International Data Week

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From 11th – 17th September, it is International Data Week. The theme for International Data Week is about mobilising the data revolution, exploring how to improve our knowledge and benefit society through data driven research and innovation.

While data scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders from across the globe gather at Denver, Colorado for the international conference, events closer to home are being held for researchers and those interested in what’s behind research data, such as managing research data, sharing and publishing research data.

Higher degree research students and new QUT researchers are encouraged to attend research skills workshops. Workshop details on the research support calendar.

QUT, together with the State Library of Queensland and ANDS (Australian National Data Service), will also host Sprint to the Finish for 23 (research data) Things. This event is an opportunity for those completing 23 (research data) Things to share what has been learned. The Sprint will also include a tour of The Cube, one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces dedicated to providing an inspiring, explorative and participatory experience of QUT’s Science and Engineering research.

Sprint to the Finish is open to anyone, however you will need to complete at least Things 1-5 of the course. Register for this event on Eventbrite.

Caboolture Open Day 2016

Sunday 21st August 2016 is the day for Caboolture campus to shine! Attending Open Day is your chance to explore your home campus, chat to staff members and fellow students, and most importantly… come and see the library.

If you’re interested in finding out what Caboolture campus is all about, make sure to visit between 9:00am-2:00pm. Plan your day by downloading the Open Day Program (PDF file, 1051.21KB).

Remember you can always take yourself on a virtual tour of the campus if you cannot make it on the day.

QUT Open Day 2016

QUT Open Day is coming up at Gardens Point on the 31st of July and is the perfect way to find out all the great things QUT has to offer, whether you’re a prospective student or already here!

Why not see what students are thinking, saying and doing? QUT Sharehouse is a student blog made by students for students. See how Roseanna transitioned from high school to university, find out how to #stressdownday with slippers and mini road trips and get some great (and funny!) study tips from current QUT students.

If you are not sure which direction to take in you studies you can discover all about your study options is the Real Choices: A guide to undergraduate study in 2017 (PDF file, 5008.5 KB). This is a great place to get some advice about choosing or changing to a course that is just right for you.

And most importantly…The Library! There are two libraries at Gardens Point campus, the main library (A.M Fraser) at V Block, and the Law Library at C Block. We also have libraries at Kelvin Grove and Caboolture too. So if you have study questions or need some help finding information, give us a call, pop in and say hi or chat to us online, we are always here to help!

For all you social-media fiends don’t forget to Instagram your pictures and add the hashtag #QUTOpenDay and #QUTLibrary. For more information about QUT Open day head to the QUT Open Day website.

 

 

Welcome to semester 2!

Blink and it is semester 2 already! Welcome to all the newcomers and welcome back to all the old hands. Are you ready to get back into study? O-Week is over and done with, so it’s time to get back into the game.

A couple of things to get you up to speed for second semester:

  1. QUT Readings has replaced the CMD (course materials database)
  2. Assignments are to be submitted online now – Goodbye Assignment Minder!
  3. QUT is now smoke free

If you’re a new student make sure to come to the Library Helpdesk and grab a hard-copy of Cite Write and have a chat to the friendly librarians who are waiting to help with all your study needs and questions. Don’t forget you can also contact us online, we’re always here to help!

Gardens Point smoke-free spaces and suggestions

Have you noticed the new seating area outside Gardens Point library? From July 1st all QUT campuses are smoke-free to promote a safe and healthy working and learning environment, so we need some help deciding what fun things we can do in the new space. 09

What activities would you like to see in the new smoke-free space outside V Block Library? Our staff have set up a fantastic collaborative blackboard complete with a box of chalk and paper flower decorations.

Already we have suggestions like: Yoga, Chess set, music, cooking classes, movie screenings. All great ideas!

Can you think of other ideas we could use the space for? Or do you have any other feedback for library services?

World Blood Donor Day

The World Health Organisation declared yesterday as World Blood Donor Day! The theme for this year is “Blood connects us all”. Did you know every one donation of blood can save up to three lives? If you’re healthy, aged 16-70 years, and weigh over 50kgs you may be eligible to donate.

Take a quiz to find out how much you know about blood donation, you might surprise yourself!

Visit the Red Cross website for more information about where you can donate.

Reference management in the cloud with Paperpile

Paperpile is an easy to use web-based reference and document management system with secure Google sign-in that allows you to collect, organise and cite your references and documents and share them with collaborators.

Paperpile offers 15GB of free storage and import options from all major databases and other product libraries (including EndNote and Mendeley). The web-based system allows you to access your library on different computers and mobile devices without the need to download software.

As a QUT researcher you have free access to QUT’s Paperpile site licence and can find more information on our website about installing Paperpile.

 

“I Got This Hat” – National Simultaneous Storytime 2016

Last Wednesday, as part of Library and Information Week, QUT Kelvin Grove and Caboolture libraries hosted the annual National Simultaneous Storytime which aims to encourage young Australians to read and enjoy books.

Local kindergartens supported the event and thoroughly enjoyed the reading of the book ‘I Got This Hat’ written by Jol and Kate Temple. Education students assisted the Library staff to organise the activities and enjoyed dressing up for the occasion maybe more than the children did.

CAB NSS 2016 Reading

From puppet play, dressing up and colouring in, to exploring the uses of an app called ‘Quiver’ on the iPads, the children were immersed in the book and enjoyed reading about different hats. There were also pirate hats to be made and games to play with the “I got this hat’ book app.

This is an event not to be missed next year!

Save the Date for Open Repositories 2017 Conference!

brisbane-1222078_1920 croppedGriffith University, QUT and UQ are ecstatic to announce that Brisbane will be hosting the annual Open Repositories 2017 Conference. This international conference first started back in 2006 and Australia was the very first host. It is really exciting to see it come back to the land of kangaroos and Tim Tams and more importantly Brisbane!

This conference brings together library and information professionals from a range of backgrounds including higher education, government, galleries, libraries, archives and museums. These industries bring their brilliant users and developers of open digital repository platforms to provide an interactive forum. Around 400 people from all over the world are expected to attend this forum in order to explore the global challenges and opportunities facing libraries and the broader scholarly information landscape.

Linda O’Brien’s, Pro Vice Chancellor, Information Services at Griffith University, remarks from the recent press release clearly highlights what this successful bid means –

“This announcement confirms what we already know – Australian universities are amongst the most innovative around the world and that Brisbane is a world-class conference destination.”

The specifics of the conference are below –

Date: 26-30 June 2017

Venue: Hilton, Brisbane

For further information you can check out their website and sign up to their mailing list.

So, if you have an interest in digital repositories or want to learn more about them make sure you save this date!

 

Spacebots for Science Week

In celebration of Sciethree-toy-robots-10073357nce Week, the World Science Festival is hosting Ars Electronica Futurelab’s Shared Space Bots showcase. Come and see specially designed robots and interact with the exhibition that puts research into action!

QUT students and staff can register for this free this event online. Further details are below –

Venue: Gardens Point Theatre

Time: Thursday 10 March: 3:30pm, 4:30pm
Friday 11 March: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm (10.30am and 4.30pm Sold out)
Saturday 12 March: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 4.30pm
Sunday 13 March: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pmIt is being held at QUT’s

There are loads more events, workshops and demonstrations available to register for as QUT embraces real world science. For more information on other events for Science Week in Brisbane, check out the World Science Festival Brisbane and get your sneak peek into the future!