Thursday, 31 January 2013

Featured eBooks: Climate change

Adapting agriculture to climate change: Preparing Australian agriculture, forestry and fisheries for the future. This book moves beyond describing the causes and consequences of climate change to providing options for people to work towards adaptation action. Climate change implications and adaptation options are given for the key Australian primary industries of horticulture, forestry, grains, rice, sugarcane, cotton, viticulture, broadacre grazing, intensive livestock industries, marine fisheries, and aquaculture and water resources. Case studies demonstrate the options for each industry.
Atmosphere, weather and climate. This book has established its reputation worldwide as the essential introduction to the study of atmosphere and world climate. It remains the most comprehensive guide to the earth's weather processes, climatic conditions, and human impacts on climate change. The most topical issues of global change and responses to climate, and the latest scientific ideas, are expressed in a clear, non-mathematical manner.

Tropical circulation systems and monsoons. This is a book on the practical side of tropical meteorology which covers several current theories and ideas on tropical circulations and monsoons, offering new definitions and ideas to facilitate a systematic development of the subject. The book emphasizes the need for a system’s approach to tropical circulations in general and monsoons in particular to facilitate orderly and systematic development of the topic.

Waking the giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes. Twenty thousand years ago our planet was an ice house. Temperatures were down six degrees; ice sheets kilometres thick buried much of Europe and North America and sea levels were 130m lower. The following 15 Millennia saw an astonishing transformation as our planet metamorphosed into the temperate world upon which our civilisation has grown and thrived. One of the most dynamic periods in Earth history saw rocketing temperatures melt the great ice sheets like butter on a hot summer's day; feeding torrents of freshwater into ocean basins that rapidly filled to present levels. The removal of the enormous weight of ice at high latitudes caused the crust to bounce back triggering earthquakes in Europe and North America and provoking an unprecedented volcanic outburst in Iceland. A giant submarine landslide off the coast of Norway sent a tsunami crashing onto the Scottish coast while around the margins of the continents the massive load exerted on the crust by soaring sea levels encouraged a widespread seismic and volcanic rejoinder.In many ways, this post-glacial world mirrors that projected to arise as a consequence of unmitigated climate change driven by human activities. Already there are signs that the effects of climbing global temperatures are causing the sleeping giant to stir once again. Could it be that we are on track to bequeath to our children and their children not only a far hotter world, but also a more geologically fractious one?

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

New title by JCU author

Dist Prof. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
The languages of the Amazon

The first guide to Amazonia's over 300 languages compares their features, sets out their characteristics, and describes the cultures of those who speak them. Clearly written and brought vividly to life with anecdotes from the author's fieldwork, this is both an essential reference and an accessible introduction for linguistics and anthropologists.

This book is available for loan from JCU Library.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Featured eBooks: Australian culture and history

The biggest estate on earth: How Aborigines made Australia. Across Australia, early Europeans commented again and again that the land looked like a park. With extensive grassy patches and pathways, open woodlands and abundant wildlife, it evoked a country estate in England. Bill Gammage has discovered this was because Aboriginal people managed the land in a far more systematic and scientific fashion than we have ever realised. For over a decade, Gammage has examined written and visual records of the Australian landscape. He has uncovered an extraordinarily complex system of land management using fire and the life cycles of native plants to ensure plentiful wildlife and plant foods throughout the year.

Destination Australia: Migration to Australia since 1901. In 1901 most Australians were loyal, white subjects of the British Empire with direct connections to Britain. Within a hundred years, following an unparalleled immigration program, its population was one of the most diverse on earth. No other country has achieved such radical social and demographic change in so short a time. This book tells the story of this extraordinary transformation. Against the odds, this change has caused minimal social disruption and tension. While immigration has generated some political and social anxieties, Australia has maintained a stable democracy and a coherent social fabric. One of the impressive achievements of the book is in explaining why this might be so.
Larrikins: A history. Australia has often been said to possess a “larrikin streak,” from the Stiffy and Mo cartoons and the true-blue Crocodile Hunter to the characters in the silent film The Sentimental Bloke. When it first emerged around 1870, larrikin was a term of abuse, used to describe teenage, working-class hell-raisers who populated dance halls and cheap theaters, and this account journeys through the street-based youth subculture known as larrikinism between 1870 and 1920, swerving through the streets of Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney. Offering a glimpse into the lives of Australia’s first larrikins—and discussing bare-knuckle fighting, football-barracking, and knicker-flashing teenage girls—it charts the development of Australia’s larrikinism and presents fascinating historical perspectives on current youth issues, including gang violence, racist riots, and raunchy culture among adolescent girls.

The little book of Australia: A snapshot of who we are. We are what we eat, watch, buy, read, love, play... It's been a long step in a short time from meat pies, football, kangaroos and Holden cars to iPods, lattes, iPods, climate change and MasterChef. David Dale chronicles how it happened in this definitive reference book about the carefree country. Instead of boasting about what makes Australia great, this book explains what makes us unique - for better and for worse. Here is everything you need to know about the anthropology of the Australian tribe. Common and uncommon knowledge about the myths, attitudes, jokes and journeys that make us Aussies, it's a treasure trove for any visitor - and for all 22,140,000 of us.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Library opening hours: Australia Day public holiday

This year Australia Day falls on a Saturday - this Saturday the 26 January. Traditionally Australians use this day to get together with friends and family - often over drinks, at a barbecue, at the beach, or at a public event. Have a look at the Australia Day website to find an event near you.

Don't forget that JCU Libraries in Cairns and Townsville will be closed on Monday 28 January for the Australia Day public holiday. Please have a look at our Opening Hours webpage to plan your upcoming Library visits.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Your invitation to "Our Coral Sea: The story, the history"

Our Coral Sea: The story, the history is a special exhibition being held on the ground floor of JCU Library, Cairns campus. The exhibition has been put together by the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre as a part of their Protect Our Coral Sea campaign. It reviews the history of the Coral Sea, draws attention the geographical and biological values, and includes research conducted by JCU staff.

Come in and have a look!

Friday, 18 January 2013

Feature eBooks: Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia of adolescence. The Encyclopedia of Adolescence is a three-volume reference work on adolescence intended for college and public libraries, researchers, and college students. The work features over 140 peer-reviewed entries, including content on normative development, individual differences, cultural differences, social and emotional development, education, work, and psychopathlogy as they apply to adolescents. The encyclopedia brings together cross-disciplinary contributors, including academic researchers, biologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, anthropologists and public policy experts, and includes authors from around the world. 

Encyclopedia of animal behavior. This book incorporates the efforts of many of the best behavioral biologists of the 21st century. Section editors drawn from the most accomplished behavioral scientists of their generation have enrolled an international cast of highly respected thinkers and writers-all of whom have taken great care and joy in illuminating every imaginable corner of animal behavior. This comprehensive work covers not only the usual topics such as communication, learning, sexual selection, navigation, and the history of the field, but also emerging topics in cognition, animal welfare, conservation, and applications of animal behavior.

Encyclopedia of sports medicine. With an ever-growing variety of sports and exercise opportunities open to people of all ages, classes, and races, participation in casual sports has blossomed in recent decades, while interest in collegiate and professional sports has continued to soar. The field of sports medicine is thriving in response to the demand for health care professionals to care for people involved in vigorous exercise. Now more than ever, it is imperative that doctors, physical therapists, surgeons, nurses, and alternative medicine practitioners understand and are able to treat effectively the types of conditions stemming from all types of physical activity, ranging from pleasure walking to professional football. Presenting state-of-the-art research and evidence-based applications, this four-volume resource provides the most comprehensive and accessible information available on sports medicine. The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine describes all aspects of the field with perspectives, concepts, and methods from the medical, behavioral, and social sciences and physical education.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

New title by JCU author

Dr Marie Caltabiano
Applied Topics in Health Psychology

This selection of in-depth, critical and comprehensive chapters on topical issues in applied health psychology features the work of key researchers and practitioners in the Australasian health system and deals with both theoretical and methodological aspects of the subject.

This book is held in the Library in both hard copy and eBook formats.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Database update: Counseling and therapy in video, volume II

Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume II has added 186 new videos to its suite of offerings, and now comprises of 356 videos which run for 312 hours. This update contains titles from Sushi Productions (Australia), which includes the following titles:
  • Exploring choice: Alcohol and drug counselling skills
  • Exploring roadblocks and effective counselling: Basic counselling skills
  • Counselling Aboriginal clients and their families: Alcohol and drug counselling skills
  • Mental health and drug problems: Working with adults
  • Mental health and drug problems: Working with young adults and adolescents
  • Counselling family members: Alcohol and drug counselling skills
  • Marital counselling
  • Alcohol counselling skills: Working with binge drinking.
  • Working with complex clients, unraveling the chaos.
JCU Library also subscribes to other great video and transcript psychology and counselling databases:
Check them out.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Australian Research Council (ARC) Open Access Policy

The ARC has introduced a new Open Access Policy for ARC funded research. The Policy takes effect from 1 January 2013 and will not be applied retrospectively.

The overarching aim of ARC Policy is to ensure that the findings of publicly funded research are made available to other researchers and the wider public as soon as possible.

The ARC expects that any material published from an ARC-funded research activity will be included in an institutional repository. ResearchOnline@JCU is the JCU Institutional Repository. Depositing your publications in ResearchOnline@JCU, and making them available as Open Access, will meet the requirements of the ARC Open Access Policy.

For more information on setting publications to Open Access, without infringing copyright:

Changes to Library Borrowing & Fines

As promised earlier some changes to the borrowing and fines scheldule are now officially in operation. All current JCU staff and students need to read this.

To promote and encourage further use of the library collection and to ensure that applied penalties match demand for items, the following changes now apply to borrowing from the JCU libraries.

JCU staff and Postgraduate students can now borrow unlimited items for 12 weeks at a time.
Items may be recalled prior to this date, however the library will notify you by email if this happens.
Items can be renewed unless someone else has placed a hold on the item.
JCU staff and Postgraduate students can now place holds on an unlimited number of items.

JCU Undergraduates and Honours students can now borrow unlimited items for 3 weeks at a time.
Items can be renewed unless someone else has placed a hold on the item.
JCU Undergraduates and Honours students can now place holds on an unlimited number of items.

Fines have also been adjusted so that the penalties are now linked to demand for library items.
The $10.00 short loan penalty has now been reduced to $2 per day.

Loan type
Standard loans
50 cents per day to a maximum of $25.00 per item
2 day loan
$2.00 per day to a maximum of $50.00 per item
2 hour loans
$1.00 per hour to a maximum of $50.00 per item
Recalled items
$2.00 per day to a maximum of $50.00 per item
Multimedia equipment
$1.00 per hour to a maximum of $50.00 per item

More information can be found on the Library Borrowing webpages.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Birds, Birds, Birds

National Bird Day occurred on January 5th.  At Townsville at least the library is often surrounded by what I feel is our unofficial mascots the Brush Turkey Alectra lathami.

At the library we have the new edition of Birds of prey of Australia : a field guide by Stephen Debus ; illustrated by Jeff Davies. Good luck twitching with this one.

Some people may know birds like the Cassowary play an important part in dispersing seeds of native plants. And JCU has had several research activities in this area and the wider natural rainforest ecology. And for those seeking an example of seed dispersal closer to home some cherry tomatoes popped up in my garden bed which I suspect the feral Indian Mynas have left.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Changes to borrowing limits and some fines

A Christmas Gift or New Year surprise from us to you. Several changes are being made to library borrowing policy and fines.

Two improvements are:

JCU Library will increase the amount of items borrowable by JCU undergraduates, postgraduates and staff to an unlimited number of items.

We will also reduce the daily overdue late fine for the  2 day loan items from $10 to $2 per day.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

We're Open for 2013

Wadda Mooli and welcome back.

The library is open for business again. Current opening hours at Cairns and Townsville are:

8am to 5pm Mon to Friday.
Until February 8th 2013.

To view the full year's opening hours go to the Opening Hours.

Come and enjoy the serenity, air conditioning and for enrolled students wireless internet connection. You may even find time to wander the campus and Discover Nature including I hear mango trees and lilly pilly. Bring a packed lunch as only vending machines for food and drink at the moment on campus at Townsville or as stated above Bush Foods. So don't be a turkey because even they know where to go.