Rock Art: the battle to save our nation’s heritage

Van Gogh versus rock art. Both priceless. But one sits behind glass in a temperature controlled museum heavily guarded. The other is left out in the open, subject to vandals, insects and inclement weather.

It’s not practical to collect and store Australia’s rock art in museums, so Professor Paul Taçon of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research is doing the next best thing. He is dedicating his career to travelling Australia, finding and documenting rock art. The aim is simple: gather more information about Australia’s heritage, showcase these brilliant specimens properly and save the works for generations to come.

There are more than 100,000 rock art site believed to be scattered across Australia, with the possibility of even more undiscovered treasures. Professor Taçon has spent the last three decades travelling extensively to these sites in remote areas of Australia to unravel the stories of our past and save them for our future.

Want to know more? Friends of the Library are hosting an event at the Gold Coast campus,  where you can hear Professor Taçon discuss his experiences and challenges in his battle to safeguard Australian rock art.

5:30pm – 7:30pm, Thursday 9 November

The Red Zone (G40)
Gold Coast Campus

General Admission: $15
Students: $10
Griffith Staff: $10
Friends of the Library members: FREE

Book here

Food and beverages are included in the ticket price.

Masters and Slaves: watch a literary showdown!

What are you doing this Thursday night? Studying studiously, late-night shopping, chilling in bed?

While all the aforementioned are great options – let us suggest an even better one: come along to our annual Masters and Slaves event.

Who doesn’t love a good duel? Whether it’s between Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, or our School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences students and literary greats…

In this must see event, our students will duel with their literary heroes in a live theatre battle for supremacy. Their performances will centre around one main question: who are the great literary masters and who are the slaves?

Hosted by Friends of the Library, Masters and Slaves is a crowd favourite; after all, who doesn’t love take-down critiques, satirical rants, author dedications and painful homages?

5:30pm – 7:30pm, Thursday 24 August

Drama Theatre
The Link (G07)
Gold Coast Campus

General Admission: $15
Students: $10
Griffith Staff: $10
Friends of the Library members: FREE

Book here

Food and beverages are included in the ticket price.

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

As a student, we bet you often feel exhausted and fatigued. Early morning lectures, late nights, countless cups of coffee…

But while this may be a temporary state for you (until uni break swings around, of course!), for some it’s permanent.

Have you heard of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)? Kind of like being in the midst of exam week 24/7, CFS causes extreme fatigue and/or tiredness which can’t easily be explained by an underlying medical condition.

Around 400,000 Australians are believed to be affected by CFS, many of whom are house bound or bed bound.

Much like your physics notes, the causes of CFS aren’t well understood. Though, as we’re sure your physics lecturer is endeavoring to help you understand the ins and outs of kinematics, Griffith researchers are working hard to better understand CFS.

In fact, researchers from Griffith’s National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases have discovered a cell receptor which could be a key contributing factor to CFS.

Keen to learn more about it? We have the lead researchers presenting their findings at our upcoming Friends of the Library event on 10 August. Come along to the Gold Coast campus to hear our academics discuss their groundbreaking research. They will talk about the challenges with CFS diagnosis, clinical presentation, and treatments.

Event details

  • Date: 10 August 2017
  • Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Location: Leneen Forde Chancellery (G34), Gold Coast campus, Griffith University
  • Register here

Friends of the Library membership

You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member when you register for this event. Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and our presenters. A Friends of the Library membership includes:

  • Invitations to a range of events featuring national and international guest speakers
  • Friends-only cocktail receptions
  • Access to exhibitions and displays in our libraries
  • Friends of the Library e-newsletter
  • Discount on University Library borrowing
  • 20% discount on Griffith Review subscription

Stay connected with Griffith after you graduate

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Exam week is almost over!

If this is your final exam block at Griffith before you graduate: 1) Congratulations!, and 2) We’ll miss you!

But just because you’re graduating doesn’t mean you have to leave the Griffith library behind.

You are eligible for an alumni membership which allows you to borrow up to 20 standard loans. And, did we mention it’s free? Just come in to sign up, and you’ll get a yearly membership for free!

You’re also welcome to use our library spaces at any time. For more information, check out what you can borrow as a community member.

And, if you really like the library (we do), why not join Friends of the Library while you’re at it? The network provides wonderful professional and social opportunities for those interested in supporting the library and its evolution in our rapidly changing education environment.

An annual membership is $25, and provides you: invitations to events featuring national and international guest speakers, Friends only networking opportunities, access to exhibitions and displays, special pre-sale ticket offers to certain Griffith events, and a regular Friends of the Library e-newsletter.

Finally, don’t forget to stay connected through Griffith’s Alumni Network.

You’ve got a pending Friend Request

O-Week is all about making new friends that will last a uni-lifetime.

Friends who will be with you in the Library at 11pm the night before your dreaded stats exam; friends who will generously share their lecture notes when you’re sick the Tuesday after June long weekend; or friends who will buy you the double choc muffin you’re drooling over because they know your food (noodle) budget doesn’t include the $3.95 treat.

Just like these friends, Griffith Library will be there for you through your Uni journey. Whether you’re navigating your timetable, learning the referencing ropes or delving into the world of data research we’re here to help.

We promise we’ll be your best buddy offering news, resources, discounts, event info, competitions and training on our awesome Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. And if that isn’t enough for you, then subscribe to this Library blog for regular tips, tricks, study help, IT deals, competitions and more! 

All you need to do is Like and Follow Griffith Library and we’ll be BFFs in no time! #Justdoit.

To find friends that aren’t just online, check out Griffith Mates.


A literary gift guide

shutterstock_12832882Here at the Library we love a good book. Whether it be a drama, biography, thriller or sci-fi there is nothing like enjoying a well written piece of work while relaxing in the summer sun.

The great thing about literature – it’s crazy diverse! Which is great news for anyone who is currently searching for the perfect Christmas gift. The Guardian has put together a book gift guide for the whole family that we thought our Library lovers might appreciate. So whether it’s for the foodie in the family, a mate with a sporting obsession or a sibling who loves to laugh there is a book for every type of reader in your life.

Using this guide you could tick off all your friends and family (Christmas or Birthday) presents in one go!

 Start gifting now…

For something closer to home, check out the Gold Coast Eye’s local gift guide through the Library’s PressReader. PressReader can even be accessed via your smartphone or tablet and offers thousands of publications both nationally and internationally.


Free Mental Health Workshops

MHFA-new-2015-LOGOCongratulations on almost another semester behind you!  But if you or someone you care about has been getting stressed out over exams or results – please talk to someone!

There is no shame or concerns to just sit down with someone and talk about what is happening – and Griffith University Student Services are offering a 2 day accredited Mental Health First Aid Workshop free to all Griffith Students, you just need to register.

The course has been developed by the Centre for Mental Health Research at the Australian National University.  Nationally and internationally  recognised to educate and empower you to provide appropriate support for yourself or for others in your life.

Get information about Crisis Support, Counselling Options and who you can talk to for more information.  Please don’t wait until it is too late.  You owe it to friends, your family, everyone but most importantly you owe it to yourself to be aware of Mental Health support and issues.