From page to screen

Many books have been adapted for the screen over the years, and this trend isn’t over yet. QUT Library has many of these popular titles in a variety of formats, including as books, ebooks, DVDs and online videos. Visit our library website for tips on searching for feature films and TV series.

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Why not check out these book titles which have inspired recent movies and TV series? These are all available through QUT Library.

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NAIDOC Week – Our Languages Matter

2017 National NAIDOC logo

NAIDOC Week runs from the 2-9 July and celebrates the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. This year’s theme is ‘Our Languages Matter’ and hopes to emphasise the vital role Indigenous language plays in the cultural identity, spirituality for Indigenous Australians and in linking them to their land and water.

Today only about 120 languages from over 250 are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost. Each unique language carries with it stories, rites and knowledge so it is important they each one is preserved and maintained. Ms Anne Martin, National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair has said,

“Each language is associated with an area of land and has a deep spiritual significance and it is through their own languages, that Indigenous nations maintain their connection with their ancestors, land and law.”

This NAIDOC Week why not learn about the languages that shaped Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Here are some of the resources available at QUT Library that can get you started on your language journey.

Happy Holidays!

We’re in a festive mood across the campus libraries. Lights, sparkles, baubles, books, it’s all happening!

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While Caboolture, Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove opted for a more traditional approach, the Law Library turned to its collection of Law Reports in ‘Chancery’ red and ‘Kings/Queens Bench’ green.

From all of us at QUT Library, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2017!

QUT libraries will be closed from 24th December to 2nd January. You can check our website for more information.

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.

 

Blind date with a book!

Book Swap - Located Level 3 Kelvin Grove Library.

Book Swap – Located Level 3 Kelvin Grove Library.

When Valentine’s Day comes around some people are thinking about flowers or chocolates while others are rolling their eyes. How about ditching the chocolate and putting your eyes to good use by … reading a book!

I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ and what better way to put the idiom to literal use than by going on a blind date with a book?

The Book Swap located on Level 3 at Kelvin Grove Library has a number of titles waiting to be picked up and read – all you need to do is swap it with a book of your own. Make it a little bit interesting by wrapping your book in brown paper and writing a few hints on the front.

On a side note – 14 February has been adopted by librarians in Australia as Library Lovers Day! Show your appreciation for your local librarian by popping in and saying hi.

What are your selfies saying about you?

Sign in Ms. Speer's classroom by  Tim Lauer  (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Sign in Ms. Speer’s classroom by Tim Lauer (CC BY-NC 2.0)

So it seems that too many selfies on your Facebook feed are linked to higher than normal levels of psychopathy. Probably not the impression you’re aiming for.

A new study, published online in the journal Personality and Individual Differences*, showed that men who posted more online photos of themselves than others scored higher on measures of narcissism and psychopathy, neither of which are desirable attributes. In addition, men who were more likely to edit their selfies before posting scored higher in narcissism and self-objectification, which measures how much they prioritise their appearance.

‘It’s not surprising that men who post a lot of selfies and spend more time editing them are more narcissistic, but this is the first time it has actually been confirmed in a study’, said Jesse Fox, lead author of the study and assistant professor of communication at The Ohio State University.

So before you snap yet another selfie, maybe it’s time for some personal reflection?

* Fox, J. & Rooney, M. C. (2015). The Dark Triad and trait self-objectification as predictors of men’s use and self-presentation behaviors on social networking sites. Personality and Individual Differences, 76, 161 doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.12.017

Summer Series Five – Music

I'm a one man band by  Ian Parkes (CC BY-ND 2.0)

I’m a one man band by Ian Parkes (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Every summer has to have a soundtrack – what is your 2014/2015 sounding like? Perhaps we can help. The QUT Library gives you access to music in all its forms – CDs, DVDs, scores, online music and more!

The Library’s Sound CD collection can be found at Kelvin Grove Library, Level 4, near the lifts. The Sound CD Collection is a collection of music CDs that primarily support Music and Sound programs at QUT, however all students and staff are welcome to use and borrow from the collection.

Music DVDs can be found throughout the collection – artists in concert such as Leonard CohenU2 and 1D as well as compilations such as Triple J Hottest 100 Vol 21.

And for the budding  musicians amongst us, did you know QUT Library has a whole collection of sheet music and scores for you to borrow? Everything from Mozart to Game of Thrones, so now is the time to get the band together. The Music Score Collection can be found at Kelvin Grove Library, Level 4, near the D Block link.

If you’re interested in reading more about music – history, trends, bands, the Industry – the Library also provides access to thousands on articles and books online through its databases. Check out:

Music IndexIndex of journals covering music, musicians and the music industry   

Oxford Music Online: Collection of music dictionaries and reference books

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online: A resource for music research providing essays, images and audio examples. Plus many more.

Happy listening!

Summer Series Four – For the kids

Let us help you avoid hearing this!   'I'm bored - Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow' by Laura Suarez

Let us help you avoid hearing this!
‘I’m bored – Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow’ by Laura Suarez (CC BY 2.0)

For any littlies in your care this Summer, the Curriculum Collection can provide some much needed distraction and provide ‘new’ activities, books and toys without a price tag!

Books just for small ones – including big books – as well as puppets, puzzles, costumes and more. Any current QUT student and/or staff member can borrow from the Curriculum Collections at Kelvin Grove or Caboolture – you don’t have to be an Education student. So don’t be shy, come and take a look.

For more entertainment (for those inevitable  rainy days perhaps) QUT Library also has children’s television programs on DVD for you to borrow, as well as children’s music CDs such as The Wiggles; Music from Sesame Street and Justine Clarke from Play School.

And remember, if you can’t get to the campus where the item is held, you can simply place a hold and get items sent to your home campus to pick up there! Don’t forget to ask at the Library Helpdesks for assistance finding what you’re after and stockpiling some ‘break out in emergency’ boredom busters.

Summer Series Three – Computer Games

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Who says Summer is all about sunshine, swimming and the frolicking in the great outdoors? Instead, spend your summer in the cool, dark indoors in front of a screen!

The QUT Library Computer Games collection can be found at Kelvin Grove Library on Level 3. Browse the collection at call number range 794.8 or find specific titles using the Catalogue search. New titles include: Wolfenstein:The new order; The Lego movie and The walking dead.

And if you don’t have your own games console (and you forgot to ask Santa for one) then don’t despair, QUT Library invites you to come on over and hang out in the Library Games Lab.    

Yes, the QUT Library has a Games Lab that is free for you to come and enjoy. Located on Level 4 of the Kelvin Grove Library, it houses a Wii; Xbox One, Xbox 360, plus Kinect PS3, plus Move. Borrow games from the collection and play onsite.