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Forty-five years and counting

Dr Cathy Foley
When Griffith first opened its doors to students in 1975, the University comprised a single campus at Nathan. The single library there has now expanded to a remarkable six libraries across five campuses, as well as our Digital Library providing 'anywhere, anytime' access to study help and Library resources, including over a million eBooks, eJournals and multimedia resources.

To showcase the changing face of Griffith's campus libraries across the last five decades, Griffith Archive is hosting an online collection of images to celebrate the Library's 45th anniversary.

Our resources, facilities and services have seen many changes since Griffith's establishment. Computers have replaced card catalogues at Griffith libraries, and many textbooks are now online. Vinyl records, thought to be a thing of the past, as in this image of Conservatorium students, are making a bit of a comeback though.

What's New

  • New Chief Scientist

    Dr. Cathy Foley has just started her three-year stint as Australia's new Chief Scientist, replacing Dr. Alan Finkel. Dr. Foley has had a long career at CSIRO, where she led the development of a Quantum Technology Roadmap for Australia in 2020. Dr. Foley has been an inspiration to women in STEM worldwide. Read more of her story.

  • Take the survey : EcoCommons - data and modelling in science

    This survey will gather information on data and modelling needs for the EcoCommons platform, which aims to serve researchers' digital modelling and analysis needs and inform better environmental science and decision-making. The survey closes on 30 January, and participants can enter a $250 prize draw.

  • Supercharge your research: a ten-week plan for open data science

    In this Nature article, researchers share a range of useful tips for transforming your research group with open data science and teamwork. The authors say: "We have reframed data analysis as a collaborative effort rather than an individual burden. We regularly discuss our data challenges as a team, starting with the expectation that better approaches and tools exist and that we can find them together."

  • Building a Taxonomy for Digital Learning

    The UK's Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education has published a follow up guide to digital learning. The new publication updates its initial guidance, COVID-19: Initial Guidance for Higher Education Providers on Standards and Quality. The follow up, Building a Taxonomy for Digital Learning, aims to standardise the language around online/virtual learning, blended/hybrid learning and distance/remote learning, and also aims to codify the different experiences for students, from passive engagement through to augmented and immersive experiences.

  • Lack of support for research sharing

    Academics are expected to share their research beyond the academy, but many universities offer relatively limited support for researchers’ efforts to engage with audiences who might benefit from research. This think piece from The Conversation covers the issues, such as lack of time, incentives and training, including media training.

  • Enhanced access to public sector data: the Public Sector Bridges program

    Enhanced discoverability and access to public sector data can better support leading edge research. The Public Sector Bridges projects are national scale data assets, designed to optimise the use of, and access to, public sector data for specialised research. There are five funded projects:

    1. Integrated national air pollution and health data
    2. Sensitive Species Data Pathways from Decision Making to Research>
    3. Leveraging data to support young people's education and wellbeing
    4. Hospital EMR data as a National Data Asset for Research
    5. National Free Access to Coronial Findings, Recommendations and Responses

    Read more about all five projects.

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What you might have missed on the blog

Check out the latest posts from our Library Connect blog.

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    Our Q & A with Dr Kiefel from Griffith's Institute for Glycomics explains why you should love chemistry, how change can be a great opportunity, and what a PhD gives you.

  • Spotting fake news
    Fake news is designed purposely to mislead. It can be totally fabricated or might involve the use of original stories, video, audio or images that have been altered to tell a different story from the truth. Find out how to use the S.P.O.T. acronym to help you identify fake news. Read more.
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