National Simultaneous Storytime

Today is National Simultaneous Storytime! It is the part of Library and Information week and promotes reading and enjoying books to young Australians. Every year a picture book is chosen from an Australian author and illustrator and read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centers, homes, bookshops and wherever else anyone can around the country!NSS2016-Web-Heading

This fun and exciting event encourages the value of reading and literacy. It addresses key areas of learning from the National Curriculum for Grades 1 – 6 and the pre-school Early Learning Years Framework. It is a great opportunity to get together and share the joys of books and reading.

I-Got-This-Hat-cover-imageThis year’s National Simultaneous Storytime book is I Got This Hat by Jol and Kate Temple, illustrated by Jon Foye. Around the country at 11am the story will be told simultaneously for all to enjoy. Even if you can’t make it by 11am or to a Storytime in person, have no fear for everyone can enjoy National Simultaneous Storytime.  It doesn’t matter whether you are at home, school, a public library or even a university student,  you can watch the video of I Got This Hat!

And to top it all off (literally!) why not wear a fun hat or make your own pirate hat to show your enthusiasm and support for National Simultaneous Storytime?

Library and Information Week –10 things you never knew you could find in a library

Today is the start of Library and Information Week. It is a chance for us all to look back on our own experiences with libraries, be that at university, school or a public library, and see what they have done for us. Today we want to look at some of the #fabulousfinds you can discover at libraries.

I can almost guarantee that nearly everyone has had contact with some form of a library within their life and aren’t they just the most amazing things?! Libraries and librarians are the keepers of information. And with such an abundance of information these days it is no wonder that libraries can hold some pretty strange and wonderful things. We want to know what #fabulousfinds you have discovered within libraries!

Amazing things can be found in the depth of libraries collections. QUT’s own library has some #fabulousfinds of its own. Have you discovered these?

Borrow Jen Campbell's Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops from QUT Library.

Borrow Jen Campbell’s Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops from QUT Library.

 

  1. Did you know QUT has access to Marie Claire magazine? Talk about FABULOUS!
  2. The Cilento Gift holds some great books, memorabilia, posters, furniture and original scripts from the late actress Diane Cilento and her husband playwright Anthony Shaffer. Definitely a #fabulousfinds
  3. Why not discover some weird and kooky facts in Weird-o-pedia?
  4. Up for some laughs? Have a look at the eBook, Weird Things People Say in Bookstores.
  5. Brougham Reports are a unique collection of charity reports from England. Available in the Gardens Point Library on level 7, they are the only copy in the world that you can look at, how fabulous is that?!

We need just a few more things to get our list up to 10. So don’t forget we want to hear about your own experiences with libraries and what #fabulousfinds you have made! Let us know using #fabulousfinds and #QUTlibrary and help us finish our list of 10 things you never knew you could find in a library.

For more #fabulousfinds, why not search our curriculum collection or look at some of our other special collections at QUT library.

Happy Library and Information Week!

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Lost or stolen items in the library

Kelvin Grove Library, Level 2.

Kelvin Grove Library, Level 2.

We are always sad to hear when theft occurs in the library and do you know the best thing to do to ensure this doesn’t happen to you? Keep an eye on your stuff! Don’t leave your bag, laptop, or books on tables unattended. If you need to go somewhere for lunch or even to the bathroom make sure you take your belongings with you or ask a trusted study-buddy to stay and mind your things.

If you think something has been stolen you will need to report it to campus Security. They can file a report and any information you give them creates a record to help track repeat offenders and prevent future thefts.

If you’ve lost something (or found something) visit the library Helpdesk and see the librarians. We hold lost property for the day before we send it over to the Student Centre for safe-keeping. You can also log an online form to report your missing item. It is always recommended to go to the Student Centre to make sure the item hasn’t been handed in there.

So please keep an eye on your stuff, be vigilant – if you see something that isn’t quite right then let a staff member know. Also remember we are obliged to report unattended bags to security so take your things with you when you leave – it also frees up study spaces for other students!

Time for exam preparation!

study with laptopWe’re now approaching Week 11 of semester and if you haven’t yet started your exam preparation, here are some tips to get you cracking!

  • Gather information about your exams. Keep this information within reach such as in a calendar on your phone. What are the dates and times? Which campus and rooms? What are you allowed to bring into the exam room?
  • Block out time in your schedule for exam preparation to avoid last minute panics.
  • Gather and organise your study notes. Check your unit outlines, lecture topics and unit objectives for the main topics. Organise your notes into main topics and sub-topics. Summarise.
  • Go to last lectures for any exam hints!
  • Study actively – re-write main points in your own words; mind map key concepts; do revision questions from your textbook or go over tutorial exercises.
  • Turn off social media notifications during exam study time. You can check them in your breaks.

Need somewhere to study? Gardens Point library will have extended opening hours for Semester 1 exam period.

From 3 June 2016 to 24 June 2016 the library will be open:

  • Monday – Friday: 7am-2am
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9am-2am.

QUT students and staff will have extended access to all Gardens Point library study spaces and collections. Further information is on the library website.

Mother’s Day

Don’t forget this Sunday 8th of May is Mother’s Day!

QUT Library has some fantastic resources for you to help celebrate the special lady in your life. If you want to sit-back for a lazy Sunday, why not watch a movie using some of the streaming services we subscribe to?

Kanopy offers both feature films and popular television series. Informit Edu TV features off-air recordings of movies and television programs from the major TV networks. It helps to think about these services like YouTube or Netflix, just search for what you want to watch and away you go!

So, what is your go-to movie for Mother’s day? I’ve posted a few suggestions below to get you started!

The Imitation Game
Ex Machina
Bridesmaids
The Dressmaker