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Contemporary Issues in Business and Government - Vol 20, No 1 (2014)

Posted January 21, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Contemprary IssuesThe latest issue of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government (CIBG) is now available:

 
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.

The latest issue covers a range of topics that include the privatisation of prison systems, global financial standards, international economics, e-governance and the role of education in reinventing cities and regions.

Swinburne-authored papers in this issue include:

The online version of CIBG is made available by Swinburne Library's Online Journals service on behalf of Swinburne's Faculty of Business and Law.

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New on Swinburne Commons (January 2015)

Posted January 14, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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Attention Creative Arts Students! Pause Fest is back in Melbourne in 2015.

Posted January 06, 2015 in category General by Cleve Carvalho

Pause Fest returns to Melbourne from 9 - 15 February 2015: "Exploring the intersection of creativity, technology and entrepreneurship"


Pause Fest is Australia's premier digital creative festival. It's aim is to create a more robust and representative digital eco-system in Australia by: 

  • Showcasing the best in digital culture and creativity from Australia and around the world 
  • Developing long term partnerships with like-minded and progressive organisations, to raise awareness and understanding of digital best practice in the wider community 

The event represents a unique opportunity for locals to connect, collaborate and launch projects alongside global leaders and visionary brands. Others connect with Pause to: 

  • Learn new skills
  • Address industry pain points
  • Finding a new challenge
  • Finding a mentor
  • Finding a co-founder or inventor 
Pause also server as a test platform for the creative experimentation of many innovators.

Find out more about this event from Pause web page.

 Image credit: Flickr/Pausefest


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January 2nd is Science Fiction day

Posted January 02, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

January 2nd was selected because it's the birthday of science fiction author Isaac Asimov.

Celebrate by reading authors like Philip K. Dick, Robert Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Kurt Vonnegut, and William Gibson.

Have a movie marathon with dvds from the Library including:
2001: a Space Odyssey,
Blade Runner, Alien, Predator, The Terminator, Robocop, Barbarella, The Fifth Element, Starship Troopers, Galaxy Quest, Gattaca, Silent Running, The Matrix, Back To The Future, Dannie Darko, Moon.

Did you know that the first ever science fiction movie was Georges Méliès "Le Voyage dans la Lune" (A Trip to the Moon) which was released in France on Sept 1st 1902. The silent black-and-white film is based on books by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells and tells the story of men who use a giant cannon to travel to the moon and meet space creatures. The Library has online streaming video of A Trip to the Moon and also a documentary about it called The extraordinary voyage.

Find out more about the pioneers of science fiction with these TV series from the BBC and Science Channel:

The real history of science fiction:  Time; Invasion; Space; Robots
Prophets Of Science Fiction: Jules Verne; Mary Shelley; H.G. Wells; Arthur C Clarke; Robert Heinlein; George Lucas

Or watch this groovy documentary to see how the Dr. Who theme music originated  ... What The Future Sounded Like 


Image credit: Flickr Libraries ACT

To view online videos you will be asked for your Swinburne username and password to login.
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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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New on Swinburne Commons (December 2014)

Posted December 05, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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December 5th is International Ninja Day

Posted December 04, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Did you know that International Ninja Day is this Friday?

Australia's first experience with ninja was in 1964 when Channel 9 bought the first series of The Samurai and screened it on Australian TV.  Shintaro roamed 17th century Japan protecting the innocent and fighting evil ninjas dressed in black who could leap into trees backwards and stick to ceilings like flies. Due to poor English dubbing, Shintaro would make long speeches and the English audio would deliver one or two words while Ninja would move their lips for short words and the English audio would gush out complete sentences.

It was so popular that Channel 9 repeated it 3 times that year and an entrepreneur brought out the star from Japan to appear in a stage play based on the series which played to full houses in Sydney and Melbourne.

In school playgrounds children were emulating ninja by jumping off roofs and trees and making 'star-knives' out of cardboard and jam tin lids ... to the consternation of parents and teachers.  Toy stores were selling black pajamas as 'ninja' costumes and Scanlen's chewing-gum brought out a set of cards based on photos from the series.

Why it was so popular in Australia baffled TV programmers, the press, parents and even the Japanese star and production company. The phenomenon was repeated in the 1980s when Monkey Magic also gained a cult following. In the late 90s Siren Films released The Samurai as a DVD boxset.

The library has the dvd and online streaming video of the documentary "Shintaro! The Samurai Sensation That Swept a Nation" and also an e-book about Warriors of Medieval Japan

Image credit: Koichi Ose as Shintaro, Flickr Raj Arumugam


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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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Welcome OUA students

Posted December 01, 2014 in category General by Susan ROBERTS

Welcome to your library service! Use the library website to find a great collection of material on the shelves, and even more online. We have a growing online collection of e-Books, journal and newspaper articles, book chapters, industry profiles, annual reports, streaming media and much more.

Have a look around this website.

Find our contact details, great material for your assignment topics, referencing assistance and much more.

If you live too far away to visit in person and you love hard copy books, why not use our postal delivery service. Apply here:

http://www.swinburne.edu.au/lib/borrowing/oua.html

Of course you are welcome to use the library in person; just bring some photo ID with you, and your Swinburne student ID number.

Best wishes from the library team.

Attention Cinema Studies students - the Japanese Film Festival opens today!

Posted November 27, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

The Japanese Film Festival returns to Melbourne from 27th November to 7th December.

The latest blockbusters direct from Japan will be screening including many live-action adaptations of popular manga series.

A festival highlight will be the Rurouni Kenshin movie trilogy.
The Tokugawa shogunate's forces are defeated by a samurai uprising led by Kenshin who later becomes a wanderer and renounces killing but is forced to grapple with his vows when society is plagued by crime and violence.

The Library has the anime version of Rurouni Kenshin on DVD in our Audiovisual collection.

Thermae Romae was a popular screening at last years JFF, so this year their screening of Thermae Romae II is likely to sell-out quickly.
Roman architect Lucius's bathhouse plans are rejected as not modern enough. Fortunately, he discovers a time-travel portal between ancient Rome and present-day Japan, a mecca of modern bathhouses!
The Library has the first Thermae Romae movie on DVD in our Audiovisual collection.
Make sure you also read the whole story, The Library has the manga of Thermae Romae vol.1 vol.2 & vol.3

Also screening is Lupin the Third, the latest live action adventure of the world's greatest gentleman thief.
The Library has vol 1 & vol 2 of the Lupin manga and also the dvd of the Miyazaki anime Castle of Cagliostro which also features Lupin III.

The eagerly awaited live action version of Kiki's Delivery Service will also be screening. 
You can check out the Studio Ghibli animated version of Kiki in the Library on dvd and streaming.

"Juon - the beginning" will also be shown. Its the final of the J-horror Ju-on series.
The Library has the dvd of the first Ju-on movie, "The Grudge".


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 credit: Flickr Karen Martin  https://www.flickr.com/photos/27363502@N00/4387660621/in/photolist-7FHUD4-a3KSDU-2pUTct-2pU1gv-fE9hYx-2pUTda-2pUTdp-fE9hRa-4CutTy-f8Ey9V-5TawkK-5TeSr5-5Tawyg-ARbTo-f8UNeE-aBkYLc-6cQmnM-6cUu2Q-75xDAy-6cQkbi-5VzLPs-a3H1Ln-a3H25i-4epTt7-4jHYHt-x5DoE-a3KSzE-Btjev-5jnNgH-4epTrQ-9MDgDt-9MG4gQ-9MDgKt-9MDgzK-dYEV4r-61HKen-61MWpd-4Cjg5z-61YCuJ-61YCv9-9pMCTD-4tDziq-9pMD7D-9pQEES-9pQF9j-9pQyBb-9pQxrU-9qfg7g-9pQFFo-9qffMF-9qfhfi

New on Swinburne Commons (November 2014)

Posted November 19, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Paperity is here!

Posted November 17, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

 

Paperity is here!

Paperity is the first multidisciplinary aggregator of open access journals and papers. It includes over 160,000 full text articles from 2000 scholarly journals.

And it's growing: the team aim to cover 100 per cent of open access literature over the next three years. Paperity covers all subject areas, from science, technology and medicine to social sciences, humanities and the arts. It's more than an index: journal references link directly to the full text of articles.

If you're an editor or publisher of an open access journal and would like it included, contact Paperity.

Follow Paperity on Twitter or find them on Facebook.


Image credit: flickr/biblioteekje

Research student photography and image competition

Posted November 12, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

The winners have been announced for this year's Research student photography and image competition, celebrating National Science Week.

Gravitational doubts

After initial display in the Hawthorn Library foyer, the three winning photographs have been archived in Swinburne Image Bank along with other entries from the 2014, 2013 and 2012 competitions.

CC-BY-NC_ND

Swinburne Image Bank ensures the accessibility of these images over time, but has also provided the opportunity for the photographers to make their photos available under Creative Commons licences.

Almost 40 of the images can now be copied and shared (with attribution and under certain conditions).

 Graphene - making waves

Graphene - making waves - Chris Strathie (cc by-nc-nd)

Fall of the Berlin Wall

Posted November 07, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

 

This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Plans for construction of the wall began in August 1961 when the army and East German police closed the border with West Berlin. Barbed wire and fences were constructed along the divide between East and West Berlin. 

Houses between the fences were removed and this area become known as the death strip. It was covered with raked sand or gravel, making it easy for guards to see the footprints of anyone trying to cross.

It is estimated that at least 138 people died while trying to defect to the West. One was Peter Fechter. He bled to death after he was shot.

The Berlin Wall fell as part of the 1989 revolutions that saw the fall of Communist states in Central and Eastern Europe.

On November 9, 1989, a spokesman for the East German Communist Party announced that, starting at midnight, citizens of the GDR were free to cross the country's borders.

And they did.

For more on the Berlin Wall and life in the GDR, check out the feature films The Lives of Others and Goodbye Lenin! and the documentary and A Wall in Berlin 1945-1989.


Image credit: flickr/gavinandrewstewart

It's Movember!

Posted November 05, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

It's Movember!


The month when Mo Bros grow and style their facial hair to raise awareness of prostate cancer and male mental health.

This week to support Movember the Library is spotlighting books on men's issues like fitness, diet, sexuality, image, psychology and mental health.


Look for our display in the Library foyer under the big mo!

Protect yourself from scam emails

Posted November 05, 2014 in category General by Thomas Rutter

We have recently been notified that some Swinburne students or staff have received fake emails pretending to come from the Swinburne Library website, asking people to re-activate their account by logging in. These emails are a scam, and are attempting to steal people's log in details possibly in order to unlawfully gain access to people's accounts.

Staff and students should be aware of this or similar scams arriving by email. 

What to do if you clicked the link already

To be safe, you probably want to change your password at My.Swinburne, whether you think your account has been unlawfully accessed or not.

Your information cannot be stolen simply by clicking the link in the scam email, but clicking the link may have lead you to unknowingly enter your log-in details into a fake version of a Swinburne website thinking it was real.

If you have any problems, or if you suspect someone has gained access to your account, please contact the ITS Service Desk.

Protect yourself from email scams

An email message should be treated as suspicious if you notice one or more of the following:

  • The email informs you that your account may "expire" and need to be re-activated. This is a very common theme for scam emails, along with emails asking you to change your password.
  • The email asks you to log in or input your password into a form, or to input other personal information. Sometimes this is done under the pretence of wanting to "confirm your identity".
  • You follow a link in an email and arrive at a website with an unexpected address. Official Swinburne websites should have an address ending with ".swinburne.edu.au" or ".swin.edu.au", with nothing following this except for optionally a slash, followed by other information.

More information

More information is available from the following ITS guides:

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New on Swinburne Commons (October 2014)

Posted November 03, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes