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!

Celebrating NAIDOC Week

aboriginal-art-503444_1280 cropJuly 3 to 10 is NAIDOC Week. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance Committee and celebrates Aboriginal and Islander history, culture and achievements. It is a time to recognise the contributions Aboriginals and Islanders have made to Australia and our society.

There are lots of ways you can celebrate NAIDOC Week. The official NAIDOC website has Australia wide events that you can participate in.

Here are our top recommendations for celebrating NAIDOC Week and enjoying your break at the same time –

  • Put a NAIDOC poster on your fridge, wall or even in your study or work area.
  • Check QUT Library’s collection and borrow a book or watch a movie about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.
  • Relax and listen to some Indigenous musicians.
  • Research the traditional Indigenous owners of your area.
  • Visit local Indigenous sites of significance. RACQ has published a great guide so you can look for places near you!

Have a look at NAIDOC for more ideas on how you can celebrate NAIDOC week.

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.

 

World Refugee Day

Today we celebrates acceptance, tolerance and opening up our hearts and communities to refugees everywhere as it is World Refugee Day.

access-933122_1280Communities around the world have been celebrating refugees on special days for many years. However, it was in 2000 that the United Nations officially noted that 2001 would mark the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention that specifically related to refugees’ statuses. It was decided that this would be commemorated by having an annual celebration for refugees. Its date would coincide with Africa Refugee Day on the 20th June as Africa Refugee Day was a long standing celebration that had been adopted by several countries already.

QUT Library has a plethora of resources about refugees. Why not check out some of our books and videos currently available like –

To find out about World Refugee Day activities happening in Brisbane visit MDA and follow #worldrefugeeday on Twitter.

 

Extended Library Opening Hours

It is that time of the semester when you want to spend all your time at the library in your favourite study spot…unfortunately so does everyone else! But have no fear of missing out on space at the library this semester as the Gardens Point Library in V Block has extended opening hours from 3rd June – 24th June. This means it will be open from 7am – 2am Monday to Friday and 9am – 2am on the weekends.

You will be able to access all your usual library study nooks and crannies including study rooms and computers and you can even borrow books and use the printing, copying and scanning services from the self service areas.

cat-718936_1280Make sure to have your QUT ID card on you at all times as you will need it to access the library during these extended hours. You can pop around to the swipe card access at the main library entrance next to the coffee shop Merlo to make your way inside.

Worried about haunting the library in the wee hours of the morning? QUT Security will be in the building at all times. Plus as an extra safety precaution, students are encouraged to carry a mobile phone and download the SafeZone app.

So grab your study gear, some caffeine and take advantage of late nights at QUT Library and grab your study nook!

*Please note, on the last day of extended hours we close at 10pm, due to a scheduled power outage.

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!

 

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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Study Hack – Online You

FacebookGoodEvil_JBHave you even sat down and Googled yourself just to see what would come up? Have you ever thought about what your online presence is? Take a look at our social media skills page to read up on how to Create a better online you. Your future self (and employers) will thank you for it!

So much of our lives, including studying, can and is being done online. We have universities course groups on Facebook, industry professionals to meet and follow on Twitter, Instgram and Flickr, Google+ community pages and blogs to follow and gain insight on particular topics. This is all great, however, it is worth thinking about the darker side of online technology. People are more available but also more hidden at the same time. How do you really know who you are talking to?

LookForHelpOnline_JBSo make sure you are getting the best out of your online presence and use it wisely. Create a linked in profile so that professionals within your industry can see your achievements. Ask questions to your tutor if they have created a Facebook group for your class. You can also speak directly to QUT Library staff online too through our Chat to a Librarian service. So even if you can’t get in to uni study help is still available!

Study Hack – Writing

SkeletonplanAcademic writing can be tough whether it be writing an essay or a literature review. We have some great resources in QUT Cite Write which will help you to get started, no matter what writing style you need.

First things first, make a skeleton plan. You can do this for your whole assignment and there are a lot of templates that can help you with this and some of them sound good! Try the hamburger or the diamond templates. After this, you can follow the same template (or try a new one) for each of your paragraphs. Use these templates to decide what information will go where. This will make it a whole lot easier to start writing when you know exactly what you are trying to say and when you want to say it.

ProofreadyourwrokOnce you have finished your assignment it is important that you edit and proof read. Check your grammar, punctuation and the flow of your words. Get someone else to have a look at it for you as a fresh pair of eyes may spot something you have missed. By editing and proof reading your work you will make sure your assignment works as a whole and most important of all, that it answers your task question.

Need more help? Visit QUT Support for learning.

Study Hack – Academic Honesty, what is it?

What is Academic honesty? You might have heard it referred to as plagiarism or cheating, at QUT we have a huge pile of resources to help you give credit where credit is due and be authentic in your studies.

BelieveOnline_JBSo what do you do if you have a whole bunch of great resources you want to use in your assignment? First off, it is great that you have found some resources relevant to your assignment but remember to have a good look at what your source is and where it came from. You want to use good quality information to back up your ideas and arguments. So make sure you don’t quote any information you haven’t verified!

findingInfoEasy_JB Next, you need to work the information into your assignment. You do this by direct quoting, summarising or paraphrasing their work. Remember, direct quotes should only take up 10% of your word count. Paraphrasing is the hardest but recommended. It is worthwhile aiming for as you can demonstrate your own understanding and show off your critical thinking skills! How to Paraphrase will give you some helpful tips so that you can put your best foot forward.

The final step you need to make is to acknowledge the work of the people whose resources you think are awesome have used in your assignment. Referencing or citing another person’s work is really important and there is loads of information about how to do this on QUT CiteWrite.

To avoid plagiarism make sure you reference and give credit to those who have come before you. And don’t forget, pictures and music need to be referenced too!

Need more help? Come and see us at the Library Help desk. No appointment needed.