New and improved Library website!

A new and improved QUT Library website was launched on Sunday June 28.

What’s so new, you ask?

Look and Feel

The re-developed Library website comes with a new look and feel. It has been developed based on user feedback and is consistent with other QUT sites such as QUT Virtual and the Student Portal.

You should feel right at home on the new Library website - it looks the same as many other QUT sites you're already familiar with!

You should feel right at home on the new Library website – it looks the same as many other QUT sites you’re already familiar with!

Content Structure and Navigation

The library website content is easy to find, clearly separated into relevance for specific user groups: Students, Researchers and Community. Information, resources and services for teaching staff can now be found on the new Digital Workplace.

This change created a new navigation structure: Instead of having one homepage, the new site has several landing pages of equal weight and importance. These are:

  • Search and borrow: Find resources and information about how to access them
  • Students: Information, resources and services for students
  • Researchers: Information, resources and services for researchers
  • Community: Library services available to alumni and non-QUT users

There are now several landing pages instead of a home page. This should make it easier for everyone to find the information they need on the Library site quickly and easily.

Access to Your Services

Need to book a room? Place a hold on a resource? Sign up for a workshop? You can do all this and more from one easy menu.

Need to book a room? Place a hold on a resource? Sign up for a workshop? You can do all this and more from one easy menu.

Several services such as ‘My loans and holds’, ‘My room-bookings’ and ‘My workshops’ are user-specific and require a login. These are now grouped in one login menu accessible from every page of the site, rather than being spread out over different pages.

Help and opening hours can be accessed throughout the site using the links in the header.

Access to your services 2

Need help with an assignment? Have a question about the Library? Need to know when we’re open? Easy! Just click the header!

 

 

 

Mobile Access

The new site adapts to different devices and screen sizes, allowing you to access it from everywhere with any device.

Need to access the Library but don’t have a computer! Not a problem! You can access the Library from any device!

Gardens Point Library 24/7 opening

Have you heard? During exam period Gardens Point Library will be open 24 hours a day!

GP Campus just got a whole lot better with the introduction of 24 hour access to the library. This means staff and students will have 24 hour access to all library study spaces including study rooms, library collections (including the Course Reserve collection), and the 24 hour computer lab located on Level 2.

How will it work?

Well, starting from 1st June at 7am and ending 23rd June at 10pm, staff and students will have 24 hour access to Gardens Point Library. Entry and exit to the library will be restricted to the main entrance door (opposite BarMerlo) and will be swipe card access only so make sure you have your QUT ID Card at all times.

QUT Security will monitor the library during these times however for your safety in the early hours of the morning students are encouraged to carry a mobile phone and download the SafeZone app.

The Library Helpdesk services are available from 7am to 10pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays, all other times will be self-service only.

For more information look at our 24/7 webpage.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art works in the Library

'Buttons 2' an image by Leah King-Smith will be on display on level 3 of the Gardens Point Library until August 31. King-Smith, Leah (collection artist, 1957) Buttons 2 (From the series 'Beyond Capture') 2004 Pigment dye Image 86.5 (H) x 88 (W) Frame 111.4cm (H) x 113cm (W) x 2.9cm (D) 2005.027 Purchased 2005

‘Buttons 2’ an image by Leah King-Smith will be on display on level 3 of the Gardens Point Library until August 31.
King-Smith, Leah (collection artist, 1957)
Buttons 2 (From the series ‘Beyond Capture’) 2004
Pigment dye
Image 86.5 (H) x 88 (W)
Frame 111.4cm (H) x 113cm (W) x 2.9cm (D) 2005.027
Purchased 2005

Call 911 - a colour inkjet print by Gordon Bennett is on display on level 2 of the Kelvin Grove Library.  Bennett, Gordon (collection artist, 1955) Call 911 2006 Colour inkjet print Sheet 82.5 (H) x 61 (W) Mount 35inches (H) x 28inches (W) 2006.014 Purchased 2006

Call 911 – a colour inkjet print by Gordon Bennett is on display on level 2 of the Kelvin Grove Library.
Bennett, Gordon (collection artist, 1955)
Call 911
2006
Colour inkjet print
Sheet 82.5 (H) x 61 (W)
Mount 35inches (H) x 28inches (W) 2006.014
Purchased 2006

This shark headdress is part of the installation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art works in the Library.   Thaiday, Ken (collection artist, 1950) Beizam (Shark) head-dress 1994 Enamel paint on plywood, varnished bamboo, plastic swivel and cockatoo, chicken and hawk feathers 62 (H) x 50 (W) x 74 (D) 1995.016 Purchased 1995

This shark headdress is part of the installation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art works in the Library.
Thaiday, Ken (collection artist, 1950)
Beizam (Shark) head-dress
1994
Enamel paint on plywood, varnished bamboo, plastic swivel and cockatoo, chicken and hawk feathers
62 (H) x 50 (W) x 74 (D) 1995.016
Purchased 1995

 

The TEDx lounges aren’t all that’s happening at QUT Library this National Reconciliation Week. We’ve partnered with the QUT Art Collection to bring you a series of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art works at our Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Branch Libraries.

Each piece is accompanied by a small didactic (an explanation about the artist and the artwork) so that you can find out more about the artist and the artwork. These pieces will be on display until August 31, 2015 so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy them.

Some of the featured artists include Gordon Bennett, Alick Tipoti, Tony Albert, Peace Woolla, Maribella Ngallametta, Rotanna Ngallametta, Gloria Fletcher, Ken Thaiday, Susie Napangati, and Leah King-Smith.

The artworks showcase a range of techniques from photography to etching, weaving and sculpting.

 

A head-dress by Ken Thaiday will be on display on level 6 of the Gardens Point Library.  Thaiday is a senior Torres Strait Islander artist from Erub (Darnley) Island, where he grew up watching his father perform complex dances at traditional ceremonies. Sculptural headdresses, instruments and body adornments played an important role in these rituals which served to connect the spiritual and physical worlds. Thaiday’s headdresses are contemporary interpretations of traditional items, designed to keep his cultural history alive.

Get involved and show your support for reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by visiting this beautiful collection.

Sibling rivalry in riotous rhyme!

Book cover and puppets

National Simultaneous Storytime book for 2015: The Brothers Quibble by Aaron Blabey

Blog post by Education students, Catherine Ayres and Jessica MacLeod.

Last Wednesday, QUT Kelvin Grove Library held a National Simultaneous Storytime event with enthusiastic attendance from forty children (aged from three to five!) belonging to C&K, Herston Road and C&K, School Street. National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual campaign held nationwide to encourage reading and literacy, with children coming together to listen to an Australian storybook … simultaneously!

Students reading to the children

Student volunteers, Catherine and Aaron – no, not Aaron Blabey, a different Aaron!

The book chosen this year was The Brothers Quibble written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey, a rhyming riot of sibling rivalry which was well received by all our guests. There were lots of giggles!

Children doing activities

Everyone’s involved!

Eighteen student volunteers from the Education Faculty helped the librarians run the day’s program, which involved reading the book at 11am (with the rest of Australia!), discussing it as a group and then breaking off into various activities within the Curriculum Collection (4th floor).

Aside from creating paper crowns, the children coloured in images which were run through an augmented reality app (Quiver –  3D Coloring App). This was a really big hit with young and old alike!. The children could also read other books written by Aaron Blabey or dress up in fun costumes. Although energy levels were depleted by the fun and games, nutritious snacks were provided before the children and their

child reading book

Is there a happy ending?

‘grown up’ supervisors made their journey back to Kindergarten.
It’s debatable who had more fun – the volunteers, the librarians, or the students – but whatever the answer, everyone agrees it was a rousing success, and we cannot wait to have them back in the Library soon!

Many thanks to Education students, Catherine Ayres and Jessica MacLeod, who wrote this post for us.