Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Exercise Your Mind and Climb a Mountain of Literature

Feeling energetic this summer? Why not put your mind to work and climb a mountain of literature? There are many books that require stamina of some sort from the reader. Below are some towering novels from the previous four centuries.


17th Century – Don Quixote
This immensely influential (and funny) book follows a man who reads too many stories of chivalry and knights and becomes delusional. He renames himself Don Quixote, and sets out for adventures. Cervantes provided Don Quixote with his servant turned squire, Sancho, and his “steed” Rocinante. The fight against the windmills is one of the more well known adventures of the book.

18th Century – The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
In Laurence Sterne’s book we hear very little of the life of Tristram himself. The narrator is so often distracted (with very humorous consequence) that he does not even reach the moment of his birth until one third of the way through

19th Century – The Brothers Karamozov 
Dostoyevsky’s final novel is a book of depth that goes beyond the very engaging plot and asks that the reader consider the nature of concepts like faith and free will. In the novel’s most famous chapter, Ivan narrates a poem that puts God on trial at the time of the Spanish Inquisition.

20th Century - Ulysses
James Joyce wrote one of the most celebrated books that most people don’t actually finish. Elements of the novel parallel Homer’s Odyssey and individual chapters employ varied literary styles, from stream of consciousness, to the script of a play (with stage directions). Once banned for obscenity, Ulysses was known as a “dangerous” book. The novel follows a day in the life of Leopold Bloom (June 16, 1904 - now known as Bloomsday) as he wanders through Dublin.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

24 Hour Christmas Closedown of Readings & Past Exams

Readings & Past Exams will not be available from approximately 7pm 24th December for just over 24 hours as part of our anniversary rollover.

Library Opening Hours: Christmas 2016 and New Year period 2017

https://www.tes.com/lessons/PtPDR86w3lBwAA/christmas-in-australia
Library and Information Services would like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Please note that Friday the 23rd is the last day the campus libraries (inc. the Mabo Library InfoCommons) will be open in 2016, and we will not reopen until 8am on the Tuesday the 3rd of January 2017.

In January 2017 opening hours for the
Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville and the Cairns campus library will be:
  • Monday to Friday - 8.00am to 5.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday - Closed

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Summer Movie: Die Hard

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372.

There has been quite a bit of internet debate about whether or not Die Hard can be considered a Christmas movie, the arguments are a bit flimsy but no one can deny that the movie is considered to be one of the greatest action movies of all time. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, Die Hard was ranked number 29 in Empire Magazine's 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.

What it's about:

New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife and two daughters on Christmas Eve. He joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon McClane realizes that there's no one to save the hostages -- but him.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Summer Reading: The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling

The JCU library has many interesting fiction books to read over the summer, come check out a few of them.

Yes it's a Harry Potter book or, more precisely, a book from the world of Harry Potter. If you've read the Harry Potter books and seen the recent movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but are still craving more Harry Potter, then this is the book for you. Look for The Tales of Beedle the Bard: Translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger in the curriculum section at 820ROWL.

What it's about:

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is the first new book from J. K. Rowling since the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The tales played a crucial role in assisting Harry, with his friends Ron and Hermione, to finally defeat Lord Voldemort. Fans will be thrilled to have this opportunity to read the tales in full. An exciting addition to the canon of Harry Potter, the tales reveal the wonderful versatility of the author, as she tackles with relish the structure and varying tones of a classic fairy tale.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Take Your Summer Reading Out of This World with the Mars Trilogy!

The three award winning novels (Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars) that make up the Mars trilogy begin in the near future and tell the story of the colonisation of Mars. The novels take us from the first hundred people that are sent to establish a human presence on the planet, through to their efforts to terraform Mars and later exist as an independent settlement.

The trilogy is immense in scope, very well researched, and based on the potentially possible. It covers the political, social and environmental aspects of forming a new colony on another planet.

Most importantly, this piece of speculative fiction is a page turner. There are memorable characters and plot lines that keep you hooked all the way from Red to Green to Blue.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

New Book Recommendation: Managing and Interpreting D-Day Sites of Memory

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: Managing and Interpreting D-Day Sites of Memory: Guardians of Remembrance edited by Geoffrey Bird, Sean Claxton and Keir Reeves.
Call Number: 940.5421421 MAN

An extract from the publisher's website states:
More than seventy years following the D-Day Landings of 6 June 1944, Normandy's war heritage continues to intrigue visitors and researchers. Receiving well over two million visitors a year, the Normandy landscape of war is among the most visited cultural sites in France. This book explores the significant role that heritage and tourism play in the present day with regard to educating the public as well as commemorating those who fought.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

December 15 is National Cat Herder's Day!

http://www.lovethispic.com/image/69149/cute-kittens
Certain librarians are not quite sure who celebrates National Cat Herder's Day since even Wikipedia doesn't seem to know, but certain librarians who shall remain nameless could not go past an opportunity to post cat pictures.

According to daysoftheyear.com "This is a day for everyone who has to face the frustration of trying to manage the unmanageable, anyone whose day to day life involves insurmountable tasks...From project managers to daycare workers, head out and let those who handle impossible tasks with aplomb every day know how much you appreciate and, frankly, stand in awe of them. Someone has to be there to get these tasks done, and without those who seem to be capable of herding felines of the metaphoric variety, the world may not work as well as it does."

Just one more cat picture...

https://getreadingnow.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/cats-reading-books-2/

Monday, December 12, 2016

Food on campus over summer

Every now and then someone asks us about where they can get food while they are on campus. At this time of year, it's a tricky question to answer.  Each food provider has their own reasons for opening and closing when they do, and some will remain open for a little longer than others...

As things stand at the moment, this is where (and when) you can get something to eat:

Townsville:

Juliette's is open from 8.00am-2.00pm Mon-Thurs, and they close at 1.00pm on Fridays. They currently expect to close on Friday the 23rd of December, but this may change.

Miss Sushi is open from 8.00am-2.00pm, and will close on Thursday the 15th of December (opening again on January 9, 2017).

The Market Place (the food place formally known as "the Refec") is open from 7.30am-2.00pm (but they may still be around at 2.30pm), and will close on Friday the 16th of December.

The Green Plate is currently closed.

Jamaica Blue opens from 7.00am-2.30pm/3.00pm, depending on trade.  They'll close at 2.00pm on Friday the 23rd of December, and re-open on the 3rd of January.

Woolworths should still be open for normal Woolworths' hours during this time.

Cairns:

D’Lish (inside the Cairns Institute) is open 7:30am-3:30pm Monday to Friday, and expects to close on Friday the 16th of December.

Aroma Café (in the refectory) is open 8:00am-3:00pm Monday through Friday, and is also likely to close on the 16th of December.

That gives us a week in December and at least one week in January where food options will be pretty scarce indeed. In Townsville the Medilink Center in the Hospital will still have some options, and in Cairns you'll have to cross the roundabout to the shops on McGregor Road.

If you're on campus, you may want to bring a packed lunch.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Stand Up For Someone's Rights Today!

For this year’s Human Rights Day (December 10th) the United Nations is urging all of us to be actively involved in safeguarding the rights of others. This year’s theme, “Stand up for someone's rights today!”, encourages us all to act and defend the rights of people at risk of discrimination or violence. Many small acts can make a big change in the world.

Head to the JCU Library (in person or online) to learn more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or to read about human rights issues in Australia.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Accessing the EKM Library (Or: The great "Find the Door" challenge of 2016)

The development of the veranda walk around the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on the Townsville campus is continuing, and it is continuing to make accessing the building a fun and exciting adventure.

From Tuesday the 13th, the adventure will make some of our doors inaccessible, and others will only be able to be reached via certain routes, so if you need to access the building, this is what you need to know:

  • The Southern Entrance will be shut (that's the side closest to the free car park behind the library).
  • Access to the Cafe Entrance (the door closest to Juliette's) will be via a path leading from the library car park between the building and the bike shed.
  • You will not be able to get to the Cafe Entrance from the bridge from Education Central (AKA Building 134, AKA "the building with Miss Sushi in it"), but you will be able to get to the Northern Entrance if you keep walking.
  • The Northern Entrance will be accessible, but you will need to walk around the fencing to get to it.
  • You will need to use the path to the Northern Entrance to access the After Hours Info Commons door when the library is closed, as access to the eastern side of the building will be cut off.
Please note:
  • The student kitchenette outside the 24 Hour Info Commons will be closed during this time, so you will need to bring food that does not require a microwave or hot water.
  • You will not be able to easily access the Info Commons from the library car park after 5.00pm on weeknights or on the weekends. The best place to park during this time will be the ATSIP building (Bld 145) car park and the car park in front of Molecular Sciences (Bld 21).
We will let you know when the next stage of the adventure will take place.


Tropical Monsters: A call for submission

 Are you interested in the tropical folklore and beliefs that touch on all things monstrous? Well the Electronic Journal of Studies in the Tropics is releasing a special issue on this topic next year and is calling for submissions.

A Special Issue Volume 16, Issue 1, 2017 Submission deadline: 1 February 2017 TROPICAL LIMINAL: URBAN VAMPIRES (and other blood sucking monstrosities)

The vampire and other monstrous beings constitute some of the most famous myths that continue to haunt contemporary society. This special issue examines the presence of these beings within cities of the tropics and sub-tropics – from New Orleans in the deep south of America to Singapore in South East Asia – and examples from cities of the Caribbean, Latin America, African, the Pacific and tropical Asia. The special issue examines three aspects of liminality:
  • the liminal qualities of monstrous blood sucking beings such as: vampires, zombies, Pontianaks, sea sirens, were-tigers, shape-shifters and cyborgs.
  • the liminal and heterotopic spaces from which they arise, such as: cemeteries, bulldozed spaces, shrines, ritual spaces, schools and factories, between buildings, and everyday spaces of taboo.
  •  and how they manifest through liminal experiences of mass hysteria, trauma, anxiety, menstruation, dreams, and altered states of consciousness.
Also of interest is the way myths and stories arise through various media: material culture, film, literature, social media, visual arts, news reports, and scholarly works. Instructions for authors · Submissions close 1 February 2017 · Visit eTropic https://journals.jcu.edu.au/etropic

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Summer Movie: Contempt

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372.

For lovers of cinema, Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film has Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Fritz Lang and Michel Piccoli all on screen in gorgeous Italian scenery. A French writer (Piccoli) works for a rich, US producer (Palance) on a rewrite of Homer’s The Odyssey while his marriage is falling apart. The writer’s wife is played by Brigitte Bardot and Fritz Lang plays himself as the film’s director. Godard took happenings from his own life and threw them into this film within a film that you can find in our collection.

Contempt is playful, profound and shallow all at the same time. There are some amazing tracking shots that capture both the beauty of the stars and the splendor of Italy.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

New Book Recommendation: Traveling Prehistoric Seas: Critical Thinking on Ancient Transoceanic Voyages

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: Traveling Prehistoric Seas: Critical Thinking on Ancient Transoceanic Voyages by Alice Beck Kohoe.
Call Number: 970.01 KEH

An extract from the publisher's website states:
Until recently the theory that people could have traversed large expanses of ocean in prehistoric times was considered pseudoscience. But recent discoveries in places as disparate as Australia, Labrador, Crete, California, and Chile open the possibility that ancient oceans were highways, not barriers, and that ancient people possessed the means and motives to traverse them. In this brief, thought-provoking, but controversial book Alice Kehoe considers the existing evidence in her reassessment of ancient sailing.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Library Services Affected by ICT's Major Maintenance Window

Hello JCU Library users
This weekend's ICT's major maintenance window impacts many library services.
Begins: 8pm AEST  2nd December
Finishes: 4pm AEST 4th December

  Status 12:30Pm Sunday 4th December

  • Readings & Past Exams available.
  • All library systems functioning normally.

Status 11:00am Sunday 4th December

  • Readings & Past Exams unavailable.
  • All other library systems functioning normally.

8:40pm Saturday 3rd December

  • Catalogue back online
  • Remote access still available (One Search, Find It, databases, ejournals & ebooks)
  • ResearchOnline & NQHeritage still available.
  • Readings & Past Exams unavailable.

5:40pm Saturday 3rd December

  • Remote access still available (One Search, Find It, databases, ejournals & ebooks)
  • ResearchOnline & NQHeritage still available.
  • Readings & Past Exams unavailable.
  • Catalogue unavailable.

 3:00pm Saturday 3rd December

  • Remote access still available (One Search, Find It, databases, ejournals & ebooks)
  • ResearchOnline & NQHeritage still available.
  • Readings & Past Exams available again.
  • Catalogue unavailable.

 1:30pm Saturday 3rd December

  • Remote access still available (One Search, Find It, databases, ejournals & ebooks)
  • ResearchOnline & NQHeritage still available.
  • Readings & Past Exams and Catalogue unavailable.

 9:30am Saturday 3rd December

  • Remote access still available (One Search, Find It, databases, ejournals & ebooks)
  • ResearchOnline & NQHeritage still available.
  • Readings & Past Exams and Catalogue unavailable.

7:46am Saturday 3rd December

 All services working normally except the Library Catalogue which cannot query the database or provide access to user accounts.

12:01am Saturday 3rd December

All services working normally except the Library Catalogue which cannot query the database or provide access to user accounts.
All Library services hosted on JCU servers and/or requiring access to JCU authentication systems are impacted, including:
  • Library Catalogue
  • Readings & Past Exams
  • Remote Access (Elibrary/EZproxy)
  • Research Online
  • NQHeritage
  • Interactive Forms/Libserver
Services not impacted (except when they require any of the above to be available) include:
  • LibGuides
  • Library Web Site
  • LibAnswers (FAQs)
  • Group Study Room Bookings
Externally hosted services that will be affected to some degree by the unavailability of remote access/JCU authentication services include:
  • One Search
  • Find It @ JCU Library
  • Databases, Ejournals and Ebooks
Some affected library services may be available within the maintenance window - we will list these on our @JCULibrary twitter feed and through the Library's System Status Management Dashboard as availability comes and goes.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Things to do over the Christmas recess: Brush up your software skills with Lynda.com

The end of year break is here, but you only have the summer job and family festive season to keep you occupied. What else can you do to while away those vacant study hours?

Well, maybe you were wondering about why everybody else was able to embed a video into their Powerpoint so easily, or write a report with a great content table and headings on the exact same Word software as you? Do you have sudden urge to make your digital photos look awesome, or do you have SPSS as a component of your study next year?

At JCU, the library staff recommend you take full advantage of LYNDA.COM.

These are self directed learning  via video tutorials (with a transcript) across a range of topics. Free whilst enrolled at JCU but professionally educational in their tone.