Library borrowing: what you need to know

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Did you know that borrowing entitlements for students recently changed? And these changes are good news for you – because it means you can borrow more, for longer!

All undergraduate students, postgraduate students and staff are now entitled to unlimited standard loans. Yep, no limit. If you want to borrow 243 books on existential nihilism you totally could (though we’d be asking you why, and would have to check if we even had 243 books on existential nihilism…). Or, you know, you could do the usual and borrow books for assignments and stuff.

Undergraduate students get a 60 day loan period, while postgraduate students and staff members get six months. Though if someone else places a hold on an item you have out it can be recalled. So check your student or staff email for notifications – and for reminders when it’s close to the due date!

If the item you want is on loan or at another campus, you can place a hold on it. Once it’s returned or transported from the other campus, it will be available for you to collect from your chosen campus’s Express Holds Shelf. How good’s that?

Or, if you’re super keen to get hold of a book and Griffith doesn’t have it you can try using BONUS+. BONUS+ is an initiative formed by multiple universities around Australia and New Zealand to share books in order to give our students the best possible access to resources (want more info, check out this blog post).

You can check what you have borrowed out, due dates of items, and even renew your items online from your library account (just click on Griffith login).

For more information, take a look at what you can borrow and for how long.


It’s super easy to find your course readings

Did you know your course readings are available on Learning@Griffith

Your course readings are super easy to find, so there’s almost no excuse to not do your readings!

You can find a detailed list of all of your course’s readings by going to the Readings link in your Learning@Griffith course site, or simply typing in your course code here. Too easy, right?

Well imagine this is an infomercial, because wait – there’s more! Not only will it provide you a list of all your readings, it will also link you directly to them.

If it’s an online resource, you’ll see a link to the right which says Online Resource (makes sense, right?). Simply click on this link and it’ll take you straight to the resource. eBook, website, video – you’ll be ready to read or watch!

If it’s not an online resource, don’t fret, ‘cause it should be in our library! Simply click on the title, and you’ll be taken to a page which includes the availability and location of the book in our libraries.

You can even personalise your reading lists by assigning a read status to resources (will read, reading now, have read, and won’t read – ‘cause let’s be honest), and adding study notes.


Be a star and celebrate Harmony Day

You are a star, you really are! And that’s why you should pop into a Griffith University Library next week to celebrate Harmony Day.

Harmony Day is held each year on 21 March. It is a university-wide event where we celebrate our cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and promote a sense of belonging for everyone at Griffith University.

As a part of Harmony Day celebrations, our libraries will once again be taking part in the One Million Stars to End Violence project.

Visit the Star Making Table located in each library to weave a star or two, or three…  In fact, we encourage you to make as many stars as you want!

There will be colourful ribbon, friendly library staff and easy-to-follow instructions available to you for the whole week. If you’re worried about your weaving skills, or just can’t wait until next week, head to YouTube and learn how to make them online.

The One Million Stars to End Violence is a peaceful global weaving project that engages communities in a conversation about ending all forms of violence.

It aims to end violence by bringing people together across the world to weave one million stars for a grand display in Queensland in 2018.

These woven stars are symbols of light, courage and solidarity to end all forms of violence, including violence against women, bullying and racism.

For information about Harmony Day events across Griffith University, check out the Harmony Day 2017 web page.


QCA Library will be closed on Monday

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The QCA Library will be closed on Monday 30 January for building repairs.

Do you remember the crane incident last year? A crane fell on the Grey Street Studio (SO3) where the library is located and did some damage.

Well, some damage still needs to be fixed and it’s all happening on Monday… and the Monday two weeks after that. Yes, the QCA Library will also be closed on Monday 13 February.

All the other campus libraries will be open and, as always, you can access our online resources 24/7 from home, work or on the go.

Check the library opening hours for your campus library before you come to visit.


The library website’s gotten a new look!

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Did somebody say makeover?

We think our Library website is a pretty important place. It’s a hub of information, and full of valuable resources.

Whether you need to research for an assignment, check what you can borrow, look at upcoming events, connect with us on social media (FYI, you totally should!), contact your library staff, or utilise our immense self-help resources, we’ve got you covered!

So, we thought it was about time the website got a bit of a makeover to ensure it remains as relevant as possible to you – the students.

You may remember that towards the end of last year we asked you to help us with planning our website re-jig by sorting some cards?

Maybe you are really invested in the functionality of our library website, or maybe you were just really keen on that $100 gift card up for grabs. Either way, the responses were overwhelming, and we’re rolling out a fancy new website to show for it.

We’ve been working away over the summer (occasionally taking a break to dream we were off on summer vacation too) to update the library website in line with your feedback. It’ll be efficient, streamlined, user-friendly and all kinds of awesome.

And it’ll be released…. now! Well, not all of it, but you will notice some changes to our site already. Keep an eye out for all the brand spanking newness.

We know you’ll love the new-look website as much as we do (or maybe more, if that’s even possible)!


Do you have a strategy to get your research published?

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Getting your manuscript published in the right academic journal requires strategic planning.

You can’t just send your research out into the publishing world, cross your fingers and hope for the best. You may very well get it published, but we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve maximum impact and visibility that way.

There’s a lot of information available to you on how to get published. But it can be overwhelming. It’s hard to keep track of all the tutorials, guidelines and web sites of all the processes you should follow.

So we’ve put it all in one place for you; a one-stop shop if you like. It’s all available on our newly designed Research and Publishing webpage. It links to everything you need as an academic author at Griffith University.

You can find Higher Degree Research workshops, Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules, Open Scholarship and more.

Be sure to have a look at the new Strategic Publishing Guidelines for Authors. The online module outlines practical steps you can take to get your manuscript published.

It offers a planned approach to scholarly publishing. From identifying your overall goal and target audience to analyzing a publications relevance, quality and credibility. There is also a whole section dedicated to building an author profile.

Also check out the Best Practice Data Guidelines for Researchers. It outlines your role in the research data management lifecycle – from your projects beginning to its very end.

Many topics are covered; from regulatory requirements, intellectual property and consent to repositories, licensing and exit planning. The online module offers best practice solutions to save you time and keep your data safe.

Did you know your data can work for you? Follow the Best Practice Data Guidelines for Researchers and increase your research profile by including data outputs as part of your dissemination strategy.


We’re celebrating Wikipedia’s 16th birthday

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You know it, and we agree – Wikipedia is brilliant.

But, you know how your lecturers are always telling you that you can’t reference Wikipedia? Well, there’s a reason for it.

Anyone in the world can access and update pages on Wikipedia. And they could be wrong. But just like when your lecturers mark your essays, the more factual references there are, the more it is evident that content is rooted in fact.

So to celebrate Wikipedia’s sweet 16th on 15 January, Wikipedia is holding #1Lib1Ref.

#1Lib1Ref is an event which asks each librarian on Earth to add a citation to a Wikipedia article. And you bet that our librarians are jumping on board.

The #1Lib1Ref drive is running from 15 January to 3 February, and our librarians are getting together on 25 January to power these references out. We can’t miss an opportunity to celebrate Wikipedia (and hang out together sipping tea and talking about our cats, as the stereotype goes).

While we’re doing our best to increase the accuracy of Wikipedia, don’t forget – it’s a great starting place for assignments (it’s really wonderful, isn’t it?), but make sure you reference, reference, reference (not the Wikipedia page – but possibly the Wikipedia reference!).

What
#1Lib1Ref

When
10am – 12pm
25 January

Where:
Nathan Library
Gold Coast Library