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.

Seen the movie? Now read the book

'books & projector' by  Sami Keinänen (CC BY-SA 2.0)

‘books & projector’ by Sami Keinänen (CC BY-SA 2.0)

2014 was a big year for turning books into movies and as the year draws to a close, we thought we’d highlight some of them so you can knowingly nod and ask: ‘Ah, but did you read the book?’ and gain some pop-culture/literary cred as you catch up with friends and family over Christmas and New Year.

Gone girl: a novel / Gillian Flynn. On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

The fault in our stars / John Green. Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss and life. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games is a trilogy comprising also of  Book One: The Hunger Games (available in print, audiobook and eBook and DVD; Book Two Catching Fire (available to borrow in print, audiobook and the movie on DVD); and Book Three Mockingjay (available to borrow in print and audiobook); and has been made into four movies. The third movie, Mockingjay Part One was released November 22 2014 with the final chapter coming in 2015.

Winter’s tale / Mark Helprin. One winter night, Peter Lake — master mechanic and second-story man — attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks it is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between a middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl dying of consumption. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, then borrow it on DVD from the Library as well.

Divergent / Veronica Roth. Also available as eBook and audio book, Divergent is set in a futuristic Chicago, where sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life. It’s a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

The giver / Lois Lowry. With yet another tale of a dystopian future, there was a definite them in young adult fiction and film this year. In The Giver, the future is a rigidly structured society where weaklings, dissenters and the aged are removed, and stirrings of individuality are nullified with drugs, children undergo special ceremonies annually until, after 11 years, they face the Ceremony of Twelve, when the Community of Elders assigns them the tasks that will take them through their adult life. But when Jonas is selected to be the Receiver of Memory, he discovers that the honor of selection is nothing compared to the loneliness and physical pain he must endure as he searches for a way to free his community from the spiritless life it has developed for its members.

This is where I leave you / Jonathan Tropper. Poor Judd Foxman returns home early to find his wife in bed with his boss–in the act. He now faces the twin threats of both divorce and unemployment. His misery is compounded further with the sudden death of his father. He is then asked to come and ‘sit Shiva’ for his newly deceased parent with his angry, screwed-up and somewhat estranged brothers and sisters in his childhood home. It is there he must confront who he really is and — more importantly — who he can become.

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day / Judith Viorst; illustrated by Ray Cruz. First published in the 1970s, this classic children’s tale was turned into a movie this year starring Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell. On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

 

 

 

 

Christmas spirit infusion

'Christmas books Holiday reading' by  Carissa Rogers (CC BY 2.0)

‘Christmas books Holiday reading’ by Carissa Rogers (CC BY 2.0)

To celebrate Christmas week, the QUT Library has lots of Christmas-themed offerings that will be sure to get you all primed and jolly for the season!

So bring some Christmas magic into your life with some books and movies that are all about Christmas.

Books

A Christmas carol / Dickens, Charles. Come spend Christmas with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley, Ebenezer Scrooge, and all the ghosts of Christmas. A classic Christmas tale.

Letters from Father Christmas / J.R.R. Tolkien ; edited by Baillie Tolkien. This classic festive book of Tolkien’s amazing Father Christmas letters written to his children between the 1920s and the 1940s

The night before Christmas / Clement Clarke Moore The well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor is brought to life in a festive pop-up edition.

How the Grinch stole Christmas No holiday season is complete without the Grinch, Max, Cindy-Lou, and all the residents of Who-ville in this heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit on even the smallest and coldest of hearts. It’s classic Dr Suess.

 Movies

The polar express  On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’ home. Based on the Book by Chris Van Allsburg.

Frank Capra’s It’s a wonderful life George Bailey, a desperate and suicidal man, is visited by a guardian angel who shows him how important he has been to those around him in his life

Breakfast at Tiffanys A lonely, struggling writer becomes enchanted with his neighbor: an independent young woman who strives to be a high-climbing socialite with a penchance for high-fashion and wild parties. But, soon he uncovers the vulnerability she has at heart. Based on the novel of the same name by Truman Capotel.

The nutcracker : Ballet On Christmas Eve, a young girl’s nutcracker doll transforms into a prince who battles an evil Mouse King and escorts the girl to the magical Land of Sweets. This recording is of the acclaimed Bolshoi Ballet performing in Moscow

 

Do you have a favourite Christmas themed book or movie that is integral to your Christmas celebrations?