Thursday, 29 September 2016

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 and attitudes toward disability and death. The new edition (3rd) of the award winning book The Cultural Context of Aging: World-Wide Perspectives covers all these topics and more. This unique volume uses a qualitative, case study approach to look at the rapidly emerging new cultural spaces and social scripts through which mid and late life are being encountered globally. It is completely revised with over thirty new original works covering China, Japan, Denmark, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, indigenous Amazonia, rural Italy and the ethnic landscape of the U.S.

 In this one of a kind edited text, readers will encounter the laughing clubs of India, the centenarian diet plan of Okinawa, the waltzing elders of urban China, aging in a true woman-centered society, the elderscapes of Florida, the challenge of "Conscious Aging," Japan's robotic granny minders, Denmark's "Flexsecurity" long-term care system; the Midwest's elder-friendly communities, "Eldertopia" and the "Green House" model for dementia care. Welcome to your future!

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.

Newspaper clipping with hand written note by E R. Hayles, E. R. (Bob) Hayles Album, NQ Photographic Collection, NQID 3541.
 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 available materials.

Conditions, including provisioning, were poor. Those experiencing quarantining described hunting for game or bartering for fish with the Aborigines and noted that water was also in short supply.

Given these dire conditions, it is not surprising that there was resistance to entering quarantine, to the frustration of health officials. Wiburd (in ‘Notes on the history of Marine Quarantine in Queensland, 19th century’ Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland volume 3 issue 5, 1945) described one such case.
R.M.S. "Normanby" arrived at Townsville, on 11th July, 1877, from Singapore, via Cooktown, where pratique had not been granted. The surgeon reported that there had been four cases of Asiatic cholera on board, two of which had died, the last death having occurred on 5th July. The health officer (Dr Russel Frost) ordered the vessel to remain in quarantine and instructed the master to remain in port. The captain, however, proceeded south and following a request for prosecution with which the Colonial Secretary refused to concur, Dr Frost resigned. No urther particulars are available in regard to this vessel beyond the fact that she was quarantined on arrival in Sydney. 

West Point and its Problems 
The first buildings at West Point were constructed in 1884 and 1885. The site was always unsatisfactory for its intended purpose with an inadequate water supply and a difficult landing for sick passengers or for supplies. The limitations of size also became very apparent during the most serious epidemic that Townsville has endured, bubonic plague.

The Plague
SS Cintra arrived in Townsville in April 1900 with cases of plague and over 50 passengers who needed to be quarantined as potential contacts but had to be housed separately from the actual cases. The first death from the plague in Townsville was that of Walter Carde, a 23 year old steward on the ship. He died at the quarantine station at West Point, Magnetic Island, on 6 May 1900 and was buried at West Point where his gravestone still stands.
Walter Carde's headstone on Magnetic Island dated 1885.  Magnetic Island heritage study by Judith Jensen, 2002.  NQ Collection.  Copyright:  Townsville City Council

- Ms Jean Dartnall and Dr Alan Dartnall

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

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

P.D. Townsville Hospital, 1875. Water colour, 18.5cm x 14cm, James Cook Univerity Library Special Collections Artworks. 
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.  These and all the earliest buildings of Townsville would have been built of wood and perhaps iron and have long disappeared.  Storm and cyclone damage, termites, floods, and fires destroyed these relatively flimsy structures.

During the 1880s more substantial buildings became possible as better building materials were available and as the wealth of the North Queensland gold fields flowed through Townsville encouraging investment in more permanent houses and business premises.  A distinctive style of tropical architecture developed with houses on stumps surrounded by verandahs, and public buildings with porticos and high ceilings.  Some of these buildings are still here for our enjoyment.
These more substantial buildings were not, however, entirely immune to accident and many of these in turn have disappeared. Sometimes these ‘disappeared’ buildings have left behind traces in the various forms such as paintings or photographs.
Buchanan's Hotel, Dan Gleeson Album, NQ Photographic Collection, NQID 2599.
Buchanan's Hotel was built by experiened hotel keeper, David Buchanan and opened in 1903.  It had aspirations to be regarded as the most up to date hotel in Townsville.  It had running water to all the guest rooms, electric bells to summon staff and was lit by gas lighting.  It is best remembered, though, for the magnificent iron lace manufactured by Green's Foundary, Townsville.  The Hotel burned down in 1982 but exists in many photographs, drawings and the memory of it's patrons.

The Wintergarden Theatre was built in Sturt Street, Townsville, by Birch Carroll & Coyle and opened in 1927.  It was well used both by local and visiting performers.  In the early 1960s it was renovated.  The current T150 display in the JCU Library features original film footage showing before and after images of the renovation.  In 1969, the Wintergarden Theatre closed to make way for Queensland's first twin cinema.

Gibson-Wilde, Dorothy. Gateway to a Golden Land - Studies in North Queensland History, No. 7, 1984.

- Ms Jean Dartnall & Dr Alan Dartnall  

Wintergarden Theatre, Townsville Albums, NQ Photographic Collection, NQID 4588.

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.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

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.

Monday, 26 September 2016

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.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

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 the top left of your filtering options.  There are  also several methods provided to share, save or export your results. Altmetrics and other information, where available, are displayed within a clear and uncluttered layout. Book descriptions include separate sections for reference lists and reviews.
Open Access resources are clearly indicated and can be separately located by following the links on the 'What we publish' page.

Alternatively as a different search strategy, the 'Browse subjects' functionality uses a hierarchical structure, allowing researchers to select among various formats and sources. Selecting a title displays a summary of the journal or book title, impact factors and other information.

Remember, if the article or book you require is listed on Cambridge Core but  James Cook University does not have access, you are able to request an Inter-library loan or suggest a purchase through the library.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

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”.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

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:

For more help with literature reviews please contact the InfoHelp Desk, your Liaison Librarian or the Learning Centre.

Monday, 19 September 2016

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 stingless bees, written by an expert who has spent his lifetime intimately engaged with these unique creatures. Whether you keep a hive or two in your suburban garden, or want to use multiple hives on a commercial farm, this friendly guide has you covered.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

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.

Monday, 12 September 2016

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 culinary romance that anthropologist Kaori O’Connor follows across time and cultures.

The first New World explorers called the pineapple the apple with which Eve must have tempted Adam. Transported to Europe where it could only be grown in hothouses at vast expense, the pineapple became an elite mania, the fruit of kings and aristocrats. Soon established as the ultimate status symbol, London society hostesses would rent a pineapple at great cost for a single evening to be the centrepiece of their parties, and pineapples were as popular in the new American republic, where they were a sign of hospitality and a favourite of George Washington.

Celebrated in art and literature, pineapples remained a seasonal luxury for the rich until fast shipping and then refrigeration meant they could be brought to the major markets of Europe and America, but these imported fruit were never as luscious as those eaten fresh and ripe in the tropics. Then the pineapple found its ideal home in Hawaii, the invention of canning made perfect golden fruit available and affordable all year round and the Fruit of Kings became the Queen of Fruits for all.

Pineapple is a culinary love story enriched with vivid illustrations and irresistible recipes from around the world for eating and drinking the pineapple.

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.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

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 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 and visuality of photographic practices and explores these through empirical case studies.

By focusing on material visual practices, the book presents a comprehensive overview of some of the main challenges digital photography is bringing to everyday life. It explores how the digitization of photography has a wide-reaching impact on the use of the medium, as well as on the kinds of images that can be produced and the ways in which camera technology is developed. The exploration goes beyond mere images to think about cameras, mediations and technologies as key elements in the development of visual digital cultures.
Digital Photography and Everyday Life will be of great interest to students and scholars of Photography, Contemporary Art, Visual Culture and Media Studies, as well as those studying Communication, Cultural Anthropology, and Science and Technology Studies.

Monday, 5 September 2016

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 and trading routes : The colonisation of the Australian economic landscape by Dale Kerwin.
Call Number: 994.0049915 KER