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History students visit Brisbane

2/08/2013

​Year 12 Modern and Ancient History students visited academic libraries in Brisbane on Friday, 2 August, to further their studies. They spent the morning at the University of Queensland where cyberlibrarians took them through the process of how to use computer catalogues to find good old fashioned book resources. Students also got to see how to use online databases and other electronic sites. The librarians then took them on a tour of the many floors of books and students were able to use the time to do some independent research.

After a brief look at the Great Court and a quick break, students travelled to South Bank to visit the State Library. Samantha Harrington McFeeter, the Client Learning Manager, took them on a brief tour of the library which above all else redefined what a library is. It is an interactive place for all members of the community to visit, with various displays incorporating art, music and history.  These displays change every few months or so.  This library instead of throwing things away, stores up objects of everyday human life, so that something like 6 million artefacts are treasured and put on display. 

Ms Martin, Mrs Tanner and the students had a great day.

Some student feedback:

"Best excursion eva!"

"It was such a wonderful day. The UQ was really helpful (maybe more time would have been better). Loved every bit especially the South Bank."

"The guide was so energetic and it made the whole tour so much fun and really interesting and I just want to visit again."

"A very enjoyable tour. It was nice to see how libraries fit into academic life still.  It was also good to see the campus as I’ve never been to UQ before."