Sue’s Christmas Recommendations

QUT Library has so many Christmas movies, books and TV shows to get you into the festive mood. We have asked some our librarians what their all time favourite Christmas movies and books were. Here is what Sue recommends!

The Polar Express (2005) Available on DVD or online via Click View (QUT Login required)

Continuing our theme of best loved Christmas movies, make sure you get hold of The Polar Express before everyone else does.  Bit of a heads up, though – do yourself a favour and read the original, award winning, children’s picture book  by Chris Van Allsburg first so as to fully appreciate the lavish, darkly-themed artwork that became the inspiration for the movie.

What’s it about? Having reached an age where he doubts that Santa is real, a young boy (we never learn his name) wakes suddenly on Christmas Eve to see a mysterious steam train in the falling snow outside of his bedroom. Imagine his amazement when he realises that the train is waiting for him to board, ready for their journey to the North Pole! This movie is not like other Christmas films.  It has a magical, shadowy quality which characterises it, just like the beautiful full-page illustrations found in the original book.  It is this that appeals to me so strongly.  My children and I enjoyed reading the book together for several years before the movie’s release in 2004 and I was delighted that the film remains so stylistically true to the book’s artwork.

The movie is a 3D animation using motion capture and is entered in the Guinness World Book of Records as being the world’s first all-digital capture film.  The music is amazing, featuring an original score by Alan Silvestri along with many well-loved Christmas favourites.

I would recommend this movie for children aged perhaps 7+ as it may be a bit dark for the littlies.  Having said that, this is a heart-warming, powerful and endearing movie that continues to be a seasonal favourite at our house.

Tom’s Christmas Recommendations

QUT Library has a wealth of Christmas movies, books and TV shows to get you into the festive mood. We have asked some our librarians what their all time favourite Christmas movies and books were. Here is what Tom thinks!

Arthur Christmas (2011)  Available on EduTV via Informit (QUT log in required)

This is the movie that is currently in my ‘must see’ Christmas movie rotation list, and absolutely love showing it to friends that have never seen it before.  Arthur Christmas is a 3D animated film by Aardman Animations (the same folks who brought us Wallace and Gromit) that portrays the legacy of Santa Clause as a very real, and very secret, family business with the title of ‘Santa’ being handed down from father to son for centuries.  The humour is wonderfully British and ranges from the very silly to some darker adult jokes, whilch leads to some great scenes such as an army of elves questioning the existence of children, and a European Union-esque security alliance scrambling predator drones when they mistake Santa’s sleigh as an invading alien spaceship.  The characters are voiced by all of your favourite English actors including James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent and Imelda Staunton.  In the end this movie is about family, the spirit of Christmas, keeping tradition, breaking tradition, and wrapping presents with only three bits of tape.

The Snowman (1982) Available to borrow from QUT Library

The Snowman holds a very special place in my childhood, as my family would watch it every Christmas Eve, in the dark, with only the coloured glow of our Christmas tree to light up the room.  It is a gorgeous, animated short film, based on the picture book by Raymond Briggs, which tells the story of a small boy who builds a snowman that comes to life at the stroke of midnight.  They go on a series of small adventures including a magical flight to the North Pole, where they meet Father Christmas at a party full of other living snowmen.  Remarkably, the film is completely wordless and relies on music and animation to tell its story.  It never fails to bring a tear to my eye, especially during the enchanting song “Walking In The Air”, and the tale’s sad and bittersweet ending.  It won a BAFTA and an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Here is a trailer for one of the more recent sequals to The Snowman, The Snowman & The Snow Dog.

We have even more to recommend so keep an eye out for more blogs with Christmas cheer!

 

Leave no one behind!

Today is the International Day of People with Disabilities.

This year’s theme is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”

The all-embracing principle is to ‘leave no one behind’ and provide people with disabilities with the tools to be active contributors in society.

The global framework outlined in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a basis for transformative change via:

  • inclusive education
  • lifelong learning
  • and sustainable economic growth

with full access to:

  • justice
  • health care services
  • infrastructure
  • and accessible communities.

QUT Library is committed to improving the accessibility of our websites and facilities which are regularly reviewed as part our usability and accessibility testing processes.

Community events to celebrate this year’s theme are being held on Sunday 3rd December around Australia.

Patents Search – Tracking Innovation

Want to discover the latest breakthroughs of applied researchers in your field? Looking for practical solutions to real-world problems? Interested in device design drawings and detailed specifications?

You should search for patents that have been granted to inventors.  Need to know where to begin your patent search? Consult our library subject guide on patent searching. http://libguides.library.qut.edu.au/patents

Scientists, engineers and technologists often find their search of databases that index and contain the conventional, peer-reviewed literature fails to yield detail on cutting-edge innovation. They understand that to gain a more complete understanding of the state-of-the-art they need to expand their literature discovery by searching for registered patents.

What is a Patent?

A patent is a right granted to the inventor for a device, substance, method or process that is new when compared with what is already known. A patent protects new inventions and covers how things work, what they do, how they do it, what they are made of and how they are made. It gives the owner the right to prevent others from making, using, importing or selling the invention without permission. Patents are often granted for small, incremental improvements to a known technology. A patent is legally enforceable. It gives the inventor exclusive right to commercially exploit her / his invention for the life of the patent.

Patent Search for Beginners

Google Scholar search will include patents in your search results (by default). There is also a specialist Google Patents search interface. All the major patents offices have their own search engine and discovery platform.

When an invention or device is truly new, there is no established or agreed terminology to describe it. The inventor (usually via their attorney or agent) also have a vested interest in making their patent difficult to discover. Accordingly, you should also search for patents by class.

Patent Classification

Patent examiners typically classify an inventor’s application for a grant of patent into several classes, depending on that invention’s components and functions. Classification brings together similar devices and concepts, even when different terms have been used to describe the invention.

Classification systems provide a language independent search tool, one that embraces all domains of technology:

  • Patent classes are well-defined and scoped;
  • Patent classes are arranged in an ordered and logical fashion;
  • Patent classes are hierarchical. Classes are deconstructed into detailed sub-classes.

To conduct a thorough and comprehensive patent search you should search by class.

Learn More — Delve Deeper

QUT Library has a subject guide to help you navigate the patent process and that shows you how to discover patents.

QUT helps break down the digital divide

Knowledge Unlatched logoIn 2014, QUT signed up as a founding member of a global initiative called Knowledge Unlatched (KU) which unites the two approaches of crowd-funding and Open Access to support the publication of specialist scholarly books.   Digital copies of the books supported by KU can be freely accessed by anyone in the world via OAPEN, HathiTrust and the British Library.  Libraries can include the books in their collections free of charge.

Frances Pinter, the Embassador/Founder of KU, says that the approach “ensures that in the digital world we are not just replicating the old print model, but that we can indeed do better and contribute to breaking down what is fast becoming a new digital divide.”

Frances Pinter spoke of “Transforming publishing – issues around policy, funding and publishing” at State Library of Queensland on 23 November 2017. A recording of her presentation is available here.

Contact Paula Callan, Scholarly Communications Librarian, for further details.

Over Uni? Try OverDrive

Remember what it was like to just read for enjoyment?  With this year’s study, assignments and exams in the rearview mirror for many of us – it’s time to get back into the art of reading for fun.


QUT’s OverDrive collection of fiction and non-fiction ebooks and audiobooks is ever expanding and ready for you to devour over the holidays.  The collection includes some of the most popular fiction titles and the classics, to the latest cook books and travel guides.

It’s easy and it’s free:

Download to your mobile device:

  1. Download the OverDrive app via Google Play or the App Store.
  2. Sign up for an OverDrive account or log in with your Facebook.
  3. Under Manage libraries select Queensland University of Technology and then sign in with your QUT username and password.

Download to your computer:

https://qut.overdrive.com/

You can also use the OverDrive app to borrow from Brisbane City Council libraries if you are a member.

Don’t anyone panic!

QUT Library will still be open over the Summer Semester, however we will be closed between Christmas & New Year.

Each of your QUT library branches will provide a cool and calm place to work in air-conditioned comfort throughout the Summer semester.

Online chat will also continue for the Summer semester with QUT staff at the keyboard seven days a week.

Summer Semester Library opening hours are:

GARDENS POINT LIBRARY
18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-5pm
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd Jan – 16th February
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-5pm

LAW LIBRARY
18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun closed
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd Jan – 16th February
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun closed

KELVIN GROVE LIBRARY
18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd Jan – 16th February
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm

CABOOLTURE LIBRARY
18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-4pm
Sat & Sun closed
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd January –  7th January
Mon – Fri 8am-4pm
Sat & Sun closed
The Caboolture campus will transfer to the University of the Sunshine Coast from 8th January 2018

LIBRARY CHAT
18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-5pm
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd Jan – 16th February
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-5pm

 

Virtual Reality comes to the Games Lab at QUT Library!

Virtual Reality comes to the Games Lab at QUT Library! And it’s yours to explore. Borrow the PlayStation VR Headset from HiQ at Kelvin Grove and experience immersive virtual reality.

pexels-photo-123335 by Bradley Hook available at https://www.pexels.com/photo/sky-woman-clouds-girl-123335/ (CC0 license)

Ocean Descent, Danger Ball, The Luge, Resident Evil Biohazard and Batman Arkham are just some of the games and experiences available.

More VR games coming soon! Got a game to suggest? Let us know at askqut@qut.edu.au or tweet to @qutlibrary

Melbourne Cup Fashion

2013 Myer Fashions on the Field by Chris Phutully available at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/ File:2013_Myer_Fashions_on_the_ Field _(10705478733).jpg (CC BY 2.0)

 

Celebrate the Melbourne Cup in style on Tuesday 7th November 2017…

Whether you’re studying or interested in fashion, QUT Library has a large number of resources on fashion from which you can draw inspiration.

For more information, check out this library subject guide on fashion.

view databases in the Creative Industries study area – fashion

  • WGSN (Worth Global Style Network)
    A very visual, glossy database for trends and forecasting in fashion. WGSN Insight helps the creative thinkers in fashion stay ahead.
  • Vogue Archive (via ProQuest)
    A complete archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high resolution colour page images.

search for books and ebooks in qut library

find online videos and dvds via the library

Games in the Library

International Games Week is coming up and QUT Library is on board! We are setting up play dates at three of our campus libraries which will include a large variety of board games, including Monopoly, Twister and Yahtzee, old school Nintendo and new school Oculus Rift.

Not only are games super fun they also allow you to give your mind a break from all the intense study you are sure to be doing at the moment. By taking a 5-10 minute break you can recharge your brain plus gain glory by being the ultimate twister champion!

Here are all the details you need to know to get your game on –

Tuesday 31st October, 10am – 12pm

  • Gardens Point Library, V Block, Level 3 Activity Room

Wednesday 1st November, 12-2pm

  • Law Library at Gardens Point, C Block, Level 5 Industrial Moot Court (C507)

Friday 3rd November, 12-2pm

  • Kelvin Grove Library, R Block, Level 4 Games Lab

Remember, playing games is not only good for your soul but good for your brain! We hope to see you there and wish all you gamers a GG!