Rock Art: the battle to save our nation’s heritage

Van Gogh versus rock art. Both priceless. But one sits behind glass in a temperature controlled museum heavily guarded. The other is left out in the open, subject to vandals, insects and inclement weather.

It’s not practical to collect and store Australia’s rock art in museums, so Professor Paul Taçon of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research is doing the next best thing. He is dedicating his career to travelling Australia, finding and documenting rock art. The aim is simple: gather more information about Australia’s heritage, showcase these brilliant specimens properly and save the works for generations to come.

There are more than 100,000 rock art site believed to be scattered across Australia, with the possibility of even more undiscovered treasures. Professor Taçon has spent the last three decades travelling extensively to these sites in remote areas of Australia to unravel the stories of our past and save them for our future.

Want to know more? Friends of the Library are hosting an event at the Gold Coast campus,  where you can hear Professor Taçon discuss his experiences and challenges in his battle to safeguard Australian rock art.

5:30pm – 7:30pm, Thursday 9 November

The Red Zone (G40)
Gold Coast Campus

General Admission: $15
Students: $10
Griffith Staff: $10
Friends of the Library members: FREE

Book here

Food and beverages are included in the ticket price.

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Were you aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? No? Well, then read on!

Breast Cancer is one of the most common cancers. Chances are you know someone either directly or indirectly affected by this disease. The good news is, it’s treatable when diagnosed early.

Early diagnosis is only possible when awareness is high. Did you know that 49% of women have never had a breast exam conducted by a doctor? Early detection saves lives, so start spreading the word!

The tests are quick, painless and have the potential to save a life. Your life, or the life of someone you love. You can book a check up on campus with Griffith’s Health and Medical Service.

And heads up fellas, breast cancer doesn’t only affect women. Men are susceptible as well.

So how can you raise awareness and support this very worthy cause? Share this post and all its linked resources with friends, family and random strangers (well maybe not the last one). If you want to do more, donate if you can, organise an event, or simply buy some pink ribbon merchandise to help raise awareness and much needed funds.

If you want to know more, check out Pink Ribbon.

Improve your research and publishing skills!

Are you a research student?

Yes, while the undergrads are away on trimester vacay, you’re working hard on your research each day.

It’s a hard life. But you’re committed. And future you (who’s widely published and likely adorned with quite a few extra letters at the end of your name) will look back and thank you.

Speaking of being committed, have you taken a look at our Postgrad Research Information Skills Modules?

Designed to help you navigate your way through the research cycle, the modules have been grouped into three sections: Discover, Manage and Publish.

The modules provide you with strategies, resources and interactive learning activities to enable you to successfully complete your project.

Discover how to develop a your research question, find the literature you need, and use the literature.

Manage your organisation or citations and references, ensure you maintain research integrity, manage your research data effectively, and learn about author profiles.

Then – ahhh the culmination of all your hard work – Publish. Learn how to select a journal, submit a manuscript, and navigate the peer review, revising and editing processes. Explore collaboration options and how to use social media to expand your readership and altmetric score. Learn about scholarly impact of your publication. Then – go at it again! Find resources to help with getting funding for future research!

Griffith’s running disaster recovery testing

Exams are over (phew) and we’re sure you’re loving this break from study. Enjoying the warmer weather, binging on Netflix without lingering guilt about the assignments you should be working on instead (there are none!), tanning at the beach…

Uni’s likely the furthest thing from your mind… Unless you’re a research student, staff, are on placement, or for any other reason still uni-bound –  in which case: we feel you. Us library staff are working away too, looking at our friends’ instagram photos longingly…

Griffith is taking this quieter period as an opportunity  to complete the annual IT disaster recovery test. We’re putting our Scouts hat on, ‘Be Prepared’.

For those lucky enough to be sunning yourself at the beach at the moment, you can continue working on your tan knowing we’ve got your covered.

You can trust that we’re on the ball, completing fail-over testing in the case of a major disaster.

The disaster recovery test is a major activity to ensure the University’s key information systems can be recovered and continue to operate in the event of a major disruption.

This year testing includes

  • A major site fail-over test simulating the loss of all in-house hosted systems. During this test period, access to all systems and associated links including access to the Griffith home page and internet will be unavailable.
  • Testing the fail-over capability of our critical telephone systems, student printing system and SharePoint document repository. During this test period, access to these systems could be interrupted.

The date and times are subject to change (it’s always in the small print) but currently, the date and times are:

Sunday 22 October 2017

  • 8am – noon: All In-house hosted systems (including Griffith home page and associated links, internet and wi-fi access) will be unavailable
  • 8am – midnight: Telephones, student printing and SharePoint will be interrupted for testing anytime within this window.

While this may cause some inconvenience, these tests are required and you will receive more information as the date gets closer.

More information about scheduled maintenance for the remainder of 2017 is available in the Maintenance Calendar.

Get some research insight

Are you a budding researcher? Want to know about latest news on innovation, technology, library resources, online tools, social media trends, research and workshops?

Well, then you definitely want to check out our Insight newsletter. It’s a monthly newsletter aimed at our Griffith researchers, full of interesting and enlightening information.

Learn more about our research staff by reading the monthly academic profile. Or stay up to date with the latest research workshops and training.

Maybe you want to further develop your research skills, and would like to check our posts such as What is a good research question and How to measure scholarly impact with a donut, expand your knowledge base and learn Why we can’t trust our brains, or have some fun with 6 of the best photo editing apps for mobile devices.

You can subscribe to the Insight newsletter, as well as view past editions here.

Open Research: four stories from Griffith

Have you heard of Open Access Week?

If so, you already know how marvellous this initiative it. However, if you haven’t, it’s time to get schooled!

Open Access: refers to research data that is free of all restrictions on access it, and free of many restrictions on its use. This means, you get freely available data that you can use without certain copyright or licence restrictions! So much glorious data that can help you with all aspect of study, research, work… the possibilities are endless!

Open Access Week is an opportunity for you to learn about the potential benefits of open access, share and listen to what researchers and academics have learned, and to help to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Of course, you want to know more. To celebrate Open Access Week, Griffith Library is hosting a panel discussion. It will focus on the 2017 theme, “Open in order to…”

Now, if you’re thinking ‘in order to what?’, then you obviously have to come along – as we’ve prepared a panel of experts to answer this question for you.

They’ll discuss their experience in open research, explore what tangible actions Griffith academics and HDR candidates can take to enhance their research and deliver social dividends, and examine how we can balance this with our research performance in ranking schemas.

You’ll also be invited to join the discussion too, as we want to hear your views and insight (hey, you are the future!).

Thursday 26 October 2017  |  11:00am – 12:30pm

Refreshments to follow

Environment 1 (N55), Lecture Theatre 0.06, Nathan Campus
Videoconference: Science Engineering and Architecture (G39), Room 4.27, Gold Coast campus
Videoconference: Webb Centre (S02), Room 7.16, South Bank campus

Register here. Registration is essential and will close on Tuesday 24 October 2017.

Check out the full event website for more information.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Keep your library game strong by becoming an alumni borrower

Are you graduating? Is the only thing keeping you from celebrating #likeaboss the knowledge you will soon lose access to all the wonderful things your campus library has to offer?

FOMO is real when it comes to the end of your degree and library access. But the good news is, you can continue to #loveyourlibrary as an alumni!

That’s right, it’s not just a fancy word that no one knows the singular version of (it’s alumnus just fyi, librarians have all the knowledge), it’s also your ticket to continued access to the library’s physical collection.

Becoming an alumni borrower lets you borrow up to 20 items for a 28 day loan period. We even chuck in a set of 2 renewals!

While access to our computers and laptop loans are for current students only, alumni are still able to take advantage of all the physical books the library has to offer. You know, the ones on paper, old school style!

Becoming an alumni borrower is as simple as visiting your nearest Griffith library and speaking to our friendly staff. Bring along some ID and something official with your current address on it (your student ID card and your Driver’s License work a treat), fill out one form and you are good to go. Oh, did we mention this is free?

Thought that might get your attention. Happy almuni-ing.