Remembrance Day

The 11th of November marks the anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War. Each year on this day, a minute’s silence is observed at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts (Australian War Memorial).

The red Flanders poppy is the symbol of remembrance that commemorates the First World War. Wild red poppies flourished in churned up mud and soil in the battlefields of the Western Front during the war. In 1921, the red Flanders poppy became the British Legion’s official emblem. Today, red poppies feature in sprays and wreaths laid at memorials, at memorial services and military cemeteries. Cloth poppies are worn in memory respect of those who gave their lives.

Available through the QUT Library, this documentary, Not Forgotten, presents individual stories from the First World War and unlocks “the experience and the legacy of the Great War on a personal, family, community and national level, and ensuring that 90 years later, these names are not forgotten.”

We will remember them. Lest we forget.

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!

 

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.

 

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.

Australian Fashion Week

Image: IMG_3268 CC BY-SA Rosevita

Image: IMG_3268 CC BY-SA Rosevita

April 12th-16th is Australian Fashion Week. You may be thinking – what does the library have to do with fashion? And the short answer is… a lot! Here at QUT Library we have a large number of resources for students who are studying or are interested in fashion. Our Creative Industries librarians have done their best to find some of the most up-to-date and relevant information for students to use just check out this subject guide.

Databases
University of Fashion – This database is an online collection of fashion videos perfect for the beginner designer. Be quick! This a trial database and our subscription expires on the 31st May, 2015.
The Vogue Archive – If you are a fan of this iconic fashion magazine make sure to have a look at this database dating back to the first issue in 1892.

Books
Swatch reference guide to fashion fabrics / Deborah Young – This textbook even comes with fabric samples!
World clothing and fashion : an encyclopedia of history, culture, and social influence / Mary Ellen Snodgrass – If you want a nice concise background to clothing and fashion, look no further than this two volume set.

DVDs
The Devil Wears Prada [videorecording] – Meryl Streep as a quasi-Anna Wintour. Enough said.
A Savage Life in Fashion [videorecording] – Interviews with Percy Savage.

E-books
Indian fashion : tradition, innovation, style [electronic resource] / Arti Sandhu – A look inside the history of Indian fashion.
Fashion in the Time of William Shakespeare [electronic resource] / Sarah Jane Downing – Take a look and see what kind of fashion was around in Shakespeare’s time!

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Happy Birthday Einstein … have some Pi!

If you follow the day/month/year time format you’ll be happy to know that it is Einstein’s birthday today!

Albert Einstein was born in Germany on 14 March 1879 and would have been 135 today. So, what kind of stuff do we owe to this awesome theoretical physicist? I think these websites may do a better job at explaining things than me:

1. The theory of relativity

2. E = mc^2

If you would like to do a little bit of research yourself, why not take a look at these items in the QUT Library collection?

Einstein: his life and universe / Walter Isaacson.

Einstein: a biography / Jürgen Neffe; translated from the German by Shelley Frisch.

The theory of relativity [electronic resource]: and other essays / Albert Einstein.

"entrance mathematician's building, TU-Berlin" By Holger Motzkau (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

“entrance mathematician’s building, TU-Berlin” By Holger Motzkau (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Fans of the month/day/year time format will be gearing up to celebrate Pi Day!

pi or π represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and is known as the number 3.14. Can you guess why it is celebrated on 14 March every year?

One of the most interesting things about pi is that its decimal numbers are infinite and they do not have a pattern to them. How many decimal places of pi can you recite from memory?

Make sure to take a moment on Pi Day to observe this rare time event:  3/14/15 at 9:26:53

Return of the Doctor

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QUT Caboolture Library All Rights Reserved Queensland University of Technology

There were bleary eyes on Sunday morning as the dedicated fans of ‘Doctor Who‘ set their alarms for the 4:50am (Australian EST) premiere of the much awaited 8th Season. There is a much anticipated new Time Lord in town – the 12th incarnation- and there has been much speculation and chatter as to how Peter Capaldi will fit the shoes left behind by the much loved Matt Smith.

A Dalek may, or may not, have been spotted in the QUT Library using the self check-out machine to borrow books and DVDs (see above) or perhaps it was a mere hallucination of the sleep deprived?

If you’re new to this ‘Doctor Who’ business here’s some quick facts for you:

  • The show chronicles the  adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord—a time-travelling humanoid alien. The Doctor faces a variety of foes while working to save civilisations, help ordinary people, and right wrongs.
  • 2013 marked the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. The first episode aired Saturday 23rd November 1963
  • In 2005 after a 16 year absence from the BBC, Doctor Who was relaunched and became an instant success with over 10 million people watching the first episode.
  • A TARDIS is a time and space machine that the Doctor uses to gad about the Universe and travel through time. There’s not a student around who doesn’t wish they had access to one at some point, especially at exam time.

So, catch up on previous Seasons available through QUT Library and get hooked. You’ll be a Whovian in no time!

QUT part of a winning formula to break down the digital divide

MKnowledge Unlatched (KU), proudly supported and partnered by QUT, is the 2014 winner of the IFLA/Brill Open Access Award.

Together with 300 libraries around the world, QUT works with KU to fund the publication of high quality specialist scholarly books and make them open access. Anyone, anywhere can freely access the KU Pilot Collection of books from OAPEN, HathiTrust and the British Library.

The IFLA/Brill Open Access Award was created in 2013 for initiatives in the area of open access monograph publishing. This year the jury voted unanimously for KU, recognising it as the most outstanding and game-changing initiative in the field.

The jury said that they are ‘deeply impressed with the simplicity and elegance of the original concept, with the daring scope of the project, bringing together libraries, publishers and other organisations from around the world, and with the highly successful outcome of the pilot phase that tested the concept’.

Contact Paula Callan, Scholarly Communications Librarian, for further details on Knowledge Unlatched, and for support with scholarly publishing and open access.

 

Level 6 of Gardens Point Library is getting a makeover

Berry Hard Work by JD Hancock (CC by 2.0)

Berry Hard Work by JD Hancock (CC by 2.0)

There are some changes happening on level 6 of Gardens Point Library.

Individual study spaces will replace group study spaces, and there will be more power outlets for your laptops and other mobile devices making it easier for you to study solo.

Work will begin on the new space soon. From the 14th of July you will no longer be able to book the group study rooms on level 6. If you’re after a book, the collection on this level will still be accessible while work is happening.

Tips and tricks for the new look Quick Find

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Quick Find is a search tool which allows you to search across the QUT Library catalogue and a range of databases. It finds resources which are seamlessly accessible to you as a QUT student or staff member. quickfindReturning students may notice that Quick Find has a new look. Here’s what’s new with QUT’s Quick Find as well as some tips and tricks for how to use it.

What’s new?

  • Your selected search filters now stick when you change your search terms.
  • You can now filter results by study area, making it easier to find the most relevant resources.
  • Quick Find now suggests related topics.

Tips and tricks

Use the advanced search to create more detailed or specific searches. The advanced search is great if you already know some of the details of the resource you’re looking for, such as the author’s name or the publication date.

citeYou can save resources by clicking on the folder icon in the top right of each record. You can then access these resources in the saved items folder which can be found to the right of the search box and export or email them to yourself. This is a really handy way to keep track of useful resources.

Generate citations by clicking on ‘Cite’ in the preview pane, then selecting your referencing style of choice. This is a quick way of gathering all the information required for your reference list, but always make sure to double check the citation using CiteWrite to ensure it is correct.