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.

Explore Nearmap

Do you want to see what your house and suburb looked like 10 years ago?

Would you like to put in solar power but are not sure how much electricity you would generate?

Nearmap is a database of high quality aerial photomaps of Australian cities over time. It is highly relevant for Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Design. It may also be useful where a visual representation of census data over the map is desired.

Things you can do with Nearmap:

  • Track development of an area over time
  • Calculate solar energy production
  • Observe patterns of shade
  • Measure and mark out boundaries
  • Estimate the volume of pits, mounds and excavations in truckloads or cubic meters
  • See the elevation of bare earth and the actual surface, and details of slope between two points
  • View flood levels

Data layers:

  • Health including adult distress, childhood development, life expectancy
  • Law enforcement by types of crime
  • Property approvals, noise and value
  • Economics including business size, mortgage, income and rent values, and SEIFA relative social disadvantage
  • Environmental land use
  • Nearby schools
  • Demographics including country of birth, household size, age, age by gender, and population size

An example of Nearmap use…

  • Police Search and Rescue use Nearmap to find individuals and evidence. Using Nearmap to look at elevation and slope, the search team can calculate how fast people (children vs adults vs the elderly) will move, including factoring in tiredness over time. This allows the search area to be plotted for maximum efficiency.

Access Nearmap via QUT Library’s Databases and specialised search tools. You can then select a relevant study area or view all databases to find the Nearmap link.

Find out more at http://libguides.library.qut.edu.au/databases/nearmap

Labour Day – Opening Hours

Our final long weekend for Semester 1 is upon us. During the Labour Day public holiday both HiQ and the Library will be open to assist you with all your queries and study needs. Our opening hours are –

Gardens Point: 9am – 5pm

Kelvin Grove: 9am – 5pm

Law Library:  10am – 5pm

You can find more information about the library’s opening hours on our website.

If you can’t make it onto campus you can speak to a HiQ Adviser via the phone or via online chat. And if you need help finding information for upcoming assignments you can also check QUT Library’s How To Find Guides. And don’t forget to use QUT cite|write to create the references for those assignments, and see our Referencing Hacks for some extra help.

Anzac Day 2018

On Anzac Day, the 25th April, we pay tribute to and remember those who have served. Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions, marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

This year we commemorate the Centenary of the First World War (1914-1918).

Commemorating 100 years of ANZAC, Kelvin Grove Library.

To help understand the Australian experience of war, the Australian War Memorial website provides information about Anzac Day and the Memorial’s commemoration projects for the Centenary of the First World War.

QUT Library also has a wide range of resources available for learning more about Anzac Day and the First World War. The following books and videos are highly recommended:

We will be open on Anzac Day, Wednesday 25th April. Our library website provides more details on our opening hours.

World Book Day, Yay!

On the 23rd April get off Netflix and grab yourself a book. Not just because you know you should, but to celebrate our freedom to do just that.

It is our duty then, everywhere in the world, to protect these freedoms and to promote reading and writing in order to fight illiteracy and poverty and to strengthen the foundations of peace, as well as to protect the publishing-related professions and professionals.

It’s World Book Day, so time to think about how books make our lives better.  The Director General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay tells us that when we celebrate books, we celebrate everything that comes  with them like writing, reading, translating and publishing. 

We like to think we do the same here at  QUT Library, and we have hundreds of thousands of books and eBooks, so why not borrow a classic, take on a new genre, or delve into something you’ve always wanted to explore?

Here are some suggestions from your friendly librarians:

Improve those negotiation skills with Getting to yes by Roger Fisher, William Ury & Bruce M Paton.

If you don’t have the time for a global odyssey enjoy someone else’s try Lights out in Wonderland by DBC Pierre.

If you want to read the book before you see the movie try The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

If you want to sharpen up those English grammar skills try Grammar for grown-ups : everything you need to know but never learnt in school

If you like botany and historical novels try The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.

World Book Day isn’t just about books it’s about Copyright too, and QUT Library has this great guide to all things copyright.

 

 

 

 

 

New look Quick Find!

The new look Quick Find on the Library website can now be personalised just for you. Alongside your favourite features, you’ll find the following new functionality:

  • Permanently save your favourite items and search history to My Favourites.
  • Easily filter search results to show only online material or use the ‘Available in hardcopy’ filter to show only physical items.
  • Search for your unit code and find a link to your QUT Readings list.
  • Find more links to related articles in search results for peer-reviewed articles, like those on a similar topic, articles from the reference list or articles that have cited the paper.
  • Use the new browse items search to easily find your textbook or find books by a certain author.
  • Easily check if the Library has access to a specific journal using the new ‘Find a journal’ search.
  • Request scans of print journals and chapters of books held in the Library from within search results.
  • See your current loans and requests displayed in a more user-friendly way in the new-look ‘My loans and holds’, making it easy to check current loans, view hold and scan requests, or see any Library messages.
  • Automatic renewal of items on loan the end of the loan period (up to five times, unless recalled).

Visit QUT Library’s website for information about the new Quick Find search.

We’d love to know what you think about the new Quick Find, let us know your feedback or suggestions

 

On your marks, get set, GO!

The Commonwealth Games are on at the Gold Coast from 4th April – 18th April. Even though we are up in Brisbane we still need to expect changes to our commute to and from QUT, at both campuses! You can find all the details about what changes to expect from your train, bus, car or bike journeys at Get Set for the Games.

The Commonwealth Games do coincide with our extra-long mid semester break so you might not be coming to campus as often. But have no fear, you can access many library resources from the comfort of your own home. While you are keeping an eye on the marathon you can chat to a librarian about any of your borrowing, referencing or assignment questions. Or, whilst an exciting high jump competition is underway have a look at our How to Find guides. Want to watch all the swimming races you can but still need to find information for your assignments? No problems! Use the Library’s Quickfind search to find books, journal articles and conference papers or use one our many databases and specialised search tools to find the perfect article or set of statistics! And if you need any further assistance you can always contact HiQ.

Now you are all set to enjoy all the upcoming sporting events you want plus keep up to date to all your studies. Talk about winning!

Easter Opening Hours

Easter is fast approaching, as is semester break. This is a great time to relax but to also get a head start on the second half of the semester. The Library and HiQ are here to help you with that! During the Easter Break Kelvin Grove, Gardens Point, and Law Libraries will be open, here are all the full details –

Friday 31st March – Closed

Saturday 1st April – Open 9am-5pm

Sunday 2nd April – Open 9am-5pm

Monday 3rd April – Open 9am-5pm

The Law Library will be open from Saturday to Monday also but from 10am-5pm.

If you can’t make it into campus you can also chat to HiQ online.

After the public holidays our normal opening hours will resume. From everyone at QUT Library we hope you all have a happy and safe long weekend!

Cite it!

QUT cite|write is your go to guide for citing and referencing at QUT. Four referencing styles are covered in this guide: APA, Harvard, Legal and Vancouver. The style you use will depend on the faculty you’re in and your lecturer’s preference. Check out the “Getting started” section for an overview of your style.

QUT Library is offering workshops on referencing in weeks five and six. They are now open for booking!

Practical referencing workshops

Ever had trouble working out exactly what it is that you’re trying to reference? Still not sure where to find all the bits and pieces you need to create a reference? This workshop will help you get more familiar with different types of resources and how to reference them, including articles, websites, reports, ebooks and more. The APA and Harvard styles are demonstrated.

It will be assumed you know the basics of referencing, so view the short Referencing Made Simple lesson before the workshop. You can also revisit the basics of referencing with this short video from QUT Library.

International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day seems different to those of the past few years.

Maybe it’s because some of the sisterhood who’s achievements can sometimes be dismissed as frivolous have been rallying so loudly. They have forced action, leading to a shift in mindset for entire industries around the globe. Something that hadn’t hit a nerve in the entertainment world despite Hidden FiguresThelma & Louise and Norma Rae.

The #metoo movement, along with this year’s International Women’s Day call to arms  #PressforProgress will hopefully continue to spur not just women but everyone into action for real equality, diversity and inclusion.

Power to you, and Happy international Women’s Day!