Monday, September 28, 2015

Congratulations Dr Lorraine Muller: Educational Publisher's Award Australia 2015 Winner

JCU's Dr. Lorraine Muller has won an Educational Publisher's Award Australia for the section Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Scholarly Resource for her book:

 A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work 
Call number: 362.849915 MUL

An extract from the publisher states:

Indigenous ways of thinking and working are grounded in many thousands of years of oral tradition, and continue among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people today. Lorraine Muller shows that understanding traditional holistic approaches to social and emotional wellbeing is essential for practitioners working with Indigenous clients across the human services. She explores core principles of traditional Indigenous knowledge in Australia, including relatedness, Country, circular learning, stories and spirituality. She then shoes how these principles represent a theory for Indigenous practice.

Labour Day October 5th: Library Opening Hours

Queensland will hold its Labour Day public holiday on Monday October 5th 2015.

JCU Libraries and Information Services will open with restricted hours.

Townsville and Cairns Libraries will be open from:

1.00pm to 5.00 pm on Monday 5th of October 2014.

Library Opening Hours are availible online

The current Queensland government has announced:

From 2016, Labour Day celebrations will revert back to the first Monday in May and the Queen's Birthday public holiday on the first Monday in October. The government has stated its intention to enact these dates via legislation. This legislation was introduced to Parliament on 3 June 2015 and if the amendments are passed, they will take effect from 6 October 2015.

Referencing and getting published

Harvard (Anuradhac, 2006)
Have you stressed over commas and italics in referencing and wondered ‘Why do I need to get this right?’ A group of students discovered another answer to that question last week at InfoHelp.

Their references had to be written to CSIRO's Marine and Freshwater Research journal's house style. This style is based on the Harvard system and includes specific examples for referencing, format and presentation. Authors' attention to correct referencing reduces the workload of the editorial team which would increase the chances of getting published.

Discover the precision of referencing using the online LibGuides or by talking with library staff at InfoHelp. And yes, the Harvard system originated from a researcher at Harvard University.



Friday, September 25, 2015

Colin Roderick Award

The winner of the Colin Roderick Award for best book published in 2014 will be presented on Tuesday 13 October 2015. This prestigious award, along with the HT Priestley Memorial Medal, is presented for the book that is judged to be the best book that was published the previous year and that involves Australian life.

The shortlisted books for 2014 are:
These books are available to borrow from the JCU Library, check them out on One Search.

The award is presented at the 49th Annual Dinner of the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies. The Foundation is based at James Cook University and was created by the late Colin Roderick CBE. Don't miss out on attending this event, book your ticket online now.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

World Maritime Day 2015

World Maritime Day 2015 is tommorrow (24th of September). The theme for this year is maritime education and training, which is very relevant for the many areas of study at JCU impacted by this topic. Marine biology, law, business, tourism and engineering are just a few areas where we have relevant resources. Let me know if you can think of any more! For those of you who are concerned about being lost at sea it might be worth viewing the Australian Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) handbook as well.

Organise your notes for exams

Yellow (Botham, 2010)
With lecture recess upon us, study vacation and then exams won't be far behind. We would like to help you get your study notes organised. If you have lecture notes, class handouts, prac reports, case summaries and other printouts gathered in a heap on your desk, think how much easier it will be to work through them if you bind them into a neat book.
  • If you're studying outdoors the bound notes won't blow away.
  • Your documents will be protected for revision, exams and for future reflection. 
  • You can buy the binding materials from the library, and then use the self-service binding machine located on the ground floor.  
  • Find prices and more information on the library's website.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Recent title changes and mergers in our library's print journal collection

There have been a couple of changes in the following titles which the JCU Library subscribes to -
  • Australian Concrete Construction and Municipal Engineering Australia have merged. The new title is Construction Engineering Australia which is broader in scope. If you are browsing the shelves, you will now find the new title at 624.0994 P1.
  • The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales have now published their regular cases from the Queen’s Bench, Chancery and Family Divisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal, combined in one monthly volume under the title Law Reports [Monthly parts]. The new volumes have been located to 348.4204 P7(A).
  • Scientriffic and Helix magazines have merged into the new Double Helix magazine. The first issue of Double Helix was published in July 2015 and it is now located in our Curriculum collection at 500 P112.
  • Practically Primary is now continued by Practical literacy: the early and primary years is shelved at 372.1 P8.

New items on display: Trade Journals and Periodicals

Each week, new purchases and the latest issues of journals, magazines and newspapers are made available for immediate use and placed on display at both Cairns and Townsville (and made available online as Ejournals when purchased as such).

Please browse while waiting for your friends, or in Townsville if you are waiting for a coffee at Juliette's Espresso.

For new books, you can subscribe to the New Books email and for some journals you can set up an online alert called a Table of Contents service.

JCU subscribes to a variety of periodicals. Many are peer reviewed scholarly publications that are highly suitable for most undergraduate assignments. We also subscribe to non-peer reviewed and non-scholarly trade journals, newspapers and popular magazines. These non-scholarly works should be used carefully if citing in an academic paper and are often best used as an opportunity to read more widely. You should learn how to evaluate sources for their credibility.

Two interesting trade and professional journals on display are:

The Education Digest
Call number: 370 P43
This has a nice article discussing the reasons to embed arts into the STEM to create STEAM.

The Mining Journal
Call number: 622 P15
Discusses upcoming mining projects and company news worldwide.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Sciences?

The title of this post is the title of a recently published paper, and a topic that HDR staff often ask the librarians. Questions we are asked include:
  • I want to publish journal article(s) from my thesis. Will making my thesis available in ResearchOnline@JCU affect my chances of getting published?
  • Can I publish my chapter as a journal article even though my entire thesis is already available in ResearchOnline@JCU?
The study found that many high impact journals will accept revised versions of thesis chapters, and are not concerned if the thesis is available as Open Access. A quote from the paper states:

ETDs and found that more than half of the science journals responding (51.4%) reported that manuscripts derived from openly accessible ETDs are welcome for submission and an additional 29.1 percent would accept revised ETDs under certain conditions.

The paper can be downloaded at http://crl.acrl.org/content/75/6/808.full.pdf+html.

The full reference to the paper is:
Ramírez, M. L., McMillan, G., Dalton, J. T., Hanlon, A., Smith, H. S., & Kern, C. (2014). Do Open Access Electronic Theses and Dissertations Diminish Publishing Opportunities in the Sciences? College & Research Libraries, 75(6), 808-821. doi: 10.5860/crl.75.6.808

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

St. Marks College 50th Anniversary


Congratulations to St. Mark's College on their 50th anniversary. For those who would like a walk down memory lane the NQ Heritage@JCU collection has a number of  documents mentioning St. Marks and including some fascinating early images of JCU.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Health and Wellbeing Month at JCU 10 September to 8 October 2015

National RU OK Day last week started a month of activities surrounding Health and Wellbeing at JCU. JCU's Human Resources, Health Safety and Environment and, Student Equity sections are co-sponsoring events for people to participate in, discuss and learn more about health and well being.

The library is also the location for some of the services available to assist students with health and well being issues.
  • Counselling
  • JCU's counselling service provides a professional, confidential and responsive service to help you succeed at JCU. This includes individual appointments, referrals, workshops and more.
  • AccessAbility
  • Whether you have a permanent disability or a temporary injury or condition which is affecting your study, AccessAbility aims to take a holistic approach to your life, taking into consideration the impact of health on your studies.
You can also find official JCU information webpages that can help assist you take care of and balance your student or staff obligations whilst maintaining or dealing with health and wellbeing issues for yourself, friends, colleagues and family. Some examples are:

Thursday, September 10, 2015

New Book: Rice and Beans


One of our new books on display at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library at present is Rice and beans: A unique dish in a hundred places, edited by Richard Wilk and Livia Barbosa.

This is a book about... rice and beans.

The book contains a number of essays about the cultural significance of "rice and beans" dishes (particularly with regard to South American, Caribbean and Central American cultures) and the history and origins of such dishes.

While each essay is quite academic, they also contain little gems like poems and recipes.  You won't find many recipes in the book, but certainly more than we have in most of our other Social Science textbooks.

Some of the recipes are quite elaborate, others are simpler.  Take, for example, this recipe from page 259:
Boiled Rice (serves 8-10)
2 cups rice
3 1/2 cups water
Salt
1 tablespoon butter (optional)
Put all of the ingredients in a pot, bring to a boil and let boil for 2 minutes.  Reduce heat to simmer and cover.  Simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and let sit for 5 or 6 minutes.  Serve with red beans.
You'll be please to know the recipe for red beans (on page 257) is a little more elaborate.

We have two copies of this book - including one available for 2 Day Loan, which is currently located in Cairns.

Knowledge Unlatched Nominated for a 2015 People's Choice Award

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.

They were recently nominated as a finalist in the Australasian Knowledge Commercialisation awards. This is a people's choice award so anybody can vote.

If you are wondering who benefits from this:
Knowledge Unlatched's mission can be summarised as follows:

The current system for publishing scholarly books is not working for anyone. Monographs in the humanities and social sciences, 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 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.

Learn more about how it works on their webpage. And cast a vote.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New Book Recommendation

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New 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.

In recognition of JCU's NAIDOC in September a title of interest this week is:

Connection to country: Review of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth): Final report by Australian Law Reform Commission.
Call Number: 346.9404320899915 AUS

An extract from the publisher states:

This report marks the first major review of the law governing ‘connection’ in native title claims since the introduction of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). It also examines authorisation of persons bringing claims and joinder of parties to a native title claim. ALRC Report 126 makes 30 recommendations for the reform. In formulating these recommendations, the ALRC has had regard to the development of the law, procedure and practice over the 20 years since the Native Title Act was introduced, as well as the significant policy and economic arena in which native title is implemented.

Colouring books

Colouring books for adults are currently very fashionable, but you probably think you have no time to spend on such pursuits. Do not despair - colouring in can help your study and work in several ways. Using anatomy and botany colouring books has been shown to help knowledge retention and creative activities can be great for stress relief and mindfulness. For the really serious colour in-er, reading all about colour theory is a must. Just remember to photocopy images rather than directly colouring in your library books!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

NQHeritage@JCU Special Collections Repository Launch

On Wednesday, 2nd of September 2015, JCU libraries launched the NQHeritage@JCU.

NQHeritage@JCU is the online Special Collections repository of James Cook University Library. It aims to promote discovery, access and preservation of a growing selection of rare and fragile materials of cultural and historical significance to life in North Queensland and the tropics. NQHeritage@JCU allows patrons to view select items from our Special Collections online.

Online digital copies allow access to items of a fragile and rare nature without placing them at risk of damage through direct handling. These digital copies also allow the JCU Library to expand the reach of our Client Service Charter which includes the aims to reach out to our user communities, to promote the Library as both a virtual and physical learning community and, to embrace our role as collectors and custodians of the intellectual record.

This collection is growing, and more items will be added to the repository over time.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Open day 2015: Spine Poetry winners

The winning entry for Cairns, Spine Poetry Open Day 2015
JCU's annual Open Day in Cairns and Townsville has gone and past.

The libraries in Cairns and Townsville both held a Spine Poetry competition with a chance to win an Ipad mini.

You can check out photos of some of the spine poetry winners and other activities like Sensory Play on our JCU Library Facebook page. If you like to keep up with the latest library news via FaceBook, like us on FaceBook.