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.

QUT Library Wins GIF IT UP 2016!

Recently, QUT Library submitted our very own GIFs into the annual GIF IT UP competition. We were tasked with creating a sweet GIF from a piece of copyright-free material from DPLA, Europeana, Trove or DigitalNZ collections.

For QUT Library’s submission we chose a beautiful picture of the Moreton Bay Lighthouse that can be found in QUT Library’s Digital Collections. We created three amazing GIFs from the one photo, talk about wow!
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Not only are these GIFs fantastic but we also won! Congratulations to the wonderful staff who contributed to the innovated and creative gifs that have put QUT Library on the GIF map! We were awarded the Trove Librarian Grand Prize by the Trove Judges who had this to say about the entries –

“These 3 GIFs together tell a story like no other entry ever has. It was utterly unexpected and delightful.”

More feedback from the judges and the rest of the winning GIFs can be seen on the DPLA website. And all the gif submissions are on GIF IT UP 2016. Do you have a favourite GIF from the competition? Let us know by leaving us a comment!

A Little Bit of Magic in the Library

harry-potter-418108_640Exams are nearly over, university is almost finished for another semester and all you want to do is relax. We couldn’t agree more, especially if you can add a little bit of magic to your summer!

With the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, from the world of Harry Potter, being released on the 17th November now is a great time to renew or start your Harry Potter experience. QUT Library has a range of different resources to help you fill your pensieve with many magical memories.

Apparate into Kelvin Grove or Caboolture libraries and check out one of JK Rowling’s books You can borrow the original seven part Harry Potter series, The Cursed Child screenplay and even the beautiful picture book of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. What better way is there to meet Harry, Ron, Hermione and the rest of the Hogwarts gang?

Swish and flick the mouse on your computer and you stream Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets and other movies straight away. Or Accio a piece of magic home and borrow a Harry Potter DVD.

There is a lot of magic at your fingertips at QUT Library that you can discover and enjoy at home or on campus. And the best part? You don’t have to wait for a Hogwarts letter to access all the magic you want!books-791923_640

All in this together: tips for using library spaces

students in library spaces KGExam period is right around the corner. By now, you need to be starting to think about your approach to exam preparation. Using library spaces and rooms might be part of your strategy – we think it’s a good one!

The library offers study spaces of different types – for study groups, for conversation and collaboration, for topping up your power supply or time to study on your own. Whatever your needs – on the floor, in a room, at a desk or on a couch, you’ll likely find your ideal study space. Rooms are available for bookings made in advance of your study sessions.

Exam stress is real and you don’t need any extra when you’re trying to concentrate on exam revision. When using spaces in the library, particularly the collaborative zones, it’s a good idea to exercise a little consideration for your peers. Many of you will have exams and so many of you will be in the same boat – all in this together.

We’ve come up with some top tips for being a considerate peer in library spaces during exam preparation and exam period:

  • Try not to listen to loud music. Instead, bring some earphones.
  • You may like to bring a meal or snacks into the library. Totally fine with us! But maybe don’t be the student who brings the smelly or over-powering food.
  • Don’t sit at a desk with a computer when you’re not using it. Another student might need it.
  • Don’t put laptop cords across walkways. This causes a trip hazard. Not cool.
  • Return library books on time. And this includes the course reserve items. Don’t be a scrooge!
  • Planning when and where you’re going to study? Luckily, Gardens Point Library will again be extending opening hours during the study and exam period. From the 28th October until 10pm on 18th November the library will be open from 7am – 2am Monday to Friday and 9am – 2am on the weekends. There are ample study times for you to choose from, yay!

For more top exam & study space tips, these other past blog posts have you covered.

Now go ace that exam prep and those exams!

Halloween stories in the library!

Halloween is almost upon us and what a perfect time to delve into the spooky areas of our library collection to see what you can borrow to scare your friends!

The House on the Hill by Kyle Mewburn & illustrated by Sarah Davis is available to borrow from the Kelvin Grove and Caboolture Curriculum Collections. It is a rhyming picture book for students in primary school, but there is no reason adults can’t enjoy it too.

American Horror Story is a spooky television series to get into if you haven’t already and nothing beats a few episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Of course, nothing beats reading a good book from the king of horror – from Carrie to The Shining and The Dark Tower series, there is always something to read from the prolific and deliciously unsettling Stephen King.

Don’t forget we have many Ebook collections for you to find a thrilling scare and if you’re looking for online videos we have access to The Darkside a film retelling various Indigenous ghost stories from around Australia.

Do you have any suggestions for scary Halloween stories? Let us know your favorite author or story in the comments.

 

To Sir with Love

QUT Library contains many unique items within our collection. One such piece is so special it is having its own exhibition! From the 20th October 2016 until the 23rd February 2017 Old Government House is playing host to the “To Sir with Love” The Dr Wilton Wood Russell Love Album exhibition. This album, originally created in 1894 by chemistry students, was given to their beloved lecturer, Dr Wilton Wood Russell Love (1861-1933). He was a chemistry lecturer at the Brisbane Technical College on Ann St. This college was the early predecessor of QUT, who knew?

Dr Wilton W.R. Love with Chemistry students, 1894.Various photographs of Brisbane are contained within the 19th century album and also include images of the chemistry students and Dr Love. They cover many areas in Queensland including Moreton Island and the Glasshouse Mountains capturing the history of Brisbane from 1862 – 1892 in a beautiful memento. Also included in the album is a gorgeous book plate which contains the signatures of Dr Love’s students.

The album itself has had a bit of a journey before coming to a rest at QUT Library. It was purchased in 1944 by Ensign Borivoj Franko-Filipašić, a US Naval Serviceman, for only £5. Quite a bargain for souvenir with so much Brisbane history! In 1995 he donated the album to QUT Gardens Point Library where it has since been digitised. People from all over Australia and world can now view this beautiful album online and get a peak of QUT’s great-great-grandfather, Brisbane Technical College, and also experience a piece of Queensland’s culture and history.

In 2015, QUT Library’s very own Liaison Librarian, Jennifer Thomas, visited Dr Franko-Filipašić who is now over 90 and resides in Philadelphia in the United States. She was able to interview Dr Franko-Filipašić and capture his own amazing story about Brisbane, “the city that transformed [him] into a Queenslander”. You can view his interviews at QUT Digital Collections.

The exhibition on display at Old Government House will showcase the whole remarkable story behind the Dr Wilton W.R Love Album from 1894 – present day. The contents of the album, the stories of the two great men who were able to call it their own, and its importance to QUT’s history will be revealed. So if you are a history buff, like looking at amazing photographs or even just want to find out more about Dr Love, this exhibition is a must see!

Play, Learn, Win, Take the Engineering Academic Challenge!

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Do you have the urge to test your mettle against other students from around the globe? Then join the Engineering Academic Challenge, compete against thousands of engineering students from hundreds of institutions around the globe!

The prestigious worldwide Engineering Academic Challenge starts October 10th. Over five weeks contestants use QUT Library’s Knovel and the Engineering Village database Compendex to answer five real world questions about trending engineering topics to win great prizes.

The Engineering Academic Challenge has been created by Drexel University College of Engineering students; for students. Challenge problem sets are based around five themes –

  1. Sustainable Energy
  2. Connectivity for 21st Century
  3. Making (Future Manufacturing)
  4. Future of Medicine
  5. Future of Transport

Solving the themed problems will challenge and extend you. Develop, test and measure innovative solutions. Teams and / or individuals can take part. Students from any discipline are welcome to participate. To accept the challenge register now online.

Begins Monday 10th October and end Sunday 13th November. For more information visit Engineering Academic Challenge.

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!

R U OK? Day

Today is all about asking the important question, are you okay? People all over Australia will be asking this question to connect in a meaningful way with one another and to help those who may not be doing well.

Student life can get tough, there is no shame in admitting it. With assignments, exams and everyday life pressures may come stress, anxiety and worry. But no one has to go through this alone, there are many places to go to for help and support including QUT counselors. The library can offer support to help with time management and study support too.

R U OK? Day is a cause that all Australians can get behind. R U OK? suggests the following ways in which we can all make a difference –

  • Have regular, meaningful conversations about the ups and downs of life. You don’t have to be an expert to do this, just show you care by being a good listener.
  • If you feel in your bones something is up with someone, take the time to ask how they are.
  • Listen without judgment, encourage action and check in with them again.
  • You don’t have to fix their problem or take away their pain, just make them feel supported.

For more conversation tips visit R U OK? website.

R U OK? Day is a reminder for us all to talk to our peers, colleagues, team mates, friends and family. To reconnect and support one another and feel like we belong! So if you see someone who might be struggling, take a chance, start a conversation, text, call, email or just start chatting. Ask are you okay?

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QUT Library Student Survey now open

Want to win an iPad mini?We’re excited to announce the start of the QUT Library Student Survey, which will run from 5-26 September 2016.

What’s so exciting about it? Well, if you take part then you can enter a competition to win an iPad mini 4.

To us though, that’s not the most exciting bit – we’re actually more excited about finding out what students think about our services (really!).

We run the survey every three years and ask students about what services are important to them, and how we are performing in these services. A lot can change in three years – it’s really useful for us to find out where our students’ priorities lie in 2016 so that we can focus on these areas.

But it’s not just about that or about finding out how well we’re doing. The survey results are used to guide real improvements to library services. Student feedback from the 2013 survey led to:

  • Displaying computer availability on digital screens to make it easier to see what is available
  • Doubling the number of laptops available for loan at the Caboolture Campus Library
  • Installing extra power facilities for mobile devices
  • Installing signs in quiet study areas to help reduce noise levels

What are you waiting for, complete the survey and help us to make things even better.