Become a book in our Human Library!

Calling all staff and students with an interesting life story to tell!

The Griffith University library is gearing up for its second annual Human Library event on 21 March 2018 and we want you!

If you missed last year’s Human Library, you might be wondering… what exactly is a Human Library? Human Libraries are part of a global movement to break down social barriers, and challenge prejudice and stereotypes through conversation. We believe we can help spark social change through encouraging positive conversations with people who may not ordinarily have the opportunity to speak with each other.

How does the Human Library work?

In a Human Library, readers borrow people instead of books. If you sign up as a human book in our Griffith University Human Library, you can expect to be loaned out up to three times during the two-hour event. The loan period is for approximately 20 minutes, giving you enough time to share your story, answer questions from your borrower and engage in positive and real conversation.

We will provide a safe, conversational space for our books and readers with the aim to create a positive experience for all involved.

Who can be a human book?

Human books are often people who have faced discrimination and prejudice in their life as a result of occupation, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, cultural background, health, social status, lifestyle or disability.

Our selection of books in last year’s Human Library included a homeless person, a refugee, an adopted person, a widow, a Muslim woman, a Muslim man / prisoner of war, a lesbian, a gay male, a Maori, an Indigenous person, a woman in IT, a veteran and assistance dog, an author, a person with tattoos and a person with dreadlocks. 

How do I register as a human book?

If you are willing to give people insight into your life with stigma, discrimination or prejudice in the hope to create a more tolerant and understanding community, we’d love to hear from you!

Register your interest via our online form now. Feel free to contact Renee Wilson or Brigitte Braddock at for more information.

Want to see a Human Library in action?

The 2017 Griffith University Human Library was a huge success with 20 human books loaned out to borrowers. Check out our wrap-up of last year’s Human Library event.

Trimester 1 orientation activities for your students

While you’re preparing to start a new year of trimesters and teaching, we have a new influx of students preparing to start the university experience.

To help, the library is offering a range of orientation activities to ease their transition into uni-life. These include:

Earlybird workshops

We are running workshops across all campuses on:

  • Writing university assignments
  • Getting started on an ePortfolio with PebblePad
  • Researching and referencing for your assignments

Orientation tours

These 15 minute tours run throughout O Week at each Griffith library and give students an opportunity to see what’s where and how it all works. We also have online virtual tours for students who miss the on-campus library tours.

Market days

You’ll find our Griffith Library team at each campus Market Day, ready and willing to share everything we know about Library and IT at Griffith. We’ll be able to help students:

  • Set up their Wi Fi
  • Navigate the Griffith Uni app
  • Access workshops to get uni-ready

Find out more information on the Library’s orientation activities at the Library Orientation webpage.

What can you do in February to become a better researcher?


You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to the calendar.

Week 12 (T3) (29 January – 4 February)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 29/01 10.00 am Endnote N53 1.49 Nathan
Tues 30/01 10.00 am Improving writing quality before submission G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Weds 31/01 10.00 am Improving writing quality before submission N53 1.51 Nathan
Thursday 01/02 10.00 am Strategic publishing N53 1.49 Nathan

Study week (T3) (5 – 11 February)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 05/02 1.00 pm Editing your writing G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Wed 07/02 10.00 am Editing your writing N53 1.51 Nathan
Thu 08/02 10.00 am Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Fri 09/02 10.00 am Strategic publishing G10 2.04 Gold Coast

Exam week 1 (12 – 19 February)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 13/02 1.00 pm Endnote N53 1.49 Nathan

Our first Human Library was a success!

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Nathan campus library hosted our very first Human Library event on Wednesday 24 May 2017 and it was a huge success!

Human Library is a worldwide movement promoting equity and diversity. It is about providing a safe space and building a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

People get labelled, it is about taking those labels, tearing them apart and hearing the story behind the person. It is about having open and honest conversations that can lead to greater acceptance, tolerance and social cohesion in the community.

We provided 20 Human Books to borrow, all with different ‘labels’, from Activist and Adopted to Muslim and Refugee. Readers were able to borrow a book for a 15-minute slot. They asked questions, and listened, recognising that the Human Book is not just a label, but they had a story to tell. They are so much more.

We hoped to provide a space to enable social and cultural connection between people, while recognising our differences.

We recognise that no ‘book’ ever has a single story, and our identities are complex. We do not want to ‘interpret’ our books: we want our ‘human books’ to ‘speak for themselves’, and to tell their own stories.

Staff and students came to borrow a ‘human book’ and went away feeling empowered through conversation, with the desire to continue to confront stereotypes and discrimination.

One of our books said: ‘I got to meet interesting people who also had interesting stories. I got to dispel a few myths and provide a few insights. My favourite part was interacting with my Readers – their questions were genuine, honest and engaging’.

Our Human Library event is over for this trimester, but we want you to continue to share your stories with each other: we believe that conversations can help spark social change!

You can watch the event on YouTube.

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Rock Art: the battle to save our nation’s heritage

Van Gogh versus rock art. Both priceless. But one sits behind glass in a temperature controlled museum heavily guarded. The other is left out in the open, subject to vandals, insects and inclement weather.

It’s not practical to collect and store Australia’s rock art in museums, so Professor Paul Taçon of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research is doing the next best thing. He is dedicating his career to travelling Australia, finding and documenting rock art. The aim is simple: gather more information about Australia’s heritage, showcase these brilliant specimens properly and save the works for generations to come.

There are more than 100,000 rock art site believed to be scattered across Australia, with the possibility of even more undiscovered treasures. Professor Taçon has spent the last three decades travelling extensively to these sites in remote areas of Australia to unravel the stories of our past and save them for our future.

Want to know more? Come along to the Gold Coast campus to hear Professor Taçon discuss his experiences and challenges in his battle to safeguard Australian rock art.

Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and our presenters.

It’s an event not to be missed! Register now.

Friends of the Library membership

You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member when you register for this event. A Friends of the Library membership includes:

  • Invitations to a range of events featuring national and international guest speakers
  • Friends-only cocktail receptions
  • Access to exhibitions and displays in our libraries
  • Friends of the Library e-newsletter
  • Discount on University Library borrowing
  • 20% discount on Griffith Review subscription

Event details

  • What
    Presentation on Rock Art
  • When
    9 November 2017
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where
    The Red Zone (G40)
    Gold Coast campus
    Griffith University

What can you do in November to become a better researcher?


You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to the calendar.

Week 1 (30 October – 3 November)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 6/11 10:00am Endnote N53 1.50 Nathan
Wed 8/11 10:00am Publishing during your PhD N53 1.49 Nathan
Thu 9/11 1:00pm Publishing during your PhD G10 2.04 Gold Coast

Week 3 (13 November – 17 November)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 14/11 10:00am Academic writing expectations at the HDR level G10 2.25 Gold Coast

Week 4 (20 November – 24 November)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 20/11 1:00pm Managing information resources and writing your literature review G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Tue 21/11 10:00am Managing information resources and writing your literature review N53 1.51 Nathan
Wed 22/11 1:00pm Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Thu 23/11 10:00am Endnote S02 3.13 South Bank

Week 5 (27 November – 1 December)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 28/11 9:30am Online research survey tool N53 1.49 Nathan

The benefits of Open Access: join the discussion

Have you heard of Open Access Week?

If so, you already know how marvellous this initiative it. However, if you haven’t, it’s time to get schooled!  Open Access Week is an opportunity for you to learn about the potential benefits of open access, share what you’ve learned with colleagues, and to help to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Of course, you want to know more. To celebrate Open Access Week, Griffith Library is hosting a panel discussion. It will focus on the 2017 theme, “Open in order to…”

Now, if you’re thinking ‘in order to what?’, then you obviously have to come along – as we’ve prepared a panel of experts to answer this question for you.

They’ll discuss their experience in open research, explore what tangible actions Griffith academics and HDR candidates can take to enhance their research and deliver social dividends, and examine how we can balance this with our research performance in ranking schemas.

You’ll also be invited to join the discussion too, as we want to hear your views and insight (hey, Griffith hired you for more than just your good looks!).

Thursday 26 October 2017  |  11:00am – 12:30pm

Refreshments to follow

Environment 1 (N55), Lecture Theatre 0.06, Nathan Campus
Videoconference: Science Engineering and Architecture (G39), Room 4.27, Gold Coast campus
Videoconference: Webb Centre (S02), Room 7.16, South Bank campus

Register here. Registration is essential and will close on Tuesday 24 October 2017.

Check out the full event website for more information.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Remember to get involved in the conversation using #OAWeek.



More events to celebrate Open Access week. 

Other universities are jumping on board to celebrate too. We’ve listed some below but you can check out all the events on the Open Access website.

Open Educational Resources: Open in order to… transform education

  • Wednesday 25 October 2017, 8:15am – 10:00am
  • The Terrace Room, Level 6, Sir Llew Edwards Building (Bldg 14), UQ, St Lucia
  • Register now

Open Access Week 2017 webinar presented by SPARC’s Heather Joseph

The Power of Open: International policy and practice

  • Friday 27 October 2017, 10am – 11:30am
  • Z-1064 (The Gibson Room), QUT, Gardens Point
  • Register now

Be visible, be open: Strategic publishing for impact 

Interactive workshops for Griffith academics, HDR, researchers only

  • Register: Wednesday 25 October 2017, 1:00pm -2:30pm, Nathan campus
  • Register: Friday 27 October 2017, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Gold Coast campus