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.


App Idea Competition Winners

We have a winner!!!

Shouting huge congrats to Joshua Murchie who took out first prize in the Hack-a-thon App Idea competition and just walked away with a hefty $1500!

There were hundreds of submissions and some brilliant ideas. Now you have the chance to turn those ideas into something real. Sign up for the Hack-a-thon weekend and win part of a huge $3500 prize pool!

About Josh

Josh is studying a Master of IT and about to begin a dissertation with a technology innovation education theme and is a current student ambassador for the Mayor of the Gold Coast. He is also the co-founder and president of the Griffith Uni Start-up Entrepreneurs Club, where they promote collaboration and entrepreneurship in the student community.

Josh was frustrated with planning out his degree; which course to take when, without missing pre-requisites or having to wait a trimester for the next offering. His idea focussed on creating an awesome timetabling experience for the user and easing student frustrations.

More Prizes

Second prize of $750 went to Tahnee Webb, studying a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her fantastic ‘CramSession’ idea is a great social enhancer allowing students to collaborate. Third prize of $500 went to Christian Frost, studying Master of Philosophy in the school of Human Services and Social Work. He had an innovative idea to ease parking and transport issues around campus.

The Hack-a-thon Weekend

Are you a totally tech savvy student? Maybe you’re involved in IT, marketing, app development, or project management? Or maybe you just want to learn how to create an app (hey, that’ll look sweet on your #resume #workskills).

You can now use these great ideas that were submitted and get involved in designing the app – from the ground up!

To get involved, you can register as an individual or as a team. Ultimately, you’ll be working in groups of three to four people to develop a web/mobile application and showcase it to the judges. Oh, and you can also win a lot of money:

  • $2000 for the winning team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $1000 for the runner-up team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $500 for best UI design

So, how’s this all going to work? We throw open the doors to the Gold Coast Library at 9am Saturday 29 April and you have 30 hours to work on the app and enjoy life! And, we are totally feeding you as well so register now and just tell everyone you were there to build an app.

Register: griffith.edu.au/student-computing/hack-a-thon
When: 9am 29 April to 4pm 30 April 2017
Where: Gold Coast Campus Library (The Cow Patch area)

Music to your ears


Michael Buble, Mariah Carey and even Justin Bieber’s Christmas albums are on repeat, which can only mean one thing – Christmas is well on its way. But before we heard “All I want for Christmas is you”, twenty five times a day the students from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) were spreading joy with their music in our campus libraries.

Over Semester 1 and 2 we’ve had a range of remarkable music students from QCGU visit our campus libraries to showcase their musical prowess. With them they’ve brought pianos, oboes, harps and killer vocal ranges covering all music genres from pop to classical and even including original music.

The exciting innovation was introduced in Semester 2 2015 to help enliven campus library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience. The joint initiative between QCGU and our Music Librarian has been a collaborative effort that has given library users a truly unique experience – after all it’s not every day you are treated to a live library Opera! A big thanks to all the students who came along to perform and support these performances.

So take a break from Mariah, Michael and the Biebs with the highlights of Semester two’s library performances. Enjoy!


The race that stops a nation (and your study!)

Hold your horses! It's Melbourne Cup.

Hold your horses! It’s Melbourne Cup.

Semester two is coming into the homestretch – exams are galloping towards us and it’s a race against time to get finals-ready.

But odds are, you’ll need a short study break to recharge, rejuvenate and refresh. And what better way then to watch the Melbourne Cup.

We got it straight from the horse’s mouth that you can watch the big race live on the library screens at 2pm this afternoon. So hold onto your hat, bet your bottom dollar, get on your high horse and join us in the library.

The annual Melbourne Cup is Australia’s biggest horse race and attracts over 100,000 punters to Flemington Racecourse. The greatest thoroughbreds from around the world gather at Flemington and battle it out for a stake of the $6.2-million prize money and to cement their names in history.

So enjoy your study break and if you’ve put a sneaky bet on, good luck!

Lightning Talks strike Logan’s ivory tower


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.

Griffith University Library Lightning Talks

Tuesday 18th October between 12 – 1pm

Library, Logan campus, Griffith University


  • 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.

Be a WINter WINner!


This could be you! Enter our Market Day comp to WIN winter goodies!

Winter ain’t got nothing on this prize

Say goodbye to useless blankets with no arm holes, say goodbye to Nutella cravings, say goodbye to cold tootsies; and say hello to our Ultimate Winter Survival Pack!

This Bear Grylls approved pack is full of hot stuff and it could all be yours!

This week, our Library team is heading out to meet you at Griffith’s Market Days and we’re bringing a bunch of goodies including this awesome competition!

Can’t make it to this week’s Market Days? Never fear, like most things, this comp is online which means you still have a chance to win the Ultimate Winter Survival Pack.

Winter Survival Pack includes:

  • 1kg of Nutella deliciousness
  • Multiple boxes of Mac and Cheese
  • The cutest Emoji slippers in the world
  • So much Game of Thrones goriness you’ll never have to leave the house
  • A canvas library bag the perfect for carrying your new GoT books
  • A re-useable Griffith coffee mug for when you must leave the house
  • An inflatable lounge perfect for soaking up the winter rays
  • HD Kogan video camera for our Spielberg wannabes
  • A 1-hour consultation with a Library Learning Adviser

All you need to do to get your hands on this seriously HOT prize is:

C’mon, you know you need to be licking that jar of Nutella clean while reading Game of Thrones on your inflatable lounge! Quick, jump onto Facebook to LIKE and SHARE!

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Science Day out!

Over the past year, Mt Gravatt Library’s favourite school kids have been regularly visiting to read books and learn more about ‘big school’.

Each month, the school kids from Yarranlea Primary School take a short walk to Griffith Library for storytime and activities with the librarians.

But this month it was the primary school’s turn to host the librarians. Griffith received a special invitation to attend the school’s annual science day.

During the morning the kids became mini Einsteins enjoying a variety of different science activities and experiments. Not surprisingly, the homemade sherbet was the favourite!

Our librarians took along some acid (Coca-Cola), zinc and copper to make a homemade battery – after all you need power and light to see when you read books!

The Yarranlea Primary school shares the campus grounds with our Mt Gravatt Library and is only a short walk up the hill from the children’s classroom.

The the library has been opening its doors (and books) to the students since the community initiative began last year. The monthly visits incorporate engaging stories with fun and educational activities all run by Griffith’s Library staff.