackintosh, read Charles Rennie Mackintosh: the complete furniture, furniture drawings & interior designs or watch Charles Rennie Mackintosh a modern man and Glasgow School of Art.

Image credit: flickr/colinjcampbell

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Swinburne Graduation videos (April 2015)

Posted May 07, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne's April Graduation videos are now available on Swinburne Commons:

 All videos are open access. Send your ceremony to friends and family, or download a copy in high resolution (new feature this year).

Graduation ceremonies since 2008 are available on: Swinburne Commons | YouTube | iTunes U

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Swinburne Research Bank milestone: 40,000 records

Posted April 28, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Swinburne University's official institutional research repository, Swinburne Research Bank, added its 40,000th record at 3.30pm on Thursday April 23.

Congratulations to Amirul Islam from the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design's Department of Statistics, Data Science and Epidemiology.

Swinburne Research Bank is designed to help Swinburne research reach a worldwide audience and maximize its potential for citation. The collection has grown rapidly since its inception nearly ten years ago; in 2014 alone we added more than 5000 records!

If you are a researcher at Swinburne, send your bibliography to us at to have your outputs added to the university repository. More information about the collection, and how to contribute, may be found here: About Swinburne Research Bank 

Swinburne Library News

Posted April 27, 2015 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

The latest issue of Swinburne Library News is out now.

Meet Leanne Trembath, Manager, Library Teaching and Learning Services and our new University Librarian, Kim Tairi.

See what's new on Swinburne Commons, read about our brand new Library vision and discover the work of the Library's Digital Learning Cluster.

Find these stories and more in Swinburne Library News.