Need to study until the break of dawn? There’s a library for that

Need a quiet, safe and secure place to study until the wee hours? How about one with comfy couches, beanbags, excellent wifi and computer access? Do we have your attention now?

Look no further than your friendly neighbourhood library.

For the next three weeks, Nathan and Gold Coast libraries will open 7am Monday, and remain open 24 hours until midnight on Fridays with extended weekend hours to accommodate this.

  • Monday: 7am-12am (services open 8am – 7pm)
  • Tuesday – Friday: 24 hours (services open 8am – 7pm)
  • Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 10pm (services open 9am – 5pm)

Logan, Mt Gravatt and South Bank campuses are also open for extended hours.

You can find all the library opening hours here.

Use your time wisely and check out some of our self-help resources that can help you ace that assignment or exam. If you have a group assignment, book a study room.

Above all else, be kind to yourself and remember even Study Week ends eventually!

Lightning Talks is Real Speak

For those of you who weren’t among the sixty plus audience members at last week’s Lightning Talks in the Nathan Campus library – have no fear, we’ve got you covered!

So what are Lightning Talks?
Lightning Talks are similar to soapbox events or Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, London, where speakers give voice to a variety of topical issues and invite discussion on current affairs.

Our academics and professional experts are invited to talk for 10 minutes to talk about their work in relation to a theme, and then the audience is invited to ask questions.

Why do we hold these talks?

We are hoping to make research and ideas more accessible, removing the stigma of ‘ivory towers’, breaking down hierarchical divisions. Lightning Talks are an extension of Griffith University’s commitment to inclusivity, and bringing disciplines together.

Our speakers for #LightningTalks3 were:

Associate Professor Georgina Murray who kicked off the talks with her discussion centring on socio-political changes occurring in the world, and the effects of neoliberal political ideology, particularly around employment. She highlighted some shocking statistics about the casualisation of the Australian labour force with some of the societal ramifications being drug addiction, financial insecurity around obtaining home loans, and a lack of sick leave. So do companies like Uber break up monopolies of power or do they further contribute to marginalisation and disenfranchisement in our turbulent times?

Dr Duncan McDonnell discussed the rise of right-wing populism internationally and compared Australia’s One Nation with the more successful right-wing populists in Western Europe. He highlighted that right-wing populism is not historically new; we just rename it to go with the current time period. And whilst Donald Trump does not conform to the populist leader ideal; it must be acknowledged how his controversial nature got him elected once, and he can be again! Across the Atlantic, populist parties in Europe do well because unlike their mainstream counterparts, they focus on grassroots community engagement.

Dr Susanna Chamberlain started with asking the question, ‘What the heck is populism?’ and then led us on a journey that linked anthropology and history to binaries around populism. Populism, it appears, is about the leader’s’ ability to identify as the ‘common person’ aka ‘we are just like you’ ideal; however, that idea is often a misnomer as one might suspect with Donald Trump’s empire building — funded by a ‘small’ loan of a million dollars from his father– that hardly mirrors the average ‘common person’s’ start in life.

Mr John Tague, Griffith Review Managing Editor, brought his experience and knowledge as an international journalist to discuss changes in journalistic reporting and political writing. Griffith Review, a compilation of long form essays, engages its audience and reinvigorates the idea that not everything can – or should – be conveyed in 140 character Tweets. Brexit, Trump and right-wing European leaders regularly take to the mediasphere, often invoking moral panic by circulating narratives about alleged racial tensions, scientific knowledges, and rise of ‘fake news’ in the post- truth politics era.

For the full story, listen here.

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Meet your library staff: Stuart Lambert

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, Stuart Lambert.

Quick overview

  • Find me at:  Mainly at the College of Art and Mount Gravatt campuses in the library.
  • What I do: I work on the front desk helping students and staff with various issues. These can include wireless support, referencing help, printing issues, etc… I also help with back office duties (mainly attending to digital channels).
  • My Griffith story: At the time of writing this I have only been with Griffith for a little over two months and thoroughly enjoying every minute. Griffith has great opportunities to progress your career, it’s up to the individual to make it happen.

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  • Best study tip for students: PLANNING! At the beginning of each trimester do a table in Excel that outlines what assessment tasks you will be doing, how much they’re worth, and most importantly when each assessment is due. Stick it on your wall at home in front of your study desk (don’t just rely on reminders in your calendar). Being able to study effectively will flow from this first initial step. Also, if you are going to procrastinate (as we all do at times when we need a bit of a break) at least do something useful like some housework or exercise, you won’t feel as guilty and hence be more focused.
  • Biggest blunder I see – and how to avoid: The biggest blunder I see students making is leaving their assignment to the very last minute, and I mean still working on it an hour before it’s due. What I did when going through uni to avoid this common mistake is set a personal due date (in your mind) and have everything finished and submitted one day before the actual due date. You never know when computers will fail or printing systems will be down, so don’t leave it to the last minute.
  • Advice I’d give my 18-year-old self: I know everyone says this, but anyway, buy shares in Apple! When I was 18 they were less than $1.50 per share.
  • Best thing I’ve learnt working at Griffith Uni: How to find solutions to most problems, or where to find the information. Also, how to find my way around the Griffith Conservatorium (no wait, I’m still learning that).

Get to know Stuart

  • Describe yourself in three words: Friendly, Analytical, Logical.
  • Growing up I wanted to be: A Jockey, but then I realised I really don’t like horses enough (or racing) so probably not a great career choice.
  • Greatest accomplishment: Buying my first house. And currently working on purchasing my second.
  • Fun fact: When I was a child I broke my arm (by falling out of bed).

Is your email address safe?

You shop online using PayPal with complete confidence, don’t click on funny looking attachments, and are pretty certain that no, that Nigerian prince does not want to marry you.

You may think, ‘yeah, cyber hacks happen, but I’m careful, so they won’t happen to me.’ But, we ask you, please: be vigilant like Batman. Make your cyber world Batman’s Gotham City.

Recently, a cybersecurity researcher discovered a ‘spambot’ (tool for sending spam), comprising of an open and accessible server in the Netherlands which contains 711 million credentials including email addresses, some with passwords, collected from various data breaches.

Obviously you want to be like Batman (who wouldn’t?), so of course, you should be vigilant and check that your email address isn’t on this list.

It’s easy too – just visit Have I been Pwned and type in your email to check.

We’re also quite aware that it’s the 21st century, and most people have more than one email (personal, uni, your old hotmail from high school with a username you’d like to forget). Again, be vigilant – check them all!

Griffith is being vigilant too. Our Cybersecurity team has investigated and no Griffith University system has been compromised in this attack. However, a number of Griffith University email addresses were found on the Spambot list.

What does this mean? Basically, your Griffith account should be safe, unless you are in the habit of using the same password for Griffith systems as you use for external sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, web forums etc, or are in the habit of reusing the same password or a small group of passwords in rotation over and over again.

If this is the case and you do use the same password at Griffith as you do for other non-Griffith systems, please change your Griffith password immediately.

For more information on how to stay safe online, check out our Cyber Security webpage.

Referencing – we’ve got you sorted!

Even though referencing may seem a monumental task, it is important for many reasons. It shows what you have read, enables your reader to locate your referred sources, supports and strengthens your argument and demonstrates academic integrity. It’s also an essential part of many assignments.

If thinking about referencing seems overwhelming, it’s OK. To make the task easier, Griffith has developed a  Referencing Tool.

Simply select your reference style, media type and format, and this clever tool will provide an example, for both the in-text citation and the reference list entry.

This tool is also mobile device friendly for any ‘on the move’ referencing queries.

Using this tool will ensure your proficiency in this essential skill.

If you’re still feeling a bit perplexed, check out our Study Smart guide to referencing.

Happy referencing!

Catch up with Lecture Capture

You’re a student. You work hard, study hard, and enjoy a diet of mi goreng (and hopefully some more substantial food, too).

But sometimes life gets in the way. We get that occasionally you may get sick, get stuck in traffic (or stranded in a bus strike!), or just accidentally miss your 8am lecture.

With end of trimester fast approaching, we’re sure you want to catch up on any content you may have missed. Or simply revise before final exams.

Did you know you can watch Griffith University lectures online? Using Lecture Capture technology, lecturers make digital recordings of course material and deliver it to you via Learning@Griffith.

To access the recordings, simply log in to Learning@Griffith with your Griffith University username and password, and head on over to your course site.

For most recordings, you can choose whether to stream the lecture or download to your device. The streaming option allows you to view the recordings as a podcast (audio file) or vodcast (video file) online.

When you stream a recording you can search for text and bookmark important parts of each lecture; a super handy feature to have when it comes to exam revision time! You can even increase the speed of which you’re listening to the lecture, if you want to power through it.

The download option allows you to save a copy of the recording files (mp3 and m4v) to your device and play it without an Internet connection.

You can also listen to lecture recordings in a Learning Centre, Computer Lab or the Library. But be sure to use headphones so you don’t disturb those around you.

For more information about Lecture Capture, visit the Lecture Capture webpage. Or if you need IT support contact the IT Service Centre.

And the winners of our TerraCycling competition are…

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Earlier this year, we partnered with TerraCycle to recycle oral care product packaging. Since then, staff and students have been diligently disposing of their oral care waste in our recycling bins (you’ll find them at all our campus libraries).

However, we decided to amp things up a little for Sustainability Week (last week), and ran a TerraCycling competition, getting students to paint with toothbrushes.

You probably saw the painting stalls set up in our library foyers, or may have even admired our students’ toothbrush art hanging on our walls.

However, now Sustainability Week is over, and all artwork has been completed and admired, it’s time to announce the winners!

A winning artwork has been selected from each campus, with each winner getting a $20 pre-paid VISA.

  • Gold Coast: Chaira Bosio
  • Logan: Estelle Alfred
  • Mount Gravatt: Ngarijan Rosser-Bonner
  • Nathan: Semini Hettigoda
  • South Bank: Clare Shortt

Check out our gallery to view the winning paintings!