Saturday, December 10, 2016

Stand Up For Someone's Rights Today!

For this year’s Human Rights Day (December 10th) the United Nations is urging all of us to be actively involved in safeguarding the rights of others. This year’s theme, “Stand up for someone's rights today!”, encourages us all to act and defend the rights of people at risk of discrimination or violence. Many small acts can make a big change in the world.

Head to the JCU Library (in person or online) to learn more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or to read about human rights issues in Australia.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Accessing the EKM Library (Or: The great "Find the Door" challenge of 2016)

The development of the veranda walk around the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on the Townsville campus is continuing, and it is continuing to make accessing the building a fun and exciting adventure.

From Monday the 13th, the adventure will make some of our doors inaccessible, and others will only be able to be reached via certain routes, so if you need to access the building, this is what you need to know:

  • The Southern Entrance will be shut (that's the side closest to the free car park behind the library).
  • Access to the Cafe Entrance (the door closest to Juliette's) will be via a path leading from the library car park between the building and the bike shed.
  • You will not be able to get to the Cafe Entrance from the bridge from Education Central (AKA Building 134, AKA "the building with Miss Sushi in it"), but you will be able to get to the Northern Entrance if you keep walking.
  • The Northern Entrance will be accessible, but you will need to walk around the fencing to get to it.
  • You will need to use the path to the Northern Entrance to access the After Hours Info Commons door when the library is closed, as access to the eastern side of the building will be cut off.
Please note:
  • The student kitchenette outside the 24 Hour Info Commons will be closed during this time, so you will need to bring food that does not require a microwave or hot water.
  • You will not be able to easily access the Info Commons from the library car park after 5.00pm on weeknights or on the weekends. The best place to park during this time will be the ATSIP building (Bld 145) car park and the car park in front of Molecular Sciences (Bld 21).
We will let you know when the next stage of the adventure will take place.


Tropical Monsters: A call for submission

 Are you interested in the tropical folklore and beliefs that touch on all things monstrous? Well the Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics is releasing a special issue on this topic next year and is calling for submissions.

A Special Issue Volume 16, Issue 1, 2017 Submission deadline: 1 February 2017 TROPICAL LIMINAL: URBAN VAMPIRES (and other blood sucking monstrosities)

The vampire and other monstrous beings constitute some of the most famous myths that continue to haunt contemporary society. This special issue examines the presence of these beings within cities of the tropics and sub-tropics – from New Orleans in the deep south of America to Singapore in South East Asia – and examples from cities of the Caribbean, Latin America, African, the Pacific and tropical Asia. The special issue examines three aspects of liminality:
  • the liminal qualities of monstrous blood sucking beings such as: vampires, zombies, Pontianaks, sea sirens, were-tigers, shape-shifters and cyborgs.
  • the liminal and heterotopic spaces from which they arise, such as: cemeteries, bulldozed spaces, shrines, ritual spaces, schools and factories, between buildings, and everyday spaces of taboo.
  •  and how they manifest through liminal experiences of mass hysteria, trauma, anxiety, menstruation, dreams, and altered states of consciousness.
Also of interest is the way myths and stories arise through various media: material culture, film, literature, social media, visual arts, news reports, and scholarly works. Instructions for authors · Submissions close 1 February 2017 · Visit eTropic https://journals.jcu.edu.au/etropic

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Summer Movie: Contempt

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372.

For lovers of cinema, Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film has Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Fritz Lang and Michel Piccoli all on screen in gorgeous Italian scenery. A French writer (Piccoli) works for a rich, US producer (Palance) on a rewrite of Homer’s The Odyssey while his marriage is falling apart. The writer’s wife is played by Brigitte Bardot and Fritz Lang plays himself as the film’s director. Godard took happenings from his own life and threw them into this film within a film that you can find in our collection.

Contempt is playful, profound and shallow all at the same time. There are some amazing tracking shots that capture both the beauty of the stars and the splendor of Italy.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

New Book Recommendation: Traveling Prehistoric Seas: Critical Thinking on Ancient Transoceanic Voyages

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: Traveling Prehistoric Seas: Critical Thinking on Ancient Transoceanic Voyages by Alice Beck Kohoe.
Call Number: 970.01 KEH

An extract from the publisher's website states:
Until recently the theory that people could have traversed large expanses of ocean in prehistoric times was considered pseudoscience. But recent discoveries in places as disparate as Australia, Labrador, Crete, California, and Chile open the possibility that ancient oceans were highways, not barriers, and that ancient people possessed the means and motives to traverse them. In this brief, thought-provoking, but controversial book Alice Kehoe considers the existing evidence in her reassessment of ancient sailing.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Library Services Affected by ICT's Major Maintenance Window

Hello JCU Library users
This weekend's ICT's major maintenance window impacts many library services.
Begins: 8pm AEST  2nd December
Finishes: 4pm AEST 4th December

  Status 12:30Pm Sunday 4th December

  • Readings & Past Exams available.
  • All library systems functioning normally.

Status 11:00am Sunday 4th December

  • Readings & Past Exams unavailable.
  • All other library systems functioning normally.

8:40pm Saturday 3rd December

  • Catalogue back online
  • Remote access still available (One Search, Find It, databases, ejournals & ebooks)
  • ResearchOnline & NQHeritage still available.
  • Readings & Past Exams unavailable.

5:40pm Saturday 3rd December

  • Remote access still available (One Search, Find It, databases, ejournals & ebooks)
  • ResearchOnline & NQHeritage still available.
  • Readings & Past Exams unavailable.
  • Catalogue unavailable.

 3:00pm Saturday 3rd December

  • Remote access still available (One Search, Find It, databases, ejournals & ebooks)
  • ResearchOnline & NQHeritage still available.
  • Readings & Past Exams available again.
  • Catalogue unavailable.

 1:30pm Saturday 3rd December

  • Remote access still available (One Search, Find It, databases, ejournals & ebooks)
  • ResearchOnline & NQHeritage still available.
  • Readings & Past Exams and Catalogue unavailable.

 9:30am Saturday 3rd December

  • Remote access still available (One Search, Find It, databases, ejournals & ebooks)
  • ResearchOnline & NQHeritage still available.
  • Readings & Past Exams and Catalogue unavailable.

7:46am Saturday 3rd December

 All services working normally except the Library Catalogue which cannot query the database or provide access to user accounts.

12:01am Saturday 3rd December

All services working normally except the Library Catalogue which cannot query the database or provide access to user accounts.
All Library services hosted on JCU servers and/or requiring access to JCU authentication systems are impacted, including:
  • Library Catalogue
  • Readings & Past Exams
  • Remote Access (Elibrary/EZproxy)
  • Research Online
  • NQHeritage
  • Interactive Forms/Libserver
Services not impacted (except when they require any of the above to be available) include:
  • LibGuides
  • Library Web Site
  • LibAnswers (FAQs)
  • Group Study Room Bookings
Externally hosted services that will be affected to some degree by the unavailability of remote access/JCU authentication services include:
  • One Search
  • Find It @ JCU Library
  • Databases, Ejournals and Ebooks
Some affected library services may be available within the maintenance window - we will list these on our @JCULibrary twitter feed and through the Library's System Status Management Dashboard as availability comes and goes.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Things to do over the Christmas recess: Brush up your software skills with Lynda.com

The end of year break is here, but you only have the summer job and family festive season to keep you occupied. What else can you do to while away those vacant study hours?

Well, maybe you were wondering about why everybody else was able to embed a video into their Powerpoint so easily, or write a report with a great content table and headings on the exact same Word software as you? Do you have sudden urge to make your digital photos look awesome, or do you have SPSS as a component of your study next year?

At JCU, the library staff recommend you take full advantage of LYNDA.COM.

These are self directed learning  via video tutorials (with a transcript) across a range of topics. Free whilst enrolled at JCU but professionally educational in their tone.