Open Access Week 2016: Open in Action

2016 International Open Access Week is celebrated from 24 – 28 October. You might ask, what is open access and why is it important? Open Access (OA) material is freely accessible to everyone and is important in allowing equitable access to research.  Open access can give researchers and students in developing countries access to information that they would otherwise not be able to afford.  It is also important because it takes your research to a much wider audience and makes it easier for other researchers to find and cite.

This year the focus is on Open in Action and how we as researchers, librarians and students can become more familiar with open access. We can do this by focusing on the small steps everyone can take to make openness in research a reality.

QUT will be hosting two events in International Open Access Week that will showcase these actions, the researchers who are leading by example, and the ways openness advances research and scholarship.

Register now to join us at these events and discover how you can become part of the open access movement.

Open in action: Skill exchange
Tuesday 25 October
2:00 – 4:00pm
IHBI Seminar Room, KG-Q430
Kelvin Grove
Register online now

This workshop provides an opportunity for QUT staff and HDR students to learn more about how to utilise open access in their research. Experts will give short presentations on topics ranging from scholarly publishing and applying licences to research outputs. Participants will then have the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge with their colleagues.  Light afternoon tea provided.

Open in action: Making openness in research a reality
Wednesday 26 October
2:00 – 4:00pm
The Gibson Room, GP-Z1064
Gardens Point
Register online now

All researchers at QUT will benefit from hearing from academics from QUT, Griffith, and UQ provide insight into why they incorporate open access into their research practice. They will also discuss the practicalities of open data and open access publishing for researchers. Light afternoon tea provided.

Contact Library Research Support for more information.

 

International Data Week

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From 11th – 17th September, it is International Data Week. The theme for International Data Week is about mobilising the data revolution, exploring how to improve our knowledge and benefit society through data driven research and innovation.

While data scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders from across the globe gather at Denver, Colorado for the international conference, events closer to home are being held for researchers and those interested in what’s behind research data, such as managing research data, sharing and publishing research data.

Higher degree research students and new QUT researchers are encouraged to attend research skills workshops. Workshop details on the research support calendar.

QUT, together with the State Library of Queensland and ANDS (Australian National Data Service), will also host Sprint to the Finish for 23 (research data) Things. This event is an opportunity for those completing 23 (research data) Things to share what has been learned. The Sprint will also include a tour of The Cube, one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces dedicated to providing an inspiring, explorative and participatory experience of QUT’s Science and Engineering research.

Sprint to the Finish is open to anyone, however you will need to complete at least Things 1-5 of the course. Register for this event on Eventbrite.

National Science Week

From the 13th – 21st August it is National Science Week. All over Australia people are celebrating the wonders of science and acknowledging the work Australian scientists have done in contributing to the world’s knowledge.

This event isn’t just for scientists, there are events for everyone young and old! The National Science Week Events page lets you search by your own location and there are even events online. Why not Journey into the Deep or get hands on with science?

At QUT Library this week we have a lot of events going on for National Science Week so make sure you pop in and say hi to our friendly staff!

For more information about what is going on this National Science week have a look at @Aus_ScienceWeek.

And remember, whatever scientific things you get up this week don’t forget to let us know @qutlibrary and #natsciwk. So go forth and prosper this Science Week!

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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.

“I Got This Hat” – National Simultaneous Storytime 2016

Last Wednesday, as part of Library and Information Week, QUT Kelvin Grove and Caboolture libraries hosted the annual National Simultaneous Storytime which aims to encourage young Australians to read and enjoy books.

Local kindergartens supported the event and thoroughly enjoyed the reading of the book ‘I Got This Hat’ written by Jol and Kate Temple. Education students assisted the Library staff to organise the activities and enjoyed dressing up for the occasion maybe more than the children did.

CAB NSS 2016 Reading

From puppet play, dressing up and colouring in, to exploring the uses of an app called ‘Quiver’ on the iPads, the children were immersed in the book and enjoyed reading about different hats. There were also pirate hats to be made and games to play with the “I got this hat’ book app.

This is an event not to be missed next year!

Save the Date for Open Repositories 2017 Conference!

brisbane-1222078_1920 croppedGriffith University, QUT and UQ are ecstatic to announce that Brisbane will be hosting the annual Open Repositories 2017 Conference. This international conference first started back in 2006 and Australia was the very first host. It is really exciting to see it come back to the land of kangaroos and Tim Tams and more importantly Brisbane!

This conference brings together library and information professionals from a range of backgrounds including higher education, government, galleries, libraries, archives and museums. These industries bring their brilliant users and developers of open digital repository platforms to provide an interactive forum. Around 400 people from all over the world are expected to attend this forum in order to explore the global challenges and opportunities facing libraries and the broader scholarly information landscape.

Linda O’Brien’s, Pro Vice Chancellor, Information Services at Griffith University, remarks from the recent press release clearly highlights what this successful bid means –

“This announcement confirms what we already know – Australian universities are amongst the most innovative around the world and that Brisbane is a world-class conference destination.”

The specifics of the conference are below –

Date: 26-30 June 2017

Venue: Hilton, Brisbane

For further information you can check out their website and sign up to their mailing list.

So, if you have an interest in digital repositories or want to learn more about them make sure you save this date!

 

O Week Must Dos!

New to QUT? Welcome! Returning for another semester? Welcome back!

The beginning of the semester can be a busy time, there are new places to check out, workshops to attend and study to organise. But luckily Orientation Week has arrived along with a whole host of activities!

To help you get everything under control here are our Top 5 Must Dos for O week.

    • Meet QUT’s Vice Chancellor, Peter Coldrake, as he welcomes you to QUT.

  • Grab your free Semester Planner to help you get on top of your assignments and exams this semester! During O Week these will be available from Welcome Tents at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove and from the Student Centre at Caboolture.
  • Check out QUT’s online portal, OrgSync, where you can explore activities happening at QUT such as clubs and sporting teams you might want to join, career development and campus life.
  • Pop into your campus’s library and talk to our friendly Helpdesk team. You can also pick up your free copy of QUT Cite/Write which will give you a great introduction to citing, referencing and academic writing at QUT.
  • Make sure to attend your faculty specific orientation. Whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate or an international student, these orientations will make sure you get the best possible start to your semester.

And don’t forget to grab your ID card! You can do this at any campus.

We look forward to meeting all the new faces and seeing the familiar ones this semester at all of our QUT Libraries!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

In the library world the 14th of February is more than just a day for romance and chocolates. Library Lover’s Day is a chance to spread your #librarylove and celebrate the relationship libraries have within the community.

Remember the librarians at QUT are always here to help and you can contact us anytime!

Do you have a story to share about your favorite librarian or library? Post it on the QUT Library’s Facebook page or write it in the comments below.

Happy Birthday Wikipedia!

Happy birthday Wikipedia! It’s hard to believe it has been 15 years since the website first launched on January 15, 2001.

See below for 15 interesting “Did you knows?” about Wikipedia:

  1. “Wiki” comes from the Hawaiian word meaning “quick”
  2. Over 5 million articles have been published in English so far
  3. Some languages supported by Wikipedia are: Esperanto, Latin, Swahili, Vietnamese, and Simple English
  4. The symbols on the Wikipedia logo are glyphs from a number of different writing systems in the world.
  5. Anyone can contribute to Wikipedia by creating an account
  6. The articles which feature a bronze star are considered to be some of the best articles in Wikipedia
  7. You can race your friends to see how many clicks does it take for you to get from Moby Dick to Kim Kardashian
  8. You can view a list of the recent changes to an article with the time and name of the editor
  9. Wikimedia is a non-profit organization with a number of projects including: Wikibooks, Wikiversity, Wikinews
  10. Being a Wikipedian in residence is a thing!
  11. Wikipedia relies solely on donations and volunteer contributors
  12. The majority of text and pictures on Wikipedia is covered by a Creative Commons license.
  13. You can put together a list of articles from Wikipedia to create your own book
  14. If you click on the “talk” tab of any article you can read a discussion on how best to improve the page
  15. Apparently it would take 16 years to read all of English Wikipedia

Follow the hastag #1lib1ref on Twitter to see what the librarians at QUT (and around the world) have been doing to celebrate this momentous occasion.

International Open Access Week: Open for Collaboration

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Join us for International Open Access Week!

Monday 19th to Friday 23rd October is International Open Access Week. Around the world, universities are holding events to celebrate and to draw attention to the many benefits that flow from an ‘open’ approach to data, research outputs and scholarly communication. This year you are encouraged to be ‘Open for Collaboration’. QUT Library is hosting two events plus there is a joint QUT, Griffith and University of Queensland event hosted by Griffith University at their Southbank Campus. The program will be of interest to QUT academic staff and HDR students so register for one or more of the events and be part of International Open Access Week.

Publishing Futures: Beyond the journal article
The session will preview the future landscape in scholarly communication in the digital era including new modes of academic publishing.
When: Monday 19th October, 2-3:30pm
Where: IHBI Seminar Room, Level 4, Q Block, 60 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove
Register

Towards Open Science: Innovations changing (research) process, peer review and publication.
This session will discuss the open models of knowledge creation and distribution arising from increasing global expectation of open access to Government-funded research outputs.
When: Tuesday 20th October, 2-3:30pm
Where: Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block, Gardens Point
Register

Open for Collaboration – International Open Access Week Seminar
Come along and listen to a panel of Brisbane academics talk about their approach, facilitated by Professor Ginny Barbour, Executive Officer, Australasian Open Access Support Group.
When: Wednesday 21st October, 2-4pm
Where: Ship Inn Conference Centre, Southbank Parklands
Registration is free, but essential.

Contact Library Research Support for more information.