The library website’s gotten a new look!

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Did somebody say makeover?

We think our Library website is a pretty important place. It’s a hub of information, and full of valuable resources.

Whether you need to research for an assignment, check what you can borrow, look at upcoming events, connect with us on social media (FYI, you totally should!), contact your library staff, or utilise our immense self-help resources, we’ve got you covered!

So, we thought it was about time the website got a bit of a makeover to ensure it remains as relevant as possible to you – the students.

You may remember that towards the end of last year we asked you to help us with planning our website re-jig by sorting some cards?

Maybe you are really invested in the functionality of our library website, or maybe you were just really keen on that $100 gift card up for grabs. Either way, the responses were overwhelming, and we’re rolling out a fancy new website to show for it.

We’ve been working away over the summer (occasionally taking a break to dream we were off on summer vacation too) to update the library website in line with your feedback. It’ll be efficient, streamlined, user-friendly and all kinds of awesome.

And it’ll be released…. now! Well, not all of it, but you will notice some changes to our site already. Keep an eye out for all the brand spanking newness.

We know you’ll love the new-look website as much as we do (or maybe more, if that’s even possible)!


Do you know about the Research Storage Service?

Are you a researcher with a ton of data that you need to store somewhere?

Did you know that Griffith University offers various storage services to all researchers and research students affiliated with the university via the Research Storage Service.

These services include Research Space, Research Drive, and Research Vault. There’s even a nifty little questionnaire you can take, which tells you which service is best for you.

We tested it out, and we can tell you with certainty that it takes under one minute, and that our fictitious data is best suited to Research Space.

The service can help you store, share and synchronise the digital data generated during your research project. Your data is stored on Griffith systems, not off-shore.

You get access anytime and anywhere, and you can share files easily with collaborators at Griffith, in Australia and overseas.

But wait, there’s more! With the Research Storage Service, you get unlimited storage. So scrap those hard copies, USBs and CD’s and free up some hard drive space. It’s time to embrace – you guessed it – the Research Storage Service (it’s ace!).


Do you have a strategy to get your research published?

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Getting your manuscript published in the right academic journal requires strategic planning.

You can’t just send your research out into the publishing world, cross your fingers and hope for the best. You may very well get it published, but we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve maximum impact and visibility that way.

There’s a lot of information available to you on how to get published. But it can be overwhelming. It’s hard to keep track of all the tutorials, guidelines and web sites of all the processes you should follow.

So we’ve put it all in one place for you; a one-stop shop if you like. It’s all available on our newly designed Research and Publishing webpage. It links to everything you need as an academic author at Griffith University.

You can find Higher Degree Research workshops, Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules, Open Scholarship and more.

Be sure to have a look at the new Strategic Publishing Guidelines for Authors. The online module outlines practical steps you can take to get your manuscript published.

It offers a planned approach to scholarly publishing. From identifying your overall goal and target audience to analyzing a publications relevance, quality and credibility. There is also a whole section dedicated to building an author profile.

Also check out the Best Practice Data Guidelines for Researchers. It outlines your role in the research data management lifecycle – from your projects beginning to its very end.

Many topics are covered; from regulatory requirements, intellectual property and consent to repositories, licensing and exit planning. The online module offers best practice solutions to save you time and keep your data safe.

Did you know your data can work for you? Follow the Best Practice Data Guidelines for Researchers and increase your research profile by including data outputs as part of your dissemination strategy.


Are you finished with your toothbrush? We want it

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Image from the Terracycle website.

Is your toothbrush looking worse for wear? No doubt it’s due to your amazing oral hygiene habits (you brush twice a day, for more than two minutes, right?).

But before you bin your old, manky-looking toothbrush, stop and think of your Griffith University library. Why on earth for, you ask? Well, we’ve partnered with Terracycle to recycle oral care product packaging.

We have special recycling bins at all our campus libraries for you to deposit oral care waste. And it’s not just toothbrushes. You can drop off toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging and floss containers.

We do ask however, that you remove excess product from your items before you place them in the recycling bins. Is there still foamy paste clinging to the bristles of your brush? Is the cap crusted over with old toothpaste? Maybe give them a good rinse first. And don’t forget to dry. We can’t ship dripping packages.

TerraCycle recycles the vast majority of the waste that we collect. According to their website, ‘the tubes and brushes are separated by composition, shredded and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products’.

Just think. Your humble little toothbrush could be melted down to become a brand new product. It could become a bench, a picnic table, or even a playground. Okay, so maybe it would take more than one toothbrush…


We’re celebrating Wikipedia’s 16th birthday

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You know it, and we agree – Wikipedia is brilliant.

But, you know how your lecturers are always telling you that you can’t reference Wikipedia? Well, there’s a reason for it.

Anyone in the world can access and update pages on Wikipedia. And they could be wrong. But just like when your lecturers mark your essays, the more factual references there are, the more it is evident that content is rooted in fact.

So to celebrate Wikipedia’s sweet 16th on 15 January, Wikipedia is holding #1Lib1Ref.

#1Lib1Ref is an event which asks each librarian on Earth to add a citation to a Wikipedia article. And you bet that our librarians are jumping on board.

The #1Lib1Ref drive is running from 15 January to 3 February, and our librarians are getting together on 25 January to power these references out. We can’t miss an opportunity to celebrate Wikipedia (and hang out together sipping tea and talking about our cats, as the stereotype goes).

While we’re doing our best to increase the accuracy of Wikipedia, don’t forget – it’s a great starting place for assignments (it’s really wonderful, isn’t it?), but make sure you reference, reference, reference (not the Wikipedia page – but possibly the Wikipedia reference!).

What
#1Lib1Ref

When
10am – 12pm
25 January

Where:
Nathan Library
Gold Coast Library


How to secure your virtual world

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When you think of your valuable items you generally think of your home, right? There’s your 50” flat screen television, Xbox gaming console (with many, many awesome games), and that bottle of Moet you received for Christmas.

But what about the valuable information you have online? Now, more than ever, we are storing an abundance of valuable information on our digital devices – if not in the cloud.

If you aren’t mindful of your online security, sensitive documents, your identity and even your hard earned cash could be taken from you. So, just as you would lock the door to your home, you should protect your online information as well.

The Griffith University IT Security webpage has some great advice about how to stay safe and secure online. Here are a few safety tips to get you started:

Install anti-virus software
Did you know Griffith University Students get 50% off selected Norton security products? Now if you’re using one of our computers or laptops, don’t worry, they all have Norton anti-virus installed  (‘cause we’ve got your back).

Avoid peer-to-peer (P2P) networks
According to Lifewire, ‘when you download files from other peers on the BitTorrent, eMule, or other P2P network you don’t know for sure that the file is what it says it is. You might think you are downloading a great new utility, but when you double-click the EXE file how can you be sure that you haven’t also installed a Trojan or backdoor in your computer allowing an attacker to access it at will?’

Make sure you create a strong password
Not sure where to start? Check out our handy tips for creating a password. And just so you know, ‘password’ is not a good password. In fact, it’s been reported in the press as one of the most common passwords used! Other common passwords include: qwerty, monkey, letmein, changeme, internet, iloveyou, jesus, jesussaves, 1q2w3e4r, 1qaz2wsx and of course swear words and nicknames for parts of the anatomy.

Never reply to emails asking you for personal information
Did you receive an email asking for your bank account details? Chances are pretty high that you didn’t win a fortune in a lottery you never entered or inherit millions from a rich uncle you never knew existed. So if you neglect to provide your bank details, you won’t miss out on anything – except trouble.

Never click on sites that seem questionable
There are billions of websites online. And while many of them are legit, there are also quite a few that are not. If the site’s description, title, or URL seems dodgy to you, don’t click on it. Otherwise you could pick up something nasty, like spyware, malware or a virus.


Which library has the best Christmas tree?

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Only three more sleeps until Christmas! The big man in the red suit is probably packing the sleigh as we speak, and he’s looking forward to all the snacks you will be leaving out for him.  Mmmmm, milk and cookies!

But Christmas isn’t complete until we know who has been the most festive this holiday season. And festiveness can be measured, you know.

We ran a friendly little poll a few weeks ago to get you to vote on your favourite Griffith Library Christmas tree. And you did, and there was a clear winner.

Congratulations to the Gold Coast campus library! Your Christmas tree is the favourite among Griffith staff, students and random Christmas tree enthusiasts.

To all the other campus libraries – don’t be disheartened. Your Christmas trees were jolly good and we appreciate the effort you put in to make our library spaces merry and bright.

View the final poll results in the original blog post.