Show us your best Griffith Then & Now photo and you could win $100!

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Ever wondered what Griffith University looked like waaay back in the ‘70s? You know, when the students wore flares, the buildings weren’t air-conditioned (gasp!), there was no WiFi in sight and the University was just in its infancy?

Luckily, we have the Griffith Archive to show us all of Griffith’s history.

We’ve trawled through and found some remarkable photos that inspired us to compare – Griffith: Then and Now.

We’ve had a go creating Then and Now photos – now it’s your turn!

How to enter

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Need some inspiration? Head on over to our Griffith University ‘Then’ photos album on the Griffith Archive facebook page for some ‘then’ shots of Griffith University. We would love to see what you can ‘now’ do with these old ‘then’ photos!

Entries will be regrammed on @griffitharchive and @griffithlibrary Instagram pages – the entry with the most likes will score a sweet $100!

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Did you know tomorrow is National Bird Day?

Birds.

Some people love them; have them as pets; go bird-watching for fun. Other people hate them; squeal as birds swoop towards them. Then, some people are just plain indifferent.

Whatever your feelings are towards birds, did you know that tomorrow, January 5, is National Bird Day?

There’s actually a lot to learn about birds. In fact, here at Griffith University, we’ve done a bunch of research on birds.

Want to learn about the implications of feeding birds, birds and tourism or birds in Indigenous Australian rock art? Take a look at:

That’s just some of the areas of research focus. Keen to find out more about birds this National Bird Day? Check out our research on birds on Griffith Research Online.


Happy new year!

We hope you pulled up alright after the festivities of New Year’s Eve!

As we welcome the new year, we thought we’d take a look back on the year that was:

Yep, we did some pretty cool stuff. And there’s waaaay more to come in 2019!

Stay up to date with what’s happening in the library, and connect with us on social media:

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We’ve also recently launched social media for Griffith Uni IT, so why not hop on over and give them a follow, too?


Ho-ho-ho holiday season library hours

It’s almost over! 2018, that is.  

While you’re enjoying a well earned break from uni, we will be taking a teeny tiny break to relax, unwind and read books (because that’s what librarians do, right? Or so goes the stereotype).

Griffith University libraries will officially close from 5pm Friday 21 December 2018, and will re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2019.

You can access the full 2018 – 2019 summer break library hours here. And don’t forget our library’s digital resources are accessible online 24/7, 365 days of the year!

Whatever occasion you may be celebrating this holiday season (even if it is simply celebrating Australia’s tendency to celebrate heaps of public holidays), we hope you enjoy yourselves.

We look forward to seeing you in 2019 – the last year before we delve into the ’20s! Jazz and sequins, anyone?


2018 Storytime wrap-up

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There’s more to Mount Gravatt Campus than meets the eye – in fact, it even houses a historic primary school, Yarranlea Primary School.

There’s also more to our library staff than meets the eye. In addition to providing our patrons with great client support, our Library Campus Services Team Member Jana Rutledge is also a qualified Children’s Librarian.

Once a month she puts these skills to good use, inviting the children from Yarranlea Primary School to the Mount Gravatt Library for Storytime.

​2018 has been another great year for Mt Gravatt library’s Storytime program. So we thought we’d take a look back at the Storytime year that’s been.

This year’s highlights include February’s humorous love story, The Great Montefiasco, about a not-so-great magician who meets the love of his life and learns to embrace his own weird and wonky kind of magic; all in 30 pages. Afterward the students learned and practiced a few magic card tricks that were sure to astound and amaze friends and family alike.

In June, Jana introduced Yarranlea’s students to the amazing French high-wire walker Phillippe Petit, who, in August 1974, walked (without a net or any safety apparatus) between the two World Trade Center towers in New York City. After reading The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, they watched a 1973 film of Philippe wire-walking between the two northern pylons of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Inspired by such a daring story, they tested their own balance and skill with the help of some secured jump ropes and pool noodle ‘balancing poles’.

August brought us the story of Ollie and the Wind, along with handmade kites (that really did fly!), and no celebration of September’s Roald Dahl Day would be complete without some Revolting Rhymes. Comparing and contrasting the traditional story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears with Dahl’s version, Jana encouraged the students to write their very own revolting rhymes. While the creations may not have always rhymed, they certainly were revolting!

Storytime in December can only mean one thing – Christmas! Santa is Coming to Queensland was a refreshing change from the more traditional northern hemisphere-based Christmas stories, and hearing places mentioned that students knew and have even visited was extra exciting. Jana’s final activity for the year was to get the students to decorate theur very own individual Christmas trees.

Some of the lovely feedback from Yarranlea Primary School students this year includes:

  • ‘You’re the best at having fun, Jana!’ – Alicia (9)
  • ‘I’m having the best day!’ and ‘I love you!’ – Aria (6)
  • ‘That was entertaining and educational!’ – Charlise (10)

Jana is planning a lot of exciting things for 2019 and can’t wait for when Storytime starts again in the New Year! We’re sure the students can’t wait, either!


6 merry apps to download this holiday season

Oh deer, Christmas is almost here!  

It’s a busy time of year with presents to buy (and wrap), a gazillion parties to attend, family to visit and food to prepare.

To help you stay merry and bright during the holiday hustle and bustle, we’ve sleighed through the best Christmas Apps for 2018.

From festive recipes to DIY gift wrapping, we’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of apps that will give you clause for celebration.

Christmas Food

By: Mobtopus
Cost: Free
Available: Google Play 

Need some #FoodInspo for your big celebrations? This app is chock full of tasty traditional Christmas recipes.

DIY Christmas Decorations

By: Doknow…
Cost: Free
Available: Google Play 

Unleash your creative side and make easy DIY and up-cycled Christmas decorations. If you are on a tight budget, use this app to DIY a cute Christmas gift for your friends and family. Thoughtful, personal and inexpensive!

Christmas Countdown!

By: VisialSoft
Cost: Free
Available: App Store

If you’re a true Christmas lover, you’ll be counting down the days… hours… minutes. You’re going to need more than just an advent calendar! Christmas Countdown will take you down to seconds and even heartbeats!

Gift Wrapping Tutorial

By: Peli Ngacengan
Cost: Free
Available: Google Play 

From basic to advanced – use DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas to assist you through the gift wrapping process, with tutorials as well as design and packing ideas.

Message From Santa!

By: Fist Class Media B.V.
Cost: Free
Available: App Store and Google Play 

The children in your life will love this app. You can request free personalised phone calls or video messages from Santa!

Christmas RADIO

By: MyIndieApp.com
Cost: Free
Available: App Store and Google Play 

What’s on your party playlist? This app has got you sorted!


World Energy Conservation Day

Globally, 14 December marks World Energy Conservation Day – a day to highlight the importance of energy consumption and its impact on the sustainability of global ecosystems.

We can all do our part in energy conservation on the individual level – check out these tips by WWF and the Australian Government for some ideas.

However, there’s also conversation around energy conservation at a larger scale. One significant issue in energy conservation under discussion is around how buildings, particularly government or public buildings, can be retrospectively re-fitted to significantly reduce their energy and water consumption.

Interested? The following snapshot of open access research, held in Griffith Research Online, reflects some of the conversations being held around energy efficiency and building retrofits:

You can read more Griffith University research on energy conservation here.