Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond by Harry Alfred Pitt –

July 6th is the start of NAIDOC Week, a time to celebrate Indigenous arts and culture. This year’s theme is Serving Country: Centenary & Beyond. Events include art exhibitions, award ceremonies, family fun days and more! The full event schedule is available on the NAIDOC website.

QUT will hold a special celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in week 3 of second semester. Murri – Ailan Way will run from August 5-7 with a variety of events across all three campuses. QUT Library will be holding a BlackWords promotion on the 6th of August featuring author talks. Watch this space for more information.

About NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week developed from the movement to promote awareness of the treatment of Indigenous Australians. In the 1940s, a day of mourning was held on the Sunday before Australia Day. This was known as Aborigines Day. It was moved to July in 1955, and was extended to include a celebration of Indigenous arts and culture. The National Aborigines Day Observance Committee was formed and when Torres Strait Islander culture was included in 1991, the committee became the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC). The new name has become the title for a whole week of celebration.

A nationwide poster competition, held since 1972, is a highlight of NAIDOC Week. Harry Alfred Pitt is the winning designer for 2014 with his beautiful image celebrating this year’s theme. All the posters can be viewed on the NAIDOC poster gallery.


The Brisbane Cultural Precinct gets magical with the Out of the Box Festival – monsters will be sighted

The end of exams can’t come soon enough. Let’s celebrate – the Out of the Box Festival starts June 25th!

Out of the Box is a biennial festival of theatre, music, circus and art – all for the under 8s. Older children (and adults) love it too, though! Started in 1992, it is a national leader in programming for kids. QUT students and staff have been involved over the years both as participants as well as writing and thinking about this unique festival.

For eight days, the area round QPAC (and the museums and galleries) will be full of colour and energy, art and theatre, music and dance. Some highlights include:

You will need to purchase tickets for some events, but there are many free activities as well. Check the event schedule for the full details.

More on the festival from Brendan Ross, the OOTB director:


Happy 50th birthday Dr Who!

Can’t wait till Sunday?

Dr Who by Aussiegal (CC-BY)

You will have to wait till Sunday for the 50th anniversary episode, but at QUT Library you can get your hands on a lot of Dr Who material right now! There are DVDs here, including some rare episodes from the William Hartnell years. There are lots of books and ebooks too!

You might want to go to Google too – it has a great interactive Google Doodle featuring all the doctors (better in Firefox or Mosaic). Or you may want to make your own TARDIS .
The Day of the Doctor screens on ABC1 at 5.50 am (Queensland time) and will be repeated at 7.30 pm (but you knew that didn’t you!).


New releases from has released some new instructional videos in a variety of subject areas.

From “Monday productivity pointers” to “Leading change”, “Retouching bridal photographs” to “Programming for non-programmers” there is sure to be something for everyone.  Just sign into and then click on the “new courses”.

Don’t forget to check out for anything you need to know. teaches software and other skills through high quality instructional videos. So, if you are having trouble with that Powerpoint, or want to try another tool instead, check it out!

You can create personal profiles and playlists, bookmark your favourite videos and receive certificates of completion.

Please note – first time users must create an individual account using an @qut, or email address.

If you need help with, there are some good resources listed under “support” or you can ask at the IT helpdesk!

National Reconciliation Week

Australia celebrates Reconciliation Week between the 27th of May and the 6th of June.  These dates commemorate two important events in the history of Indigenous Australians – the 1967 Referendum to include Aborigines in the census of citizens, and the Mabo decision of 1992 which rejected the doctrine of terra nullius, in favour of aboriginal title.

A variety of activities are planned at QUT this week. To find out more see

This year’s Reconciliation Week poster celebrates the theme “Let’s talk recognition”, and features two famous Indigenous performers – Emma-Louise and Thelma Plum.  The poster is on display on the second floor entry to the Library or you can look at it here.  


Study Smart

University is easier when you know how.

QUT’s online tutorial Study Smart steps you through the basics of researching, writing and studying. It is packed with ideas, tips and techniques to help you to find, evaluate and manage the information you need for your study and then pull it all together into a great assignment.

Watch, listen, read and practice at your own pace in your own place, university is easier when you know how.

Good research, better assignments, great results – smarter study starts here:


Children’s Book of the Year Award

The Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced the winners of the Children’s Book of the Year Award.

These are the winners in the five categories:

 Older Readers Book of the Year

Scot Gardner: The Dead I Know

 Younger Readers Book of the Year

Kate Constable: Crow Country

 Early Childhood Book of the Year

Nick Bland; Illus: Freya Blackwood: The Runaway Hug

Picture Book of the Year

Bob Graham: A Bus called Heaven

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Alison Lester & Coral Tulloch: One Small Island: The Story of Macquarie Island

 All books are available in the QUT Library!


Hunt out your blue stockings!

Bluestocking week is being relaunched this week! It celebrates women’s place in and contribution to the academic world. 

A bluestocking is an educated and intelligent woman.  At times in the past it has been used in a pejorative sense, but various groups have still celebrated and praised the intellectual woman.

Australia’s first female graduate was from the University of Melbourne in 1883.  Now women compose about 55% of students!  Bluestocking Week began to be celebrated in Australia in the 1980s.   It was an opportunity to campaign about and celebrate women’s participation in higher education.  The practice declined in the last decade and is being revived in 2012.

The library has a display of materials related to Bluestocking Week in the cabinets underneath the stairs.  Why not drop in and have a look or you could find out more about Bluestocking Week from the NTEU.

The Bachelor Girls exhibition has information and images about women in Australian academia. 

NAIDOC Week 2012

The first week of July is NAIDOC Week.

NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  The Friday of NAIDOC Week is National Aboriginal and Islander Day.

Events are held throughout the week and there is a poster competition.  For more information, go to the NAIDOC webpage.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2012 is Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on.  It celebrates the spirit and courage of those who established the Tent Embassy outside Parliament House in 1972.

Copies of the winning poster are on display in the foyer of Kelvin Grove Library.  Inside the library, there is a  selection of our large collection of books about the art, dance, music and literature of  Indigenous Australians.

Old news

The National Library of Australia is digitising old newspapers and making them available online. 

Do you need to research past events or opinions?  Are you looking for primary sources?  Do you want to have a lot of fun exploring the past of your country, your home town, or even your family?

The National Library of Australia has digitised many major daily and smaller newspapers.  These are available from the Trove website (  You can do keyword searches of newspapers and magazines up to 1954.  Facet searching allows you to limit it to articles with illustrations or from particular times and places.  Currently, there are 7,188,153 pages consisting of 69,616,444 articles available to search!   

The newspapers are scanned from microfilms and then Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is used to translate it and make it searchable.  Because of the poor quality of the source material, sometimes the searching is not accurate.  Users are asked to correct errors they see when they compare the image of the newspaper with the translated text.  This can be quite addictive!  Six volunteers were recognised for their help in correcting over 1.7 million lines of online text at the Australia Day Achievement Awards in 2010.