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New eBook Recommendation: The Cultural Contexts of Aging: Worldwide Perspectives

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 book title of interest is: The cultural context of aging: Worldwide perspectives 3rd edition, edited by Jay Sokolovsky

An extract from the publisher's website states:
The consequences of global aging will influence virtually all areas of life to be encountered in the 21st century, including the biological limits of healthy longevity, the generational contract and nature of family ties, the makeup of households and communities, symbolic representations of midlife and old age a…

T150 – Townsville Past & Present: Architecture in Townsville – Quarantine on Magnetic Island

Continuing our series of posts on "Architecture in Townsville" as part of our Special Collections T150 displays in the Mabo Library, learn more about the Quarantine Station which existed on Magnetic Island during the 19th Century.

 In 1865 – a year before Townsville was named and made a municipality - Cleveland Bay was declared ‘a port of entry and clearance’. This meant that vessels coming to Australia from other countries could use the port as their first stop. Inevitably, arriving vessels sometimes carried people who were sick with infectious diseases or developed illness during the voyage. Quarantine was obviously a major public health issue for Townsville.

Quarantine at Picnic Bay 
In 1875 land was set aside at West Point, Magnetic Island, for a Quarantine Station although no buildings were constructed until 1884. In the interim, quarantine quarters consisted of tents on Picnic Bay beach for women and children. Men were supposed to build their own shelters from any a…

T150 – Townsville Past & Present: Architecture in Townsville - Buildings of the Past

Get on down to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (level 1) on the JCU Townsville Campus to view the latest round of T150 themed displays on show until the 8th October.  Currently our focus is “Architecture in Townsville” and a number of treasures are available for viewing anytime the Library is open - including original plans for significant Townsville buildings such as the Customs House, rare footage of inside the Wintergarden Theatre and unique works of art from the Special Collections featuring the above artwork by the artist P.D. who may have been P. Dodson, an art teacher in Townsville in the early 1870s. 

Many thanks to our Special Collections volunteers, Mrs Jean Dartnall and Dr Alan Dartnall, who generously donated their time and expertise to create these informative displays.  Follow this series of blog posts based on the theme of “Architecture in Townsville”.

Buildings of the Past
The first buildings in Townsville were a wharf and a wool shed somewhere on the bank of Ross Creek.…

Student Lockers

Do you need to leave the Library for a short time but don't want to have to carry your laptop and all your books with you? We have the solution for you.

The Mabo library in Townsville has a variety of lockers located in the 24hr Info Commons. You can use a locker for up to 5 hours free of charge. For an added bonus, the lockers even have power so you can charge your laptop or other mobile devices while you are out.

World Tourism Day - 27 September 2016

September 27 2016 is World Tourism Day. This day aims to raise awareness of the importance of tourism and the value it has for communities socially, culturally, politically, and economically. This is also a time to spread the word about the importance of tourism and the benefits of universal accessibility for society as a whole.

Did you know that you can study a Bachelor of Business in Hospitality and Tourism Management at JCU. The JCU Library has a LibGuide for Tourism as well as a range of resources about tourism and travel. Not only that, we live in a tourist hotspot with Magnetic Island, the Great Barrier Reef just to name a couple of attractions, so why not dive in and see what you can find.


Queen's Birthday Long Weekend

Monday 3 October 2016 is the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday. Queen Elizabeth's actual birthday is 21 April, but is celebrated on different days throughout the Commonwealth and even different in the states of Australia. Can you imagine how many birthday cakes a year that would be if she celebrated every one. Queensland now celebrates the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday in October, instead of June as it has before.

The libraries at Cairns and Townsville will have restricted opening hours on Monday 3 October 2016. The opening hours are:

Townsville 1pm - 5pm.
Cairns 1pm - 5pm.

Dont forget the Townsville Mabo Libary 24 hours Information Commons is open as usual.

New platform for Cambridge University Press

Have you looked at our Cambridge University Press databases on the library's A-Z Databases pages recently? Their new platform Cambridge Core has just been launched with all their previously separate databases now accessible from the one site. The new platform allows for seamless searching or browsing across all their journals, books and collections simultaneously. Although James Cook University Library does not have subscriptions to all of the content available on Cambridge Core, the majority of the academic journals are available to JCU students and staff. We like the new layout and their visual clues to locating our subscribed content, such as the green tick shown below. To search all content, select "Search only content I have access to" by marking the checkbox under the search box on the home page. Filtering on subscribed content only is also available from the research results screen. The number of subscribed and open access resources is displayed conveniently at t…

International Day of Peace

Today is a day of peace. It’s September 21st, the International Day of Peace. This is a day established by the United Nations back in 1981. Since 2001, this Day has been designated as a time for global ceasefire and non-violence.

The theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace”.

There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals which were unanimously voted for and which are considered vital to establishing a peaceful planet. You can read more about these goals through One Search.

So be mindful and respectful of those around you today (just like every day!) and try to follow the words of two lesser known proponents of peace and “be excellent to each other”.

Announcing The Literature Review LibGuide!

The Library is proud to announce a new LibGuide: The Literature Review

After feedback from students requesting more in-depth information about literature reviews and how to write them, the lovely librarian Natascha Kucurs in Cairns has created this great new guide to answer your literature review questions.


This new LibGuide provides at in-depth look at the literature review process and covers the topics:
Who, what and whyThe literature review processSearching the literatureThe writing process.
For more help with literature reviews please contact the InfoHelp Desk, your Liaison Librarian or the Learning Centre.

New Book Recommendation: The Australian Native Bee Book: Keeping Stingless Bee Hives For Pets, Pollination and Sugarbag Honey

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 book title of interest is:
The Australian Native Bee Book: Keeping Stingless Bee Hives for Pets, Pollination and Sugarbag Honey by Tim Heard

Call number: 595.799 HEA

An extract from the publisher's website states:
Keeping native stingless bees is a hot topic in Australia for commercial, environmental and recreational reasons. You can do something about the decline of pollinators by conserving native bees.
In this book you’ll find the complete guide to native stingle…

Endnote Workshops in September 2016

Are your reference lists and footnotes getting rather long and tiring to type out?

Are you a  looking for software that can help collate and organise the resources you find and help you cite while you write?

Are you fairly confident you can spot a referencing error and are willing to learn about a new software tool?

Well, Endnote might be the software you need.

JCU library will be running some workshops to introduce Endnote software. You can download a copy online from the JCU Endnote libguide or borrow and install a copy from the library.
14 September 10am - 11am EndNote and Referencing Drop-in Sessions Cairns 15 September 3pm - 4pm EndNote Workshop Townsville 16 September 2pm - 3pm EndNote Workshop Townsville 21 September 3pm - 4pm EndNote Workshop Townsville  To keep up to date about available workshops and other events at JCU go to the Events page

Roald Dahl Day, September 13, 2016

“Two rights don't equal a left”, iconic words from the BFG. We all know the iconic writings and rhymes of Roald Dahl, many of us still probably have them stuck in our heads from our childhood.

Roald Dahl Day is September 13, and is a day to celebrate all things Roald Dahl and his birthday, this year would be his 100th birthday!

What a great day to refresh your memory of Matilda or The Witches, maybe even dress up as Fantastic Mr Fox. If you haven't read Roald Dahl before, or it has been a long time, have a look on One Search at the collection of books at the JCU Library.

New Book Recommendation: Pineapple: A Global History

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 is: Pineapple: A global history by Kaori O'Connor

Item description:

‘Too ravishing for moral taste . . . like lovers’ kisses she bites – she is a pleasure bordering on pain, from the fierceness and insanity of her relish’ wrote the poet Charles Lamb about the pineapple, the fruit that seduced the world. From the moment Christopher Columbus discovered it on a Caribbean island on 4 November 1493, the pineapple became an object of passion and desire, in a…

Beautiful Beanies and Delectable Cakes at the Cairns Library

Be outside the Cairns Library tomorrow (Tuesday, September 13) between 10am and 12pm to support a fundraiser for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. This will be your chance to buy some attractive headwear and enjoy some delectable cakes.
Treat yourself to some cake and beanie time while supporting a worthy cause. Tea and coffee also available. Yes that's right, you have the chance to buy one of these pictured beanies!

Visit the information page for more details.

TEDx Townsville - live streaming at the Mabo Library

The Eddie Koiki Mabo library is once again live streaming TEDx Townsville from the JCU Douglas campus!  

Students, staff and members of the Townsville community are welcome to register and attend this free event (lunch and afternoon tea are included). Registrations are required so we can provide enough food and space for everyone.

The 2016 theme is 'Breaking Barriers.’ 

TEDxTownsville 2016 is about overcoming all obstacles and shining a light on what is holding our community back. Look forward to ideas about rising from the ashes, tackling difficulties, turning problems into catalysts and breaking the barriers to creating, innovating and changing for the better.


The event showcases 10 thought-provoking speakers, TED Talks, and a number of performances. Go to www.tedxtownsville.com/ 2016-speakers/ to find out more about the ideas that will be unveiled.

New Book Recommendation: Digital Photography and Everyday Life: Empirical Studies on Material Visual Practices

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 is: Digital photography and everyday life: Empirical studies on material visual practices edited by Edgar Gómez Cruz and Asko Lehmuskallio.

Item description:

With contributors from ten different countries and backgrounds in a range of academic disciplines - including anthropology, media studies and visual culture - this collection takes a uniquely broad perspective on photography by situating the image-making process in wider discussions on the materiality a…

JCU's NAIDOC in September 2016

JCU celebrates NAIDOC 2016 from the 12th to the 16th of September as most students are on semester break during July when national NAIDOC week celebrations are held. The wider Australian community also joins in events organised by either the local Indigenous Australian community groups or by other groups.

The Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students and JCU invite everybody to take a moment to enjoy and engage with some events which are at the midpoint of JCU's study period 2. Events will be held on Cairns and Townsville campuses. In 2015, JCU had one of the highest reported Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student cohorts at 5.33% compared to the national average of 1.1%, this is a great thing for everyone to celebrate at JCU.

This year's theme is Songlines. If you wish to learn more about the deeper meaning of the term Songlines and their impact on past and contemporary Australia, a recommended title is:

Aboriginal dreaming paths an…