Friday, 30 August 2013

JCU NAIDOC in September

Monday 2nd of September to Friday 6th of September we are celebrating NAIDOC Week at JCU.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

As July is semester break at JCU we are celebrating NAIDOC Week in September when everyone is usually on campus.

NAIDOC originally stood for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'. The committee was responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.

This year's National NAIDOC theme is "We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963".

 JCU will hold various events around our campuses.

The library suggest to use a search string with the following keywords for more information around this year's focus the Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963.
  • Yirrkala
  • Yolgnu 
  • Aboriginal "Arnhem Land"
  • "Land rights" OR 'native title"
  • "bark petition"
  • "Australian Constitution"  amendment
  • mining
  • Nabalco
  • Gove peninsula
  • Bauxite
The following links may be of interest to read about the Yirrkala petitiona and a conference presentation by Yolgnu person about Yolgnu law and governance sturctures.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Now open: Juliette's cafe @ Townsville Library

Juliette's cafe logo
Townsville residents have long appreciated the coffee, gelato and other goodies available from Juliette's cafe on The Strand. Townsville staff and students are now able to enjoy these delights on campus, as today sees the long awaited opening of Juliette's on the ground floor of Eddie Koiki Mabo Library. 

Do you need a caffeine hit to get you through the day...? 

Well, consider stopping by the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Special Collections Fossickings 27: First impressions - letterheads revealed.

The Delta Iron Works - detail of  a business letter, Correspondence series, Delta Iron Works Archive, Library Archives Collection.
What we would probably regard as the traditional letterhead on business correspondence made an easy and glorious transition in the digital age to adorn 21st century websites and Facebook pages, promoting everything from small family-owned local concerns to the giant multinationals. But Jean and Alan Dartnall’s work on the Delta Ironworks archive in Special Collections, the subject of a previous Fossickings post, turned up some fine examples from the 1930s and ’40s, prompting curiosity about the origins of this means of branding and promoting business enterprises.
Exide Battery Service (Q.) PTY. LIMITED - detail of a business letter, Correspondence series, Delta Iron Works Archive, Library Archives Collection

While written communication had become an important feature of European commerce as early as the 15th century, it was another two or three hundred years before merchants and trade guilds began to develop their own ornate designs to place at the head of their correspondence. By the 19th century this had become a central business practice and from 1890 the old term “letter paper” was replaced by the more familiar “letterhead”.
Alfred Shaw (PTY) LTD - detail of a business letter, Correspondence series, Delta Iron Works Archive, Library Archives Collection.

In the 20th century images of company buildings became significant features of letterhead design, encouraging customer recognition of, for example, department stores or hotels, or making an impressive statement about the size and stability of a bank or business. Other companies incorporated into their letterheads technical drawings of their manufacturing work or more artistic illustrations of their line of business.
Paramount Hardware Store - detail of a business letter, Correspondence series, Delta Iron Works Archive, Library Archives Collection.

Examples from correspondence held in the Delta Iron Works archive display a variety of styles and subjects, with an occasional venture into colour. The company’s own letterheads of the late 1930s were apparently designed by John Sands (familiar to us for its greetings cards) which was established in Sydney nearly a century before, and had recently established a Brisbane branch. The printing blocks were made locally by the Townsville firm, Tropical Engraving.
Tropical Engraving Co. - detail of a business letter, Correspondence series, Delta Iron Works Archive, Library Archives Collection.

Story by Miniata

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Upskill with a Library workshop

Do you need to improve your assignment research skills?

Are you confused by referencing?

Do you need to learn about EndNote to manage references for your research project?

If so, you need to attend a Library workshop. Upcoming workshops for Cairns and Townsville campuses include:
  • EndNote
  • Referencing
  • SOS! Secrets of searching.

Friday, 16 August 2013

Featured eBooks: Australian politics

Democratic decline and democratic renewal: Political change in Britain, Australia and New Zealand. The story of liberal democracy over the last half century has been a triumphant one in many ways, with the number of democracies increasing from a minority of states to a significant majority. Yet substantial problems afflict democratic states, and while the number of democratic countries has expanded, democratic practice has contracted. This book introduces a novel framework for evaluating the rise and decline of democratic governance. Examining three mature democratic countries – Britain, Australia and New Zealand – the authors discuss patterns of governance from the emergence of mass democracy at the outset of the twentieth century through to its present condition. The shared political cultures and institutional arrangements of the three countries allow the authors to investigate comparatively the dynamics of political evolution and the possibilities for systemic developments and institutional change.

The misogyny factor. This provocative examination by a media-savvy writer who remains at the forefront of the political debate surrounding gender equality explores why equality between men and women has failed to be achieved in Australia. In 2012, Anne Summers gave two landmark speeches about women in Australia, attracting more than 120,000 visits to her website. Within weeks thereafter, Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s own speech about misogyny and sexism went viral and was celebrated around the world. However, Summers makes the case that Australians are still uncomfortable with the idea of women with political and financial power, let alone the reality, and she dismisses the idea that progress for women - as opposed to outright success - should be celebrated. She then offers an idea of what truly successful gender equality should look like.

Money and politics: The corrosive effect of money on politics in Australia. Arguing that money plays a controversial role in Australian politics, this volume dissects how political parties raise and spend money. Written by a leading expert in the field, this account examines a number of topics, including claims of secret contributions and corruption, criticism of public funding for political parties, and allegations that corporations and trade unions have undue influence over parties for which they provided funds. In addition, this comprehensive record raises crucial questions about whether the current regulation meets democratic standards.

Way they were: The view from the hill of the 25 years that remade Australia. For many years reading Alan Ramsey’s vitriolic, confronting but always engaging and insightful pieces in the Sydney Morning Herald was a standard feature of Saturday mornings for many Australians. He may have disappeared from our Saturday papers but he certainly hasn’t been forgotten– by those who applauded his opinions, those he enraged, and by the politicians he wrote about. From mid-1987 to the end of 2008, no one had greater access to our national parliament and politicians than Alan Ramsey. From the granite quarry of national politics in Canberra, Ramsey wrote 2273 columns for the Sydney Morning Herald. This collection of his best reveals how twenty-five years of national leadership by Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and John Howard changed Australia forever, as the Labor Party stopped being the Labor Party and became just another meaningless political label like the Liberal Party. It also includes a new essay, reflecting on the tumultuous political events of 2010.

Friday, 9 August 2013

How to print from your laptop

Did you know that you can print from your laptop while you're on campus?  As long as you're connected to the wireless eduroam network, you can send print jobs to the JCU Print Server.

Windows users follow these instructions.

Mac users follow these instructions.

Note for Mac users: These instructions are correct at time of writing, but due to ongoing updates causing compatibility issues, we can't guarantee that they will work for you.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

eResearch Centre Expo 2013 @ Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

The eResearch Centre Expo 2013 was held in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on Wednesday 7th August. The Expo featured the latest research technology, 3D printers, low cost sensors, drones, blimps and Google Glass. If you missed this event, check out the Win news clip and the photos on JCU Library facebook

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Invitation to book launch

You are invited to attend a celebration for the release of fantasy novel The Herald of Darkness, book 2 of the Lost Child Saga by JCU student and staff member, Saffron Bryant.

This event will take place at 3:30pm on the 28th of August 2013, on the 1st Floor of The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library at James Cook University, Townsville.

Her new book and previous title The Fallen Star will be available for purchase at the event for $20.

Drinks and nibbles will be served.

Please RSVP to Saffron Bryant by the 21st of August.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Where is the scanner?

The scanner is now located on the ground floor of the Mabo library in the Learning Commons area. It is on the end of the bench containing the Tropicat computers. The scanner scans A4 copies which can be saved or emailed. There is no charge for this service.

TIME MANAGEMENT : Plan out your semester with online timetable templates and a Learning Advice desk staff

Inside the library buildings at Cairns and Townsville another section of JCU learning support is hard at work; Learning Advisors and student mentors are assisting students study and produce better assessment pieces to get that grade, to get that degree, to get that job.

These colleagues of ours help undergraduate and post-graduate students with a variety of academic skills like
  • writing to University academic standard; this ain't high school, buddy
  • note taking; well smartphones and iPads have their place but there is copying someone's notes and then there is adding your perspective and wording to help your recall it in the exam
  • public speaking; no more sweaty palms and stuttering
 and the one overlooked study skill
Getting it together with TIME MANAGEMENT
  1. have an efficient and effective study regime; look at when you have spare time and when you are under utilising time (procrastinating and wasting time for those who are time rich) and slot that 10 extra hours study per subject (on top of each subjects tutorials, workshops and lecture times) every week to avoid cramming and stress at the end
  2. plan your average week; by plotting out class time, study time, employment time and FUN TIME
  3. create a week by week set of goals for the semester; dates to have recommended readings done by; when to start drafting assignments, to have your reference style double checked by library staff at the Infohelp desk and when to submit it; when any professional placement happens
  4. Put other non-JCU goals in; get that driver's licence, part time work to boost your savings for that new lap top, Groovin the Moo tickets and that St. Vinnies thrift shop fur coat like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
To see other learning skills online resources click here

Monday, 5 August 2013

Browzine now available for Android

Third Iron have announced the availability of Browzine for Android devices. The App is now available in Google Play and the Amazon appstore.

BrowZine™ @ JCU Library!

A browsable newsstand of the library's top journals. Easily find, read, and monitor thousands of scholarly journals directly from your iPad or Android device. BrowZine is now available for trial at your library.
Send feedback to:
Watch the Introductory Video Download from the App Store

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Feature eBooks: Migration

Asylum seekers and immigration detention. The record rate of unauthorised and unsafe boat arrivals on Australian shores has further fuelled the longstanding asylum seeker debate and prompted the federal government to seek an effective solution to a seemingly intractable border control problem. The government’s recent policy backdown which resulted in the reintroduction of offshore processing for asylum seekers while at the same increasing the annual refugee intake, has drawn both praise and condemnation. Should Australia ‘turn back the boats’ of the so-called ‘queue jumpers’ to deter the unsafe and unscrupulous practices of people smugglers? Should Australia maintain offshore processing in other countries such as Nauru and Papua New Guinea (Manus Island), or process asylum seekers onshore in Australia? What are Australia’s obligations to asylum seekers under the Refugee Convention and under its own laws? Is the practice of prolonged mandatory detention adding further trauma to the lives of people who may have already fled from desperate situations in their homelands?

Does history matter? Making and debating citizenship, immigration and refugee policy in Australia and New Zealand. This volume of essays represents the first systematic attempt to explore the use of the past in the making of citizenship and immigration policy in Australia and New Zealand. Focussing on immigration and citizenship policy in Australia and New Zealand, the contributions to this volume explore how history and memory are implicated in policy making and political debate, and what processes of remembering and forgetting are utilised by political leaders when formulating and defending policy decisions. They remind us that a nuanced understanding of the past is fundamental to managing the politics and practicalities of immigration and citizenship in the early 21st century.

Migration, health and inequality. This book highlights recent developments in the areas of migration, human rights and health from a range of countries. Looking at diverse health issues, from HIV to reproductive and maternal health, and a variety of forms of migration, including asylum-seeking, labour migration and trafficking, it exposes the factors that contribute to the vulnerability of different mobile groups as they seek to uphold their wellbeing. This timely and unique collection argues that we need to look beyond host country responses and biomedical frameworks and include both the role of transnational health networks and indigenous, popular or lay ideas about health when trying to understand why many migrants suffer from poor health relative to their host population. It offers a broad range of linkages between migrant agency, transnationalism and diaspora mechanisms and looks at the impact of migrant health on the health and rights of those communities that are left behind.

The multicultural dilemma: Migration, ethnic politics, and state intermediation. This work seeks to explore the contemporary challenge of government in multicultural societies, drawing together a wide range of contributors to examine how ethnic difference could better understood and mediated by modern nation states. Divided into three sections, the book centres round the notion that changing patterns of migration bring escalating obstacles to integration or assimilation. 

Friday, 2 August 2013

eResearch Centre Expo 2013

eResearch Centre Expo 2013

eResearch Centre Expo 2013

Find us in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library foyer, on Wednesday 7 August 2013, at JCU Townsville!

eResearch Centre Expo 2013 Celebrating Research@JCU!

Come and see the demonstrations, including
  • Latest research technology 
  • 3D printers 
  • Research Services 
  • Low-cost sensors
  • Drones 
  • Blimps 
Participate in the seminars and talk with exhibiting industry experts!

Location: Eddie Koiki Mabo Library foyer
                James Cook University

Starts: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 9:00
Ends:  Wed, 7 Aug 2013 16:00

Go here for more information and get the downloadable invitation!