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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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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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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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

 

Mo Can Do

Thinking of growing a moustache? November, or Movember, is the ideal time, as your mo can play an important role in promoting men’s health (it can look good, too).

Conceived in Melbourne in 2003 to raise funds for prostate cancer research, Movember is now an international movement and the leading global organisation tackling prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and male suicide and other mental health issues.

Not thinking of growing a moustache? There are other ways you can take part in Movember to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Movember, watch this entertaining TED Talk by the movement’s co-founder Adam Garone – just one of numerous moustache-related resources available through QUT Library.

 

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.

 

Open Access Week at QUT

Guest blog by Professor Ginny Barbour, Director of the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG) & Professor in the Division of Research and Innovation, QUT

As we head towards the end of October – we again turn our focus to a week dedicated to open access (OA). Now in its 11th year, International Open Access Week, 21-27 October, is a global, community-driven week of action aimed at opening up access to research. It has grown into a truly national and global celebration.

This year’s theme is “Open for whom? Equity in Open Knowledge.” As open access becomes increasingly the norm, the 2019 Open Access Week Advisory Committee poses the question, “Whose interests are being prioritized in the actions we take and in the platforms that we support? Whose voices are excluded? Are underrepresented groups included as full partners from the beginning? Are we supporting not only open access but also equitable participation in research communication?” Building upon last year’s theme, “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge,” these questions will help us determine how emerging open systems for research will address inequities in the current system and ensure that we don’t unintentionally replicate and reinforce them.

There has been much discussion over the past year of open access news from Europe and elsewhere, and especially of Plan S. Open Access Week is a time to remind ourselves, however, that open access is not an end in itself; it is a means to an end – that of an equitable, efficient, and FAIR means of sharing scholarly information. For academics who publish openly the benefits are concrete. A better readership for open articles is not surprising, but the benefit of increased academic usage are also becoming clearer through more citations. Other benefits are of increased citations associated with posting of preprints and of data sharing. Critically, depositing in an OA repository such as QUT’s ePrints, is demonstrated to be the best way to boost citations. Furthermore, open articles are better connected into global systems for sharing information, which means that ultimately they can have wider societal impact. Depositing records and full text is the most important way that QUT researchers can comply with QUT’s open access policy and that of the two big Australian funders, ARC and NHMRC — all for free. But more than that, QUT’s repository allows anyone anywhere to access its research outputs.

QUT Library and others will be celebrating Open Access Week with a number of events. Once again we will bringing our popular Open Access Bike Tour to Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 October. There will be OA giveaways, lucky dips, badges and more. Watch this short video of last year’s bike tour, and see below to find out when the Open Access Bike will be coming to a campus near you.

 

All are welcome to attend a webinar with an international focus on Monday 21 October, entitled Advancing Science in Indonesia: Current Global Research Practices. In addition to myself, the webinar features Professor Brian Nosek, the Executive Director of the Center for Open Science, Professor Simine Vazire from University of California, Davis and focuses on improving research practices in science.

On Wednesday 23 October we will be launching Hacky Hour at QUT: Skills for Open Research. Come along to The Pantry at 2:00pm and chat with an expert about skills for open research. Follow us on Twitter @GPHackyHour for details.

Join QUT IP & Innovation Research on Thursday 24 October for a thought-provoking symposium on Open Innovation. This free event, featuring speakers from a range of disciplines, will examine Open Education, Law, Culture, Open Cities, Additive Manufacturing, Agriculture, Robotics and more. Register here.

If you will be attending eResearch Australasia, be sure to come along to our session on Doing open access advocacy by stealth. Stephanie Bradbury, Manager Research Support Team, QUT Library, and I will be running this interactive workshop on Thursday 24 October from 11:40am-12:40pm.

Come along and get involved. For more details, follow @QUTLibrary on Twitter or email library.research@qut.edu.au.

R U OK?

R U OK? Day is Thursday 12 September – Get involved!

R U Ok? Day is dedicated to reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, “Are you ok?” and support those struggling with life’s ups and down . This year the message is for everyone to Trust the Signs, Trust your Gut & Ask R U OK?

For more conversation tips visit the R U OK? website.

Seek help @ QUT

QUT has a range of support services available to staff and students including free confidential counselling

Other help available

Lifeline 24-Hour Counselling – 13 11 14. Lifeline is a national charity providing Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Calls to this number are free if made from a mobile, and charged the cost of a local call if made from landline number.

Kids Help line – 1800 55 1800. Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential, phone counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 years. Counselling can be via the telephone, web-based or email, and is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

BeyondBlue – 1300 22 4636. In addition to offering a number of resources about mental health related issues, BeyondBlue also offers a 24 hours, 7 days a week telephone counselling service, as well as an online chat service, online chats through community forums and an email service.