All posts by Alana Hadfield

Alana is a Research Librarian attached to the Arts Faculty. Yes, she likes books. She also likes to dig up information. But she can also discuss search strategies, metrics, disseminating research, publishing and journals, social media outreach and the best new tools in the academic world for making things happen. She can talk about these things to your undergraduate classes, or to researchers (often over good coffee).

An Alternative Reality in the Library

Featured image: CCbyFabriceFlorin/flickr

“What is it like to walk in someone else’s shoes? Books allow us to imagine it, and movies allow us to see it, but VR is the first medium that actually allows us to experience it”, Nick Mokey, Digital Trends.

Come to The Library and visit VRoom, a dedicated VR and tech space to find out exactly what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes. Use the HTV Vive VR headset to try flying over the globe visiting exotic destinations, twirl a lightsabre on Tatooine, paint a 3D picture in mid-air, or travel inside the human body.

VRoom also has a 3D printer. You can download a plan from an open access website, such as GitHub, and use our 3D printer to make a model of something. We’re open to all uses so you’re only limited by your imagination and intent.

The purpose of VRoom is to engage the MQ community in creative thinking, enhance learning outcomes in the student cohort, and demonstrate how technology and research can augment one another.

You’ll find VRoom near the Collection Point on level 2 of the Library. Staff on the desk can demonstrate and guide you on booking. For more information and full tech specs see the VRoom Guide.

Used the space or have ideas or feedback? Use #VRoom to communicate your thoughts and ideas and engage with other likeminded users.

Getting published: knock, knock, knocking on journal doors

Want to get published? Use our Library tools to work out which journals to approach

Deciding on a journal to approach with a view to publishing your work can be daunting. Where can you start? Who can you seek advice from?

The Library has several tools which can aid in finding appropriate journals and establishing your shortlist. These will help you find journals in your field as well as the key information about each to help with informed decisions. 
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EduTV now available: jump in!

Here’s a quick rundown on how EduTV can work for you.

What it is

Informit EduTV is an online TV streaming resource for Australian tertiary institutions providing content across a range of learning areas including Business, Economics, Health, History, Indigenous studies, Legal studies, Media studies, Performing arts, Politics, Government, Religious studies, Science, Technology, Society, Culture, Visual arts and design.informit-logo

It logs free-to-air television , significant documentaries, and includes several programs broadcast on Pay TV channels such as The History Channel, National Geographic, NITV, BBC Knowledge and Discovery. Contents are accessible via computer, tablet or smartphone.

What it does

Informit EduTV makes it easy for lecturers and students to find and watch relevant television content instantly. The database contains over 30,000 programs including documentaries, drama and series. Content includes documentaries, drama, series and more from free-to-air and pay TV.remote

Archives of programs start from 2006 with up to 80 new programs added weekly

It can be searched by key subject areas, or new programmes, or alphabetical listing.

What you could do with it

You can save programmes to the my favourites folder. These can be filed in multiple folders, titled in a method which suits you.

You can make short clips to show in lectures, or for use to support your conference presentations. These clips can be saved in your my projects tab.

As an educational tool you are likely to find material to support your research or teaching, as well as your wider interests.





You will find Informit EduTV listed under the Library database holdings (choose the database tab in MultiSearch, and search from there). The library also offers other streaming video resources to support your learning and teaching.

If you want more information or help, contact your Research Librarian.