Readings: the New Reading List Service

Course Readings

Readings, the new reading list service, delivers the required learning resources identified in the course profile to students in a timely and user friendly way.

The service was introduced in January 2015. As of 30 June 2015, more than 39,000 users have accessed the new reading list service and have viewed over 330,000 pages.

All the reading lists are created from information in the course profile system and digitised reading in Learning@Griffith.  The lists link directly to resources in the library catalogue, external websites (e.g. eJournals) and any requested digitised readings.

You can access reading lists at Learning@Griffith or visit: readinglists.griffith.edu.au.readings_rectangle

Readings has a number of benefits including:

  • Seamlessly integrating the lists within Learning@Griffith course sites as well as improves procurement of library resources
  • Students will be able to discover and access learning and reading resources via a single source
  • An easy to use Copyright management tool
  • It is scalable to support the changes to the education model over the next few years

For further information information, visit: https://intranet.secure.griffith.edu.au/teaching/course-readings

To provide feedback on the new reading list service, visit: https://griffith.rl.talis.com/feedback.html


Unlimited Access to Newspapers and Magazines Online!

PressReader Access magazines and newspapers online with the Library PressDisplay website or the PressReader app.

With these online resources, you gain access to publications from within the library, from home and around the world on the day they are published.

Published by PressReader; the PressDisplay website and PressReader app provide access to exactly the same newspapers and magazines, but through different interfaces.

Available for iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry and Kindle, the app will allow you to save papers for reading offline and to automatically download the latest editions of your chosen newspapers and magazines.

The PressReader app remembers a device’s affiliation with a Griffith staff member or student for 7 days after connecting on campus or via Virtual Private Network (VPN).

What newspapers can I access?

You have access to major Australian newspapers, such as The Australian, The Courier Mail, The Sunday Mail (Queensland) and The Gold Coast Bulletin.

You also have access to international papers such as The Guardian (UK) and USA Today.

What magazines can I access?

Read popular magazines such as TechLife Australia, Good Weekend, Digital Camera World, Computer Arts, Yen, Donna Hay, Delicious, Vogue, Golf Australia and Popular Science.

What other online resources can I access?

Aside from Library PressDisplay and PressReader, the library provides access to many news and current affairs online resources. Have a look at our Digital Media: News Library Guide for a comprehensive list.


Griffith’s website now available on HTTPS

Secure HTTPSGriffith’s public website (griffith.edu.au) and other sites hosted on the Squiz Matrix content management system (CMS) was updated on 15 July 2015 to exclusively use HTTPS to secure communications with the web server.

Apart from securing our web pages in transferring data, this change also raises the quality and reputation of Griffith’s web presence and, according to Google, will gradually enhance the search results for our site (HTTPS as a ranking signal (2014) Google Webmaster Central Blog).

Over the three-month project, the Project Team completed detailed planning and testing that allowed for a lot of small but important changes to be applied prior to 15 July.

Along the way the Project Team discovered and addressed a range of other issues, not directly caused by changing to HTTPS, but which have delivered benefits in page performance, content quality and general user experience. These benefits will continue beyond the project.

Although there were some minor unpredicted issues requiring specific investigation and fixes on the day – to be expected given the complexity and potential impacts of the changes – the migration went well and there are very few outstanding concerns.

Also, as expected, there were some other issues reported on the day that were unrelated and pre-existing and were only discovered because of the focus on actively testing sites and pages within the site.

The change has provided a marginal improvement in the performance of the page load and file retrieval speeds for griffith.edu.au. The Project Team says this benefit was achieved through the overall review and tidying of the network settings as well as further tuning of the CMS server.

Many thanks go to the Project Team and other support staff for all their efforts and focus on an excellent project outcome. This includes: Andrew Williams, Leanne Towerzey, Giscard Brehon, Nathan Judson, Kane Tapping, Colin Morris, Carlton Davison, Jeff Braine and Chris Gay.

Thanks also to the general web publishing community and the publishers who tested their sites before the migration and subsequently reported issues and, where necessary, made changes to their sites to accommodate the use of HTTPS.

More information about the project is available from the HTTPS Project website.

More information on HTTPS can be found on Wikipedia.


Open Data and the Public Sector

On Thursday 16 July 2015, the Griffith University Friends of the Library hosted Open Data in the Public Sector.

Facilitated by Tim Cox, from 612 ABC Brisbane, a panel of special guests discussed the possibilities and potential of open data to improve process, productivity and performance in the public sector.

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Tim Cox, Linda O’Brien, Anne Tiernan & Mike Stapleton

The panelists included:

  • Mike Stapleton, Deputy Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Anne Tiernan, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University
  • Linda O’Brien, Pro Vice Chancellor, Information Services, Griffith University

Linda O’Brien said open data is “making the knowledge of the world findable and curated so that it could be shared for future generations”. We need to know “how we can support learning, how we can support knowledge creation and peoples understanding of the world so we can create a better future”.

Anne Tiernan discussed the “promise and potential of open data to transform the delivery of public services and the service of good government” to “drive productivity and performance improvement in the delivery of public services and to catalyse innovation and the creation of knowledge intensive jobs and industries”.

Open Data and the Public Sector

Open Data and the Public Sector

Mike Stapleton gave a brief insight into how the Department of Transport and Main Roads uses their data to manage their services. “Transport is one of the areas of the economy where we continue to achieve significant productivity gains and one of the tools that we are using to do that at the moment is data”.

The audience then took the opportunity to target topics such as:

  • Ensuring open data is a free commodity, to reduce barriers to its use, and encourage the development of the open data economy.
  • The development of the future Data Economist – to increase the current lack of skill in understanding and using data appropriately. To teach data literacy and how to interpret and analyse data in a meaningful way. To understand and quantify economic value of the data.
  • Using open data to empower less fortunate members of society in the less fortunate regions of our state through participation and advancement.
  • Strategies to data liquidity.
  • The foundation of a culture surrounding the creation and provision of open data.

The discussions continued over drinks and canapés, and the opportunity for Friends of the Library members to chat with the panel speakers and the facilitator.

The evening was a great success, with the event triggering greater conversation and actions surrounding the potential of open data.

For more information of the Friends of the Library and how to become a member, visit griffith.edu.au/friends

Tim Cox (612 ABC Brisbane)

Tim Cox (612 ABC Brisbane)

Friends of the Library cocktail reception

Friends of the Library cocktail reception


Love My Library

Did you know research shows first year students who access library services and resources are better prepared for assessment, have higher GPAs, and are more likely to finish their degrees1?

You may have started to see some posters around the libraries informing students about the FREE specialist services offered by the university libraries.  Our libraries are not just where the books live but places for connecting with study groups, accessing learning advisers, ICT literacy specialists and special referencing librarians.

Libraries are important aspects of academic success – have you been taking advantage of what we offer? We want our students to stay with Griffith University for not only their first degree, but subsequent study as well!

So encourage your students to enter the library, go on the library webpage, talk to librarians, meet with learning advisers, and go to workshops.  Don’t forget the self-help resources we have online and great access to resources through tools such as BONUS. In fact, our catalogue never sleeps and has no time zone!

We aim to prepare our students for bright futures, to be open to further study, and to have great memories about their time at Griffith University – after all, if you know more, you can do more.

Check out our Workshops and Training website, with heaps of great information including:

Check out what the library can do for your students!

1Krista, S., Fransen, J., & Nackerud, S. (2013). Library use and undergraduate student outcomes: new evidence for student’s retention and academic success. Libraries and the Academy, 13(2), 147-64. doi: 10.1353/pla.2013.0010


Internet Explorer 11 Upgrade

Internet Explorer 11During August 2015,  the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) web browser will automatically be installed on all staff Windows 7 computers that haven’t already been upgraded. Internet Explorer is a web browser included as standard with all Windows computers.

The latest version of IE looks and operates much the same as previous versions so you won’t notice much difference. Your existing IE “Favourites” will remain unchanged and will continue to be available after this update.

The IE11 upgrade is being implemented for the following reasons;

  • From January 2016 Microsoft will only support the latest version of IE (currently IE11)
  • IE11 is more secure when browsing the internet than previous versions.
  • IE11 has been available for 12 months and is a mainstream and mature product.
  • People are now experiencing compatibility issues using some websites with older versions of IE.
  • IE11 is already deployed across all student computing facilities at Griffith so this change will standardise IE version across all environments.

This automatic upgrade will occur behind the scenes over a period of several weeks. However, you can immediately update your computer by selecting IE11 from the list of applications available within the “Installable Applications” link provided on the Windows “Start Menu”.

In rare situations some websites may not display and/or operate correctly when using IE11. If you encounter this scenario the “compatibility” settings within the IE product and other work-arounds are available.

This update to IE11 will not affect any other web browsers (e.g. Chrome and FireFox) that may also be in use on your computer.

Visit our Internet Explorer 11 website for advice or further information.


NAIDOC Week Celebrations at Boronia!

boronia_rectangleBECEC creates a healthy and stable environment for children by placing special emphasis on outdoor play space and the potential for learning within those spaces.  Belonging, Being & Becoming underpins their practice. BECEC embraces Australia’s diversity and celebrates our difference while promoting interaction with all members of their families.

It was with careful planning and a lot of enjoyment from the children, their families and many others, that a “Wall of Hope” was created. They used their handprints on the Wall to symbolise unity, diversity, community, respectful and reciprocal relations and friendships.

The Wall is designed to be a part of its surroundings, Tooheys Forest.  The BECEC is situated on the land of the Yugarabul, Yuggera, Jagera and Turrbal people.  Everyone there had a chance to acknowledge and pay their respects  to the Elders, past and present, and extend that respect to other leaders.

The children were particularly enthralled with the dreamtime stories, such as the ‘Rainbow Snake.’

 


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