Become a book in our Human Library!


Do you have a story to tell? Griffith University Library is looking for people to volunteer as human books in our second annual Human Library event to be held on 21 March 2018 at the Gold Coast campus.

Wait, what? A human library? A human book?

Human libraries are part of a global movement to break down social barriers and challenge prejudice and stereotypes through conversation. At Griffith, we value and recognise diversity. We believe we can help spark social change through encouraging positive conversations with people, who may not ordinarily have the opportunity to speak with each other.

How does the Human Library work?

In a Human Library, readers borrow people instead of books. If you sign up as a human book in our Griffith University Human Library, you can expect to be loaned out up to three times during the two-hour event. The loan period is for approximately 20 minutes, giving you enough time to share your story, answer questions from your borrower and engage in positive and real conversation.

Who can be a human book?

Human books are often people who have faced discrimination and prejudice in their life as a result of occupation, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, cultural background, health, social status, lifestyle or disability.

Our selection of books in last year’s Human Library included a homeless person, refugee, an adopted person, a Muslim woman, a Muslim man / prisoner of war, a lesbian, a gay male, a Maori, an Indigenous person, a woman in IT, a veteran and assistance dog, an author, a person with tattoos, a person with dreadlocks.

How do I register as a human book?

If you are willing to give people insight into your life with stigma, discrimination or prejudice in the hope to create a more tolerant and understanding community, we’d love to hear from you!

Register your interest via our online form now. Feel free to contact Renee Wilson or Brigitte Braddock at library-events@griffith.edu.au for more information.

Want to see a Human Library in action?

The 2017 Griffith University Human Library was a huge success with 20 human books loaned out to borrowers. Check out our wrap-up of last year’s Human Library event.


Got a great student life hack? Share your idea and WIN!

Image of hands holding iPads

Have you ever thought ‘an app for that’ would greatly improve your life as a student? Do you have a brilliant idea for an app that you and your fellow students would find super useful?

Submit your app ideas to the Griffith Hackathon Apps Ideas Challenge by Friday 23 March 2018 for your chance to win a share of over $5,000 in prizes.

The catch is – the idea has to be exceptional and impress our hard-to-impress judges. Your idea will have to be the best of the best.

Concerned about your lack of coding skills? Don’t be. You don’t actually have to build the app, or do anything remotely techy. You just need to brainstorm an amazing app, go to the Hackathon web page and submit it. Easy peasy and potentially very profitable.

Get your entries in today! You can enter as many times as you like. Entries close at 5 pm on Friday 23 March. Winners will be contacted and announced via Library social media.

We have some more exciting news! What good is an idea without some action? Once the ideas have been collected and winners have been chosen, we will be holding a Student Hackathon event.

That’s when we give your app ideas to a bunch of clever students (with coding skills), feed them some pizza, and get them to develop an app in two days.

Check out the winning app 2017 from Griffith University students Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Munchie.

We can’t wait to see your best app ideas! Terms and Conditions apply. Head to the Hackathon webpage for details.


Publishing your research: What you need to know

Are you a research student? Have you taken this end of year holiday as a wonderful opportunity to get ahead on your research and publishing?

Publishing is an enormous task, as well as an enormously important aspect of your research career, and can certainly seem daunting sometimes.

There are a multitude of facets to consider. Don’t get overwhelmed though! Break them down into bite-sized pieces and tackle them!

We have guides to walk you through every step, from planning to publishing, and even researcher profile management.

Planning

Publishing

Profile management

Still need more help? Book a consultation with your discipline librarian (under the Consultations with a specialist heading) to discuss your research and publishing strategies.


Pressreader: Your one-stop-shop for healthy options this Silly Season

Ah Christmas. A time for obligatory family events, good (and bad) presents, and of course FOOD.

Yes, that’s right, I said food. Commence drooling.

Your Grandma will make her heavenly cheesecake, your visiting cousin will bring decadent chicken smothered in heavy sauce and Dad better make that Mars Bar slice you know and love from childhoods past.

But all of these yummy options are a liiiiittle likely to undo all your #gymselfie hard work. By all means, let’s indulge and enjoy ourselves. It’s Christmas! But maybe somewhere on that groaning table full of amazing treats, there might be just a little room for some ahem healthier options.

Through the wonderful library catalogue you have access to Pressreader. And in addition to giving you the daily news and all the goss you could possibly ask for about Harry and Meghan #royalwedding2.0, there are also magazines with recipes.

That’s right kids, recipes still come in hard copy…or the electronic version of a hard copy in this case.

Jump onto Pressreader and find a few recipes that will give you a healthy choice for at least one of your hopefully many Christmas meals, and above all, be safe and have fun this holiday season.

 


Free apps to help you give back

While we understand everyone goes through their own personal struggles, overall many of us are very lucky.

If you’ve got easy access to running water, a roof over your head, are attending an amazing university (that’s us, folks!), have food in your cupboard and money in your bank account (we know, you are students, this may be a stretch), you may want to take this opportunity to give back.

There are ample opportunities to volunteer. Though if you’re a commitment-phobe, and the idea of starting a new series on Netflix alone freaks you out, let alone committing to something more structured, it’s OK. Instead of opening up your Netflix, why not try another app?

The following three apps allow you to easily donate cash to a worthy cause. So if your pockets are feeling a bit heavy, and your hands are feeling a bit empty – grab your phone and get downloading!

GiveEasy – donate & give to your charity & cause

By GiveEasy
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
GiveEasy changes the future of giving. The App allows you to donate funds to appeals and charities directly from your credit card, anytime, anywhere. Your friends and colleagues are notified of your donations through Facebook and Twitter.

Good Thnx

By Good Thnx Pty Ltd
Cost: Free
Available: Google Play
When someone does good, say thnx! Good Thnx is a platform that rewards good behaviour by allowing people to say thank you, with the money going to charity in a contemporary new way. Write a message and add an amount for a charity or cause. It can be as little as 10c, or as much as you like. The thnx notifies your friend and they choose where the money goes.

Charity Miles

By Charity Miles
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Strapped for cash but still want to give back? How about we throw in getting fitter at the same time? Simply open Charity Miles, choose a charity, and go! The app works like a walking meter, cycling meter, or running stopwatch, measuring the distance of your route. You earn money for the distance you travel, which goes to your elected charity (up to Charity Miles’ corporate sponsorship pool limit).


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!).

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

Refreshments to follow

Where
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

RSVP
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!


How far have we come in supporting LGBTIQA+ youth?

Griffith Library and ALLY Network join together!

Media has made scare tactics an artform with the marriage equality postal survey – from both sides!  Griffith Library and the ALLY Network present: Moral panic, media mayhem, and safety for our LGBTIQA+ youth: how far have we really come?

We have seen an increase in mainstream media representations of gender fluidity and sexual diversity.  Television such as the return of Will & Grace; a gay couple portrayed as a ‘heteronormative’ lifestyle in Modern Family; as well as transgender actress Laverne Cox on the cover of Time magazine.  Add to this, Caitlin Jenner sharing the journey of her transition, we can’t help but think times are changing.

But how far have we really come?

Our panel will discuss subjects such as moral panic, bullying, Safe Schools, and cultural change.

When
Tuesday 17 October 2017  |  noon – 1:00pm

Where
QCA Lecture Theatre (S05), Room 2.04, South Bank campus

RSVP
Registration is essential and will close on Monday 16 October 2017