Extended Library Opening Hours

It is that time of the semester when you want to spend all your time at the library in your favourite study spot…unfortunately so does everyone else! But have no fear of missing out on space at the library this semester as the Gardens Point Library in V Block has extended opening hours from 3rd June – 24th June. This means it will be open from 7am – 2am Monday to Friday and 9am – 2am on the weekends.

You will be able to access all your usual library study nooks and crannies including study rooms and computers and you can even borrow books and use the printing, copying and scanning services from the self service areas.

cat-718936_1280Make sure to have your QUT ID card on you at all times as you will need it to access the library during these extended hours. You can pop around to the swipe card access at the main library entrance next to the coffee shop Merlo to make your way inside.

Worried about haunting the library in the wee hours of the morning? QUT Security will be in the building at all times. Plus as an extra safety precaution, students are encouraged to carry a mobile phone and download the SafeZone app.

So grab your study gear, some caffeine and take advantage of late nights at QUT Library and grab your study nook!

*Please note, on the last day of extended hours we close at 10pm, due to a scheduled power outage.

Study Hack – Online You

FacebookGoodEvil_JBHave you even sat down and Googled yourself just to see what would come up? Have you ever thought about what your online presence is? Take a look at our social media skills page to read up on how to Create a better online you. Your future self (and employers) will thank you for it!

So much of our lives, including studying, can and is being done online. We have universities course groups on Facebook, industry professionals to meet and follow on Twitter, Instgram and Flickr, Google+ community pages and blogs to follow and gain insight on particular topics. This is all great, however, it is worth thinking about the darker side of online technology. People are more available but also more hidden at the same time. How do you really know who you are talking to?

LookForHelpOnline_JBSo make sure you are getting the best out of your online presence and use it wisely. Create a linked in profile so that professionals within your industry can see your achievements. Ask questions to your tutor if they have created a Facebook group for your class. You can also speak directly to QUT Library staff online too through our Chat to a Librarian service. So even if you can’t get in to uni study help is still available!

Set up for study success this semester

The first week of semester is about meeting new mates, your tutors and lecturers and gathering unit information – assignment due dates, classes, exams. Staying on top of your study load and setting yourself up for success from Week 1 can be achieved with a little planning and bookmarking study support resources for when you need them.

Plan your semester

Planning is not about having your time set in stone, but more about seeing the bigger picture so you can afford to be flexible as things pop up during semester. Unexpected setbacks happen and when they do, a plan will help you to adjust your time so you can quickly get back on track.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • the academic calendar
  • an online calendar, like your QUT email calendar or Google Calendar – whichever works for you and you will refer to regularly

The academic calendar shows important dates related to your semester, such as mid-semester break and exam periods. Place or save the academic calendar somewhere you can access quickly, like your computer desktop. Next, input all your important dates over the semester, assignment due dates, exam study period, as well as your social and family commitments such as weddings or birthday parties. You’ll then start to see where you might need to start work on your assignments a little earlier if the due date clashes with your cousin’s 21st bash, for example. In your online calendar, block out time for your classes. Then add your regular work, family or other commitments. Setting up recurring appointments in an online calendar are time savers when planning your study load from week to week.

Now you have an idea of what your semester looks like and how much time you have for your coursework and assignments.

Handy tip: Bookmark the library’s Assignment Calculator to help you allow enough time for completing your assignments.

Keep study support within reach

Can’t make it to campus for a study skills workshop? Library staff have been busy over the summer preparing these workshops for online access through Blackboard. Once logged into Blackboard, either go to the community site directly and click ‘Enrol’, or use ‘Community Finder’ and search with the name ‘Library Back to Study’. By enrolling in the community site, you will have ready access to these resources from your Blackboard home page.

Topics include reading and note taking, undertaking research and returning to university study, with helpful hints and strategies.

Need help through the semester? Ask a Librarian – by phone, at the Library Helpdesk or online.

We’re here to help.

Mythbuster Series: Shhhhhhh!

Myth #1: You can’t talk in the library.

Not-A-Librarian: “You must love telling people to be quiet all the time.”

Please Keep Quiet in the Library By Enokson (CC BY 2.0)

Librarian: “Only when people ask that question.”

Contrary to popular belief librarians don’t revel in shushing people all day. The days of the library being a silent place of study are long-gone and librarians are embracing the community spirit. We like to think of the library as a place where students can not only do individual silent study but come to work on assignments or study with peers.

To help facilitate your collaborative study needs we have group study rooms available for you to book in advance. If you need to blow off some steam after an exam or assignment, why not get a group of friends together and play some games in the Games Lab. Students are free to talk to their peers on each level of the library – except those areas that are marked for silent study (the top two floors of Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Libraries).

So remember, the library doesn’t need to be the kind of place you can hear a pin-drop but be mindful of your fellow students and keep noise to a respectful minimum (or we’ll have to shush you!).

Gardens Point Library 24/7 opening

Have you heard? During exam period Gardens Point Library will be open 24 hours a day!

GP Campus just got a whole lot better with the introduction of 24 hour access to the library. This means staff and students will have 24 hour access to all library study spaces including study rooms, library collections (including the Course Reserve collection), and the 24 hour computer lab located on Level 2.

How will it work?

Well, starting from 1st June at 7am and ending 23rd June at 10pm, staff and students will have 24 hour access to Gardens Point Library. Entry and exit to the library will be restricted to the main entrance door (opposite BarMerlo) and will be swipe card access only so make sure you have your QUT ID Card at all times.

QUT Security will monitor the library during these times however for your safety in the early hours of the morning students are encouraged to carry a mobile phone and download the SafeZone app.

The Library Helpdesk services are available from 7am to 10pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays, all other times will be self-service only.

For more information look at our 24/7 webpage.

Light! End of the tunnel!

You're nearly there minifig! 'Small Climb' by  Black Zack (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

You’re nearly there minifig! ‘Small Climb’ by Black Zack
(CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The weather’s warming up, and all that sunshine is like a beacon of hope – it’s almost the end of semester! You’ve already handed in a few assignments and things are rolling along. To make sure you keep the momentum going, here are a few tips:

  • Use the Assignment Calculator to help manage your time on these last assessments.
  • Set some time aside for each of your assessment pieces. A weekly planner is available here.
  • If you aren’t sure about your assignment task, talk to your tutor or lecturer about what is required.
  • Ask someone at the Library Helpdesk to show you our online learning resources and help you find information.
  • Book a Study Solutions appointment for a 25 minute one-on-one appointment to talk about your assignment.
  • Check out your faculty’s peer assistance program to talk to another student about your study.

Time can slip away quickly. For best results with less stress, start early, work consistently and finish strong!

Get help with your assignments without leaving your couch!

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For the times when you aren’t able to visit our Library Helpdesk on campus, we offer an online chat service, Chat to a Librarian.

You can use Chat to a Librarian during semester at these times:

  • Monday – Friday: 10am – 9.45pm
  • Weekends and Public Holidays: 12pm – 4.45pm

To get started, just hit the chat button on the QUT Library home page and fill in some basic information. One of our friendly librarians will be ready and waiting to answer your question.

You can use the chat service to get help with finding information for your assignment, assistance using databases, and advice on referencing.

If you need help outside the times the chat service is open (but you still want to stay at home in your pajamas), we have loads of information to help you anytime that you need it:

  • To find the answers to some common library questions, try the AskQUT Library FAQ.
  • For help with referencing, try QUT cite|write
  • There are some great tips on assignment research and writing available on Studywell.

We look forward to chatting with you soon.

Your Library Needs you!

Change by M.A.R.C.          (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Change by M.A.R.C. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Here’s your chance to make your mark, go down in history and  perhaps even win a JB Hi-Fi voucher for your troubles.

We need your feedback to help us improve library services! Participate in a library focus group -we’ll ask for about an hour of your time- for the chance to win a $250 JB Hi-Fi voucher.

To register for a session:
1. Sign up at the Library Helpdesk or
2. Send an email to library.feedback@qut.edu.au with your full name, student number and home campus by 1 August 2014.

Get social with QUT Library

socialmedia (3)QUT Library uses a variety of social media platforms to share news and information.

The QUT Library blog (thanks for reading!) is a great place to find information about being a student at QUT. Our blog posts cover a range of topics, from what’s happening in the Library and around the university to study and exam tips to services you might like to access as a student.

Follow us on Twitter @qutlibrary to get information about new resources, upcoming events, academic skills and tons of fun, wacky and interesting links.

Our YouTube channel has a range of videos that will help you explore Library resources and improve your study habits. Videos include advice on finding a book on the shelf by call number, time management, referencing correctly and more.

If a picture is worth a thousand words how many does a pin count for? Explore our Pinterest and Flickr pages to find out. Our Pinterest boards are designed to provide you with inspiration in your subject area and our Flickr sets show you all the different Library spaces.

So follow us on your favourite social media platform. It’s a great way to get connected to the QUT community whether on campus or off.

 

New to computers? IT Skills Solutions can help

Using computers is an essential part of uni life. If you haven’t used computers much before, it can seem overwhelming. But don’t worry, we have the perfect solution!

You can book a free 25-minute appointment for one-to-one help with:

  • Basic computer skills
  • How to use QUT online systems
  • How to help yourself

Get ready for success at uni. Book your free IT Skills Solutions appointment online or in person at the Library Helpdesk.

It’s not too hard or too late!