International Cat Day

For some of us, International Cat Day is the most important day of observance in the calendar. Okay, religious observances, birthdays, anniversaries and other important milestones may trump it, but it’s still important. Just like the millions of cat videos that are streamed daily on millions of devices the world over. The world would be a sadder place without them 😹 

International Cat Day was started in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare which works to rescue individual animals, safeguard populations, preserve habitat, and advocate for greater protections. Interestingly, they did not start National Dog Day (26 August – look out for a blog post about that one closer to the time 😊) 

Those furry felines who have captured our hearts and attention are very popular in library land, with a large majority of library staff caring for these purring bundles of joy (can you tell I’m a cat lover 😻). Some libraries even have a library cat (we can’t have one at QUT Library, I’ve checked 😿) which many of the patrons look forward to seeing on their library visits.  

While we can’t have a living, breathing fuzzy feline friend here at QUT Libraries, we do have an excellent art exhibit which lives on level 7 at Gardens Point Library.

GP cats

We also have resources (videos, books, audiobooks, journals, articles, plus more) related to and about cats as well. Check it out today 

 Here are some of the cute cats your QUT Library staff share their homes with.  

black and white cat in a black and white cat tent

Immerse Yourself

Immerse yourself in another worldSome of our fabulous QUT Library Staff will be showcasing our new Virtual Reality hardware (Oculus Quest headset) and the Faculty of Education’s new 3D Printers. The three printers will be set up and working in the Course Reserve area at Kelvin Grove Library, and there will be activities for students and staff to explore. We will also have Augmented Reality activities and other VR hardware and software for people to try.

The Course Reserve area is on level 2 between R block (Library) and E block (Education precinct).  

So why don’t you escape from the real world and completely immerse yourself into another. Explore the wonders of 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, 360 Video, and Augmented Reality.

Join us and discover the endless possibilities with these innovative technologies.

ResBaz Brisbane 2019

ResBaz - Research Bazaar

“The Research Bazaar is a worldwide skill and community-building festival promoting the essential digital skills researchers need to perform modern research…The aim of the event is to equip researchers from all career stages and disciplines with the digital skills and tools required to do their research better, faster, and smarter.” https://resbaz.github.io/resbaz2019/brisbane/

There will be workshops on software carpentry using R and Python; Board games including Copyright the card game and the Publishing Trap (great for early career researchers); data visualization and tips for boosting your research profile; plus guest speakers who have walked the walk and talked the talk and are still making waves in their respective professions.

ResBaz Brisbane is hosted by QUT, UQ, Griffith University, USQ and Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF). The location for the event this year, is at our very own Gardens Point campus (P block).

You can follow the event at @ResBazBris and use #ResBazBris to share your experiences.

Places are limited but you can still book here.

“Grounded in truth, walk together with courage” Reconciliation Week: 27 May – 3 June

Resilience - Rachael Sarra 2018

QUT will be celebrating Reconciliation Week with a number of events for students and staff. There are film screenings, badge making and art projects to get involved in at Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point during that week. Find out about the events here.

 

In fact, the festivities kick off on Friday 24 May with a Quiz Night. All proceeds are going to Indigiso, QUT’s Indigenous Student Club, to help send a team to the Indigenous Nationals in Perth, a multi-sport competition. Go with a team or as an individual and meet some new people. Bookings can be made here.

For those of you wanting to know more about reconciliation with our indigenous Australians, QUT Library has a variety of resources available to borrow or use online. This is one of the best ways to be grounded in truth so that you can walk together with courage.

ANZAC Day 2019

“As the sun rose on 25 April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers rowed towards the shores of Gallipoli and into history itself. Every year since, as the sun rises, Australians gather across the nation to remember their legacy, and the legacy of all those who have followed in their footsteps.” https://rslqld.org/Whats-On/ANZAC-Day

ANZAC Day in Australia is a day of great significance to many Australians. Many of us have had family members who have fought in wars and some who have died in those same wars. My great grandfather was one of those who fought and his photo (along with his brothers-in-arms) is on the wall at the museum in Gallipoli, Turkey. I think it was at that moment of seeing his face there in black and white, that it struck me what an awesome sacrifice our soldiers made and continue to make, for our freedom and peace. It still makes me quite emotional to think of these brave men and women, laying down their lives for me, for us.

ANZAC Day is also a day to remember all those who supported and cared for our troops, both in the warzones and at home. The medical staff, the administrative staff, supply and logistics departments, plus many more.  While they may not have seen combat, they certainly felt the effects of it.

If you’re interested to find out more about ANZAC Day and the history behind it, QUT Library has a range of different resources from videos, to articles, to puzzles and a whole lot more.

Even though ANZAC Day is a public holiday, QUT Library will be open to cater for your study needs.

This ANZAC Day, there will be services around the country and around the world, gathering to commemorate the soldiers who have served this country. Find out where there’s one near you.

Shrine of Remembrance, Ann Street Facade

Shrine of Remembrance, Ann Street facade

Curious encounters with science, the arts + technology – Curiocity Brisbane 15 March – 3 April 2019

Curiocities Brisbane

“Take a break from reality and immerse yourself in Curiocity Brisbane – a brand-new  series of science, art and technology experiences spanning the Brisbane River. For 20 days starting in March, one-of-a-kind installations, pop-ups and interactive spaces crafted by local and international artists, technicians and makers will be on display and free for everyone to explore.” https://curiocitybrisbane.com/

The experiences are on both sides of the river including one on the lawn of Gardens Point Road, just near P Block. Why not start your journey there and make your way around to the other experiences? You can take your time to explore as they’re open 24/7. Are you coming to GP campus to do some study in the Library? Leave a little earlier and take in some experiences on your way in. Who knows, it may just inspire you to create your own experience for next year’s event.

QUT Library can help with inspiration too. Search for art installation or art AND technology or art AND science and use the filters on the left to limit to Creative Works to see online images of past exhibits, art or installations from former QUT students, staff and external artists.

Get back into study

You’ve just been through O-Week and you’re getting ready to start a new year of lectures, tutorials and research and it all feels a little bit exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. Don’t stress about it though. Get prepared by using some of QUT Library’s resources on academic listening and note-taking; check out the information on the Study page of your Digital Workplace; and use Study Smart, a self-paced research and study skills tutorial, all to help you get the academic year started right.

Study Smart. Research and study skills tutorial

Once you’ve checked your unit outlines, use the Assignment Calculator to work out when you need to start those assignments to keep those stress levels to a minimum. And don’t forget that we’re here to help you in the Library with all of your researching and referencing needs. See (or contact) the staff in HiQ at Gardens Point or Kelvin Grove to make an appointment with a library specialist (face-to-face, telephone, video chat), or use our online chat or email if digital is more your thing. More details can be found on our Need help? page.

Summer Reading

You’ve finished all the course readings for your studies for the year or you’re winding up those work projects and now, it’s time for you to do some recreational reading and have a little ‘me time’.

curriculum collection christmas display

QUT Library has fiction and non-fiction books for all ages for your recreational reading needs. Discover a new author or genre that you’ve never read before. This summer could be a great opportunity to venture into your first graphic novel or a new Christmas themed children’s book from our wonderful curriculum collection at Kelvin Grove.

We have ebooks and audiobooks too, so if you’re on a summer break, it’s not too late get some holiday reading fun. Use the ebook databases to browse our collections today (details can be found here).

 

The Invincible Spirit of Queenslanders (Portrayed through their built environment) – 100 Years of ANZAC

11 November (Remembrance Day) 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice – the agreement that led to the end of the First World War (1914-1918).

The Cube at QUT Gardens Point is hosting a free digital exhibition from 2-11 November to commemorate the Queensland soldiers and families who answered the call from the British to join the First World War. It incorporates their stories and images to bring to life their journey to the front, repatriation and the return home.

There are also stories of events and places that helped to shape Queensland to be the place it is today. More information is available at http://www.thecube.qut.edu.au/cube-screens/2018/anzac.php?short.

There is also a curated display in Old Government House at Gardens Point from 11 October to 11 January 2019 and is also free. http://www.ogh.qut.edu.au/whats-on/2018/invincible-spirit.php

On the 11 November, there are events all over the country and state that you can attend to show your support. Find out more at https://anzac100.initiatives.qld.gov.au/.

QUT Libraries have a whole host of material on the First World War if you want to do your own investigations. For the school teachers among you, there are kits available to share with your classes.

Lest we forget.

The Invincible Spirit of Queenslanders - Portrayed through their built environment.

The Invincible Spirit of Queenslanders – Portrayed through their built environment

Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF)

BIFF Brisbane International Film Festival 11-21 October

The Brisbane International Film Festival is on now and runs until the 21st October. “BIFF 2018 celebrates contemporary international and Australian screen culture with new release features and documentaries, shorts programs and retrospectives, alongside screenings with live music, conversations, panel discussions and more.” https://biff.com.au/festival-details/

There are multiple venues in and around the City and you can sign up to their BIFF e-news emails for discounted tickets.

Cinema going not your thing or not within your budget? QUT Libraries has a wide selection of online feature films, documentaries, TV series, news and more as well as DVDs for you to take home. Use the How to find… Videos and DVDs guide to find something new today.