Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Business eBooks

New Business eBooks

Wiley, 2010
For nearly fifteen years, Joel Comm has been generating revenue on the web via a number of avenues. In KaChing, he shares his five primary methods of making money online, combining traditional marketing with the new, offering detailed strategies and techniques that can be applied to any niche or market. Each of the five methods is broken down into simple, practical, duplicable steps.

Taylor & Francis, 2011
McFarlin and Sweeney provide students with an accessible, application-oriented approach to international management, focusing on key challenges including motivation, leadership, and communication across cultural boundaries. The book gives students a global perspective on the process of hiring, training, and developing employees, as well as strategic decision making in relation to foreign markets.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Special Collections Fossickings 28: Sister Alice & the Red in the Bed

Ross River Meatworks, date unknown, Townsville Albums, NQ Photographic Collection ID 4638
The tall chimney that looms over the upmarket suburb of Fairfield Waters is all that remains of the once thriving Ross River meatworks – a major local employer that began operations in 1892. Meatworks frequently became places of industrial strife and the Ross River works were no exception with a bitter, long-running dispute exploding into civil unrest and violence in June 1919.

In her book “Arctic Regions in a Torrid Zone”, Dawn May describes how, early one morning, a group of men deliberately set loose and stampeded the cattle. Following the arrest of ringleaders, Pierce Carney and Mick Kelly, their enraged fellow-workers made their way to the “Tree of Knowledge”, on the corner of Denham and Flinders Street. From here, inflamed by speeches and alcohol, they reportedly broke into a gunshop before marching on the watch house (adjacent to the present Court House theatre) where the arrested men were being held.

It was at this point that the diminutive but feisty Sister Alice – sister-in-charge of St Anne’s School – became involved. A recent publication tells the tale. In 1919 the newly-established St Anne’s (now the Cathedral School) was located across the road from the watch-house.  The Spanish flu pandemic was raging and the nuns were providing hospital care for victims, many of whom were housed on the school’s verandahs.  When sounds of protest and the singing of the Red Flag disturbed the quiet Sunday evening, Sisters Alice and Frances hurried to the school gate. Even when shooting broke out Sister Alice remained outside trying to move her patients to safety. Before long a man wounded in the conflict was brought for her care and to her surprise she learned that one of the ringleaders had already been admitted as an influenza patient. According to Sister Frances, whose narrative is included in Ray Geise’s history, this man claimed to be Mick Kelly, a fact which, if true, would give a surprising twist to the more conventional accounts of the incident.

Sister Alice, at left.  Cathedral School Album, NQ Photographic Collection ID 9303
Whoever he was, having discovered a “red” literally in the bed, Sister Alice took him into her charge. There ensued a lively exchange while each tried to covert the other to their respective beliefs. Who wouldn’t want to have been a fly on the wall that night? Clearly Sister Alice’s faith was unaffected as she continued to lead the School for a further 19 years. Whether her own conversion attempts were more successful is unrecorded. The tree of knowledge was eventually brought down by Cyclone Althea more than half a century later, and the meatworks closed in 1995. Only the chimney remains.
Flinders street in Townsville with Tree of knowledge, at right. W. J. Laurie Album, 1912, NQ Photographic Collection ID 156

Monday, 28 October 2013

Non-school qualifications in Australia

The availability of skilled workers is a key regional development issue. There has been growing concern that the anticipated retirement of 'baby boomers' from the workforce could lead to a shortage of skilled workers to meet Australia's labour market needs.

A recent release from the ABS shows that regional Australia has a larger proportion of people with vocational level qualifications than tertiary qualifications. The capital cities have a larger proportion of people with university level qualifications.

See Perspectives on Regional Australia: Non-school Qualifications in Regions, 2011  for a summary of non-school (Higher than Year 12 including vocational & university) qualifications in Australia. You can download the Excel Spreadsheet that contains the data at Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4).  Large regional city labour markets (150,000 people) are generally defined by a single SA4, so Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and other towns are described at this level, Brisbane and its surrounding area is divided into several Statistical Areas at Level 4. See this description of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) to learn more about Statistical Area Levels.

APA style citation of this report:
          Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2013). Perspectives on Regional Australia: Non-school Qualifications in Regions, 2011   (No. 1380.0.55.011). Retrieved from

Disaster information

This month on October 13th was International Day for Disaster Reduction. JCU Cairns and Townsville are both in areas affected by cyclones (typhoons or hurricanes in other  parts of the world) and like most of Australia the potential for bushfire to affect large urban centres and infrastructure is also high. 

The University has as part of its areas of interest in the tropics the Centre for Disaster Studies. It was established in 1979 after  major cyclones; Althea in Townsville in 1971 and Tracy in Darwin in 1974. It is Queensland's only Disaster Research Unit.

With the cyclone and fire season again upon us you could look up local information about cyclones and other emergency events
For some recent titles
You could do further searches using more specific search terms and create search strings using Boolean search strategy. An example is use quotations marks to create a search for the phrase rather than two separate unconnected words so use "natural disaster", "disaster management" versus typing natural disaster without  quotation " marks.

An exam study tip from the Library

The exam period is almost here, and everyone is under pressure to cram in as much information as possible. While cramming, it is a great idea to practice with some past exam papers. The Library holds past exam papers for many subjects. You can search for past exam paper online from the Library home page. Steps:
  1. Click Readings & Past Exams on the Library home page
  2. Click basic search 
  3. Type in  your subject code, eg. EV2360
  4. Select item type, past exams.

You will get a feeling for the kinds of questions you might be asked in your exam, and the questions may reveal areas of weakness you need to work on before you go into your actual exam.

Good luck!!

Friday, 18 October 2013

Feature website: Schizophrenia Library

Schizophrenia Library is a website which brings together relevant schizophrenia and psychosis- related research findings, and stores theses findings in a searchable database.

The Library aims to serve as a resource for scientists, clinicians, government, consumer and carer groups, and the general public, and aims to help to inform policy and clinical guideline development. 

The Library covers more than 400 topics related to schizophrenia, each of which falls within nine basic categories:
  • Treatment 
  • Diagnosis 
  • Signs and symptoms 
  • Risk factors 
  • Course and outcomes of the illness 
  • Physical factors 
  • Co-morbid conditions 
  • Population perspectives 
  • Information on families.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

New! Encyclopedia of science and technology communication

Encyclopedia of science and technology communication
In the academic world, the term “science communication” refers both to a set of professions (such as science journalism and public information work) and to an interdisciplinary scholarly research specialization. Much of this research is aimed at improving our understanding of the best ways to communicate complex information, especially to people who are not scientists. In order to do this, we also need to improve our understanding of how people think, form opinions, and process information. Additionally, professional practitioners in science communication are engaged in strategic and ethical decisions every day, such as: How should reporters cover the issue of climate change? Should the views of scientists who do not believe that climate change has been caused by human activity be included alongside the views of those who do, in order to give a “balanced” story, or does this mislead the public into thinking that both of these positions are equally accepted within the scientific community?

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

2013 titles from CSIRO Publishing

Australia's CSIRO Publishing operates as an independent science and technology publisher with a global reputation for quality products and services. Topics cover a wide range of scientific disciplines, including agriculture, the plant and animal sciences, and environmental management. 2013 CSIRO eBook titles in the JCU Library collection include:

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Mabo Library after-hours study space

Students now have more after-hours study space options in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library. This comes as a result of feedback which has made it clear that students want more silent after-hours study space. Consequently, iLearning room 3 is being opened up for after-hours student study until the end of the exam period.

iLearning 3 is designated a Total Silence Study Zone.

Mon to Thurs: 10.30pm to 2am
Fri: 6pm to 2am
Sat & Sun: 5pm to 2am

Best practice: Point of care medical database trial

JCU Library is trialling Best Practice database until Thursday 7 November. No passwords are required during the trial period.

Healthcare professionals need fast and easy access to reliable, up-to-date information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions, and this is what Best Practice offers. Find the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion – presented in a step-by-step approach (covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis).

Best Practice provides a second opinion in an instant, without the need for checking multiple resources. Its unique patient-focused approach represents a major new advancement in information delivery at the point of care.

JCU Library can not guarantee access to Best Practice after the trial period. However heavy use between now and the end of the trial will support the case for including the database in the JCU Library online collection. We encourage you to take advantage of Best Practice, and to tell your friends!

Monday, 14 October 2013

NQHeritage – the online face of the Library’s Special Collections

Special Collections houses the JCU Library’s most valuable and vulnerable materials, with a particular focus on North Queensland.

Discover the many ways the Collections are being used and accessed by researchers from local and national destinations.

Learn about the Library’s recent work to create an online repository and what the future holds.

Wednesday 23 October
Townsville: 1-2 pm; iLearning Room 002C in the Mabo Library
Cairns: 1-2 pm; B1.108 in the Library
Singapore: 11 am – 12 noon pm; Video Meeting Room

JCU Data Repository – load your data

For the last 2 years, JCU has been putting research data management systems in place.

This talk will show you how to use these systems to manage your research data,
to ensure your research data is safely stored and available for sharing under the conditions that you nominate.

Friday 25 October
Townsville: 1-2 pm; iLearning Room 002C in the Mabo Library
Cairns: 1-2 pm; B1.103 in the Library
Singapore: 11 am – 12 noon pm; D01-01

Tips for Open Data management – and advantages for your research

Open Data is the next frontier.
How can your efforts in collecting and processing research data be recognised?

Come and hear what is happening with regard to data citation and data licensing to ensure that sharing your data doesn’t mean losing control of your data.

Thursday 24 October
Townsville: 1-2 pm; iLearning Room 002C in the Mabo Library
Cairns: 1-2 pm; B1.103 in the Library 
Singapore: 11 am – 12 noon pm; D01-01

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Open Access Week is an international event. Now in its 6th year, the event brings the global research community together to celebrate and promote awareness and the achievements of the Open Access movement.

The theme for Open Access Week in 2013 is Open Access: Redefining Impact.

Come along to the Library and the eResearch Centre seminar series to learn more about Open Access and how it will benefit your research.
More info about Open Access:
· Open Access posts on the JCU Library and Computing News Blog
· The JCU Library Open Access Publishing LibGuide


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Open Access is the practice of making your publications freely available online.

Open Access can help to raise your research profile. Getting your work discovered then accessed increases the chance that it will be read and cited.

This presentation will discuss and clarify options for making your research Open Access.

Townsville and Cairns - Come for the talk and stay for wine and cheese
Please RSVP to by 17 October for catering purposes

Tuesday 22 October
Townsville: 4-5 pm; iLearning Room 002C in the Mabo Library
Cairns: 4-5 pm; B1.103 in the Library
Singapore: 2-3 pm; Video Meeting Room

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Feature books: Humanities

Envisioning landscapes, making worlds: Geography and the humanities. The past decade has witnessed a remarkable resurgence in the intellectual interplay between geography and the humanities in both academic and public circles. The metaphors and concepts of geography now permeate literature, philosophy and the arts. Concepts such as space, place, landscape, mapping and territory have become pervasive as conceptual frameworks and core metaphors in recent publications by humanities scholars and well-known writers. This book contains contributions from leading scholars who have engaged this vital intellectual project from various perspectives, both inside and outside of the field of geography. The topics covered range widely and include interpretations of space, place, and landscape in literature and the visual arts, philosophical reflections on geographical knowledge, cultural imagination in scientific exploration and travel accounts, and expanded geographical understanding through digital and participatory methodologies. The clashing and blending of cultures caused by globalization and the new technologies that profoundly alter human environmental experience suggest new geographical narratives and representations that are explored here by a multidisciplinary group of authors.

Humanities in the twenty-first century. What is the value of the arts and humanities today? This question points to a long and extensively discussed dilemma. This book offers a novel approach to tackling this difficult question. The book's contributors offer examples that show that, rather than relying on the narrowly utilitarian notion of 'research impact' that has developed within current educational policies and debates, it may be more appropriate to look at the ways in which arts and humanities research is already engaged in collaborative endeavours, both within academia and beyond, in order to address the big ethical, political, technological and environmental challenges of contemporary life.

The public value of the humanities. Recession is a time for asking fundamental questions about value. At a time when governments are being forced to make swingeing savings in public expenditure, why should they continue to invest public money funding research into ancient Greek tragedy, literary value, philosophical conundrums or the aesthetics of design? Does such research deliver 'value for money' and 'public benefit'? Such questions have become especially pertinent in the UK in recent years, in the context of the drive by government to instrumentalize research across the disciplines and the prominence of discussions about ‘economic impact' and 'knowledge transfer'. In this book a group of distinguished humanities researchers, all working in Britain, but publishing research of international importance, reflect on the public value of their discipline, using particular research projects as case-studies. Their essays are passionate, sometimes polemical, often witty and consistently thought-provoking, covering a range of humanities disciplines from theology to architecture and from media studies to anthropology.

Why the humanities matter: A commonsense approach. Is there life after postmodernism? Many claim that it sounded the death knell for history, art, ideology, science, possibly all of Western philosophy, and certainly for the concept of reality itself. Responding to essential questions regarding whether the humanities can remain politically and academically relevant amid this twenty-first-century uncertainty, this book offers a guided tour of the modern condition, calling upon thinkers in a variety of disciplines to affirm essential concepts such as truth, goodness, and beauty.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Don’t confound Open Access and peer review

Open Access journals provide online access to research articles without requiring payment or passwords.

Peer review is central to the current publishing model, established long before the Open Access movement.

Peer review is a mark of quality for both Open Access and subscription access journals.

A recent paper, published in Science (see reference at the end of this post), confounds the effects of Open Access and peer review.

This has led researchers to question whether they are doing the right thing by publishing in Open Access journals.

The opening sentence of the Science paper claims that there is “little or no scrutiny at many open-access journals.” By scrutiny, the author is referring to peer review. The author’s analysis is based on responses he received after submitting a “bogus” manuscript to 304 journals, with 157 accepting it for publication.

It is widely accepted that there are many unscrupulous Open Access publishers which claim to publish peer reviewed journals. Despite being a minority, they greatly bias the results of the study and give little recognition to ethical Open Access publishers.

A useful outcome of the study was the finding that “Beall is good at spotting publishers with poor quality control”. 82% of the journals that accepted the bogus paper are on Beall’s list of predatory Open Access. This supports the value of Beall’s list as a guide for selecting journals to publish in.

See the Understanding Publishers tab of the Publishing Academic Research LibGuide for a link to Beall’s list and more information about Open Access.

The message that authors should take away is that the combination of Open Access publishing in quality journals with a rigorous peer review process will provide the best opportunity for advancing their research career.

Reference to the Science paper:
Bohannon, J. (2013). Who’s afraid of peer review?. Science. 342(6154):60-65. doi: 10.1126/science.342.6154.60

Read more commentary at:
Callan, Paula (2013). Fake paper highlights predatory publishers. Retrieved from ABC Science:

Eve, Martin (2013). Flawed sting operation singles out open access journals. The Conversation:

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

International day of non-violence - 2 October

Non-Violence, by Karl Fredrik Reutersward
The International Day of Non-Violence occurs on 2nd October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

We have a number of great books at JCU Library if you are interested in the concept of political non-violence, or the pursuit of peace, such as:
Institutionalization of non-violence (reference text)
Peace: A history of movements and ideas (book)
Peace philosophy in action (eBook)
Positive peace: Reflections on peace education, nonviolence, and social change (eBook)