Tuesday, September 27, 2016

World Tourism Day - 27 September 2016

September 27 2016 is World Tourism Day. This day aims to raise awareness of the importance of tourism and the value it has for communities socially, culturally, politically, and economically. This is also a time to spread the word about the importance of tourism and the benefits of universal accessibility for society as a whole.

Did you know that you can study a Bachelor of Business in Hospitality and Tourism Management at JCU. The JCU Library has a LibGuide for Tourism as well as a range of resources about tourism and travel. Not only that, we live in a tourist hotspot with Magnetic Island, the Great Barrier Reef just to name a couple of attractions, so why not dive in and see what you can find.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Queen's Birthday Long Weekend

Monday 3 October 2016 is the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday. Queen Elizabeth's actual birthday is 21 April, but is celebrated on different days throughout the Commonwealth and even different in the states of Australia. Can you imagine how many birthday cakes a year that would be if she celebrated every one. Queensland now celebrates the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday in October, instead of June as it has before.

The libraries at Cairns and Townsville will have restricted opening hours on Monday 3 October 2016. The opening hours are:

Townsville 1pm - 5pm.
Cairns 1pm - 5pm.

Dont forget the Townsville Mabo Libary 24 hours Information Commons is open as usual.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

New platform for Cambridge University Press

Have you looked at our Cambridge University Press databases on the library's A-Z Databases pages recently? Their new platform Cambridge Core has just been launched with all their previously separate databases now accessible from the one site. The new platform allows for seamless searching or browsing across all their journals, books and collections simultaneously. Although James Cook University Library does not have subscriptions to all of the content available on Cambridge Core, the majority of the academic journals are available to JCU students and staff. We like the new layout and their visual clues to locating our subscribed content, such as the green tick shown below.
To search all content, select "Search only content I have access to" by marking the checkbox under the search box on the home page. Filtering on subscribed content only is also available from the research results screen. The number of subscribed and open access resources is displayed conveniently at the top left of your filtering options.  There are  also several methods provided to share, save or export your results. Altmetrics and other information, where available, are displayed within a clear and uncluttered layout. Book descriptions include separate sections for reference lists and reviews.
Open Access resources are clearly indicated and can be separately located by following the links on the 'What we publish' page.

Alternatively as a different search strategy, the 'Browse subjects' functionality uses a hierarchical structure, allowing researchers to select among various formats and sources. Selecting a title displays a summary of the journal or book title, impact factors and other information.

Remember, if the article or book you require is listed on Cambridge Core but  James Cook University does not have access, you are able to request an Inter-library loan or suggest a purchase through the library.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

International Day of Peace

Today is a day of peace. It’s September 21st, the International Day of Peace. This is a day established by the United Nations back in 1981. Since 2001, this Day has been designated as a time for global ceasefire and non-violence.

The theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”.

There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were unanimously voted for and which are considered vital to establishing a peaceful planet. You can read more about these goals through One Search.

So be mindful and respectful of those around you today (just like every day!) and try to follow the words of two lesser known proponents of peace and “be excellent to each other”.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Announcing The Literature Review LibGuide!

The Library is proud to announce a new LibGuide: The Literature Review

After feedback from students requesting more in-depth information about literature reviews and how to write them, the lovely librarian Natascha Kucurs in Cairns has created this great new guide to answer your literature review questions.

This new LibGuide provides at in-depth look at the literature review process and covers the topics:

For more help with literature reviews please contact the InfoHelp Desk, your Liaison Librarian or the Learning Centre.

Monday, September 19, 2016

New Book Recommendation: The Australian Native Bee Book: Keeping Stingless Bee Hives For Pets, Pollination and Sugarbag Honey

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

A book title of interest is:
The Australian Native Bee Book: Keeping Stingless Bee Hives for Pets, Pollination and Sugarbag Honey by Tim Heard

Call number: 595.799 HEA

An extract from the publisher's website states:
Keeping native stingless bees is a hot topic in Australia for commercial, environmental and recreational reasons. You can do something about the decline of pollinators by conserving native bees.
In this book you’ll find the complete guide to native stingless bees, written by an expert who has spent his lifetime intimately engaged with these unique creatures. Whether you keep a hive or two in your suburban garden, or want to use multiple hives on a commercial farm, this friendly guide has you covered.

Friday, September 16, 2016

T150 – Townsville Past & Present: Architecture in Townsville - Bought and Sold

Robert Towns. Willmett & Wyeth Album, NQ Photographic Collection
As was typical with European settlements of the day, the assumption of the first settlers in Townsville was that the land was freely available to them without any need to recompense the displaced original inhabitants. The land of the Cleveland Bay area was claimed for the Queensland Government by John Melton Black and Robert Towns with the expectation that they would receive some blocks because of their role in taking possession of the area.

The Wulgurukaba and Bindal people were and are the traditional owners of these lands.

First sale

The first sale of Townsville land was held in Bowen on 31 July, 1865. John Melton Black wrote to Robert Towns that the people at this sale were ‘Cleveland Bay mad’. This opinion is supported by the report of the sale in the Rockhampton Bulletin and Central Queensland Advertiser of 15 August 1865 which reported
The Sale of Townsville, Cleveland Bay, took place at the Court House last Monday. The attendance was very large, and everyone seemed determined to purchase at "any price." If we are to augur the future prosperity of Townsville from the prices its land has produced at the first sale, it will indeed be very brilliant.
Sixty-nine lots were offered raising £4139 at an average of £240 per acre.

The event did not please everyone. The Brisbane Courier of 7 August 1865 carried an article from an anonymous ‘occasional correspondent’ complaining that the advice about the sale only appeared in the local paper a few days prior to the event so it was not possible for anyone living at a distance to take part and ‘that 30 of the lots are so peculiarly encumbered as to meet the selfish desire of a rather well-known absentee resident in Sydney!’ Obviously Robert Towns was perceived to be taking financial advantage of his early interest in the area.

Costs and benefits

Actually, the high prices paid at the sale were not to the benefit of Towns and Black. The government only reserved a limited number of blocks for the two entrepreneurs, two on which a hotel had been built and three others improved by the building of a store, an iron store, and a butcher’s shop. No one else was permitted to buy these, but Towns and Black were required to buy them from the government at the average price of land at the sale. Not a particularly good return for the work that

Black had done and the financial support of Towns
Black was probably justified in complaining in a letter to Towns We have not a piece of ground for ourselves except by paying an outrageous price for it. So much for discovering a new port, for all the privation and rough life I have endured for the last twelve months leaving altogether out of the question the risk to my life and injury to my health.