QUT Open Day 2016

QUT Open Day is coming up at Gardens Point on the 31st of July and is the perfect way to find out all the great things QUT has to offer, whether you’re a prospective student or already here!

Why not see what students are thinking, saying and doing? QUT Sharehouse is a student blog made by students for students. See how Roseanna transitioned from high school to university, find out how to #stressdownday with slippers and mini road trips and get some great (and funny!) study tips from current QUT students.

If you are not sure which direction to take in you studies you can discover all about your study options is the Real Choices: A guide to undergraduate study in 2017 (PDF file, 5008.5 KB). This is a great place to get some advice about choosing or changing to a course that is just right for you.

And most importantly…The Library! There are two libraries at Gardens Point campus, the main library (A.M Fraser) at V Block, and the Law Library at C Block. We also have libraries at Kelvin Grove and Caboolture too. So if you have study questions or need some help finding information, give us a call, pop in and say hi or chat to us online, we are always here to help!

For all you social-media fiends don’t forget to Instagram your pictures and add the hashtag #QUTOpenDay and #QUTLibrary. For more information about QUT Open day head to the QUT Open Day website.

 

 

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!

Mid year re-boot: preparing for Semester 2

Uni breaks are never long enough, right?

Semester 2 is just around the corner. Staying on top of your study load means being proactive and getting a plan in place ahead of time. Do the thinking now, before you’re too busy, and halfway into your first assessment piece.

Re-boot for next semester in 3 steps.

  1. Prepare your study space and materials.
  2. Start to make a plan and create a study schedule.
  3. Re-connect to get motivated.

Prepare your study space and materials

Your ‘to do’ list:

  • clear your study space – put old assignments and files away; archive them or transfer to an external hard drive, off your normal computer. Why not add a few fresh touches, like a photo, motivational quote or a plant?
  • top up your stationery supplies or update needed software
  • gather unit outlines for Semester 2 units and set up new files
  • make sure you’re enrolled in required units and registered for your classes
  • prepare a book list and acquire required textbooks

Start to make a plan and create a study schedule.

When you have registered for your classes, you’re starting to gain a sense of what your routine will look like during semester. This is a good time to be proactive and start to plan your approach to the semester. You can be more flexible for when the unexpected happens if you have a plan and study tasks scheduled regularly.

Start by blocking out time for your classes, plus any important dates and commitments you know about.

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For more planning tips, check out our blog post about setting up for study success.

Get motivated

Re-connect and catch up with friends and peers

Why not sign up to a study skills workshop? Or you may like to brush up on study skills using the online modules in Blackboard. Once logged into Blackboard, either go to the community site directly and click ‘Enrol’, or use ‘Community Finder’ and search with the name ‘Library Back to Study’. By enrolling in the community site, you will have ready access to these resources from your Blackboard home page.

Set some goals – What would you like to improve on this semester? What changes would you like to make to your assignment work or exam preparation? Effective goals are ‘SMART‘: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely.

Need help through the semester? Ask a Librarian – online, at the Library Helpdesk, or by email and phone.

We’re here to help.

Gardens Point smoke-free spaces and suggestions

Have you noticed the new seating area outside Gardens Point library? From July 1st all QUT campuses are smoke-free to promote a safe and healthy working and learning environment, so we need some help deciding what fun things we can do in the new space. 09

What activities would you like to see in the new smoke-free space outside V Block Library? Our staff have set up a fantastic collaborative blackboard complete with a box of chalk and paper flower decorations.

Already we have suggestions like: Yoga, Chess set, music, cooking classes, movie screenings. All great ideas!

Can you think of other ideas we could use the space for? Or do you have any other feedback for library services?

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.