INS technology making impact for students


INS staff have been receiving great feedback from students in recent months. Staff at the Gold Coast Library last week received comments from a continuing Griffith student who was quite amazed at the availability and scope of online material. The student mentioned that she had expected an obstacle but was able to access all her required materials easily. She was so pleased all her materials were available to her online – this would save her $500!


Orientation is just around the corner…

  • Information Services is offering heaps of valuable orientation and transition activities for your students in the lead up to and during Semester 1.

If you would like us to run a session for you within a particular program, or be involved with your staff in any other type of orientation and transition collaboration, please use the online request form and/or information listed below.

Online Options

The following online tutorials and websites can easily be incorporated into an orientation program.

  • Help me I’m a first year (youtube video) Hot tips from students in the know! Friendly advice for students on how to use their time well, manage stress and study strategies that actually work from those who have learnt the hard way!
  • Study Smart – An online tutorial covering topics relating to research, writing and studying at Griffith University.
  • Academic Integrity Tutorial – An online tutorial aiming to help students understand what academic integrity is and why it matters at Griffith University.
  • Referencing Tool – An easy to use tool to assist students know how to appropriately reference different types of information.
  • Student Computing  – A one stop IT shop for students computing needs. Topics covered include; How to get online, where to get online, software, training, lecture capture, learning@griffith, Student discounts and more.
  • Library Orientation – An overview of activities provided by the Library.

Printed/Digital Materials

The following printed resources can be requested from Information Services.

Title and Description Availability
Workshops and Training Timetable


A semester timetable of workshops, consultations and other Learning Services related to the development of academic, computing and library research skills.

Available on the library website and in all campus libraries.
 postcards INS Postcards

A range of postcards are available on the following topics

Available during orientation market days and in all campus libraries.To request copies for your school contact:INS Communication and Events team

Powerpoint slides and Digital Screens

A range of powerpoint slides and digital screen images are being developed that complement the printed postcards.

Contact to order.

Workshops and Library Tours

Prepare for University –  Earlybird Workshops available 16-27 February, 2015

This two week series of free “study skills” workshops aims to help students gain a beginning sense of academic capability and resourcefulness. Workshops are offered at a variety of times, and on a range of days (including Saturday), thus encouraging students to visit the university on more than one occasion and familiarize themselves with their new environment. Session topics include;

  • Strategies for study at university (2hrs)
  • Getting started on your assignment (2hrs)
  • Get ready to research (1.5hrs)
  • Reading and note taking (2hrs)
  • Preparing for postgraduate study (1hr)
  • Understanding referencing (1.5hrs)
  • Connecting with Google (2hrs)*
  • Getting started with a Mac (2hrs)*
  • Getting started with a Windows PC (2hrs)*
  • Introduction to Griffith’s online environment (1.5hrs)*
  • * Students need to register for these four workshops via our online booking system, bookit.

Flyer available online and printed postcard available for distribution.

July 21-25, 2014 Library Orientation (Tours)

During Orientation week (23-27 Feb)  library tours are available in any of our campus libraries.  Tours will run during the times below and are approximately 15 minutes in duration.

Campus Orientation Week
Nathan Library
Every half hour on the hour and half hour
10am-2pm daily
Gold Coast Library
Every half hour on the hour and half hour
10:30am-1:30pm daily
Mt Gravatt Library as required 12 noon-2pm
Logan Library as required 12 noon-2pm
South Bank – College of Art and Conservatorium of Music Libraries as required 12 noon-2pm

Please advise your students to wait at the Library Tour Meeting Point in the foyer of the Library. There is a maximum of 15 students on each tour. No bookings required.

New Reading List solution

Do your students know what the required and recommended readings are for your courses?  How do you ensure students have access to an updated list of readings throughout the semester as works are published?

The soon-to-be-live Reading List solution will address this for you and be available for students to use from semester one. Students will be able to easily access their ebooks, journal articles, videos and book chapters, all in one place and at any time.

This new solution also seamlessly integrates with the library system so hard copy books can be located and reserved.

We encourage you to have a look at the Reading List yourself, and have tailored a reading list to provide you with an FAQ of what you need to know.  You can find the list here.

You can also take the opportunity to search for other reading lists  – please note we have not finished updating all lists.  If you have any questions or suggestions then please use the feedback form.

Generation Open: Open Access Week 20 October – 26 October

  • Griffith University celebrates Open Access Week, an international event

Open lock ©Jisc and Matt Lincoln CC BY-NC-ND

Open lock ©Jisc and Matt Lincoln

Open access enables the sharing of knowledge by making research results freely available to anyone with an internet connection.

Open access can raise your research profile and increase your citation rates

Open access has many benefits. Disseminating research through open access channels brings your research to a wider audience than subscriber-restricted publications. This increases the visibility of your research and makes your articles easier to find, which can lead to an increased citation rate when published in open access repositories. Importantly, practitioners and policymakers can access your work, whereas when it’s behind a paywall they’re less likely to.

Griffith Research Online (GRO) is an institutional repository for published research material. It is open access and viewed by people all around the world. Indexed by google and google scholar it allows for your research to be found through search engines. GRO provides valuable statistics on every item published, such as the number of views and downloads and from which countries. These statistics can be a valuable indicator of the impact your research is having in your field and raises your profile by giving merit to the impact of your work rather than the journal in which it is published.

There is evidence that open access publication results in increased citation rates. It has been coined the ‘Open Access Citation Advantage’ and is believed to be the result of many factors such as:

  • Open access articles are downloaded significantly more and are therefore cited more; and
  • Open access articles are in competition with non-open access articles and as they are more accessible than non-open access articles they can be used and cited more.

In the UK an academic sought to quantify the results of publishing her research in an institution repository and actively promoting the research via blogs and twitter. She proved an increase in downloads and dissemination of her research. In Australia QUT academic, Ray Frost, demonstrably improved his citation rate as a result of making his work open access.

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Open access textbooks and other educational resources allow students to access knowledge without the restrictions imposed by the Copyright Act. In addition it can reduce textbook costs for students to zero. In the United States 31% of students do not register for a course they’re interested in because of the textbook cost. That’s a loss for society as well as for that individual. 1 A ‘Textbook Zero’ model has been successfully piloted in the United States with Tidewater Community College launching a ‘Textbook Zero degree’ developed by Lumen Learning. Other educational institutions have incorporated open educational resources into their courses, cutting textbook costs and improving student success. 1, 2

Griffith’s Library has over 31,000 open access journals and over 12,000 open access books available to students through its library catalogue. Sharing knowledge is fundamental in education and open access enables sharing. Open access journals and books can be accessed and used by anyone, anywhere, anytime and direct links to open access resources can be emailed to colleagues or individuals outside of Griffith University anywhere in the world for their access.

A number of webinars are being run throughout open access week. Attend these free webinars to learn more about open access and how to create and publish open access materials.

Free Webinars
Open access 101 Tuesday 21 October 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEDT Find out more and register
Funder OA policies & requirements Wednesday 22 October 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEDT Find out more and register
Understanding publisher agreements Wednesday 22 October 2:30pm – 3.15pm AEDT Find out more and register
The changing publishing landscape Thursday 23 October 12.30pm – 1.30pm AEDT Find out more and register




INS Comms Review – complete our 12 minute survey for your chance to win!


Griffith staff – complete our 12 minute survey for your chance to win!

We invite you to complete a survey as part of the INS Library Computing Communications Review 2014 project. You will be asked some questions about Griffith University’s Library and Computing promotions.  Once you complete the survey you can enter the draw to win one of ten $50 Coles Group and Myer Gift Vouchers. We are running this survey on behalf of INS, who will use the results to improve their communications with you.

We know you are busy, so have designed the survey to take only 12 minutes.  If you would like to assist, please follow the link to an online survey:

Participation in this survey is completely voluntary.  Please be assured that no identifying information is asked (for example your name).  You will remain anonymous and your responses can’t be linked to you individually.  For further information, consult the University’s Privacy Plan at or telephone (07) 3735 4375.

You can withdraw from the survey at any time, without consequences, until submitted by simply pressing CANCEL.  Once you press SUBMIT you will not be able to withdraw as no data is linked to specific individuals and is therefore unidentifiable.  Submission of your survey will be taken as consent to participate in this research.

Thank you very much for supporting Griffith University Research.  If you would like to be kept informed about progress in this research, please email Francisco Crespo Casado ( or Professor Sharyn Rundle Thiele ( and you will be kept informed by email.

Griffith University conducts research in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.  If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of this research project, please contact Research Ethics on (07) 3735 4375 or email



Knowledge Unlatched wins Open Access Award

  • Griffith Library is proud to be a founding member of Knowledge Unlatched.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing interests of library and information services and their users has recently awarded Knowledge Unlatched as this years winner of the IFLA/Brill Open Access Award for their outstanding initiative and hard work within the Open Access book publishing.  Proudly, Griffith is one of the founding Charter Members of the Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection initiative which is taking steps towards creating a sustainable open access for publishing books within the Humanities and Social Science area.

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) was established with the goal of ‘creating a sustainable route to Open Access (OA) for specialist scholarly books.’ The basic concept is to create an online platform where the publisher offers a forthcoming book for open access provided the publication costs are met. As soon as enough interested libraries sign up to contribute to these costs, the book is ‘unlatched’ and becomes publicly accessible

For the full story please see

Explore Knowledge Unlatched in the Griffith Catalogue.

The Great Book of Ireland

Image of Book of Ireland

  • In 2012, following a five year fundraising campaign, the University College Cork acquired The Great Book of Ireland for US$1,000,000.

Griffith University Friends of the Library invite you to join John FitzGerald, University Librarian at Cork, and leader of the fundraising campaign, who will talk about the journey to acquire The Book, the treasures that are contained in it and what other opportunities the acquisition has created for UCC Library and the wider university.

The Great Book of Ireland is an extraordinary single vellum manuscript comprising the original work of 121 artists, 143 poets and nine composers. Produced in Dublin, Ireland, between 1989 and 1991, it was created as a fundraising venture to advance the development plans of two arts support organisations operating in the fields of visual art and poetry.

The artists, poets and composers were asked to contribute in their own medium what they believed represented their hopes, fears, dreams or imaginings in the Ireland of that particular time, and which would have resonance in a thousand years’ time – as the longevity of vellum allows.

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 guest speaker John FitzGerald. You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member and attend this cocktail reception when you register. You do not have to be a Friend of the Library to attend the free presentation.

When: Thursday 31 July – doors open at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start. Cocktail reception commences at 7.00pm
Where: Council Chambers, The Chancellery, Gold Coast Campus (G34_2.02)
RSVP: This is a free event, but registration is essential. Register now.

For more information on the Friends of the Library and previous events, visit