Happy Library Lovers Day!

The 14th of February is a day for lovers, Library Lovers to be exact! Libraries around Australia have embraced the day as a chance to remind policy makers about the wonderful work librarians do and the important role libraries have in society.

Take a moment to say thank you to your local librarian or visit a library you haven’t been to before. Share your #librarylove on social media, even if it is just a shot of your personal collection.

Remember, the QUT Library website is a great place to start looking for information for your research or general study skills.

Love Your Data Week 2017

From the 13th to the 17th of February, along with other academic and research libraries, data archives and organisations, QUT Library is celebrating the value and importance of research data, which are (we believe) crucial for advancing our knowledge of the world around us.

The theme for the 2017 social media event is ‘data quality’ and each day focuses on a different aspect of research data management:

13 February – Defining data quality

14 February – Documenting, describing, defining

15 February – Good data examples

16 February – Finding the right data

17 February – Rescuing unloved data

QUT researchers are also getting into the swing of things!  Here’s what Associate Professor Adrian Barnett from the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health has to say about issues he’s faced in the research data management process:

“A huge issue is data access. I’ve seen PhDs and postdocs ruined because individuals and groups won’t release or share data, even though it’s almost always data collected from the public and the goal of the research is always to improve public health. And oftentimes, the groups are doing nothing with the data, they just don’t want to share it just in case.

People also wear themselves out collecting too much data. At the project design stage, there’s often a lot of thought that a particular variable or new data source would be great to collect. If multiple people with different “pet” variables are involved, the data collection becomes massive and eats all of the project budget and time. An analysis is then hastily done because there’s no time or energy left. Answering a few questions well is the better option than answering a lot of questions badly.”

Dr Tony Beatton, a researcher from the School of Economics and Finance, Faculty of Business who’s completing a PhD on the economics of happiness and whose research is founded on the application of primary-source datasets to has this to say:

“Given clean, accurate data, a researcher can look for patterns that explain human behaviour.  To do this, we need:

  1. A desire to use data as the basis for examining research questions;
  2. Access to quality data, which the QUT library certainly enables;
  3. Technical skills in mathematics and statistics, which enable us to;
  4. Apply the data plus our technical skills and knowledge of the literatures to examine important research questions.

The truth is in the numbers which manifest in the data.”

If you’re a researcher, leave a comment below on your experience with data, or any tips, tricks and resources that you wished someone had shared with you!

Visit the Love Your Data blog each day for stories, resources and activities and if you would like to join the conversation or to view more, go to Twitter (#LYD17, #loveyourdata), Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Get your Research on at ResBaz!

Kickstart your research in 2017 with the Research Bazaar (ResBaz). It is on in Brisbane again this year and is hosted by The University of Queensland. ResBaz is an international festival celebrating digital literacies that are the foundation of modern research. It facilitates collaboration between early career researchers, PhD students, and researchers at other stages of their career using the next generation of digital research tools. You can learn from peers about the digital skills needed for cutting edge research in the 21st century!

There are several events happening in Brisbane throughout ResBaz including a Festival Day and a variety of workshops. Some of the information shared will be about OpenRefine and Web scrapers, bioinformatics as well as some Software Carpentry lessons.

For those able to get to Brisbane the details are as follows –

Where: University of Queensland, St Lucia campus (Advanced Engineering Building)

When: 7-9 February, 2017.

What: ResBaz includes several events and workshops. Registration for the market day is available and recommended. Registration for the workshops is essential.

For those who can’t to get to Brisbane, don’t worry! ResBaz is an international event and hosted in other locations around the globe so you can find a ResBaz location near you.

Can’t make it toResBaz? No worries, QUT Library offers research support to students. Check out QUT Library’s resources for researchers and the training and assistance we offer to all Higher Degree Research Students, other researchers and research support staff.

Delicious Ideas for Australia Day

Australia Day is just around the corner! One last public holiday before start of Semester 1. QUT Library is taking a break too with all campus libraries closed for the public holiday. See our opening hours for more information.

With the library closed make the most of your Australia Day this year by hanging out in the kitchen. It is no coincidence that your nice and cool fridge happens to be there too!

Here are our top 5 suggestions for having a delicious Australia Day –

  1. Who doesn’t love a barbeque? Do it a little different this year and check out Asian-Style Grilling.
  2. The Foodie’s Beer Book : The Art of Pairing and Cooking with Beer for Any Occasion, is sure to have some great tips and tricks to keep your day full of fun, not to mention yum!
  3. Don’t know how to cook? We have you covered with The “I Don’t Know How to Cook” Book : 300 Great Recipes You Can’t Mess Up!
  4. Simply Smoothies has 200 recipes and easily shows you how to make the perfect Australia Day smoothie to cool you down.
  5. And for desert ice cream sandwiches are the way to go! Try Cookies & Cream : Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich.

If these suggestions don’t tickle your fancy, there are many more possibilities. QUT has lots of eBooks and videos that can help give you some inspiration for your Australia Day. Enjoy the public holiday and we look forward to seeing you back at QUT Library soon!

One Librarian One Reference – Wikipedia and Librarians

Whether or not you use it, Wikipedia is a wealth of knowledge and information on just about every aspect of the world we live in, from the composition of an atom to the synopsis of your favourite television program. Students are often warned about citing Wikipedia in an academic setting because entries are created and edited by you, the user, which means anyone could create an unreliable entry which could be mistaken as fact. Anyone familiar with the internet would consider it dangerous to trust a source of information created by a group of anonymous users however Wikipedia has garnered for itself a reputation for being the first point-of-call for many knowledge seekers.

In the age of fake news, how can I tell Wikipedia is accurate?

Take a look at this article for some tips on how to tell if the wiki page you are reading is a reliable source of information. One of the first things you should do is check the citations of the article which are the little blue numbers which appear above a sentence in Wikipedia. The number will lead you to the source of the information cited in the article. If the article is credible, the information will be from an academic journal or other reliable source. QUT Library’s Finding Information page has some helpful resources to help you evaluate online sources.

How are Librarians helping the cause?

This is where the hashtag #1lib1ref comes in – this is a worldwide initiative where librarians (and you!) come together to edit Wikipedia pages by searching for uncited statements and adding a citation using a reliable source. You can read more about it on the WikiMedia page.

Get your social media on!

Are you addicted to Facebook? Can’t get enough or Instagram or Twitter (who doesn’t love a good cat meme!)? Then jump on board and follow QUT Library. You can also check out our Pinterest, YouTube and Flickr accounts to learn more about QUT Library.

While on your way to and from uni discover new things about QUT Library like what events are taking place at the library or what we have been getting up to. You can also get some study tips from our librarians who share their wisdom throughout those peak study times. Plus receive up to date information relating to databases and other resources including scheduled maintenance.

So get your social media on and follow QUT Library!

 

Library Christmas Closure & Summer Entertainment

QUT Library is taking a holiday! From Saturday 24th December until Monday 2nd January all QUT Libraries will be closed. Our website has all the details. But don’t fret if you want to get some extra study time in over the holiday season, the 24 hour labs at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove will still be open.

If you think you will suffer from library withdrawal remember we have loads of resources available to you online. This includes our databases to help with any summer semester information needs, our videos to keep you entertained over the break and our eBook collection for those who want to get into their summer reading. Our top picks for this summer are –

  • christmas-1073705_640Die Hard – This action packed movie is a Christmas classic!
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens novel as an audio book makes it easy to get into the festive season.
  • Day Boy – Read a new take on vampires from a local Brisbane author.
  • A Walk in the Woods – The comedian Bill Bryson takes you on a hilarious hike.
  • 10 Things I Hate About You – Based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, this is a must watch movie!

But remember, if you want to borrow any library books or DVD in hard copy or speak to a librarian make sure to contact us before December 24th.

From all of us at QUT Library we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

 

Happy Holidays!

We’re in a festive mood across the campus libraries. Lights, sparkles, baubles, books, it’s all happening!

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While Caboolture, Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove opted for a more traditional approach, the Law Library turned to its collection of Law Reports in ‘Chancery’ red and ‘Kings/Queens Bench’ green.

From all of us at QUT Library, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2017!

QUT libraries will be closed from 24th December to 2nd January. You can check our website for more information.

It’s time to graduate!

It’s the season to graduate! And to celebrate QUT library is showing off the spectacular Registrar’s mace on Level 4, V Block, Gardens Point campus.

The QUT mace was designed and built by Mr Alan Place, a former part time lecturer in fine arts.

It has three sections, each symbolising the different levels of tertiary education:

  • The knob at the base represents the bachelor’s degree, the start of a professional career.
  • The handpiece in the middle represents the master’s degree.
  • The flame-shaped head, symbolising the torch of learning, represents the doctorate.
  • The open top acknowledges that education is an ongoing process.

In the middle ages, the mace was preferred by soldier churchmen (in particular Odo, the Bishop of Bayeux, who was the half-brother of William the Conqueror) as it was a crushing instrument which did not draw blood. Over time the mace became a symbol of authority.

For those who are graduating remember that alumni membership to QUT library is free and allows you to access books and a selection of online resources.

QUT Library congratulates everyone for a wonderful and productive year and offers best wishes to those who are graduating at this time.

QUT Library Wins GIF IT UP 2016!

Recently, QUT Library submitted our very own GIFs into the annual GIF IT UP competition. We were tasked with creating a sweet GIF from a piece of copyright-free material from DPLA, Europeana, Trove or DigitalNZ collections.

For QUT Library’s submission we chose a beautiful picture of the Moreton Bay Lighthouse that can be found in QUT Library’s Digital Collections. We created three amazing GIFs from the one photo, talk about wow!
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Not only are these GIFs fantastic but we also won! Congratulations to the wonderful staff who contributed to the innovated and creative gifs that have put QUT Library on the GIF map! We were awarded the Trove Librarian Grand Prize by the Trove Judges who had this to say about the entries –

“These 3 GIFs together tell a story like no other entry ever has. It was utterly unexpected and delightful.”

More feedback from the judges and the rest of the winning GIFs can be seen on the DPLA website. And all the gif submissions are on GIF IT UP 2016. Do you have a favourite GIF from the competition? Let us know by leaving us a comment!