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!

ad_eac_235Engage in real world contemporary engineering problem solving!

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?


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.

National Science Week

From the 13th – 21st August it is National Science Week. All over Australia people are celebrating the wonders of science and acknowledging the work Australian scientists have done in contributing to the world’s knowledge.

This event isn’t just for scientists, there are events for everyone young and old! The National Science Week Events page lets you search by your own location and there are even events online. Why not Journey into the Deep or get hands on with science?

At QUT Library this week we have a lot of events going on for National Science Week so make sure you pop in and say hi to our friendly staff!

For more information about what is going on this National Science week have a look at @Aus_ScienceWeek.

And remember, whatever scientific things you get up this week don’t forget to let us know @qutlibrary and #natsciwk. So go forth and prosper this Science Week!


Meow, it’s International Cat Day!

cat-and-book-975572_1280International Cat Day is dedicated to a librarian’s best friend, our furry hot water bottles and companions, cats! It is a day for pampering your own cat or even the neighbourhood ones and recognising the impact they have made on our own lives and society as one of the most popular pets in the world.  Not only have cats been loving pets for many a millennium, the Ancient Egyptians worshipped our feline friends, they have also been known to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and improve mental health, yay cats!

To spur on your own worship of cats today, here are some interesting kitty facts

  1. A group of kittens is called a kindle, because book lovers needed another reason to love kittens! A group of cats is called a clowder.
  2. Cats have been to space! The first cat to be such a high achiever was Felicette in 1963. Her name is French for Astrocat.
  3. Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds, talk about purring machines.
  4. A male cat is called a Tom and a female cat is called a Molly or a Queen which sounds about right!
  5. When cats are happy or pleased they squeeze their eyes shut, awwww!

cat-984097_1280QUT Library has lots of cat related resources including online movies and documentaries. So if you’re feeling the love for cats why not watch The Cat Returns, an anime that takes you into the fantastical world of cats. Or if you want to learn more about our furry companions have a look at The Secret Life of Cats. You can find more cat videos by searching for “cats” in the How to find – Videos and DVDs search box.

So make sure you stock up catnip and string and bust out your best cat sweater or cats eye sunglasses because Monday 8th August is all about cats! And, if you’re a dog lover, don’t get catty, National Dog day is just around the corner on August 26th.


The Ekka is coming!

CaptureIt’s that time of the year again where you scour the show bag guide, look forward to seeing a bit of the country in the middle of Brisbane and save all your spare change to spend on rides and strawberry ice-cream. That’s right, it’s EKKA time! The Royal Queensland Show aka the Ekka, officially started back in 1921 and has run every year since with only two exceptions. It is definitely a Queensland staple and a tradition that is loved by over half a million visitors every year.

Now with half a million visitors the Ekka can get pretty busy. So here are some quick tips to make sure you get the most out of your Ekka experience!

Quick Tip One: Tickets

If you are an RACQ member you can save a few more pennies to put towards a dagwood dog or a few extra Bertie Beetle show bags. RACQ offer discount tickets to all their members plus a few other exclusive offers including a $50 unlimited ride pass so you can spin, fly and rattle around to your hearts content. Don’t fret if you aren’t an RACQ member as there are ticket types available to suit everyone.

Quick Tip Two: What’s on

Before you get to the Ekka make sure to have a look at the What’s On  guide. This way you can see all the awesome events you might want to go to, where they are and most importantly what time they are on. Our favourite event are the alpaca judging, wood chop and sawing and the Grand Parade.

Quick Tip Three: Transport

Ekka transport has sure come a long way since 1921 however getting to and from the Ekka can sometimes be the most frustrating part of your day. Avoid all the angst and confusion and book in advance. You can now pre-book not only parking but also air train tickets.cows-1029077_1280

The Ekka is a fun filled and jam packed 10 days. Where else can you get cows alongside rollercoasters alongside fashion parades? Hopefully these quick tips steer you in the right direction i.e. to the Ekka!

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.