Goodbye Mad Men

10eHave you ever loved a television program so much that you cried when it ended? There were more than a few sad faces in the library when the season finale of Mad Men rolled around. We even had a tribute magnetic scrabble game on our staff message-board.

Mad Men ran for 7 seasons and reintroduced the modern world to the fashion, politics, and home-life of 1960’s America. We saw a glimpse of what life was like for the ad-men (and women!) of New York in a sometimes romanticised and sometimes no-holds-barred kind of way. The series grew to be a cultural phenomenon not only for the nostalgic value but for the social commentaries on gender, race equality, and of course, advertising.

Do you want to live in the world of 1960’s Madison Avenue for a little longer? Why not check out some of the awesome titles we have in our collection.


Mad men unbuttoned : a romp through 1960s America / Natasha Vargas-Cooper.
Mad men and philosophy : nothing is as it seems / edited by Rod Carveth and James B. South.
Mid-century ads : advertising from the Mad Men era / edited by Jim Heimann ; introduction by Steven Heller.


Mad Men and Politics [electronic resource] : Nostalgia and the Remaking of Modern America / Lilly J. Goren.
Mad Men, Mad World [electronic resource] : Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s. / Lauren M.E. Goodlad.
Analyzing Mad Men [electronic resource] : Critical Essays on the Television Series. / Scott F. Stoddart.


Nineteen Sixties Drama

Reconciliation Week in the Library

National Reconciliation Week 2015 Logo "It's Time to Change It Up"

Before you get too caught up with end of semester exams and assessment, take some time this week to join in awareness raising activities as part of National Reconciliation Week at QUT.

National Reconciliation Week commemorates both the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision in 1992. You don’t need to be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander decent in order to participate, National Reconciliation Week offers all Australians the opportunity to express their commitment to reconciliation and to get involved in reconciliation activities in the community.

'Aboriginal Colors' by Michael Loke (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

‘Aboriginal Colors’ by Michael Loke (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

QUT Library at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove will be hosting a TEDx Lounge Event every day from Wednesday May 27 – Wednesday June 3 showcasing a range of inspiring talks by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander speakers.

No RSVP is necessary! All you need to do is bring your ears to listen, your friends to share with and your lunch to eat up to level 3 of Kelvin Grove Library from midday to 1pm. If you’re at Gardens Point, head to the newspaper area of the Library.

More information about the importance of reconciliation and National Reconciliation Week events is available from the National Reconciliation Week website or you can follow #NRW2015 on Twitter.

Teacher Librarians’ Professional Development Day

Who can forget going to the library in primary and high school? Perhaps you went to the library to research an assignment, read a book or use the computers. There’s no doubt that teacher librarians are incredibly skilled in a wide range of areas – after all, they have to be equipped to teach students from grades 1-12 and that’s no mean feat!

On Saturday, over 100 teacher librarians from around Queensland were treated to a free professional development day right here at QUT.

QUT Library Director, Sue Hutley, welcomes the teacher librarians. Some came from as far away as Cairns and Toowoomba!

QUT Library Director, Sue Hutley, welcomes the teacher librarians. Some came from as far away as Cairns and Toowoomba!


The day kicked off with some much needed morning coffee and a welcome from QUT Library Director, Sue Hutley. Dr Mandy Lupton was first cab off the rank with her session on inquiry and information literacy: questioning frameworks and critical evaluation of information.

Erica Hateley shares her wisdom and expertise about children's literature

Erica Hateley shares her wisdom and expertise about children’s literature.


Engaging students in literature was the next topic of discussion from Dr Erica Hateley. A quick cameo performance from QUT Library’s Associate Director, Martin Borchert, on eBooks was followed by a lovely lunch.

The afternoon was all about spaces. Kim Lewin, the Library’s Associate Director for Client Services and Learning Support took all of the participants on a tour of P Block at Gardens Point to check out the Science Education Centre’s innovative learning spaces. Finally, Dr Hilary Hughes shared her wisdom and expertise regarding the design of library learning spaces.

When asked what the most important learning of the day was, one teacher librarian summed it up beautifully:

“There are so many passionate teacher librarians willing to give up a Saturday and so many talented experts teaching in this area willing to share their learning on a Saturday, This is such a vital area of education and needs support and recognition. Thanks for today.”

A full rundown of the event is available on Storify.

Copyright, road rules, and renting a house

How times have changed! Check out the moustaches on these politicians at the Waterford Courthouse in Ireland more than 100 years ago!

Chances are you haven’t committed a major crime but, whether you realise it or not, the law is always around us. It governs our driving, our downloads, our interactions with others, our behaviour in public, our housing and much more.

National Law Week runs from May 11-15 to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society.

Two of our staff chilling out in the Law Library and enjoying some food while they’re at it – that fairy floss looks delicious!

The good news is that you don’t have to be studying at QUT to find out about what our legal boffins are up to:

So next time you want to complain about a noisy neighbour or download a copy of Dallas Buyer’s Club, think about us and all our amazing resources or contact the Department of Justice for legal advice.