Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Summer viewing: Pride and prejudice

JCU Library has television shows on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572.

The arrival of the wealthy Mr Darcy in the neighbourhood causes great excitement within the Bennet family. One of her five daughters, Mrs Bennet feels, is sure to capture the heart of the wealthy young aristocrat. That fate befalls the spirited Elizabeth. Judging him on first impressions and the malicious gossip of friends, she rejects his advances. However, as she busies herself with the stormy romances and scandals of her sisters, she once again finds herself in his company. Gradually her opinions of this proud young man begin to change.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Summer movie: The Princess Bride

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372.

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

'The Princess Bride' is a classic tale of romance, featuring fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles, and true love.

 When Buttercup's love, Westley, is captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts - famous for leaving no prisoners alive - Buttercup mourns him for five years before being forced to marry Prince Humperdink.  Out riding one day, she is kidnapped by an odd trio of criminals who have been hired to start a war. Who is the mysterious Man in Black? What does deadly iocane powder smell like? What are Rodents of Unusual Size? And where did you put that wheelbarrow?

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Summer viewing: Redfern Now

JCU Library has television shows on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572.

Six families, unconnected, except that their lives are all changed by a seemingly insignificant incident, an accident, or a moment's decision that spirals into a life-changing event.  Six stories of contemporary inner city Indigenous life, told by the people who live it.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Summer reading: The Great Dune Trilogy by Frank Herbert and The Science of Dune by Kevin Grazier (Ed.

Arguably one of the greatest science fiction epics to be produced, the 'Dune' saga now spans 20 novels, seven companion books, a film, and two mini series, as well as board and video games, original scores, numerous official short stories and thousands of pieces of fan fiction.

Set thousands of years into our future, the 'Dune' series opens with 14 year-old Paul Atreides, heir to House Atreides, relocating with his family to Arrakis, desert planet and source of the Galactic Empire's wealth: the melange spice, which allows humans to venture deep into space.

With deep political intrigue, theology, treachery, action, and sweeping descriptions of Arrakis, Herbert created one of the most exciting and ground-breaking sci-fi universes (Duniverse) in popular fiction, inspiring other franchises like 'Star Wars', Warhammer 40,000, and 'Babylon 5'.

If you've already read 'Dune' and were wondering about how realistic Herbert's ideas were, you may be interested in 'The Science of Dune'.  Could a melange spice-like substance give its users foresight, longer lives, or connect them with the souls of those who have gone before?  Could sandworms actually exist, and how? Are there desert planets like Arrakis? And what exactly is the gom jabbar There are answers to these questions and more in 'The Science of Dune', which is available from JCU Library as an eBook.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Opening hours: Christmas and New Years 17th December 2014 to 26th of January 2015

JCU libraries' opening hours

Library and Information services wishes everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The JCU Library has different opening hours throughout the year depending on campus, study periods and public holidays.

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville:

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 to Monday 26th of January 2015

Monday to Friday:           8.00am to 5.00pm

Saturday and Sunday:     Closed

JCU Library Cairns

Friday 21st of November 2014 to Monday 26th of January 2015

Monday to Friday:         8.00am to 5.00pm  
Saturday and Sunday:      Closed

Both Libraries will be CLOSED:

Christmas Day 25th December 2014 to New Year’s Day 1 January 2015.

Australia Day 26th of January 2015.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Summer movie: Mabo

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372.

Partly filmed at JCU Townsville, 'Mabo' tells the story of one of Australia's national heroes - Eddie Koiki Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who left school at age 15, and spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Summer viewing: Paper Giants

JCU Library has television on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572.

In early 1972, Ita Buttrose and Kerry Packer got together to create a magazine that became one of the most dramatic sensations in Australian publishing history.

CLEO Magazine - begun in a "fit of pique" - went on to help define women, Australia, and the relationship between the two. Research showed the project would be a failure and the magazine was opposed by the powerful head of the Packer clan, Sir Frank Packer. Yet Ita and Kerry, knowing the consequences of failure would be dire, decided to back their gut instincts anyway.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Summer reading: Three Dog Night by Peter Goldsworthy

Set in Adelaide and the South Australian desert, 'Three Dog Night' explores themes of selfishness, jealousy, loyalty, friendship, and betrayal.

Returning to Australia after 10 years in the UK, Martin sets out to reconnect with his estranged friend, Felix, taking his new English wife, Lucy, with him.  Martin and Felix's friendship is typically masculine, but friendly rivalry builds into malicious one-upmanship, with Lucy caught in the cross-fire.

This is a stark, uncomfortable, and, at times, painful story, that subtly weaves human foibles into a complicated and heart-wrenching mass of emotion, set against the darkening sky of the outback.

Special Collections Fossickings 44: Common Interest

When did you last visit the Townsville Town Common? Perhaps you had visitors interested in seeing some wildlife? Or wanted to take some serious exercise walking or mountain biking? Or is it one of those places still on your “go to” list?

This diverse mix of wetlands, saltpans, dunes, hills, vine forest, swamps, mangroves and woodlands is surely one of the most interesting and exciting backyards a city could have. The Common is a must-see for any naturalist or birdwatcher visiting the north and its signature bird – the brolga –  adorns the University’s coat of arms and is the city’s faunal emblem.
The University Arms, granted by The College of Arms, London by Letters Patent dated 26 June 1972.
Detail showing a brolga on the University Arms.
An area of 3245 hectares protects remnants of the once extensive Bohle River flood plain. In 1869, very early in the city’s history, it became a pasturage reserve which allowed residents to graze cattle there. But a hundred years later it had become neglected and degraded by wildfire, rubbish-dumping, an invasion of weeds and pests, and a host of other impacts. Original creeks had become polluted by sewage outflows and whole chunks of land had been swallowed up by the expanding airport.  The efforts of local Wildlife Preservation Society members to clean up the Common and restore its natural values are described in the Society’s 50th anniversary book published in 2012. This group started the push for greater protection and in 1981 the Common was gazetted under Queensland legislation as an environmental park. In 1992 it was registered on the National Estate.

Books from the North Queensland Collection.
Over the years many individuals have studied, photographed and written about the Common. In 1982 Ursula Rowlett produced a booklet on the Common’s water plants and the following year Stephen Garnett published his “Birds of the Townsville Town Common”, both illustrated by local artist Jim Cox. In 1992 JCU researchers, Alastair Birtles and Trevor Sofield, produced “Brolga Dreaming”, a visionary concept for an eco-tourism approach to the Common’s development. Most recently two booklets, “Revitalizing the Town Common” and “Rowes Bay Wetlands: an interpretive guide” help paint the picture of the Common’s 21st century future.
Books from the North Queensland Collection
The North Queensland Collection holds all of the above publications while the thesis collection contains a number of honours and higher degree theses exploring many different aspects of Townsville’s very special backyard.

Story by Miniata

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Book Review: Vagabondage, by Beth Spencer

The latest book of poetry by Beth Spencer, Vagabondage, is a verse memoir of a year spent travelling around Australia in a campervan.

This lovely collection of poems is at times hilarious and poignant, as Spencer takes us through memories of past trips as well as the challenges of living on the move for an extended period of time.

The poems are variously joyous, wryly observant, amusing and quite deep.  The book is rather like a good concept album - the poems stand alone well enough - but reading them as a collection (in order, as laid out in the book) adds a level of depth and connection that makes you feel as if you have travelled awhile with this person, and know them as a friend.

In many ways, the book is reminiscent of Ursula Bethell's From a Garden in the Antipodes (which, if you haven't read, is also well worth visiting).  Each poem is like a letter home or a note in a diary.   Reading the poems in these works give the feeling of checking in with an old friend and seeing how they are getting along.  Ursula's garden (and her cat, Michael) and Beth's road trip (and her van) become familiar parts of your own life, for a brief period of time.

And, in both of them, you come across the occasional poem that causes you to see something commonplace (like weeds or flowers) in a new light.

Some UWA students took one of the poems from Spencer's book, Wild Things 2, and animated it, showcasing one of the many layers that can be found in this collection:

You can find Vagabondage at 820A SPE(B) 1B VAG (or click here to see check its status in our catalogue).  You'll also find an earlier work by Spencer, Things in a Glass Box in the same area.

The collected poems of Ursula Bethell can be found at 820NZ BET 1B COL (click here to see them in the catalogue).

Summer movie: Reservoir Dogs

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372.

Released in 1992, written and directed by an almost unheard of film maker, Quentin Tarantino, 'Reservoir Dogs' stands out as a modern American classic.

Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss, Joe Cabot, to carry out a diamond robbery. Right at the outset, they are given false names with the intention that they won't get too close and will concentrate on the job instead. They are completely sure that the robbery is going to be a success. But, when the police show up right at the time and the site of the robbery, panic spreads amongst the group members, and one of them is killed in the subsequent shootout, along with a few policemen and civilians. When the remaining people assemble at the premeditated rendezvous point (a warehouse), they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover cop.
Synopsis from IMDB

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Special Collections Fossickings 43: The Marjorie Green writing desk

 Miss Marjorie Green, photo from the Marjorie Green Archive.
The Marjorie Green writing desk in the Special Collections reading room, Townsville.
The photograph above shows a wooden writing desk donated to the Delamothe Collection thirty years ago by its owner, Miss Marjorie Green.  Marjorie, then aged 88, was born in Charters Towers but had lived most of her life in the historic house, Kardinia, on Stanton Hill. This heritage- listed building is famous for hosting the Japanese consulate from 1886-1908, before Marjorie’s father, David Green, took over the reins of the “Townsville Daily Bulletin” and made Kardinia their family home. Marjorie, the middle one of three daughters, was still living there in 1984 but her gift of the desk in August that year seems to have been part of preparations for her move to the Masonic Village. The house was sold in November.

Kardinia (historic house on right), Marjorie Green Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 15506.

Detail of the left side panel of Marjorie Green writing desk.
Detail of the front of the Marjorie Green writing desk.
Details recorded at the time of the donation indicate that the desk was carved, with some skill, by 16-year-old Marjorie while home on holiday from Melbourne’s Presbyterian Ladies College. The front of the desk features the College crest and original German motto “Ohne hast ohne rast” (Without haste, without rest). The desk contains several related items including a glass and silver pen-holder and a silver-backed ink-blotter, engraved with Marjorie’s initials.
Silver- backed ink-blotter featuring the engraved intials "MG".
 Showing splatters of ink and other signs of wear and tear, the desk was clearly well-used. One can easily imagine Marjorie seated at it while corresponding with friends, writing recipes or recording the details of an active and well-travelled young woman. Other items in the Marjorie Green archive give glimpses of a life involved in church and community while photograph albums, passports, postcards and travel brochures document at least one world trip made by the whole family. It must have been the trip of a lifetime, taking in Java, Singapore, Ceylon, Suez  and via “the Med” to Italy, France and Britain before crossing the Atlantic to the US and Canada. A later trip took in Japan and China.
Items from the Marjorie Green Archive held in the JCU Library Special Collections.
In the domestic sphere a notebook is packed with recipes, featuring many cakes and desserts – although roast duck stuffed “with small white seedless grapes tossed in melted butter and dry white wine” sounds particularly appetising. Why not try this easy to make slice, straight from Marjorie’s recipe book?
Caramel date and walnut slice:
4 oz butter, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 egg, ½ teasp vanilla, 1 cup SR flour, pinch salt, ¾ cup of dates, ¾ cup walnuts.
Warm butter and brown sugar, do not boil
Remove and cool
Beat in beaten egg, then flour, salt, dates and walnuts.
Put in lamington tin and cook in moderate oven for 20-25 minutes

Story by Miniata

New Book Display recommendation: When Boys Become Boys

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books online.

 A  title of interest: 
When Boys Become Boys: Development, Relationships and Masculinity  by Judy Y. Chu
Call number: 305.230811 CHU

A study of how young boys of kindergarten age develop concepts of masculinity that impacts on and is impacted by their relationships to other people including boys their own age. Quite engaging from the start. As a parent of children in kindergarten, there are some interesting points on how young children are responding to their peers and the wider society in deciding what is correct gender behaviour. It then seems to elaborate on how these created rules of male behaviour impacts on their ability to connect to their humanity as a self and to the humanity of other people. This loss of connection flows through to possible behaviour problems and relationship problems seen as male.

For more information read the publishers description and the author's blog.

Summer viewing: Inspector Rex

JCU Library has television shows on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572

The TV series, 'Inspector Rex' (A. K. A. 'Kommisar Rex') originated in Austria in 1994.  A simple enough concept - a young male detective, his female off-sider, and a team of earnest detectives - but the the magic lies in the star of the show, Moser's canine assistant, Inspector Rex!

Scanning in the library

Townsville bids farewell to its previous student scanning system
Because the new CopyPrint machines can now all scan for free, we have retired our scanners in Townsville and Cairns.

JCU students and researchers seeking to scan items now have the option on the new Copy Print machines to scan to their JCU email address automatically, or other email addresses, or scan to a USB thumbdrive.

If you have any queries, please come to the Library InfoHelp counter for assistance at Cairns and Townsville.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Summer reading: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

"Call me Ishmael". One of literature's best-known lines opens this classic sea-born tale of adventure, as one man's destructive obsession with revenge changes his crew and the narrator of the story.

The main plot of the book tells the story of Ishmael, a young man who uses sea voyages to overcome his depression, and his adventures on the Pequod with the mysterious, ferocious, Captain Ahab, who harbours a deep grudge against the sperm whale who destroyed Ahab's ship and severed his leg on the previous voyage.

Ishmael's narrative discusses class, race, shipping, cetology, theology, oceanography, and 19th Century whaling practices. While some criticise the novel for being too wordy and long-winded, many others laud the pace and settings, relishing the way Melville builds the story up to it's tragic climax.