Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas closure is for the birds!

We're closed for the Christmas/New Years period, so if you're planning on coming onto campus, you'll have plenty of time to try your hand at bird watching. So what birds can you find near our buildings?

*Ahem*

On the first day of Christmas my library gave to me:
A kookaburra in a gum tree (Townsville).

On the second day of Christmas my library gave to me:
Two willy wagtails (Cairns and Townsville)
And a kookaburra in a gum tree.

[Actually, this could go on for a while - let's just skip to the last verse]

On the twelfth day of Christmas my library gave to me:
Twelve Australian brush turkeys (everywhere you look),
Eleven spangled drongos (Cairns and Townsville),
Ten white-rumped swiftlets (Cairns),
Nine bush-stone curlews (Cairns and Townsville),
Eight crested pigeons (Townsville),
Seven dusky honeyeaters (Cairns),
Six zebra finches (Townsville),
Five noisy friarbirds (Townsville),
Four magpie larks (Cairns and Townsville),
Three great bowerbirds (Townsville),
Two willy wagtails,
And a kookaburra in a gum tree.

Thanks for your support this year - we wish you luck in 2018, and hope to see you again.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Last Day of the Year!

Today is the last day of the year for JCU - most departments will be closing today at 12.00pm (including the library) and reopening in the New Year.

Please note:

The Library will be closing at 12.00pm today (in both Townsville and Cairns). This includes the Information Commons.

We will reopen on Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018, at 8.00am.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Holiday reading - Fact or fiction?


Don't forget to borrow books for holiday reading before the library closes for the holiday break this Friday.

For fiction lovers, Richard Flanagan has just released his latest novel, First person.
A young and penniless writer, Kif Kehlmann, is rung in the middle of the night by the notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl proposes a deal: $10,000 for Kehlmann to ghost write his memoir in six weeks. As the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. Is he ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting him - his life, his future?

If you prefer something factual, Judith Brett's new biography, The enigmatic Mr Deakin shines fresh light on Australia's second prime minister. Deakin's private papers reveal a solitary, religious character who found distasteful much of the business of politics, with its unabashed self-interest, double-dealing, and mediocre intellectual levels, and yet politics is where Deakin chose to do his life's work. The enigmatic Mr Deakin promises to be an insightful portrait of a complex man who helped shape modern Australia. 

You can find these and other new books on display inside the library. Keep up to date with new acquisitions by subscribing to the New Library Books list online.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

New Book Recommendation: The Secret Life of Flies

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 book title of interest is: The Secret life of Flies by Erica McAlister

In The Secret Life of Flies entomologist Erica McAlister gets under the wings of these crucial creatures as she adventures into the land of the fly. From hungry herbivores and precocious pollinators to robber flies, danceflies and the much maligned mosquito, she describes the different types of fly, their unique and often unusual characteristics, and the unpredictable nature of their daily life.

Erica travels from the drawers of wonder at the Natural History Museum, London to the mountains of Peru, via underground caves, smelly latrines and the English country garden. She discovers flies without wings, eyes on stalks, rotating genitalia and the terrible hairy fly, while pausing along the way to consider today’s key issues of conservation, taxonomy, forensic entomology and climate change.

Combining her deep knowledge and love of flies with a wonderful knack for storytelling, Erica McAlister allows us to peer – amazed and captivated – into the secret life of flies. The Secret Life of Flies is suited to insect lovers and natural history enthusiasts.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Crossword Puzzle Day

21st December is Crossword Puzzle Day! It may be American but it sounds like a relaxing way to spend an hour or two during semester break.

Think you know literary detectives? Try this puzzle, which features many fictional detectives from the past to the present and various crime-related clues.  You can find more online literary-themed crosswords at Fun Trivia.

Which American government agency tracks Santa's sleigh on Christmas Eve? How many sides does a snowflake have? If you would prefer a crossword with a Christmas theme, head to reindeerland.org. This site also has challenging Christmas anagrams and cryptograms, as well as a range of other free, printable puzzles suitable for adults and children.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Library opening hours - Christmas 2017 and January 2018

UPDATE: The VC has granted the university a lunch-time closure on Friday 22nd December, 2017.

The library will be closing at 12.00pm (midday) on Friday 22/12/2017, and remaining closed until 8.00am on Tuesday 2/1/2018.


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:
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Aroma
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

Juliette's
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

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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.

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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
Waterworld
The Terminator
Akira
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!