Human Library a success!

Did you ‘borrow’ a human book?

As we celebrated Harmony Week across the University, we held our annual Human Library on March 20. This event provided an opportunity to converse with someone about their lives, what makes them who they are, and most importantly, creates a safe place for open communication and ideas. The Human Library hopes to break down barriers, challenge beliefs and create a more tolerant society.

This year we had 14 wonderful human ‘books’, brave enough to share their stories with our readers. The books on offer included Sexually Abused Child, Lesbian Priest, Alcoholic, Prisoner of War, Jewish, along with representatives of our First People and many more. The Readers and Books asked questions and listened, in turn recognising the Human Book is not just a label, but they also had a story to tell.

Head over to our YouTube channel and take a look at the final product that raps up the day perfectly.

 

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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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Attend our interactive ghosting workshop this Sustainability Week

Here, at Griffith Library, we love events. Any events. All events.

So, of course, we’re celebrating Sustainability Week!

Besides hosting Lightning Talks on Adapt or Die and Waste Wars, our QCA library will also be hosting a fun and interactive workshop.

Ghosting – a workshop with artist Pamela See

Participants will work with Pamela to create hand-cut strawboard templates using motifs representing a selection of redundant technologies.

The cut-outs you make will be put on display in the library during Sustainability Week.

Sounds interesting, right? But you may be thinking ‘so, uh, what exactly is ghosting?’ (we were!).

Ghosting is a tradition associated with Chinese ancestral worship. People would create, and then burn, paper ethnologies during Ghost Month as a form of transmortem communication.

Come along to the workshop to learn more about Ghosting and make your own cut-outs!

  • Time: 12 – 1.30 pm (drop in at any time during this period)
  • Date: Wednesday 5 September
  • Location: The Pod, QCA Library


Attend our free Lightning Talks on Waste Wars

The War on Waste on ABC continues to captivate viewers. Why? Because it’s happening in our own backyard.

If you haven’t seen the TV series yet, don’t fret—Griffith’s doing one better. We’re having Lightning Talks on the topic.

Lightning Talks are similar to TED Talks, in that speakers are given a limited time (10 minutes) to give voice on a topical issue. The difference? Instead of watching online, you’re invited to join in the conversation and share your opinions too.

Our library is excited to host the next series of Lightning Talks during Sustainability Week.

Did you know that in Australia, air pollution causes about 3,000 premature deaths a year, a figure that’s three times the national toll road (Dean & Green, 2017)? This seems overwhelming, but fortunately for us we have some world class researchers that are tackling these sorts of key sustainability issues here at Griffith.

Come listen to them battle it out on the podium about the war with eWaste, plastic bags and pollution.

When:
12 – 1 pm, Thursday 6 September 2018

Where:
The Library foyer (N53, level 1), Nathan campus

Speakers:

Register your interest on our Griffith University Library Facebook events page.


Adapt or Die: the truth about climate change – find out more at our Lightning Talks

Who loves polar bears? 🙋 Did you know that polar bears are actually starving to death, and that their global population will be reduced by two thirds by 2050, because of climate change (National Geographic, 2018)?

There is no debating the truth about climate change—scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

The question is: where do we focus our efforts and how quickly can we adapt?

Find out from our library’s Lightning Talks. Lightning Talks allow you to gain insightful knowledge in bite-sized presentations which you can be a part of.

They are similar to TED Talks, in that speakers (our academics) are given a limited time (10 minutes) to give voice on a topical issue. The difference? Instead of watching online, you’re invited to join in the conversation and share your opinions too.

Our library is excited to host the next series of Lightning Talks during Sustainability Week, where we’ll have an opportunity to listen our academics’ action for survival in a world of climate change.

What have our researchers discovered? What does that mean for life in the Human era? Expect to be challenged!

When:
12 – 1 pm, Tuesday 4 September 2018

Where:
The Shard (outside the library (G10) entrance), Gold Coast campus

Speakers:

Register your interest on our Griffith University Library Facebook events page.


Hackathon 2018 a success!

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Last weekend, 4 – 5 August, we held our annual Hackathon.

Students arrived at 9 am and settled in to design, develop and showcase a mobile app.

Working in groups, our students hacked away for 30 hours. Some went home for a quick nap and shower, some rested on beanbags, others grew massive wings from copious amounts of Red Bull.

We had IT Architects on hand, to provide guidance and help with any curly questions. And food, of course, to keep their brains fuelled.

By Sunday afternoon, our student groups had come up with some stellar ideas with options that could be implemented into the Griffith University app or future app design, and showcased these to the crowd.

Our winners were the GPAMATE team: Codie Little, Rusty Blewitt, Ryan Taylor and Shayne Poole.

The GPAMATE team began as two separate groups, but when some members didn’t show they combined their forces together to create a power group.

Their app idea was based on eliminating the anxiety that comes with uncertainty over subject grades, while giving students a direction with goals to be achieved.

The app they developed allows students to monitor their GPA throughout the trimester in two key ways:

  1. 1. Entering results from assessments will update a student’s GPA score in real time.
  2. 2. Based on the weight of an assessment item within a course, the app will predict the marks a student needs in order to maintain a certain GPA score.

The consensus around the room proved this idea is much needed and desired by the students. Who else loves this app idea and can’t wait to use it?

Second place went to Group #5: Samuel Bruhn, Joshua Nicholl, Carl Humphries and Harrison Croakes. Best User Interface (UI) went to Group #1 – Uni Connect: Hannah Bryce, Michelle Beattie and Zihao Huang.

Head to our Library Facebook album for more photos from the event.

We’d like to thank our sponsors Red Bull, Microsoft, Grove Juice and Home Fresh Organics, for helping keep our students fed, hydrated, awake and engaged during the event!


Free live music—coming to a library near you!

Are you not a fan of Mondays? The fun of the weekend’s over and it’s back to the grind of study and classes.

Well, the next few Mondays at Griffith aren’t your typical Monday. No need to lament the weekend passed. Cure your Mondayitis and attend Music in the Library!

Take a break from study and visit your friendly Griffith library to listen to the sweet tunes of our very own talented Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University music students.

Popular music performers Sophia Coop, Gerard Rees, Patrick Williams and Eil Marchini will be performing at the Gold Coast campus library, and classical performers from the Anemoi Wind Quintet and the Darana Quartet at the Nathan campus library, over the next few weeks.

Gold Coast Library – Monday 16 July

  • Location: Gold Coast Library
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Performers:
    Sophia Koop (Solo/Keys/Vocals), 1.00 pm -1.30 pm
    Gerard Rees (Solo/Keys – instrumental), 1.30 pm – 2 pm

Nathan Library – Monday 23 July

Gold Coast Library – Monday 30 July

  • Location: Gold Coast Library
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Performers:
    Patrik Williams (solo/guitar/ukelele/vocals), 1.00 pm -1.30 pm
    Eil Marchini (Solo/guitar/vocals), 1.30 pm – 2 pm

Nathan Library – Monday 20 August

  • Location: Nathan Library
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Performers:
    Darana Quartet, 1 – 2 pm