Thursday, December 14, 2017

Library opening hours - Christmas 2017 and January 2018

Library and Information Services would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Please note that Friday the 22nd of December is the last day the campus libraries (inc. the Mabo Library InfoCommons) will be open in 2017.  We will reopen at 8am on Tuesday the 2nd of January, 2018. 

In January 2018, opening hours for the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville and the Cairns campus library will be:
  • Monday to Friday - 8.00am to 5.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - Closed
  • We will be closed on Australia Day, Friday 26th January. 

Enjoy the break, stay safe, and we'll see you next year.

Cafe holiday hours in Cairns and Townsville

The staff at Aroma and D'Lish on McGregor in Cairns, and Juilette's in Townsville will soon be closing their doors and taking a much needed break for the holidays. Their current opening hours are as follows:

Opening hours: 7:30am - 2:30pm
Last day: Friday 15 December

D'Lish on McGregor
Opening hours: 7:30am - 3:00pm
Last day: Friday 22 December

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8am - 2pm
                          Friday 8am - 12pm
Last day: Thursday 21 December

Miss Sushi
Opening hours: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Last day: Friday 15 December

Did you know that the library holds a wide range of cookbooks, in print and online? You can find these via the library catalogue.

Both the Townsville and Cairns libraries are open from 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

JCU Special Collections Christmas Hours

Did you know that the JCU Special Collections is open until Friday the 22nd of December?

The Q.M.E. & A. Co Ltd "Townsville Works" Photo Album from the Special Collections of  JCU Library.
With the academic year over for most of us, it's the perfect time to go for a dig through the Archives, explore the North Queensland Collection, or finally have a look at that Rare book that you've always wanted to see in person. 

So if you'd like to explore some of North Queensland's history Special Collections is open Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 4:30pm.

 While you're in the building why not check out the new art work on display, and admire our new furniture and carpet on the first floor.

Monday, December 11, 2017

International Migrants Day 2017

December 18th is the United Nations International Migrants Day.
According to the United Nations:

The total number of international migrants has increased from an estimated 175 million in 2000 to 244 million persons in 2015. Nearly two thirds of all international migrants live in Europe (76 million) or Asia (75 million). Migration is now more widely distributed across more countries. Today the top 10 countries of destination receive a smaller share of all migrants than in 2000.

One of every ten migrants is under the age of 15.  The impact of remittance flows is also significant having reached $436 billion in 2014 – far exceeding official development assistance and, excluding China, foreign direct investment.

Mounting evidence indicates that international migration is usually positive both for countries of origin and of destination. Its potential benefits are larger than the potential gains from freer international trade, particularly for developing countries.

The JCU Library has lots of resources on human migration and Australia if you'd like to learn more. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

New ebook recommendation: Learning and volunteering abroad for development

Learning and volunteering abroad for development by Rebecca Tiessen is a new ebook that explores the complex benefits and disadvantages of learning/volunteer abroad programs, proposing an alternative framework to improve critical reflection, development outcomes and intercultural competence. Supported by a website with additional learning resources, this book is a useful resource for students interested in going abroad, as well as for scholars or development professionals who are leading or researching such programs.

You can read more about the relatively recent practice of voluntourism via the library catalogue.

Did you know that JCU offers a range of Global mobility opportunities for students enrolled in a full degree program? Students can spend a semester or two at a university in North or South America, Asia, Europe or the UK. Additionally there are a number of short term opportunities available, including study tours, summer/winter schools, placements and volunteer experiences.

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.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas comes early - St Nicholas' Day

Sander van der Wel
The Christmas decorations are up, Christmas cakes have been baked and it's finally safe to play Christmas music. There's less than three weeks until Christmas but you still have plenty of time to buy and wrap gifts...unless you celebrate Sinterklaas, the patron day of St Nicholas on 6 December.

According to Dutch tradition, Sinterklaas, or Saint Nicholas, arrives in the Netherlands from Spain each November for a visit that culminates in him delivering sweets and small gifts to well-behaved children on the night of 5 December. Naughty children risk being caught and punished by Zwarte Piet or Black Pete, Sinterklaas' servant, and his birch rod.

The tradition of Black Pete has been a source of considerable controversy in recent years, spawning debates, documentaries and protests over alleged racism. Nevertheless, Saint Nicholas' Eve has become the chief occasion for gift-giving in the Netherlands during the holiday season.

You can read more about the traditions and controversy of Sinterklaas via resources in the library catalogue.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday thrills: A good dose of post-apocalyptic dystopias

Holidays are for relaxing and doing things that feed your soul.

The libraries are still open and have lots of soul-food for you; from fiction books and poetry to DVDs, music CDs, and academic titles.

However, if the last week of exams made you feel like a survivor in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic universe, the library has a range of movies to fit the mood:

Battle Royale
The Terminator
Mad Max

You can also find a wide range of foreign films, art-house, horror, comedy, action, romance, and other genres in our collection. Most films are located at  call number 791.4372.

Happy Browsing!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cairns Library renovations

The Cairns Library will be undergoing some exciting renovations over the coming months.

Changes to access
  • Entrance to the library is now through the emergency exit next to the external book chute. From here you can take either the stairs or the lift to the first and second floors. 
  • The front automatic doors will be open for you to access the Copyprint paystation and toilets.
  • The InfoHelp desk is now located on the first floor, next to the Student Equity and Wellbeing office.
  •  The Learning Centre will remain open on the ground floor and can be accessed through their external emergency exit door.
  • The B1:030 24-hour computer lab will be closed from 15 November and will reopen mid-February 2018. The 24-hour computer labs A1:013A and A1:031B remain open for student use.
Opening hours
The library is open from 8:00am-5:00pm during the summer break. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by noise and construction activity during the renovations but rest assured you will receive the same excellent level of service from the library staff. Earplugs are available from the Infohelp desk if it all gets too much!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Celebrate Christmas with 3D printing

It will soon be time to dig out the Christmas decorations and give Michael Buble's Christmas album another spin. Rather than spend a fortune on new baubles, why not make use of the library's 3D printing service to create new decorations and small gifts?

It costs only $5 for a printing job that takes five hours or less. If you don't have the knowledge or time to design your own, it's easy to find a suitable free design from sites such as Thingiverse, My Mini Factory or Yeggi.

Once you have chosen and downloaded your design, complete the 3D printing request form and we'll do the rest! You will be emailed the estimated cost and timeframe, and we'll notify you when your item is ready to collect. Items can be paid for and collected from the InfoHelp desk.

Read more about our 3D printing service, and select and order your items via our 3D Printing Libguide

Friday, November 24, 2017

Holiday recommendation: Learn more about Australian democracy

Holidays are a great way to take a break and relax. Outside University, life goes on with the Queensland state election occuring, Saturday the 25th of November.

If you want to indulge in either your intellectual or entertainment needs, there are multiple items to help learn about democracy in the Australian context.

Old satirical movies like Don's Party, or learn about all our Australian Prime Ministers up to 2010. You might even like to brush up on your political science ideology definitions, and see how people are throwing around words like socialism, communism, facisism and feminism in the post-truth context compared to how the terms are defined. Read books like Political Ideology: An Australian Introduction and Political ideologies: An Introduction.

And don't forget to vote.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

2017 World AIDS Day

This year AIDS Awareness Week will be held from 23-30 November, culminating in World AIDS Day on 1 December. Although HIV and AIDS are not the same thing, World AIDS Day aims to:

  • encourage Australians to educate themselves and others about HIV;
  • take action to reduce the transmission of HIV by promoting prevention strategies; and
  • ensure that people living with HIV can participate fully in the life of the community, free from stigma and discrimination. 
People living with HIV take daily treatment to prevent the virus from advancing into AIDS. Without treatment, PLHIV are at risk of developing conditions associated with AIDS (World AIDS Day Australia).

You can read the latest research about the prevention and treatment of AIDS in Australia and around the world via the library catalogueShow your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the international symbol of HIV awareness and support. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

2017 Go Home On Time Day

Exams may be over for students but staff are now busy marking papers, planning for next semester, embarking on 'between semester' projects or continuing their research. Now in its ninth year, Go Home on Time Day on Wednesday 22 November is a timely reminder that life shouldn’t revolve around work alone.

Go Home On Time Day is an initiative of The Australia Institute, Australia’s most influential progressive think tank. The day was conceived in 2009 as a light-hearted way to promote conversations about work/life balance, the value of time, and time theft.

Starting this year, Go Home On Time Day is being organized through The Australia Institute’s new Centre for Future Work. Sign up to receive promotional materials for your workplace or read the latest research from the Go Home On Time Day website. At the very least, go home on time!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

New eBook Recommendation: The Fifth Beginning

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 list via 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:
The fifth beginning: What six million years of human history can tell us about our future by  Robert L. Kelly.

A summary states:
"I have seen yesterday. I know tomorrow." This inscription in Tutankhamun's tomb summarizes The Fifth Beginning. Here, archaeologist Robert L. Kelly explains how the study of our cultural past can predict the future of humanity. In an eminently readable style, Kelly identifies four key pivot points in the six-million-year history of human development: the emergence of technology, culture, agriculture, and the state. In each example, the author examines the long-term processes that resulted in a definitive, no-turning-back change for the organization of society. Kelly then looks ahead, giving us evidence for what he calls a fifth beginning, one that started about AD 1500. Some might call it "globalization," but the author places it in its larger context: a five-thousand-year arms race, capitalism's global reach, and the cultural effects of a worldwide communication network. Kelly predicts that the emergent phenomena of this fifth beginning will include the end of war as a viable way to resolve disputes, the end of capitalism as we know it, the widespread shift toward world citizenship, and the rise of forms of cooperation that will end the near-sacred status of nation-states. It's the end of life as we have known it. However, the author is cautiously optimistic: he dwells not on the coming chaos, but on humanity's great potential.

Monday, November 20, 2017

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

November 25 is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today.

The theme for this year is "Leave no one behind" to reflect the UNiTE Campaign's "commitment to a world free from violence for all women and girls around the world, while reaching the most underserved and marginalized, including refugees, migrants, minorities, indigenous peoples, and populations affected by conflict and natural disasters, amongst others, first."

Whether you are male, female or gender neutral you can find support at JCU. The Safety and Wellbeing page provides information for staff and students who have experiences bullying, harrassment, and assult, sexual or otherwise.

JCU also offers a free, confidential counseling service for all staff and students.

New Book Recommendation:

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 list via 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:
Predictive modeling with SAS® Enterprise MinerTM: Practical solutions for business applications by Kattamuri S. Sarma.
Call Number: 005.55 SAR

An extract from the book summary states:
Kattamuri Sarma's Predictive Modeling with SAS® Enterprise MinerTM: practical solutions for business applications, third edition will show you how to develop and test predictive models quickly using SAS Enterprise Miner. Using real-world data, this book explains complex methods in a simple and practical way to readers from different backgrounds and industries. Incorporating the latest version of SAS Enterprise Miner, this third edition also expands the section on time series analysis. Written for business analysts, data scientists, statisticians, students, predictive modelers, and data miners, this comprehensive text provides examples that will strengthen your understanding of the essential concepts and methods of predictive modeling. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

How to check online your library account for loans and renewing is the end of the year and time to have a break from study.

Before you go on holidays or to your summer job, double check via your library account online that you have returned all your books.

Go to the Library homepage.

Click on the Library Account at the bottom right and log in with your JC number and your regular password.

You can then
  • Click on Items on Loan to check what you still have out, and renew any items
  • Click on Fines and Messages and check if you have any fines outstanding

Thursday, November 16, 2017

New titles from Issues in society

Each book in the Issues in society series is a thoroughly researched compilation of the latest news, facts, opinions and statistics from a wide variety of primary and secondary sources. Information in each 'Issues in Society' title is carefully selected to ensure that it is current, unbiased and balanced. At less than 100 pages each, the books are an ideal way to get an overview of current topics from mostly Australian sources.

The library has just acquired two new ebooks in the series:

Social media and young peopleThis book examines the prevalence of social media use by young Australians, and explores its impacts on their well-being, both positive and negative. The book also offers helpful tips on appropriate ways of using and staying safe on social media sites. 

The global refugee crisis - One in every 122 persons worldwide is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum. This book explores global refugee trends and discusses Australia’s response to the plight of asylum seekers and refugees. In our practically borderless global society,  how should Australia play its part in dealing with this unprecedented humanitarian crisis? 

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.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Library opening hours in the lead up to Christmas 2017

It's so close, the end of the exam period is coming! The last day of Exam Super Hours will be Thursday 16th November. Here are the opening hours for the JCU libraries in the lead up to Christmas

Cairns Campus Library
November 17 - December 22
  • Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm 
  • Saturday & Sunday Closed 
Mabo Library Townsville 
November 17 - 19
  • Friday 7:30am - 5pm 
  • Saturday 1pm - 5pm 
  • Sunday Closed
November 20 - December 22
  • Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm 
  • Saturday & Sunday Closed 

Cairns Campus Library and the Mabo Library Townsville (including 24 hour InfoCommons in Townsville) will be closed from 23rd December 2017 - 1st January 2018, reopening at 8am on the 2nd January 2018.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

GIDEON: Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Online Network

A 20 year old man travels to the far east following Army service. Starting in Thailand, he continues on to Mongolia…and suddenly becomes extremely ill with fever, cough with bloody sputum (hemoptysis) and enlarged lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy) in his groin. He recalls that ‘rats’ had entered his tent while he was camping in Mongolia. On admission to hospital, he is found to have fever, a lung infiltrate (pneumonia) and large lymph glands as described. There is no rash. His white blood count is elevated, and there is no thrombocytopenia. Culture of his sputum and blood reveals a facultative gram-negative bacillus.

GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and EpidemiOlogy Network) is a web application for diagnosis, simulation and informatics in the fields of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and Clinical Microbiology.

Learn how to diagnose the ‘Mongolian Mystery Bug' using GIDEON’s web tutorials.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

New Book Recommendation: GIS landslides edited by Hiromitsu Yamagishi and Netra Prakash Bhandary.

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 list via 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.
de immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the

An eBook title of interest is:
GIS landslides [edited by] Hiromitsu Yamagishi and Netra Prakash Bhandary.

A summary states:

This book presents landslide studies using the geographic information system (GIS), which includes not only the science of GIS and remote sensing, but also technical innovations, such as detailed light detection and ranging profiles, among others. To date most of the research on landslides has been found in journals on topography, geology, geo-technology, landslides, and GIS, and is limited to specific scientific aspects. Although journal articles on GIS using landslide studies are abundant, there are very few books on this topic. This book is designed to fill that gap and show how the latest GIS technology can contribute in terms of landslide studies.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Retro Games Showcase in the Mabo Library

Check out the latest exhibit at the Mabo Libary; Retro Games Showcase was created by JCU  IT students Brady Peschka, Desmond McConnell, and Robert Warnes, it features items from their personal collections.

About the exhibit

Home video game consoles have evolved dramatically over the last forty years since the release of the Magnavox Odyssey. This exhibit showcases the rapid evolution of not only computer technology, but consumer expectations and the integration of technology into daily life.

For some, this exhibit will be a nostalgic walk down memory lane, for others it will highlight just how far computer technology has evolved from playing Pong in all its 2 dimensional, 8 bit glory, to 2017’s visually stunning Horizon Zero Dawn. 

The exhibit will run until Sunday 19th November, so come see it before it's gone!

Exhibits change throughout the year at both the Cairns campus library and the Mabo library in Townsville, so there's always something fresh to see.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Preserving and Digitising our Audio-visual Heritage

Every year the United Nations recognises the importance of preservation with World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. 

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies (AIATSIS), is engaging in the preservation of Indigenous Australian cultural items. They are currently working on digitising film from the 1970s of an item titled "The Chart". These are recordings of men of the Bani family, of the Torres Strait Islands, transmitting knowledge via dance and song that is best documented through film. The men sum up the knowledge as being about the weather, tides and astronomical interaction, cloud shape and interpretation for weather, marine biology, historical and theological points.

AIATSIS points to research indicating that in the next ten years, older formats such as video will become too expensive to source playback devices for such treasures to be viewed. Items like the above will be made inaccessible and deteriorate further eventually being lost, if not preserved in modern digital formats.

At JCU our Library and Information Services Special Collections team is also involved in digitisation of photos and books, as well as converting audiovisual material to new formats. Some of this work can be found in NQHeritage@JCU.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

World Science Day - 10 November

World Science Day for Peace and Development is held every year on 10 November. Apart from recognising the importance of scientific research and endeavour, it aims to connect with the wider community and highlight the relevance of science to everyday living.

This year's theme is 'Science for Global Understanding'.

 An important contribution that UNESCO and science & technology centres can bring to global understanding is the unique opportunity to combine global sustainability and local action. The dialogue among science, policy, and everyday lives should be constant and multidirectional. Global sustainability can learn so much from best practices and success stories. 

Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences, UNESCO

You can explore the impact of JCU science researchers by reading their published work in Research Online, our online institutional repository.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Can't access your results? You may have a library fine.

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.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

New book: Travelling home, Walkabout magazine and mid-twentieth-century Australia

Travelling home, Walkabout magazine and mid-twentieth-century Australia (ebook: Full-text online)

Travelling home provides a detailed analysis of the contribution that the mid twentieth-century Walkabout magazine made to Australia's cultural history. Spanning five decades of the twentieth century (1934-1974), Walkabout was integral to Australia's sense of self as a nation. By advocating travel - both vicarious and actual - Walkabout encouraged settler Australians to broaden their image of the nation and its place in the Pacific region. Walkabout was widely circulated and invariably found in the waiting rooms of dentists, doctors and hair dressers.  Drawing on interdisciplinary scholarship, Travelling Home engages with key questions in literary, cultural, and Australian studies about national identity.

 Topics covered include:

  • History of Walkabout magazine
  • Key contributors
  • Racial representation
  • Development and modernity
  • Nature and environment
  • Pacific and Papua New Guinea
Interested in reading the primary source? JCU Library also holds print copies of Walkabout, ranging from 1934-1974.

For instructions on how to borrow and download an eBook, 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 save books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively, most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Open Access Databases at JCU Library

JCU Library has been celebrating International Open Access Week this week, and there has been much discussion about research outputs, publishing and journals which support Open Access publishing.

The Library Databases page is another way to discover reliable and authoritative Open Access resources outside of our subscribed collections. Just go to JCU's Databases page, and from the 'All Database types' drop down menu, select 'Open Access'. Alternatively you can look for the Open Access icon found beside database titles.

These resources have been selected and reviewed by librarians familiar with your subject areas.  Currently there are 85 open access databases. We have given a small sample below, but there are many more free resources to delve into.

We have information here for all disciplines and all levels, from undergraduate to teaching.

For statistics in the social sciences, there is the World Bank Open Data , Australian Bureau of Statistics ,Statistics Queensland and ILOSTAT.

Medical information and articles are provided by PubMed, SpeechBite, Merck Manual, and ChemSpider.

ReefBase, Plant List , the National Science Digital Library and BHL Australia cover the natural sciences.

There are also a number of indexing services to help guide researchers to information in your area of study - try Worldcat, American Doctoral Dissertations, Google Scholar, AMS Digital Mathematics Registry, PEDro, REHABDATA, SafetyLit and LawCite.

In the arts and history fields, you will find much in the Text Archive, Project Gutenberg Australia, OAPEN eBook Library,, Trove (Picture Australia), the HathiTrust, Film Literature Index, and DOAB.
Don't forget law and legislation - The Federal Register of Legislation, ParlInfo Search and AUSTLII are very useful.

Not sure what Open Access is - check out JCU's Open Access LibGuide.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Exam Week tips

Exam week tips 
Minimise exam period stress by controlling the things you can, like finding the exam dates and rooms, the rules about what you can and can't take, or finding good study spaces.

Here is a list of tips and JCU webpages to help you get the grades that 13 weeks of steady studying deserve.

How does the whole exam thing work? 
Exams & results 
Use this to find out where to go, what you need, and when to turn up. You can also find information about your grades, how to apply for special consideration and how to maintain a good academic level.

Where is my exam? 
Students can find their personal exam timetables in StudentsOnline, and
Campus maps to help locate exam rooms.
You could even do a visit beforehand to make sure you have the right room. There is usually a blue sticker above doorways with the building and room number on it.

What is my lecturer going to ask? 
Past examination papers
Reserve Online is JCU's central repository for past exam papers. A link 
called Readings & Past Exams is also located in the centre of the Library homepage .

Where can I study in peace?
Library opening hours during exams.
The libraries in Townsville and Cairns have designated areas for different types of study, from silent and solitary to more collaborative group revision. Both have 24 hour computer labs located in the building and both libraries are open until midnight on weekdays during the exam block.

Feeling the pressure?
If you are feeling stressed and need some help to cope, get in touch with the Student Equity and Wellbeing office, including counselling and AccessAbility services.

The library staff wishes you all the best with your exams.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

World Teachers' Day 2017

Celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teachers' Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society.

The first World Teachers’ Day was held on 5 October 1994 by UNESCO to acknowledge the importance of competent, qualified and motivated teachers in society. Internationally World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5 October, however as this is usually during Australian school holidays, Australia celebrates the day on the last Friday in October of each year.

Show your appreciation on World Teachers' Day, Friday, 27 October or give a Thank-a-teacher card on Thank a teacher Thursday (26 October) when the Story Bridge lights up for teachers.

To all our teachers at JCU and to the students who are completing Education courses - thank you! You really do make a difference.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Library Exam Opening Hours Semester 2 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 until 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 30 October - Thursday 16 November.

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

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

Sunday, October 22, 2017


It's a scary time of year when exams are approaching, so why not let your hair down with some cheap thrills?

Halloween is celebrated by many on the 31st of October every year, and we have a number of resources to help you learn about and enjoy the day (well night 👀)


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Credo Reference and the Mind Map

Credo Reference is an online database of background content. It's full-text and can help you learn the basics of any topic. Credo includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, as well as subject specific titles from art, to literature, to law. It's a great place to commence your research.

In addition Credo features a Mind Mapping functionality to help you focus your research. Type in a keyword and click on Mind Map. Your search is displayed as the central concept in the Mind Map. The concepts surrounding it are related to your search term. You can click on them to draw new maps if this helps and you can bookmark a mind map by copying the link.. The Mind Map helps you expand or refine your research in Credo.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

International Open Access Week: October 23-29

The theme for International Open Access Week, to be held from 23-29 October 2017, focuses on the concrete benefits of making scientific and scholarly research and data freely and publicly accessible. 

According to Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC,
This year’s theme will help focus discussions ... on those benefits of openness that are most compelling locally—whether that’s increasing citation counts, enabling anyone to learn from the latest scholarship, or accelerating the translation of research into economic gains—and encourage action to realize these benefits (Shockey, 2017).

Cairns and Townsville will be hosting events to promote Open Access Week. Check out OPEN: The Future of Research for more information.

To find out more about the Open Access movement, including links to Open Access resources and databases, author rights and policies, see the Open access publishing libguide.
You can also find Open Access resources via Onesearch. No JCU login is required to access these resources. Just click on the 'Open Access' filter to refine your search results.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Annual Reviews - Getting in touch with your subject area

Wanting to find out the overall outcome of recent research in your area of knowledge?  Look into Annual Reviews from our Databases pages or OneSearch. Experts across a wide range of sciences and humanities compile a critical overview of trends, outcomes and possible future directions in each field. Each journal is updated regularly throughout the year. Full archives are available for all titles, as well as abstracts for the upcoming review.

Of topical interest, the latest Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, published in August, has articles on galaxy formation, life on exoplanets, magnetic fields and dark matter.

The latest Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry discusses research into the use of nanosensors in plants tissue to monitor growth conditions.

Supplemental material and multimedia are provided, such as video, interviews and lectures. 

Locating related articles is a breeze, as Annual Reviews display relevant titles on the right of each open article, and there is a danger that once you enter this web of , it may difficult to leave...

The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library currently subscribes to the Science collection of Annual Reviews.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Noble Prize in Literature announced

CC Mariusz Kubik

The British author Kazuo Ishiguro said he was both honoured and “taken completely by surprise” after he was named this year’s winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, even initially wondering if the announcement was a case of “fake news”.

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan but his family moved to England in 1960 when he was five years old.  Ishiguro studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia and published his first novel, A pale view of the hills, in 1982.

He has since received four Man Booker Prize nominations for Never let me go, The buried giant and The remains of the day, winning the award for the latter in 1989.

In an interview with Andrew Dunn, Ishiguro reflects on the themes that underpin his writing:

I'm interested in memory because it's a filter through which we see our lives, and because it's foggy and obscure, the opportunities for self-deception are there. In the end, as a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.

You can learn more about the life and work of this remarkable novelist via resources in the library catalogue.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

JCU Associate Professor Noel Loos latest book added to the North Queensland Collection!

JCU Library Special Collections staff recently had the pleasure of receiving a visit from Associate Professor Noel Loos as we celebrated the addition of his latest book, an autobiographical memoir titled “In the shadow of holocausts: Australia and the third reich” published by Boolarong Press, to the North Queensland Collection.   The NQ Collection preserves for future generations of researchers every publication either wholly or partly written about our region.
JCU Associate Professor Noel Loos with some of his publications from the NQ Collection, JCU Library Special Collections.

With an accomplished career of research and education in the field of black/white history in Australia, A/Professor Loos worked at the Townsville College of Advanced Education (TCAE) prior to joining James Cook University in 1970, where he taught until his retirement in 1996.  A/Professor Loos lectured on the history of black-white relations and conducted close research into Aboriginal mission history, frontier conflict, the place of Aborigines in colonial society and government, and the evolution of government policies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. 

During the 1970s he pioneered the development of teacher education programs in Queensland for Aboriginal and Islander people. In 1975, the decision was made at the then TCAE to create a Division of Aboriginal and Islander Education from which emerged, a race relations subject - Race and Culture - a one semester subject taken by all third year students. Then, in 1976, a one-year Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Education was launched for qualified experienced school teachers who had worked in schools with a large Indigenous enrolment or who wished to work in such schools. Next, the then Queensland Deputy Director of Education asked the TCAE if it could develop a primary teacher education program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students whom the secondary school system had not been able to graduate successfully to the standard acceptable for tertiary entrance. This course was the Aboriginal and Islander Teacher Education Program, known to all as AITEP.  A/Professor Noel Loos and A/Professor Lynette Henderson worked together to deliver the very successful Townsville based AITEP. It was a study of the program after ten years by Lynette Henderson and Geoff Coombs, Confronting Disadvantage: A Demographic Study of the first 53 Graduates through AITEP, that revealed that AITEP had, in the majority of years, either a slightly higher or equal graduation rate in Primary Teacher Education at the TCAE and, after amalgamation, JCU, than did the regular entry program.
JCU Associate Professor Noel Loos and Associate Professor Lynette Henderson with the AITEP News which can be read online in NQHeritage@JCU, the online repository for JCU Library Special Collections.

A/Professor Loos was also a friend to Eddie Mabo for twenty-five years. During Loos’s time at the TCAE and JCU, Mabo often sat in on lectures and also delivered occasional guest lectures to Loos’s students. In 1981 Loos, along with colleague Prof Henry Reynolds, informed Mabo that he had no legal ownership of his traditional land. A shocked Mabo, from the beginning of his fight for land rights, was supported and advised by Loos. A/Professor Loos has written the Eddie Mabo entry for the Australian Dictionary of Biography and edited the 1996 book, Edward Koiki Mabo: His Life and Struggle for Land Rights. He has published widely on indigenous history and politics, and has contributed to the 2008 SBS series First Australians and several books that have issued from the series.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Happy Birthday Cairns Community Garden

It's hard to believe a year has passed since the opening of Cairns Community Garden – and how things have changed! Visitors on their way to the library can't miss the location, thanks to the huge sign organized by the Department of Tropical Health and Medicine.

The vision begins

The past twelve months have been packed with picnics, market days and workshops, including ‘Growing relationships with PNG food’, gardening with wicking beds, companion planting and making food gardens from pallets. Don’t miss the Really Big Garden Feast on Saturday, 21 October and the next Garden Fun Day on Tuesday, 24 October.

12 months on

You can keep up to date with activities and events on the JCU Cairns Community Garden webpage, the Community of Gardeners Facebook page or email to receive regular ebulletins. The Townsville campus also supports a thriving community garden at the Rotary International College site.

 Want to dig deeper?  Read the latest news and research about Australia’s community gardens via the library catalogue.