It’s time to graduate!

It’s the season to graduate! And to celebrate QUT library is showing off the spectacular Registrar’s mace on Level 4, V Block, Gardens Point campus.

The QUT mace was designed and built by Mr Alan Place, a former part time lecturer in fine arts.

It has three sections, each symbolising the different levels of tertiary education:

  • The knob at the base represents the bachelor’s degree, the start of a professional career.
  • The handpiece in the middle represents the master’s degree.
  • The flame-shaped head, symbolising the torch of learning, represents the doctorate.
  • The open top acknowledges that education is an ongoing process.

In the middle ages, the mace was preferred by soldier churchmen (in particular Odo, the Bishop of Bayeux, who was the half-brother of William the Conqueror) as it was a crushing instrument which did not draw blood. Over time the mace became a symbol of authority.

For those who are graduating remember that alumni membership to QUT library is free and allows you to access books and a selection of online resources.

QUT Library congratulates everyone for a wonderful and productive year and offers best wishes to those who are graduating at this time.

Free Library membership for Queensland teachers

QUT Library is now offering free Library membership for all Queensland teachers! I took a tour of the Curriculum Collection at QUT Kelvin Grove to get a taste of what’s on offer.

I soon discovered there’s a lot more to the Curriculum Collection than meets the eye! There’s a whole row of maps and charts on a range of topics as well as the newest editions of a range of textbooks. I had great fun browsing through the shelves and checking out what was inside!

In one box, I found this giant pair of dice! I’m sure they would make learning maths lots of fun. I also found a section full of puppets. They were so cute! As I wandered through the collection past some shelves full of musical instruments, I found the fiction books – there were a whole range of texts suitable for all ages and reading abilities on offer. It wasn’t just print books and novels but plays, TV shows, audio books and more.A model of an ear found in the Curriculum CollectionAll of these resources and more are now available for Queensland teachers to borrow for free! During the semester, the Library is open until 10pm Monday – Thursday, 9pm on Fridays and from 9am – 5pm over the weekend so there’s plenty of time to come down for a browse.