Semester Break is here!

It’s that time of year again where all you have to do rest, recuperate and have some fun. Even though you may not need to use the library to find information for your assignments or to borrow your text books, while on holiday there are still a lot of fun things you can access at the Library to make your semester break even better!

Did you know you can borrow and play computer games? Borrow your favourites for the holiday and play all you want. Kelvin Grove Library even has Xbox One and PS4 consoles available to use in the Games Lab on level 4. The most popular games are already installed on these so you can get playing straight away!

You can also settle in and borrow or stream the movies you have been dying to see and the TV shows you need to catch up on, all through QUT Library. Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens, get started watching Vikings or re-watch Game of Thrones Season 6 to prepare for the upcoming season. There are so many feature films and TV series to watch semester break won’t be long enough!

Want to rest your eyes from all the screens around you? Don’t forget you can borrow novels from the library too. This includes young adult fiction, found in the Curriculum Collection, and graphic novels too. Plus we have three great eBook platforms, including BorrowBox, Axis 360 and Overdrive fiction collection, where you can find audiobooks as well as some more great reading material.

Now you are all set to enjoy your semester break to the fullest. From all of us at QUT Library, stay safe, have fun and we will see you soon!

 

World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day and coincides with celebrations for Refugee Week in Australia. This year Refugee Week runs from Sunday 18 June to Saturday 24 June 2017 and provides an opportunity for us all to experience and celebrate the rich diversity of refugee communities.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, and for World Refugee Day 2017 has suggested we read a book about refugees.

QUT Library holds a wide collection of resources about refugees, including the following highly recommended reading.

Books for children:

Titles for adults:

National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

National Simultaneous Storytime will be held on Wednesday 24 May 2017, as part of Library and Information Week.

An annual event, National Simultaneous Storytime provides an opportunity for libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country to promote the value of reading to young Australians.

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You’re invited to participate in National Simultaneous Storytime, which this year takes place at 11am this Wednesday 24 May. Everyone can join National Simultaneous Storytime – it doesn’t matter whether you are a home school, a public library or even a university library! This year both Kelvin Grove Library and Caboolture Library will be participating in National Simultaneous Storytime so join in and share The Cow Tripped Over the Moon written by Tony Wilson and illustrated by Laura Wood.

There are plenty of resources available to support your National Simultaneous Storytime event – check out these Teacher Notes for The Cow Tripped Over the Moon and get creative making these finger puppets to accompany your reading of the book!

Library Christmas Closure & Summer Entertainment

QUT Library is taking a holiday! From Saturday 24th December until Monday 2nd January all QUT Libraries will be closed. Our website has all the details. But don’t fret if you want to get some extra study time in over the holiday season, the 24 hour labs at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove will still be open.

If you think you will suffer from library withdrawal remember we have loads of resources available to you online. This includes our databases to help with any summer semester information needs, our videos to keep you entertained over the break and our eBook collection for those who want to get into their summer reading. Our top picks for this summer are –

  • christmas-1073705_640Die Hard – This action packed movie is a Christmas classic!
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens novel as an audio book makes it easy to get into the festive season.
  • Day Boy – Read a new take on vampires from a local Brisbane author.
  • A Walk in the Woods – The comedian Bill Bryson takes you on a hilarious hike.
  • 10 Things I Hate About You – Based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, this is a must watch movie!

But remember, if you want to borrow any library books or DVD in hard copy or speak to a librarian make sure to contact us before December 24th.

From all of us at QUT Library we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

 

QUT Library Wins GIF IT UP 2016!

Recently, QUT Library submitted our very own GIFs into the annual GIF IT UP competition. We were tasked with creating a sweet GIF from a piece of copyright-free material from DPLA, Europeana, Trove or DigitalNZ collections.

For QUT Library’s submission we chose a beautiful picture of the Moreton Bay Lighthouse that can be found in QUT Library’s Digital Collections. We created three amazing GIFs from the one photo, talk about wow!
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Not only are these GIFs fantastic but we also won! Congratulations to the wonderful staff who contributed to the innovated and creative gifs that have put QUT Library on the GIF map! We were awarded the Trove Librarian Grand Prize by the Trove Judges who had this to say about the entries –

“These 3 GIFs together tell a story like no other entry ever has. It was utterly unexpected and delightful.”

More feedback from the judges and the rest of the winning GIFs can be seen on the DPLA website. And all the gif submissions are on GIF IT UP 2016. Do you have a favourite GIF from the competition? Let us know by leaving us a comment!

A Little Bit of Magic in the Library

harry-potter-418108_640Exams are nearly over, university is almost finished for another semester and all you want to do is relax. We couldn’t agree more, especially if you can add a little bit of magic to your summer!

With the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from the world of Harry Potter, being released on the 17th November now is a great time to renew or start your Harry Potter experience. QUT Library has a range of different resources to help you fill your pensieve with many magical memories.

Apparate into Kelvin Grove or Caboolture libraries and check out one of JK Rowling’s books You can borrow the original seven part Harry Potter series, The Cursed Child screenplay and even the beautiful picture book of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. What better way is there to meet Harry, Ron, Hermione and the rest of the Hogwarts gang?

Swish and flick the mouse on your computer and you stream Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets and other movies straight away. Or Accio a piece of magic home and borrow a Harry Potter DVD.

There is a lot of magic at your fingertips at QUT Library that you can discover and enjoy at home or on campus. And the best part? You don’t have to wait for a Hogwarts letter to access all the magic you want!books-791923_640

Halloween stories in the library!

Halloween is almost upon us and what a perfect time to delve into the spooky areas of our library collection to see what you can borrow to scare your friends!

The House on the Hill by Kyle Mewburn & illustrated by Sarah Davis is available to borrow from the Kelvin Grove and Caboolture Curriculum Collections. It is a rhyming picture book for students in primary school, but there is no reason adults can’t enjoy it too.

American Horror Story is a spooky television series to get into if you haven’t already and nothing beats a few episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Of course, nothing beats reading a good book from the king of horror – from Carrie to The Shining and The Dark Tower series, there is always something to read from the prolific and deliciously unsettling Stephen King.

Don’t forget we have many Ebook collections for you to find a thrilling scare and if you’re looking for online videos we have access to The Darkside a film retelling various Indigenous ghost stories from around Australia.

Do you have any suggestions for scary Halloween stories? Let us know your favorite author or story in the comments.

 

To Sir with Love

QUT Library contains many unique items within our collection. One such piece is so special it is having its own exhibition! From the 20th October 2016 until the 23rd February 2017 Old Government House is playing host to the “To Sir with Love” The Dr Wilton Wood Russell Love Album exhibition. This album, originally created in 1894 by chemistry students, was given to their beloved lecturer, Dr Wilton Wood Russell Love (1861-1933). He was a chemistry lecturer at the Brisbane Technical College on Ann St. This college was the early predecessor of QUT, who knew?

Dr Wilton W.R. Love with Chemistry students, 1894.Various photographs of Brisbane are contained within the 19th century album and also include images of the chemistry students and Dr Love. They cover many areas in Queensland including Moreton Island and the Glasshouse Mountains capturing the history of Brisbane from 1862 – 1892 in a beautiful memento. Also included in the album is a gorgeous book plate which contains the signatures of Dr Love’s students.

The album itself has had a bit of a journey before coming to a rest at QUT Library. It was purchased in 1944 by Ensign Borivoj Franko-Filipašić, a US Naval Serviceman, for only £5. Quite a bargain for souvenir with so much Brisbane history! In 1995 he donated the album to QUT Gardens Point Library where it has since been digitised. People from all over Australia and world can now view this beautiful album online and get a peak of QUT’s great-great-grandfather, Brisbane Technical College, and also experience a piece of Queensland’s culture and history.

In 2015, QUT Library’s very own Liaison Librarian, Jennifer Thomas, visited Dr Franko-Filipašić who is now over 90 and resides in Philadelphia in the United States. She was able to interview Dr Franko-Filipašić and capture his own amazing story about Brisbane, “the city that transformed [him] into a Queenslander”. You can view his interviews at QUT Digital Collections.

The exhibition on display at Old Government House will showcase the whole remarkable story behind the Dr Wilton W.R Love Album from 1894 – present day. The contents of the album, the stories of the two great men who were able to call it their own, and its importance to QUT’s history will be revealed. So if you are a history buff, like looking at amazing photographs or even just want to find out more about Dr Love, this exhibition is a must see!

Meow, it’s International Cat Day!

cat-and-book-975572_1280International Cat Day is dedicated to a librarian’s best friend, our furry hot water bottles and companions, cats! It is a day for pampering your own cat or even the neighbourhood ones and recognising the impact they have made on our own lives and society as one of the most popular pets in the world.  Not only have cats been loving pets for many a millennium, the Ancient Egyptians worshipped our feline friends, they have also been known to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and improve mental health, yay cats!

To spur on your own worship of cats today, here are some interesting kitty facts

  1. A group of kittens is called a kindle, because book lovers needed another reason to love kittens! A group of cats is called a clowder.
  2. Cats have been to space! The first cat to be such a high achiever was Felicette in 1963. Her name is French for Astrocat.
  3. Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds, talk about purring machines.
  4. A male cat is called a Tom and a female cat is called a Molly or a Queen which sounds about right!
  5. When cats are happy or pleased they squeeze their eyes shut, awwww!

cat-984097_1280QUT Library has lots of cat related resources including online movies and documentaries. So if you’re feeling the love for cats why not watch The Cat Returns, an anime that takes you into the fantastical world of cats. Or if you want to learn more about our furry companions have a look at The Secret Life of Cats. You can find more cat videos by searching for “cats” in the How to find – Videos and DVDs search box.

So make sure you stock up catnip and string and bust out your best cat sweater or cats eye sunglasses because Monday 8th August is all about cats! And, if you’re a dog lover, don’t get catty, National Dog day is just around the corner on August 26th.

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Celebrating NAIDOC Week

aboriginal-art-503444_1280 cropJuly 3 to 10 is NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee and celebrates Aboriginal and Islander history, culture and achievements. It is a time to recognise the contributions Aboriginals and Islanders have made to Australia and our society.

There are lots of ways you can celebrate NAIDOC Week. The official NAIDOC website has Australia wide events that you can participate in.

Here are our top recommendations for celebrating NAIDOC Week and enjoying your break at the same time –

  • Put a NAIDOC poster on your fridge, wall or even in your study or work area.
  • Check QUT Library’s collection and borrow a book or watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.
  • Relax and listen to some Indigenous musicians.
  • Research the traditional Indigenous owners of your area.
  • Visit local Indigenous sites of significance. RACQ has published a great guide so you can look for places near you!

Have a look at NAIDOC for more ideas on how you can celebrate NAIDOC week.