Thursday, April 26, 2012

Featured eBooks: Visual arts

Public Intimacy: Architecture and the visual arts. In her thoughtful collection of essays on the relationship of architecture and the arts, Giuliana Bruno addresses the crucial role that architecture plays in the production of art and the making of public intimacy. As art melts into spatial construction and architecture mobilizes artistic vision, Bruno argues, a new moving space—a screen of vital cultural memory—has come to shape our visual culture.





Art Rules: Pierre Bourdieu and the visual arts. Pierre Bourdieu is now recognized as one of the key contemporary critics of culture and the visual arts. This book analyzes Bourdieu's work on the visual arts to provide an overview of his theory of culture and aesthetics. It applies Bourdieu's theory of practice to the three fields of museums, photography and painting.





Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the field. This book presents groundbreaking, primary texts from the most important historical and contemporary design thinkers. From Aleksandr Rodchenko's "Who We Are: Manifesto of the Constructivist Group" to Kenya Hara's "Computer Technology and Design," this essential volume provides the necessary foundation for contemporary critical vocabulary and thought.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

ANZAC Day, 25 April 2012

First field dressing station of the 7th Bn, AIF, Gallipoli, Turkey, 25/04/1915.
The acronym ANZAC stands for Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, the name given to a unit of troops made up of soldiers from both countries. The ANZACs fought during World War 1 in the Middle East and on the Western Front. ANZAC Day has evolved from commemorating the Gallipoli landing, to recognising all of the Australian soldiers lost in World War 1, to remembering all Australians who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. Find out more about ANZAC day from the Australian War Memorial or have a look at JCU Library ANZAC titles.

ANZAC Day services will be held in both Cairns and Townsville on 25 April.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Anzac Day Opening Hours

Cairns and Townsville libraries will be open from 1-5pm on Wednesday 25 April 201.

World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April

Today is World Book and Copyright Day! 

This day is the symbolic date for world literature, as Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died on this day in 1616. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. Check out the JCU Library's literature collection for the works of many of these authors.

You don't have to read high-brow literature to participate in today's celebrations.  Read any book, and encourage everyone, particularly young people, to discover the joys of reading.  Today is all about enjoying books, and respecting the contributions of authors who have given so much to the cultures of the world.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Book Launch: 24th April @ 3.30pm

We are proud to launch the new series of books, The Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science (Editors-in-Chief: Eric Wolanski and Donald McLusky). This 12 volume treatise provides a scientific resource for professionals and students in the area of estuarine and coastal science.

The launch is on Tuesday April 24th, 3.30pm at the Eddie Koiko Mabo Library (first floor) James Cook University, Townsville Campus, where you can listen to Dr Eric Wolanski (James Cook University, Australian Institute of Marine Science) talk about his work on this series.

If you'd like to attend, please RSVP by today (email: joanna.ruxton@jcu.edu.au).

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"Can you tell me where the section is for..."

We get this question often at the InfoHelp desk. People come into the library hoping that we have a layout like a bookshop and there's just this whole shelf full of the books they want to find - conveniently labelled "criminology" or "nursing" or "statistics" or "biographies".

Some people seem really annoyed when we have to ask some questions and look things up in our catalogue, rather than just saying "all of the biographies are located in the south-west corner of the library - right next to the books about World War Two."

This isn't quite the way we're structured, though. Our physical resources are in Dewey Decimal order, which means that, yes, there is an area where you will find a lot of books on the same subject - but it's probably a fairly large area, and you are probably not interested in looking through everything we have there.

That's why we ask you questions at the desk: so we can help you narrow your search to the most useful areas and point out when the books you want might be in more than one place.

Take nursing, for example. If you asked "Where's the nursing section?", we could probably tell you that it's up in 610.73... but there are thousands of books starting in that section. If you were after ethics in nursing, the books you wanted to see wouldn't start until 610.73069, and you would also find useful books in the 300s and the 100s.

So, we ask you: "What is it about nursing that you want to know?" It's not because we want to slow you down - it's because we want to help you spend less time looking at the shelves and more time finding what you need.

So the next time you come into the library and ask us for a "biographies", please understand if we follow that with "what kind of biographies?" It will help us help you.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

World Bank announces Open Access Policy and launches Open Knowledge Repository

The World Bank has announced that it is introducing an Open Access Policy. This will mandate that World Bank research outputs and knowledge products are deposited in a newly created institutional repository called the Open Knowledge Repository (OKR), which will be freely accessible on the Internet.

To read the full article Click here.Link

Featured eBooks: Social work

101 Things to Do on the Street: Games and resources for detached, outreach and street-based youth work. This book is packed with creative and innovative ideas for street games and activities to help young people aged 11--19 explore personal, social and emotional issues. Specifically designed so that few resources or props are needed, the activities included are all practical, easy to follow, and above all, fun. As well as helping young people get to know each other, they explore issues such as gender stereotypes, offending behaviour, values, trust and street safety. They also aim to improve skills such as teamwork, communication, compromise and negotiation.

Families with Adolescents: Bridging the gaps between theory, research, and practice. Synthesizing findings from the literature on family science and such related fields as psychology, sociology, social work and public health, this title is a study of adolescent development. It offers a blueprint for more consistently improved practice, emphasizing family process and structure instead of individual developmental stages.




Interprofessional Teamwork for Health and Social Care. This book is an invaluable guide for clinicians, academics, managers and policymakers who need to understand, implement and evaluate interprofessional teamwork. It will give them a fuller understanding of how teams function, of the issues relating to the evaluation of teamwork, and of approaches to creating and implementing interventions (e.g. team training, quality improvement initiatives) within health and social care settings. It will also raise awareness of the wide range of theories that can inform interprofessional teamwork.


Social Work in Rural Australia: Enabling practice. Rural social work practice is both challenging and exciting. In order to assist communities to live well socially, ecologically and in economically sustainable ways, students and practitioners must critically engage with and be proactive in addressing the ever-changing conditions of those living in rural and remote areas.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Wiley Online Library Quiz


The first Wiley Online Library Quiz for 2012 has begun.  Take part in the online quiz at: http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/go/SPRING2012
The quiz is aimed at helping users with their research and study, by familiarising them with the online content and features of the Wiley Online Library.  Competition runs from 27 March to 11 May 2012.  Great prizes to be won including five iPad2, five iPod Nanos and ten iPod Shuffles.