Hacky Hour at QUT: Skills for Open Research

Get help with your research data and publishing

Hacky Hour is a regular meet-up where researchers can get together over a coffee to collaborate, converse, and get research help in a relaxed setting. Experts will be on hand to advise on problems related to coding, data analytics, digital tools or open research, with knowledgeable folk from QUT Library, the Digital Observatory and the Office of eResearch.

Bring your questions on:

  • Data wrangling
  • Programming with R, Python, SQL
  • Building and interacting with databases
  • Data management planning
  • Machine learning
  • Web APIs and web/social media data collection
  • Version control with Git
  • Publishing – where and how
  • Open Scholarship and Open Research
  • Copyright & Creative Commons licensing
  • ORCiD and other identifiers
  • Research data publishing

Join us via Zoom (video conferencing) for a virtual session. Experts will be available to help with what you’re working on!

From 24th March, we meet every Thursday 2-3pm for a virtual meet up via Zoom. Please, use this link to join us

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://qut.zoom.us/j/420041745

Or iPhone one-tap :

Australia: +61280156011,,420041745#  or +61370182005,,420041745# Or Telephone:

Dial: 9666 (from a QUT desk or Meeting Room phone) or +61 2 8015 2088

Australia: +61 2 8015 6011  or +61 3 7018 2005  or +61 8 7150 1149

Meeting ID: 420 041 745

International numbers available: https://qut.zoom.us/u/acT2bzurEN

Or an H.323/SIP room system:

Dial: +61 2 6222 7588  (AUCX) or 420041745@zoom.aarnet.edu.au

or H323:182.255.112.21##420041745 or 202.177.207.158 (AU)

Meeting ID: 420041745

Join the conversation via Twitter #QUT Library @QUTHackyHour

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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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Libraries are open later

As we welcome everyone for Semester One 2020 we are happy to announce later library opening hours!

Student feedback indicates they love having longer opening hours so we are all pleased that Gardens Point Library will be open to 2am from Monday 24 February to Friday 19 June 2020. For more detailed information about services and hours click here

Kelvin Grove Library opening hours from Monday 24 February to Friday 19 are Monday to Friday 7am to 10pm; Saturday & Sunday 9am to 5pm.

Law Library opening hours from Monday 24 February to Friday 19 are Monday to Thursday 8am to 10pm; Friday 8am to 8pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5pm.

All current library campus opening hours can always be found here

We look forward to seeing you in the Library soon!

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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. 

 

It’s Love Data Week 2020!

Lover you data week and rainbow love hearts

People hear statistics, but they feel stories* 

From the 10th to 14th February, QUT Library is celebrating the value and importance of research data. During 2020’s Love Data Week, we are adopting the theme of ‘data storytelling’.

QUT is celebrating the art of Data Storytelling that uses techniques, visualisation tools and narratives to bring together the story of your research.

Data storytelling is a new way of communicating and presenting your research data and translate your data to knowledge that a wider audience will remember. It can vastly improve the impact of your research output.

Visualisation is a prominent tool in data storytelling and two engaging examples are the visualisation of music genres through the ages and the bank of graphics from Information is Beautiful.

Some other easy to use tools include d3j, dataviz, plothy, gephi, canva and datawrapper.

There is a range of activities available to you during Love Data Week:

Data Storytelling

Amanda  Miotto (eResearch – Digital Solutions Griffith University)

Hear about data visualisation software and tools

 Alice Miller (Digital Observatory QUT)

Visualising a reply network of tweets from the Australian Twittersphere on AFL Grand Final night

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 10 – 11 am, Gardens Point P 405

Register HERE

Hacky Hour

Drop in and get support with your data visualisation or other data related enquiries

  • Wednesday 12 February 2 – 3pm Kelvin Grove Beadles
  • Thursday 13 February 2 –3 pm Gardens Point Pantry

No registration required

Network Know-how & Data Handling “Train the Trainer” (session 1)

Jupyter Notebooks training for beginners (session 2)

Friday 14 February 2020,  9 – 5pm, Gardens Point P 405

Session 1:     9 am – 1 pm

Session 2:     2 pm – 5 pm

Register HERE

You can register for just one event and provide your details sending to b2.waha@qut.edu.au

Join the conversation via Twitter #lovedata20 #qutlibrary @GPHackyHour

*https://www.future-you.com.au/blog/2019/11/people-hear-statistics-but-they-feel-stories-how-to-analyse-and-interpret-data-to-tell-a-story

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Get your game on!

International Games Week 2019 - November 3-9 It’s time for International Games Week (IGW). IGW is an initiative “…around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.” https://games.ala.org/international-games-week/

Personally, I love playing games. Not with people’s feelings and emotions, but with a board and some tokens or some cards, or a bat and ball. I like games I play on my mobile device too, but not as much as the ones I play face to face. I love the strategizing where I’m trying to be the best zombie killer, the cooperative games where I’m helping to stop a pandemic from wiping out the world and the storyteller, who’s taking my character through a series of challenges imagined by the castle-master. I enjoy the team games like Pictionary or Charades that test my creativity and quick thinking and the more active ones like table tennis (I know that this is an Olympic sport, but the way my friends and I play, it’s a game) or Marco Polo (for those of you who don’t know what this is, see here for a definition/rules for game play). I’m not always the best player but I’m always willing to have a go.

QUT Library gets involved in the action too. At all the Libraries there are games to help you get your mind off your exam prep, relax a little and enjoy a bit of socialisation, ready for the next study session. The Law Library has chess, KG Library has giant Jenga and table tennis (Ping Pong) and GP Library has table tennis too! If the digital games really are more your thing, you can borrow Xbox or Playstation games to take home or use the Games Lab if you’re at KG Library. See which games are available in Library Search.  So get your game on and get those endorphins flowing!

Exam time in the Library

Exam time already and the library is here to help 

The library is the ideal place to study and is open extended hours again during Swot Vac and Exams.

Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Library opening hours

  • Monday – Saturday: 7am-2am
  • Sunday: 9am-2am.
  • Both Libraries will close at 10pm on Friday 15 November.

The Law Library has normal opening hours

  • Monday -Thursday: 8am-10pm
  • Friday: 8am-8pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 10am-5pm

More detailed information about the Library extended opening hours and services can be found here

Research and referencing support is still available, particularly useful if you have any assessment extensions

Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove both have Drop in sessions, check here for times and places.

Students can also book individual sessions for help with researching and referencing, appointments can be booked here.

More information about support services can be found on your Digital Workplace/HiQ

A couple of last minute exam tips:

 

 

Good luck from everyone here at the QUT Library!

International Cat Day

For some of us, International Cat Day is the most important day of observance in the calendar. Okay, religious observances, birthdays, anniversaries and other important milestones may trump it, but it’s still important. Just like the millions of cat videos that are streamed daily on millions of devices the world over. The world would be a sadder place without them 😹 

International Cat Day was started in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare which works to rescue individual animals, safeguard populations, preserve habitat, and advocate for greater protections. Interestingly, they did not start National Dog Day (26 August – look out for a blog post about that one closer to the time 😊) 

Those furry felines who have captured our hearts and attention are very popular in library land, with a large majority of library staff caring for these purring bundles of joy (can you tell I’m a cat lover 😻). Some libraries even have a library cat (we can’t have one at QUT Library, I’ve checked 😿) which many of the patrons look forward to seeing on their library visits.  

While we can’t have a living, breathing fuzzy feline friend here at QUT Libraries, we do have an excellent art exhibit which lives on level 7 at Gardens Point Library.

GP cats

We also have resources (videos, books, audiobooks, journals, articles, plus more) related to and about cats as well. Check it out today 

 Here are some of the cute cats your QUT Library staff share their homes with.  

black and white cat in a black and white cat tent

Get back into study…. again!

Need to brush up on referencing? Received feedback that you need to find more academic or scholarly articles for your assignments?

The Library is gearing up for our next round of workshops and we are here to help!

Library workshops include:

  • Hands-on APA referencingEver had trouble working out exactly what it is that you’re trying to reference? Still not sure where to find all the bits and pieces you need to create a reference? This workshop will help you get more familiar with different types of resources and how to reference them in APA style, including articles, websites, reports, ebooks and more.

QUT students can register here for both face to face (on-campus) workshops and also online workshops!

If you can’t make it to a scheduled workshop you can access the online resources here by clicking on the name of the workshop or feel free to contact us here anytime.

We look forward to seeing you!

Immerse Yourself

Immerse yourself in another worldSome of our fabulous QUT Library Staff will be showcasing our new Virtual Reality hardware (Oculus Quest headset) and the Faculty of Education’s new 3D Printers. The three printers will be set up and working in the Course Reserve area at Kelvin Grove Library, and there will be activities for students and staff to explore. We will also have Augmented Reality activities and other VR hardware and software for people to try.

The Course Reserve area is on level 2 between R block (Library) and E block (Education precinct).  

So why don’t you escape from the real world and completely immerse yourself into another. Explore the wonders of 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, 360 Video, and Augmented Reality.

Join us and discover the endless possibilities with these innovative technologies.