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. de immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the

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.

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 
  • 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.