It’s time to graduate!

It’s the season to graduate! And to celebrate QUT library is showing off the spectacular Registrar’s mace on Level 4, V Block, Gardens Point campus.

The QUT mace was designed and built by Mr Alan Place, a former part time lecturer in fine arts.

It has three sections, each symbolising the different levels of tertiary education:

  • The knob at the base represents the bachelor’s degree, the start of a professional career.
  • The handpiece in the middle represents the master’s degree.
  • The flame-shaped head, symbolising the torch of learning, represents the doctorate.
  • The open top acknowledges that education is an ongoing process.

In the middle ages, the mace was preferred by soldier churchmen (in particular Odo, the Bishop of Bayeux, who was the half-brother of William the Conqueror) as it was a crushing instrument which did not draw blood. Over time the mace became a symbol of authority.

For those who are graduating remember that alumni membership to QUT library is free and allows you to access books and a selection of online resources.

QUT Library congratulates everyone for a wonderful and productive year and offers best wishes to those who are graduating at this time.

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.

 

Library Student Survey – iPad mini winner announced!

Thank you to all the students who completed the Library Student Survey (InSync), we had a fantastic response.

The survey has now closed and the winner of the iPad mini 4 has been drawn – congratulations to Ryan on winning the prize!

We’re looking forward to reviewing all of your feedback. The results from the survey will be used to help us understand where we are doing well, identify improvements and give us new ideas for the future.

Once we’ve collated the results, we’ll publish a summary of the key feedback from the survey. Watch this space!

Don’t leave personal items unattended

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Gardens Point Library , Level 5.

When you’re in the study zone, in a comfortable spot and smashing the ‘to do’ list, we understand it is tempting to make a quick trip to the bathroom, or go out to grab a coffee. But this can be when items are taken and we are always sad to hear when theft occurs in the library.

This is your friendly reminder to not leave your bag, laptop, or books on tables unattended. If you need to go for lunch, coffee or 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 creates a record to help them return your property to you and maybe prevent future thefts.

If you’ve lost something (or found something) visit the library Helpdesk and see the librarians. You can also log an online form to report your missing item.

Don’t risk adding stress to your load. Losing a laptop or a library book can be a real pain and inconvenience to your study. Keep an eye on your stuff.

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!

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

Caboolture Open Day 2016

Sunday 21st August 2016 is the day for Caboolture campus to shine! Attending Open Day is your chance to explore your home campus, chat to staff members and fellow students, and most importantly… come and see the library.

If you’re interested in finding out what Caboolture campus is all about, make sure to visit between 9:00am-2:00pm. Plan your day by downloading the Open Day Program (PDF file, 1051.21KB).

Remember you can always take yourself on a virtual tour of the campus if you cannot make it on the day.

QUT Open Day 2016

QUT Open Day is coming up at Gardens Point on the 31st of July and is the perfect way to find out all the great things QUT has to offer, whether you’re a prospective student or already here!

Why not see what students are thinking, saying and doing? QUT Sharehouse is a student blog made by students for students. See how Roseanna transitioned from high school to university, find out how to #stressdownday with slippers and mini road trips and get some great (and funny!) study tips from current QUT students.

If you are not sure which direction to take in you studies you can discover all about your study options is the Real Choices: A guide to undergraduate study in 2017 (PDF file, 5008.5 KB). This is a great place to get some advice about choosing or changing to a course that is just right for you.

And most importantly…The Library! There are two libraries at Gardens Point campus, the main library (A.M Fraser) at V Block, and the Law Library at C Block. We also have libraries at Kelvin Grove and Caboolture too. So if you have study questions or need some help finding information, give us a call, pop in and say hi or chat to us online, we are always here to help!

For all you social-media fiends don’t forget to Instagram your pictures and add the hashtag #QUTOpenDay and #QUTLibrary. For more information about QUT Open day head to the QUT Open Day website.

 

 

Mid year re-boot: preparing for Semester 2

Uni breaks are never long enough, right?

Semester 2 is just around the corner. Staying on top of your study load means being proactive and getting a plan in place ahead of time. Do the thinking now, before you’re too busy, and halfway into your first assessment piece.

Re-boot for next semester in 3 steps.

  1. Prepare your study space and materials.
  2. Start to make a plan and create a study schedule.
  3. Re-connect to get motivated.

Prepare your study space and materials

Your ‘to do’ list:

  • clear your study space – put old assignments and files away; archive them or transfer to an external hard drive, off your normal computer. Why not add a few fresh touches, like a photo, motivational quote or a plant?
  • top up your stationery supplies or update needed software
  • gather unit outlines for Semester 2 units and set up new files
  • make sure you’re enrolled in required units and registered for your classes
  • prepare a book list and acquire required textbooks

Start to make a plan and create a study schedule.

When you have registered for your classes, you’re starting to gain a sense of what your routine will look like during semester. This is a good time to be proactive and start to plan your approach to the semester. You can be more flexible for when the unexpected happens if you have a plan and study tasks scheduled regularly.

Start by blocking out time for your classes, plus any important dates and commitments you know about.

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For more planning tips, check out our blog post about setting up for study success.

Get motivated

Re-connect and catch up with friends and peers

Why not sign up to a study skills workshop? Or you may like to brush up on study skills using the online modules in Blackboard. Once logged into Blackboard, either go to the community site directly and click ‘Enrol’, or use ‘Community Finder’ and search with the name ‘Library Back to Study’. By enrolling in the community site, you will have ready access to these resources from your Blackboard home page.

Set some goals – What would you like to improve on this semester? What changes would you like to make to your assignment work or exam preparation? Effective goals are ‘SMART‘: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely.

Need help through the semester? Ask a Librarian – online, at the Library Helpdesk, or by email and phone.

We’re here to help.

Gardens Point smoke-free spaces and suggestions

Have you noticed the new seating area outside Gardens Point library? From July 1st all QUT campuses are smoke-free to promote a safe and healthy working and learning environment, so we need some help deciding what fun things we can do in the new space. 09

What activities would you like to see in the new smoke-free space outside V Block Library? Our staff have set up a fantastic collaborative blackboard complete with a box of chalk and paper flower decorations.

Already we have suggestions like: Yoga, Chess set, music, cooking classes, movie screenings. All great ideas!

Can you think of other ideas we could use the space for? Or do you have any other feedback for library services?

World Blood Donor Day

The World Health Organisation declared yesterday as World Blood Donor Day! The theme for this year is “Blood connects us all”. Did you know every one donation of blood can save up to three lives? If you’re healthy, aged 16-70 years, and weigh over 50kgs you may be eligible to donate.

Take a quiz to find out how much you know about blood donation, you might surprise yourself!

Visit the Red Cross website for more information about where you can donate.