Celebrating St Paddy’s day with our digital collection

In the lead up to next month’s Australian Heritage Festival, where part of QUT Library’s wonderful digital photographic collection will be on display, we thought we’d show you some of the rare images of Ireland we are preserving and making available for the whole world.

Part of “Traversing the Globe: the L’Estrange photographic legacy” exhibition, includes never before published images of Ireland from Queen Victoria’s visit to Dublin in April 1900.

Queen Victoria’s Royal visit to Dublin, April,1900

These photographs were digitised from the original  lantern slides and dry glass plates donated to QUT digital collections by the family of the photographer Robert Augustus Henry L’Estrange.  The background to his extraordinary life and the upcoming Australian Heritage Festival exhibitions can found here.

Customs House on the River Liffey, 1900

 

Traversing the Globe: the L’Estrange photographic legacy

The digital exhibitions will be on display between April 18 – April 24, 2020 at the CUBE, P Block, QUT Gardens Point and The Sphere/Data Wall, E Block, QUT Kelvin Grove.

Hacky Hour at QUT: Skills for Open Research

Get help with your research data and publishing

Hacky Hour is a regular meet-up where researchers can get together over a coffee to collaborate, converse, and get research help in a relaxed setting. Experts will be on hand to advise on problems related to coding, data analytics, digital tools or open research, with knowledgeable folk from QUT Library, the Digital Observatory and the Office of eResearch.

Bring your questions on:

  • Data wrangling
  • Programming with R, Python, SQL
  • Building and interacting with databases
  • Data management planning
  • Machine learning
  • Web APIs and web/social media data collection
  • Version control with Git
  • Publishing – where and how
  • Open Scholarship and Open Research
  • Copyright & Creative Commons licensing
  • ORCiD and other identifiers
  • Research data publishing

Join us via Zoom (video conferencing) for a virtual session. Experts will be available to help with what you’re working on!

From 24th March, we meet every Thursday 2-3pm for a virtual meet up via Zoom. Please, use this link to join us

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://qut.zoom.us/j/420041745

Or iPhone one-tap :

Australia: +61280156011,,420041745#  or +61370182005,,420041745# Or Telephone:

Dial: 9666 (from a QUT desk or Meeting Room phone) or +61 2 8015 2088

Australia: +61 2 8015 6011  or +61 3 7018 2005  or +61 8 7150 1149

Meeting ID: 420 041 745

International numbers available: https://qut.zoom.us/u/acT2bzurEN

Or an H.323/SIP room system:

Dial: +61 2 6222 7588  (AUCX) or 420041745@zoom.aarnet.edu.au

or H323:182.255.112.21##420041745 or 202.177.207.158 (AU)

Meeting ID: 420041745

Join the conversation via Twitter #QUT Library @QUTHackyHour

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Good news! APA 7th edition is here!

The 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) has been released. This is good news as it is now clearer and more streamlined than the 6th edition. QUT Library has been busy adapting our resources to reflect the changes.

 

What you can do:

  • Follow Cite|Write as this has been edited and now reflects all changes. Cite|Write explains the changes in detail using templates, examples and excellent notes.
  • Borrow the APA 7th edition manual from our library here
  • If you are super keen, check out more information about the changes on the American Psychological Assocation page.

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Libraries are open later

As we welcome everyone for Semester One 2020 we are happy to announce later library opening hours!

Student feedback indicates they love having longer opening hours so we are all pleased that Gardens Point Library will be open to 2am from Monday 24 February to Friday 19 June 2020. For more detailed information about services and hours click here

Kelvin Grove Library opening hours from Monday 24 February to Friday 19 are Monday to Friday 7am to 10pm; Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm.

Law Library opening hours from Monday 24 February to Friday 19 are Monday to Thursday 8am to 10pm; Friday 8am to 8pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5pm.

All current library campus opening hours can always be found here

We look forward to seeing you in the Library soon!

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Welcome to the Library

As we head into a new academic year, keep in mind that – whatever your course of study – the Library is here to help!

QUT Library is the place to go if you want to:

  • find books, journal articles, and other key resources for your assignments
  • borrow items via our self-checkout machines
  • print, copy, and scan at our self-service printing stations
  • reserve a space for private study or group work
  • seek specialised Researching and Referencing assistance from a Librarian – in person, or online via our Chat service.

For more information about these and other services, speak with our friendly HiQ staff at Gardens Point campus Library (V Block) or Kelvin Grove campus Library (R Block), visit the HiQ portal or Library website, or take the virtual tour below. 

 

It’s Love Data Week 2020!

Lover you data week and rainbow love hearts

People hear statistics, but they feel stories* 

From the 10th to 14th February, QUT Library is celebrating the value and importance of research data. During 2020’s Love Data Week, we are adopting the theme of ‘data storytelling’.

QUT is celebrating the art of Data Storytelling that uses techniques, visualisation tools and narratives to bring together the story of your research.

Data storytelling is a new way of communicating and presenting your research data and translate your data to knowledge that a wider audience will remember. It can vastly improve the impact of your research output.

Visualisation is a prominent tool in data storytelling and two engaging examples are the visualisation of music genres through the ages and the bank of graphics from Information is Beautiful.

Some other easy to use tools include d3j, dataviz, plothy, gephi, canva and datawrapper.

There is a range of activities available to you during Love Data Week:

Data Storytelling

Amanda  Miotto (eResearch – Digital Solutions Griffith University)

Hear about data visualisation software and tools

 Alice Miller (Digital Observatory QUT)

Visualising a reply network of tweets from the Australian Twittersphere on AFL Grand Final night

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 10 – 11 am, Gardens Point P 405

Register HERE

Hacky Hour

Drop in and get support with your data visualisation or other data related enquiries

  • Wednesday 12 February 2 – 3pm Kelvin Grove Beadles
  • Thursday 13 February 2 –3 pm Gardens Point Pantry

No registration required

Network Know-how & Data Handling “Train the Trainer” (session 1)

Jupyter Notebooks training for beginners (session 2)

Friday 14 February 2020,  9 – 5pm, Gardens Point P 405

Session 1:     9 am – 1 pm

Session 2:     2 pm – 5 pm

Register HERE

You can register for just one event and provide your details sending to b2.waha@qut.edu.au

Join the conversation via Twitter #lovedata20 #qutlibrary @GPHackyHour

*https://www.future-you.com.au/blog/2019/11/people-hear-statistics-but-they-feel-stories-how-to-analyse-and-interpret-data-to-tell-a-story

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What will you read this summer break?

Summer is well and truly here!

Many of us are taking some time off, some travelling, some having staycations. Wherever you go (or don’t go) you can always take a book with you. These days, the formats are so diverse but all can transport you to another place and time, inspire you to make great changes or maybe no changes at all.

Glass head with headphones

“Downloadable audiobooks are here” by Lucius Beebe

Good stories can be like friends. They can pick you up when you’re feeling down, make you laugh out loud or bring you to tears. I have one or two novels that I’ve read (well, listened to actually… BIG fan of audio books – you should check out QUT Library’s collections of audiobooks) so many times I almost know them off by heart. They are my comfort reading books. The beauty of an audiobook is that you can be listening/reading while doing something else such as lying on a beach, preparing a Christmas feast or going for a walk after consuming said feast.

 

3 books and sunglasses at a beach

 

 

Are you the sort of person who likes the look, feel and smell of a physical book? New books especially can build that sense of excitement; that you are the first person to look at these particular pages, the first one to feel them, to read the words that the author has spent labouring over, and sometimes it will feel like they are speaking directly to you.

 

iPad on a desk with pen, keyboard and mouse

“iPad ereader” by Constance Wiebrands

What about ebooks? Ereaders (think Kindle, Kobo, etc) these days are great for offering you the flexibility of enlarging the text, changing the background colour, the font, personalising your reading experience. Our etextbooks don’t have quite the same flexibility or customisation as an ereader, but are still really handy if you want to get ahead of the game for 2020 and use your summer reading time to learn something new in anticipation of what you will learn or teach next year.

 

 

 

However and whatever you like to read, I hope that you enjoy the summer break and the festive season and may 2020 be your best year yet.

 

P.S. QUT Libraries will be closed from the 25th of December and reopen on 2nd January. Check the website for more details.

Summer is almost here – Let’s go!

Alexandra Headlands BeachYou’ve worked hard all year and the time is right to take a break from work, study and perhaps even the summer heat.

Personally, I love the summer – the long hot days and the balmy summer nights but I also love getting out of the City and heading to the beach. My favourite place to escape to is the Sunshine Coast with its gorgeous white sandy beaches and enticing blue waters. Just remember to swim between the flags and ‘slip, slop, slap, seek and slide’! Glasshouse Mountains

For those of you not so enamoured with the beach, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland can be absolutely breathtaking and a cooler area than the coast. Mary Cairncross Park has spectacular views across to the Glasshouse Mountains and beyond. They have a museum and environmental education section as well to learn about all the fabulous flora and fauna in this remarkable area.

The Gold Coast has its own natural beauty with its beautiful beaches and luscious hinterland as well as the added attraction of the theme parks for those adventure seekers.

If you’re looking to go a little further afield, why not check out our collection of travel guides at Kelvin Grove Library. There are online versions of some of the guides too so you can access them wherever you are (with an internet connection of course 😊).

What ever you do or wherever you go we wish you a safe and restful holiday break.

GIF IT UP

GIF IT UP is an annual gif-making competition for the most creative reuse of digitised cultural heritage material. This year’s 6th edition is run by Europeana in close cooperation with Digital Public Library of AmericaDigital NZ and Trove.

QUT Library Digital Collections has three submissions created from digitised cultural heritage material.

If you like our gifs please vote for us!

  1. Click here to view OUR gif

    Source material: 1. Territet-Glion funicular railway; 2. Children’s party in the grounds of the Herston residence, Coralyn, ca. 1907| Robert Augustus Henry L’Estrange; 3. Glasshouse mtns Beerwah, 1894
    | Queensland University of Technology via Trove
    The images used by this GIF are sourced from Queensland University of Technology Digital Collections. The Territet–Glion funicular railway image is a postcard from Montreaux, Switzerland and the photo with the young ladies are from the L’Estrange collection. The mountain in the background is one of the Glasshouse mountain images from the QUT Stories collection.

  2. Click here to view our gif

    Source material: Unknown people in horse drawn cart and coachman; possibly Chester, England (Bache Hall) Inside grocery shop possibly Kelvin Grove Queensland Harrison’s jams and jellies display | Robert Augustus Henry L’Estrange | Queensland University of Technology

  3. click here to view our gif

    Source material: Shot putterInside grocery shop possibly Kelvin Grove QueenslandHarrison’s jams and jellies display | Robert Augustus Henry L’Estrange | Queensland University of Technology via Trove

You can view all entries here at GIF IT UP

 

Mo Can Do

Thinking of growing a moustache? November, or Movember, is the ideal time, as your mo can play an important role in promoting men’s health (it can look good, too).

Conceived in Melbourne in 2003 to raise funds for prostate cancer research, Movember is now an international movement and the leading global organisation tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and male suicide and other mental health issues.

Not thinking of growing a moustache? There are other ways you can take part in Movember to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Movember, watch this entertaining TED Talk by the movement’s co-founder Adam Garone – just one of numerous moustache-related resources available through QUT Library.