Sunday, 30 October 2016

New Book Recommendation: Leading & Managing Occupational Therapy Services

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:
 Leading & managing occupational therapy services / Brent Braveman.
Call number: 362.178068 BRA 2016

An extract from the publisher's website states:
Put theory and research into practice for real-world success. Here’s your introduction to the use of theory, research, and evidence in guiding your practice as an occupational therapy manager. From leadership and supervision to policies, program development, and continuous quality improvement, you’ll find complete coverage of the full range of issues and functions managers encounter in the real worlds in which they practice. Whatever your role, the practical knowledge and the guidance you’ll find here will help you become a more effective OT, colleague, and manager.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016

Jean-Pierre Sauvage.

J. Fraser Stoddart.

Ben L. Feringa.

Are these names familiar? No? Well, they should be!

Sauvage, Stoddart, and Feringa are the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 winners. They were awarded the Prize for designing and building molecules that can be controlled to accomplish a task when supplied with energy. Read more about their research and what it means at C&EN: Molecular machines garner 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

ACS (the American Society of Chemistry) has made ten articles cited by the Nobel Prize Foundation in the winner's announcement open access. However, as JCU users you have full access to all of the ACS journals through the library's subscription. Simply find it on the A-Z Databases page or head straight to the site - ACS Publications.

ACS journals provide access to groundbreaking chemistry research with a virtual smorgasbord of peer reviewed research articles across chemical and related sciences. Along with the 10 articles cited by the Nobel Prize Foundation, Stoddart has published 267 articles in ACS journals, while Feringa and Sauvage have published 205 and 121 respectively. And that is just three renowned researchers among the thousands whose research is available to you at the click of a few buttons.

If you're studying chemistry or related sciences, head over to ACS journals now and make full use of the world of research that is open to you. Who knows - maybe you'll be making the next big discovery one day, and it will be your name and research highlighted at the Nobel Prize awards!

Last Friday of October is World Teachers' Day in Queensland

Bring an apple on Friday October 28th, 2016.

As an educational institution, JCU obviously has a soft spot for teachers and the education profession. October 5th is the official UNESCO World Teachers' Day, but in Queensland most pupils are on school holidays, so it is celebrated on the last Friday of October which is the 28th this year.

One nice gesture is give your teacher, or child's teacher a certificate.

And budding educators borrow a copy of the new addition to our collection, Commonsense Methods for Children with Special Educational Needs by Peter Westwood.

Frocktober Frock Shop in Cairns

Missed last week’s Frocktober Frock Shop in Cairns? Put your mind at ease, you get another chance tomorrow!

Frocktober is the month for raising funds to support research into ovarian cancer. Get yourself to the pop-up frock shop in The Boathouse in Cairns between 10am – 3:30pm on Friday (October 28).

This is your chance to support a good cause and pick up a fab frock!

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Exam Week Tips

Exam week tips 

 Minimise exam period stress by controlling the things you can, like finding the exam dates and rooms, the rules about what you can and can't take, or finding good study spaces.

 Here is a list of tips and JCU webpages to help you get the High Distinction that 13 weeks of steady studying deserve.

How does the whole exam thing work? 
Exams & results 
Use this to find out where to go, what you need, and when to turn up. You can also find information about how to apply for special consideration, your grades and how to maintain a good academic level.

Where is my exam? 
Exam timetables
Students can find their personal exam timetables in StudentsOnline.
 Campus maps to locate exam rooms
 You could even do a visit beforehand to make sure you have the right room. There is usually a blue sticker above doorways with the building and room number on it.

What is my lecturer going to ask? 
Past examination papers
 Reserve Online is JCU's central repository for past exam papers. A link is also located on the Library webpage called Readings & Past Exams.

Where can I study in peace?
 Library opening hours during exams.
 The libraries in Townsville and Cairns have designated areas for different types of study from silent and solitary to more collaborative group revision. Both have 24 hour computer labs located in the building and both libraries are open to midnight weekdays during the exam block.

The library staff wish you the best with your exams.

Monday, 24 October 2016

New Book Recommendation: Farewell to the World; A History of Suicide

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: Farewell to the World; A History of Suicide by Marzio Barbagli, translated by Lucinda Byatt.

 An extract from the publisher's website states:

What drives a person to take his or her own life? Why would an individual be willing to strap a bomb to himself and walk into a crowded marketplace, blowing himself up at the same time as he kills and maims the people around him? Does suicide or ‘voluntary death’ have the same meaning today as it had in earlier centuries, and does it have the same significance in China, India and the Middle East as it has in the West? How should we understand this distressing, often puzzling phenomenon and how can we explain its patterns and variations over time?

 In this wide-ranging comparative study, Barbagli examines suicide as a socio-cultural, religious and political phenomenon, exploring the reasons that underlie it and the meanings it has acquired in different cultures throughout the world. Drawing on a vast body of research carried out by historians, anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists and psychologists, Barbagli shows that a satisfactory theory of suicide cannot limit itself to considering the two causes that were highlighted by the great French sociologist Émile Durkheim – namely, social integration and regulation. Barbagli proposes a new account of suicide that links the motives for and significance attributed to individual actions with the people for whom and against whom individuals take their lives.

This new study of suicide sheds fresh light on the cultural differences between East and West and greatly increases our understanding of an often-misunderstood act. It will be the definitive history of suicide for many years to come.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Closure of northern doors at Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, 21 October to 11 November 2016

The next phase of the  Townsville Campus Verandah walk construction has begun. The northern entry/exit to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library will be closed from the  21 October to 11 November 2016. During this time, access to the Mabo Library will be from the  Cafe and Southern entry/exits.

The ATM and public phone will be accessible from inside the Mabo Library.

After hours access to the Information Commons will be maintained throughout SP2 including exams.

We thank you for your patience during the construction.

JCU Libraries Extended Exam Hours

It's almost that time of year again.  SWOT VAC and Exams are just around the corner. No need to panic, JCU Libraries will have extended exam opening hours to help you get through. This means that we are open until midnight Monday to Friday and 10pm on weekends.

Don't forget that in Townsville the 24/7 InfoCommons and iLearning rooms are also available for student use outside library opening hours.

Extended exam opening hours will operate from the Monday 31 October 2016 - Thursday 17 November.

Mabo Library (Townsville)
Monday - Friday: 7:30am - Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm

Cairns Campus Library
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm

Thursday, 20 October 2016

World Statistics Day - 20 October 2016

World Statistics Day is 20 October 2016 and the theme this year is Better Data, Better Lives. This day promotes the critical role statistical information has in the world, especially official high-quality data. This statistical information can then be used for informed policy making as well as measuring a country's progress. This is the second year this day has been observed and the UN General Assembly have now decided that it will be celebrated every 5 years.

The JCU Library has a Statistics LibGuide that shows a variety of useful statistical databases and resources. For example, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) which contains a wide range of topics including economy, environment, industry, business, Census, regional statistics, and condensed facts about Australia

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Database review - IBISWorld

Scenario 1. You have an assignment that requires you to write a news article on  a large  Australian or New Zealand company. Where do you get the background information from? IBISWorld is a good starting point, with their Australia Company Reports. This database provides analyses of over 2000 companies (private, not-for profit and government organizations), produced by a team of experts who are regularly monitoring the economic state of our country. Each PDF report provides key statistics, management  and financial information, including main competitors and related companies.

Scenario 2. You are part of a groupwork project required to prepare a business plan for a company in a specific field - where do look for information on that sector? Using IBISWorld, it is easy to identify trends in growing, or slowing industries. Look at the Australia Industry Lists and Australia ANZSIC Industry Reports. Among the many online production, sales and services industries, who would guess that pipeline construction and cotton ginning in Australia are among the current top 50 growth industries?  Search for aquaculture to health care, horticulture to wind farming, and see how these sectors are faring.

IBISWorld was created by an Australian businessman, and the company has been researching in the field since 1971. Recently updated reports are prominently displayed on the home page, and links to several tutorial videos assist in using the database. Other features of the database are reports on economic risk factors and 18 month business forecasts. Download the Excel spreadsheets, and play with different hypothetical futures.

Business students and researchers are not the only people who will benefit from the information this database can supply - students from all disciplines will find useful information or trends to enhance their studies.  For example, reports from the section, Australian Business Environment Profiles, look at specific aspects of the Australian economy. Trends in consumer or public behaviour can be viewed on a range of issues, including discretionary income, the number of dentists per 100,000 of  the Australian population, or the domestic price of eggs.  Welcome to IBISWorld.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Cairns Community Garden

Don’t mind a bit of dirt on your hands? Like the idea of growing your own food and learning about gardening? The Cairns Community Garden could be just the place for you.
The Grand Opening is happening tomorrow for all of you who RSVP’d on time and will include guest speakers, garden activities and more.

Otherwise, Mondays will be your gardening days at the Cairns Community Garden. Don’t forget to wear enclosed shoes, take drinking water and protect yourself from the sun.

Townsville people can also add some green to their thumbs at the Rotary Sunshine Edible Garden.

As usual, the JCU Library is the place to learn more about gardening in general, permaculture and the recent growth of Australian community gardens.

Scopus APIs and New Look Website

Scopus has recently updated their website and opened Scopus APIs to all users. If you use Scopus in your research, or if you're looking for a little something more, check out the new updates below.

What is Scopus?
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

Accelerate academic research using Scopus APIs

You can now obtain a Scopus API key for free as part of the University’s subscription. You will first need to ensure you have your own Scopus account, which can be set up here. Then, simply go to Scopus APIs and use your login details to obtain your API key.

For more information, including how to use Scopus APIs and why they are beneficial, see Accelerate Academic Research Using Scopus APIs or watch the Scopus APIs Webinar. If you need help with the registration process, check out the tutorial.

Scopus’ New Look Website
Scopus updated the look and feel of their website at the end of September. This update also included some functional changes, such as changes to the navigation bar and addition of a navigation spine including SciVal and My Scopus. For more information, including side by side comparisons of the old and new sites, see A New Look for Scopus

Check out Scopus and improve the quality of your research now!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Chillin' in the Library

Taking regular breaks is a well-known tip for effective study.   So you are totally justified to take time to enjoy the Halloween 'Chillin' in the Library' event, hosted by our student InfoHelp Rovers.

Cairns: Library, ground floor
Townsville: 18.002B

Find out more.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

It’s time to GIF it up!

GIF it up is an annual competition run by the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) that calls on history buffs, animators, internet lovers and creative sorts to make their own GIFs. To enter this competition, your GIFs need to be created from public domain, open licensed video, images and other materials found in DPLA , Europeana, DigitalNZ, or Trove.

Yes, Australia’s own Trove is involved and they're offering extra prizes for people that use images from Trove – they've even made it easy and provided a list of images to use.

View entries from this year and previous years to get ideas. If you don’t have Photoshop at home, you can use the free software GIMP to create your own GIFs – and the Library’s got you covered on how to use GIMP.

So let's GIF it up!

The above GIF was created by JCU Librarian Mark Collins.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Please Stop Unplugging our Projector
The staff at the Mabo Library (Townsville) would like to remind everyone that the projector in the InfoHelp Training Room (Room 18.229) is for staff use only and so is the computer it is attached to. Please do not unplug any of the cables in the room as it interferes with the correct functioning of the equipment. The room is mainly used for training and troubleshooting equipment failure  consumes valuable time.

If you are a student and would like to use a projector, the Group Study Room (Room 18.209) has a projector that can be connected to a laptop. If you don't have an appropriate cable to connect your laptop to the projector, the library is more than happy to lend you a cable. Please see the Lending Services Desk on the ground floor to borrow said cable.

Monday, 10 October 2016

New Book Recommendation: Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law: Social and Legal Issues Faced by Individuals, Couples and Families

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: Sex, Gender, Sexuality and the Law: Social and Legal Issues Faced by Individuals, Couples and Families by Samantha Hardy, Olivia Rundle and Damien W. Riggs.

An extract from the publisher's website states:

In the past decade, people whose bodies, genders or sexualities differ from socially expected norms have become more visible and have been granted greater recognition within the law. Yet despite this, many service providers do not have a strong understanding of the social and legal issues that continue to have a significant impact on these diverse groups of people and their relationships and families. In order to address this knowledge gap, this book brings together research findings from often disparate disciplines into an accessible and useful form for practitioners, as well as for researchers, academics, students, and the general public.

 Part 1 defines key terms, and addresses the psychosocial and legal issues faced by trans or gender diverse, intersex, and/or non-heterosexual individuals. Part 2 looks at the psychosocial and legal aspects of couple relationships. Part 3 considers parenting and families. Part 4 discusses practical tips for professionals working with this client group, including specific content for lawyers and mediators. As a whole, this book both questions the presumed neutrality of the law, yet insists that it is possible for the law to play a key role in challenging cisgenderism and heterosexism.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

T150 – Townsville Past & Present: Architecture in Townsville – Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

The "Architecture in Townsville" Special Collections displays on level 1 of the Mabo Library will be available for viewing until Wednesday the 12th of October.  The displays offer a rare opportunity to view a range of materials pertaining to the theme.
James Cook University Townsville campus library, c.1970, James Birrell Archive, Library Archives Collection. Photo Credit:  James Cook University, not to be reproduced without permission.

James Cook University Douglas Campus Library
The building now known as the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library was opened in 1970. It was designed by James Birrell who was the project architect and the design architect. Birrell had a story to tell about the acceptance of his design.

‘As the design was unique I visited Ken Back, the Vice Chancellor, at his weekender on Magnetic Island to discuss it prior to official presentation. We developed the plan on the sand in his front garden and he was thrilled.’

Birrell’s concept was for a three-storey rectangle of off-form concrete with an enormous overhanging steel-framed copper roof, noting Townsville’s connection with copper. The silhouettes of the concrete walls are intended to mirror the silhouettes of the mountain views around the campus. The roof drained into stone-filled drains similar to the dry creek beds on the site.

In 2006 the building received the 25 Year Architecture Award of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects – Queensland Chapter.

In 2008 the Library was renamed in honour of Eddie Koiki Mabo.

Australian Institute of Architects website.

- Ms Jean Dartnall and Dr Alan Dartnall

Thursday, 6 October 2016

T150 – Townsville Past & Present: Architecture in Townsville – Townsville Post Office

Skip into the Mabo Library during the last days of the T150 "Architecture in Townsville" display and see a rare and fragile plan relating to the historical Townsville Post Office.  Read on to learn more about this iconic building.

Townsville Post Office
For over 100 years the Post Office has been a Townsville landmark. It was designed by John James Clark, Queensland Colonial Architect. Tenders were called in December 1885 with Dennis Kelleher’s, for £8,197, being accepted. The building, erected in stages between 1886 and 1889, included a public space and a residence for the Postmaster.
Townsville Post Office in Flinders Street.  c. 1910. Townsville Albums, NQ Photographic Collection, NQID 4505.
The residence provided for the Postmaster was considered quite ‘palatial’ at the time and drew criticism from local orators who used to meet outside at the corner of Flinders and Denham Streets to give fiery speeches to crowds of working men. Questions were raised as to ‘why the glorified civil servants should be provided with such accommodation, whilst the wives and families of the orators had to put up with humble residences in South Townsville or any of the other distant suburbs’.
Item from the Townsville Post Office Plans Archive, JCU Library Special Collections.
The chimes for the clock were imported from England and installed in 1891. During World War II the clock tower was dismantled to protect it from possible enemy bombing. A new clock tower was added in 1963-64.

In 2001 the building was converted for use as a boutique Brewery, bar and restaurant.

Fielding, Trisha, “North Queensland History blog.”
Queensland Heritage Listing.
Townsville Daily Bulletin, 18 June 1927.
Various North Queensland newspapers accessed via Trove Digitised Newspapers service.

- Ms Jean Dartnall and Dr Alan Dartnall

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

New Book Recommendation: Doing Quality Research Online

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:
Doing Quality Research Online by Janet Salmons

Call number:
001.4202854678 SAL

An extract from the publisher's website states:
Qualitative researchers can now connect with participants online to collect deep, rich data and generate new understandings of contemporary research phenomena. Doing Qualitative Research Online gives students and researchers the practical and scholarly foundations needed to gain digital research literacies essential for designing and conducting studies based on qualitative data collected online.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Get Proactive at the Exam Plan Fair

It’s ok to be nervous about exams but no matter how tightly you close your eyes, they won’t go away. Trust me - I tried it once.

Don’t let it worry you because this week JCU is holding the Exam Plan Fair, providing some stress-free tips on how to conquer this exam period. Why not calm those pesky nerves by being prepared?

Support staff will be on hand to share some useful tips to keep you on track and help you survive and thrive during exam time.

Plus there will be massages, yoga, wellbeing activities to relieve stress and some cute and cuddly animals – ALL FREE! Don’t miss it!

Wednesday 5th October and Thursday 6th October from 10.30am – 1.30pm on Cairns and Townsville campuses.

Monday, 3 October 2016

T150 – Townsville Past & Present: Architecture in Townsville – Townsville Customs House

Pop into the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and you can see one of the beautiful original plans (dated 1899) for the Townsville Customs House available for viewing in the special collections display cases on level one, currently showing as part of our T150 Townsville Past & Present project.

Townsville Customs House
This imposing red brick building with a distinctive dome, commanding an impressive corner position on The Strand, must be one of the most photographed buildings in Townsville.  It draws enthusiasm from visitors and locals for such details as the iron balustrades and the intricate brickwork.

The Customs House was commissioned by the Queensland Government just prior to Federation after which Customs responsibilities were handed over to the new Federal Government. The building was completed in 1902. The plans, held by the James Cook University Library Archives, date from 1899 – 1900.  They were prepared by the Queensland Government Architect’s Office and, in particular, respected architect, George Payne.

The building was designed for a pre-air conditioning tropical working environment.  It is L shaped so all rooms have through breezes. There are well shaded verandahs and wide colonnades along both streets and the rooms have high ceilings
Townsville Customs House with Strand in foreground, early 1900s, Coates Album, NQ Photographic Collection, NQID 10.
Building Controversies
Despite the enthusiastic public response to the plans, there were some controversies over the actual work which may have seemed startlingly modern to North Queensland residents.

The Brisbane Courier of 11 July 1900 gave a long and detailed report of the evidence given ‘at Townsville to an Investigation by the Public Works Commission’.  This includes the evidence of a Townsville builder:
Arthur Reid, builder and contractor, gave evidence. He complained that none of the local contractors could get a chance for the contract of the Custom House. The big jobs generally went to the Southern contractors, and he thought that the reason for this was that they usually paid lower wages. The tender of a contractor named Brady was accepted for certain work, although witness could have done it for £200 less. Witness was lowest tenderer for the woodwork, but was given no chance to carry out the contract. He did not think that Mr. Brady, the contractor, was any relation to Mr. Brady, of the department. Some of the department's plans and specifications were faulty, and had to be altered afterwards. Everything in the Works Department seemed to be mixed up. He thought that the department should be divided into districts, and a permanent officer stationed at Townsville. The witness gave evidence at considerable length in regard to the working of the department as it affected contractors.
The Strand with Customs House, Queens Hotel, Criterion Hotel and gas lamp, looking towards Ross Creek.  Townsville City Album, NQ Photographic Collection, NQID 2244.
Many uses
The Customs Service used this building for almost 100 years but other activities were also housed there at one time or another, ranging from the residence of the Collector of Customs, through the Stamps and Titles Office, the Department of Works, the Bankruptcy Branch, and the Electoral Office, to the use of the basement as an air raid shelter during World War II.

Although cyclones have caused superficial damage at several times, the imposing structure facing the sea remains part of Townsville’s long standing streetscape.  This heritage listed building is now in private hands.

- Ms Jean Dartnall and Dr Alan Dartnall