Thursday, 26 September 2013

Feature eBooks: Fire safety

An introduction to fire dynamics. This book is essential reading for all involved in the field from undergraduate and postgraduate students to practising fire safety engineers and fire prevention officers. It also addresses the fundamentals of fire science and fire dynamics, thus providing the scientific background necessary for the development of fire safety engineering as a professional discipline.

Conducting prescribed fires: A comprehensive manual. Landowners and managers, municipalities, the logging and livestock industries, and conservation professionals all increasingly recognize that setting prescribed fires may reduce the devastating effects of wildfire, control invasive brush and weeds, improve livestock range and health, maintain wildlife habitat, control parasites, manage forest lands, remove hazardous fuel in the wildland-urban interface, and create residential buffer zones. This practical manual offers a step-by-step guide to the systematic application of burning to meet specific land management needs and goals.

Grassfires: Fuel, weather and fire behaviour. This book presents the latest information from CSIRO on the behaviour and spread of fires in grasslands and comes out of 10 years of research aimed at improving the understanding of the fundamental processes involved in the behaviour of grassfires. The book covers all aspects of fire behaviour and spread in the major types of grasses in Australia. It examines the factors that affect fire behaviour in continuous grassy fuels; fire in fuels; the effect of weather and topography on fire spread; wildfire suppression strategies; and how to reconstruct grassfire spread after the fact. The three meters designed by CSIRO for the prediction of fire danger and rate of spread of grassfires are explained and their use and limitations discussed.

Quantitative risk assessment in fire safety. Fire safety regulations in many countries require Fire Risk Assessment to be carried out for buildings such as workplaces and houses in multiple occupation. This duty is imposed on a "Responsible Person" and also on any other persons having control of buildings in compliance with the requirements specified in the regulations. Although regulations only require a qualitative assessment of fire risk, a quantitative assessment is an essential first step for performing cost-benefit analysis of alternative fire strategies to comply with the regulations and selecting the most cost-effective strategy. To facilitate this assessment, various qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative techniques of fire risk assessment, already developed, are critically reviewed in this book and some improvements are suggested.

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Banned book week - 22 to 28 September

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Have a look  at a list of frequently banned/challenged books of the 21st century or check out the 2013 challenged/banned books list.

The following four books are from the 2013 list, and are available for loan from JCU Library.

Persepolis: The story of a childhood by Marjane Satrapi 
Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. 

A thousand acres by Jane Smiley
 A successful Iowa farmer decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions. An ambitious reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear cast upon a typical American community in the late twentieth century, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride, and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.

The electric Kool-Aid acid test by Tom Wolfe
I looked around and people's faces were distorted...lights were flashing everywhere...the screen at the end of the room had three or four different films on it at once, and the strobe light was flashing faster than it had been...the band was playing but I couldn't hear the music...people were dancing...someone came up to me and I shut my eyes and with a machine he projected images on the back of my eye-lids...I sought out a person I trusted and he laughed and told me that the Kool-Aid had been spiked and that I was beginning my first LSD experience...

The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood
Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Talk like a pirate on 19 September

Talk Like a Pirate Day occurs every year on 19 September. JCU Library in Cairns and Townsville has copies of Treasure Island, for anyone who wants to check out one of the most well known pirate adventure novels of all time.

Here is some piratical lingo to slip into general conversation:

Ahoy! - An energetic greeting to yer fellow hello

Arrr! - Interjection to show excitement

Booty - A pirates treasure

Davy Jones' Locker - A final restin place at the bottom o' the sea for drowned pirates

Feed the fishes - The dearly or not so dearly departed...thrown overboard

Landlubber - Anyone tis awkward or unfamiliar with life aboard a ship...a clumsy sailor...a land lover

Matey or Me hearty - A piratical reference towards a shipmate or a friend

Savvy...? - A piratical term meaning...Do ye get what I'm saying matey...or are you familiar with?

Scurvy dog! - A' a general insult upon a shipmate

Walk the plank - A walk beyond the end of a ships plank to drown at sea visit Davey Jones' locker!

Wench - A piratical way to address a familiar lady...careful with this one mates!

Yo-ho-ho - Why...pirate laughter o'' a general merry expression.

Source: Crossbones 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Get referencing help for your assignments

We have reached that time of semester when many assignments are coming due.  Are you having trouble with the referencing component of your assignment...?

If so, come along to Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville campus) and consult with a dedicated Referencing expert.  This service is available weekdays on the InfoHelp Desk between 11am to 3pm.

Don't forget that you can always cross check your references against the examples in the Referencing LibGuide.  Find out how to do APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA or Vancouver in-text citations and references in this guide.

Friday, 13 September 2013

EndNote X7 is available from the Library

EndNote version X7 for Windows and Mac is now available from JCU Library. You can download the program using the link in our EndNote LibGuide, or you can borrow the installation CD from the Library’s lending desk.

EndNote X7 is necessary for use with Microsoft Word 2013 and has several new features, including:
  • Add citations and reference lists to your Microsoft PowerPoint slides 
  • Add subheadings to your bibliography in Microsoft Word using your own categories or predefined by reference type in an output style - great for distinguishing primary and secondary sources 
  • Better organize your research materials by using new reference types such as interview, podcast, conference paper, and press release 
  • Reorder column headings in the Library reference list by using drag-and-drop and customize which columns display with just a right-click.
See more about the new EndNote features in the “Welcome to EndNote X7” section of the EndNote Online User Guide.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Feature streaming video: Attachment (theory)

JCU Library has just obtained a new streaming video - Attachment. It includes both historical and current research methods and models of attachment behaviour, and runs for 26min.  This program explores Bowlby’s ’44 juvenile thieves’ study and the effects of separation, patterns of attachment, behaviourism, nurturance as well as security, and insecure-resistant and insecure avoidant children. It is an excellent resource for studies in both academic and applied psychology.

Watch the video online.

R U OK? A conversation could change a life

Today is RUOK day. This is a national day of action to decrease suicide in Australia. Feeling isolated and hopeless can lead to depression and sometimes suicide. Take the time to ask friends, family and colleagues "Are you okay?" Staying connected helps to stay healthy.

If you're not sure what comes after "Are you okay?" look at this page on the site; it gives some tips on how to have this conversation.

Here are some other places that can help if you or someone close to you is depressed, anxious or suicidal.
JCU has a Counselling service if you are having difficulty coping.

thedesk aims to support Australian tertiary students to achieve mental and physical health and wellbeing. Being a student can be a challenging time and many students do not access support services for a range of reasons including time pressures, not knowing where to go for help and feeling embarrassed. thedesk offers free access to online modules, tools, quizzes and advice.

Beyond blue: the national depression initiative

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, helping young people aged 12 to 25

Helps kids and young adults from age 5 to 25. Call on 1800 55 1800

Crisis support, suicide prevention, mental health support. Call on 13 11 14

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Open Day spine poetry winner

Dr Victoria Kuttainen presents Jacinta with her prize
Jacinta's winning poem
Congratulations to Jacinta, our Open Day Spine Poetry winner! Jacinta’s four-book poem spoke volumes to our judges, and they rewarded her with a brand-new iPad Mini!

Thanks to everyone for taking part in the competition. Our judges, Dr Victoria Kuttainen and Dr Ariella Van Luyn, enjoyed reading and deliberating over the entries.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

New - Mobile Apps for Study and Research Libguide

Have you ever needed an app to help you take notes, keep all of your passwords in one place safe and secure or even an app that could turn your mobile device into a scanner. The library has developed a libguide with lots of apps that will help with your study and research. There are many apps to choose from both free and paid apps or you can even give us feedback on apps you think should be included in the Mobile apps for study and research libguide.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Upskill with a Library workshop in September

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.