Registrations open to borrow a book in the human library


What happens when you get a group of people together in one room sharing their life stories, confronting social stigma and challenging prejudice? Magic!

Wednesday 20 March in Nathan campus library is where you’ll find that the books have faces, rather than pages. With an array of human ‘books’ on offer, you will not want to miss out on the opportunity to borrow one. Each from a different background, upbringing, and with a unique and insightful story, these books are ready to tell all and provide a glimpse into their world for 20 minute sessions.

Each of the human books in our Human Library have faced some degree of discrimination and prejudice in their life as a result of their ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle or disability. They are keen to share their story and engage in positive and productive conversation with their reader to promote a more tolerant community.

How to borrow a human book

Want the opportunity to sit down with a human book for an open and honest conversation on a certain topic? Head over to the Library blog to check out our catalogue of human books and register. Sessions are limited so be sure to get in quick!

Event details

  • Wednesday 20 March 2019
  • 12 – 2 pm at the
  • Nathan campus library

Please note, you must register to borrow a book.

Human libraries are part of a worldwide movement to spark social change. At a Human Library, you borrow a person instead of a book to engage in real, open and honest conversation.

App Idea Challenge

Think you’ve got a great idea for a new app? Or do you think your creative, talented students could come up with something amazing? We’re giving away huge cash prizes just for a simple idea. An idea that will improve student life at Griffith.

Submissions are now open for the annual Griffith Hackathon App Ideas Challenge. Enter before Friday 5 April for the chance to win:

  • First Prize $1,500
  • Second Prize $750
  • Third Prize $500

The catch is – the idea has to be exceptional and impress our hard-to-impress judges. Your idea will have to be the best of the best. Concerned about your lack of coding skills? Don’t be. You don’t actually have to build the app, or do anything remotely techy. You just need to brainstorm an amazing app, and submit it. Easy peasy and potentially very profitable.

Get your entries in today, or tell your students! You can enter as many times as you like, a new original idea each time. Entries close at 5 pm on 5th of April. Winners will be contacted and announced via GriffithUniIT social media.


The Hackathon

The fun doesn’t stop there, the weekend of 3 – 4 August 2019 will see Logan campus library transformed into app making galore at our annual Hackathon.

The Hackathon is a free, 30-hour long event open to all students to create an app to improve student life here at Griffith University.

  • $2,000 – Winning Team
  • $1,000 – Runner-Up Team
  • $500 – Best User Interface Design

The Hackathon will give the students the chance to form their idea into a real product, showcasing their creation to a panel of IT judges.

Teams will require all types of brains. Whether they have knowledge in coding skills, marketing, graphic design or even project management, we want everyone!

Please spread the word of the 2019 Hackathon and App Idea Challeng to any students eager to put on their creative thinking caps and direct them to the Hackathon Website.

Lightning Talks: Writing the country

The Nathan Library (N53) will be hosting the first Lightning Talk of 2019, with a focus on Place. Land. Country. Home.

Are we currently in an urban age or is Australia fundamentally different? Is it possible for Australia, and indeed the world, to become an ecotopia?

Our experts will be discussing how the Australian landscape changes and what they might become, if they are flourishing or at risk as we tackle climate change.

  • Mr David Ritter
  1. CEO, Greenpeace Australia Pacific
  • Prof. Brendan Mackey
  1. Director, Griffith Climate Change Response Program
  • Dr Johanna Nalau
  1. Postdoctoral research fellow, Griffith Climate Change Response Program & Griffith Institute for Tourism

Join us as we talk about Australia and how we can be part of this amazing and unique landscape.

  1. 12 March 2019
  2. Noon
  3. Willet Centre (N53)
  4. Nathan Campus Library
  5. Register


Gale Reference Complete: Your ‘everything’ database

Find the information you need in a snap.

Gale Reference Complete is one giant database with a heck of a lot of information (yes, those are technical terms…).

Our Scholarly Resources Team have recently upgraded our Griffith University subscription to Gale databases so that we now have access to five new ahh-mazing sub-databases.

1. Academic OneFile

Offers researchers 17,000 journals and the lowest number of embargoed titles including over 11,000 peer-reviewed and 8,000 full-text titles. Content from the Expanded Academic, Health Reference Center and LegalTrac can be searched simultaneously (while still retaining the option of searching Health Reference Center and LegalTrac individually when required).

2. General OneFile

Enables users to search by subject across a broad list of publications. It provides a solid base of general references including 14,500 titles, 9,000 full-text and 3,700 peer reviewed journals, newspapers and videos.

3. InfoTrac Newsstand

This supplements the current full-text newspaper content in Academic OneFile with 2,300 global newspapers and close to 1,200 U.S. national and regional newspaper titles, radio, TV broadcasts and transcripts.

4. Archives Unbound

This resource has 13 million pages of historical documents with coverage from the medieval period to the new millennium. Supporting multi-disciplinary research in history and political science are 260 unique primary source collections.

5. Gale Literary Sources

This collection enables users to cross-search 1.5 million primary and secondary sources and close to 500 literary journals. This is the world’s largest online collection of literature including seven of Gale’s internationally focussed literary databases in one digital environment:

  • Literature Criticism Online
  • Literature Resource Center
  • LitFinder
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete
  • Something about the Author Online
  • Contemporary Authors Online
  • Scribner Writers and Twayne’s Authors.

Sage Data Planet: Your go-to for government and business data

With Sage Data Planet, you have access to statistical information produced by U.S. Federal and State agencies, private organisations and major intergovernmental organisations.

When using Data Planet, you may search for data from any one of the affiliated providers. These include:

  • several of the core departments of the U.S. Government—such as Agriculture, Labor, Treasury and Veterans Affairs
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Federal Election Commission
  • commercial providers including Dow Jones, Standard & Poor’s and Zillow
  • international organisations including the China Data Center, the United Nations, the World Bank Group and the European Commission
  • major nonprofit entities including the National Cancer Institute and the National Science Foundation
  • and many more.

The capabilities of containing all of this data in one standardised playing field lead to some impressive numbers. Data Planet estimates that in the nearly 500 databases covered, there are more than 50 billion data points. The options to export this data include PDF, XML, specially created URLs, RefWorks, and EndNote.

There are two separate interfaces for accessing the contents of the database:

Data Planet Statistical Datasets:

This is a browsable index of datasets plus a simple search function

Data Planet Statistical Ready Reference:

This interface provides simple and advanced searching options of the Statistical Datasets content, as well as pre-formatted searches relating to statistics on U.S. states and nations of the world.

Griffith is enhancing its cybersecurity: How this will affect YOU!

If you have seen the news lately, you would be aware that cyber attacks are happening more frequently…. Toyota Australia, Bunnings, Marriot Hotel, the Australian Federal Parliament!

Cybersecurity incidents have serious outcomes, so let’s work together to make sure our Griffith community is cyber secure.

What’s happening?

We are embarking on a major cybersecurity improvement program which will enhance the cybersecurity capabilities of the University. A number of the program’s initiatives will affect you including;

  • Introducing a safer way to connect your devices to the Griffith University and eduroam Wi-Fi networks.
  • Vulnerability scanning to ensure the Griffith network is kept up-to-date to reduce our chance of being targeted through out of date software.
  • Phishing simulation which will build your awareness around being scammed.
  • Cloud-based enterprise password manager to assist groups and individuals in managing and administering passwords and sensitive data.
  • Multi-factor identification which will improve the security around your Griffith logins providing an extra layer of protection.
  • Cybersecurity awareness module to provide you with practical steps to ensure your online safety.

Have you completed the Cybersecurity Survey?

For those who have – thank you! We appreciate your response. For those who haven’t, please complete the Cybersecurity Survey by Friday 8 March.

Changes to Griffith Wi-Fi

Keep your eyes out for the implementation of Wi-Fi certificates coming T1.  Wi-Fi certificates are a more secure way to connect your device to the Griffith University and eduroam Wi-Fi networks.

See our website for updates on how to stay Cybersecurity aware.



eTG Complete: Now with updated info and unlimited users

The electronic Therapeutic Guidelines has been updated to unlimited users. This is fantastic news if you’re part of the health sciences, as eTG Complete should be one of your go-to databases!

The database consists of searchable peer-review clinical guidelines on topics in the following areas:

  • analgesia
  • antibiotics
  • cardiovascular
  • respiratory
  • endocrinology
  • neurology
  • gastroenterology
  • dermatology
  • palliative Care
  • psychotropics
  • drug prescribing in pregnancy and breastfeeding.

In addition, the January 2019 release of eTG Complete includes the following updates:

  • More ulcer and wound management topics including surgical wounds, minor burns, abrasions, haematomas and wound cleansing.
  • The diabetes topics have been revised and expanded to address management of hyperglycaemia and new technology in the area.
  • The endocrinology guidelines have been expanded with new content being added throughout 2019.