The winner of our Find the Millennium Falcon in your Library competition is…

Library Week (21 – 27 May) has just passed. To celebrate, we did the obvious thing: we held a Star Wars competition.

No, really, there was a link between the two! Solo: A Star Wars Story was released in cinemas during library week. With the 2018 Library Week theme being ‘find yourself in a library’, we thought, why not challenge our students to find the Millennium Falcon in our library!

And you guys certainly did!

Thank you to all our brave and daring students who solved the clues and located the Millennium Falcon on our shelves at location GA97.I22.

We transmitted the location coordinates to Han, and he’s retrieved his freighter and returned to the Rebel Alliance. You’ll probably catch him next on the screen in your local cinema!

But you want to know who won the competition, don’t you?

The winner of our ‘find the Millennium Falcon in our library’ competition and the $50 Event Cinemas voucher is… drumroll… Ryan Toukatly from South Bank campus!

Ryan—we hope you use your voucher to grab some popcorn, a frozen drink (in a limited edition Han Solo cup?) and see the movie in style!


Bring your idea to life at the Hackathon

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It’s free and everyone can participate!

Do you get a thrill out of creating something innovative with a great bunch of people in a fast-paced environment? Do you enjoy delicious free food and want to have a chance at winning big prize money–$2,000 anyone? Then our upcoming Hackathon event with 30 hours of hacking fun, exciting guest speakers, delicious food and great prize money is just what you have been looking for!

What the hack is a Hackathon?

A Hackathon is a social coding event that brings together a group of people with various skills (techy and non-techy) to collaboratively create a new computer program (aka software or online application).

And guess what? We are hosting one of these cool events on the weekend 4 – 5 August 2018 at the Gold Coast Campus Library where we want you– brilliant masterminds– to design, develop and showcase a mobile application that would greatly improve your and your fellow peers’ student lives.

Who can participate?

Everyone who is passionate to work together with a bunch of cool people to create something new and amazing! You don’t need to be a coder or tech savvy to take part in the Hackathon. Although we are definitely looking for techy students to write the code, teams will also require students with marketing, graphic design, project management or any other genius skill that can contribute to creating an awesome app.

How do I register?

Simply head over to our Hackathon website to register as an individual or team. Join us for an awesome weekend full of fun, with the opportunity to meet new people, enhance your skill sets and the chance to win big! It is going to be awesome!

Registrations will be open until 5pm Friday 20 July 2018.

Prizes up for grabs

$2,000 – Winning Team

$1,000 – Runner-Up Team

$500 – Best User Interface Design

REGISTER NOW


National Simultaneous Storytime a success!

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On Wednesday our library participated in National Simultaneous Storytime.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual event spearheaded by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).

A picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

This year’s book was Hickory Dickory Dash.

The entire cohort of Griffith’s on-campus school, Yarranlea Primary School, trotted up to the Mt Gravatt campus library to attend the reading.

Griffith’s Director of Library and Learning services opened the storytime event with a moving story of the importance books have had in her small-town upbringing.

School of Education Associate Professor Bev Fluckiger, a former primary school teacher and principal, then read the story to a very engaged audience.

Following the reading, the students participated in interactive colouring activities organised by our Library Services team member Jana Rutledge.Take a look through our photo slideshow to see an intricate hickory dickory clock that Jana made specifically for the event and presented to a very excited Yarranlea Primary School after.

We also screened the storytime with Facebook Live and people joined in online (including all the way from Ireland)—a simultaneous storytime, indeed!


Rainbow celebrations show support for LGBTIQ+ community

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If you ask the Griffith Ally Network, they’ll tell you there ain’t no party like a rainbow party!

And boy, do our Ally friends know how to celebrate! Our Griffith Ally Network hosted not one … not two … not three, but five IDAHOBIT events across our university campuses on Thursday 17 May.

Each event was abuzz with bright smiles, big love and rainbows – think rainbow flags, rainbow merchandise and rainbow cupcakes. Mmm cupcakes.

So, what is IDAHOBIT and why did we celebrate?

IDAHOBIT stands for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia.

IDAHOBIT first launched in 2004 to support LGBTIQ+ people globally and to celebrate the World Health Organisation removing homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases on 17 May 1990.

At Griffith, we are committed to supporting an inclusive, safe and respectful culture on campus and in our wider community. All staff and students were invited to attend an IDAHOBIT event in support of equality and the inclusion of our Griffith staff, students and community, who are sexually diverse and have diverse gender identities.

Learn more about LGBTIQ inclusion at Griffith University.


It’s Library Week: Time to appreciate your Griffith Library!

Do you know what this week is? Well, aside from being the week season 8 of Archer is released on Netflix and second-last teaching week of the trimester, it’s Library and Information Week!

Library and Information Week is all about raising the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia and showcasing the resources, facilities, events and services we have to offer.

While we know our students appreciate our libraries, we thought we’d take this opportunity to remind you just how wonderful we are. We’ve got:

Events

We’re often hosting fun events, like the HackathonMusic in the Library and our recent Human Library. In fact, we’re even running a Library Week competition. This year’s Library and Information Week theme is find yourself in a library. Well, we want you to find the Millennium Falcon in our library! Follow the online clues and win a $50 Event Cinemas gift card.

Resources

We have books, a lot of books. And computers so you can check your MyGriffith, access online databases, use software, and—let’s be honest—probably check your social media. You can even borrow a laptop.

But that’s just the physical. Our library website is full of helpful resources such as the library catalogue (a must) and study tips.

Facilities

We’ve got myriad facilities including quiet and social study zones, computer labs, toilets (yeah, they’re kind of a necessity) and bookable group study rooms

Did you know we even got Google to come and film our libraries? You can actually take a virtual tour of our libraries. If you haven’t checked it out, you should (it’s pretty cool).

And good news for you, our libraries will soon be open extended hours for study and exam weeks! Check out our opening hours here.

Services

You’ll find friendly staff behind all our library desks (why not check out their online profiles?). They are there to help you with any library questions you may have. 

Not in the library? No worries. You can also call (07 3735 5555 for Brisbane or 07 5552 5555 for Gold Coast), email, chat us, or ask a question online.


Dash to attend National Simultaneous Storytime

The countdown is on! (Literally, there’s a countdown on the website).

Wednesday 23 May is National Simultaneous Storytime.

It’s an annual event spearheaded by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). A picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, will be read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country.

Of course, Griffith Library is joining in.

Have young kids who may enjoy it? Or simply want to escape the stress of study and revert to a time when things were simpler, you didn’t know what an essay was and your parents still read you picture books? Come along!

This year, we’ll be reading Hickory Dickory Dash. Well, our Library and Learning services director will be opening the storytime and our School of Education Associate Professor Bev Fluckiger will be reading it. Following the reading, our Library Services team member Jana Rutledge will be putting on some fun interactive activities to get involved in!

  • Date: Wednesday 23 May 2018
  • Time: 10:30 am – 11:45 am
  • Location: Mt Gravatt Library (M13)

Are you interested in improving your research and digital literacy skills?

If you’re thinking you’d like to do a research degree, are currently completing a research degree, or simply want to improve your research and digital literacy skills, read on!

Research Bazaar (ResBaz for short) is a worldwide festival promoting the digital literacy emerging at the centre of modern research. It aims to empower researchers from all career stages and disciplines with the digital skills and tools required to do their research easier, faster and smarter.

Events are held annually and this year Griffith University is organising and hosting Brisbane’s ResBaz.

It will be a three-day event comprising of a plethora of workshops (some interesting ones are listed below). While the workshops are geared towards researchers, it’s never too early to get started and everyone is welcome to attend!

There’ll also be classes in genomics, humanities, ecology and more, information stalls, local groups and innovative and inspiring speakers. Once you’ve registered, you’re welcome to attend as many events as you like!

  • When: 6 – 8 June, 2018
  • Where: Griffith University, South Bank
  • Cost: $33 to attend as many events as you please, with catered morning tea and lunch daily.

For further information and to register your attendance visit the ResBaz website.