Wednesday, 30 April 2014

International Jazz Day

The 30th of April is International Jazz Day. But why does this musical form need it's own day? According to Unesco jazz:

  •  breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance
  •  is a vector of freedom of expression
  •  is a symbol of unity and peace
  •  reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities
  •  fosters gender equality
  •  reinforces the role youth play for social change
  •  encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones
  •  stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.
You can be part of all that jazz by listening to a sound recording, finding out about the history of jazz or maybe playing some jazz yourself! 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Stuck with referencing?

So you've done all your reading, and you've just finished writing your assignment, yay!  But now you need to make sure you've referenced everything properly.

Which style are you meant to be using?  APA? Vancouver? Harvard? Something else?  Check your subject outline or assignment instructions to find out.

When you know your style - which is just a set of rules about how to lay out your references - have a look at the Referencing Libguide, where the library has developed a comprehensive folio of referencing style guides.

To build your references, you need to answer at least these four questions about the things you read, watched, listened to, or clicked on:

1. Who created the thing?

This can be a person's name, like Harry Potter.
It can be a bunch of people, like Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Alicia Spinner, & Parvati Patel.
It could also be an organisation or institution - this is called a "corporate author" - like Gryffindor House, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

2. When was the reference published and/or updated?

Was it published in 2001, and then updated in 2008?  Is it frequently updated?

3. What is the title (and subtitle, if applicable) of the reference?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Hogwarts: A History

4. Where did you get the reference from?

Is it a  printed book? Use the publication information
A website? Use the URL or web address
An eBook? Use the DOI (digital object identifier) or URL or web address if there isn't a DOI
A PDF from a government department's website? Use the URL or web address

This is not an exhaustive list, but with these 4 bits of information, you should be able to construct a basic reference.  You may need to add some more information, depending on the type of references you have, and the style you're using.  Journal articles need to include not just the article title, but also the journal title, volume, issue, and page numbers.

For more information about referencing, please check out the library's Referencing Libguide, or the InfoSkills Road Trip.  The staff at the InfoHelp Desk are also available to assist.

Library Web Site unavailble due to server maintenance

System updates on the JCU CMS will mean the Library web site won't be available from 6-8am on Thursday 24th April.

Links to access to the catalogue, One Search, Libguides, student email, LearnJCU, Readings & Past Exams etc are available on if required.

Other JCU sub-sites that are hosted on the live CMS will also be affected, but 'published' static sites will operate normally. 

How do you tell the difference? Well any URL that starts with or will be affected during the maintenance window. URLs that begin with are unaffected.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Get help from an InfoHELP Rover

Picture this, you are sitting in a student common learning space, or your campus Library building, and you find you need help. What you need is an InfoHELP Rover!

JCU Library has employed student InfoHELP Rovers to better serve you at your point of need. They move throughout your campus student common learning spaces and the library during semester. They can be identified by their blue (Townsville) or red (Cairns) JCU InfoHELP Rover polo shirts.

InfoHELP Rovers are able to assist with a variety of issues, including:
- Using general access computers
- Software applications
- JCU online services (webmail, wireless, Students Online, LearnJCU)
- Finding information resources, and
- Printing.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Cairns Library and the Mountain Bike World Cup

The 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup is coming to the JCU Cairns Campus April 25th to April 27th!

With the combination of the Mountain Bike World Cup and ANZAC Day weekend, things will be pretty busy at the library.  Get the information you need to know below:

Library Opening Hours:

Thursday, April 24th – 8 AM to 9 PM

Friday, April 25th – ANZAC Day – 1 PM to 5 PM

Saturday, April 26th – 10 AM – 5 PM

Sunday, April 27th – 10 AM – 5 PM


The library car park will be closed from Wednesday, April 23rd to Tuesday, April 29th.  Please be aware that there may be increased noise.

Paid parking only on campus from April 25th to April 27th.   The cost is $5 and the library parking lot will still be closed.  Event coordinators will be directing traffic and parking.  It is strongly recommended that students use public transport to get to and from JCU or arrange to be picked up and dropped off.

Pandora: Archiving and recording the Digital sea

We now live in the age of the digital where often the only copy of a mass or public communication item exists online not in a physical published or even personal handwritten record. The digital can disappear as rapidly as any printed or made object even those acid based paper items. So how do humans keep a record of this intellectual, cultural, creative and historical output? What has been the response of the traditional stakeholders libraries and museums in this archiving and preservation realm? One answer for a while now has been Pandora.

The National Library of Australia began the Pandora archive in the mid 1990s and over time has joined with other national institutes such as the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Australian War Memorial, National Film and Sound Archive, State libraries and the National Gallery of Australia to add to the archive.

Recently a JCU staff member Kate Galloway has had her law blog Curl added to Pandora. Gilbert Meyns our Cairns campus liaison librarian for the Schools of Law and Business pointed this addition out to me. He explained "Kate blogs on general legal issues of interest to her students and others in the outside community. This is comparable to academics trying to make their work, issues they care about, etc. better known by doing interviews in the media. Here, Kate engages with a broader community audience directly online via social media."

Most people realise things like blogs are the contemporary equivalent of journals, newspapers, editorials and other intellectual manuscripts produced pre-internet and those things are used extensively in research, documentaries and media representations of the past now. We are already seeing records of email, blogs and Facebook being used in legal cases, government investigations and news reporting. Basically Gilbert summed up the importance of archiving the internet as "Pandora  is about capturing a snapshot of Australians in the internet before this information disappears forever. There is a broad range of material captured..." from celebrity tweets to intellectual blogs. Pandora website official statement is "In 1995 the National Library identified the issue of the growing amount of Australian information published in online format only as a matter needing attention. The Library accepted it had responsibility to collect and preserve Australian publications, regardless of format.".

Go and check it out, its the 21st century version of looking through your parents and grandparents collection of newspaper clippings, books, photos and keepsakes.

Lexis Nexis issue April 2014

Currently the web browsers Internet Explorer and Firefox Mozilla are not opening the  links from JCU library pages to Lexis Nexis Database.

Google Chrome is working. Google Chrome is downloadable for free and safe.

It is a good idea to have a couple of web browsers available in event of any issues with one (or two) of your browsers. Similar issues can occur with other aspects of both JCU online and the wider web for example Learn JCU (Blackboard)  has had issues recently with Safari and Firefox updates that affected loading to safe assign.

The quickest way to find the top four browsers is to go to the homepage of LearnJCU, accessible from the link at the top left of most of JCU front webpages.

You can also contact depending on the issue via phone or email and for some services face to face IT help desk, LearnJCU, the Library InfoHelp counters or one of our InfoHelp Rovers if you have any queries.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Classic Literature at Easter

Easter is coming. A holiday break is here. The perfect time to catch up on some reading. Easter is a popular theme for many writers, including classical authors. A few you may like to try are:

Anton Checkov - Easter Eve in Selected Tales of Tchehov at 891.7 CHE 2B SEL
Kate Chopin - Love on the Bon-Dieu in Complete Works of Kate Chopin
Christina Rossetti - The Descent from the Cross, It is finished, and An Easter Carol in Poems
WB Yeats - Easter 1916 in The Poems: Revised at 820 YEA 1B Poe 1991

If you have any favourite Easter writers post a comment below or on the JCU Library Facebook Page

Monday, 14 April 2014

Special Collections Fossickings 35: Mary Wardle, the spirit of Mount Mulligan.

Mary, in 1921, with her brother (seated) and stepbrothers (standing).  Bill Harris, who first found coal on the mountain is standing, second from the right.  Publications Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 3185.
Among the women who rushed to the Mount Mulligan pithead that day in 1921 was Mary Grant (later Wardle). After an agonizing wait of four days and nights her husband’s body was one of the last to be retrieved. Frank Grant had been the deputy mine manager.
Mary's husband, Frank Grant (at left) with rail ambulance, 1920.  Publications Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 3199.
Few people could better embody the history and spirit of the Hodgkinson, and of Mount Mulligan, than Mary. Her long life and large family were inextricably entwined with the district. Born in Irvinebank, she was the youngest of six siblings: one brother and five stepbrothers.  Mary liked to tell how her mother, with a clutch of young children, had walked 80 miles from Port Douglas to join her first husband on the remote Hodgkinson goldfield. Later, as a widow living in Herberton, she met and married mine manager, Bill Richards, who became Mary’s father. In 1892 this blended family of nine moved back to the Hodgkinson and two-year-old Mary had begun her long association with the district.

Fifteen years later it was one of Mary’s step-brothers, Bill Harris, who discovered a coal seam on the mountain. Bill had been a babe-in-arms on his mother’s trek from Port Douglas, but in 1907 he went looking for Burdekin plums in a mountain gully. Whether he found plums is unrecorded, but the story of Mount Mulligan’s mines had begun.
The tiny Mount Mulligan School ca 1920.  Publications Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 3199.
In extensive interviews given to Mike Rimmer for his “Up the Palmerston” historical trilogy, Mary described growing up and enjoying a life of freedom and friendship in the district. These interviews, preserved in the Special Collections’ Mike Rimmer archive, are a particularly rich resource, revealing  Mary’s strong bonds with local Aboriginal people and her knowledge of tribal languages. Despite being offered a music scholarship to Leipzig her marriage to Frank Grant, and the outbreak of WWI, cemented her destiny in the north.
The school after the 1924 extension urged by Frank Grant.  Mount Mulligan Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 20215.
Mary’s brother, Frank Richards, was the school principal and her husband was secretary of the school committee. Shortly before his death the latter had written to the Queensland Minister urging action to expand the overcrowded school building . Sadly, he never saw the 1924 extension that resulted. Mary remarried, a John Wardle, and the couple remained under the shadow of Mount Mulligan until mining operations closed in 1957. Despite the 1921 tragedy she never lost her love for the town and the mountain.

In 1971 the 50th anniversary of the disaster was commemorated with a return to the abandoned town. Then over eighty, Mary was a much-loved guest of honour at the event and the unassuming star of the ABC documentary, “Too Young to Die”. Forty-three years after it was made this remains compelling and poignant viewing. Without Mary’s remarkable memory and her contribution to the oral, written and photographic records, our understanding of this lost world of far north Queensland’s mining communities would be immeasurably poorer.

Story by Miniata

Friday, 11 April 2014

Printing on Mac computers

You've been working on a JCU Mac desktop and you've finally finished your assignment.  All your references are good, and you're ready to hand it in, just before the School Office closes.  You hit the print button in Word, and you get this:

Never fear!  That button just doesn't work, but there are two other ways to tell Word to print your paper:

1. Go to the File menu, then select Print.

2. Hold down the Command key and press P

If you've tried these, and you're still having problems printing from a JCU Mac, please contact InfoHelp.

Knowledge Unlatched

Knowledge Unlatched is a not-for-profit initiative helping libraries to share the costs of making books Open Access.

James Cook University Library is participating as a charter member of Knowledge Unlatched.

Further information
The current system for publishing scholarly books is not working for anyone. Monographs in the humanities and social sciences (HSS), in particular, are in crisis.

Knowledge Unlatched is committed to changing this through libraries working together to create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books. Knowledge Unlatched will secure long-term cost savings for library's institutions by sharing the costs of making HSS monographs available on a Creative Commons licence. Supporting Open Access through Knowledge Unlatched will not cost more than simply purchasing a more traditionally published title.

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Easter and ANZAC Opening Hours

The library will be open as normal over the lecture recess. The opening hours over the Easter period are as follows:

Easter Friday 18 April
Easter Saturday 19 April
Easter Sunday 20 April
Easter Monday 21 April
ANZAC Day 25 April

For more details see the opening hours for Townsville and Cairns.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Special Collections Fossickings 34: Death comes to the mountain

Mount Mulligan Cricket Club 1921, before the explosion.  Most of those in the picture were not miners.  Publications Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 3196.
September 19th 1921 was a Monday, the first day of the school and working week. In one small mining community in far north Queensland it had been a hot weekend. The Sunday cricket match had been called off but, as the town cooled down in the evening under the towering cliffs of Ngarrabullgan, an impromptu party developed.  Hotels provided refreshments and, while children were no doubt packed off to bed earlier, men and women sang and danced until midnight.  Such an event would have been common in this neighbourly town where residents relied largely on each other for social needs and entertainment. Concerts, parties and sporting events were all popular. The 70-odd school-aged children doubtless added their own lively energy to the community even if they were bursting out of their tiny school.
Mount Mulligan miner's cottage 1920, overshadowed by the mountain.  Publications Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 3202.
Ngarrabullgan is its Aboriginal name but the Europeans had named the massive table-top mountain for explorer and prospector James Venture Mulligan, who had first camped on the nearby Hodgkinson River fifty years earlier. The first settlers had come for gold, but it was coal that gave rise to this little town, which shared the mountain’s European name: Mount Mulligan.
Harris Street with shops 1921.  Publications Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 3195.
On that September morning the children were gathered outside the school for parade when a cloud of black dust rising from the foot of the mountain caught the attention of teacher Nellie Hourston, and the booms of two explosions filled the air. For those racing in horror to the pithead the news was grim, the mining superintendent warning them “no man is alive in there.”  Despite exhausting and exhaustive rescue attempts all but two of the 75 miners who had gone underground that morning were killed where they worked; the only two to be brought out alive also died. It remains Queensland’s worst mining disaster and the third most devastating in Australian history.
Teachers and older pupils at Mount Mulligan school in August 1921.  A month later many of these children would lose their fathers in the disaster.  Publications Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 3200.
For historian Peter Bell, who made the mine disaster the subject of his 1977 honours thesis, Mount Mulligan has held a life-long interest. The third edition of his book on the subject has recently arrived in Special Collections. Long-time resident Mary Wardle, who lived through Mount Mulligan’s good and bad times and contributed significant contemporary accounts and photographs to various  histories of the township, will be the subject of the next edition of Fossickings.

Story by Miniata

Friday, 4 April 2014

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, The Great Barrier Reef and JCU

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is gathering in Japan to explore the effect of climate change  on the natural world .

 As a recent resident of North Queensland and it's coastline the Great Barrier Reef is a place I have read about and seen images of countless times but never visited including now that I live here. I would like to imagine that it is a place I and my descendents could interact with in the future and thinking with my stomach the seafood generated by its ecosystem but this thought is diminishing. 

The IPCC recent report outlines that there is now obvious changes in Earth's reef ecosystems and health and it is no longer speculation that things are changing due to climate changes created by emissions. To paraphrase some of the links here the Reef is now under serious threat and radical change is now needed to stop it being destroyed. This includes continuing local protection and expanding legislation via amendments (read an article from The Australian from February 2014 ) to have legal mechanisms to intervene in development that affect it. Radical change may include curtailing the role Australia's mining activities affect the reef both immediately and later via emissions generated by power stations far away in other countries. JCU has been involved in reports about dredging at Gladstone and its impacts important considering the Abbot Point development.

An interesting interactive article is located online at the newspaper The Guardian The Great Barrier Reef: an Obituary. JCU has a connections to this via Terry Hughes, Centre Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies which is headquartered at JCU.  Also the author Iain McCalman makes an appearance and we hold a copy of his title The Reef: A passionate history  in our collection at 994.3 MACC. 

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

National Youth Week

National Youth Week is on April 4th - 13th April. It is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. There are lots of events on in your area, mostly driven by the ideas of young people aged 12-25.

If you have a great idea for an event or project for any forum, it pays to do some research in how to write a winning grant proposal. JCU Library has resources which make the process a little easier.

There also online databases such as GrantsLINK  and lists of Australian community grants and research grants which you may find of interest.