To Sir with Love

QUT Library contains many unique items within our collection. One such piece is so special it is having its own exhibition! From the 20th October 2016 until the 23rd February 2017 Old Government House is playing host to the “To Sir with Love” The Dr Wilton Wood Russell Love Album exhibition. This album, originally created in 1894 by chemistry students, was given to their beloved lecturer, Dr Wilton Wood Russell Love (1861-1933). He was a chemistry lecturer at the Brisbane Technical College on Ann St. This college was the early predecessor of QUT, who knew?

Dr Wilton W.R. Love with Chemistry students, 1894.Various photographs of Brisbane are contained within the 19th century album and also include images of the chemistry students and Dr Love. They cover many areas in Queensland including Moreton Island and the Glasshouse Mountains capturing the history of Brisbane from 1862 – 1892 in a beautiful memento. Also included in the album is a gorgeous book plate which contains the signatures of Dr Love’s students.

The album itself has had a bit of a journey before coming to a rest at QUT Library. It was purchased in 1944 by Ensign Borivoj Franko-Filipašić, a US Naval Serviceman, for only £5. Quite a bargain for souvenir with so much Brisbane history! In 1995 he donated the album to QUT Gardens Point Library where it has since been digitised. People from all over Australia and world can now view this beautiful album online and get a peak of QUT’s great-great-grandfather, Brisbane Technical College, and also experience a piece of Queensland’s culture and history.

In 2015, QUT Library’s very own Liaison Librarian, Jennifer Thomas, visited Dr Franko-Filipašić who is now over 90 and resides in Philadelphia in the United States. She was able to interview Dr Franko-Filipašić and capture his own amazing story about Brisbane, “the city that transformed [him] into a Queenslander”. You can view his interviews at QUT Digital Collections.

The exhibition on display at Old Government House will showcase the whole remarkable story behind the Dr Wilton W.R Love Album from 1894 – present day. The contents of the album, the stories of the two great men who were able to call it their own, and its importance to QUT’s history will be revealed. So if you are a history buff, like looking at amazing photographs or even just want to find out more about Dr Love, this exhibition is a must see!

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.

Teacher Librarians’ Professional Development Day

Who can forget going to the library in primary and high school? Perhaps you went to the library to research an assignment, read a book or use the computers. There’s no doubt that teacher librarians are incredibly skilled in a wide range of areas – after all, they have to be equipped to teach students from grades 1-12 and that’s no mean feat!

On Saturday, over 100 teacher librarians from around Queensland were treated to a free professional development day right here at QUT.

QUT Library Director, Sue Hutley, welcomes the teacher librarians. Some came from as far away as Cairns and Toowoomba!

QUT Library Director, Sue Hutley, welcomes the teacher librarians. Some came from as far away as Cairns and Toowoomba!


The day kicked off with some much needed morning coffee and a welcome from QUT Library Director, Sue Hutley. Dr Mandy Lupton was first cab off the rank with her session on inquiry and information literacy: questioning frameworks and critical evaluation of information.

Erica Hateley shares her wisdom and expertise about children's literature

Erica Hateley shares her wisdom and expertise about children’s literature.


Engaging students in literature was the next topic of discussion from Dr Erica Hateley. A quick cameo performance from QUT Library’s Associate Director, Martin Borchert, on eBooks was followed by a lovely lunch.

The afternoon was all about spaces. Kim Lewin, the Library’s Associate Director for Client Services and Learning Support took all of the participants on a tour of P Block at Gardens Point to check out the Science Education Centre’s innovative learning spaces. Finally, Dr Hilary Hughes shared her wisdom and expertise regarding the design of library learning spaces.

When asked what the most important learning of the day was, one teacher librarian summed it up beautifully:

“There are so many passionate teacher librarians willing to give up a Saturday and so many talented experts teaching in this area willing to share their learning on a Saturday, This is such a vital area of education and needs support and recognition. Thanks for today.”

A full rundown of the event is available on Storify.