Bring your idea to life at the Hackathon


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


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!

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:


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.


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.


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.


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.

Harmony Week 2018 events

Harmony Day is held on 21 March each year to celebrate our cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and promote a sense of belonging for everyone.

At Griffith, we not only celebrate Harmony Day on 21 March across all campuses, we celebrate the whole week!

If you’ve been into our libraries during Harmony Week in past years, you’ll know that we always have fun activities lined up to help celebrate diversity and inclusiveness. This year is no different!

As part of Harmony Week celebrations, our libraries will have a display featuring templates that you are invited to write your country’s favourite stars on to. This could be your favourite athlete, your favourite scientist, your favourite actor, or whoever else you may think of! Images will then be added to the templates to show who these stars are.

We’ll also be throwing a Human Library event at the Gold Coast campus library on Harmony Day where you can borrow a living and breathing book for a chat!

There will be further activities across all campuses throughout the week (19 March – 23 March) – check out the Harmony Week web page for a full list!


How far have we come in supporting LGBTIQA+ youth?

Griffith Library and ALLY Network join together!

Media has made scare tactics an artform with the marriage equality postal survey – from both sides!  Griffith Library and the ALLY Network present: Moral panic, media mayhem, and safety for our LGBTIQA+ youth: how far have we really come?

We have seen an increase in mainstream media representations of gender fluidity and sexual diversity.  Television such as the return of Will & Grace; a gay couple portrayed as a ‘heteronormative’ lifestyle in Modern Family; as well as transgender actress Laverne Cox on the cover of Time magazine.  Add to this, Caitlin Jenner sharing the journey of her transition, we can’t help but think times are changing.

But how far have we really come?

Our panel will discuss subjects such as moral panic, bullying, Safe Schools, and cultural change.

Tuesday 17 October 2017  |  noon – 1:00pm

QCA Lecture Theatre (S05), Room 2.04, South Bank campus

Registration is essential and will close on Monday 16 October 2017