Thursday, 30 April 2015

Copyright and the Dallas Buyers Club case

Have you ever illegally downloaded a movie or TV series via the internet? Are you a copyright pirate or just a thief? Will you ever be caught? Will the laws ever be enforced on you?

The library has more than a passing interest in Copyright and Intellectual Property laws and the regular library user will see Copyright warnings when they access readings.

A piece of news that came out in early April is that the makers of the movie The Dallas Buyers Club had a decision handed down in their favour. It was described as:
The case concerned an application for preliminary discovery by the owners of copyright in the 2012 film Dallas Buyers Club against six Australian internet service providers (ISPs). Preliminary discovery is a mechanism by which a prospective applicant can obtain an order from a court against another person that they assist the prospective applicant to ascertain the identity or description of a prospective respondent. In this case, Dallas Buyers Club LLC sought an order against six ISPs to provide the details of 4726 account holders of IP addresses they believe had infringed copyright in their film using BitTorrent.
What does this mean?

Well in the same article the Judge apparently will:
  • order the ISPs to divulge the names and physical addresses of the account holders of the 4726 IP addresses
  • impose upon the owners of Dallas Buyers Club that this information only be used for the purpose of recovering compensation for the infringements and no other purpose
If you are still unclear, in simple terms it means this:

If a maker of a movie wants to find you, they can force the Internet service provider to hand over the details of clients that they believe are illegally downloading their content. The maker can then sue you. 

For more details about the case, check out:

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

That's gammon!

There has been some brouhaha* in social media circles of late concerning a couple of My Kitchen Rules contestants from regional Queensland who used the word "gammon" during a broadcast of the popular reality TV show.

Apparently, many people throughout the country had no idea what the word meant.

They should have consulted the Macquarie Dictionary, which is one of the best sources of Australian words in the world.

If they had, they would have quickly discovered that:

"Gammon" is a word that came over with the convict settlers, and is "flash slang" - part of the extensive and colourful vocabulary use by convicts (and heavily influenced by British thieves' slang).

When used as an adjective, it means "not true" or "fake".  As a verb, it means "to lie or fib" or "to kid".

And, as an interjection, it is used to imply disbelief (as in "yer gammon!").

The word was once used throughout the colony of NSW, but these days is only heard in northern and central Australia and amongst many Aboriginal communities ("Gammon", 2014).

Or, perhaps they could have consulted the Oxford English Dictionary, which is one of the most widely respected dictionaries in the world.

That would have had less of the Australian context of the word, but would have provided the information that the word "gammon" used to refer to "absurd, worthless, or manifestly false talk or ideas; rubbish, nonsense" ("Gammon", 2015).

Also, the word used to be used in England to describe patter used to distract people while a thief made off with the goods.

The JCU Library subscribes to both the Macquarie Dictionary Online and the Oxford English Dictionary online.

Staff and students of JCU can knock themselves out looking up all sorts of interesting words - whether you need to for your research, or just to satisfy your curiosity.

Not gammon.

References (APA format)

Gammon. (2014). In Macquarie Dictionary Online. Retrieved from

Gammon. (2015). In Oxford English Dictionary.  Retireved from

/ˈbruhaha/ (say 'broohhahhah)
noun 1.  an uproar; turmoil.
2.  a scuffle; disturbance.
[French, probably imitative]
Brouhaha. (2014). In Macquarie Dictionary Online.  Retrieved from

Monday, 27 April 2015

Between Battles 3: Putting on White Gloves

Special Collections Librarian, Bronwyn McBurnie welcomes researchers to the Reading Room in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Townsville Campus
Our Townsville based research team began week one in James Cook University Library’s Special Collections.  The Special Collections Reading Room is located on level one of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.  The Special Collections are unexpectedly extensive and contain an enormous variety of items including rare books, diaries, journals, and other manuscript material as well as photographs and oral history recordings.  Most of the collections relate to North Queensland and the tropics.

Items from the Salvador Torrent Archive, Library Archives Collection - Photograph by Andrew Rankin
The Collections are readily accessible via the Reading Room and discoverable either though the JCU library catalogue, webpages or other specialised finding tools.  Of particular interest is the Shaw Collection of Australian Art & Culture, North Queensland maps and artworks and over 700 rare books,  all of which can be accessed by researchers working in the Reading Room.  A number of these books proved to be invaluable to our research, including a published soldier’s diary from the Kennedy Regiment, not to mention a collection of photographs taken by a local World War One soldier.

Photograph from an Astley James Bromfield Album
It is an exciting process for historical researchers to begin a new project. You never know what you may unearth in a stack of old books, or whose diary or photograph you might come across. But we could not have imagined how successful the first week would be.   It certainly has been a wonderful start to the project and it has provided us with further direction about linking local stories to the experiences of World War One soldiers.

Much of our success however has been due to our close working relationships with the Special Collections Team - Bronwyn McBurnie (Special Collections Librarian) and Haidi Beard (Special Collections Officer). No one in the University knows the Collections better than these two wonderful library staff and their knowledge of the Collections means they have been able to identify additional resources we might not have considered without their guidance. Their support throughout this Between Battles project has been invaluable.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Commemorate ANZAC: See the photo albums of Astley James Bromfield - a North Queensland Soldier of the Great War

Special Collections Librarian holds one of Astley James Bromfield's photo albums
Don't miss the rare materials now on display on Level 1 of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library until Sunday the 17th of May.  See the original photos albums belonging to Astley James Bromfield, a  soldier of the Great War who came from the Atherton Tablelands and enlisted at age 22 yrs.   The albums feature many photos taken by him and also collected by him during the period of the 1st World War.
Astley James Bromfield's photo albums in display cases at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Level 1.
Astley's albums include a diverse range of photos and the Special Collections Librarian will be turning the pages of the Albums twice every week so you can see different pages across the period of the displays. 
Photograph from Astley James Bromfield Album
There are photographs of the battlefields of the Western front and its many ruins but also times spent away from the frontline of the war with mates exploring foreign lands whilst on leave.  Also featured in the displays are reproductions of the postcards that Astley wrote and sent home to his family, mainly to his beloved sister, Grace.
The Special Collections Librarian adjusts the framed oval portrait of Astley James Bromfield currently on display with his postcard collection.
The displays form part of the JCU history discipline Between Battles project whose goal is to commemorate the cultural lives of soldiers during the First World War by uncovering how they spent large amounts of time available to them in-between battles. The findings of the research project are being published as a series of blog posts within  the JCU Library News Blog now - look for the post label "Between Battles".  This project has been funded by the Department of Veterans' Affairs through Anzac Centenary Local Grants Scheme.

JCU Library Special Collections would like to express special thanks to the family of Astley James Bromfield who kindly loaned his personal items in support of these commemorative displays.

Dewey Decimal Call Numbers and Serendipitous Browsing

An easy way to find more resources about the same topic is to look at those located near an item you have already found on a library shelf. If you look at books next to each other on the library shelves, the call number range will be either the same or very similar.

The JCU Library collection is shelved according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System:

000 – General works, Computer science and Information
100 – Philosophy and psychology
200 – Religion
300 – Social sciences
400 – Language
500 – Pure Science
600 – Technology
700 – Arts & recreation
800 – Literature
900 – History & geography

What does this mean for the average library user?

Serendipitous browsing....

As Massis (2011) describes "...serendipitous browsing remains today, an integral practice among ... researchers who frequently report having discovered important secondary titles on the shelves adjacent to those they were originally seeking" (p.180).

For further assistance ask at the InfoHelp Desk at either Cairns or Townsville and a library staff member will explain the joy of browsing.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

CAUL / ASA fellowship 2015 - Creative project applications now open

Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors are pleased to announce that applications for the CAUL/ASA fellowship for 2015 are now open. Applications must be received by the 29th of May 2015.

CAUL and the ASA expect to award the fellowship to a creative project which will showcase university libraries’ special collections by providing artists, authors, scholars and researchers with an opportunity to work on a project that will benefit from concentrated access to at least one of these collections.

The fellowship has been made possible through the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. For more details go to CAUL/ASA Fellowship 2015

Monday, 20 April 2015

Between Battles 2: Introducing the Research Team

Across the coming weeks we'll be posting about the Between Battles project on this blog. Today, meet the varied and talented research team which has been put together for the project.  The team comprises academic staff, librarians, and honours students from James Cook University.

Dr Claire Brennan
Dr Claire Brennan is history discipline coordinator at James Cook University in the College of Arts, Society & Education. Claire’s teaching focuses on the environmental history of Australia and the Pacific, Australian and Pacific exploration, and global history. While her research centres on the history of animals her global history interests mean that she is currently exploring the ANZAC centenary and its commemoration.

Dr Susann Liebich
Dr Susann Liebich is a postdoctoral fellow at Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies (University of Heidelberg), where she is part of a research group on "Ships as Transcultural Spaces". She is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at James Cook University, Townsville.  Susann’s research focuses on aspects of print culture and the history of reading in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, mostly within the British Empire. She has a particular expertise within the area of military troopship reading and writing.
Anthony Styan   Photo credit: Jane Ryder
 Anthony Styan is currently completing an honours year in his Bachelor of Arts in history at James Cook University. His thesis examines Townsville’s first zoo, the Mount St. John Zoo, and places it in the context of zoos in Australia and their links to both animal trading and conservation.  Anthony was involved with the Museum of Tropical Queensland’s ‘Croc Country’ exhibition. 

Jane Ryder   Photo credit: Jane Ryder
Jane Ryder has a research interest in cultural military history, particularly military music and performance. Having grown up within a defence family, Jane has a special connection to military projects and is currently researching the history of the North Queensland Army Band as part of her honours year studying a Bachelor of Arts in history at James Cook University. Jane also has experience in the use of oral history.
Robert Baxter   Photo credit: Jane Ryder
Robert Baxter is currently completing an honours year in his Bachelor of Arts in history at James Cook University. His thesis examines commercial crocodile hunting in tropical north Queensland and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Robert was involved with the Museum of Tropical Queensland’s ‘Croc Country’ exhibition.

Maria Liliana Ortega Martinez   Photo credit: Jane Ryder
María Liliana Ortega Martinez recently completed her Bachelor Degree of history with Honours at The Rosario University in Colombia. She has a special interest in the history of medicine, completing her thesis on eighteenth century Colombian Medicine in 2014. Maria has been living in Australia for six months and is enjoying learning more about Australian history through this project.
Bronwyn McBurnie   Photo credit: Andrew Rankin
Bronwyn McBurnie is the Special Collections Librarian at James Cook University in Townsville. Bronwyn oversees a broad range of collections held at the University, including the North Queensland Collection, Library Archives, Rare Books, North Queensland Photographic Collection, and the Shaw Collection of Australian Art.  She is also working on the development of NQHeritage, a new online repository for the University Library's Special Collections.
Dr Haidi Beard   Photo credit: Jane Ryder
Dr. Haidi Beard is the Special Collections Officer at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library at James Cook University in Townsville. Haidi assists staff, students and members of the public with accessing the collections.  Currently she is also creating new descriptive records for Townsville-based Library Archives in NQHeritage.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Between Battles: Commemorating the Cultural Lives of Soldiers

Photograph: AWM Collection, DAOD0058 (
Caption:  Soldier writing in his tent circa. January 1915. Photo Taken by the Darge Photographic Company.
Between 1914 and 1918 some 420,000 Australian soldiers enlisted to fight during the First World War.  Countless research projects have focused on the military aspects of this encounter, including the fighting, the victories, and the enormous sacrifices of the Australian forces and their allies.  But have you ever wondered what Australian soldiers got up to when they were not directly engaged in combat? Have you ever wondered how the soldiers of the First World War passed their time waiting behind the lines of a battle, or in-between training at a camp, or even in transit to troopships and trains?

To date, very little research has addressed the activities of soldiers ‘between battles’, yet there is a large amount of information ranging from diary entries to personal letters to period photographs that help to illustrate what life might have been like for Australian soldiers between battles during the First World War.

Understanding the cultural lives and activities of soldiers is an important aspect of understanding the ANZAC experience as a whole, not because these activities made war more exciting or even entertaining, but because these activities made the atrocities of war bearable, and for many soldiers writing of their experiences during the war, these periods between battles gave soldiers hope and reinforced esprit de corps.

Boredom and tediousness were some of the great challenges of soldiers’ every-day life experiences, and the strategies soldiers employed to overcome these are equally as important as the battles themselves for us to commemorate if we are to fully understand the sacrifices made by Australian men, and women, on active service during the War.
Photograph: AWM collection PB11126 (  "Ulysses" A38 close-up of soldiers writing on Melbourne wharf. This photograph was taken by Josiah Barnes on the 25th October 1916.
This project seeks to commemorate the cultural lives of soldiers during the First World War by uncovering how they spent large amounts of time available to them in-between battles. It will focus on soldiers’ intellectual life in the form of reading, writing and other forms of entertainment such as music and plays, to understand how these activities of the mind formed part of the war experience for Australian troops.

A particular focus on the experiences of soldiers originating from Townsville and the North Queensland Region will allow audiences to identify with prominent names and places familiar to them through local history, as well as help to generate interest for local twenty-first century audiences.

Over the following weeks a team of highly skilled history undergraduate students from James Cook University will conduct surveys of local North Queensland Collections held at James Cook University Library  Special Collections, the Townsville City Council Library’s Local History Collection, as well as other heritage institutions and military libraries and museums across Townsville. 

The findings of the research project will be published as a series of blog posts here on the JCU Library News Blog, detailing all of the exciting discoveries unearthed through the project.  The corresponding exhibition is now on display at James Cook University Eddie Koiki Mabo Library - Townsville Campus and at the Townsville City Libraries - Flinders Street Branch until Sunday the 17th of May.

This project has been funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs through the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Scheme in the federal electorate of Herbert.

References:  Australian War Memorial, ‘Enlistment Statistics’ retrieved from (last accessed 12/01/15)

Friday, 17 April 2015

A Sample Essay: Laid out in APA referencing style

Do you want to see what an essay written using APA referencing style would look like?

Check out The Big Fake Essay on the Library Writing Guide LibGuide.

Anzac Day 2015: Opening Hours

 Poppy Field (2008) by Mark Shirley. Rights reserved.
Anzac Day 25th of April 2015 public holiday falls on Saturday.

Townsville and Cairns JCU Libraries will have restricted hours on that Saturday.

Opening hours will be:

Saturday 25th April           1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

One Search Enhancements

One Search is constantly being tweaked - more content is added, existing content improved and search, save, and full text access functions improved. Today the latest round of enhancements is live and includes:
  • Known item search enhancements: when looking for a specific item and uses a combination of fields, this improvement to relevance should ensure returning the result in the top 10 (if not the top 5) results; fields used include: title, subtitle, author, publication title (for journal article), edition (for book/eBook), publication year
  • Persistent link availability: you can now copy or bookmark links in Summon and these links will allow for long-term support of linking to the content
  • Full text boost: ensures full text links are shown when linking to content when there is both full text and citation availability.
  • Support for exporting citations to EasyBib
Also included within this release are improvements to enhance accessibility and translations. On the administrative side the Library will be able to
  • Customise error messages
  • Embed Chat in One Search
  • Fast track management of 'Best Bets'
Best Bets lets us add library informational content to One Search in response to your queries that we identify as specifically JCU related rather than intended as a search of research literature so, as an example, if you search for library opening hours you will see JCU Library's opening hours.
If you experience any difficulties with One Search please let us know.

Choose your own Shakespeare: To Be or Not to Be

Have you ever read 'Hamlet', or watched a production of it? It's very good, but kind of depressing. Ryan North, the artist behind Dinosaur Comics, thought so too. So he decided to fix 'Hamlet', by "restoring" it to its "original second-person non-linear branching narrative format". In other words, a chooseable-path adventure!

In 'To Be or Not to Be' you, the reader, can play as Hamlet Jr., Ophelia, or Hamlet Sr. (spoiler alert: he's a ghost!), guiding your chosen character through North's retelling of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Interspersed with amazing graphic art, a book within a book, and many, many stabbings, 'To Be or Not to Be' transforms the moody Hamlet into a carefree pirate, while the miserable ghost decides to stay on as king, and Ophelia invents central heating, because castles are draughty and cold, you know?

Just be warned - you may want to want to wait until you have a few weeks without assignments before you go down this particular rabbit hole.  There are many possible ends to this story, and trying to find the right paths to reach them all can become an irresistible challenge.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

A Fascination for Twilight?

ABC2 has been re-screening the Twilight Saga, which is not something I would have expected of ABC.  Once upon a time, we could be reasonably sure that ABC stood for "Another British Comedy/Crime show" - but ABC2 has been forging a different path.

We do not have the Twilight movies available for loan in the JCU Library... but we do have the books.

The Curriculum Collection is intended to be a model school library, and it contains many works that would be of interest to kids, teenagers and young adults.  As such, it's one of the places we recommend people browse if they just want something fun to read for the holidays.

The Twilight book are held in Curriculum at 810 MEY(S).

But - and here's where things get interesting - we also have the first book of the series in multiple languages.

Why?  Well, because the first book was clearly the best and the others were just a bit rubbish, really.  Oh, and we wanted to have some popular reading material available in the languages taught here at JCU.  We also have the first book of the Harry Potter series, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in multiple language.

So, would you like to read Twilight in...
Twilight, da Stephanie Meyer, traduzione di Luca Fusari 
Main Collection 810 MEY(S) 2C TWI/FAZ
Or German?
Biss zum Morgengrauen: Twilight, von Stephanie Meyer, auf dem Amerikanischen von Karsten Kredel 
Main Collection 810 MEY(S) 1C TWI
What about French?
Fascination, par Stephanie Meyer, traduit de l'anglais par Luc Rigoureau 
Main Collection 810 MEY(S) 1C TWI/HAC

You can indulge your love of vampire romance and practice your reading skills - all at the same time!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

New Book Display Recommendation: Android 4.4 App Developement

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the Cairns and Townsville libraries. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online.

This week's title of interest is:
Android 4.4 App Development by
005.258 AND/SMY

An extract from the publishers website states:

The goal of this book is to teach the skills necessary to develop Android based applications using the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and the Android 4.4 Software Development Kit (SDK).

 Beginning with the basics, this book provides an outline of the steps necessary to set up an Android development and testing environment. An introduction to the architecture of Android is followed by an in-depth look at the design of Android applications and user interfaces.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Having trouble with referencing?

Having trouble with referencing?

Come along to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville campus) and consult with a dedicated referencing expert on weekdays at the InfoHelp Desk between 11am to 3pm.

You can also check your references against the appropriate Referencing LibGuides online.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

ResearchOnline@JCU and JCU Public Lectures

JCU regularly holds free Public lectures that are open to the community to attend.

The next lecture will be held in Cairns at the Salt House, 6/2 Pier Point Road on April 14th, 2015.  JCU staff member Professor Lee Stewart will present Lessons about leadership: Developing a culture of discipline. This lesson is about how to create a culture of self-discipline among people within an organization. We do this to move away from the usual mistake of implementing a huge range of bureaucratic rules to deal with only the several people who aren’t self-disciplined.

To read more about Professor Stewart  and her complete list of publications, you can view her Research Portfolio  held at ResearchOnline@JCU.

ResearchOnline@JCU is JCU's Institutional Repository  and is developed and maintained by Library and Information Services. It contains a growing collection of publications and creative works which form the University’s archive of research outputs of staff and higher degree research post graduate students.

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Upcoming Library Workshops April 2015: Endnote

The library is running some useful Endnote workshops over the next few weeks. See a full list of library workshops at Library and Computing Services Events.

EndNote Workshop, Townsville

Learn to track and manage the materials you discover in your research using EndNote - use it in Word to make citing and reference lists simple.
Location: 018.002A, Townsville Library
Event starts: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:00 - Ends: 15:00

EndNote Workshop, Townsville 

Learn to track and manage the materials you discover in your research using EndNote - use it in Word to make citing and reference lists simple.
Location: 018.002A, Townsville Library
Event starts: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:00 - Ends: 15:00

New Book Display Recomendation: Gallipoli: The Turkish Defence

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

As Anzac Day approaches and the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings a recommendation from the New Books display is:

Gallipoli: The Turkish Defence by Harvey Broadbent
Call number: 940.426 BRO

An extract from the publishers website states:

The people of both Australia and Turkey attach meaning to their national identities and ideals as a result of the Gallipoli campaign. Gallipoli: The Turkish Defence is the first and only book to reveal new details of the Turkish point of view of the conflict, revealing how the Turks reacted and defended Gallipoli and how they succeeded in forcing the Allied forces to withdraw.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Easter and Passover

This time of year is many things to many people - depending on your culture, your faith and your family traditions.

But, at its heart, the Easter and Passover period is a time for gathering together.

Traditionally, it's a time for fasting and feasting, and many different foods have become associated with the two celebrations.

It's not all hot-cross buns and unleavened bread (or chocolate and potatoes).

Now, we don't have many recipe books in the library, but we do have full-text access to a surprising number of magazine and newspaper articles.

So, if you're looking for inspiration for family dinner this Sunday, why not try a search like this on One Search:

(passover OR easter) recipe* narrowed to Newspaper Article and Magazine Article (just follow the link - you'll find I've already done the hard work for you).

Happy Easter, and Chag Sameach!

Stay safe this long weekend.