Shaun the Sheep – baack in the Library!

Have you seen Shaun the Sheep? He’s woolly, wily and awfully cute – and you can find him in the Library!

Animation Subject Guide

Animation Subject Guide

Shaun the Sheep is now one of the most successful animated characters ever. He’s wildly popular not only in English-speaking countries, but also in Japan, China, Indonesia and the Middle East. A recent exhibition in Tokyo attracted 30,000 visitors in only five days!

Little Shaun has actually outshone the much beloved Wallace and Gromit, also a product of Aardman Animation. (You can find out all about Aardman here.)

And if you’re interested in animation, our Animation Subject Guide is a great place to begin your investigations!

Poppies for the Anzacs

Tower of London Poppies

‘Tower of London Poppies’ By Mark Skarratts (CC BY 2.0)

Poppies at the Tower

‘Poppies at the Tower’ By Amanda Slater (CC BY-SA- 2.0)

888,246 ceramic poppies spilling into the moat of the Tower of London, each representing a British or colonial death during the First World War. (And remember, this is only one side of the conflict!) The installation is called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. It’s both beautiful and heartbreaking.

Anzac Day, 25th April, is the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand soldiers during the First World War. With the centenary of the landing at Anzac Cove (on the Gallipoli Peninsular in Turkey) coming up, here in QUT Library we’ve been crocheting, knitting and sewing poppy flowers. All the nimble-fingered have contributed – Library and Faculty colleagues, family and friends. Here’s the amazing result – more than one thousand beautiful poppies!

ANZAC poppy display in the Library

Library foyer, Kelvin Grove

ANZAC poppy display in the Library

Library entrance, Kelvin Grove

 

ANZAC poppy display in the Library

Library foyer, Kelvin Grove

ANZAC poppy display in the Library

Curriculum collection, Level 4, Kelvin Grove Library

 

To find out about more the Anzacs and the way their sacrifice is commemorated in Australia and New Zealand, click any of these –

 

 

Study Hacks in the Library!

Hack (noun), a clever solution to a tricky problem

Study Hacks

  • What’s the best piece of study advice you’ve ever received?
  • What do you wish someone had told you when you first started uni?
  • What are your study hacks?

Over the past few weeks, QUT students answered these questions and have shared many clever solutions to tricky study problems. You can see these online and around campus during semester.  The latest pop-up will be at the Law Library on Level 5 from Week 7.

Don’t forget that there are many services who can assist with study and assignments at QUT, including:

  • Study Solutions: one-on-one help with your study skills and assignments
  • ALLS: develop your English language skills, understand your assessment task, and improve your reading, writing and speaking.
  • STIMulate: get assistance with skills in maths, science and IT

A full list of all tools, resources and people who can support your learning is here.

Australian Fashion Week

Image: IMG_3268 CC BY-SA Rosevita

Image: IMG_3268 CC BY-SA Rosevita

April 12th-16th is Australian Fashion Week. You may be thinking – what does the library have to do with fashion? And the short answer is… a lot! Here at QUT Library we have a large number of resources for students who are studying or are interested in fashion. Our Creative Industries librarians have done their best to find some of the most up-to-date and relevant information for students to use just check out this subject guide.

Databases
University of Fashion – This database is an online collection of fashion videos perfect for the beginner designer. Be quick! This a trial database and our subscription expires on the 31st May, 2015.
The Vogue Archive – If you are a fan of this iconic fashion magazine make sure to have a look at this database dating back to the first issue in 1892.

Books
Swatch reference guide to fashion fabrics / Deborah Young – This textbook even comes with fabric samples!
World clothing and fashion : an encyclopedia of history, culture, and social influence / Mary Ellen Snodgrass – If you want a nice concise background to clothing and fashion, look no further than this two volume set.

DVDs
The Devil Wears Prada [videorecording] – Meryl Streep as a quasi-Anna Wintour. Enough said.
A Savage Life in Fashion [videorecording] – Interviews with Percy Savage.

E-books
Indian fashion : tradition, innovation, style [electronic resource] / Arti Sandhu – A look inside the history of Indian fashion.
Fashion in the Time of William Shakespeare [electronic resource] / Sarah Jane Downing – Take a look and see what kind of fashion was around in Shakespeare’s time!

National Youth Week!

Are you young or young at heart?

This year’s National Youth Week runs from April 10-19 and there are a bunch of great events happening around Queensland.

Here in the Library, we’ve got heaps of resources to help you bring out your inner child:

Hire a console from the Help Desk and bring some friends to the Games Lab this Youth Week!

  • Hire out a Wii, Xbox One, Xbox 360 or PS3 and play in our Games Lab
  • Our social media resources have some great tips for using social media proactively in your studies
  • QUT Library has a new Facebook page – head on over and give it a ‘like’ for study tips, workshop news and other useful Library tips!
  • Check out the Curriculum Collection on level 4 at Kelvin Grove – we’ve got puppets, books, maps, puzzles and other fun and games for children of all ages

So, if playing with a puppet, doing a workout with a Wii or Farmvilling on Facebook is your thing, take a break from your study and see what else the Library has to offer this Youth Week!

Study Spaces: Tips and Tricks!

KG Library silent study zone. Level 6.

KG Library silent study zone. Level 6.

Trying to find a place to study in the Library can be a bit tricky during semester, especially when assignments are due! Luckily we’ve put together some handy tips for you to use while in the Library.

  1. Have you booked a study room? – You can book a study room through the Library homepage. These can fill-up pretty quickly so if you know you are going to need a place to meet with your group, book well in advance!
  2. Use a training room – The Library has some training rooms used for teaching and learning, these are all equipped with computers and internet access. You can check the room bookings near the door and if they are not being used you can go in.
  3. Silent study – If you would like a silent space to do individual work, head up to the top floors of the Kelvin Grove (level 5 and 6) or Gardens Point (level 6 or 7) Library.
  4. Researchers’ Centre – On level 6 of Kelvin Grove and level 7 of Gardens Point there is a study space for postgraduate students called the Researchers’ Centre. If you are eligible to apply for access, come to the Library Helpdesk and ask for further information.
  5. Curriculum Collection collaborative study zone – For those students at Kelvin Grove, the collaborative study zone in the Curriculum Collection on level 4 of the library has large, open spaces perfect for group work.

Where is your favourite area to study at QUT Library? Let us know in the comments!