Griffith staff join the Literati

Emerald Literati Award

Congratulations to Joanna Richardson and Malcolm Wolski for receiving an Emerald Literati Award for a research paper they co-authored with international librarian, Muhammad Yousuf Ali.

Joanna and Malcolm received a Highly Commended award for their 2017 research paper, Strategies for using ResearchGate to improve institutional research outcomesThe paper investigates how to use existing resources and research outputs to help improve a higher education institution’s research profile.

Joanna and Malcolm worked with Yousuf, an early career librarian at Aga Khan University in Pakistan, to look at this issue from a developing country perspective and to particularly highlight the role of librarians. While they’ve never met Yousuf in real life, they were thrilled to work with, and mentor, a professional colleague in a developing country.

Their paper was judged on internationality, diversity, support for scholarly research, encouragement of applied research (impact), commitment to high quality scholarship and ensuring an excellent reader, author and customer experience.

The trio’s award-winning article will be freely available for six months only, so make sure you check out their globally-recognised work and share it with your friends.

The Emerald Literati Awards have been celebrating high quality scholarly research internationally for over 25 years.


Research better with the Embase database

Embase – what is it?

Embase is a highly versatile and up-to-date database that covers the most important international biomedical literature from 1947 to present. It has over 31 million indexed records and more than 8,500 peer-reviewed journals.

Embase provides daily updates, international coverage and drug indexing, allowing for tracking and retrieval of drug information from published literature.

The database has intuitive search tools allowing for systematic searches, with the choice of Emtree Searching, PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparator/Control, Outcome) searching or PV Wizard searching.

Research better with access to support webinars and videos

Once you register, you’ll have access to the Embase Support Centre, which is full of helpful webinars, guides and videos.

For example, you may like to view that February 2018 webinar recording on the popular PICO technique: Systematic Searching in Embase: Using PICO to identify relevant results.

The PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparator/Control, Outcome) process is a technique used in evidence-based practice to both develop literature search strategies, and frame and answer a clinical question.

This webinar introduces you to:

  • the basics of systematic review and guideline making
  • the concepts that form a PICO search strategy
  • using PICO search form in Embase to build effective searches.

So take a look, and let us know if you discover any helpful gems in the Embase Support Centre!


Changes in copyright responsibility for HDR theses

The Board of Graduate Research has recently approved a change in responsibility for copyright compliance in theses.

What does this mean?

Previously, the Library checked all digital copies of HDR theses submitted for publication on Griffith Research Online (GRO) and redacted any non-compliant copyright material (and candidate signatures).

However, from 1 July 2018 onwards, HDR candidates will be responsible for redacting any material they don’t have the copyright rights for (as well as their signatures) from GRO.

Alternatively, they can seek an embargo on the publication of these theses on GRO until they have secured all the rights.

The Code of Practice for the Supervision of Higher Degree Research Candidates will be amended accordingly (Section 10.4).

This change of responsibility and process reflects the changing nature of HDR research, where candidates are now required to publish at least one peer review article and their journal publishing agreements hold them legally responsible for the copyright content.

Need further help?

Candidates and their supervisors can get assistance from the following guides on the Copyright web page:

The Library’s Information Officer Policy, Antony Ley, will continue to offer copyright training as part of HDR inductions, as well as more detailed copyright training.

Candidates and their supervisors can consult Antony, where more complex advice is required.


Beautiful libraries from around the world

Stadbibliothek Stuttgart

We may be a tad biased, but we’re pretty fond of our library spaces here at Griffith. In fact, did you know you can take a virtual tour of all of our libraries?

Though, we will concede, there are some super cool libraries around the globe. While they aren’t all as high-tech as us (no Google 360 virtual tours), you can still check them out online. Below are a few (stay tuned for more!):

Trinity College Library

The University of Dublin’s library, Trinity College Library, is the largest library in Ireland. The library was built, with the construction and founding of Trinity College, in 1592. Probably the most famous area of the library is ‘the Long Room‘, which houses 200,000 of the library’s oldest books on floor-to-ceiling shelving.

Stadtbibliothek Stuttgart

The city of Stuttgart in Germany, houses one of the most beautiful public libraries in the world, Stadbibliothek Stuttgart. It was developed by architect Professor Eun Young Yi, and is basically a nine-story high cube. The gallery hall (where all the books are!) comprises of five open-plan stories, with walls lined with books.

The Library of Congress

If you’ve ever gotten a book off our library shelves, you should know that our books are located in specific areas on the shelves based upon the Library of Congress Classification system. Where did this classification system originate? The Library of Congress, obvs. The Library of Congress is the unofficial national library of the United States. Officially, it’s a research library that serves the United States Congress. It’s open to the public too, and has one of the largest book collections in the world.

The library of El Escorial

Usually you’re looking at the walls in the library (you know, at the books), but in this library you’re going to want to look at the ceiling. There are actually three libraries in El Escorial, located within the larger historic residence of the King of Spain. The paintings on the ceiling comprise seven frescoes, each representing one of the seven liberal arts: arithmetic, astronomy, dialectic, geometry, grammar, music and rhetoric.


169 new titles in Oxford Scholarship Online

Forget the saying ‘less is more’. According to Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey, Iris Apfe,  and apparently, Oxford Scholarship Online, more is more!

But instead of accessories, diva requests, makeup or mansions, Oxford Scholarship Online are going all out with eResources.

They’ve got 169 new titles in the biology, business and management, economics and finance, and mathematics collections. These collections are cross-searchable and include the full text and abstracts of classic and newly published Oxford eBooks.

Oxford Scholarship Online – Biology (2016-17; 2017-18)

33 new titles have been added in the areas of: biology; animal biology; aquatic biology; biochemistry/molecular biology; biodiversity/conservation biology; developmental biology; disease ecology/epidemiology; ecology; evolutionary biology/genetics; biomathematics/statistics and data analysis/complexity studies; microbiology; natural history and field guides; ornithology; plant science and forestry; and biotechnology.

Oxford Scholarship Online – Business & Management (2017-18)

73 new titles have been added in the areas of: business history; corporate governance and accountability; finance, accounting and banking; human resource management/industrial relations; information technology; innovation; international business; knowledge management; marketing; organization studies; pensions and pension management; political economy; public management; strategy.

Oxford Scholarship Online – Economics & Finance (2017-18)

43 new titles have been added in the areas of: South and East Asia; behavioural economics; development, growth, and environmental; econometrics; financial economics; economic history; international; macro- and monetary economics; microeconomics; public and welfare; economic systems; and history of economic thought.

Oxford Scholarship Online – Mathematics (2016-17; 2017-18)

20 new titles have been added in the areas of: applied mathematics; mathematical biology; biostatistics; mathematical finance; geometry/topology; logic/computer science/mathematical philosophy; mathematical physics; probability/statistics.


Trimester 2 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.

Book a library specialist to present a workshop to your students

Our research and referencing, academic literacy and digital literacy specialists can be booked to present in-class or online workshops for your students. To do so, simply complete the online request form.


Creative minds wanted for Hackathon

Students working on laptop

Griffith University is hosting its second Hackathon event on the weekend 4 – 5 August 2018 at the Gold Coast Campus Library.

The Hackathon is a free event and open to all Griffith students. During this 30-hour long event, Griffith students have the opportunity to design, develop and showcase a mobile application that would greatly improve their student life with the chance to win some great prize money:

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

At the Hackathon, students will transform an idea into a real product, giving them the opportunity to showcase their existing skills and acquire new practical skills.

We are encouraging all students thriving on creativity and collaboration to register for this event.

While we are definitely looking for students with coding skills, teams will also require, for example, expertise in marketing, graphic design, project management.

Do you know students who could be interested in this event? Please feel free to spread the word and direct them to the Hackathon website.

Registrations will be open until 5pm Friday 20 July 2018.