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.

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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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. 

 

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

 

November 11 is Remembrance Day

November 11 is Remembrance Day, which commemorates those who lost their lives in war, conflict and military service for Australia.

Traditionally, a silence is observed at 11am on the 11th of November, which comes from the “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month”: the time and date that the armistice between the Allies and Germany ended the First World War in 1918.

Remembrance Day is also observed in other nations, sometimes by another name like Memorial Day or Veterans Day.  The day is observed in the USA, Commonwealth countries including Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and many Caribbean nations, France, Belgium and Serbia.

Originally known as Armistice Day, Remembrance Day was first meant to commemorate those who died in WWI. But since WWII, the day came to include people who had died in later wars too.

Remembrance Day traditions generally focus on members of the armed forces and military who died in conflict, but other people may be commemorated too. Casualties of conflict or peacekeeping missions include civilian nurses and medical staff, members of auxiliary services (including women’s auxiliaries), humanitarian volunteers, war correspondents and police officers assisting in peacekeeping activities.

Red poppy flowers are used in Remembrance Day traditions, and are a common symbol of commemoration of those killed in conflict. Red poppies grew in the churned-up soil of the Western Front in WWI, and their bright red colour eerily evoked the spilled blood of fallen soldiers.

Remembrance Day ceremonies commonly include the Last Post bugle call, which was used on the battlefield to announce the end of the day’s activities and the time for sleep. It is now also used at remembrance ceremonies and military funerals to signify that the soldier’s duty has ended and they can rest in peace.

Take a moment to view the display at the Kelvin Grove Library on level 3 (pictured above) and feel free to borrow any displayed items.

Anti-Poverty Week

Anti-Poverty Week 13 – 19 of October 

Anti-Poverty Week supports the Australian community to have an increased understanding of poverty and to take action collectively to end it.

For more information about poverty in Australia visit the Anti-Poverty website.

QUT library also has a large number of resources about poverty and you can check them out here.

Seek help @ QUT

If you find yourself in need of financial assistance while you’re studying with QUT, we offer a number of support services to help get you through, just click here.

The QUT Guild Foodbank can also provide basic food items to get you through, they stock non-perishable items, fresh fruit and veg and hygiene products.

 

Brisbane Writers Festival

Celebrate the written word at this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival, 5-8 September.

Hosted by the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), and various public libraries around Brisbane, the BWF features an impressive program of panel discussions, workshops, performances, and meet-the-writer sessions.

It’s a great opportunity for readers of all persuasions–not to mention students in Creative Writing and related disciplines–to hear local and international writers read and discuss their work. The diverse program comprises novelists, poets, children’s authors, journalists, historians, philosophers, and at least one former Prime Minister.

This year’s line-up includes Brisbane-born Melissa Lucashenko, whose novel Too Much Lip won the 2019 Miles Franklin Award; British author Jasper Fforde, perhaps best known for his highly original novel The Eyre Affair; multiple Walkley Award-winning journalist Kerry O’Brien; and over 150 other writers.

For devotees of Young Adult literature and getting into things for free, the BWF is hosting Love YA, a full day of (free) events at Brisbane Square Library, Saturday 7th September. Meet notable Australian YA authors such as James Moloney, Randa Abdel-Fattah, and Will Kostakis. If you’re not familiar with their books, there’s a good selection in QUT Library’s Curriculum Collection.

The work of many other featured BWF writers can be found in the Library’s General Collection.

Children’s Book Week

CONGRATULATIONS to the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) 2019 Book of the Year Award winners and honour books! Gritty, contemporary themes are tackled by many books, challenging their readers to contemplate a range of important social issues.

You can access the CBCA website for the Winners,  CBCA Short list and Notables list.

The Library has a lovely display of the CBCA books. All titles are available for loan and can be found in the Curriculum area on level 4 of R Block, Kelvin Grove Library.

 

We also have a Children’s Literature Library Subject Guide where you can read the shortlisted and winning books and follow the links to QUT Library’s online and print copies.

Enjoy Children’s Book Week and happy reading !