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.

 

 

Children’s Book Week 2016

Every year at the end of August, schools and libraries and lovers of children’s books come together to celebrate the fantastic stories made in Australia. The theme for this year was “Australia! Story Country”.

Did you miss out on all the fun of Children’s Book Week this year? Don’t be sad! Kelvin Grove Library took the time to put up a wonderful display of all the shortlisted and winning books. A few puppets from the Curriculum Collection came out to play as the winners were awarded their shiny new stickers.

See the winners on Children’s Book Council of Australia website and feel free to borrow one or two from the Curriculum Collection on Level 4, Kelvin Grove Library.  

If you would like to read some of the winning books you can do this via the library website, just click on the links below to access the books online or place a hold for a physical copy.

Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

Soon by Morris Gleitzman

Mr Huff by Anna Walker

Flight by Nadia Wheatley, Illustrated by Armin Greder

The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade by Davina Bell, Illustrated by Allison Colpoys

Cooking for Copyright

On the 31st of July librarians around Australia are doing something naughty… we are doing something against the law….we are going to bake!

What does baking have to do with copyright?

FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources), an initiative from the Australian Library and Information Association, are pushing for copyright reform in Australia to ensure that everyone has access to the rich history of unpublished work which is currently collecting dust in boxes.

In Australia, copyright is limited to 70 years after the death of the creator of a published work, but for unpublished work copyright lasts forever. FAIR is pushing for the same copyright laws to exist for published work and unpublished work.

So what are unpublished works? Unpublished works can include diaries, letters, records, and recipes. Librarians from around Australia have found some unpublished recipes which are technically not allowed to be shared under current copyright law and popped them on the FAIR website for everyone to use. Their goal is to create a social media frenzy so that those who have the responsibility of enacting copyright reform can hear the public voice.

If you would like to participate on Cooking for Copyright Day on the 31st July why don’t you get a bunch of friends together and try out some of these recipes? You can post pictures to the Cooking for Copyright Facebook page as well as using the hashtag #cookingforcopyright.

Be informed, be part of The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent website of Australian news, reportage, analysis and critique written from the academic and research sector.

Originally founded by a collaboration of CSIRO, Monash, University of Melbourne, UTS and UWA, with an endorsement from Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty; The Conversation provides Australians with a free source of localised intelligent commentary and critique – more newsy than an academic journal but with more depth than a newspaper. Free online content from Salon, Slate, The Guardian, the New York Times, London Review of Books and The New Yorker (amongst many others) have brought good journalism and essay writing to a broader audience but a focus on more localised Australian issues is useful and pertinent.
The Conversation has sections on Business and the Economy, Health and Medicine, Environment and Energy, Politics and Society, Science and Technology and a Jobs Board. Recent topics and articles look to the future of the public service and who should pay for undergraduate education.
Researchers (and only those affiliated to an academic or research institute) can become authors by filling out a brief submission form. Newsletter, Twitter and Facebook interfaces are all available.

Enter The Conversation here: http://libcat.library.qut.edu.au/record=b3617763~S7

Image by Styven Magnes