Lighting up the library

The 1st of December has arrived! Time to pull out those advent calendars, turn on some jingles and enjoy the colourful lights because Christmas is on its merry way.

Our Nathan, Logan, Southbank, Mount Gravatt and Gold Coast Libraries have embraced the season by beautifully decorating their library spaces with shiny baubles, handmade decorations and tonnes of tinsel.

Here’s a tour… (Click on each photo to enlarge)

It’s official, emojis rule! >insert smiley face emoticon<

If the Oxford Dictionaries latest announcement has got you questioning everything you thought you knew about the English language and the meaning of the word – word, then take solace, you are not alone.

Let us reassure you, the world-famous dictionaries have not altered the definition of word. So how has the ‘Face with tears of Joy’ emoji been crowned the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year? Well, let us try and explain…

If the literary grapevine hasn’t reached you yet, here is the lowdown: Each year, the Oxford Dictionaries announces a word of the year. Along with the winner there is a short list that includes a range of words that have been significant and prevalent throughout the 12 months.

But as with all good competitions, there can only be one winner. And this year, it was an emoji! Yes, that’s right The Word of the Year for 2015 is a picture. And although most people’s response has been – huh? there is some method to their madness.

According to figures compiled by Oxford University Press and mobile technology firm SwiftKey, it was the world’s most used emoji in 2015. The word emoji has also surged with usage more than tripling in 2015. We can now also own our very own emoji keyboards!

Not convinced? Oxford Dictionaries might be able to explain better. You can also explore the Oxford Dictionary through Summon.

Right or wrong, this announcement is an indication of the changing culture of communication. So does this announcement mean one day we’ll all be communicating via a series of emojis? We’ll let you ponder that… ;-)


Avoiding a publishing trap

In an increasingly competitive academic environment, the ability of a researcher to publish their work is paramount, and for a PhD candidate or early career researcher, publishing isn’t always easy or straightforward. There are many traps for the unwary, the most infamous of which is falling victim to a so-called ‘predatory publisher’. These publishers are accused of deceiving unsuspecting authors, performing poor quality or non-existent peer review and publishing ‘junk science’. There are many reasons not to engage with these publishers.

Beall’s list attempts to provide a list of questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. The list has expanded rapidly (from 18 publishers in 2011 to almost 700 in 2015) and the publication output from these publishers has increased exponentially. With this massive expansion, it is arguably getting more and more difficult to maintain a current, complete and comprehensive list.

Rather than trying to provide a definitive list, Think. Check. Submit. aims to help researchers make informed publishing decisions. This online checklist, developed with the support of a coalition of cross-industry sponsors, steps researchers through a series of questions that should be asked when deciding where to publish. Questions such as ‘Are articles [in the journal] indexed in services that you use?’ (such as Web of Science and Scopus) or ‘Do you recognise the editorial board?’, encourage a researcher to think critically and apply their own reasoning skills.

With a bit of research and due diligence, you should be able to find a suitable journal which will showcase your work in the way it deserves. Work through the checklist, consult Beall’s list and have a look at some of the resources listed below. For more information, contact a library specialist.


How to assess a potential publisher (Griffith University)

Research guide: Higher degree research candidates: Get published (Griffith University)

Publishing your research: choosing where to publish (RMIT University)

Guide to publishing (Murdoch University)

It’s time for a story at Mt Gravatt

Our Mt Gravatt Library has hosted their last storytime for the year with the kiddies from Yarranlea Primary School. The Librarians read I want my hat back by Jon Klassen and because the children were extra good they were allowed to write and post their Santa mail via Mt Gravatt’s very own North Pole post box.

The local school’s monthly visit began only this year and already the primary school kids from Yarranlea Primary School have made six trips to their library neighbour for a morning story. The Mt Gravatt campus and the Yarranlea Primary School share a campus which is why this fantastic community initiative began.

Graduation doesn’t mean good bye

Graduation capsAre you graduating this semester? If so, then congratulations on what is a fantastic achievement and celebration of all your hard work.

But even though you might be leaving us shortly it doesn’t have to mean good bye. As a Griffith Alumni you can easily stay connected and access to some fantastic resources that will be extremely useful for your post-grad adventures.

Library access and borrowing

For a small annual fee Alumni are still able to borrow resources, use the Libraries’ hardcopy collections, and photocopiers and printers.

Become a Friend of the Library

A Friends of the Library membership offers wonderful professional and social opportunities. Benefits include, special event invitation featuring national and international guest speakers, networking opportunities, access to exhibitions and displays, special pre-sale ticket offers to certain Griffith events, regular Friends of the Library e-newsletter, 20% off GGraduateriffith REVIEW subscription and a discount on borrowing membership to the University Library.

Email and myGriffith

Students also have access to their student email and myGriffith indefinitely after graduation.

Don’t forget to tick off your graduation to-dos with your steps to graduating guide.

Wishing you all the best and remember, don’t be a stranger.

Meet other Griffith Alumni.




Your library is having a little work done…


…while you’re on vacation.

From Monday, November 23 the libraries at Mt Gravatt, Nathan and Gold Coast are having a little work done.

At Mt Gravatt your Collaboration Zone is getting a makeover. At Nathan new furniture including individual study pods are arriving. And at Gold Coast your new Research Zone will be fitted out with individual and quiet group study spaces.

All the work will be complete by the time ‘O’ week 2016 rolls around.

Your library opening hours during construction remain the same.

We’ll keep you updated as work progresses on each site – remember to grab a set of earplugs from the library counter if you’re finding it noisy.

And we promise you donuts when the work is all done!

The browser battle – who was 2015’s winner?

browser-773215_1280PC World has put Google Chrome, Microsoft’s Edge and Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera to the test in a battle of internet browsers.

They’ve been tried, they’ve been tested, they’ve been simulated and a winner has prevailed.

Using the latest available version of each browser, they looked at each of them holistically. Asking questions like: How easy was each to install and set up? Does Opera make it simple to switch from Chrome?

And the winner is…Google Chrome.

That’s right the relatively new (2008) web browser has won over the critics thanks to their stable and extensible performance. The browser is said to integrate well into other services, and reveals its depths and complexity only if you actively seek it out. For that reason, Google Chrome remains the browser of choice, with Opera just behind.

Not a chrome fan? Read the full article to see how your favourite browser buddy did.

PC World is available online via EBSCO’s Australia New Zealand Reference Centre database. You can read articles from the current edition all the way back to 1996!

With 12 issues a year, PC World provides you with expert industry analysis and practical solutions to help you get more from technology.

Did you know you can receive email notifications when a new issue of a magazine is published? There are thousands of magazines and journals available through the Library’s database so you will be spoiled for choice!



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