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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Make a Date with lynda.com

Interested in learning new things? Looking for online training that’s high quality and free? (Yes, free) It might be time to check out lynda.com.

Now that we’re between SP1 and SP2, it’s a great time to take advantage of the JCU license for lynda.com.

Use your computer or mobile device to get up to speed with SPSS, GIS, CAD or any other acronyms that take your fancy. You can practice your Excel skills or learn how to 3D print.
lynda.com offers online, video-based lessons in a range of subjects, including business, marketing, IT, and more.

Access lynda.com from the JCU Library (Learn > lynda.com) using your JCU login details.

What will you learn today?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

JCU Author New Book Recommendation: Research Handbook of Employment Relations in Sport

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: Research Handbook of Employment Relations in Sport by Michael Barry, James Skinner, and Terry Engelberg
Call Number : 796.069 RES

Terry Engelberg is an Associate Professor with JCU's College of Healthcare Sciences

Abstract from JCU's ResearchOnline:

Employment relations, much discussed in other industries, has often been neglected in professional sports despite its unique characteristics. The book aims to explore in detail the unique nature of the employment relationship in professional sports and the sport industry. In four parts the book examines, firstly the regulation of sporting competition both within and across sporting codes; secondly a range of employment law issues such as how contracting and negotiation are handled, how disputes are resolved, and the role of sporting representatives such as player associations. The third section discusses the economic issues related to employment such as transfers, drafts and efforts to achieve "competitive balance". The final section of the book explores contemporary issues in sports management and governance, including anti-discrimination and anti-doping policy.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Book Recommendation: Alice's Daughter: Lost Mission Child

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 Alice's Daughter: Lost Mission Child by Rhonda Collard-Spratt with Jack Ferro.Call Number: 305.89915092 COL/COL 


"My story is not about blame. It's about sharing history that belongs to all of Australia. I needed a push, but I am happy to finally give little Rhonda a voice, so that my words will live on after I leave this world."

An extract from the publisher's website states:
In 1954, aged three, Rhonda Collard-Spratt was taken from her Aboriginal family and placed on Carnarvon Native Mission, Western Australia. Growing up in the white world of chores and aprons, religious teachings and cruel beatings, Rhonda drew strength and healing from her mission brothers and sisters, her art, music and poetry, and her unbreakable bond with the Dreaming. This is the story of Rhonda's search for culture and family as she faces violence, racism, foster families, and her fathers death in custody; one of the first deaths investigated as part of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Written in Rhonda's distinctive voice, Alice's Daughter is fearless, compelling and intimate reading. Coupled with her vibrant and powerful paintings and poetry, Rhonda's is a journey of sadness, humour, resilience and ultimately survival.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Upcoming Library Systems Maintenance and Upgrades

A number of Library systems will be undergoing maintenance/upgrades in the coming weeks.

Schedule and Summary of Changes

Date/Impact System Summary
Overnight 26th/27th June
No outage
Library eJournals portal Upgrading to eJournal Portal 2.0
Rebranding and renaming it the Electronic Resource portal to reflect the inclusion of eJournals and eBooks
Full Details...
Overnight 26th/27th June
No outage
Find It @ JCU Library

Rebrand/Redesign and new Open Access option
Full Details...

8pm 28th June
Less than one minute interruption to services
Remote access to electronic resources (aka elibrary/EZproxy) Rebrand/Redesign and usability improvements
Full Details...
3rd July to 5th
Freeze on booking Group Study Rooms
Group Study Room Bookings

System upgrade to allow more flexible booking options
Full Details...

Booking Freeze for Upgrade to Library Group Study Room Bookings

On Monday 3rd July there will be a 48 hour freeze to Group Study Room Bookings while we upgrade to a new Bookings module and migrate all existing future bookings.

The Group Study Rooms themselves will be available as normal with existing bookings being unaffected.

The upgraded module will feature:
  • Flexible start times and booking lengths (no more one hour blocks starting on the hour)
  • Much more room information (including location) 
  • Two step email confirmation of bookings
  • Improved recurring bookings
Our documentation will be updated to reflect these changes after launch.

Rebranding and additional functionality in Off Campus Access to eResources

The user interface for our remote authentication services to subscription resources (EZproxy aka elibrary.jcu.edu.au) will have a new design template applied at 8pm on 28th June.

There will be a brief interruption to the service (less than one minute).

These changes will:
  • Restore link integrity
  • Make the interface more usable on small screen devices
  • Embed the Library's InfoHelp 'Chat' function
Screen grab of new user interface for EZproxy
Sneak Preview

Rebrand/Redesign, New Functionality in Find It @ JCU Library

Overnight on Monday 26th June the Library will introduce a redesign to the Find It @ JCU Library 'More detail about this item' screen.

There is no outage associated with this change.

A link to the Open Access version of the article (if one exists) will now display - useful if you want to share an article with a non-JCU person.

Design improvements include:
  • Adopting JCU web site branding
  • Clarity added to the details of the article being searched for
  • Making alternative sources of the article more obvious
  • Improved visibility of source and holdings detail

Screen grab of prototype redesign
Sneak Preview

Upgrade: eJournal portal to become Electronic Resource Portal

The Library will be upgrading the eJournal Portal overnight on Monday 26th June.

There will be no outage associated with this process.
 
Many new functions will be introduced with this upgrade. This has led to us renaming it the Electronic Resource Portal.
The eResource portal will be branded in line with the JCU web site and use responsive design principles to aid use on small screen devices.
Sample screen from new eResource Portal
Sneak Preview

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

International Day of the Tropics

June 29th is International Day of the Tropics!
It is a day to celebrate the unique diversity and challenges of the tropics. James Cook University, as one of the two universities in Australia's tropical north, plays a key role in promoting a brighter future for the region, here and around the world. June 29th marks the anniversary of the State of the Tropics report, launched by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in 2014.

The JCU library holds the report in electronic and print versions, as well as many other books and journals relating to life in the tropics!
It's also your chance to WIN! Check out the JCU Facebook page for details.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Book Recommendation: Gugu Badhun: People of the Valley of Lagoons

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:
Gugu Badhun: People of the Valley of Lagoons by Yvonne Cadet-James, Robert Andrew James, Sue McGinty, Russell McGregor.
Call Number : 994.0049915 CAD

An extract from the publisher's website states

Bridging historical scholarship and Aboriginal oral tradition, this innovative book tells the story of the Gugu Badhun people of the Valley of Lagoons in North Queensland. It provides new insights into Aboriginal–European interactions, and new understandings of how Aboriginal people sustained their identities and exercised agency.

Much of the story is told in the words of Gugu Badhun people themselves. Interviews are interspersed with commentary and analysis by the four authors, one of whom, Yvonne Cadet-James, is herself a Gugu Badhun elder.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Trial: bX Recommender in One Search

The Library is please to announced we are trialling bX Recommender in One Search in Semester 2, 2017.

What is bX Recommender?

It is an article recommending service - it uses data harvested from the usage patterns of over 2 million researchers to find articles related to articles listed in your One Search search results.

How do I use it?

If an article in your search has recommendations you will see a the 'Related Articles' link below the citation. Click on this link and the recommended articles will display to the right of your search results.
Click on the article titles listed to see the full text (via Find It @ JCU Library)

Image showing that a click on 'Related Articles' displays recommended articles to the right of your search results
Viewing recommended articles

How do I tell you whether I like it or not?

Your feedback is vital to determine if we acquire this service permanently. Please click on the Feedback link in One Search to tell us what you think.
Image showing where the feedback link is located on the One Search results page
One Search Feedback link

Friday, June 16, 2017

Semester Break Hours

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Congratulations to those who have finished their exams! If you are on semester break, enjoy and we will see you when Semester 2 begins on the 24th of July.

For those continuing their studies during June and July, the library has reduced opening hours in both Cairns and Townsville.The 24hr areas of the libraries will still be available during the semester break.

Townsville:
Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am  - 7pm
Saturday 1pm - 5pm
Sunday Closed

Cairns:
Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 1pm - 5pm
Sunday Closed

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New book recommendation: The Honest History Book

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.
The Honest History Book cover
A title of interest is The Honest History Book edited by David Stephens and Alison Broinowski.
 "Wars change people and they change countries - profoundly and intimately...Framing the experience, interrogating the events, the characters and the sometimes invisible forces at play are all crucial to identifying and making sense of the legacies ... Interrogating the past - honestly, critically, avoiding the traps of ahistoricism and sentimentality - is essential.

"A Honest History Book takes the next step.  It sets out the complications arising form the many threads of our national history that we need to know about and try to understand - the environment, immigration, and multiculturalism, the economy, the role of women, settler-Indigenous relations, and our long lingering ties to the monarchy and to large countries in the northern hemisphere ... This book downsizes ANZAC by giving it context.  It makes ANZAC relatively less important by deflating it and by making other strands of our history more important...The book explores some non-khaki strands of Australian History - the influences that have helped produce modern Australia - as well as some influences that have not been as prominent as they should have been."


The Honest History Book edited by David Stephens and Alison Broinowski. Call Number: 994.04 HON

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Free locker storage: A safe place to store your items while you have a study break

Are you studying hard? Have you been studying for so long you need a real meal? Do you feel you need to step away from the library and go outside to have a break?

If your answers are yes, Townsville campus's Eddie Koiki Mabo Library has lockers for you to store your study gear safely in.

The lockers are:
  • Free
  • Automated and self service, so no need to deal with anyone
  • Able to be used for 5 hours before locking permanently
  • Equipped with an internal power point to charge your laptop or phone up whilst you refresh
All you need to do is:
  • Write down your locker number
  • Write down you secret pin

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Special Collections of the JCU Library

Did you know that the JCU Library has Special Collections? The Library has been collecting information resources that have significance to North Queensland, with a focus on the following areas:
  • Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
  • Industries and Economies in the Tropics
  • People and Societies in the Tropics 
  • Tropical Health, Medicine and Biosecurity
The JCU Library defines North Queensland as the area of Queensland above latitude 22.5 (just above Rockhampton) including the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and other islands which are part of the State of Queensland.

Many items can be found through the Library catalogue, and a detailed list of the Library's archives can be found here.

Special Collections items may be used on the Library premises by visiting the appropriate Reading Rooms during opening hours.  

Caption: A  JCU library staff member viewing one of the beautiful colour plates created by William T Cooper in a volume of "Australian Parrots".  Photo Credit:  Bronwyn McBurnie

Friday, June 2, 2017

ANU Press - Open Access e-Books

Looking for eBooks? Make sure you take a look at what ANU Press has to offer. 

First established in 2003 as ANU E Press, ANU Press was Australia's pioneer electronic academic publisher. Focusing on the electronic production of scholarly works, ANU Press provides free access to all online publications, with a Print on Demand option available for purchase. ANU Press titles range across a wide variety of academic disciplines such as arts, humanities and social sciences, Asia and the Pacific, business and economics, law, and science, and include monographs, journals and conference proceedings, as well as biographies of key scholarly figures.

For a taste of what's available, check out the titles below. Or head to the site and browse all available titles now! ANU Press can be found under A on the databases page. Happy reading!

   

Mabo Day: June 3rd 2017, 25th Anniversary

Saturday June 3rd, 2017, will mark 25 years since the Mabo decision was handed down by the Australian High Court. James Cook University and the Library and Information Services pay respect to the achievements of our alumni Eddie Koiki Mabo, and both his and the other Mer Islander plaintiffs and their families. We hope everyone has great day.

Mabo Day marks the end of Reconciliation Week which starts May 27th on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referedum.You can see what the library holds in relation to these significant dates, including items held in our Special collections.

 In Townsville several Mabo Day and Reconciliation week events will be occurring including an event at Jezzine Barracks at the Strand, and events at Upper Ross. The week following Townsville also hosts the Native Title Conference. All of this is fitting considering that Eddie Koiki Mabo was a long term resident of Townsville and surrounds.

Don't forget the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library has on display until June 12th, its annual Art Exhibition, celebrating the naming of the building after the man.