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!

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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.

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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.

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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