Website of the Week: Nations Online


One World – Nations Online

The Nations Online Project :: Get In Touch with the World.

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This week’s Website of the Week is The Nations Online Project. This site provides a superb collection of information and links about just about every country in the world. Search by country, continent or language. There are also some excellent articles on cities including Megacities and famous cities. Nations Online compliments the excellent statistically focused CIA World Factbook and the more culturally oriented A-Z of World Culture.

The Nations Online Project – is, among other things, a more or less objective guide to the world, a statement for the peaceful, nonviolent coexistence of nations. A statement in favor of cultural diversity and the free flow of information and knowledge across national, cultural and religious boundaries.

Nations Online Project is a pioneer in providing information about countries. It is actually as old as Google, and older than Wikipedia.

 

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Cabra College Library DVD Collection


DVDs for LoanOver the last two years we have selected, purchased and catalogued hundreds of films on DVD for loan to students and staff.  We now have a DVD collection of almost 900 films housed in the Senior Library.

By far and away our DVD collection is focused on films that have been based on books. In some cases the titles are identical, sometimes similar and sometimes the DVD is only loosely based on a book.

Library staff will only loan DVDs to students who are of the appropriate age for each film’s classification. Unless parents have a specific objection to their child borrowing DVDs, the library staff will loan G and PG rated films to all students. To borrow M, M15+ MA15+ rated films students need to be 15 or over. We do not stock R rated films of any sort. Our Access-It Library System knows the age of each borrower and will prevent M and MA films being loaned to those not of age. If you would rather your child did not borrow DVDs of a particular rating or at all please contact Mr Bull (sbull@cabra.catholic.edu.au) to discuss.

Click on the link below to view our entire DVD collection at present. If you like what you see either drop down to the Senior Library to browse or search the Access-It Online Catalogue to see if it’s in or to reserve a copy.

DVDs for loan Feb 2015

Non Curriculum DVDs for loan March 2016

Website of the Week: Brain Pickings


brain pickingsThis week’s Website of the Week is Brain Pickings. This is a pretty amazing website run by Maria Popova. Her mission is to bring us culture, the more interesting the better. In her own words; “Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are.” So take a quick tour of the sight and expand your mind.

 

DVDs to Borrow from the Cabra Library Collection


DVDs for LoanOver the last few months we have selected, purchased and catalogued hundreds of films on DVD for loan to students and staff. I have sent several emails and written in the newsletter about the system of consent and age restrictions so if you have your form signed and stuck in your diary you can now borrow DVDs. Senior Library staff are on hand to help with your selection and give you a new form if you need one before borrowing.

By far and away our DVD collection is focused on films that have been based on books. In some cases the titles are identical, sometimes similar and sometimes the DVD is only loosely based on a book.

Click on the link below to view our entire DVD collection at present. If you like what you see either drop down to the Senior Library to browse or search the Access-It Online Catalogue to see if it’s in or to reserve a copy.

DVDs for loan May 2013

aMAZEme Huge Book Maze Created



A vast labyrinth of 250,000 books, entitled aMAZEme, was installed on The Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall, London between 31 July – 25 August, as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World.

Visitors were be able to navigate the maze, which was been constructed from 250,000 remaindered, second-hand and new books. 150,000 of these books were loaned by Oxfam, and returned to the charity’s shop network at the end of the project. The remaining 100,000 books were gifted by publishing houses from around the UK.

When the maze was deconstructed at the end of the exhibition, all of the books were donated to Oxfam to raise funds for their work fighting poverty around the world.

The project was been created by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, in collaboration with production company HungryMan. Inspired by the writer and educator Jorge Louis Borges, the maze forms the shape of Borges’ unique fingerprint, covering over 500 square metres, with sections standing up to 2.5 metres high.

Credit: Marcos Saboya / Gualter Pupo / Hungryman Projects 2012