Summer Series Five – Music

I'm a one man band by  Ian Parkes (CC BY-ND 2.0)

I’m a one man band by Ian Parkes (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Every summer has to have a soundtrack – what is your 2014/2015 sounding like? Perhaps we can help. The QUT Library gives you access to music in all its forms – CDs, DVDs, scores, online music and more!

The Library’s Sound CD collection can be found at Kelvin Grove Library, Level 4, near the lifts. The Sound CD Collection is a collection of music CDs that primarily support Music and Sound programs at QUT, however all students and staff are welcome to use and borrow from the collection.

Music DVDs can be found throughout the collection – artists in concert such as Leonard CohenU2 and 1D as well as compilations such as Triple J Hottest 100 Vol 21.

And for the budding  musicians amongst us, did you know QUT Library has a whole collection of sheet music and scores for you to borrow? Everything from Mozart to Game of Thrones, so now is the time to get the band together. The Music Score Collection can be found at Kelvin Grove Library, Level 4, near the D Block link.

If you’re interested in reading more about music – history, trends, bands, the Industry – the Library also provides access to thousands on articles and books online through its databases. Check out:

Music IndexIndex of journals covering music, musicians and the music industry   

Oxford Music Online: Collection of music dictionaries and reference books

Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online: A resource for music research providing essays, images and audio examples. Plus many more.

Happy listening!

Summer Series Three – Computer Games

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Who says Summer is all about sunshine, swimming and the frolicking in the great outdoors? Instead, spend your summer in the cool, dark indoors in front of a screen!

The QUT Library Computer Games collection can be found at Kelvin Grove Library on Level 3. Browse the collection at call number range 794.8 or find specific titles using the Catalogue search. New titles include: Wolfenstein:The new order; The Lego movie and The walking dead.

And if you don’t have your own games console (and you forgot to ask Santa for one) then don’t despair, QUT Library invites you to come on over and hang out in the Library Games Lab.    

Yes, the QUT Library has a Games Lab that is free for you to come and enjoy. Located on Level 4 of the Kelvin Grove Library, it houses a Wii; Xbox One, Xbox 360, plus Kinect PS3, plus Move. Borrow games from the collection and play onsite.

Summer Series Two – Summer reading

'2012-205 Reading' by Denise Krebs (CC BY 2.0)

‘2012-205 Reading’ by Denise Krebs (CC BY 2.0)

The QUT Library is ready and willing to enable a Summer spent reading in the hammock or by the pool.

You may be unaware of QUT Library’s extensive holdings of recreational reading material — both fiction and non-fiction — that is yours to borrow. So come and stock up so you can simply move from one book to the next without leaving your comfy spot. Whether it be literary classics, latest award winners or easy reads then the QUT Library has something to suit everyone.

Here are some classic summer-themed books to get you started:

To kill a mockingbird / Harper Lee. A young girl growing up in an Alabama town in the 1930s learns of injustice and violence when her father, a widowed lawyer, defends a black man falsely accused of rape —  from Worldcat. Deceptively simple, this is one of my all time favourite books that I re-read every year!

The great Gatsby / F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald which follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchana. — from Wikipedia.

Let the great world spin / Colum McCann. Award-winner Let the Great World Spin is a novel laced together by several different narratives, spanning from a waspy Park Avenue wife of a judge to a hooker to an Irish immigrant. The common thread? All characters are centered in New York City, summer blazing, while the Vietnam War rages on abroad. Despite the chaos abroad and on US soil, the city comes to a standstill when onlookers spot a man begin to walk on a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers. — from flavourwire

Atonement / Ian McEwan. In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous mansion. On the warmest day of the year, the country estate takes on an unsettling hothouse atmosphere, stoking Briony’s vivid imagination. Robbie Turner, the educated son of the family’s housekeeper, carries a torch for Briony’s headstrong older sister Cecilia. He hopes that Cecilia has comparable feelings. All it will take is one spark for this relationship to combust. When it does, Briony — who has a crush on Robbie — is compelled to interfere. She goes so far as to accuse Robbie of a crime he did not commit. Cecilia and Robbie declare their love for each other, but, ultimately, he is arrested. Briony bears false witness and the course of three lives is changed forever. — from Wikipedia

Come and browse the shelves or search for particular titles using the Library catalogue.

And if an eBook reader is on your Christmas list, then you’ll be pleased to know that many titles are available for loan as eBooks, or audiobooks,  downloadable from the Library website. So you don’t even have to interrupt your lolling to restock your reading material!

Let us know your favourite summer-themed book or a book you re-read every year!

Summer Series One – Movies & TV

Movies on the beach anyone? 'Sunbathing?' by  david reid (CC BY 2.0)

Movies on the beach anyone?
‘Sunbathing?’ by david reid (CC BY 2.0)

Welcome to the first post in our Summer Series highlighting the fun and frivolous offerings of the QUT Library for you to utilise this summer!

Summer and catching up on movies you’ve missed throughout the year or finally getting around to seeing some classics from your ‘one day’ list go hand-in-hand. So come on in (in person or online) and check out the QUT Library’s extensive movie collection.

Browse the movie collection in person at Kelvin Grove Level  4 at call number range 791.43 or search for a particular film you’re after in the Catalogue or in Quickfind.

New titles of 2014 releases include The secret life of Walter Mitty; The Railway man; and Kill your darlings. As well as the DVDs, many titles are streamed online  so you don’t even have to leave home! These streaming films are available to all staff and students.

If you’re not sure where to start or what to watch – how about a summer themed classic such as GreaseJaws; Endless Summer; or Dirty Dancing?

In addition to feature films, the QUT Library also has TV series for loan. TV Marathon here you come! Recent award winning series such as Game of Thrones; True Detective and House of Cards can be found alongside classics such as the The Sopranos and Buffy on the shelves of Level 4, Kelvin Grove Library.  As well as shows for the grown-ups, the Library also has Children’s Television Programs for loan as well.

And remember, if you can’t get to Kelvin Grove campus where most of these are located, you can place a Hold and get items sent to your home campus at Caboolture or Gardens Point to pick up there!

Let us know your favourite Summer-themed movie in the comments below!