Virtual Reality comes to the Games Lab at QUT Library!

Virtual Reality comes to the Games Lab at QUT Library! And it’s yours to explore. Borrow the PlayStation VR Headset from HiQ at Kelvin Grove and experience immersive virtual reality.

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Ocean Descent, Danger Ball, The Luge, Resident Evil Biohazard and Batman Arkham are just some of the games and experiences available.

More VR games coming soon! Got a game to suggest? Let us know at askqut@qut.edu.au or tweet to @qutlibrary

Just Dance 2017 is now in the Games Lab!

If exam stress is getting to you, burn off some energy and release those endorphins with Just Dance 2017 – new on the Xbox One in the KG Library Games Lab.

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Test out your groove in the Games Lab to tracks from Anitta, Sia, Justin Bieber, Major Lazer, Fifth Harmony, Queen and Beyoncé.

And with our subscription to the Just Dance Unlimited add-on, dance to an additional 150 hits including songs such as “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)” by OMI, “Better When I’m Dancin” by Meghan Trainor, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon and many more.

Grab the Xbox One controllers from the Kelvin Gove HiQ in the Library, head to the Games Lab on level 4 and bust some moves.

Children’s Book Week 2016

Every year at the end of August, schools and libraries and lovers of children’s books come together to celebrate the fantastic stories made in Australia. The theme for this year was “Australia! Story Country”.

Did you miss out on all the fun of Children’s Book Week this year? Don’t be sad! Kelvin Grove Library took the time to put up a wonderful display of all the shortlisted and winning books. A few puppets from the Curriculum Collection came out to play as the winners were awarded their shiny new stickers.

See the winners on Children’s Book Council of Australia website and feel free to borrow one or two from the Curriculum Collection on Level 4, Kelvin Grove Library.  

If you would like to read some of the winning books you can do this via the library website, just click on the links below to access the books online or place a hold for a physical copy.

Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

Soon by Morris Gleitzman

Mr Huff by Anna Walker

Flight by Nadia Wheatley, Illustrated by Armin Greder

The Underwater Fancy Dress Parade by Davina Bell, Illustrated by Allison Colpoys

Welcome to semester 2!

Blink and it is semester 2 already! Welcome to all the newcomers and welcome back to all the old hands. Are you ready to get back into study? O-Week is over and done with, so it’s time to get back into the game.

A couple of things to get you up to speed for second semester:

  1. QUT Readings has replaced the CMD (course materials database)
  2. Assignments are to be submitted online now – Goodbye Assignment Minder!
  3. QUT is now smoke free

If you’re a new student make sure to come to the Library Helpdesk and grab a hard-copy of Cite Write and have a chat to the friendly librarians who are waiting to help with all your study needs and questions. Don’t forget you can also contact us online, we’re always here to help!

Hermannsburg Pottery Display

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Hermannsburg Pottery on display at QUT Kelvin Grove Library.

QUT Library has been honoured to display some of the beautiful Hermannsburg Pottery at Kelvin Grove Library. Hermannsburg Pottery is a unique collection produced by some of Australia’s most significant Indigenous artists. These pieces of art are from the western Arrernte community which is located west of Alice Springs. The Arrernte community creates pottery as a way to capture significant community events.

Eliza Tee, the Curator of Artisan Gallery, Brisbane, explains the importance of the pottery –

“Their stories’ are the voice of the individual sharing a community occurrence – it is the Arrernte people telling you how it is, how it was and what is important.”

Currently, we have the following artists work available for you to see –

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Hermannsburg Pottery on display at QUT Kelvin Grove Library.

 

 

Elaine Kngwarria Namatjira

Rona Panangka Rubuntjia

Elizabeth Kngwarreye Moketarinja

Clara Ngala Inkamala

Irene Mpetyane Entata

Rahel Kngwarria Ungwanaka

Noreen Ngale Hudson

Judith Pungarta Inkamala

 

 

 

This inspiring display will be on level 5 at Kelvin Grove Library until the end of the year. Make sure to pop in to the library and feast your eyes on the beautiful pottery.

 

Mid-Year Fiction and Film Fun!

What do you like to do when there are no exams to study for, no assignments to finish at the last minute (check out Assignment Calculator to help plan your study), or lectures to take notes through?

Some people like to take a holiday, others like to spend time with their friends and family, others like to binge on television shows, and others like to read. Guess what? The library can definitely help you with the last two!

Check out a list of some of our film and TV databases. I recommend Kanopy for streaming access to a great bunch of movies and documentaries like Pride and Prejudice or Gayby Baby.

If you’re more of an “old-school” DVD kind of person you can borrow from the extensive film and TV collection at Kelvin Grove Library – just look for the call-number range: 791.43 on level 4 – R Block.

Maybe reading is more your thing? If so, you should take advantage of our online subscription to Overdrive which is a collection of fiction and non-fiction audio-books and ebooks.

Whatever you decide to choose over mid-year break make sure to stay safe and relax!

“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.

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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!

Library and Information Week –10 things you never knew you could find in a library

Today is the start of Library and Information Week. It is a chance for us all to look back on our own experiences with libraries, be that at university, school or a public library, and see what they have done for us. Today we want to look at some of the #fabulousfinds you can discover at libraries.

I can almost guarantee that nearly everyone has had contact with some form of a library within their life and aren’t they just the most amazing things?! Libraries and librarians are the keepers of information. And with such an abundance of information these days it is no wonder that libraries can hold some pretty strange and wonderful things. We want to know what #fabulousfinds you have discovered within libraries!

Amazing things can be found in the depth of libraries collections. QUT’s own library has some #fabulousfinds of its own. Have you discovered these?

Borrow Jen Campbell's Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops from QUT Library.

Borrow Jen Campbell’s Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops from QUT Library.

 

  1. Did you know QUT has access to Marie Claire magazine? Talk about FABULOUS!
  2. The Cilento Gift holds some great books, memorabilia, posters, furniture and original scripts from the late actress Diane Cilento and her husband playwright Anthony Shaffer. Definitely a #fabulousfinds
  3. Why not discover some weird and kooky facts in Weird-o-pedia?
  4. Up for some laughs? Have a look at the eBook, Weird Things People Say in Bookstores.
  5. Brougham Reports are a unique collection of charity reports from England. Available in the Gardens Point Library on level 7, they are the only copy in the world that you can look at, how fabulous is that?!

We need just a few more things to get our list up to 10. So don’t forget we want to hear about your own experiences with libraries and what #fabulousfinds you have made! Let us know using #fabulousfinds and #QUTlibrary and help us finish our list of 10 things you never knew you could find in a library.

For more #fabulousfinds, why not search our curriculum collection or look at some of our other special collections at QUT library.

Happy Library and Information Week!

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Lost or stolen items in the library

Kelvin Grove Library, Level 2.

Kelvin Grove Library, Level 2.

We are always sad to hear when theft occurs in the library and do you know the best thing to do to ensure this doesn’t happen to you? Keep an eye on your stuff! Don’t leave your bag, laptop, or books on tables unattended. If you need to go somewhere for lunch or even to the bathroom make sure you take your belongings with you or ask a trusted study-buddy to stay and mind your things.

If you think something has been stolen you will need to report it to campus Security. They can file a report and any information you give them creates a record to help track repeat offenders and prevent future thefts.

If you’ve lost something (or found something) visit the library Helpdesk and see the librarians. We hold lost property for the day before we send it over to the Student Centre for safe-keeping. You can also log an online form to report your missing item. It is always recommended to go to the Student Centre to make sure the item hasn’t been handed in there.

So please keep an eye on your stuff, be vigilant – if you see something that isn’t quite right then let a staff member know. Also remember we are obliged to report unattended bags to security so take your things with you when you leave – it also frees up study spaces for other students!

Mother’s Day

Don’t forget this Sunday 8th of May is Mother’s Day!

QUT Library has some fantastic resources for you to help celebrate the special lady in your life. If you want to sit-back for a lazy Sunday, why not watch a movie using some of the streaming services we subscribe to?

Kanopy offers both feature films and popular television series. Informit Edu TV features off-air recordings of movies and television programs from the major TV networks. It helps to think about these services like YouTube or Netflix, just search for what you want to watch and away you go!

So, what is your go-to movie for Mother’s day? I’ve posted a few suggestions below to get you started!

The Imitation Game
Ex Machina
Bridesmaids
The Dressmaker