Summer Series One – Movies & TV

Movies on the beach anyone? 'Sunbathing?' by  david reid (CC BY 2.0)

Movies on the beach anyone?
‘Sunbathing?’ by david reid (CC BY 2.0)

Welcome to the first post in our Summer Series highlighting the fun and frivolous offerings of the QUT Library for you to utilise this summer!

Summer and catching up on movies you’ve missed throughout the year or finally getting around to seeing some classics from your ‘one day’ list go hand-in-hand. So come on in (in person or online) and check out the QUT Library’s extensive movie collection.

Browse the movie collection in person at Kelvin Grove Level  4 at call number range 791.43 or search for a particular film you’re after in the Catalogue or in Quickfind.

New titles of 2014 releases include The secret life of Walter Mitty; The Railway man; and Kill your darlings. As well as the DVDs, many titles are streamed online  so you don’t even have to leave home! These streaming films are available to all staff and students.

If you’re not sure where to start or what to watch – how about a summer themed classic such as GreaseJaws; Endless Summer; or Dirty Dancing?

In addition to feature films, the QUT Library also has TV series for loan. TV Marathon here you come! Recent award winning series such as Game of Thrones; True Detective and House of Cards can be found alongside classics such as the The Sopranos and Buffy on the shelves of Level 4, Kelvin Grove Library.  As well as shows for the grown-ups, the Library also has Children’s Television Programs for loan as well.

And remember, if you can’t get to Kelvin Grove campus where most of these are located, you can place a Hold and get items sent to your home campus at Caboolture or Gardens Point to pick up there!

Let us know your favourite Summer-themed movie in the comments below!

Summer Library lovin’

'Dead Sea, man reading' by  Arian Zwegers (CC BY 2.0)

‘Dead Sea, man reading’ by Arian Zwegers (CC BY 2.0)

End of Semester has officially arrived – huzzah! Of course  Summer Semester has begun so whether you’re studying through the coming months, or have easy days stretching before you, the QUT Library is here for you.

  •  Throughout Summer Semester (17 November to 20 February) the staff on the QUT Library Helpdesks will be available to help you with all your researching and study inquiries – check each Branch for specific dates and Summer Semester times.
  • Staff and HDR Students, your Liaison Librarians can also be contacted for assistance over the Summer months.

Now apart for the obvious selling point of coming  into the Library over Summer – hello air-con – we also have lots to offer in the way of downtime and relaxation as well as our usual student study and research support. Perhaps you have been so focused on your coursework this Semester/year that the existence of these fun and frivolous library offerings may surprise you?! Over the coming weeks we’ll be blogging a ‘Summer series’ about these,perhaps unexpected, offerings of the QUT Library for you to enjoy so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does it mean to be human – and other simple questions

'Rodin's Thinker' by  Steven Fettig (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

‘Rodin’s Thinker’ by Steven Fettig (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The third Thursday of November each year is World Philosophy Day. Begun by UNESCO in 2005 to underline the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, World Philosophy Day 2014 falls on Thursday 20 November.

Philosophy as a discipline is concerned with reason and logic in an attempt to understand reality and answer fundamental questions about knowledge, life, morality and human nature. The ancient Greeks, who were among the first to practice philosophy, coined the term, which means “love of wisdom.” These Ancient philosophers established two main types of reasoning to test the validity of their observations and construct rational arguments: inductive and deductive reasoning. Though flawed, both inductive and deductive reasoning provide the basic framework for the kind of logical analysis that drives scientific research and discovery.

Here are some QUT Library resources to start you on your way (journey?) to intellectual philosopher:

Philosophy : a beginner’s guide / Peter Cave. A perfect introduction for aspiring sages everywhere that’s definitely not a dry textbook.

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into values / by Robert M. Pirsig. A narrative of a father and son on a summer motorcycle trip across America’s Northwest becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life’s fundamental questions.

The A to Z of Descartes and Cartesian Philosophy [electronic resource] / Roger Ariew. Descartes lived from 1596 to 1650, and today he is referred to as “the Father of Modern Philosophy.”

Philosophy: A guide to happiness [DVD] In this engaging and informative six part series, popular English philosopher Alain de Botton looks for modern-day applications of the theories and teachings of famous thinkers from various eras, finding practical advice on universal human problems, inadequacies and emotional conditions.

So if you’re up to the task of mulling over a few simple questions – such as what is the meaning and purpose of life? – then Thursday November 20th is the day to begin philosophising.

Happy GIS Day!

WE can't promise that they'll be cake as GIS Day celebrations. 'Globe Cake' by mary (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

We can’t promise that there will be cake at GIS Day celebrations. ‘Globe Cake’ by mary (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

November 19 is the worldwide celebration of GIS Day, the annual celebration of geospatial technology and its power to transform and better our lives. Come along and be a part of the festivities by attending Brisbane GIS Day at QUT Gardens Point Campus. http://www.gisday.com.au/event/program/

An exciting program includes plenty of ‘spatial’ opportunities to trial Google Glass and other wearable devices.

QUT Library’s own Spatial DataFinder makes it easy for researchers to find and access information about spatial research datasets.  Records published in Spatial Data Finder are also published in Research Data Australia (RDA) which is the national registry of research datasets.

QUT Library has partnered with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) on their Major Open Data Collections (MODC) initiative. The QUT/ANDS project aims to identify research datasets with spatial or geo-referencing information and provide descriptions of the data to the research community via QUT’s data registry, Spatial Data Finder. This project aligns with the open data initiatives of QUT and the Queensland Government, a project partner.

Gavin Winter demonstrated The Cube Globe at QUT's Gardens Point campus. Photo courtesy of QUT Media

Gavin Winter demonstrated The Cube Globe at QUT’s Gardens Point campus. Photo courtesy of QUT Media

The project team, consisting of Colin Eustace (Project Manager) and Jodie Vaughan (Research Data Librarian), has been working with researchers in the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) to identify and describe spatial and geospatial datasets created by QUT, as well as representatives from various Queensland Government departments, including the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.

Mobrarians!

Photo courtesy of QUT Library

Photo courtesy of QUT Library

November is also Movember – the month dedicated to raising awareness and funds for men’s health issues, in particular prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. This year, as part of #QUTMovember, QUT Library has temporary photo booths installed at Law, Caboolture and Kelvin Grove branch Libraries.

There, the Library staff have been busy showcasing their (predominately) fake mustaches.

movember 5

Photo courtesy of QUT Library

Photo courtesy of QUT Library

Photo courtesy of QUT Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until the end of November, you too can drop in and be involved in some Movember fun in front of the #QUTMovember wall. Props provided or BYO mustache (or work-in-progress mustache!)

Grammar speed dating

Kommas retten Leben! (Commas save lives!) by  Peter Ihlenfeld  (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Kommas retten Leben! (Commas save lives!) by Peter Ihlenfeld (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

What if I told you that you could learn basic English grammar rules in just 6 minutes?

Freely available podcasts, available each week to download from the BBC, tackle a fundamental aspect of English Grammar and dismantle, demystify, give examples and even test you – all in 6 minutes. English Grammar is certainly not easy but these help to demystify adverbs, differentiate past, present and continuous tense and look at the subtle difference between ‘must’ and ‘have to’.

QUT Library also has numerous resources on the topics of grammar and punctuation. These are a selection of our resources that make the topic a little easier to digest in an easy-to-read, simple, jaunty way!

Eats, shoots and leaves / Lynne Truss.  This book isn’t about the eating habits of pandas, but rather a lighthearted look at the importance and rules regarding grammar and punctuation. The title is derived from a (bad?) joke about bad punctuation:

A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons.

“Why?” asks the confused, surviving waiter amidst the carnage, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

“Well, I’m a panda,” he says. “Look it up.”

The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. “Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.

Grammar Girl presents the ultimate writing guide for students / Mignon Fogarty       Grammar GIrl (aka Mignon Fogarty) has won multiple awards for her free podcasts on all things grammar, language, writing and punctuation Some of her most popular topics include: Affect versus effect; I.e versus E.g and Fish or Fishes?

The briefest punctuation guide ever! / Ruth Colman. Not sure when you should start a new sentence? Or whether a comma should go before or after a word? Or if you should use an apostrophe or not?This guide answers all the basics in only 43 pages.

Perhaps getting ‘grammar savvy’ isn’t as time consuming as you thought?

 

 

 

Novelember

'Writing = Breathing' by Joe Flood (CC BY-ND 2.0)

‘Writing = Breathing’ by Joe Flood (CC BY-ND 2.0)

November is many things. In addition to Movember, Melbourne cup, end of semester (woot!) and start-christmas-shopping month it is also National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought, even fleetingly, about writing a novel.

NaNoWriMo was established in 1999 in San Francisco. It is also a  nonprofit that believes stories matter and its aim is to get would-be writers writing. It’s first year, 1999, had 21 participants. This year, it is expected that 4000,000 participants from across 6 continents will take part. Last year 667 Brisbane would be wordsmiths were involved in NaNoWriMo reaching an average word count of 26, 575 each.

Your challenge, if you choose to accept, is to pen 50,000 words of your great literary work in the 30 days of November. If that seems just a tad too ambitious, why not just get started and see where it ends up?

Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus,  Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder

Sign up here and get started on your soon to be best-selling (or at least critically acclaimed) prose.

And if you’re looking for a quiet place to write then the new individual cubes on Level 6 Silent Zone of the QUT Library at Gardens Point are now open and can be booked here.