Thursday, August 17, 2017

Embedding Audio in PowerPoint: A Step by Step Guide

Want to add audio to your PowerPoint slideshow?  It is an easy process and can make your slideshow impressive! Follow these steps to embed audio into your PowerPoint presentation using a PC.  In order to include narration your computer must have a microphone, speakers, and a sound card or integrated audio.
  1. Open your PowerPoint file.
  2. Click on the drop down arrow in the ribbon bar and select More Commands.

  3. Ribbon bar
  4. Select Customise Ribbon - Record Slide Show and add it to the ribbon by pressing the Add button. Click OK.

  5. Powerpoint options
  6. Go to the Insert tab and select Record Slide Show. Selecting the top button starts you on the current slide.  Clicking the lower button starts you at the beginning.
    The Clear command deletes narrations or timings, so be careful when you use it.

  7. Record slide show

  8. Your screen will show your slide in the centre and a tiny box (like the one below) in the top left.  Here you can pause your recording and move your slides forward as needed.

    When you have finished you can close the page and you will be prompted to save.

  9. Recording button

    JCU staff and students have access to a fantastic resource called  You will need to log in using your JC number (jcxxxxxx) and password.  This provides excellent online video instruction for IT, business, communication, design, and education skills.
    JCU Library InfoHelp librarians are able to assist with basic PowerPoint questions.  A librarian is available during opening hours at the InfoHelp desk, by Chat and by our contact form.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Free Merck medical and veterinary manuals

Merck has made its MSD Veterinary Manual (MVM) freely available on the internet to extend the services this company offers to professionals.This manual has been published for more than sixty years in print. JCU Library has purchased print copies in the past but we have now added access to the online Veterinary manual on the library's Databases A-Z  to complement the freely available Merck Medical Manual. James Cook University also subscribes to the Merck Index Online from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The medical manual is aimed at both professionals and consumers. If you are seeking the consumer version, in everyday language, there is a link to this at the top right hand side of the screen. The medical manual is also available in several languages. There are quizzes, videos, symptom podcasts, medical news and other tools to enhance your research and study. Explore the blogs, students' stories and use one of the several calculators for specific diseases. Topical diseases and popular searches are featured.

The veterinary manual is arranged similarly, with information about health management, diseases and treatment. Pet owners will find plain English information under the Pet Health tab. There are also quizzes and videos, but the content in this database is only available in English.

The Merck Index Online is designed for medical professionals to the properties, reactions and uses of drugs. It has been published for more than 150 years. The help menu provides information and user guides are comprehensive. The search functionality is extensive. This resource will be of use to many students and academics beyond the medical field including industrial and environmental chemists.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Speech Pathology Week, 20-26 August 2017

August 20th to 26th is Speech Pathology Week.

According to the Speech Pathology Australia website:

"Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote the speech pathology profession and the work done by speech pathologists with the more than 1.1 million Australians who have a communication or swallowing disorder that impacts on their daily life. Communication is a basic human right and Speech Pathology Week seeks to promote this fact."

Here at the library we have a number of resources on Speech Pathology:

Assessment in speech-language pathology : a resource manual by Kenneth G.Shipley
Call number: 616.855075 SHI 2016.

Speech language pathology: 3D Anatomy for Speech Language Pathology is a resource and reference work for educators, professionals, practitioners, and students with an in-depth focus on the anatomy of the head and neck.  (Part of Anatomy TV).

SpeechBITE: An online resource that has been developed to give speech pathologists access to bibliographic details and abstracts of systematic reviews (SR), randomised controlled trials, (RCT), non-randomised controlled trials (non-RCT), case series (CS), and single-case experimental designs (SCED).

And don't forget the Speech Pathology LibGuide, which links to many more resources.

You can get more information at a Speech Pathology Week dispaly in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville from the 21st to 25th of August 2017.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Navigating the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville)

Have you ever come to the library, looked around, and felt overwhelmed?

Don't worry you are not alone, there is a lot going on in the library.

So here is your guide to navigating the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on the Townsville campus.

Ground Floor

The PASS room (18-008) is located outside the eastern side of the building, there is also a small kitchenette here.

The Ground Floor is a collaborative zone, reasonable levels of noise and discussion are encouraged, and hot foods can be eaten in the Cafe area if you dont want to take advantage of our outdoor areas for a meal break.

First Floor
The First Floor is our quiet zone, you can talk and work in groups but keep your voices low. Food is allowed as long as it isn't hot, odorous, or messy; others may not appreciate the scent of your KFC or pizza as much as you.

Second Floor
The Second Floor is a complete silence zone- this means no talking or sound at all. Food is allowed as long as you eat it quietly (no crinkly chip packets). If you are listening to music make sure it is not audible to others. Keep this in mind if using the Group Study Room and keep your voices down.

If in doubt come over to the InfoHelp desk and we can point you in the right direction!

Monday, August 7, 2017

New Book Recommendation: Why Children Follow Rules

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

An eBook title of interest is: Why children follow rules: Legal socialization and the development of legitimacy by Tom R. Tyler and Rick Trinker.

An extract from the book abstract states:

Legal socialization is the process by which children and adolescents acquire their law-related values. Such values, in particular legitimacy, underlie the ability and willingness to consent to laws and defer to legal authorities and make legitimacy-based legal systems possible. In their absence people relate to the law as coercion and respond to rewards and punishments. By age eighteen a person’s orientation toward law is largely established, yet recent legal scholarship has largely ignored this early period in favor of studying adults and their relationship to the law. This volume focuses upon socialization and outlines what is known about legal socialization in the family, in schools, and through contacts with the juvenile justice system. Our review of the literature indicates that there are ways to socialize that build legitimacy. These are linked to three issues: how decisions are made, how people are treated, and whether authorities respect the boundaries of their authority. Despite evidence that legitimacy can be socialized, views about the best way to exercise authority are highly contested in America today in families, schools, and within the juvenile justice system. In each case pressures toward coercion are strong. This volume argues for the virtues of a consent-based approach and for utilizing socialization practices that promote such a model.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Lost in BHL Australia

What is BHL Australia?  This is a collection of digitized resources based in Australia and part of The Biodiversity Heritage Library, a freely accessible open access database devoted to archiving publications in the natural sciences.

BHL Australia gathers over 200,000 pages of material from Australian museums, scientific associations and herbariums, including the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Among the treasures here, I found the earliest book published in Antarctica. Aurora Australis, 1908-09, by Ernest Shackleton, is a mixture of diary and verse and Douglas Mawson's The Antarctic book: winter quarters 1907-1909, interspersed with sketches by the author. These journals complement a modern novel published in 2009, The nature of ice. The author, Robyn Mundy has been to Antarctica several times, and her poetic imagery will give the reader a real sense of the privations these early explorers faced. JCU library has books written by all three authors within our collections.

Preserved by the Museum of Victoria, The art of coppersmithing: a practical treatise on working sheet copper into all forms is a curiosity item about a lost art, and may appeal to those involved in the Men's Shed movement. Published in 1906, it covers all aspects of operating in the brazier's craft, business including the training of apprentices. Exacting directions and delightful illustrations of tools and products from small household items to making piping for ships are plentifully displayed. Although we don't have any physical books on the topic in our collections, we do have several on copper mining, the industry and trade, including a report on the construction of the copper refinery in Townsville.

Let your imagination go, and lose yourself in BHL Australia to find surprises of your own.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

New Book Recommendation-The Critical Development Studies Handbook: Tools for Change

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A book title of interest is: The Critical Development Studies Handbook: Tools for Change, edited by Henry Veltmeyer

Call number: 338.91 CRI

An extract from the publisher's website states:

This handbook is a guide to ‘critical development studies’ (CDS)–the study of international development from the standpoint of social change, a critical perspective. As such the handbook provides a set of tools for entering and understanding the nature and scope of the interdisciplinary field of development studies. It is organized as a set of 50 short course modules. Each module is written by a well-known research specialist in the area; and each (a) identifies the six most critical questions or research theme in a particular area of CDS, (b) provides a succinct discussion of the central issues that surround these questions, and (c) makes substantive references to the most essential readings that explore these issues.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

JCU Library Off Campus Service

Are you a JCU Townsville or JCU Cairns student or staff member who lives more than 50 km from your nearest JCU campus? You might be eligible for the library's Off Campus service.

Funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) and designed to prevent distance from affecting your study, the library's Off Campus service allows staff and students residing within Australia and living more than 50 km from the Townsville or Cairns JCU campuses to borrow library materials. Best of all, the service is free! Library items are supplied via the postal service and a pre-paid postage bag will be included with sent items to allow them to be returned free of charge. An extension is added to the loan period to allow for postage.

If you've been bemoaning the fact that your lecturers keep recommending texts that aren't available online and you're too far from either campus to pop in and borrow them, take advantage of the Off Campus Service now!

To request an item via the Off Campus Service, you will need to complete the Off Campus Loan Request Form. For more information about the Off Campus Service, eligibility requirements, and other services, head on over to the library’s Off Campus Library Service page.

Please note this service is not available to JCU Brisbane or JCU Singapore staff and students or to Adjunct staff members. Users must be more than 50km from the nearest JCU campus. Please read the information provided on the library’s Off Campus Library Service page before submitting your request.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is Australia's national biodiversity database. Founded on the principle of data sharing – collect it once, share it, use it many times – the ALA pulls together biodiversity data from multiple sources including museums, herbaria, government departments, community groups, individuals, and universities, and makes it freely accessible and reusable.

Start by checking out the iconic Australian species or conduct your own search for any of the 119,291 species currently listed in the ALA database. Download datasets including information such as occurrence records, environmental data, images and the conservation status of species which can be used for environmental impact assessments, urban development applications, field guides and school projects. Explore your area and find out what species are around you (check out the results for JCU by enlarging the picture below!) or get involved in the ALA by recording a sighting, submitting a data set, joining a Citizen Science project, or helping to digitise museum collections.

Whether you're involved in research, environmental monitoring, conservation planning, education, or even citizen science, the ALA is an invaluable resource.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Latest One Search improvements now live

The latest iteration of One Search is now live.

Improvements include:
  • Can now hover over Preview button to see sneak preview rather than having to click, a click locks the preview into display
  • Scopus citation counts now link to the citing sources in Scopus (like Web Of Science citation counts link to citing sources in Web Of Science)
  • Subject terms in Preview are now clickable subject searches
  • Accessibility improvements
    • Fixed unintended scroll on focus when using arrow between UI panes
    • Calendar improvements, particular on slider when used in assistive reader
    • Fixed filter/facet on select going to bottom of list
    • Improved screen reader support:
      • for facet/filter state
      • label sort by dropdown
  • Facet navigation tool tips - only included in basic filters, exclude in complex facet edit pane
  • Facet edit pane now clearer about what is included and excluded - and all filters easily reset
  • More prominent permalink placement (Also now in Cite/Email/Save list options)
  • Can now hover over Preview button to see preview (rather than having to click)
  • Improved performance
  • Sort by Date will work better because of better logic around merging of records (which will prevent recent reprints of old works appearing in when date is filtered by more recent dates than original publication date)
  • Improved handling of punctuation and special characters
  • Improved use of synonyms
  • Improved stemming

Database change - 'LexisNexisAU' now 'Lexis Advance Pacific'

Lexis Advance Pacific is the new platform that will replace LexisNexisAU after November 2017.  It provides access to JCU Library subscribed Australian Lexis publications, including Carter's Criminal Law of Queensland, New South Wales Law Reports, CaseBase and Queensland Reports.

JCU staff and students are able to access both the new Lexis Advance Pacific platform and the LexisNexisAU platform concurrently until the end of November 2017.

There are a number of differences in the new platform, and not only in the appearance. More flexibility is provided with an annotation facility and document download options, giving the researcher a way to personalise and manage the search process. It is easy to create and collaborate using the new platform. Formerly the Practice Areas tab involved another login session, now with Lexis Advance Pacific, it is possible to switch from one section to another.

The new platform provides the option to visually map search history. The home page shows the researcher's history, favourites, alerts and work folders, as well as subscribed publication titles.

Not sure where to begin? Handy tutorials on searching, using search results, work folders and CaseBase are available behind Help to guide the user. Alternatively, there are other options under tips for searching , and clicking on the More label are user guides, webinars and podcasts from the Lexis Advance section of the Knowledge Network Pacific.

Why not have a play and build your own case folders?

"Visions of Vanuatu" exhibition

The JCU Library is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the exhibition “Visions of Vanuatu” in the Cairns Library from July 30 to August 5. The exhibition is curated by JCU student James Leftwich and will be open to the public.

There will be a formal opening on Tuesday, August 1 from 11am to 12pm, which will include guest speakers Bonita Mabo and Rob Pyne.

You can see the exhibition on the ground floor of the Cairns Library from July 30 to August 5.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

ICLR is now online

JCU Library has recently subscribed to ICLR Online, the online database from the The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting, which we have earlier subscribed to in print only. Now you won't have to wait for the print copy of the Weekly Law Reports to arrive from the UK by post.

ICLR Online provides access for JCU students and staff to fifteen products ranging in publication dates from 1890 to the present. Delve into the Appeal casesQueens Bench Division, or the Public and Third sector cases.

There are a couple of handy tools to help with navigation through related cases, judgements and information such as Citator+ and Briefcase. Instead of searching from one volume to another, just follow the hyperlinks to explore related information about the cases. ICLR Online has an informative blog page for further information on English law, with an archive and external links.

Still prefer print? JCU Library will continue to receive the Weekly Law Reports for the remainder of 2017, just search for the publisher's name in OneSearch, the library catalogue, or on the shelves at 348.4204 P16.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Can't find the book or journal you need for your research in the library?

Found a book or journal article in Google Scholar  or Trove that you would like to borrow or copy for research and can't find it in  OneSearch? The answer is JCU Library's Interlibrary Loans Service to Staff and Students.

JCU Library has a strong network with other libraries in Australia and worldwide, for reciprocal borrowing where available, or obtaining a copy of an article or thesis from their collections.

JCU Library does pass on the cost of sourcing the required material, but we do our best to obtain books and material by the most cost effective means. Charges depend upon where the item is sourced and the urgency which is it required by. If the article or item can be borrowed from within Australia, the minimum charge per item or article is $15.00.

The more information you can provide on the request form, the better it will help us with locating the exact item you require, and ensure processing in the shortest time-frame. Including the source of your citation will be of further help in locating items or articles, particularly those which might be rare. Please check your campus for the pickup location.

So head to our interlibrary loans pages for more information on eligibility and for request and payment forms.

You won't believe this technique to avoid fake news!

"Fake news" - it's the new catchphrase being thrown around by everyone, but how do you know when news is fake and when it's just news?

One of the simplest ways to ensure the news you're accessing is reliable, is through the source. JCU Library subscribes to NewsBank, a comprehensive news collection database, providing access for JCU users to newspapers from Australia and around the world. Access your news through NewsBank, and avoid the click-bait titles that are rife across social media. Sources are vetted by NewsBank before being included in the database. The aggregation of thousands of sources means you can access a variety of viewpoints with a single search.

But you've already found a resource and read the article, you say? It's important to be able to analyse information objectively to determine the weight you should place upon it. Head on over to JCU Library's own 'fake news' guide, News Makers/News Fakers to learn about different varieties of fake news including disinformation, hoaxes, clickbait and native advertising and how to identify fakes yourself.

New Book Recommendation: The Older Traveller

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A title of interest is: The older traveller: A guide for the health professional 
Call Number: 613.680846 BAU

An extract from the publisher's website states:

Is 80 the new 60 at your clinic? More people are travelling throughout older age and many health practitioners are looking for guidance on the health needs of travellers over 60. The Older Traveller – A guide for the health professional provides advice on health issues encountered by older travellers and practical information on how to counsel older persons for travel. Whether travel health is your specialty or not, The Older Traveller gives you the information you need to help your travelling patients plan a healthy trip.

Contributing authors:
IL Bauer, EL Benade, GK Brink, ILC Butler, B Cassim, LI Goodyer, BF Jacobson, EC Jong, S Lipschitz, T Marcolongo, S Parker, FCV Potocnik, E Shoul, M Suchard, BN Tipping, LG Visser.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Library Opening Hours Study Period 2, 2017

Welcome back to all our students.  The Cairns Campus library and the Mabo library (Townsville) are now back to semester opening hours:

Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library 
  • Monday to Thursday 7.30 am to 9.30 pm
  • Friday 7.30 am to 7.30 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 10.00 pm to 5.00pm

Cairns Campus Library 
  • Monday to Thursday 8.00 am to 9.00 pm
  • Friday 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 10.00 pm to 5.00pm

Public Holiday opening hours:
  • October 2nd, Queen's Birthday 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Check out our Opening Hours online.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Your CopyPrint account for printing

There are two ways to add credit to your CopyPrint account at JCU.
  1. Online via Students Online
    1. You need a Mastercard or Visa, debit or credit card. 
    2. Minimum $5.00 payment. 
    3. Credit usually available after 15 minutes (but can take longer). Some banks require you to authorise this function with them.
  2. In person, with cash at the CopyPrint Paystations located in the Cairns and Townsville Libraries. 
    1. You need your student card, and Australian coins and notes. 
    2. Put your coins and notes in one at a time (you will hear a chime) to avoid jams. 
    3. Credit is available immediately. 
    4. The video above explains this step-by-step process.
InfoHelp service point staff can answer your questions and help resolve any issues. Don’t forget you can ask InfoHelp rovers to assist you

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Book Recommendation: The history of social movements in global perspective

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A title of interest is:

The history of social movements in global perspective edited by Stefan Berger and Holger Nehring.
Call Number: 303.484 HIS

An extract from the publisher's website states:

Social movements have shaped and are shaping modern societies around the globe; this is evident when we look at examples such as the Arab Spring, Spain’s Indignados and the wider Occupy movement. In this volume, experts analyse the ‘classic’ and new social movements from a uniquely global perspective and offer insights in current theoretical discussions on social mobilisation. Chapters are devoted both to the study of continental developments of social movements going back to the nineteenth century and ranging to the present day, and to an emphasis on the transnational dimension of these movements. Interdisciplinary and truly international, this book is an essential text on social movements for historians, political scientists, sociologists, philosophers and social scientists.

O'Week Study Period Two Opening Hours Monday 17th to 23rd July 2017

The libraries on Cairns and Townsville campuses opening hours from Monday 17th July 2017

Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library
Monday & Wednesday to Friday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Tuesday 8.00 am to 7.00 pm
Saturday 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Cairns Campus Library
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Tuesday 8.00 am to 7.00 pm
Friday CLOSED, Cairns Show Day
Saturday 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Check out the Opening Hours online for the full library hours.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Drowning in the sea of information? Let LibGuides keep you afloat!

New students to JCU can begin to learn academic skills useful for their studies by looking at some of our LibGuides.

Three great JCU LibGuides are:

Info Skills Road Trip: An overview of the Library services and general skills needed.

Writing Skills: A great way to learn how to plan out a University level essay

Referencing: A quick overview of the most common referencing styles used at University and a helpful tool for referring to

You can also check out your discipline specific LibGuide.

Don't forget to also visit Student Essentials to keep swimming in the right direction!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Get Into The Swim Of Things With Library Workshops

Get into the swim of university life with some academic workshops run by your ever helpful library staff.

Need help with EndNote? There's a workshop for that.

Can't find journal articles? There's a workshop for that.

Just don't understand APA referencing? Guess what, there's a workshop for that too.

In fact the Library has an awful lot of workshops designed for both new students and those who would like to refresh their skills. Our list of workshops can be found here.

Can't attend a workshop? Contact InfoHelp for some one-on-one advice.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Go Straight to the Library Channel

Those of you with a keen eye may have recently noticed a new addition to the library homepage. Have you spotted it?
Sitting next to our social media icons is a new link to the Library Channel.

Select this new screen icon to visit the Library Channel, which is home to videos on evaluating sources, searching databases, top library tips and our Special Collections. The Library Channel also has some interactive games to help you develop your library skills.

So jump straight into our Library Channel from the library homepage and learn more about the Special Collections, get to know a new database or check out some tips to help in your next assessment!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

New eBook Recommendation: Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military Community

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A title of interest is: Making war at Fort Hood: Life and uncertainty in a military community by Kenneth T. MacLeish.

An excerpt from the publisher's website:

Making War at Fort Hood offers an illuminating look at war through the daily lives of the people whose job it is to produce it. Kenneth MacLeish conducted a year of intensive fieldwork among soldiers and their families at and around the US Army's Fort Hood in central Texas. He shows how war's reach extends far beyond the battlefield into military communities where violence is as routine, boring, and normal as it is shocking and traumatic.

Making War at Fort Hood is the first ethnography to examine the everyday lives of the soldiers, families, and communities
who personally bear the burden of America's most recent wars.

Friday, July 7, 2017

New eBook Recommendation: From Smart City to Smart Region: Digital Services for an Internet of Places

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A title of interest is From Smart City to Smart Region: Digital Services for an Internet of Places by Corinna Morandi, Andrea Rolando,and Stefano Di Vita.

An extract from the publishers website states:

"This book offers a fascinating exploration of the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and spatial planning, expanding the concept of “urban smartness” from the usual scale of buildings or urban projects to the regional dimension. In particular, it presents the outcomes of research undertaken at Politecnico di Milano, in collaboration with Telecom Italia, that had three principal goals: to investigate the use of ICTs for the representation, promotion, management, and dissemination of an integrated system of services; to explore the spatial impacts of digital services at different scales (regional, urban, local); and to understand how a system of mobile services can encourage new spatial uses and new collective behavior in the quest for better spatial quality of places. Useful critical analysis of international case studies is also included with the aim of verifying the opportunities afforded by new digital services not only to improve the urban efficiency but also to foster the evolution of urban communities through enhancement of the public realm. The book will be a source of valuable insights for both scholars and local administrators and operators involved in smart city projects."

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Don't Forget to Check for Library Fines

If you are having trouble accessing your results for Semester 2, you may have a sanction due to things like an outstanding fee to pay, or a form you forgot to submit.

A lot of people don't realise that a library fine for overdue or lost books can result in a sanction. If you have fines that are $25 or more, your results will be withheld.

It is an easy fix though, you can pay your fines in person or over the phone and then you will be able to access your results.

To check your library account to see if you have any fines (or any books still out that you need to return or renew), go to the Library homepage and log into your Library Account. You can then see any fines you have on you account and any items you have on loan.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Group Study Room Booking Upgrade and Improvements

We've just completed a major upgrade to the Group Study Room Bookings system.

Major changes and improvements are:
  • Bookings can now start on the half hour or on the hour
  • Booking blocks are 30 minutes long so bookings can be 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes long
  • A verification email is now sent to your email account - you must respond within  6 hours to confirm your booking or the booking is cancelled automatically.
  • Once verified you receive a confirmation email
  • We are now able to provide improved information about the room and its location (coming soon)
We appreciate your feedback (use the form on the Group Study Rooms page)


Friday, June 30, 2017

NAIDOC Week 2nd - 9th July 2017 : Our Languages Matter

NAIDOC week will be celebrated from the 2nd to 9th of July 2017.

This year the theme is 'Our Languages Matter', according to the NAIDOC week website:

"Some 250 distinct Indigenous language groups covered the continent at first (significant) European contact in the late eighteenth century. Most of these languages would have had several dialects, so that the total number of named varieties would have run to many hundreds. Today only around 120 of those languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost as Elders pass on."

Here at the library we hold a number of resources on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages, particularly focusing on the North Queensland region, including:

Australian Aboriginal languages : A general introduction by Barry J. Blake

A Non-technical introduction to Australian Aboriginal languages; covering sounds, grammar, vocabulary, social aspects; numbers and relationships of languages; pidgin and Aboriginal English; Aboriginal words in Australian English; and sample word lists for twelve languages. (From Trove)

Searching for Aboriginal languages: Memoirs of a field worker 
by Robert Dixon

In the early 1960s, R. M. W. (Bob) Dixon was one of the first linguists to study the Aboriginal languages of northeast Queensland, Australia. He found that some languages of the coastal rainforest were still in daily use, but others were only half-remembered by a single elder. This autobiographical account of fourteen years of research, first published in 1984, paints a fascinating picture of the frontier society that existed in the region nearly fifty years ago (Jacket blurb).

A grammar of Yidin by Robert Dixon

Description of the Yidin language of North Queensland using a transformational/​generative framework; based on authors fieldwork 1963, 1971-5; phonology; morphology; syntax; deep syntax; lexicon; texts and vocabulary; brief notes on Yidindi cultural background, moieties, and recent history.  (From Trove)

You can also read about a project collecting and archiving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language materials on the First Nations Telegraph website.

JCU is committed to working towards the achievement of genuine and sustainable reconciliation between Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider community.