Griffith has joined Knowledge Unlatched

  • Knowledge Unlatched is a game changer for Social Sciences and Humanities publishing. It is good for libraries, publishers, authors and readers the world over.

Information Services on behalf of Griffith University has joined the Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection, taking steps towards creating a sustainable route to open access for a large number of scholarly books within the Humanities and Social Sciences area. 300 libraries from 24 countries have signed up for the pilot collection, which will provide 28 new titles freely accessible to anyone in the world via OAPEN, HathiTrust and the British Library.

The Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection covers topics in the Humanities (Literature, History) and Social Sciences (Politics, Media & Communications) areas from recognised scholarly publishing houses such as Amsterdam University Press, Bloomsbury Academic, Brill, Cambridge University Press, Duke University Press, Edinburgh University Press, Liverpool University Press, Manchester University Press, Purdue University Press, Rutgers University Press, Temple University Press and University of Michigan Press.

How does it work?

The Knowledge Unlatched pilot model is based on libraries from around the world sharing the payment of a single ‘Title Fee’ to publishers, in return for books being made discoverable and electronically accessible on a Creative Commons license via Open access publishing in European Networks (OAPEN), HathiTrust and British Library immediately upon publication.

22 of the 28 Knowledge Unlatched titles have been “unlatched” and are now accessible via the Library Catalogue using search terms Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection. View the full list of all available titles.

What does it mean for the library?

  • Enables librarians to provide wider access
  • A community driven initiative that helps lower costs
  • The library can provide the latest high quality titles from respected publishers

What does it mean for our authors?

  • Open Access at no cost to the author
  • Prestigious channel to publication maximising discovery
  • Enables good books to connect with readers

What does it mean for our readers?

  • Discover and read full length books as a downloadable PDF from anywhere in the world
  • No DRM

 

 

For more information about Knowledge Unleashed visit their website.


Masters and Slaves takes no prisoners

  • The Small Room Writers Collective delivered an unforgettable performance at the Friends of the Library Masters and Slaves event earlier this month.

The event, held at the Gold Coast campus library on 2 April, lived up to its reputation as a literary calendar must see, as students from the School of Humanities duelled with their literary heroes in a live battle for supremacy.

Performing to a packed library lounge, five students took on a handful of literary greats, before joining the Friends of the Library and other audience members at a cocktail function.

Simon Jun took on JD Salinger, Dean Barker relived a Paul Jennings childhood, Jordan Lawrence tackled a Paul Simon musical number, Colin Gilmore took on classic literary genius Charles Dickens and Adam Narnst adopted a satirical take on the topic, paying homage to a literary genius – himself. Check out the photo gallery below (click on an image to enlarge gallery).

A popular Friends of the Library event, Masters and Slaves will return next year. Keep your eyes peeled!

Become a Friend

The Griffith University Friends of the Library network provides professional and social opportunities for those interested in supporting the library and its future role. For more information about upcoming events or become a Friend, visit the website.


Changed access to collections in campus libraries

  • INS has recently implemented some changes in the campus libraries, allowing students to access the library collection after hours.

Following feedback from students using the libraries during the evening, after hours access to the collections has increased this Semester. Although the majority of library resources students use are found online (databases, ejournals, ebooks and web resources), the following changes may affect those who visit the library after hours:

  • Previously, only the collaboration zones in each library were available to students after hours. Now, the library collection (including the reserve collection) and library quiet spaces will remain open until the library building is closed each night.
  • When the library desk closes each night students can still borrow books using the Express Loans Units (ELUs) located in each library. Our wonderful student ambassadors can also be found in the foyer after the service desks close to help with enquiries.

Opening hours can be found on the library website. For more information please contact Library and IT Help.


Libraries turn orange for Harmony Week

  • The library joined in on last week’s Harmony Week celebrations, transforming into a sea of orange and celebrating Griffith’s diversity across each campus.

Staff and students at each library were involved in the celebrations, which ranged from “pimped” library trollies, to wall displays, morning teas and collections of student stories. Check out the gallery below (click on an image to enlarge).


Masters and Slaves returns in 2014

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  • Thought you knew your literary greats? Think again!

Popular Friends of the Library annual event Masters and Slaves will return in 2014 and promises to live up to its reputation as a literary calendar must see! Students from the School of Humanities will duel with their literary heroes in a live theatre battle for supremacy. See who’ll take it out, as the pets go to battle with their masters. Drinks and food will be served throughout the evening and are included in the price.

When: Wednesday 2 April – doors open at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start

Where: Gold Coast campus library

Tickets: Tickets must be pre-purchased and will not be available at the door. Register now.

  • General admission: $15
  • Students: $10
  • Griffith staff: $10
  • Friends of the Library: FREE

Would you like to come along for free? Just become a Friends of the Library member and your ticket to this event is complimentary. Plus, as an added bonus, all new Friends members will receive a 10% discount voucher for Love That Book, the Gold Coast’s local independent bookstore. When registering for this event, you will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member.

Warning: this show contains language that may offend some viewers. 

For more information on the Friends of the Library and previous events, visit griffith.edu.au/library/friends.


Must-see video helping first year students

  • The library has produced a video for first year students, packed full of handy study strategies from those who’ve gone before them.

The video, which is uploaded on the Griffith University YouTube channel, features honest reflections from four Griffith students, sharing what they wish they had known when starting uni. It provides friendly advice for new students on how to use their time well, manage stress and adopt study strategies that actually work.

The students appearing in the inspiring video are real Griffith students who jumped at the chance to openly share their experiences and tips with others. One of the men featured had not even sent an email before starting at Griffith. He now regularly gets distinctions. Another started uni years ago, partied too hard, dropped out, travelled, got married, had kids and has now come back after realising what he wants to do.

Download video transcript.


What’s new in the library this year?

  • Students returning to campus this year will say hello to a wide range of new library features and services.

The new year has brought with it a number of new printing and computing technologies, a fresh Workshops and Training timetable for staff and students and improved research loans for postgrad students and staff. You and your students can enjoy the following new technologies and services in the library this year:

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  • Wireless Printing – It’s arrived! Wireless printing allows students to print from their laptop to any Griffith campus common-use printer.
  • MFD Copy Print Scan – Print jobs in the library will no longer queue in the print station. Instead, students will be able to log into any MFD to select their print job. Scanning to email will also be available on all MFDs.
  • Touchscreen Computers – Touchscreen desktops have been introduced in the Nathan library. Not your thing? Don’t worry – they still have keyboards too!
  • Research Loans – Research loans, allowing Griffith staff and postgraduate students to borrow library items for up to 6 months, have now been made easier across all campus libraries. As of 17 February, all staff and postgraduate students are eligible for automatic 6 months research loans. Read more.
  • NEW Workshops and Training timetable – The library’s semester one Workshops and Training timetable has been released with academic, computing and library skills workshops available for staff and students.

The 2014 Library and IT Quickstart Guides are now available for each campus. To place an order for your department or school, please contact ins-comms@griffith.edu.au.