Easter opening hours

All QUT branch libraries will be closed on Friday, 29 March (Good Friday).

Caboolture library will remain closed, opening again on Tuesday 2 April. See below for holiday hours for Kelvin Grove, Gardens Point and Law branch libraries.

Working in teams – tips for success

So it’s that time of semester when a lot of us are completing group assignments.

In good teams we can produce better results than when we work alone. Teamwork is a reality of the workplace and we use our group assignments at uni to help us build and improve our skills in collaboration and negotiation.

So why is the process so painful sometimes? The most common problems that occur in team assignments include:

  • Personality clashes
  • One person doing all the work
  • Misunderstandings about responsibilities
  • A perceived or real lack of commitment in some group members

To give your group the best possible chance at success, try the following process –

  • Introduce yourselves – take the time to talk about your skills, assign roles and duties to each group member, and swap contact details.
  • Meet ASAP – meet regularly and set an agenda. Record the minutes and actions, and make sure all group members acknowledge and agree to timelines.

You can download meeting agenda and minutes templates from Studywell > Working in Teams

  • Set ground rules – agree on and set expectations for attendance, confidentiality of group information, consideration of group members, amount of effort to be given to the assignment and timelines for completion.
  • Analyse the task – ensure all group members are clear about the assignment task and divide duties according to each group member’s strengths.  Set deadlines, and review the group’s progress at each meeting – this helps to avoid last minute panic.
  • Assign roles – each team member can take on a variety of functional roles such as – coordinator (keeps track of the project); initiator (suggests new ideas and plans); information seeker (performs research); goal setter (evaluates and set targets for the group); evaluator (critically analyses the assignment); planner (organises schedules); finisher (edits and proofreads).
  • Create strategies for dealing with problems – agree on how decisions will be made (e.g. consensus, majority, compromise). Consider the perspectives and personal situations of all team members and record any decisions, actions and incidents in your meeting minutes. Finally, consult with your tutor or lecturer if your group cannot resolve the problem.

Remember that proactive people + planned process = successful team!

Find out more about working in teams on Studywell  > Working in Teams

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Making sustainable choices with electronics

(by Insa) Do you have a mobile phone, e-book reader, computer or television? How often do you replace them? And what do you do with them when it’s time to upgrade?
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A literature review in this article reported that the environmental impact of a single e-reader (including the use of minerals, water and fossil fuels) is about the same as 50 books. The article also found that at present the average e-reader is used less than two years before it is replaced.

So get reading – and make your e-reader break even – by reading some of the 500,00+ e-books currently available through the library!

When it is time to upgrade your e-reader/computer/printer/mobile phone make sure that it doesn’t end up in landfill and leach harmful toxins like mercury and lead into the soil and water supply – recycle it! You can drop e-waste off for free at a number of drop-off points. You can recycle old mobile phones (all makes and models) – and thereby help save gorilla habitat – by taking them to a mobile muster drop-off point or downloading a reply paid label and posting them in.

Want more info about e-waste? Watch The Story of Electronics

Image: Old mobile phones at a market. (Matthijs /Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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Study Skills Expo – Tuesday 12 March at KG Library

Come along – get what you want – find what you need.

  • Starting your first assignment?
  • Have to do group work?
  • Need to give a presentation?

This Expo will help! Come and get great tips and ideas for managing your life and study.

Visit all the stalls and exhibits to find out more about using QUT technologies, managing your finances, writing, researching and being organised. There will also be mini seminars on giving powerful presentations, working in groups, note taking and assignment writing.

Date: Tuesday 12 March
Time: 10am – 2pm
Venue: Kelvin Grove Library, R block, level 3

This Expo is all about you and what you need to succeed! Don’t miss it!

Light lunch will be available and register on arrival to go into the running to win a prize.
Lucky door prize Terms & Conditions.

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Book your Study Solutions appointment now

Come and get individual assistance with your academic study, researching and writing.

Appointments are 25mins, free and available at the Library on every campus. Bring your assignment topic, project task or study challenge and our staff will work with you to help you get it right.

You can book appointments  every semester from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday – or – just drop in between 6pm and 8pm Tuesdays to Thursdays. The service runs right through to exams!

BOOK NOW to:

  • Write more effectively
  • Analyse your assessment tasks
  • Manage your time better
  • Find the best info for your assignments
  • Reference and cite well
  • Organise your group
  • Prepare for exams
  • … or simply to improve everything!

Please note:

Editing and proofreading: We will not edit or proofread your assignments. We will help you to improve your writing and provide guidance on how to proofread your own work.

International College students: For students undertaking academic pathways programs, QUTIC Language and Learning Services provides 1-1 consultations so it is important that you see a QUTIC Language and Learning Adviser about your assignments.

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Find Deborah Mailman at the Library

Since graduating from QUT’s Academy of Arts in 1992, drama major Deborah Mailman has long been one of Australia’s most recognisable and favourite actresses with roles ranging from dramatic to comedic across TV, film and theatre. She is also a gifted writer and producer, and inspirational role-model for young indigenous Australians.

Over the years she has also racked up several prestigious awards, including this year’s Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress for her role as Bonita Mabo in Mabo, which can be found in the QUT Library collection. In 1998 she won the Best Actress AFI award for her role as Nona in the acclaimed film Radiance, and in 1999 she was the winner of QUT’s Faculty of Arts and Professional Excellence Award for outstanding contribution to acting. She has been nominated for and won several more awards including AFIs for Best Supporting Actress in Bran Nue Dae and Offspring, Logies for her role in The Secret Life of Us, and was named NAIDOC Person of the Year at the Deadly Awards in 2003.

And they say you’ve made it once you’re on PlaySchool! Deborah could also be found on TV screens earlier in the decade as a presenter on the popular kids show between 1998 and 2001. More recent roles have included that of Cherie in Offspring, and as soul-singer sister Gail in The Sapphires. Discover these, plus much, much more of Deborah Mailman in the QUT Library collection.

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New database – Artfilms Digital

QUT now has access to Artfilms Digital which includes documentaries about art, feature films, archival footage, workshop films covering teaching techniques and methods, and portrait films and interviews which bring conversations with artists and creators to life.

Access Artfilms Digital via the Library website at http://libguides.library.qut.edu.au/databases/artfilms

All the videos can be viewed on iPhone, iPad and Android devices. So if you want to watch a bit of Bollywood, a delicious dance video, view Japanese architecture in Kochuu or even how to create low-budget SFX then this is the resource to use.