Remembrance Day

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Benalla War Memorial CC BY 2.0

Today is Remembrance Day, also known as Armistice Day. At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, we pause for a moment’s silence to remember those who have suffered and died in war.

There are very few of us whose lives have not been affected in some way by the wars of the 20th and 21st century. Either in this generation or an earlier one, there will be an event which has had consequences for you as an individual. It could have been your ancestor’s death or injury in battle, but it could equally well be related to mental and emotional trauma, forced displacement or emigration. One way or another, war and its consequences have probably shaped your life.

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Ari Burnu Cemetery overlooking ANZAC Cove [Denise Frost]

A few weeks ago, I visited Gallipoli  with my husband, who was keen to visit the grave of his great-uncle George. Dawn over the Dardenelles was beautiful. What awaited us was beautiful too – but in a profoundly heartbreaking way.

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Grave of George William Rose, Aged 19 [Denise Frost]

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission does a magnificent job of maintaining military cemeteries around the world, and Gallipoli is no exception. The WW1 Pictorial Honour Roll of Queenslanders gave us all the information we needed about George Rose, including the grave location in Ari Burnu Cemetery, a photograph and a physical description. George William Rose was 5″9′, with a fair complexion and gray eyes. He was a country boy, so he joined the 5th Light Horse.

George arrived with the reinforcements in November 1915. He lasted just nine days. He really was only nineteen, just like the song says.

In 1934, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk wrote a tribute to the Anzacs killed at Gallipoli:

Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives… You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours… You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.

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Memorial list of the dead in a Turkish mass grave. [Denise Frost]

Yes, these are deeply moving words, but consider them in context….

The casualties were appalling – hardly surprising when you look at the hilly terrain and the almost impenetrable scrub. Furthermore, the total of 8,709 Australian deaths does not include the dreadful toll taken by diseases like typhoid and dysentery.

Turkish losses, on the other hand, are almost beyond comprehension. Estimates are close to 70,000, with some sources saying over 200,000 when illness is included. The Turkish dead were buried in mass graves, marked only by endless lists of names.

On Remembrance Day, we should remember them all, allies and enemies in so many armed conflicts – and the families they left behind.

 

 

 

 

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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.

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Sibling rivalry in riotous rhyme!

Book cover and puppets

National Simultaneous Storytime book for 2015: The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey

Blog post by Education students, Catherine Ayres and Jessica MacLeod.

Last Wednesday, QUT Kelvin Grove Library held a National Simultaneous Storytime event with enthusiastic attendance from forty children (aged from three to five!) belonging to C&K, Herston Road and C&K, School Street. National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign held nationwide to encourage reading and literacy, with children coming together to listen to an Australian storybook … simultaneously!

Students reading to the children

Student volunteers, Catherine and Aaron – no, not Aaron Blabey, a different Aaron!

The book chosen this year was The Brothers Quibble written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey, a rhyming riot of sibling rivalry which was well received by all our guests. There were lots of giggles!

Children doing activities

Everyone’s involved!

Eighteen student volunteers from the Education Faculty helped the librarians run the day’s program, which involved reading the book at 11am (with the rest of Australia!), discussing it as a group and then breaking off into various activities within the Curriculum Collection (4th floor).

Aside from creating paper crowns, the children coloured in images which were run through an augmented reality app (Quiver –  3D Coloring App). This was a really big hit with young and old alike!. The children could also read other books written by Aaron Blabey or dress up in fun costumes. Although energy levels were depleted by the fun and games, nutritious snacks were provided before the children and their

child reading book

Is there a happy ending?

‘grown up’ supervisors made their journey back to Kindergarten.
It’s debatable who had more fun – the volunteers, the librarians, or the students – but whatever the answer, everyone agrees it was a rousing success, and we cannot wait to have them back in the Library soon!

Many thanks to Education students, Catherine Ayres and Jessica MacLeod, who wrote this post for us.

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

 

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