Friday, May 26, 2017


Today is World Dracula Day!

On May 26 1897 Bram Stoker's Dracula novel was released for sale in London.  It is known as a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic literature.

The name Dracula is thought to have originated from Vlad III who ruled Wallachia from 1431-1476. Vlad III was given the name Vlad the Impaler as his favourite way of punishing his enemies was to impale them on wooden stakes. The nickname comes from his father calling himself Vlad Dracul (Vlad the Dragon)  His son Vlad III became Dracula meaning son of the dragon.  Dracul also means 'devil' in Romanian.

Vampires in popular legend are fanged creatures who prey on humans and consume their blood. They have been featured in folklore and fiction for hundreds of years.  Mostly they are depicted as the 'undead' who rise nightly from coffins.  They can range from grotesque to perfectly beautiful.

Stoker described Dracula as having a cruel looking mouth with sharp white teeth and ears with a point at the top. He was extremely pale, making Dita Von Teese look like she has fallen in a bath of tanning lotion!

Dozens of vampire themed movies, TV shows and literature have been made since Stoker's novel was released.  Some famous ones are 1958 Dracula starring Christopher Lee and 1993 Bram Stoker's Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Other works of fiction characterise vampires as promiscuous.  These include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the True Blood series by Charlaine Harris and the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer (which we have in multiple languages, for our Modern Languages students).

Check out our exciting array of Gothic literature.

Eldridge, A. (2017). Vampire. Retrieved from
Senf, C. (2014). Dracula. In J. A. Weinstock, The ashgate encyclopedia of literary and cinematic monsters. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing. Retrieved from

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CSIRO Jounals

JCU Library has subscribed to many CSIRO publications over the years and with the close collaboration of both institutions regionally, many of their journals will be relevant to your area of scientific study or research. We currently subscribe to over 25 titles, all accessible from our Databases pages. Find a journal there of interest to you.

And for the Education students amongst you, don't overlook our Curriculum collection. The popular CSIRO children's magazine title, Double Helix is available there. This magazine is the result of the 2015 merger of the two CSIRO magazines Scientriffic and The Helix. Both of these earlier titles encouraged Australian school children, for over thirty years, to learn and experiment with science in a fun way. The new title continues the tradition.

We recommend you try these in your teaching practice or just to borrow for your own children. With the growing emphasis on STEM subjects, what better way is there to encourage both boys and girls into the field, in the spirit of true inquiry? A little factoid in the March issue mentions the side effects of sleeplessness on fruit flies and mice and asks of the reader:  'Are you human?...Aim for 9-12 hours of sleep every day.' Something we could all be mindful at this time of semester.

Look inside the March 2017 issue for the whole picture!

Celebrate! Library and Information Week 2017

This year’s Library and Information Week (22 to 28 May) has a theme of ‘Celebrate’ to acknowledge ALIA’s 80th birthday. The week provides a chance to celebrate libraries and their role within the community, in education and research, in preserving our history and culture, and in providing an open door to all (and much, much more).

JCU Library staff were asked what they celebrate about their workplace. There was, of course, a long and carefully constructed list, but we’ve had to cut it down to ten.

Here they are, ten things about your library – about our library – that JCU Library staff think are worthy of celebration (in no order):
  • Student Success. We love helping students succeed and staff really enjoy watching students develop their skills from library novices to information wizards. 
  • Special Collections. Library staff are thankful to work with the treasure that is our Special Collections. It’s a privilege to preserve and present North Queensland focused materials within our Special Collections. 
  • The buildings. Townsville staff love working within the curves and concrete of a fine example of “brutalist architecture”, the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library building. Cairns staff love the views of greenery and hills visible from their library windows. 
  • Access to resources. Whether it’s getting a book from another campus or accessing a specialist database, there is an immense wealth or resources available to library users. 
  • Open to all. We love that the library is an all inclusive space, open to everyone and here to help our students, staff and the wider community. 
  • Use of space. It’s great to see students actively using the library, looking after the space and making the library work for them. It’s even nice that our students are comfortable enough in the library to fall asleep in a beanbag, although we don't think this is a productive way to use the library – it’s hard to read with your eyes closed! 
  • The smell of the books. Many librarians are still enchanted with the smell of the books within the library. From one staff member: “The library smell of books has such a meditative effect on me and I just love it!”
  • Online resources. Our librarians remember a time before the Internet, when the library needed to be open to read a journal article and when print was the only option. Lucky for us (and for you), the good ol’ days have changed. 
  • Working with researchers. We love to hear about the exciting research that goes on at JCU. Library staff are thrilled to work with and support JCU researchers along the way. 
  • Staff. We took a vote and we all agree: we’re pretty awesome! We love watching colleagues do all they can to help staff and students with their queries, we love seeing the InfoHelp Rovers being technical gurus wherever they’re needed, and we love that students can use our Chat service and talk to a librarian during library opening hours. 
We’d love to hear what you celebrate about our library. Feel free to comment below or join us on our social media channels to share the JCU Library joy.

Monday, May 22, 2017

National Sorry Day/Day of Healing: 20 years since the Bringing Them Home Report

May 26th will be National Sorry Day also known as the National Day of Healing. National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen generations refer to Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

This year is 20 years since the Bringing Them Home Report was released in 1997. You will find the library holds multiple physical copies of this item and electronic copies.

The Human Rights Commission website  has a Frequently Asked Questions section that is useful for answering the highly politicised debate that has grown around this report. It clarifies such issues as the difference between societal apologies versus immediate responsibility in the context of this and other similar international events; shows the statistical negative impact of the policy on people's later life outcomes; that these matters were not morally or legally acceptable in the period they occurred in and other such attempts to discredit the report findings. It also helps people improve our genuine national lack of knowledge about the topic and the people affected by it.

As a nation, a major step forward was acheived in 2008 a national apology by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was made.

Further resources about the healing processes can be found in the library and via external organisations such the Healing Foundation. Reconciliation Australia also has a short handout outlining some major dates and information.

Library Exam Opening Hours Semester 1 2017: Extended Hours

It's almost that time of year again.  SWOT VAC and Exams are just around the corner. No need to panic, JCU Libraries will have extended exam opening hours to help you get through. This means that we are open until midnight Monday to Friday and 10pm on weekends.

Don't forget that in Townsville the 24/7 InfoCommons and iLearning rooms are also available for student use outside library opening hours.

Extended exam opening hours will operate from Monday 29 May  - Thursday 15 June.

Mabo Library (Townsville)
Monday - Friday: 7:30am - Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm

Cairns Campus Library
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm

Friday, May 19, 2017

Human Kinetics journals subscribed by JCU Library in electronic only from 2017

From 2017, JCU Library will subscribe to Human Kinetics journals in online format only.  We currently have access to ten journals with subject areas ranging from sports physiology, psychology, health, therapy and nutrition. Their range is international and covers all age and gender groups. The journals are all peer-reviewed with ThomsonReuters Impact factors of 0.6 to 2.3 in 2015. Human Kinetics also have a number of free webinars on their website relating to wellbeing and physical fitness.

These journals are not only of use to students and staff in the area of sports sciences, but contain relevant information for students from Medicine, Nursing and Education. With the growing awareness of sedentary habits and health, there is much here for everyone generally concerned with their own health or wellness.

Your Human Kinetics eJournals@JCU are below- there is sure to be something here for all.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Birthday Shrek!
Can you believe that it has been 16 years since Shrek was released? Doesn't that make you feel old bring back happy memories? Yes, on May 18, 2001 the world was introduced to the story of a grumpy ogre, a talking donkey, and a cursed princess. It also won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

It just so happens that the JCU Library has copies of Shrek and Shrek 2, along with many other DVDs located in the 791.433 section. So if you need a break from studying, check out our DVD collection, it's cheaper than Netflix.