Library hours for the ANZAC Day public holiday

It’s ANZAC Day on Wednesday! Celebrated on 25 April each year, the public holiday commemorates ‘all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service’ (Australian War Memorial).

Library opening hours have changed for ANZAC Day, so be sure to check the library opening hours for your campus library before you come to visit:

  Wednesday 25 April
Gold Coast  12 pm – 5 pm
Logan  12 pm – 5 pm
Mt Gravatt  12 pm – 5 pm
Nathan  12 pm – 5 pm
QCA  Closed
QCGU  1 pm – 5 pm

24/7 study labs on campus

With it getting to the pointy end of trimester, you’re probably relating a little too much to the classic study/social life/sleep Venn diagram.

Now, while we’re hoping you’ve heeded our advice and employed exemplary time management skills throughout this trimester, meaning you won’t require any crazy last-minute cramming to finish assignments on time, let’s be real.

If you’ve left you’re assignment just a little too late (or maybe you simply find you do your best work at 3 am, or suffer from debilitating insomnia and want to put your time to more productive use than laying in bed contemplating the Earth’s existence), don’t fret! We have computer labs open 24 hours at every campus! Just check the table below for your closest 24/7 lab (you can visit any campus, btw).

You can find a comprehensive list of our computer lab locations here, as well as information on printing facilities and numbers of computers available.

 Nathan Gold Coast South Bank Logan Mt Gravatt

Patience Thoms (N06) 0.01

Clinical Sciences 1 (G02) 1.26 Webb Centre (S02) 3.03 Academic 1 (L05) 2.32

Psychology (M24) 3.32

Science Link (N65) 1.01

Learning Commons (G11) 2.50

Arts and Education 1 (G30) 2.03

You can borrow books from other uni libraries for free – Bonus!

Did you know you can borrow books from other university libraries for free? You don’t have to join their library, and you certainly don’t have to pay a membership fee.

How is this possible you ask? Well, Griffith University is part of the BONUS+ initiative, formed by multiple universities around Australia and New Zealand. Other participating university libraries include Victoria University, the University of Sydney, Australian National University and many more!

If the book you need is not held at any of our Griffith University Libraries or is out on loan, you can request it online from another BONUS+ library, and they’ll pick it off their shelves and mail it over to your selected Griffith library ready for you to collect!

So how do you request an item? It’s simple!

  • Search the library catalogue.
  • Click the Menu icon (it’s three horizontal lines at the top right).
  • Select Can’t find that book? BONUS+ (look for the little green button!).
  • Search for the book you want in the BONUS+ catalogue.
  • Select Request this item if the book is available at a BONUS+ library.
  • Select the campus you’d like to collect the book from under Pickup location.
  • Click Submit.

Meet your library staff: Steph Banovic

Our library staff are integral to the functioning of our libraries. We have a large array of staff spread over our six libraries and they’re much more than just smiling faces. They’re also full of interesting information, helpful wisdom, and some quirks here and there.

Want to get to know our staff better? Check out our profile on Library and Learning Services Team Member, Steph Banovic.

Quick overview

  • Find me at:  Nathan Campus Library Monday to Thursday and Logan on Friday.
  • What I do: I work in Library Frontline Services which involves answering a whole range of different questions from students and staff about the library. I spend a lot of time helping students connect to Wi Fi, resetting passwords and helping find books and resources.
  • My Griffith story: I started at Griffith in November 2017 and am currently here on a short term contract until July. I love working at Griffith so I am hoping that I can stay much longer than that.

Steal Steph’s widsom

  • Best study tip for students: Plan Plan Plan! I am a big fan of Excel spreadsheets so each semester as soon as you know what assignments you have and when they are due, put them in a spreadsheet. You can then plan your study around the due dates. Make sure you schedule in some down time as well.
  • Biggest blunder I see – and how to avoid: Don’t leave assignments until the last minute. It breaks my heart to see students coming up to the counter with an assignment due in 20 minutes and something has gone wrong – they have lost their USB, or they can’t connect to Wi Fi. Be kind to yourself and finish your assignments early!!
  • Advice I’d give my 18-year-old self: There will be ups and downs, but you’ll be OK. Also, he’s a jerk, spend your time and money travelling instead.
  • Best thing I’ve learnt working at Griffith Uni: There are actually some really nice people in the world.

Get to know Steph

  • Describe yourself in three words: Kind, quiet, conscientious.
  • Growing up I wanted to be: I had no clue what I wanted to be when I was younger. I have only discovered this in the last few years.
  • Greatest accomplishment: Raising 2 children to become decent human beings as adults.
  • Fun fact: I like my red wine cold.

Human Library brings our community together

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What an epic day we had at our Human Library event on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at the Gold Coast Library!

Human Libraries are a worldwide movement for social change. They are designed to connect people from different walks of life to break down social barriers and challenge prejudice and stereotypes through conversation.

At our Human Library, students and staff had the opportunity to borrow and ‘read’ a living and breathing person instead of a book. Twenty amazing human books (e.g. Bullied, Depressed, Transgender, Hijabi Muslim, Veteran, POW) were available to be loaned out for a 20 minute open and honest chat.

Each of our human books had an extraordinary story to tell about their life experiences often faced with social stigma and discrimination. It was great to see our human books and readers connect over meaningful conversations. Questions were asked, stories shared and topics, that we don’t often get the chance to talk about, were discussed.

What did some of our readers say?

‘This was a fantastic opportunity to promote social cohesion. I really enjoyed being able to hear the personal stories of people whom I would meet in everyday life but be otherwise unaware of their challenges and triumphs.’

‘The honesty and openness of participants, and hearing about how they faced and overcame prejudice and adversity. Even as someone who feels they are open to everyone from any walk of life, there is still a lot to learn from the plight of those who are judged by their background, beliefs or situation.’

‘This is such a special event which encapsulates what Griffith is about – showing that we can all be remarkable in our everyday lives. I was so proud to be a part of it.’

So where to from here?

We want you to continue sharing your stories and engage in positive conversation with each other in order to create a more accepting community! And most importantly? Don’t judge a book by its cover! Because at Griffith, everyone belongs.

Stay tuned for our Human Library video, soon to be released!

Group projects: a survival guide

During university, you’re likely to run into a few assignments that require group work. There are many benefits to working in a group, such as shared knowledge, relationship building and brainstorming new ideas. However, there can be some difficulties.

Don’t fret though! Griffith University student, Azaria Bell, has some tips on how to make group assignments an effective, drama free experience. These include:

Start with intros

Take the time to get to know your group members. Learn their names, what they’re studying and what they’re passionate about. From here you can discuss your shared goals for the assignment and identify any strengths or weaknesses that each member has. This is a great way to know what sections of the assignment to allocate moving forward.

Set your scope

Decide on the angle you’ll be taking for your assignment. Make sure you reach a conclusion that everyone is happy with by having a discussion and making compromises when necessary. Based on the strengths and weaknesses you identified earlier, have people volunteer to take on different sections of the assignment.

Alternatively, if there’s a lot of indecision, allocate one person to be the group leader. The group leader can be in charge of allocating sections without drama.

If you feel uncomfortable with the work you’ve been given, or if you feel like you’ve been given too much or too little, speak up. Bottling these feelings up and becoming resentful is a large source of arguments in group assignments and they can be easily avoided. When delegating tasks, establish deadlines and due dates for certain sections.

Have weekly meetings

The best way to tackle a group assignment is to have weekly meetings and allocate smaller sections every week. Choose a regular timeslot that works well for everyone to meet up, discuss and evaluate the progress of your assignment.

If physical meetings aren’t possible, use online platforms such as Skype and cloud services such as Dropbox to share work. Based on the group discussion you have in your weekly meeting, allocate further tasks and so on.

When you’re establishing the tasks that need to be finished as well as the deadlines that go with them, try to make sure that your assignment is going to be finished at least a week before the due date. This gives you time to reflect as a group and ensure that everything flows perfectly.

Keep on track

If personal problems do arise, remember that the main goal of this assignment is to get the best grade possible. Ensure that everyone is happy with the work that they’re doing and openly discuss any issues. Always treat your group members with respect and for any issues that can’t be resolved as a group always speak to your tutors.

Harmony Week 2018 events

Harmony Day is held on 21 March each year to celebrate our cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and promote a sense of belonging for everyone.

At Griffith, we not only celebrate Harmony Day on 21 March across all campuses, we celebrate the whole week!

If you’ve been into our libraries during Harmony Week in past years, you’ll know that we always have fun activities lined up to help celebrate diversity and inclusiveness. This year is no different!

As part of Harmony Week celebrations, our libraries will have a display featuring templates that you are invited to write your country’s favourite stars on to. This could be your favourite athlete, your favourite scientist, your favourite actor, or whoever else you may think of! Images will then be added to the templates to show who these stars are.

We’ll also be throwing a Human Library event at the Gold Coast campus library on Harmony Day where you can borrow a living and breathing book for a chat!

There will be further activities across all campuses throughout the week (19 March – 23 March) – check out the Harmony Week web page for a full list!