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.

Extended Library opening hours for Swot Vac and Exams!

Now Kelvin Grove Library is joining Gardens Point Library and also opening longer hours for Swot Vac and Exams!

Kelvin Grove Library

From Monday 3 June to Friday 21 June 2019 the Kelvin Grove Library will be open:

  • Monday – Friday: 7am-2am
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9am-2am.

The Library will close at 10pm on Friday 21 June.

Entry and exit to the building during extended opening hours is via swipe card access at the main entrance opposite Beadles Café.

Gardens Point Library

From Monday 25 February to Friday 21 June 2019 the Gardens Point Library will be open:

  • Monday – Friday: 7am-2am
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9am-2am.

The Library will close at 10pm on Friday 21 June.

Entry and exit to the building during extended opening hours is via swipe card access at the main entrance next to Merlo Coffee.

Service and study spaces

During extended opening hours QUT students and staff have access to all study spaces, study rooms and library collections, including Course Reserve, and the Curriculum Collection at Kelvin Grove.

QUT’s Wireless network is available to all QUT students and staff with a current QUT Access username and password.

HiQ will be available from 7am to 10pm weekdays, and 9am to 5pm on weekends. Self-help services available throughout the extended opening include:

  • borrowing via self-checkout
  • printing, copying and scanning from self-service printing stations.

Best of luck with your exams from all of us at QUT Library! If you require any help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Do you love the library? Or maybe you’ve never even used it before?

QUT Library is keen to hear what you think about our services and spaces. All staff and students are invited to provide feedback via the Library Client Survey.

We really value your feedback: it helps us understand what’s working and what could be improved.

And as a big thank you for taking 10 minutes out to answer the survey, you go into the running to win one of three $150 gift cards! See here for terms & conditions.

To take the survey, click here.

Get back into study

You’ve just been through O-Week and you’re getting ready to start a new year of lectures, tutorials and research and it all feels a little bit exciting and overwhelming all at the same time. Don’t stress about it though. Get prepared by using some of QUT Library’s resources on academic listening and note-taking; check out the information on the Study page of your Digital Workplace; and use Study Smart, a self-paced research and study skills tutorial, all to help you get the academic year started right.

Study Smart. Research and study skills tutorial

Once you’ve checked your unit outlines, use the Assignment Calculator to work out when you need to start those assignments to keep those stress levels to a minimum. And don’t forget that we’re here to help you in the Library with all of your researching and referencing needs. See (or contact) the staff in HiQ at Gardens Point or Kelvin Grove to make an appointment with a library specialist (face-to-face, telephone, video chat), or use our online chat or email if digital is more your thing. More details can be found on our Need help? page.

Longer library opening hours

Extended opening at Gardens Point Library for Semester 1

From Monday 25 February to Friday 21 June 2019 the Gardens Point Library will be open:

  • Monday – Friday: 7am-2am
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9am-2am

(* with the exception of the mid-semester break, Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 April)

Services and study spaces

QUT students and staff will have extended access to all study spaces including study rooms, library collections (including the Course Reserve collection), and the 24-hour computer lab located on Level 2. QUT’s Wireless network is available to all QUT students and staff with a current QUT Access username and password.

HiQ will be available from 7am to 10pm weekdays, and 9am to 5pm on weekends. Self-help services available throughout the extended opening include:

  • borrowing via self-checkout
  • printing, copying and scanning from self-service printing stations.

Click here for building access details and further information

 

Everyone is getting ready for Semester One

Explore and discover your Library!

Take a tour of the Library. This tour is much more than a walk around a building because QUT Library is so much more than just a building! Your Library has study spaces, services, resources and people to help you, both at your campus and online.

Tours will run throughout O week, drop in and speak to HiQ Peer Concierge to join the next available tour.

HiQ Gardens Point Level 3, V Block

HiQ Kelvin Grove Level 2, R Block

 

Start putting the puzzle together

The Library is running some Workshops that will help you get started! These sessions are run both online and face to face, choose whatever suits you best.

Library 101

Discover the services and resources you can access at QUT Library. Learn the basics of navigating the Library website, managing your Readings, finding information and referencing.

Researching made easy

After this session, you will use databases more efficiently to find relevant information and current journal articles for your assignments.

Referencing made simple

This session introduces you to the principles and styles of referencing and citing using QUT cite|write. It also explains how you can paraphrase the work of others, avoid plagiarism, and make sure that your work has academic integrity.

To register, QUT students can follow this link

We look forward to seeing new and returning students this semester!