Leave no one behind!

Today is the International Day of People with Disabilities.

This year’s theme is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”

The all-embracing principle is to ‘leave no one behind’ and provide people with disabilities with the tools to be active contributors in society.

The global framework outlined in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a basis for transformative change via:

  • inclusive education
  • lifelong learning
  • and sustainable economic growth

with full access to:

  • justice
  • health care services
  • infrastructure
  • and accessible communities.

QUT Library is committed to improving the accessibility of our websites and facilities which are regularly reviewed as part our usability and accessibility testing processes.

Community events to celebrate this year’s theme are being held on Sunday 3rd December around Australia.

Over Uni? Try OverDrive

Remember what it was like to just read for enjoyment?  With this year’s study, assignments and exams in the rearview mirror for many of us – it’s time to get back into the art of reading for fun.


QUT’s OverDrive collection of fiction and non-fiction ebooks and audiobooks is ever expanding and ready for you to devour over the holidays.  The collection includes some of the most popular fiction titles and the classics, to the latest cook books and travel guides.

It’s easy and it’s free:

Download to your mobile device:

  1. Download the OverDrive app via Google Play or the App Store.
  2. Sign up for an OverDrive account or log in with your Facebook.
  3. Under Manage libraries select Queensland University of Technology and then sign in with your QUT username and password.

Download to your computer:

https://qut.overdrive.com/

You can also use the OverDrive app to borrow from Brisbane City Council libraries if you are a member.

Don’t anyone panic!

QUT Library will still be open over the Summer Semester, however we will be closed between Christmas & New Year.

Each of your QUT library branches will provide a cool and calm place to work in air-conditioned comfort throughout the Summer semester.

Online chat will also continue for the Summer semester with QUT staff at the keyboard seven days a week.

Summer Semester Library opening hours are:

GARDENS POINT LIBRARY
18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-5pm
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd Jan – 16th February
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-5pm

LAW LIBRARY
18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun closed
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd Jan – 16th February
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun closed

KELVIN GROVE LIBRARY
18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd Jan – 16th February
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm

CABOOLTURE LIBRARY
18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-4pm
Sat & Sun closed
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd January –  7th January
Mon – Fri 8am-4pm
Sat & Sun closed
The Caboolture campus will transfer to the University of the Sunshine Coast from 8th January 2018

LIBRARY CHAT
18th November – 22nd December
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-5pm
CLOSED 23rd December to 1st January
2nd Jan – 16th February
Mon – Fri 8am-6pm
Sat & Sun 9am-5pm

 

Why Open Access is so important?

As students, researchers and staff at QUT we go about our studies, research and work often not really thinking about where our information and resources for assignments and research come from. In many cases it’s not until we have trouble with a link to a full-text journal article that we even consider the prospect of not being able to access what we are looking for.  We take it for granted that if we can’t access that article, we can get someone at the library to find it for us, or we can use the library’s document delivery service to have the article sent directly to us.

But what if we didn’t have such easy access to articles, what if we had to pay every time we clicked on the full text link? Well, the simple answer is we do pay; QUT Library provides access to subscriptions to the world’s top academic journals and databases to ensure that we have the best and latest research available at our fingertips.  Most of these articles sit behind a pay wall and aren’t open access.

The main argument for open access to scholarly publishing is that if most research is undertaken by publically funded universities (like QUT), why then should those same institutions then have to pay again, at the library level, to access that research?   And why should this information only be shared with others who can pay for it?  The restrictive practices in traditional academic publishing constrain the growth, reach, visibility, accessibility and impact of information.   This not only stifles innovation and world knowledge, it limits the contribution to research by developing countries who can’t afford subscription costs.

Open Access is important because it benefits everyone. From researchers whose work benefits through increased collaboration and sharing, to communities who benefit from the accelerated pace of discovery.

QUT has been a key innovator in advocating for open access and was the first university to mandate open access to its scholarly work in 2003. QUT’s ePrints is the highest ranked Australian repository  according to Webometrics.  QUT also  hosts the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) which works across the region to advocate, collaborate, raise awareness, and help build capacity in open access. Creative Commons Australia is also based at QUT and provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally.  QUT library, the AOASG and Creative Commons Australia can provide advice to QUT researchers on all aspects of open access.

During International Open Access week (23-29th Oct) QUT Library will be hosting a number of events and is delighted Heather Joseph, the Executive Director of Scholarly Publishing and Research Coalition (SPARC), an important US based advocacy group will be visiting QUT.

Monday 23rd Oct  2-4pm  – Open Access Bizarre Bazaar – GP-Z1064

Tuesday 24th Oct 1-3pm – Wikipedia Editing Workshop – KG Library

Wednesday 25th Oct 8:15-10am – Brisbane Tri-University event 

Friday 27th Oct 10-11:30am – The Power of Open: International Policy and Practice with Heather Joseph from SPARC – GP-Z1064