Thursday, 24 December 2015

Catalogue systems to be rebooted

We've been experiencing difficulty with our catalogue over the past couple of days, and it has been determined that the issues are part of a wider system error that will need a complete reboot.

The reboot is currently scheduled for the 28th of December, and should correct most of the problems we are encountering.

Until the reboot has been completed, you will be unable to check on the status of items in the catalogue (so you won't be able to tell if a book is available or checked out), put holds on items, see your library account details or renew books online.

Everything should be working again by the time the library re-opens on January 4.  Books (etc) are never due while the library is closed, so don't worry about getting them back to us before the fourth.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Opening Hours for Christmas Eve, 2015

The Library will be closing at 12.00pm (midday) on Christmas Eve in both Townsville and Cairns.

The 24hr Information Commons in the Mabo Library in Townsville will be closing at the same time, and will remain off-line until the Library re-opens on Monday the 4th of January.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Library opening hours over Christmas and New Year

christmas wreathJCU Library has different opening hours throughout the year depending on campus, study periods and public holidays. The opening hours over Christmas and New Year in Townsville and Cairns are as follows:

Monday 21st of December 2015 to Friday 25th of December
Monday to Wednesday: 8.00am to 5.00pm
Thursday: 8.00am-12.00pm
Friday (Christmas): Closed
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Both Libraries will be CLOSED:
Christmas Day 25th December 2015 to 3rd of January 2016

Monday 4th of January to Friday 31st of January 2016
Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Both Libraries will be CLOSED:
Australia Day 26th of January 2016

We wish everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Fictional Holidays

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Southend beach, July 1953. Photograph: Bert Hardy/Getty Images
You are now on holiday! If you are not going anywhere interesting yourself, what about escaping with a book about a holiday? Here are a few suggestions to get you going. All are available at JCU Library in hard copy and some as an eBook. Let me know if you have any other favourites.

The Holiday by Stevie Smith
The poet Stevie Smith, who lived with her aunt in Palmers Green, north London, memorably declared: "Travel narrows the mind." Yet in this delightful novel (her favourite), she packs Celia's bags for Lincolnshire where she visits her Uncle Heber, a vicar. She also gives Celia an Indian background and Lincolnshire is fancifully reconsidered: "I have the feeling it is India before me and not England; it is warmer, it grows warm and close, the night has a wild smell, a smell of dung, of sour smoke, of a magnolia, of a heavy scent..."

A Room with a View / eBook by EM Forster
Lucy Honeychurch, an upper-middle-class English woman, and her chaperone complain on arrival at Pension Bertolini in Florence (their room faces north, the meat served is second rate) but it is upon them that Forster turns his amusing and critical eye. The 1908 classic now reads as at once dated and fresh: "People told them what to see, when to see it, how to stop the electric trams, how to get rid of the beggars, how much to give for a vellum blotter..." Lucy surrenders to "the pernicious charm of Italy" and begins to be happy.

The Enchanted April / eBook by Elizabeth von Arnim
Italian holidays get more than their fair share of literary attention but this uplifting novel is unmissable -- reading it is almost as good as taking a holiday oneself. It begins with an advertisement in the Times : "To Those Who Appreciate Wisteria and Sunshine. Small mediaeval Italian Castle on the shores of the Mediterranean to be Let furnished for the months of April." A comically assorted group of women fetch up in the castle where each finds a happier version of herself. And because this is consummate gardener Elizabeth von Arnim writing, the castle's garden is an Eden.

Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner
The hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva is, in a sense, a school. At least, it is the setting in which Edith Hope, an unmarried English woman in flight from an improper love affair, endures a sentimental education, spending her nights in a "veal-coloured" bedroom. Summer is almost over and each day contains "the seeds of its own fragility", as if in sympathy with Edith herself. The novel won the Booker prize in 1984 and has not lost its melancholy power nor its unassailable elegance. It is the most autumnal of holidays with a low-season heroine.

The Beach by Alex Garland
The atmosphere of this unforgettably unsettling, bestselling novel is also what happens when people live on holiday and off-limits – beyond themselves. It is an idyll turned inside out. When Richard, a British backpacker, is given a map by a mysterious Scotsman about a hidden beach on the gulf of Thailand, inaccessible to tourists, it sounds like paradise. But what follows is a hip, drug-laden, grown-up version of Lord of the Flies. Chapter titles read as if torn from a breezy tourist guide: “Getting there” and “Beach life”.

Kellaway, K. (2015, June 19). The 10 best fictional holidays. The Guardian. Retrieved from

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Christmas at the movies

film strip tree
Whether we love or hate it, Christmas has always played a special role in the cinema and Christmas movies like 'It's a Wonderful Life' have a special place in popular affections. They almost constitute a mini cinematic genre. Christmas at the movies: images of Christmas in American, British and European cinema explores this idea.

Why don't you browse some impressively long lists of Christmas films and see if we have your favourite Christmas movie at JCU Library?

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Last Tuesday night opening for 2015 tonight

'Fenugreek, Tuesday's spice, when the air is green like mosses after rain.' - ― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, The Mistress of Spices

There are not many positive quotes about Tuesday, but this one is beautiful - and relevant. It did rain in Townsville last night. The other thing you should know about Tuesdays is that this is the last Tuesday night this year that the Mabo Library will be open to 7.00pm. Our opening hours will change slightly next week; closing 5.00pm each day including Tuesday, followed by closures for the Christmas break. Tuesday night openings will resume in February 2016.

The library is always open online, but if you are coming in please check our opening times here.

Image: I love Tuesdays icon button 

Thursday, 10 December 2015

International Mountain Day

Mount Stuart
Mount Stuart. Society for Growing Australian Plants

Go climb one. Paint, ski or farm it. Study its amazing geology. Mountains cover around 27 percent of the earth’s land surface and play a critical role in moving the world towards sustainable economic growth. They not only provide sustenance and wellbeing to 720 million mountain people around the world, but indirectly benefit billions more living downstream. International Mountain Day on the 11th of December celebrates all that mountains mean to mankind.

Just one of many interesting mountain themed books held by JCU Library is Himalayan dreaming: Australian mountaineering in the great ranges of Asia, 1922-1990 which tells the story of Australian mountaineering in the great ranges of Asia, from the exploits of a brash, young colonial with an early British Himalayan expedition in the 1920s to the coming of age of Australian climbers in the 1980s.

Special Collections Fossickings 49: Discovering Jean Devanny

In 1969 Ron Store, then a young graduate library assistant, suggested to the University College Librarian that the library should be acquiring a collection of regional literature, whether written about North Queensland, or by North Queenslanders, or indeed both. Receiving approval, and a small budget, Ron began enthusiastically seeking out the material. As well as historical and travel books, and those describing life in the north, Ron had a particular interest in North Queensland fiction. Taking as his guide contemporary works on Australian literature, especially Cecil Hadgraft’s study, “Queensland and its writers”, he soon identified some of the key titles to be acquired, among them those of Jean Devanny.
Ms Jennifer Tompkins (Special Collections Volunteer) working with the Jean Devanny Archive. Note that the books by Jean Devanny in the picture are from the North Queensland Collection.
Knowing nothing about Devanny at the start of his search, Ron quickly recognised her importance as a political and literary figure. He soon discovered that Devanny, a prominent Communist Party activist for much of her life, had not only travelled widely in the north and set three of her novels here, but had spent the last twelve years of her life in Townsville. Even more enticing was the news, gleaned from then City Librarian, Helen Mays, that Jean’s daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Ronald Hurd, still lived in what had been Jean’s last home in Castling Street, West End. Finding their address in the phone book, Ron arranged a visit. It must have been quite a moment when he was first shown Jean’s large collection of papers stored in cardboard boxes in the humble cottage, which still stands today.  Patricia would have been well aware of the significance of her mother’s documents and her decision to place them in the safe custody of the fledgling University College Library ensured their preservation. Although containing manuscripts of published and unpublished fiction, this acquisition was not just a literary coup. JCU’s history professor at the time, Brian Dalton, was among those who recognized its historical and political value.
Townsville Bulletin, 21st November 1969
The handover of this treasure trove from the Devanny/Hurd family to the library took place more than 45 years ago and from that day to the present the archive has been used by researchers across Australia, as well as from New Zealand (her country of birth) and the US. The importance of the archive to Devanny’s biographer, Carole Ferrier, cannot be over-estimated and was acknowledged by the decision of both author and publisher to launch “Jean Devanny: Romantic Revolutionary” in our library. 

Our next post will take a look at the Devanny archive itself.  In the words of former University librarian, John McKinlay, the archive contains “probably the most important collection of manuscripts held at this library.”

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Book Review: How to Write a Lot, by Paul J. Silvia

How to Write a Lot, by Paul J. Silvia, is an ironically short book - but that makes it a fairly approachable book to read.

Published as part of the APA LifeTools series, the book is a self-help-type tome written for graduate students and academics who are struggling to find the time to write journal articles and grant applications.

The book is aimed at academics, and specifically targets people looking to publish academic writing in Psychology - but the advice it offers is general enough to be applicable to all aspiring writers.

Silvia's central argument is that prolific writers never *find* the time to write.  Prolific writers make a point of *scheduling* time to write, and then stick to their schedules.  He maintains that having regularly scheduled writing time (and clear goals concerning how that time is to be used) is key to building writing as a productive habit, rather than a binge act.

Silvia goes on to outline a number of "Specious Barriers" that people use as excuses to avoid writing according to a schedule, such as writer's block or having a sub-optimal writing environment.  Prolific writers must make it a habit, and decide to write even when they could find excuses to avoid it.  Importantly, they must not allow themselves to be dictated to by "inspiration" (or lack thereof).

He also offers advice on how to stay motivated, how to monitor your progress and how to write with others.

The subject of the book is tackled throughout with a sense of humour, as the following extract illustrates:
I love writer's block.  I love it for the same reasons I love tree spirits and talking woodland creatures - they're charming and they don't exist.  When people tell me they have writer's block, I ask, "What on earth are you trying to write?"  Academic writers cannot get writer's block ... The subtlety of your analysis of variance will not move readers to tears, although the tediousness of it might. People will not photocopy your reference list and pass it out to friends whom they wish to inspire.  Novelists and poets are the landscape artists and portrait painters; academic writers are the people with big paint sprayers who repaint your basement.
Several chapters of the book are dedicated to specific advice for writing journal articles or books in Psychological Sciences, and these chapters do feel a bit like padding designed to flesh out a book that really makes its point within the first four chapters, but Silver's little guide is a good read for anyone (early career researcher or otherwise) who is struggling with "finding the time" to write.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015


musical notesAlthough you may not be Singing in the Rain or an American in Paris or even a Funny Girl you can still enjoy these musicals, along with more from the JCU Library DVD collection. Just look for call number 797.4372 to browse.

The Compact Disc collection also contains a range of musicals to which you can sing along, or maybe you can play along with a musical score from your favourite musical. Scores and CDs are located on the first floor of the Mabo Library next to the Curriculum Collection

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

New Book Recommendations on the Pacific

Here are two new books you may like to explore. One looks forward to the future of the Pacific and one looks back to its past.
Pacific : the ocean of the future / Simon Winchester.
Travelling the circumference of the truly gigantic Pacific, Simon Winchester tells the story of the world's largest body of water, and - in matters economic, political and military - the ocean of the future. The Pacific is a world of tsunamis and Magellan, of the Bounty mutiny and the Boeing Company. It is the stuff of the towering Captain Cook and his wide-ranging network of exploring voyages, Robert Louis Stevenson and Admiral Halsey. It is the place of Paul Gauguin and the explosion of the largest-ever American atomic bomb, on Bikini atoll, in 1951. It has an astonishing recent past, an uncertain present and a hugely important future. The ocean and its peoples are the new lifeblood, fizz and thrill of America - which draws so many of its minds and so much of its manners from the sea - while the inexorable rise of the ancient center of the world, China, is a fixating fascination. The presence of rogue states - North Korea most notoriously today - suggest that the focus of the responsible world is shifting away from the conventional post-war obsessions with Europe and the Middle East, and towards a new set of urgencies. Navigating the newly evolving patterns of commerce and trade, the world's most violent weather and the fascinating histories, problems and potentials of the many Pacific states, Simon Winchester's thrilling journey is a grand depiction of the future ocean.

The beach : an Australian passion / Robert Drewe.
From an Indigenous food source to a hedonistic playground, the beach has long been a national obsession. Robert Drewe's lyrical examination of Australian beach culture, in this new National Library of Australia publication, combines imagery from some of Australia's most celebrated photographers with his stories - a favourite boat, a capsicum-strewn beach, a summer holiday and an unwelcome great white. Drewe looks at the sunny, salty sexiness of the beach that first enticed the crusading Mr William Gocher into the ocean at Manly in 1903, defying authorities in his neck-to-knee bathing costume. We've come a long way from sunbathing in stockings and pantaloons to the unabashed display of sun-kissed bodies of all shapes and sizes at any beach in the country today. But the beach also has a dark side as a place of tragedy, violence and danger, a place where sharks attack prone surfers and prime ministers disappear. In The Beach, Drewe turns his attention to the favourite coastal theme, but in a new way: a mix of history, reminiscence and lyrical description, complemented by photographs from the National Library of Australia's collection.

The Psychology of Santa

psychology of santa cover image
Here is an e-book to read if you want to know more about a certain upcoming festival. The Psychology of Santa by Carole. S. Slotterback examines decades of psychological research, as well as studies in sociology, communication, history, and advertising, all of which deal with Christmas. The book examines what research can reveal to us about how psychologists and others view these customs and what they represent to our culture. A number of aspects of Christmas are explored, and this book offers an intriguing interpretation of our lives and customs. Topics covered include how Christmas is celebrated during wars, a history of selected customs and whether families today still engage in them, how different traditions of psychologists view Christmas, Christmas and stress, Christmas and depression and suicide, children’s letters to Santa Claus, and children’s beliefs in Santa and how they change with age.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Christmas carols

aussie christmas carol

To carol is to sing joyously.  If you are looking for some joyous Christmas carol music to sing, you can't go past the JCU Library CD collection.

Check through this list of the 10 best pieces of Christmas classical music, some of which are held at JCU Library, including Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

If you would like to play or sing yourself the Library also has plenty of Christmas music scores for you to enjoy.

Christmas children's stories

During a drought plagued Christmas you, or someone you know, may enjoy the following children's Christmas stories held in the Curriculum Collection at JCU Library.

Bubbay cover image
Bubbay is a hopeful story full of magic, combined with richly textured illustrations of Australian plants and animals. It offers a glimpse of how the natural and spiritual worlds can intervene in making ordinary lives better.

Applesauce cover image
Applesauce and the Christmas miracle describes an orange evening, tiger-striped with blackened trees. A pig sits upon a dam bank, fondly reminscing. Against a rural Australian setting of drought and bushfire, a little pig called Applesauce learns that Christmas comes from the heart.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

International Day for Abolition of Slavery

child labour
Child labour in Myanmar. Photo: ILO/Marcel Crozet
While you have been slaving over your textbooks, there have been other much more difficult forms of slavery happening around the world. The 2nd of December is International Day for Abolition of Slavery.

The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.

JCU library has a range of resources on contemporary slavery. A good introduction is The anti-slavery project: from the slave trade to human trafficking.

Monday, 30 November 2015

Library fines

At some point most of us will accumulate library fines while at university. So how do you check if you have fines?

From the Library homepage click on the Library Account link (circled in yellow in the picture) and log in with your JCU User ID and password.

Select the Fines and Messages option near the top of the page. It's important to note that if you owe $25 or more in fines your results will be withheld.

You can pay your fines in person, by telephoning, or by mailing a cheque or money order.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The 25th of November is the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - known as "White Ribbon Day" in Australia. This day has been set aside to draw attention to the fact that one in three women world wide have experienced physical or sexual violence perpetuated by men (often men they know), and to agitate for a better future.

And yes, it is unfortunately too true that men are also frequently the victims of domestic violence (often also perpetuated by men).  Domestic violence is never okay - regardless of who is the victim and who is the perpetrator.  It shouldn't be part of our culture, and it shouldn't be ignored.

If you would like to talk to someone on campus, the Counselling service is a good place to start (  The offices are located in the library buildings in both Townsville and Cairns.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Intersemester/Blockmode opening hours

Second semester finished on November 20, and we are now in the period between semesters when only a few classes are running in "blockmode".

During this time, the number of people using the library building scales right back, and we shorten our opening hours.

We will be open from 8.00am to 5.00pm during the week in both Townsville and Cairns (except on Tuesdays, when the Mabo library in Townsville will remain open until 7.00pm for the next few weeks).

We will be closed on both Saturday and Sunday.

During this time, the 24 hr access spaces will be available, but this is a time when the ICT elves traditionally performs major maintenance on the systems, and there will be a few days when the computers may be unavailable, or only working at a limited capacity.  Please keep an eye on the Central Computing Bulletins to stay updated on possible outages.

The library will be closed during the period between Christmas and New Year.

New business books

Get some tips for starting a modern business and becoming a market leader from these two new books available from the new book display shelf on the ground floor of the library.

The lean startup : how constant innovation creates radically successful businesses / Eric Ries.

Most startups are built to fail. But those failures, according to entrepreneur Eric Ries, are preventable. Startups don't fail because of bad execution, or missed deadlines, or blown budgets. They fail because they are building something nobody wants. Whether they arise from someone's garage or are created within a mature Fortune 500 organization, new ventures, by definition, are designed to create new products or services under conditions of extreme uncertainly. Their primary mission is to find out what customers ultimately will buy. One of the central premises of The Lean Startup movement is what Ries calls "validated learning" about the customer. It is a way of getting continuous feedback from customers so that the company can shift directions or alter its plans inch by inch, minute by minute. Rather than creating an elaborate business plan and a product-centric approach, Lean Startup prizes testing your vision continuously with your customers and making constant adjustments.

Digital disciplines : attaining market leadership via the cloud, big data, social, mobile, and the internet of things / Joe Weinman.

digital disciplines
Leverage digital technologies to achieve competitive advantage through better processes, products, customer relationships and innovation. How does Information Technology enable competitive advantage? Digital Disciplines details four strategies that exploit today's digital technologies to create unparalleled customer value. Using non-technical language, this book describes the blueprints that any company, large or small, can use to gain or retain market leadership, based on insights derived from examining modern digital giants such as Amazon and Netflix as well as established firms such as GE, Nike, and UPS. Companies can develop a competitive edge through four digital disciplines--information excellence, solution leadership, collective intimacy, and accelerated innovation--that exploit cloud computing, big data and analytics, mobile and wireline networks, social media, and the Internet of Things.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

National Go Home On Time Day - Wednesday 18 November 2015

It is that time of year again when everyone is studying like crazy for their exams and are enjoying the extended library opening hours. Wednesday 18 November 2015 is National Go Home On Time Day and we think you all deserve to go home on time. This day is an initiative of The Australian Institute and now in its 7th year. It was developed as a fun way to talk about how poor work/study/life balance impacts on our health, relationships and workplaces.

 We are still open until midnight in Townsville and 9pm in Cairns so if you are studying until late why not set that time as your goal to go home on time and recharge your batteries. Or if you are a night owl, why not have a break during the day (set an early go home time) and come back and take advantage of our 24 hour spaces. Remember it is almost the end of exams and you all deserve to treat yourselves.

Holiday on Mars

Water on Mars
Water on MarsNASA | JPL | University of Arizona
If you are wondering where to go over the summer holidays, why not consider sunny Mars? To find out if this is the holiday destination for you, have a look at the current information from the Curiosity Rover and regular updates from NASA.

Check out this list of 100 Hundred Science Fiction and Fantasy books set on or about Mars and see how many we hold at JCU Library. For the more practical holiday maker, have a look at the e-book Martian Outpost: The challenges of establishing a human settlement on Mars. Enjoy your trip!

Keep in touch with the library via Social Media

As the main academic teaching period ends, keep in touch with Cairns and Townsville Libraries' news online in a more social manner.

JCU library has an official JCU library page on Facebook, a Twitter account, and this blog which you can subscribe to via email.

My favourite Facebook post this past week has been about World Kindness Day on November 13th. You can read more about World Kindness Day on the Australian Kindness Movement website. A great quote located on the site says "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself" by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

New eBook recommendation - Covered in Ink: Women and the Politics of the Body

Covered in Ink: Women and the Politics of the Body provides important insight into the often unseen world of women and tattooing. Drawing on autoethnography, and extensive interviews with heavily tattooed women, this new eBook provides insight into the increasingly visible subculture of women with tattoos.
Author Beverly Thompson visits tattoos parlors, talking to female tattoo artists and the women they ink, and she attends tattoo conventions and Miss Tattoo pageants where heavily tattooed women congregate to share their mutual love for the art form. Along the way, she brings to life women’s love of ink, their very personal choices of tattoo art, and the meaning tattooing has come to carry in their lives, as well as their struggles with gender norms, employment discrimination, and family rejection. Thompson finds that, despite the stigma and social opposition heavily tattooed women face, many feel empowered by their tattoos and strongly believe they are creating a space for self-expression that also presents a positive body image.

For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

New Book Recommendation: Participatory Research with Children and Young People

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A title of interest this week is:

Participatory Research with Children and Young People by Susan Groundwater-Smith, Sue Dockett, Dorothy Bottrell.
Call Number: 300.723 GRO

An extract from the publisher's website states:

This book sets out a clear framework for conducting participatory research with children and young people within a discussion of the rights of the child. Through extensive case studies and a close review of contemporary literature, in relation to early childhood through to late adolescence, the book serves as a critical guide to issues in participative research for students and researchers.

The book includes chapters on:
  • Designing your research project
  • Ethical considerations 
  • Innovative methods 
  • Publication and dissemination.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

World Science Day 2015

Unesco Science Report 2015

"Science stands at its heart as a force for positive transformation and a development multiplier.Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

The 10th of November is World Science Day for Peace and Development and as part of the celebrations UNESCO will launch the quinquennial Science Report: towards 2030, which analyses emerging trends in science, technology and innovation policy and governance.

JCU Library provides a range of research support services to help further the goals of JCU researchers in all areas as they are part of this force for positive transformation.

Special Collections Fossickings 48: The golden virgin of Picardy.

Many posts on the subject of World War 1 and North Queenslanders’ involvement in the conflict have appeared here in the last 12 months. But with the approach of Remembrance Day it is timely to include one more, albeit on a quirky subject.

Watching an episode of the BBC-TV program, Antiques Roadshow, on a lazy Sunday afternoon I was startled by a wartime photograph of a damaged French church. Where had I seen that image before?

La basilique de Notre-Dame de Brebières rises above the small town of Albert in Picardy. Built at the end of the 19th century, the church’s tower and dome are crowned by a golden statue of virgin and child, designed by sculptor Albert Rozé.  In January 1915, at the height of the First World War, a German shell badly damaged the basilica and dislodged the statue. Secured by French engineers, it continued to hang from the tower at a precarious angle for the next three years, giving rise to several superstitions. One held that whichever side, Germans or Allies, caused the statue to fall would ultimately lose the war; another claimed that the war would end only when it did fall. The “leaning virgin” became a familiar, if bizarre, sight to the thousands of soldiers, who passed through on their way to the Somme since the town was only three miles from the front.
Caption: "Albert"  Photographer: Astley James Bromfield, Bromfield Album, NQ Photographic Collection, JCU Library Special Collections.
Many of these troops were Australian who, with characteristic irreverence, dubbed the statue “Fanny” after the then famous Australian swimmer, Fanny Durack - presumably because the dangling figure resembled a swimmer diving from the blocks. The statue was a popular subject for photographers, one of whom was Australia’s official war photographer Frank Hurley. Attempting to get a moonlight shot the explosion of his flashlight startled local residents who feared another bombardment. But it was not Frank Hurley’s photograph that I had seen. Rather it was the son of an Atherton farmer, Sgt Astley Bromfield who either photographed the ruined tower himself or acquired it while serving in France. We have already met Astley, and his younger brother Jack, in earlier posts this year. Only Astley returned from the war, bringing with him a remarkable collection of wartime images, many of which are held in the Special Collections.
Caption: Studio portrait of Astley James Bromfield
But back to the statue. In 1918 the town of Albert was recaptured by German forces and the statue eventually fell when British troops fired through the ruined basilica in April that year. By August the British had regained control of the town and within three months the war was over. The basilica was rebuilt by Louis Duthoit (son of the original architect, Edmond Duthoit) between 1927-1931. The fallen statue was never recovered but was replaced by an exact replica of the original design.

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Monday, 9 November 2015

Early birds get the rain: Exam Period 2015 Library Opening Hours

Library staff in Townsville were pleasantly suprised by a light shower at about 7.45am to start off the exam period this Monday the 9th of November 2015. This has been one of the driest years on record for Townsville. You can check out water restrictions on the Townsville City Council website.

Library Exam Period Opening Hours are as follows:

Townsville (Monday November 9 to Sunday November 15)

Monday to Friday 7.30am to Midnight

Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am to 10.00 pm

Cairns (Monday 9 November to Thursday 19 November)

Monday to Thursday 8.00 am to 9.00 pm

Friday 8.00 am to 6.00pm

Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Get involved in Psychology Week 8-14 November

Psychology students and staff, it's your week. It's #psychweek.
National Psychology Week aims to increase public awareness about psychology, psychological issues and the role psychologists play in community wellbeing. The week involves events, presentations and a media campaign to assist public understand of psychology.

Results for the fifth annual APS Stress and Wellbeing in Society survey will be released during Psychology Week. Find out more here. The survey is designed to help understand the factors impacting the wellbeing of Australians. In 2015, the survey had a special focus on social media and its effect on the health, wellbeing and behaviour of Australians.

For tips on managing everyday stress, download the poster from the Australian Psychological Society here.

Link to readings and past exams through the Psychology LibGuide here.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

2016 enrolment information for you and your family

Congratulations to those of you who have nearly finished the final semester of your undergraduate or postgraduate qualification. For continuing students, look out for re-enrolment updates via email.
If you have convinced your friends and family about the advantages of study and they're interested in enrolling at JCU, let them know about the Return to Study evenings coming up at both Townsville and Cairns campuses on the 24th and 25th November. They can find out more, and register to attend through the site.

The Mabo Library has extended opening hours during November. Find the opening hours for Townsville and Cairns here. The YouTube clip below is a taste of the wealth of resources the library holds for its members. Let your friends and family know.


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Kitchenette now available at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

Just in time for Swot Vac!

The kitchenette has been completed in the undercroft space outside the 24hr Info Commons at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.

This means our hard-studying students now have microwaves and hot water available to keep them sustained during long hours of study and exam preparation.

As always, please be mindful of the other students using the space, and make sure you treat both the students and the space with respect.

The Library team and the Student Association fought hard to make sure you could have these facilities - make sure you take good care of them.

Get a haircut and a real job!

OK, well the haircut is up to you... but if you are looking for work over the semester break, or almost finished your degree and wondering what is next, Careers and Employment can help you. They provide a wide range of career services and resources for students, recent graduates, employers and staff.

Log in to the Career Hub and see if there are any jobs that suit, or come and visit. They are located on the 1st floor of the Mabo Library building.

The Library also has vocational resources which may help you in the search for the perfect career.

New eBooks Recommendation: CVs, Resumes, and LinkedIn : A Guide to Professional English

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list  online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

An eBook title of interest this week is: 

CVs, Resumes, and LinkedIn : A Guide to Professional English by Adrian Wallwork

An extract from the publisher's website states:

Are you a graduate, postgraduate or PhD student? Are you simply looking for a new job in the private or public sector, in research or industry? If your aim is to produce a professional CV or resume, then this book is for you. Based on interviews with recruiters and HR managers, and an analysis of hundreds of CVs from around 40 different countries, the book is structured as a series of FAQs.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

National Geographic Archive Collection

From its founding in 1888, the National Geographic Society has grown into an organization synonymous with exploration, photography, maps, and rethinking the world as we know it.

You can explore this world of articles, maps, images and videos anytime you wish without being attacked by lions, eaten by giant bugs, or getting dirty, because the JCU library subscribes to the National Geographic Archive Collection from 1888-1994. As well as articles, there are amazing images of people, animals and landscapes you can use for assignments, and topic guides to narrow down your subject.

children and horse
Conniff, Richard, and Sam Abell. "Ireland on Fast-forward." National Geographic Magazine 01 Sept. 1994. National Geographic Virtual Library. Web. 26 Oct. 2015.
2 snow geese
Dawson, John D., Jim Brandenburg, and Douglas H. Chadwick. "The American Prairie: Roots of the Sky." National Geographic MagazineOct. 1993: [90]+. National Geographic Virtual Library. Web. 26 Oct. 2015.

japanese garden
Coats, Bruce A., and Michael S. Yamashita. "In a Japanese Garden." National Geographic Magazine Nov. 1989: 638+. National Geographic Virtual Library. Web. 26 Oct. 2015.


Did you know that JCU library has more full text eBooks (digital copy) than hard copy books?  So it is probably a good idea to know how to access and reference them. The eBook LibGuide provides plenty of guidance, but here are some basics:


OneSearch:  Limit your search results by selecting Full Text Online and Book/eBook for your search results
Tropicat: Use Advanced Search, and select Subject Keyword search. Type in the phrase "electronic books" and search for your subject area using another of the available fields.

When you find an eBook title that suits your needs, click on the eBook record and then click on the link to access the full text eBook.

Most eBooks have limitations on copying and pasting text due to copyright restrictions. Limitations also apply to the number of pages you can print at a time.

Where possible click Close Item when done rather than closing the browser or clicking the browser back button. This closes the eBook and makes it quickly accessible to other students.

Other Features
Some eBooks allow you to create an account which may provide functionality for creating notes or a favourites list.


View examples for APA and Harvard and the Referencing LibGuide for other styles. 

Friday, 30 October 2015

Library Exam Opening Hours, Study Period 2 2015

The Mabo library in Townsville will again have Extended Exam Opening Hours for swot vac (study vacation) and the exam period. This means as well as being open from 7.30am we won't be closing till midnight.

Don't forget the 24/7 library InfoCommons and iLearning rooms are also available for student use outside of the times below.

Monday 2nd November – Thursday 19th November 2015
  • Monday to Friday 7.30am – Midnight 
  • Saturday and Sunday 10.00am– 10.00pm 
 The Cairns library is open at the following times:
  • Monday – Thursday 8.00am-9.00pm 
  • Friday 8.00am-6.00pm 
  • Saturday and Sunday 10.00am- 5.00pm 
Library staff wish you the best of luck with your exams.

You can view Library opening hours online.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

International Games Day - Both Campuses

Our International Games Day event will be running in both Townsville and Cairns libraries from 1pm-4pm on Friday.

During this time, iLearning 2-3 in the Mabo Library will be out of action, and activities will be happening across the ground floor and first floor in Cairns.

 Come on over and join us for a few games and a couple of slices of pizza. The more the merrier!

World Teachers' Day - October 30, 2015

Are you in a lecture today, discovering the world? Are you tramping about in fields or poised over a microscope?  Please take a moment on Friday to thank your lecturers and your tutors in person. Why? Because "university teachers can be considered as those who, above all, incite their students into discovering the world that they do not yet know and into probing new scientific and cultural realities, imbuing them with the spirit of the great explorers"
(Bara, 2014, p. 747).

World Teachers' Day was established by UNESCO twenty-one years ago and is celebrated in more than 100 countries on 5 October. Because Queenslanders have Labour Day and school holidays around this time we celebrate on the last Friday of October each year.

For all students studying education - it's your day too- so share your stories online about great teachers and teaching with the hashtags #worldteachersday and #jcu.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Scrabble, Calvinball Version

International Games Day is coming up this Friday, and one of the games we'll be offering on both campuses is Scrabble.  Now, Scrabble is a great game, but do you know what's more fun than regular Scrabble? Playing by Calvinball rules.

To begin with, forget about keeping score. You can tally up what a word might be worth, if that amuses you, but all games end with a truce - there is no winner.

And all those pesky rules, like not being allowed to use foreign words, colloquialisms or abbreviations? Forget them. You can make up whatever rules you like. Maybe all foreign words are acceptable as long as you can explain them while using a bad fake accent. Maybe any word, when challenged, must be used in a song. Perhaps onomatopoeia must be mimed, and abbreviations require a formal apology. Or words longer than six letters (or worth more than 30 points) must be given a round of applause.

Or, perhaps you might choose to play with no rules at all.

International Games Day is on Friday, 30th of October 1pm-4pm in both Townsville and Cairns. There will be pizza. Thanks to the Co-op Bookshop and Realms of Magic and Miniatures, we'll also have door prizes in Townsville.  Cairns doesn't have any sponsored prizes, but rumour has it there will be some very interesting tech to play with - definitely worth dropping in to the library to check it out.

We hope to see you there. 

Friday, 23 October 2015

Binding your notes for exams

Are you struggling to keep your study notes in order for your exams? Worried about losing that important page? JCU Library has the solution for you.

Self-service binding is available at both the Cairns and Townsville libraries, with supplies available for purchase and the binding machine ready for your use.

Prices and more information are available on the JCU Library website

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Construction at Mabo Library

Construction works for the new Mabo Library 24 Hour student kitchenette will commence today Thurs 22
Oct and should be completed by Friday 30 October before the JCU Library extended exam hours start on 2 November. Located on the NE corner of the Mabo Library, outside of the 24hr Information Commons, the kitchenette with include 24 hour food preparation facilities including 2 microwaves, sink, bench and instant hot/cold water. The construction works may be noisy so we appreciate your patience in advance.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Game on for International Games Day @JCU Library

JCU Library is hosting International Games Day on Friday the 30st of October. 

Have some fun before starting exam prep, and come along to either the Cairns or Townsville campus libraries for an afternoon of board games, card games, tabletop games, video games and pizza! You can also BYO your favourite game.

When: Friday 30st October 2015, from 1pm - 4pm
Townsville Campus: 18.002B & C   Cairns Campus: JCU Library

This event is kindly sponsored by: