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.

Be prepared: Getting the best out of Study Solutions!

" Day133: Flickr keeps you studying!" By Abdulrahman AlZe3bi. CC BY-NC 2.0

” Day133: Flickr keeps you studying!” By Abdulrahman AlZe3bi. CC BY-NC 2.0

At the Library, there really is no such thing as a stupid question. Did you know that the most common question we get asked is, “Where are the bathrooms?” Helping you to find the bathroom is just one of the many ways we can help in the Library.

Many students get stuck with pesky research, writing and referencing questions over the course of the semester. At every branch Library, you can have your researching and referencing questions answered straight away at the Library Helpdesk. Our staff are trained to help you get started and point you in the right direction to get your assignments started.

If you have a longer or more complicated question, the Library can provide support for your studies through a Study Solutions appointment. By booking a Study Solutions appointment, you can get a 25 minute face to face appointment for help with your study, research and assignments. From understanding your assignment question, providing feedback on a draft, to working in groups, or organising your work/study load, we are here to help.

You can book a 25 minute consultation from Week 3. Bookings open a week in advance and fill up quickly – so be prepared and book early.

If you miss out on an appointment, never fear! Drop-in sessions are available at both Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove libraries from 12pm-2pm, Tuesday to Thursday. The time of your consultation will depend on how many students are waiting – so be prepared and have your burning question ready and waiting to maximise your time.

So! You’ve booked a consultation or you’re planning on coming to a drop-in session…. what can you do to prepare yourself to get the best out of your Study Solutions session?

1. Be on time! Make sure to note the date, time, and location of your consultation. Write it in your phone, diary, or the back of your hand. Remember you can keep track of your bookings online.

2. Come to your consultation with something specific to work on. Whether it be your assignment question, your draft, a particular study issue you’ve been having, or a question about a resource – this helps us to tailor the support specifically to your needs. Please remember that library staff cannot proofread assignments for you, we can give you tips and strategies so you can proofread yourself (hint: read your assignment out loud to the mirror!).

3. Check our online study resources and see if your question is answered there. If you familiar yourself with resources such as Cite Write, Studywell, and Studysmart, you’ll be well on your way to being a top student on your own!

4. If you’re looking for specific academic language and learning support you can get in touch with Academic Language and Learning Services (ALLS) to arrange an appointment. Language and Learning Educators are specially trained to help students and staff who need help with speaking and writing.

 

QUT Open Day

Do you see yourself studying at QUT in the future? Would you like to chat with students and staff about what study is like at QUT? Why not come to our Open Day on Sunday 26 July from 9am–3pm at our Gardens Point campus?

 

Open Day is a chance for you to explore what life is like on campus as well as find out more information about the course you are thinking about studying. If you have a burning question about enrolment, study areas, support services, or student clubs, all your answers will be here!

 

Download the online planner to start personalising your schedule for Open Day and don’t forget to use the hashtag #QUTOpenDay on social media.

 

Mythbuster Series: Shhhhhhh!

Myth #1: You can’t talk in the library.

Not-A-Librarian: “You must love telling people to be quiet all the time.”

Please Keep Quiet in the Library By Enokson (CC BY 2.0)

Librarian: “Only when people ask that question.”

Contrary to popular belief librarians don’t revel in shushing people all day. The days of the library being a silent place of study are long-gone and librarians are embracing the community spirit. We like to think of the library as a place where students can not only do individual silent study but come to work on assignments or study with peers.

To help facilitate your collaborative study needs we have group study rooms available for you to book in advance. If you need to blow off some steam after an exam or assignment, why not get a group of friends together and play some games in the Games Lab. Students are free to talk to their peers on each level of the library – except those areas that are marked for silent study (the top two floors of Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Libraries).

So remember, the library doesn’t need to be the kind of place you can hear a pin-drop but be mindful of your fellow students and keep noise to a respectful minimum (or we’ll have to shush you!).

Gardens Point Library 24/7 opening

Have you heard? During exam period Gardens Point Library will be open 24 hours a day!

GP Campus just got a whole lot better with the introduction of 24 hour access to the library. This means staff and students will have 24 hour access to all library study spaces including study rooms, library collections (including the Course Reserve collection), and the 24 hour computer lab located on Level 2.

How will it work?

Well, starting from 1st June at 7am and ending 23rd June at 10pm, staff and students will have 24 hour access to Gardens Point Library. Entry and exit to the library will be restricted to the main entrance door (opposite BarMerlo) and will be swipe card access only so make sure you have your QUT ID Card at all times.

QUT Security will monitor the library during these times however for your safety in the early hours of the morning students are encouraged to carry a mobile phone and download the SafeZone app.

The Library Helpdesk services are available from 7am to 10pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays, all other times will be self-service only.

For more information look at our 24/7 webpage.

What’s a sanction and how do I deal with it?

"no access" by  Bob the Lomond (CC BY-NC 2.0)

“no access” by Bob the Lomond (CC BY-NC 2.0)

You thought everything for the semester was done and dusted – but wait, what is that you see in your email inbox? A sanction! In all the rush to meet deadlines you may have forgotten to return some items to the library. We’d like to make sure everything is available and ready for interested users.

So, what is a sanction?

  • When a library item becomes 28 days overdue, an academic sanction will be applied to your student record.
  • Sanctions prevent you from receiving examination results, graduating and obtaining academic transcripts.

What should I do?

  • To remove the sanction, you need to either return the item or pay a replacement cost.
  • Replacement costs can be paid online by credit card via QUTPay, or in person at any QUT Branch Library, excluding the Law Library.

QUT Library is committed to ensuring equitable access to resources and we ask that you return or renew your items by their due date. You can renew them yourself by logging on to your My Library Profile on the QUT Library website.

Full details about overdues, penalties and sanctions are available via the QUT Library website.

 

Get help with your assignments without leaving your couch!

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For the times when you aren’t able to visit our Library Helpdesk on campus, we offer an online chat service, Chat to a Librarian.

You can use Chat to a Librarian during semester at these times:

  • Monday – Friday: 10am – 9.45pm
  • Weekends and Public Holidays: 12pm – 4.45pm

To get started, just hit the chat button on the QUT Library home page and fill in some basic information. One of our friendly librarians will be ready and waiting to answer your question.

You can use the chat service to get help with finding information for your assignment, assistance using databases, and advice on referencing.

If you need help outside the times the chat service is open (but you still want to stay at home in your pajamas), we have loads of information to help you anytime that you need it:

  • To find the answers to some common library questions, try the AskQUT Library FAQ.
  • For help with referencing, try QUT cite|write
  • There are some great tips on assignment research and writing available on Studywell.

We look forward to chatting with you soon.

Sanctions: what are they and do I want one?

Short answer: no, you don’t want one.

Around exam time, the Library sends out hundreds of emails to students and staff who have one or more items overdue – by at least four weeks.  If you get one of these emails, you’ll notice that you’ve been asked to pay a $73.00 replacement cost for each item.  Don’t panic!  If you return the item(s) you borrowed we’ll happily waive the fine.

If you’re unlucky enough to get that reminder email, then you will also have had a sanction added to your record.  A sanction is like a block.  If you have a sanction and don’t do anything about it, you will be blocked from borrowing.  To remove the sanction, all you need to do is contact the Library and it’s all good.

But there are more serious consequences if you don’t contact us: your exam results are withheld, you won’t be able to register for graduation and you won’t be able to enrol in any QUT units or other tertiary courses.

So, phone us, come in and see us or send an email and we’ll remove your sanction.  Sorted!

Reading library ebooks on your smart phone or tablet

If you have an iphone, ipod touch, ipad (iOS) or an android based device (many other smart phones and tablets) then you can borrow and download 1000s of ebooks right on to it from QUT library.

The advantage? You can read the books even if you are offline and they look real good that way – turn the pages, bookmark, search and highlight like it was your own.

How do you do it? A few simple steps.

1.    Download the Bluefire reader app http://www.bluefirereader.com/bluefire-reader.html
2.    Register for an Adobe id – very simple, very fast
3.    Use the browser on your device (e.g. safari) to navigate to the ebook in our collection: try searching our green QuickFind box
4.     Connect to the ebook and download the ebook from the tab or button provided
5.    The ebook will be automatically downloaded to the Bluefire reader app where you will find it – downloaded ebooks look just like the ones on the Kindle or iBook apps with similar functionality

However, this only works for ebooks  on EBL and Ebscohost (the main platforms used at QUT library) .  Ebscohost will prompt you to log in. Many publishers will only allow ebooks to be read online so you’ll have to check.
More detailed instructions on how to do this and a comprehensive guide to using ebooks on a variety of devices including Kindles and Kobo are on our amazing subject guide: QUT Library Ebooks and Reading Online/Downloading to Computers/Smartphones/Tablet Devices/Ebook Readers

Photo by jblyberg from http://www.flickr.com/photos/jblyberg/4505413539/sizes/z/in/photostream/

All you ever wanted to know about our 250,000 ebooks

Our new subject guide offers guidance on ebooks and how to access them on a variety of readers.

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QUT Library currently has a collection of approximately 250,000 ebook titles and growing.  These range from Dummies guides to Manga or Google Earth, to collected conference proceedings and the latest discussion on climate change. They are a vast resource to support our learning and research.

However, ebooks are a relatively new technology and are published across a range of platforms with differing features, application requirements and appearances. To make this easier we have a new subject guide to help you.  QUT Library Ebooks and Reading Online/Downloading to Computers/Smartphones/Tablet Devices/Ebook Readers is a comprehensive guide to using our ebooks – what software to use, how and what can be downloaded, how to print.

It also offers a guide to various readers – the Kindle, Android and Apple devices such as the iPad, Sony Reader, Kobo and the Nook.
For example, learn about downloading EBL ebooks to your iPad with the Bluefire Reader app and why the Kindle is not an effective ebook reader to buy to access QUT Library’s collection of ebooks.

Your feedback and suggestions are welcomed to ensure this guide remains relevant and useful to your needs.