Thursday, May 31, 2012

Special Collections Fossickings 4: Writing the far north‘s stories

 Karen Ryle (Peter's daughter and JCU Library Officer) enjoying one of his many publications.

In recent years, Peter Ryle has become one of far north Queensland’s most prolific local historians. In 1996 he completed his honours degree on the Queerah meatworks near Edmonton, his “insider status” as a former employee doubtless enhancing his insights into the complexity of industrial relations and a transformative period in an important North Queensland industry. This was followed in 2000 by his PhD thesis on Cooktown’s decline and recovery over a 126-year period. Both degrees were undertaken at JCU’s Cairns campus.

Since then Peter has published 5 monographs all of which are held in the Cairns or Townsville Special Collections. His subjects have been as diverse as the birth and growth of the Cairns Port Authority (By air and sea), a history of volunteering (Enduring spirit and lasting legacy) and the story of Forsayth and district (Where the old Delaney flows). A booklet about the small sugar-transporting ships which plied the North Queensland coast (The sugar lighters of Cairns and district) was written to accompany a photographic exhibition at the Cairns museum in 2001. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, in 2009 Peter turned the spotlight on his fellow historians in Yesterday Today and Tomorrow, documenting 50 years of the Cairns Historical Society.

Material in the Queerah Meatworks archive is believed to be donated by former Union president, Frank Houlihan. The archive was very recently relocated to Special Collections in the JCU Cairns Library.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

ABC Radio National: The Mabo effect

Awaye!: The Mabo effect will be broadcast this Saturday (2 June 2012) at 6:05PM on Radio National.

The 1992 High Court decision in the Mabo case was a watershed - it established the legal doctrine of native title and overturned a legal fiction, the conceit of terra nullius. But 20 years on from the historic ruling what has been the effect on Indigenous artists?

Native title might be a shadow of land rights and justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people but the Mabo decision stands.

We ask Torres Strait Islander artists who talk about the decision as a kind of impetus that drives their work, sometimes on subconscious level.

Featured eBooks: Languages

A Comprehensive Indonesian-English Dictionary. This book is an authoritative resource on the Indonesian language today, and is an essential reference for students, tourists, business people, and scholars of Indonesian.

Dirty Spanish: Everyday slang from what's up? to F%# off. Next time you’re traveling or just chattin’ in Spanish with your friends, drop the textbook formality and bust out with expressions they never teach you in school, including: cool slang, funny insults, and more. Dirty Spanish teaches the casual expressions heard every day on the streets of Spain and Latin America.
Latin Dictionary and Grammar. This book contains 60,000 references and 100,000 translations to give full coverage of the vocabulary required by the major examining boards. The grammar section gives a comprehensive guide to Latin verbs and grammar, with simple explanations and usage examples drawn from standard texts. Also included are detailed supplements on Roman history, life and culture and a section on common Latin words and phrases still used in English today.

Resources for Teaching French 14-16. This book is a user friendly manual that provides teachers with suggestions for classroom activities aimed at children aged 14-16 studying French. The activities introduce different opportunities and approaches in both individual and group work; in both school and homework. They help to motivate and inspire students, and offer different methods of teaching and learning and different ways that teachers can deliver lessons. Most of these suggestions are practical, task-based and active, to stimulate students' imagination and to motivate and inspire them in the subject.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week and Mabo Day

Wadda Mooli, from May the 26th through to June the 3rd, a series of dates and official calender events happen of significance in Australia. First is National Sorry Day on Friday the 26th of May to remember and advocate for those Indigenous people affected by past child removal and protection policies. The National Sorry Day Committee is a lead organisation in this. Locally various public organisations will hold talks and information events about this issue.

Reconciliation Week follows and starts on the 27th of May the anniversary of the 1967 federal referendum and ends on June the 3rd Mabo Day that commemorates the Mabo decision of 1992. The last date is named after Eddie Koiki Mabo, the lead plaintiff in the case and whose name our library in Townsville carries. This year is the 20th Anniversary of the decision.  In honour of this anniversary, the ABC is releasing a telemovie of Eddie Mabo's life.  Likewise, on 3rd June, the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library is hosting an event, so please keep an eye out to register your attendance.

This year we have displayed numerous titles on the first floor of the Mabo Library in Townsville to show Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary cultural expression in film, music and literature (borrow Stone Bros for a light hearted comedy full of Indigenous based humour). This is complemented by a mix of topics that people may be interested in as part of their studies. Art, film and literature for our School of Creative Arts students and humanities based subjects. A selection of archaeological and anthropological titles. Stolen Generation titles including The Protectors which is the next step in examining the issue of the non-Indigenous participators in the Northern Territory are also on display.

We  encourage you to attend events like JCU's Mabo Day events which includes an art exhibition by Gail Mabo and Mabo family memorabilia in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, or other local community events in Townsville and Cairns, an example are events organised by Townsville City libraries tour of the local Indigenous Cultural Centre.


Special Collections Fossickings 3: Tiny cathedral’s link to disastrous shipwreck

North Queensland Photographic Collection ID 1074
This photograph, from the Reverend Frederic Charles Hall Photographic Collection, shows the interior of what was then known as the Quetta Memorial Cathedral on Thursday Island.

The church was built in 1893 as a memorial to those lost in Queensland’s worst maritime disaster. In February 1890 the SS Quetta struck an uncharted reef in the Adolphus Channel, off the tip of Cape York, with the loss of 134 lives. The church contains a number of items salvaged from the wreck: a life-belt bearing the Quetta’s name and registered port of Glasgow, and the ship’s lantern hanging before the altar, can be seen in the photograph. Rev Hall’s grandson believes the elaborate foliage decorations were erected for Harvest Festival.

From 1900-1996 the church served as the cathedral for the vast former Anglican Diocese of Carpentaria, becoming Australia’s smallest cathedral in its largest diocese. Today the church falls within the Diocese of North Queensland and bears the name “All Souls and St Bartholomew’s Quetta Memorial Church” – the first part of the name honouring the Quetta victims. The Queensland Heritage List citation for the Quetta Memorial Precinct notes that “the Cathedral illustrates the late 19th century colonial fashion for erecting Gothic Revival style church buildings in exotic locations.”

Rev. Frederic Charles Hall (1878-1926) was ordained in this church in 1906. Also a keen amateur photographer, his important collection of photographs was donated to the University in 1982 by his son, the late Ken Hall. The story of SS Quetta can be found in John Foley’s The Quetta (1990) held in the North Queensland collection.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Featured eBooks: Engineering

Mechanics, Models and Methods in Civil Engineering. This book collects leading papers dealing with actual Civil Engineering problems. The approach is in the line of the Italian-French school and therefore deeply couples mechanics and mathematics creating new predictive theories, enhancing clarity in understanding, and improving effectiveness in applications.
Applied Data Analysis and Modeling for Energy Engineers and Scientists. This book demonstrates how to apply concepts and methods learned in disparate courses such as mathematical modeling, probability, statistics, experimental design, regression, model building, optimization, risk analysis and decision-making to actual engineering processes and systems. The text provides a formal structure that offers a basic, broad and unified perspective,while imparting the knowledge, skills and confidence to work in data analysis and modeling. 



Nonlinear Control of Vehicles and Robots. This book develops a unified approach to the dynamic modeling of robots in terrestrial, aerial and marine environments. To begin with, the main classes of nonlinear systems and stability methods are summarized. Basic nonlinear control methods useful in manipulator and vehicle control – linearization, backstepping, sliding-mode and receding-horizon control – are presented. Formation control of ground robots and ships is discussed.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Library and Information Week - 20 to 26 May 2012

This week is Library and Information Week. Library and Information Week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia and showcase the many and varied resources and services that libraries provide to the community. The event has been organised by the Australian Library and Information Association to promote the value of reading and literacy, the importance of Australia's book industry and the role of libraries.

Drop into your campus library to check out your branch, and have a chat with a librarian. We'd love to see you!

Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms

Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms - on Network Ten
Have you been watching Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms on Network Ten? If so, you might be interested to know that the TV series is based on a book called Brothers in Arms written by JCU academic Dr Lindsay Simpson, and her friend Sandra Harvey. If you would like to read this book, have a look at our holdings in the JCU Library catalogue.

Don't forget to catch this Australian drama on Network Ten at 8:30pm on Tuesday evenings!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Library Client Satisfaction Survey

If you haven’t already completed a survey you still have until 21st of May to be in the draw for an ipad2.

The survey is your opportunity to express your opinions about the Library’s resources, services and facilities.

You can participate in the survey by completing it anonymously. To show our appreciation for your time, weekly prizes will be drawn for coffee and bookshop vouchers with a final draw for an iPad 2.

Past responses to the survey have enabled the Library to improve our collections, extend library hours, upgrade our technologies, and create better learning and social spaces. All of this improves the library support for learning, teaching, research and scholarship.

By completing the 2012 survey you will help to ensure that we have a dynamic Library contributing to JCU’s Strategic Intent of Creating a brighter future for life in the tropics, world-wide through graduates and discoveries that make a difference.

Heather Gordon Director
Library and Information Services

Thursday, May 17, 2012

What to do when you can't reach the Library webpages

Every now and then something happens that disrupts the connection between JCU and the rest of the world. Sometimes it can be something as simple as a contractor with a shovel severing the wrong cable, sometimes it can be as complicated as a server... ah... doing something that servers are not supposed to do (dammit, Jim, I'm a librarian - not a software engineer, I don't have to know the technical terms for what servers do). Once, it turned out the problem was a possum dying in an inconvenient location. These things happen.

When these things happen, the people on campus are usually incapable of getting to off-campus sites and the people are off-campus won't be able to access any JCU pages. This can be somewhat awkward if you are studying for an assignment and wanted to use the Library's databases.

However, if you need to get hold of the Library resources, you don't actually have to be able to get onto the Library's web site. Most of our databases and web resources can be accessed through OneSearch or the LibGuides - both of which are off-campus sites.

So book mark these two addresses:
And hopefully you'll be able to keep working while we're trying to track down the solution to the problem.

By the way, this news blog is also hosted on an off-campus site, and if we can we'll try to use it to keep you posted whenever there's a problem.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Schizophrenia Awareness Week, 14 - 20 May 2012


The JCU Psychology Club has put together a display for Schizophrenia Awareness Week on the first floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville. The display contains some great resources, so come in and have a look!

Thanks to the JCU Psychology Club for doing such a great job.

Featured eBooks: Veterinary science

100 Top Consultations in Small Animal General Practice. Focusing on 'day one competencies', this book offers essential guidance to the most common problems encountered in small animal general practice. This book is ideal for the undergraduate or newly qualified vet, and for those seeking an up-to-date refresher.
Bovine Anatomy: An illustrated text. This unique atlas on Bovine Anatomy combines the advantages of both topographical and systems based methods of anatomy. Each page of text faces a full page of realistic illustrations in colour. The topographical treatment of parts of the body is accompanied by illustrations of the bones, joints, muscles, organs, blood vessels, nerves, and lymph nodes of each part. Information tables on the muscles, lymph nodes, and peripheral nerves provide brief data referenced to the text.


Long Distance Transport and Welfare of Farm Animals. Long-distance transport can cause both physical and mental problems in animals and promoting animal welfare will be beneficial to both the animals and the agricultural and processing industries. This volume brings together studies from well-known animal scientists and researchers to reviews the implications and necessity of long-distance animal transport for slaughter. Authoritative reports on regional practices are combines with discussions of the science, economics, legislation and procedures involved in this practice.



Management of Disease in Wild Mammals. Wildlife populations may be a significant source of infection for humans and domestic animals while in some cases being themselves endangered by pathogens. The development of sustainable approaches to the management of wildlife diseases is fundamental to the protection of human health, agriculture, and endangered species. Managing disease in free-ranging wild mammals presents serious challenges, however, because of their often complex ecology and social behavior, which can undermine simplistic assumptions about the dynamics of disease and responses to intervention.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A new look for Google Scholar

In case you haven't noticed, Google Scholar has made some changes to its search interface. The new look brings you improved access to frequently used search features. You can now search for recent papers with a single click in the sidebar. You can access advanced search features (for example: search by author) without leaving the search results page by clicking the arrow in the right of the search box.

Go to the Google Scholar blog for more information.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Special Collections Fossickings 2: Black Ink's rainbow colours


Townsville’s own Black Ink Press is a business this city should be very proud of. Established by Jeanie Adams in 2000, with a mission to produce “contemporary illustrated books especially for young indigenous readers”, it has published a colourful array of children’s books by indigenous writers and illustrators.  With their bright, attractive illustrations and easy to read text these books have instant appeal. The narratives address many common themes of children’s literature – family relationships, friendships, holidays and adventures – but also topics of particular relevance to the indigenous community, such as community life and expectations, traditional practice and knowledge. Indigenous children must find it refreshing to discover themselves at the heart of these lively and engaging stories and their portrayal of familiar landscapes, situations and activities.

Black Ink’s support for indigenous languages is clear from the way ‘language’ words are often incorporated in the text, or simple vocabularies appended. For example Turtle egg day features words from the Mamu language of the Innisfail coastal and hinterland region, while Aukam has parallel texts in English and Kalaw Kawa Ya from the Torres  Strait. Our pet pelican, is written in Torres Strait Kriole.

Holding copies of these titles within the North Queensland Collection ensures the preservation of this commendable venture into providing a body of literature of particular value to indigenous children, along with the work of many gifted indigenous writers and artists from our region.
Expect more about Black Ink’s products in future Fossickings!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Featured eBooks: Nursing

Paediatric Handbook. This Handbook is a highly popular, succinct guide to managing common and serious disorders in childhood. It is used far beyond the hospital by medical, nursing, and allied health professionals caring for children. It emphasizes the community-based approach to the management of children's problems along with clinical management by the doctor of first contact.


The Care of Wounds: A guide for nurses. This book addresses all aspects of holistic wound management and reflects current research and evidence based practice, while incorporating the considerable developments which have occurred in wound care practice since the publication of the previous edition. This book includes chapters on the physiology of wound healing, general principals of wound management, wound management products, and the management of patients with both acute and chronic wounds.




Case Studies in Gerontological Nursing for the Advanced Practice Nurse. As the fastest growing population sector worldwide, older adults are seen in almost every care setting in which clinicians practice. Developed as a resource for advanced practice nurses in any setting, this book presents readers with a range of both typical and atypical cases from real clinical scenarios.






Critical Care Management of the Obese Patient. This book provides health professionals with sound clinical advice on management of the obese patient admitted into hospital. It addresses all aspects of the patient's care, as well as serving as a resource to facilitate the management of services, use of clinical information, and negotiation of ethical issues that occur in intensive care. As the number of obese patients in intensive care continues to grow, this book will serve as a comprehensive clinical resource for everyday use by both obesity specialists and emergency medicine physicians.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Return of the coffee cart


Good news for Eddie Koiki Mabo Library coffee lovers.  The coffee cart is back!  The cart is now located adjacent to the northern side cafe entrance.  Check out places to eat on Townsville campus for coffee cart opening hours.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Labour Day public holiday opening hours


Don't forget that Cairns and Townsville Libraries will be open from 1-5pm on Monday 7 May 2012.

Go to our opening hours web page to plan your weekend study.

Special Collections Fossickings 1: One Man's Castle?

North Queensland Photographic Collection ID 4193
This photograph, from the Mary Cheetham collection, shows the rudimentary hut erected at Nelly Bay by one of Magnetic Island’s more colourful characters, Otto Bottiger. Built around 1915 it appears to have been his home for the next two decades. At high tide the hut was entirely surrounded by water and over the years as the beach gradually shifted and the sea eroded sand from around the stumps, it became increasingly dilapidated. Later photographs show it apparently adrift in the bay. Danish by birth, but educated in England and France, Otto had travelled widely before coming to the island in the 1890s. Variously described as a hermit, a recluse and a nomad, he was certainly an unusual character: a former bank manager and bookkeeper, frequently of unkempt appearance, who could recite classical poetry or entire Shakespeare plays. But he was hardly a hermit, reportedly happy to recount fishing stories or share his extensive knowledge of astronomy and natural history with anyone who asked. He served on the Picnic Bay school committee and was later involved in setting up a small school at Nelly Bay. He also held positions as a Ranger and as the Nelly Bay post-master. Otto’s death in 1934 prompted a lengthy obituary in the Townsville Daily Bulletin and in 1936 a memorial archway was erected at Nelly Bay. Nearly 100 years after its construction Bottiger’s hut could still fire the imagination of local artist Tony Cuthbertson, who recreated a smaller version for the 2009 Strand ephemera exhibition.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

New: PressDisplay

The PressDisplay online service from NewspaperDirect is a database of more than 1,700 current newspapers and magazines from 92 countries in 48 languages.   An online reader provides full display of the printed page with photographs and illustrations.

JCU staff and students may access PressDisplay directly, or from the Library Databases page.

Newspapers available in PressDisplay include:
  • Australian
  • Cairns Post
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Guardian
  • Straits Times
  • Townsville Bulletin
  • Wall Street Journal Asia
  • Washington Post.

New LibGuide: Measuring research impact

The Library has launched a new LibGuide called Measuring Research Impact. This LibGuide describes bibliometric tools and resources that JCU researchers can use to track their research and the research of others. This includes:
  • Citation databases
  • Journal evaluation sites
  • The h-index
  • Tools to identify and collate publications
  • Databases that benchmark the performance of research groups.
The LibGuide also explains:
  • Why it is important to be able to measure research impact e.g. for grant and promotion applications
  • Issues to be aware of – each tool has advantages and disadvantages.
For more information, contact the Research Services Librarian – Jackie Wolstenholme.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Scheduled outage: ProQuest

ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Sunday 6th May. As a result, all ProQuest databases platforms may be unavailable for a period of approx 12 hours (from 12noon on Sunday 6th May to 12am on Monday 7th May Australia Eastern Standard Time).

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please see the staff at the InfoHelp desk if you need any assistance.

Skydrive changes

Microsoft recently announced some changes to the SkyDrive service, including the release of client applications for Windows, Mac, Windows Phone and iOS devices (iPad/iPhone). The clients allow for native user interface integration and synchronisation, much like the popular Dropbox service. With these changes, a reduction in the total storage limit from 25gb to 7gb is being implemented. However Microsoft are offering current users of the service the ability to keep their 25gb limit.

Staff and Students of the university who are current users of SkyDrive can enable their 25gb SkyDrive account by following these steps:
  1. Login to your @my.jcu.edu.au account at: https://my.jcu.edu.au
  2. At the top of the page, click More
  3. Select SkyDrive from the drop-down list, you’ll be redirected to SkyDrive
  4. Click the message displayed at the top of the files area, stating “SkyDrives’s free storage is changing – claim your free 25gb
  5. On the “Manage storage” page, click the Free upgrade! button on the “SkyDrive Free” storage plan
  6. A message will be displayed stating “Your account has been upgraded”.