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.


Did you know you can print from your iPhone?

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You should know that you can print from our common-use computers, or wirelessly from your laptop (if you didn’t it’s time to catch up, stat).

But did you know you can also send documents to our printers from your iPhone? Yep. No need to log on to a common-use computer, or bother booting up your laptop. If you have an iPhone, you can simply use that.

Now, the process is a little different from printing from our computers or your laptop. First, you’ve got to download iCMSIP from the App Store onto your iOS device, then simply install and configure it.

You’ll also have to make sure that the document that you want is on your iPhone (you may need to download an app to open it).

And don’t forget to ensure you’re printing to the right queue (South for Logan and Gold Coast campuses, and North for Brisbane campuses).

The process may seem a little fiddly at first, so we recommend you follow the iOS printing using iCMSIP guide to get started. Happy printing!


Where to store your files

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Not on a floppy disk, that’s where!

So, you’re using our computers and wondering ‘where should I save my document?’ Well, that’s a great question.

Griffith University students get network storage space (H Drive), and online storage space (Google Drive) for storing files.

H Drive is available from common use computers via My Computer on the desktop.  If you save your files here, you will be able to access them from any common use computer at any campus.

Though if you’re using one of our library laptops, you’ll need to use FileWay to access H Drive.

If you want to access files saved to H Drive off campus it does get a tad tricky. You’ll need to login to Griffith’s VPN first. You get a quota of 50MB storage space for H Drive.

Google Drive is connected to your student email account. It’s accessible from any computer browser and most mobile devices. All you need is a connection to the internet and you’re sweet to access it anywhere.

You also get unlimited storage space on your Google Drive – that’s right, unlimited. Take a squiz at our post on using Google Drive for further info.

It’s also important to remember:

  • Saving your work to any other location on common use computers (e.g. the desktop or My Documents) will result in deletion when you log out or turn off the computer. 
  • Backup, backup, backup your files! Along with Google Drive and H Drive, you could save to a USB or email the file to yourself.

Miss a lecture? Catch up with Lecture Capture

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 user name 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!

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 your viewing pleasure (no, we aren’t being sarcastic), some lecturers record other teaching activities, such as seminars, workshops, tutorials. They may also upload their personal recordings to provide you with additional resources.

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


Lightning Talks to strike the Gold Coast

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Are you ready, Gold Coast? Griffith University Library Lightning Talks will strike your campus library on Monday 20 March 2017.

Lightning Talks are similar to soapbox events or speaker’s forums where speakers give voice to a variety of topical issues and invite discussion on current affairs.

At the inaugural Griffith University Library Lightning Talks last year, Professor Lesley Chenoweth and other researchers, shared their journeys into higher education and their research passions. Over 40 Griffith University students and staff attended the event which was held at the Logan campus library.

This trimester, the Lightning Talks theme is: If music be the food of love, play on. Our line-up of speakers will look at music through different disciplinary lenses – how it impacts not only human relations, but also our health and well-being.

We have speakers from the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, School of Human Services and Social Work and the Queensland Conservatorium’s Popular Music program.

Come and hear Associate Professor Sarah Baker talk about volunteers in DIY institutions of popular music heritage.

And don’t miss Dr Lauren Istvandity’s discussion about her research into memories that are triggered by music. She’ll detail how this interaction can be practically applied in to improve wellbeing and quality of life for those living in aged care.

We also have Dr Naomi Sunderland speaking at this year’s Lightning Talks at the Gold Coast. She will talk about music and social justice.

And if you are interested in popular music record production, you will want to catch Lecturer in Popular Music, Brendan Anthony’s talk. He will deliver a short spiel on designing the recording process to promote the manifestation of musical outputs that generate an emotional response from the listener.

No booking is required. Just bring your lunch to the Gold Coast campus library and listen to a sizzling Griffith University Library Lightning Talks.

What
Griffith University Library Lightning Talks

When
Monday 20 March, 12 – 1 pm.

Where
Library (G11), Shard Undercroft, Gold Coast campus, Griffith University. (It’s outside the library!)

Note: this event will be filmed.


It’s time to get your textbooks sorted

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It’s the first day of week three, and we’re sure you’re well and truly getting into the swing of things. So if you haven’t sorted out your textbooks, it’s time you do!

You can find all of your course readings through the Readings link in your Learning@Griffith course site. Some textbooks are available as eBooks via the library catalogue (or the View Online link in your reading list). 

Griffith Libraries also hold copies of all required textbooks in the Reserve collections. Just check the link in your course reading list to see the location and availability of these books.

Now, in some instances, you may need to buy an actual, physical book. You know one with pages that you can turn and have that lovely book smell (we all sniff books right?).

You can purchase brand new textbooks at a campus bookshop; there are bookshops on every Griffith campus. Though we understand that this process may leave your bank account feeling a little sad.

There is a cheaper alternative. Did you know that Griffith also has a Textbook Exchange? Griffith students are able to list their pre-loved textbooks on the Textbook Exchange for sale.

You can search for the text you are after, and view information including the location, condition, and price (and hopefully save a bit of moolah too). And once you’re done with the book, you could even re-list it!


Speech Pathology students celebrate in the library

A cohort of Masters of Speech Pathology students celebrated the halfway point of their degree recently with an afternoon of wine and cheese.

And the Gold Coast campus library courtyard was the perfect setting for the soiree.

Students, academic staff and practising speech pathologists gathered in the outside space between G10 and G11 for the celebratory event.

Check out these snaps from the Speech Pathology shindig.

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