Take a tour of our libraries… from home

Did you miss our library orientation tours? #NoWorries

You can visit our libraries from the comfort of your bed.

Now, that sounds like a paradox, right? How can you visit our wonderful libraries from home? Google, that’s how! Well, Google 360…

We’ve had the lovely folk from Google come and film our campuses–including inside our libraries! Think Google street view, just inside.

You can take a tour of the library, explore study spaces, or scope out the locations of the printers, service desks, and return chutes, all from the comfort of your bed.

Just head over to the About the Library webpage, select the campus you want to explore under the Getting to the Library heading, and use the arrows on screen to start your online adventure!

Once you’ve finished exploring inside our libraries, we’re sure you’ll want to come visit in person!

Simply scroll down the webpage a little further and to see our library opening hours. See you here!


Take a stroll through our library, online!

Griffith’s libraries have a lot of cool, nifty things.

There’s an Xbox at Gold Coast library, our video-conferencing facilities, regular musical performances and much more (did we forget something great? let us know in the comments!).

Another cool and nifty thing about our libraries is that you don’t even have to come on campus to visit them! ‘How’, you ask? Google, that’s how! Well, Google 360…

We’ve had the lovely folk from Google come and film our campuses – including inside our libraries! Think Google street view, just inside.

You can take a tour of the library, explore study spaces, or scope out the locations of the printers, service desks, and return chutes, all from the comfort of your bed.

Just head over to the About the Library webpage, select the campus you want to explore under the Getting There heading, and use the arrows on screen to start your online adventure!

Once you’ve finished exploring inside our libraries, we’re sure you’ll want to come visit in person!

Simply scroll down the webpage a little further and to see our library opening hours. See you here!


Lightning Talks is Real Speak

For those of you who weren’t among the sixty plus audience members at last week’s Lightning Talks in the Nathan Campus library – have no fear, we’ve got you covered!

So what are Lightning Talks?
Lightning Talks are similar to soapbox events or Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, London, where speakers give voice to a variety of topical issues and invite discussion on current affairs.

Our academics and professional experts are invited to talk for 10 minutes to talk about their work in relation to a theme, and then the audience is invited to ask questions.

Why do we hold these talks?

We are hoping to make research and ideas more accessible, removing the stigma of ‘ivory towers’, breaking down hierarchical divisions. Lightning Talks are an extension of Griffith University’s commitment to inclusivity, and bringing disciplines together.

Our speakers for #LightningTalks3 were:

Associate Professor Georgina Murray who kicked off the talks with her discussion centring on socio-political changes occurring in the world, and the effects of neoliberal political ideology, particularly around employment. She highlighted some shocking statistics about the casualisation of the Australian labour force with some of the societal ramifications being drug addiction, financial insecurity around obtaining home loans, and a lack of sick leave. So do companies like Uber break up monopolies of power or do they further contribute to marginalisation and disenfranchisement in our turbulent times?

Dr Duncan McDonnell discussed the rise of right-wing populism internationally and compared Australia’s One Nation with the more successful right-wing populists in Western Europe. He highlighted that right-wing populism is not historically new; we just rename it to go with the current time period. And whilst Donald Trump does not conform to the populist leader ideal; it must be acknowledged how his controversial nature got him elected once, and he can be again! Across the Atlantic, populist parties in Europe do well because unlike their mainstream counterparts, they focus on grassroots community engagement.

Dr Susanna Chamberlain started with asking the question, ‘What the heck is populism?’ and then led us on a journey that linked anthropology and history to binaries around populism. Populism, it appears, is about the leader’s’ ability to identify as the ‘common person’ aka ‘we are just like you’ ideal; however, that idea is often a misnomer as one might suspect with Donald Trump’s empire building — funded by a ‘small’ loan of a million dollars from his father– that hardly mirrors the average ‘common person’s’ start in life.

Mr John Tague, Griffith Review Managing Editor, brought his experience and knowledge as an international journalist to discuss changes in journalistic reporting and political writing. Griffith Review, a compilation of long form essays, engages its audience and reinvigorates the idea that not everything can – or should – be conveyed in 140 character Tweets. Brexit, Trump and right-wing European leaders regularly take to the mediasphere, often invoking moral panic by circulating narratives about alleged racial tensions, scientific knowledges, and rise of ‘fake news’ in the post- truth politics era.

For the full story, listen here.

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Come visit the library… from home

Photo of Nathan Library

Now, that sounds like a paradox, right? How can you visit our wonderful libraries from home? Google, that’s how! Well, Google 360…

Last year we had the lovely folk from Google come and film our campuses – including inside our libraries! Think Google street view, just inside.

You can take a tour of the library, explore study spaces, or scope out the locations of the printers, service desks, and return chutes, all from the comfort of your bed.

Just head over to the About the Library webpage, select the campus you want to explore under the Getting There heading, and use the arrows on screen to start your online adventure!

Once you’ve finished exploring inside our libraries, we’re sure you’ll want to come visit in person!

Simply scroll down the webpage a little further and to see our library opening hours. See you here!


Hack-a-thon, a success!

Our first Hack-a-thon was an awesome success!

A huge congrats to all participants who worked their behinds off and pumped out some amazing work!

The event kicked off with guest speaker, Daniel Ngo from Entrepreneur Haus (check out Daniel’s speech on Facebook). The students were given a short brief and let loose for 30 hours to develop an innovative and creative app.

There was yawning, there was napping, there were odd smells… but nothing an emergency supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste couldn’t fix. The energy drinks were flowing, the brains were pumping and the students created some amazing work and learnt some valuable lessons. “I learnt that the presentation is just as, if not more important, as the product itself” said one student.  Another student loved the real world experience “where like-minded people gather and work towards a common goal”.

Congratulations to our innovative first prize winners. Taking home $2000 was Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Murchie. They blew the judges away with their creative answer to planning your degree and subject choices.

Taking out second prize and $1000 was Jaden Vaniersel, Ian Murnane, Harley Jarrett. They built an app allowing you to share locations, events, study tips and a very helpful assignment countdown clock – what student doesn’t need that?!

Best User Interface and $500, went to Harrison Croaker, William Fischer and Carl Humphries for their ‘M8te’ design.

Thank you to Greg Phipps, our very own alumni and Technical Program Manager, Google Maps, and Leigh Ellen Potter, Senior Lecturer, School of ICT, who provided some wise words to the participants. Their videos provided relief and inspiration during their short breaks.

Thanks to our sponsor, Grove Juice for keeping the students hydrated. Read the rest of this entry »


QHorns at Music in the Library

Music in the Library is back again. Pop into the Nathan Library at 1pm on Monday, 8 May for your special musical treat featuring a four person ensemble from QHorns.

QHorns are a group of Queensland Conservatorium horn students studying in Brisbane under the direction of Peter Luff and Ysolt Clark. Winners of the 2013 International Horn Symposium horn ensemble competition in Memphis, Tennessee, QHorns are active members of the Brisbane music scene.

This ensemble has performed extensively throughout Queensland in venues such as the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Symphony Orchestra Studios and in towns including Sandgate and Roma. They have been involved with many music festivals around Queensland including the Tyalgum music festival and the 42nd & 45th horn symposiums.

This year, they’re off to Brazil to take part in the International Horn Society’s 49th Horn Symposium.

The 2017 Music in the Library Series is an exciting innovation that aims to enliven the campus Library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience. If you’re keen to perform, email ins-events@griffith.edu.au

Come along and support your fellow students! See you there.


Lightning Talks strike Logan’s ivory tower

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Talk about a sizzling event with dynamic speakers!  Griffith University Library Lightning Talks are being held at the Logan campus library on Tuesday 18 October.

So what are Lightning Talks? 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. For example, women scientists recently brought their research to the Brisbane public on soapboxes in the hope of ‘demystifying science and, importantly, bringing it to the people’

They originated at university libraries in the United States. And nowadays a bunch of prestigious Universities like Stanford and Cornell host talks where academics or postdoctoral students give a very short presentation, lasting only a few minutes.

Our academics will have 10 minutes to talk about social justice and community building. They will talk in ‘real’ speak, bringing their passion for research to life. And it won’t just be academics voicing their opinions; they invite you to share yours as well.

Why are we holding these talks? Well, we are hoping to make academics and their research more accessible to you; removing the stigma of academic ‘ivory towers’ and breaking down hierarchical divisions.

Scholars often receive criticism for not being able to communicate about their academic interests outside of their realm and this can contribute to a disconnect between the academic and broader community.

Why Logan library? One of the strengths of the Logan campus is its deep commitment to equity. The Logan library is an inclusive space where students feel well-supported and part of a positive library community.

Lightning Talks are a natural extension of this commitment to inclusivity.

What
Griffith University Library Lightning Talks

When
Tuesday 18th October between 12 – 1pm

Where
Library, Logan campus, Griffith University

Speakers

  • Professor Lesley Chenoweth: PVC and Head of Logan Campus
  • Dr Adele Pavlidis: Griffith University PhD graduate and post-doctoral scholar in the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research.
  • Dr Abdi Hersi: Griffith University PhD graduate, and Project Manager for the School of Humanities, Language and Social Science’s award-winning “Reporting Islam” project

Don’t miss being part of the conversation – come along to this exciting free event! Bring your classmates and your lunch.