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.

Play games for free in the library Games Lab!

Kelvin Grove Library has been very popular with students spending their downtime in the Games Lab on level 4. The Xbox One or PS4 consoles, which are located in the Games Lab, come pre-loaded with games so all you need to do is collect the controllers from the library Helpdesk before you head upstairs to play.

On the Xbox One, games include:

Games Lab, Level 4, Kelvin Grove Library

  • Assassins Creed Unity
  • GTA 5
  • Far Cry 4
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • Dying Light: The Following
  • Dragon Age Inquisition.

Or if you prefer the PS4, try:

  • Far Cry Primal
  • FIFA 16
  • Fall Out 4
  • Assassins Creed Syndicate
  • Assassins Creed Chronicles
  • Battlefield 4
  • Coming soon to the PS4 in May – Uncharted 4.

If you are interested in using an older console the Xbox 360 and PS3 can be borrowed from the Library Helpdesk, all you need to do is set them up in the Games Lab. The games on disc for all these consoles are on Level 3 of the Kelvin Grove Library at the call number range: 794.8. Happy Gaming!

If we don’t have the game you want to play, please let us know. We always want to hear from students to improve our services.

Our Dreaming: Animating Country

QUT Library is lucky enough to be hosting the Our Dreaming: Animating Country exhibition. It is currently on display at Kelvin Grove Library on Level 4, within the Curriculum Collection, until the end of March.

Our Dreaming: Animating country allows you to experience the colourful culture and history of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities. It focuses on the cultural medium of storytelling which has been used for generations to develop a multitude of enduring connections from past to present, people to place and to each other. As their traditional storytelling is transferred to modern communication it is preserved for future generations so that they can. Our Dreaming retells Queensland people’s stories through interactive displays and games which you can explore to your heart’s delight!

This display helps you to understand yourself and your place in the world through the cultural channel of story. So make sure you pop into see it at Kelvin Grove Library before the end of March!

Our Dreaming: animating country display at QUT Kelvin Grove Library

Our Dreaming: animating country display at QUT Kelvin Grove Library

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!

 

Rainbow Families Storytime 2015

Pride Month at QUT is all about celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer culture. We understand families come in all shapes and sizes so to celebrate the diverse families in the community why not bring the kids along and join us at QUT Kelvin Grove Library for some stories and fun?

The event is hosted by QUT Library and held in conjunction with Rainbow Families Queensland and will be a fun morning of kid’s activities, storytelling, and morning tea.

Where: QUT Kelvin Grove Library, Curriculum Collection – Level 4, R Block
When: 
Thursday, 24 September 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
How much? Free
RSVP: Register via Eventbrite

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.

Summer Library lovin’

'Dead Sea, man reading' by  Arian Zwegers (CC BY 2.0)

‘Dead Sea, man reading’ by Arian Zwegers (CC BY 2.0)

End of Semester has officially arrived – huzzah! Of course  Summer Semester has begun so whether you’re studying through the coming months, or have easy days stretching before you, the QUT Library is here for you.

  •  Throughout Summer Semester (17 November to 20 February) the staff on the QUT Library Helpdesks will be available to help you with all your researching and study inquiries – check each Branch for specific dates and Summer Semester times.
  • Staff and HDR Students, your Liaison Librarians can also be contacted for assistance over the Summer months.

Now apart for the obvious selling point of coming  into the Library over Summer – hello air-con – we also have lots to offer in the way of downtime and relaxation as well as our usual student study and research support. Perhaps you have been so focused on your coursework this Semester/year that the existence of these fun and frivolous library offerings may surprise you?! Over the coming weeks we’ll be blogging a ‘Summer series’ about these,perhaps unexpected, offerings of the QUT Library for you to enjoy so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Novelember

'Writing = Breathing' by Joe Flood (CC BY-ND 2.0)

‘Writing = Breathing’ by Joe Flood (CC BY-ND 2.0)

November is many things. In addition to Movember, Melbourne cup, end of semester (woot!) and start-christmas-shopping month it is also National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought, even fleetingly, about writing a novel.

NaNoWriMo was established in 1999 in San Francisco. It is also a  nonprofit that believes stories matter and its aim is to get would-be writers writing. It’s first year, 1999, had 21 participants. This year, it is expected that 4000,000 participants from across 6 continents will take part. Last year 667 Brisbane would be wordsmiths were involved in NaNoWriMo reaching an average word count of 26, 575 each.

Your challenge, if you choose to accept, is to pen 50,000 words of your great literary work in the 30 days of November. If that seems just a tad too ambitious, why not just get started and see where it ends up?

Over 250 NaNoWriMo novels have been traditionally published. They include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus,  Jason Hough’s The Darwin Elevator, and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder

Sign up here and get started on your soon to be best-selling (or at least critically acclaimed) prose.

And if you’re looking for a quiet place to write then the new individual cubes on Level 6 Silent Zone of the QUT Library at Gardens Point are now open and can be booked here.

 

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.

Rainbow Families Storytime

September is Pride Month in Brisbane and an opportunity to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer culture and community at QUT. To help celebrate, QUT Library is hosting Rainbow Families Storytime, an event for QUT families, students and staff. Rainbow Families Storytime is a QUT Library and Rainbow Families Queensland presentation about the importance of inclusive practice.

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Join us for children’s stories about LGBTIQ families read by students from the School of Early Childhood. There will also be kid’s activities, morning tea and balloons!

To be part of the free festivities Register now!

Date: Friday 26 September 2014
Venue: Kelvin Grove Library       Curriculum collection
Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
Cost: No cost
RSVP: By Wednesday 24 September

Everyone is welcome! So feel free to invite your friends and family. We look forward to seeing you there!