Monday, August 18, 2014

Semester break opening hours

Another great semester is behind us, and it's time to take a break and as the quote says, indulge in some nonsense before the last semester for 2014
is upon us.

The Libraries and MLC will operate on reduced hours over the semester break. Full opening hours, commencing Monday the 18th of August, are as follows: 

BREAK WEEK ONE: Mon 18th – Sun 24th August
Main Library
·         Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
·         Friday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
·         Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Law Library & MLC
·         Monday to Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
·         Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

BREAK WEEK TWO: Mon 25th – Sun 31st August
Main Library
·         Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am – 9:00 pm
·         Friday: CLOSED for Gold Coast Show Day
·         Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Law Library & MLC
·         Monday to Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
·         Friday: CLOSED for Gold Coast Show Day
·         Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

Complete opening hours for the Libraries and the MLC can be viewed online.

See you all in Semester 143! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Best Courtroom Films

With exam week coming to an end, we just want to say congratulations to all Law students (as well as all other Bond students), and hopefully all your hard work has paid off.
There will be plenty of work to do next semester, but for now why not grab a few movies from the library and relax?

If you need some inspiration, here is our list of Top 10 courtroom films available from the Bond library.
Click on the film title to find the film in the library catalogue A Few Good Men

As well as being a great film, this movie contains one of the most quotable lines ever: "You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!"
Erin Brockovich

In the year 2000 the Spice Girls went on an "indefinite hiatus" but Girl Power received a new role model in Erin Brockovich, the true story of an unemployed, single mother who brought a class action lawsuit against a multi-billion dollar corporation.
My Cousin Vinny

It's an early 90s comedy staring Joe Pesci. Doesn't sound like much, but this film is surprisingly good. Marisa Tomei even won an Oscar for her role. And if that's not enough, one of the co-stars is Ralph Macchio (that's right, the Karate Kid)!
The People vs Larry Flynt

Woody Harrelson is awesome and everyone should watch all of his movies! In this particular film, he plays the part of Larry Flynt, the publisher of the Hustler magazines who becomes a champion of free speech.
The Lincoln Lawyer

Well cast, solid acting, interesting story, lots of twists and turns, this is a high quality courtroom drama. Matthew McConaughey shows once again (we don't have A Time to Kill in the library but it's well worth a watch) that when given the chance, he actually can act!
Gettin' Square

The courtroom scenes with David Wenham are arguably funnier than the courtroom scenes from The Castle (see below). An Australian comedy, set on the Gold Coast, with an entertaining story and written by a lawyer (Chris Nyst). What more could you want?
The Crucible

Arthur Miller's timeless tale of truth and trial. A cautionary tale of the dangers of fear driving law.
The Castle

Ahh... one of the most entertaining and most quotable Australian movies. It's also as moving as it is funny.
Kramer vs Kramer

No, this isn't some sort of hilarious Seinfeld doppelganger episode in which Kramer must use karate to destroy an evil, goatee-sporting version of himself (although that would be pretty cool). It is, however, a heartfelt, heartwrenching, brilliantly acted film in which a divorced couple fight for custody over their young son.
To Kill a Mockingbird

 A must-see film based on a must-see book. This film is without equal in terms of great courtroom films.

Do you love science?

Next week is National Science Week! The week aims to get people talking about science in Australia - celebrating our scientific achievements and encouraging Australians to 'become fascinated by the world we live in' - a fantastic goal I think. As a research institution Bond is at the forefront of science in many different areas.

If you're a science-lover and want something to fascinate you, here's a few suggestions (click a book cover for detail on how to access a book):  

Join Charles Darwin on a 5 year scientific expedition, as he's working out nothing less than the theory of evolution.  
This one looks fascinating, winning a Pulitzer Prize and turning up frequently on internet lists of the best science books ever. The content looks a bit mind-bending, touching on philosophy, creativity, pattern-making, and learning how to think. I think I'll borrow this one soon.  
If you're interested in sports science you'll want to read this. Check out some of the reviews here - the book has certainly got people talking.
When science goes...bad!! This book exposes the bad science that is unfortunately common in our everyday lives, including 'quack doctors, flaky statistics, scaremongering journalists and evil pharmaceutical companies'. The book's quite funny as well apparently.
Part science, part history, and part art, this book will make you think of the Great Barrier Reef in new ways. The book has been called 'necessary reading for anyone who cares about the future of the ocean'.

'America's funniest science writer' gives you a lesson in biology you're unlikely to forget. Take a journey through the alimentary canal (if you dare).

If your taste is more more journal articles than books, why not check out the hottest articles in your chosen field? The Top 25 from Sciencedirect lists the hottest articles (by downloads) in fields such as biochemistry, business, environmental science, medicine, and the humanities.

Enjoy your reading!

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Extended Library opening hours this weekend

Image from Britannica Image Quest
To accommodate students preparing for exams, the Main and Law Library hours will be extended this weekend.

Below are opening hours for the Main Library from week 13, commencing Monday the 4th of August:

Main Library
  • Monday to Thursday: 8:00 am – 1:00 am*
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm*
Law Library
  • Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
The MLC remains open 24 x 7.

*Student ID Card required for access between access between 11pm – 1am Monday-Thursday and 6pm-11pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Complete opening hours for the Libraries and the MLC can be viewed online.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Masters of Architecture - Online Image Resource

Image from ImageQuest 
The Masters of Architecture resource was developed from  the digitisation of Tadeusz Baruck's image collection. Baruck travelled the Western World photographing the work of architects he admired, starting with Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Kahn.

Other people’s collections have followed and will continue to be added to in the future. Principal among these has been Monica Pidgeon herself – in particular her photographic series of the annual Pavilions on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London.

You can find Masters of Architecture on the Electronic Resources page on the Library website.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Network outage in the MLC this Friday night

The IT team are replacing network equipment which will cause a network outage in the MLC this Friday night between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am. This will mean there will be no internet access in the MLC, including wi-fi. The building will remain open.

For after hours internet access please use the 24 hour labs on the ground floor of building 1 (underneath the Main Library). 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Limited availability on ground floor THIS SUNDAY for Open Day

Just a short notice for our weekend regulars:

This Sunday the 13th of July the Faculty of Business will be conducting Open Day activities on the ground floor and the mezzanine of the main library. Students wishing to study are encouraged to utilise the upper levels of the Main Library or head over to the Law Library. The activities are expected to wrap up around 4pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience. If you have any questions please contact us or have a chat to the staff at the service desk.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Celebrating NAIDOC week

Today some of the Library staff were fortunate enough to attend the Bond University NAIDOC Week Flag Raising Ceremony.

We listened to two local elders speak about the importance of NAIDOC week, heard about the great work done by the Bond Indigenous Awareness Society and watched a moving (and entertaining!) dance performance from three Torres Strait Islander dancers. We were also treated to a BBQ prepared by Bond students. Thanks very much to Narelle Urquhart and all the students who organised the event.

The Library would like to encourage all students to take this opportunity to learn about the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. As part of NAIDOC week, the Library will be showcasing some books and films in our Library collection that celebrate Indigenous history and culture. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to find out more. 

Details of other NAIDOC week events are available on the NAIDOC website