Free Library membership for Queensland teachers

QUT Library is now offering free Library membership for all Queensland teachers! I took a tour of the Curriculum Collection at QUT Kelvin Grove to get a taste of what’s on offer.

I soon discovered there’s a lot more to the Curriculum Collection than meets the eye! There’s a whole row of maps and charts on a range of topics as well as the newest editions of a range of textbooks. I had great fun browsing through the shelves and checking out what was inside!

In one box, I found this giant pair of dice! I’m sure they would make learning maths lots of fun. I also found a section full of puppets. They were so cute! As I wandered through the collection past some shelves full of musical instruments, I found the fiction books – there were a whole range of texts suitable for all ages and reading abilities on offer. It wasn’t just print books and novels but plays, TV shows, audio books and more.A model of an ear found in the Curriculum CollectionAll of these resources and more are now available for Queensland teachers to borrow for free! During the semester, the Library is open until 10pm Monday – Thursday, 9pm on Fridays and from 9am – 5pm over the weekend so there’s plenty of time to come down for a browse.

Cooking for Copyright

On the 31st of July librarians around Australia are doing something naughty… we are doing something against the law….we are going to bake!

What does baking have to do with copyright?

FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources), an initiative from the Australian Library and Information Association, are pushing for copyright reform in Australia to ensure that everyone has access to the rich history of unpublished work which is currently collecting dust in boxes.

In Australia, copyright is limited to 70 years after the death of the creator of a published work, but for unpublished work copyright lasts forever. FAIR is pushing for the same copyright laws to exist for published work and unpublished work.

So what are unpublished works? Unpublished works can include diaries, letters, records, and recipes. Librarians from around Australia have found some unpublished recipes which are technically not allowed to be shared under current copyright law and popped them on the FAIR website for everyone to use. Their goal is to create a social media frenzy so that those who have the responsibility of enacting copyright reform can hear the public voice.

If you would like to participate on Cooking for Copyright Day on the 31st July why don’t you get a bunch of friends together and try out some of these recipes? You can post pictures to the Cooking for Copyright Facebook page as well as using the hashtag #cookingforcopyright.

QUT Open Day

Do you see yourself studying at QUT in the future? Would you like to chat with students and staff about what study is like at QUT? Why not come to our Open Day on Sunday 26 July from 9am–3pm at our Gardens Point campus?

 

Open Day is a chance for you to explore what life is like on campus as well as find out more information about the course you are thinking about studying. If you have a burning question about enrolment, study areas, support services, or student clubs, all your answers will be here!

 

Download the online planner to start personalising your schedule for Open Day and don’t forget to use the hashtag #QUTOpenDay on social media.

 

Mythbuster Series: Shhhhhhh!

Myth #1: You can’t talk in the library.

Not-A-Librarian: “You must love telling people to be quiet all the time.”

Please Keep Quiet in the Library By Enokson (CC BY 2.0)

Librarian: “Only when people ask that question.”

Contrary to popular belief librarians don’t revel in shushing people all day. The days of the library being a silent place of study are long-gone and librarians are embracing the community spirit. We like to think of the library as a place where students can not only do individual silent study but come to work on assignments or study with peers.

To help facilitate your collaborative study needs we have group study rooms available for you to book in advance. If you need to blow off some steam after an exam or assignment, why not get a group of friends together and play some games in the Games Lab. Students are free to talk to their peers on each level of the library – except those areas that are marked for silent study (the top two floors of Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Libraries).

So remember, the library doesn’t need to be the kind of place you can hear a pin-drop but be mindful of your fellow students and keep noise to a respectful minimum (or we’ll have to shush you!).

Journal Impact Factors

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The 2014 Journal Impact Factors (JIFs) have arrived from Thomson Reuters. You can find them right now in Journal Citation Reports (JCR). A JIF for a journal for a given year measures the overall number of citations of articles published in that journal in the two previous years, and divides them by the number of citable items of that journal for those two years.

Example: JIF= (2011 citations to 2010+2009 articles)/(no. of “citable” articles published in 2009+2010)

Highlights in JCR this year:

  • 272 new journals have received their first Impact Factor.
  • 53% of journals will receive an increase in their Impact Factor.
  • 39 titles have been suppressed, either for high rates of self-citation or ‘citation stacking’. (Suppression from the JCR lasts one year and requires reevaluation before a journal is relisted.)
  • 11,149 journals are ranked. Australian journals make up a small percentage of that number.

What’s new?

While editors and researchers are very much interested in the Journal Impact Factors (JIFs), there is a new complementary calculation so that journals can be compared within and between subject disciplines.

The JIF Percentile translates a journal’s category rank into a percentile. For example, a journal that is ranked 19 out of 291 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology journals would receive a JIF Percentile score of 0.94. * JIF Percentile is calculated as (n – r + .5)/n where n = number of journals in the category and r = descending rank of the journal within that category.

More information?