Best books: Librarians’ pick

The Little Prince

Our librarians have a wealth of knowledge. They use that knowledge to provide support to students and staff for research, referencing, academic writing, strategies for getting published, and much more…

But beyond that, there’s another thing which they know well. Books. So we asked them a simple question: what book would they recommend you read?

Here’s what they had to say:

The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Recommended by Cherie Basile, Arts, Education & Law Librarian
I found it so beautiful when I was first reading it that I did not want to ever finish it. I can remember rationing myself to only one chapter per night as I got closer to the end. It only has 91 pages and the chapters are only a few pages each long, so that was a hard thing to do, but I just wanted it to last forever. I would wish a book like that for everyone.

The Tomorrow series – John Marsden
Recommended by Rhiannon Reid, Library Services Team Member
One of the best book series I have ever read, I re-read repeatedly as a student. The Tomorrow series taught me about courage, friendship…and camping. But mostly the first two things. For students who are moving towards independence and self-sufficiency, I cannot recommend these books more highly.

The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Recommended by Anie Woskanian, Library Services Team Member
This is one of my favourite books. I think every student needs to escape reality now and then. This book offers just that!

The Talisman – Stephen King and Peter Straub & The Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling
Recommended by Stephanie Ferguson, Library Services Team Member
It’s a toss up between these two. I think Harry Potter as a whole series was amazing and my husband and I read it to our children as they were growing up….until they could read it for themselves. The Talisman has so many layers and interesting characters it was hard to put down.

The Design of Everyday Things – Donald Norman
Recommended by Suzanne Bailey, Resource Discovery Specialist
Have you ever stood in front of a microwave, pausing to think, because you were not sure how to open it. After reading this book you will never look at any object (or interface) the same. Norman points out the obvious – things I took for granted and made me think about everything in a new light. The next time you fumble with a door, a tap or your mobile device, you will think back to the lessons of the book and question everything.

Elvis Presley: Unseen Archives – Marie Clayton
Recommended by Rhonda Nothling, Library Services Team Member
This is one of the best Elvis books out there, and Elvis is the King so everyone must read this book!

The First 90 Days : Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels – Michael Watkins
Recommended by Maureen Sullivan, Director of Library and Learning Services
The book is particularly relevant as the University focuses on employability and soft skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. It’s a great, short, easy to digest primer on negotiating and surviving those early weeks in any new position but especially one with supervision or management responsibilities.


One important fact you need to know about August Wenzinger

cello-Fact #1 Hundreds of music scores formerly owned by Swiss cellist August Wenzinger are now available for borrowing from the Queensland Conservatorium Library – 1109 titles to be exact!

The recently catalogued Wenzinger collection includes scores by famous composers Strauss, Bach and Schubert. Check out the library catalogue for the complete list of Wenzinger titles.

Wenzinger was a renowned cellist and music scholar, and was the founder and director of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. For further information on Wenzinger, read his biography in the music database Oxford Grove Music Online.

You can also enjoy the classical sounds of Wenzinger in the Naxos Music Library:

Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18

Performed by Bertschmann, Albert – viola, August Wenzinger – cello, Busch Quartet, The (Kalmus Music & Co., 1949), 36 mins

Mozart: Adagio and Rondo in C Minor, K. 617
Includes performance by August Wenzinger – cello,  (Deutsche Grammophon, 2011), 15 mins

The Queensland Conservatorium Library has a wealth of music resources, including scores, CDs, DVDs, videos, books, journals, electronic databases and CD databases of music for you to listen to.

A score of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony? A DVD on pop music in Australia? Not a problem. The music library collection is an excellent resource for both research and enjoyment.