Sunday, 22 July 2018

Library Opening Hours, Study period 2, 2018

Welcome back to all our students.  The Cairns Campus library and the Mabo library (Townsville) will be open at the following times during Semester 2: 

Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library 
  • Monday to Thursday 7:30 am to 9:30 pm
  • Friday 7:30 am to 7:30 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00pm 

Cairns Campus Library 
  • Monday to Friday 7:30am to 12:00am (midnight) The library will be staffed from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday to Thursday and from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Friday
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am to 10:00pm. The library will be staffed from 10:00am to 5:00pm

Cairns Show Day opening hours:
  • Friday 20 July, 5:00pm to 10:00pm (unstaffed) The Townsville library will be open for business as usual.

A security guard patrols the Cairns library when the library is unstaffed and can escort you to your car on request.

You can find all our opening hours on the library website.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Queensland Judgments - New Database

Queensland Judgments is an essential – and free – resource for all Queensland law students and professionals.

The website is a joint initiative of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for the State of Queensland (ICLRQ) and the Supreme Court of Queensland Library Committee (SCLQ), publishing an authoritative, complete, and functional collection of Queensland case law, including the Queensland Reports.

Included on the site is a complete online set of the authorised reports of the Supreme Court of Queensland, commencing from the foundation of the Court in 1859. The set is updated monthly and includes:
  • Queensland Supreme Court Reports (QSCR) (1859-1878)
  • Queensland Law Reports (Beor) (QLR (Beor)) (1876-1878)
  • Queensland Law Journal Reports (QLJ) and Notes of Cases (QLJ (NC)) (1861-1901)
  • State Reports of Queensland (St R Qd) (1902-1957)
  • Queensland Weekly Notes (QWN) (1902-1972)
  • Queensland Reports (Qd R) (from 1958).
In addition to the Queensland Reports, Queensland Judgments also includes a complete set of the unreported judgements of the Supreme Court of Queensland (from 2002), updated daily. Judgments that have been noted as subject to an appeal are annotated with a warning symbol in the heading and an endnote. All appeals from judgments published in this collection will be recorded on the site. Pending appeals can be found under the Appeals tab.

There is also a Digest, which identifies and summarizes key Queensland decisions concerning the meaning and operation of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 (Qld). This digest is updated weekly.

Much of the site can be accessed without need for registration. However, to access the Queensland Reports, users will need to register for a free account

There are also a few short videos to help you get the most out of the site.

Biggest Book Club, Sunday 12 August 2018

The 2018 Tropical Writers Festival will be held in Cairns from 10-12 August 2018. This biennial event brings together local writers and readers with Australian and international authors and speakers to stimulate literary conversations.

One of the many sessions on offer is the Biggest Book Club.

When: Sunday 12 August, 11am to 12.30pm
Where: Hilton, Cairns

In this popular event, a panel of writers and journalists have an animated discussion about three very different books:

The Shepherd’s Hut, by Tim Winton
Force of Nature, by Jane Harper
Less, by Andrew Sean Greer, 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner

Buy your tickets now and join in the fun (reading the books is not essential).

For the full program of events, go to the Tropical Writers Festival website.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

52 Book Challenge - Week 29

Week 29 of the 52 Book Reading Challenge is hitting us just in time for O-Week. For anyone who is new to this challenge, we've stolen a reading challenge from Hannah Braime, and every week we're challenging people to read a book (but not just any book - it has to match a certain theme).

Jump in at any time and read as many of the books as you can. Die-hard readers who manage to complete the entire challenge get... um... well, we don't have any prizes. But reading is it's own reward.

This week's challenge is:

29. A book set in the future

Just to make things interesting, it doesn't have to be our future. It can be a book that was set in the future back when it was written, even if we've overtaken it now (like 1984, or 2001: A Space Odyssey).

And, just remember, we only have one copy of The Handmaid's Tale, so if you want that one you'd better move fast.

Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up here.

Reading Challenge Week 28 - A book with a place in the title.

So this week's reading challenge was to read a book with a place in the title. There are a lot of places in the world. There are places close at hand, and places far away. You could have a planet, a country, a county, a city, a street or the chair you're sitting on right now (although, that last one would be a very specific book and I'm not sure we'd have that in our library). It can be a real place, an imaginary place or a metaphysical place.

The place could be somewhere to go, somewhere to be, or somewhere one's been. Here or there. Anywhere. Nowhere. Erehwon...

Let's stop waffling about places and look at some books, shall we?

Louise Cottrell read The Australian Colonies: Their Origin and Present Condition, by William Hughes.

And now for some shameless self-promotion: Did you know that the JCU Library has a Special Collections? While we normally spruik the North Queensland Collection, we also have a Rare Book Collection. You know, the type where a Librarian guards the entrance like a dragon with its hoard? You’re welcome to use our treasures, but please wear gloves or the Librarian will kill maim be displeased with you.

This week I read The Australian Colonies: Their origin and present condition by William Hughes, published in 1852 (919.4 HUG, Rare Books). Written around 1850, the book provides a snapshot of an exciting period of Australian history, a time roughly 60 years since the landing of the First Fleet, the beginning of the Gold Rushes to Victoria and New South Wales, and 3 years before convict transportation ceased.

It’s a fascinating read but it is a product of its time, so expect flowery descriptions, political incorrectness and a patronizing opinion of anyone not British, male and upper class.

Oh, and there are cannibals, can’t forget the cannibals. Long live the Victorian fascination with the macabre!

Brenda Carter read Howard’s End by E. M. Forster.

Although Howard’s End is not a real geographic place in the sense of place names in A Passage to India or Out of Africa, it is the name of the country house in Howard’s End by E. M. Forster (820 FORS 1C HOW/STA) and the setting in which the characters converge and the main themes of the novel are explored.  Forster based his description of Howards End on his childhood home ‘Rooks Nest’ in Hertfordshire.

Howard’s End is a surprisingly modern novel, considering it was written in 1910. The somewhat bohemian Schlegel sisters are intelligent and independent. Their decisions are based on compassion and respect for the dignity of all, regardless of social status. In contrast, the actions of the wealthy Wilcoxes reflect their social and economic prejudices. As Forster evaluates the social conventions and moral choices of the Schlegels, their lower class friends and the Wilcoxes, the fate of Howard’s End becomes the symbol of the ‘new morality’ and reconciliation amongst the families.

Howard’s End has been adapted for theatre, television, film, radio and opera, but the novel remains the most satisfying form. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Howards End 38th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century – it is well worth a read.

I love a book that starts with a map. Maps seem to appear much more often in fantasy books than in other works of fiction. I know that Treasure Island has a map but cannot think of many others outside the fantasy genre.

There was no mention in this week’s challenge that the place should be found somewhere here on Earth.

Earthsea is not a real place. Earthsea is an archipelago created by the author, and the setting for a series of novels that begin with A Wizard of Earthsea (810 LEG, curriculum collection). Earthsea is, like all archipelagos, bound by water. People generally believe that there are no lands beyond the archipelago but there are rumours of islands that exist past the mapped world.

We meet Ged from Gont as a young boy. Ged is gifted in the use of magic and soon leaves his village to go off to wizard school where he learns his trade from the masters. Something terrible happens along the way and Ged accidentally releases a power from another realm. This shadow-like entity almost kills Ged, and then goes about  hunting the young wizard, aiming to possess him and do all sorts of mischief to the world of Earthsea.

When I think of Earthsea I imagine a low, grey sky over rugged, windswept islands. If I had to compare the book to a fruit, I would choose a mangosteen because the action takes place in an interesting looking land, not everything is as it seems, and it leaves you wanting more. 

Friday, 13 July 2018

O-Week Library Workshops

Active learning is the key to success at university. Get a head start during O-Week with these library workshops:

Thursday 19 July - Keys to Academic Success (Part Two)
Power Up Your Assignment Research, 11:00am-11:45am
Your assignment is only as good as your research. Come to this session to build up some serious research muscle. 

Referencing Bootcamp, 11:45am-12:30pm
Learn the nitty gritty details of referencing and how to avoid plagiarism. The library website also has guides on different referencing styles, and of course our friendly staff can offer support at the Infohelp desk or via online chat.

Find us in Building A3.3 (Cairns) or Central Lecture Theatre, Building 5 (Townsville). If you miss this session, you can take the Info Skills Road Trip online.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

52 Book Challenge - Week 28

"Do you know the way to San Jose? I'm only 24 hours from Tulsa, but I left my heart in San Francisco, and now I'm stuck catching a bus with some kids in America. I'm a bit out of place here - I'm a Galway girl (don't believe anyone who tells you I belong to Glasgow), but I expect, by the time I get to Pheonix, I'll feel like it's a long, long way to Tipperary. I'd like to make a call, but that darn Wicheta lineman is still on the line, and I don't want to use the payphone in MacArthur Park. It looks oddly melted..."

Hopefully, we've managed to get at least one song stuck in your head and prompted you to ask: "Why are they using song titles to talk about a Reading Challenge?"

Well, these aren't just any song titles - they're titles with place names in them. And it just so happens that this week's challenge is:

28. A book with a place in the title.

So go find yourself a book to read.

Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up here.