Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Random Book Review: Sister Madge's Book of Nuns

Sister Madge's Book of Nuns is written by Doug MacLeod and illustrated by Craig Smith.

Originally published in 1986, Sister Madge's Book of Nuns is a fondly regarded Australian children's book - which apparently started out as a practical joke on a publisher.

Introduced by Sister Madge, from the Convent of our Lady of Immense Proportions, the book consists of a number of poems about various nuns Sister Madge has known.

The book is a rollicking, irreverent excuse to put some nuns in very un-nun-like situations, and there are enough fart jokes to keep any Year 3 class amused. The poems are a little long for reading the entire book in one sitting to the younger grades, but it gives a primary school teacher the opportunity the stretch the book out over several story telling sessions.

My favourite lines come from "Sister Stephanie and the Gang":
Sister Stephanie left the store
But came back with a mighty roar
The windows smashed, alarm bells rang,
The nuns had formed a bikie gang

The gang was fierce, the gang was mad
The gang was old and leather-clad
With chains and crosses, clubs and spikes
The nuns revved up their superbikes
You can find Sister Madge's Book of Nuns in the Curriculum Collection, at 820.94 MACL.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Winter Reading Display – Townsville

Looking for a good book to read or DVD to watch over the winter break? Pop in to the Mabo Library and check out our Winter Reading Display featuring Australian literature and films.

The works featured are a small sample of our Australian book collection. Many more books can be found at 820A, on the top floor of the Library.

Also on display are books from our North Queensland Collection, novels written by locals or set in North Queensland.

Endnote training

Hands on Endnote training will be conducted for staff and postgraduate students in July.

Training will cover

Getting started with Endnote
Endnote and Word
Connecting to the JCU Library Catalogue using Connection Files
Using Filter Files to import information from online databases

Training will be conducted in Townsville on the following dates:

Tuesday 14 July - 9am to 12noon
Wednesday 15 July - 9am to 12noon
Thursday 16 July - 9am to 12noon

All sessions will be in HX107 (aka DA2-107)

To book for Townsville sessions contact
Training in Cairns will be conducted on the following dates

Tuesday 14 July - 9am to 12noon
Wednesday 15 July - 9am to 12noon
Thursday 16 July - 9am to 12noon

All sessions will be in B1.104 (library computer training room)

To book for Cairns sessions contact

Friday, 19 June 2009

Random Book Review: Circus Techniques

Circus Techniques, by Hovey Burgess, is one of the seminal works in circus pedagogy. Burgess was a long-time teacher at the New York University, teaching circus techniques in the graduate acting programme. He also taught at the Juilliard School during the Sixties and Seventies, and worked with most of the top clown schools and colleges in America... in addition to being a juggler, acrobat and flyman in his own right.

His book, originally published in 1976, has rarely been out of print, and is still considered to be one of the core books in the genre.

Circus Techniques examines three basic elements of circus arts: juggling, equilibristics and vaulting (for those of you who might not be quite so "up" on your circus terminology, "equilibristics" covers balance skills like unicycling and stilts, while "vaulting" covers acrobatic skills such as tumbling and trapeze). In each area, he covers basic skills and builds to more advanced techniques.

The information is very practical and straightforward, and the pictures are comprehensive enough to adequately illustrate the processes involved. While some of the techniques can be self-taught with little more than a pool-cue or a chair, others require more advanced equipment or, at the very least, support people to act as spotters or catchers. Some techniques also require partners, but circus has always been a collaborative effort...

You can find the book at 791.34 BUR on the top floor of the Mabo Library, in Townsville. If you're in Cairns, you can place a hold on the book and we'll send it up to you. We have the second edition of the book, which has long since lost it's yellow cover, but the contents are timeless, even if the cover is unassuming.

The book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in circus skills or physical performance. If you intend to learn juggling or acrobatic skills, it's compulsory reading.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

2009 JCU Teaching Awards

JCU is pleased to announce the recipient of the JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and the recipients of the 2009 Faculty Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. This year, we also presented a Citation for Sessional staff.

The citations are awarded annually to staff who have demonstrated they have influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience over a sustained period of time, and have gained recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community.

See the winners at: http://www.jcu.edu.au/teaching/JCUPRD_047647.html or pop into the Mabo Library or the Cairns campus library and see the citations on display.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Library Inter-Semester/Block Mode Opening Hours

During the Inter-Semester / Block Mode (Monday 22 June - Sunday 26 July) the Library Opening Hours for Townsville and Cairns will be:
  • 8am - 5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • 8am - 9pm Tuesday
  • 1pm - 5pm Saturday
  • Closed Sunday
Closed Townsville Show Day (Monday 29 June)
Closed Cairns Show Day (Friday 17 July)

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

New trials for midwifery and medicine

Students and staff of JCU have trial access until 30 June 2009 to a selection of books journals and databases in OvidSP on midwifery and medicine.

Maternity and Infant Care
: Database of over 120,000 references with abstracts to articles from journals, books, and grey literature relating to pregnancy, labour, birth, postnatal care, and neonatal care and the first year of an infant’s life.

MIDIRS Midwifery Digest in Journals@Ovid

Books@Ovid Includes:

* Jones & Bartlett 100 Questions & Answers Series
* Avery's Neonatology
* Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk
* Informed Choice Initiative: For Professionals
* Informed Choice Initiative: For Women
* Johns Hopkins Manual of Gynecology and Obstetrics
* Manual of Obstetrics

A password is not required on campus, while off campus access to the trial is available via Remote Access login to the library trials web page.

If you have any feedback either positive or negative please let us know.

Multimedia Hosting Service for Academics

The Library and Learning Technologies are pleased to announce that JCU students and staff can now access multimedia teaching materials including video, off air broadcasts and music, in addition to text and images through LearnJCU.

The multimedia materials are hosted on a media streaming server, which means the content can be viewed quickly by students regardless of the speed of the bandwidth connection. Students can also jump to particular parts of the content by dragging the tracking bar.

Academic staff can submit multimedia content through the Reserve Online forms available from the Reserve Online For Academic Staff guide. More information about streaming digital media at JCU is provided by Learning Technologies including an FAQ, and hints on creating digital media files.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Need a quiet place to study? Try the library's Silent Zone and Quiet Study Areas.

  • Did you know that we have a TOTAL SILENCE ZONE along the southern wall on the top floor of the library building? This zone has been established for those students who want absolute silence while studying.
  • Conditions of access for these areas are: No mobile phones; No children.
  • Other areas in the Library are for quiet conversation, including the Western Group Presentation Room on the top floor, the Seminar room and Student lounge on the first floor (eastern end) and the Coffee Friendly Zone located on the ground floor adjacent to Copying Services.
  • All areas are clearly marked on the Library floor plans.
  • The whole top floor of the library is a SILENT STUDY AREA. Children are allowed but it is the parent/adult's responsibility to ensure that they do not disturb other library patrons throughout the library.
  • Group study and quiet conversation is acceptable on the ground and first floors of the Library. The ground floor is a Coffee Friendly Zone, with the exception of the computer workstations in the Reading Room and in the Learning Center.
  • All areas are clearly marked on the Library floor plans.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Exam Tips #5

Make something

Okay, you've got a really complex subject that has a lot of "hard" facts to remember... and there's an exam coming up.

You know you are going to have to remember that formula/definition/date, so you write it down on a piece of paper and read over it as often as you can - saying it out-loud to a mirror to help you memorise it.

But it's so very similar to another formula/definition/date that you have to remember for the same exam, and you aren't sure if you'll remember exactly which one is which when it comes to the crunch...

While memorisation is great, and learning things by rote can really help you recall things later on, the best thing you can do to remember something is to engage with it.

If you know what that formula does (and what happens if you change one part of it), if you use that definition in context, if you remember something else that happened on that date... well it might mean more to you. When it means something to you, you stand a better chance of remembering it.

One of the best ways to engage with the facts is to make something out of them. Anything at all.

It could be a study guide for a Sixth Grade class, which makes you rethink the way you present the information so that twelve-year-olds can understand it. It could be a series of slides created for your own class - as if you were going to teach your peers a lesson on the subject. It could be a short story in which the facts form crucial plot points. It could be an interpretive dance, in which each movement represents a core concept.

Whatever makes you happy. Play with it - come up with something that gets you not just thinking about the information but actively using it.

This also helps you work on an important skill - synthesis. It's one of the higher order thinking skills Bloom lists in his taxonomy, and it can help you improve the quality of the work you produce.

When you make something new with the facts you have on hand, you're more likely to remember them later, and more likely to be able to use them effectively.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Scopus Database

The Library is promoting the Scopus database in June.

Why use Scopus?
  • Scopus is a premier abstract and citation database covering over 16,000 of the world’s best peer-reviewed journals.
  • Scopus search results include:
    • Journal articles
    • conference proceedings, trade publications and book series
    • scholarly web pages (searched via Scirus)
    • patent records from 5 patent offices
  • Scopus exports search results directly to EndNote
    • Check your Scopus skills now - answer our quiz for a chance to win Scopus prizes

    Monday, 1 June 2009

    Queen's Birthday Opening Hours

    The Townsville and Cairns Libraries will be open from 1-5pm on Monday 8th June 2009

    Exam Opening Hours

    The Townsville and Cairns Library Buildings will be open for extended hours during the Examination period, beginning Saturday 6 June - Sunday 21 June. Handouts are available at the InfoHelp desks.

    24 hour study facilities, including copying, computing and printing are available in the Humanities Annex (HX/DA02) Computing Facility in Townsville and A2.017, A2.018 and B1.030 facilities in Cairns. Many services and resources are available 24 hours per day through the Library and Computing Services website.