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

https://www.jcu.edu.au/libraryIt 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 
  • Friday 22nd December, closing at 12.00pm
  • 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.