Proud to celebrate Pride

QUT Library is celebrating Pride month with a display of LGBTIQA+ literature at Kelvin Grove library.

We have a selection of LGBTIQA+ children’s and young adult literature in our collection and many of our librarians are members of QUT’s Ally Network.

Allies are QUT staff trained to understand sexuality and gender issues and to provide ‘safe zones’, support and referral for staff and students who identify as LGBTIQA+.

At this weekend’s Brisbane Pride Rally & march QUT staff, students and supporters will be marching under a University Unity banner. Join with your work mates, friends or family and march to demonstrate acceptance, unity, inclusivity and support for the LGBTIQA+ community.

The parade kicks off at 10am on Saturday 22 September 2018. Gather from 9:30am at Brunswick Street between Ann Street and McLachlan Street. After some short speeches, the march will make its way down Brunswick Street through the Valley to New Farm Park, and the Fair Day festivities.

 

 

Australian Reading Hour

Australian Reading Hour

What is Australian Reading Hour? Australian Reading Hour is an initiative supported by the Australian Government, Better Reading and the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund to encourage all Australians across the country to pick up a book and read for one hour on your own or with your children. It is being driven by libraries all across Australia to promote the benefits of reading.

What are the benefits of reading? Well, it helps to increase literacy and numeracy skills and has a positive and significant effect on your work. Reading reduces stress by 68%, relieving stress more quickly than listening to music, going for a walk or having a cup of tea, and we all know that tea fixes everything 😉. The more leisure books people read, the more literate they become and the more prosperous and equitable the society they live in becomes. Reading a gripping novel causes positive biological changes in the brain that can last for days. Who knew that indulging in your fave author or book genre could have a positive effect on society and yourself? When tested for empathy, readers of narrative fiction achieved significantly higher than other groups. With a bit more empathy, our world would be a more harmonious place to live.

Children who know adults who read for pleasure take it for granted that reading is valuable and reading is closely linked to increasing our understanding of our own identities. It was found by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research that reading to children six to seven days a week puts them almost a year ahead of those who are not being read to. So reading to children and encouraging them to read is setting them up for success in life. Isn’t that what every parent wants?

Sounds good. When is it? It’s on Thursday September 20 2018, and the hour and reading material are your choice. Find more information and to register your interest on their website, go to  https://www.readinghour.org.au/.

I don’t have a book to read for leisure at the moment. Do QUT Libraries have anything? Yes! QUT Libraries have more than just your textbooks. There are great fiction novels in print and online, for adults and children. Check Quick Find today.

But I prefer non-fiction. That’s okay. QUT Libraries have that covered too. We have autobiographies, biographies, commentaries, self-help books plus a whole lot more. The choice is yours! 😊

Don’t forget, when searching in Quick Find, you can limit your results to books and ebooks only.

What the world needs now…

The Brisbane Writers Festival begins this month with a plethora of events and activities happening around the city.

This year’s theme is What the world needs now and in keeping with that, QUT Library wants to celebrate with a little bit of understanding and history.

We thought we’d put the spotlight on some of our own Brisbane authors, and showcase what it was like growing up here in Brisvegas. If you didn’t start your life here, get a great picture  by reading some of our top Brisbane author picks:

Rebecca Sparrow (2003) The Girl most Likely: A Novel

Nick Earls (1996) Zigzag Street

David Malouf (1975) Johnno

Nicole Watson (2011) The Boundary

If fashion is your passion, don’t miss out on seeing QUT’s Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Professor Suzi Darbyshire who will be chairing an ‘in conversation’ Brisbane Writers Festival event at the State Library with author of The Devil Wears Prada, Lauren Weisberger on Friday 7th September.

It’s Ekka time!

The Royal Queensland Show (Ekka) runs from 10-19th August this year.

For ten days, the Ekka brings together people from the country and city to celebrate agriculture.

Interested in learning more about agriculture, why not explore QUT Library’s collection?

Here are some resources you may like to check out…

Looking for current research in this subject area? Try searching QUT ePrints!
QUT ePrints is an online collection of scholarly publications, higher degree theses and other research outputs produced by QUT staff and postgraduate students. All records can be accessed by the public and a large proportion include a free-to-read copy of the full-text.

QUT Library will be open on the Royal Queensland Show Public Holiday on Wednesday 15th August:

  • Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Libraries will be open 9am-5pm
  • QUT Law Library will be open 10am-5pm
  • Online Chat will be available from 9am-5pm

See our opening hours for more information.

Paperbark: First Nation Narratives with Dr Anita Heiss

QUT Murri-Ailan Way is proud to present Paperbark: First Nation Narratives with Dr Anita Heiss.

Dr Heiss is a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales and is one of Australia’s most prolific and well-known authors of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature.

A poet, satirist and social commentator, Dr Heiss will be speaking about her work and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pioneers in literature who have inspired her next Wednesday 8 August at QUT Kelvin Grove Library next week (SOLD OUT see below for waiting list email).

If you didn’t manage to get a ticket, we have a number of Dr Heiss’s books available to borrow from the QUT Library including:

Avoiding Mr Right (2008) Offered the professional opportunity of a lifetime, Peta leaves her coastal life and doting boyfriend James in Sydney for a 12 month stint in the ‘fashion capital of Australia’.

 

 

Am I black enough for you? (2012) Anita Heiss gives a first-hand account of her experiences as a woman with an Aboriginal mother and Austrian father, and explains the development of her activist consciousness. Read her story and ask: what does it take for someone to be black enough for you?

 

I’m not racist but– : a collection of social observations.  (2017) This collection of social observations, thoughts and conversations will challenge the reader to consider issues of imposed and real Aboriginal identity, the process of reconciliation and issues around saying ‘sorry’, notions of ‘truth’ and integrity, biculturalism and invisible whiteness, entrenched racism and political correctness.

 

 

Please email:   k.csatlos@qut.edu.au to go on to the waiting list for this event

 

 

 

 

Take a virtual tour of QUT Library

O Week is a great time to explore QUT Library!

Library tours will run throughout orientation week.

Drop in to HiQ to join the next available tour. HiQ is located at Gardens Point Library (Level 3, V Block) and Kelvin Grove Library (Level 2, R Block).

You can also take a virtual tour of the Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Libraries.

These short 360 videos will introduce you to the services and resources located within QUT Libraries.

Because of her, we can!

Banner logo for NAIDOC week with dates - 8-15th JulyWhat a great theme for this year’s NAIDOC week, celebrating the pillars of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander society – the women.

At QUT Library we thought we’d do the same by highlighting a few books and eBooks by some truly inspirational female indigenous authors.

Taboo by Kim Scott:

Taboo takes place in the present day, in the rural South-West of Western Australia, and tells the story of a group of Noongar people who revisit, for the first time in many decades, a taboo place: the site of a massacre that followed the assassination, by these Noongar’s descendants, of a white man who had stolen a black woman. They come at the invitation of Dan Horton, the elderly owner of the farm on which the massacres unfolded. He hopes that by hosting the group he will satisfy his wife’s dying wishes and cleanse some moral stain from the ground on which he and his family have lived for generations.

Remembered by Heart edited by Sally Morgan:

A collection of powerful, true stories of Aboriginal life This anthology brings together 15 memoirs of growing up Aboriginal in Australia and includes works from bestselling author Sally Morgan; and the critically acclaimed artist, author, and activist Bronwyn Bancroft. These true stories of adolescence are as diverse as they are moving, and offer readers insight into the pain, humor, grief, hope, and pride that makes up Indigenous experiences.

The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous people and the resources boom by Marcia Langton

When W.E.H. Stanner delivered the Boyer Lectures in 1968, he gave credence, perhaps inadvertently, to the widely held assumption at that time that Aboriginal life was incommensurate with modern economic life. Today, the expectation is quite the reverse. The emergence of an Aboriginal middle class in Australia in the last two to three decades has gone largely unnoticed. There are hundreds of Aboriginal businesses and Aboriginal not-for-profit corporations with income streams, delivering economic outcomes to communities on an unprecedented scale. This text is an investigation into the dependency of Aboriginal businesses and not-for-profit corporations on the resources industry, and their resultant vulnerability to economic downturns.

NAIDOC Week events at QUT this year include a free screening of The Sapphires on the A block lawn at KG (9th July 4:30-7.30pm) and a  panel discussion involving one of the original Sapphires, Aunty Lois Peeler.

Dr Anita Heiss has been confirmed as this year’s speaker for Paperbark: First Nation Narratives (8 August from 10.30 , KG Library) .  Dr Heiss will speak about her work and the Aboriginal literary pioneers who have inspired her.  She is an inspiring speaker so definitely something to mark out in your calendar.

Painted by Bigambul woman, Cheryl Moggs, from Goondiwindi, the painting portrays the 2018 theme, Because of her, we can!   It shows the courage and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Listen here to the artist speak about her inspiration for the poster.

 

 

Put your feet up and enjoy these films

Enjoy the winter break with these fantastic films from QUT Library…

Explore our collection of movies, TV series and documentaries. Covering a broad range of genres, from science fiction to historical, here are just a few suggestions to kick off your holiday viewing…

Star Wars: The force awakens (2015)
Available in DVD from Kelvin Grove Library or online video via Informit EduTV

Vikings (2013 -)
Available in DVD from Kelvin Grove Library or online video via Informit EduTV

That sugar film (2014)
Available in DVD from Kelvin Grove Library or online video via Kanopy

Image source: https://pixabay.com/en/warm-and-cozy-winter-popcorn-coffee-1975215/

Looking for more viewing options? Search QUT Library’s Quick Find for videos and DVDs.

Tired of textbooks? Try these titles…

Image source: https://pixabay.com/en/book-landscape-nature-wind-weather-2929646/

With the mid-year break here, why not put down your textbooks and enjoy reading a good book or two?

QUT Library has a wide variety of books to choose from, no matter what you’re studying (whether it’s social work, creative writing or finance), you’ll find books to suit your interests and inspire you. Here are some suggestions to get you started…

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine (2017) by Gail Honeyman
Available in print from Kelvin Grove Library.
Soon to be made into a movie by Reese Witherspoon. This best-selling debut novel is a funny and uplifting story of Eleanor’s journey, from isolation and a damaged past. Beautifully written and hard to put down.

My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry (2015) by Fredrik Backman
Available in print from Kelvin Grove Library.
When her grandmother passes away, seven year old Elsa goes on an adventure delivering letters to people her grandmother wants to apologise to, while learning the truth about her grandmother’s fairytales. This book comes from the author of A man called Ove.

The barefoot investor: The only money guide you’ll ever need (2017) by Scott Pape
Available from the library as an ebook.
An easy-to-read book on personal money management. This guide offers simple and helpful advice on banking, insurance, super, reducing debts, growing wealth, home buying and retirement, from an Australian perspective.

You can find out about downloading and using ebooks and search for more books and ebooks on the QUT Library website. If you’d like to visit the library during the holidays, please see our current opening hours.

From everyone at the library, we hope you have a safe and relaxing mid-year break!

Coming up next ... film suggestions for the winter holidays!

Don’t keep history a mystery

This month we celebrate National Reconciliation Week. 

The theme for 2018 is Don’t keep history a mystery, and aims to highlight some of the lesser known aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, histories, cultures, and achievements.  It’s calling on all Australians to ask the question:  What are some of the things I don’t know about our shared history?

On Thursday 31 May there’ll be a free screening of the movie, We Don’t Need a Map on level 2 of the Library/HiQ, R Block, KG.  Everyone’s welcome, and popcorn will be provided!

We Don’t Need a Map is a thought provoking look at Australia’s relationship with the Southern Cross, from its significance to indigenous Australians to its adoption as a national symbol.

There are a number of other activities happening around campus including the Inter-uni Reconciliation Cup against Griffith Uni,  and the first Vice-Chancellor’s Forum for the year with guest speaker, Stan Grant.

Check out more QUT Reconciliation Week activities here and find other community and national Reconciliation Week events here.