Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Book Recommendation: Alice's Daughter: Lost Mission Child

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 and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A title of interest is Alice's Daughter: Lost Mission Child by Rhonda Collard-Spratt with Jack Ferro.Call Number: 305.89915092 COL/COL 

"My story is not about blame. It's about sharing history that belongs to all of Australia. I needed a push, but I am happy to finally give little Rhonda a voice, so that my words will live on after I leave this world."

An extract from the publisher's website states:
In 1954, aged three, Rhonda Collard-Spratt was taken from her Aboriginal family and placed on Carnarvon Native Mission, Western Australia. Growing up in the white world of chores and aprons, religious teachings and cruel beatings, Rhonda drew strength and healing from her mission brothers and sisters, her art, music and poetry, and her unbreakable bond with the Dreaming. This is the story of Rhonda's search for culture and family as she faces violence, racism, foster families, and her fathers death in custody; one of the first deaths investigated as part of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Written in Rhonda's distinctive voice, Alice's Daughter is fearless, compelling and intimate reading. Coupled with her vibrant and powerful paintings and poetry, Rhonda's is a journey of sadness, humour, resilience and ultimately survival.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Upcoming Library Systems Maintenance and Upgrades

A number of Library systems will be undergoing maintenance/upgrades in the coming weeks.

Schedule and Summary of Changes

Date/Impact System Summary
Overnight 26th/27th June
No outage
Library eJournals portal Upgrading to eJournal Portal 2.0
Rebranding and renaming it the Electronic Resource portal to reflect the inclusion of eJournals and eBooks
Full Details...
Overnight 26th/27th June
No outage
Find It @ JCU Library

Rebrand/Redesign and new Open Access option
Full Details...

8pm 28th June
Less than one minute interruption to services
Remote access to electronic resources (aka elibrary/EZproxy) Rebrand/Redesign and usability improvements
Full Details...
3rd July to 5th
Freeze on booking Group Study Rooms
Group Study Room Bookings

System upgrade to allow more flexible booking options
Full Details...

Booking Freeze for Upgrade to Library Group Study Room Bookings

On Monday 3rd July there will be a 48 hour freeze to Group Study Room Bookings while we upgrade to a new Bookings module and migrate all existing future bookings.

The Group Study Rooms themselves will be available as normal with existing bookings being unaffected.

The upgraded module will feature:
  • Flexible start times and booking lengths (no more one hour blocks starting on the hour)
  • Much more room information (including location) 
  • Two step email confirmation of bookings
  • Improved recurring bookings
Our documentation will be updated to reflect these changes after launch.

Rebranding and additional functionality in Off Campus Access to eResources

The user interface for our remote authentication services to subscription resources (EZproxy aka will have a new design template applied at 8pm on 28th June.

There will be a brief interruption to the service (less than one minute).

These changes will:
  • Restore link integrity
  • Make the interface more usable on small screen devices
  • Embed the Library's InfoHelp 'Chat' function
Screen grab of new user interface for EZproxy
Sneak Preview

Rebrand/Redesign, New Functionality in Find It @ JCU Library

Overnight on Monday 26th June the Library will introduce a redesign to the Find It @ JCU Library 'More detail about this item' screen.

There is no outage associated with this change.

A link to the Open Access version of the article (if one exists) will now display - useful if you want to share an article with a non-JCU person.

Design improvements include:
  • Adopting JCU web site branding
  • Clarity added to the details of the article being searched for
  • Making alternative sources of the article more obvious
  • Improved visibility of source and holdings detail

Screen grab of prototype redesign
Sneak Preview

Upgrade: eJournal portal to become Electronic Resource Portal

The Library will be upgrading the eJournal Portal overnight on Monday 26th June.

There will be no outage associated with this process.
Many new functions will be introduced with this upgrade. This has led to us renaming it the Electronic Resource Portal.
The eResource portal will be branded in line with the JCU web site and use responsive design principles to aid use on small screen devices.
Sample screen from new eResource Portal
Sneak Preview

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

International Day of the Tropics

June 29th is International Day of the Tropics!
It is a day to celebrate the unique diversity and challenges of the tropics. James Cook University, as one of the two universities in Australia's tropical north, plays a key role in promoting a brighter future for the region, here and around the world. June 29th marks the anniversary of the State of the Tropics report, launched by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in 2014.

The JCU library holds the report in electronic and print versions, as well as many other books and journals relating to life in the tropics!
It's also your chance to WIN! Check out the JCU Facebook page for details.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Book Recommendation: Gugu Badhun: People of the Valley of Lagoons

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 and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A title of interest is:
Gugu Badhun: People of the Valley of Lagoons by Yvonne Cadet-James, Robert Andrew James, Sue McGinty, Russell McGregor.
Call Number : 994.0049915 CAD

An extract from the publisher's website states

Bridging historical scholarship and Aboriginal oral tradition, this innovative book tells the story of the Gugu Badhun people of the Valley of Lagoons in North Queensland. It provides new insights into Aboriginal–European interactions, and new understandings of how Aboriginal people sustained their identities and exercised agency.

Much of the story is told in the words of Gugu Badhun people themselves. Interviews are interspersed with commentary and analysis by the four authors, one of whom, Yvonne Cadet-James, is herself a Gugu Badhun elder.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Trial: bX Recommender in One Search

The Library is please to announced we are trialling bX Recommender in One Search in Semester 2, 2017.

What is bX Recommender?

It is an article recommending service - it uses data harvested from the usage patterns of over 2 million researchers to find articles related to articles listed in your One Search search results.

How do I use it?

If an article in your search has recommendations you will see a the 'Related Articles' link below the citation. Click on this link and the recommended articles will display to the right of your search results.
Click on the article titles listed to see the full text (via Find It @ JCU Library)

Image showing that a click on 'Related Articles' displays recommended articles to the right of your search results
Viewing recommended articles

How do I tell you whether I like it or not?

Your feedback is vital to determine if we acquire this service permanently. Please click on the Feedback link in One Search to tell us what you think.
Image showing where the feedback link is located on the One Search results page
One Search Feedback link

Friday, June 16, 2017

Semester Break Hours
Congratulations to those who have finished their exams! If you are on semester break, enjoy and we will see you when Semester 2 begins on the 24th of July.

For those continuing their studies during June and July, the library has reduced opening hours in both Cairns and Townsville.The 24hr areas of the libraries will still be available during the semester break.

Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am  - 7pm
Saturday 1pm - 5pm
Sunday Closed

Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 1pm - 5pm
Sunday Closed

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New book recommendation: The Honest History Book

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 and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.
The Honest History Book cover
A title of interest is The Honest History Book edited by David Stephens and Alison Broinowski.
 "Wars change people and they change countries - profoundly and intimately...Framing the experience, interrogating the events, the characters and the sometimes invisible forces at play are all crucial to identifying and making sense of the legacies ... Interrogating the past - honestly, critically, avoiding the traps of ahistoricism and sentimentality - is essential.

"A Honest History Book takes the next step.  It sets out the complications arising form the many threads of our national history that we need to know about and try to understand - the environment, immigration, and multiculturalism, the economy, the role of women, settler-Indigenous relations, and our long lingering ties to the monarchy and to large countries in the northern hemisphere ... This book downsizes ANZAC by giving it context.  It makes ANZAC relatively less important by deflating it and by making other strands of our history more important...The book explores some non-khaki strands of Australian History - the influences that have helped produce modern Australia - as well as some influences that have not been as prominent as they should have been."

The Honest History Book edited by David Stephens and Alison Broinowski. Call Number: 994.04 HON

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Free locker storage: A safe place to store your items while you have a study break

Are you studying hard? Have you been studying for so long you need a real meal? Do you feel you need to step away from the library and go outside to have a break?

If your answers are yes, Townsville campus's Eddie Koiki Mabo Library has lockers for you to store your study gear safely in.

The lockers are:
  • Free
  • Automated and self service, so no need to deal with anyone
  • Able to be used for 5 hours before locking permanently
  • Equipped with an internal power point to charge your laptop or phone up whilst you refresh
All you need to do is:
  • Write down your locker number
  • Write down you secret pin

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Special Collections of the JCU Library

Did you know that the JCU Library has Special Collections? The Library has been collecting information resources that have significance to North Queensland, with a focus on the following areas:
  • Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
  • Industries and Economies in the Tropics
  • People and Societies in the Tropics 
  • Tropical Health, Medicine and Biosecurity
The JCU Library defines North Queensland as the area of Queensland above latitude 22.5 (just above Rockhampton) including the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and other islands which are part of the State of Queensland.

Many items can be found through the Library catalogue, and a detailed list of the Library's archives can be found here.

Special Collections items may be used on the Library premises by visiting the appropriate Reading Rooms during opening hours.  

Caption: A  JCU library staff member viewing one of the beautiful colour plates created by William T Cooper in a volume of "Australian Parrots".  Photo Credit:  Bronwyn McBurnie

Friday, June 2, 2017

ANU Press - Open Access e-Books

Looking for eBooks? Make sure you take a look at what ANU Press has to offer. 

First established in 2003 as ANU E Press, ANU Press was Australia's pioneer electronic academic publisher. Focusing on the electronic production of scholarly works, ANU Press provides free access to all online publications, with a Print on Demand option available for purchase. ANU Press titles range across a wide variety of academic disciplines such as arts, humanities and social sciences, Asia and the Pacific, business and economics, law, and science, and include monographs, journals and conference proceedings, as well as biographies of key scholarly figures.

For a taste of what's available, check out the titles below. Or head to the site and browse all available titles now! ANU Press can be found under A on the databases page. Happy reading!


Mabo Day: June 3rd 2017, 25th Anniversary

Saturday June 3rd, 2017, will mark 25 years since the Mabo decision was handed down by the Australian High Court. James Cook University and the Library and Information Services pay respect to the achievements of our alumni Eddie Koiki Mabo, and both his and the other Mer Islander plaintiffs and their families. We hope everyone has great day.

Mabo Day marks the end of Reconciliation Week which starts May 27th on the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referedum.You can see what the library holds in relation to these significant dates, including items held in our Special collections.

 In Townsville several Mabo Day and Reconciliation week events will be occurring including an event at Jezzine Barracks at the Strand, and events at Upper Ross. The week following Townsville also hosts the Native Title Conference. All of this is fitting considering that Eddie Koiki Mabo was a long term resident of Townsville and surrounds.

Don't forget the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library has on display until June 12th, its annual Art Exhibition, celebrating the naming of the building after the man.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Access to archived journal articles - JSTOR

JCU Library has many print journals on our shelves, going back quite a few years. However, if you can't find what you're looking for in the stacks, try looking in one of the archival databases that JCU Library subscribes to. 

One of the most well known archival databases is JSTOR.  Their aim is to hold the complete history of various titles, except for the most recent 3-5 years of content. JCU Library subscribes to different archive collections, for students of the sciences and humanities. For example, there are issues of the American Naturalist on JSTOR from the 1860's.  Explore how the nature of scientific inquiry and reporting has evolved over time. Or read about views that were held before some of our more significant advances in knowledge and see how much they've changed!

Head to our Databases page and give it a go!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Library and Information Week Wrap-up

Library and Information Week (22 to 28 May) has passed us by for another year but it doesn’t end here. We're going to take this year’s theme of ‘Celebrate’ and run with it for the next 51 weeks because we think there’s a lot about our library that’s worthy of celebration!

Last week we saw some of the reasons JCU Library Staff celebrate our library. We also got some feedback from staff and students as to why they celebrate the library (see picture) and it turns out it wasn’t just because of the free cupcakes.

People reported that they like the awesome, decent, chilled, helpful, great, fabulous, supportive library staff. The library buildings and the resources also got much love from our library community with many comments about the awesome resources and the great places to study!

Thanks to everyone who joined us in celebrating the library last week!

Interested in what’s happening in academic libraries? Head to One Search to find out.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

JCU Library Special Collections remembers: The 1967 Referendum

The month of May contains significant dates in our national history pertaining to Indigenous Australians.  The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville is marking out these moments in time through it's current exhibition of artworks by Gail Mabo (daughter of Eddie Mabo) and also the accompanying displays of materials drawn from the Special Collections available for viewing on the 1st floor of the library.

On this day, 50 years ago, campaigners for the rights of Aborigines won the most decisive referendum victory in Australian history.  Over 90% of Australians voted to change the Constitution, removing negative references to Aboriginal people forever.

Make sure you know the facts and read the National Archives of Australia 1967 Referendum Fact Sheet.
Item from the Shaw Collection of Australian Art & Culture.
Title page of Human Rights for Australian Aborigines by Mary Bennett.
Preface featured in the book Human Rights for Australian Aborigines
This week check out the display cabinets on level one of the Mabo Library on the Townsville Campus.  See items from the Shaw Collection of Australian Art & Culture, often rare and of great historical importance.  This collection is listed in the Library catalogue and can be used in the special collections reading room.  The book pictured above was published a decade before the 1967 Referendum and written by Mary Bennett - a teacher and great advocate for Aboriginal rights with a strong connection to North Queensland.

Friday, May 26, 2017


Today is World Dracula Day!

On May 26 1897 Bram Stoker's Dracula novel was released for sale in London.  It is known as a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic literature.

The name Dracula is thought to have originated from Vlad III who ruled Wallachia from 1431-1476. Vlad III was given the name Vlad the Impaler as his favourite way of punishing his enemies was to impale them on wooden stakes. The nickname comes from his father calling himself Vlad Dracul (Vlad the Dragon)  His son Vlad III became Dracula meaning son of the dragon.  Dracul also means 'devil' in Romanian.

Vampires in popular legend are fanged creatures who prey on humans and consume their blood. They have been featured in folklore and fiction for hundreds of years.  Mostly they are depicted as the 'undead' who rise nightly from coffins.  They can range from grotesque to perfectly beautiful.

Stoker described Dracula as having a cruel looking mouth with sharp white teeth and ears with a point at the top. He was extremely pale, making Dita Von Teese look like she has fallen in a bath of tanning lotion!

Dozens of vampire themed movies, TV shows and literature have been made since Stoker's novel was released.  Some famous ones are 1958 Dracula starring Christopher Lee and 1993 Bram Stoker's Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Other works of fiction characterise vampires as promiscuous.  These include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the True Blood series by Charlaine Harris and the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer (which we have in multiple languages, for our Modern Languages students).

Check out our exciting array of Gothic literature.

Eldridge, A. (2017). Vampire. Retrieved from
Senf, C. (2014). Dracula. In J. A. Weinstock, The ashgate encyclopedia of literary and cinematic monsters. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing. Retrieved from

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CSIRO Journals

JCU Library has subscribed to many CSIRO publications over the years and with the close collaboration of both institutions regionally, many of their journals will be relevant to your area of scientific study or research. We currently subscribe to over 25 titles, all accessible from our Databases pages. Find a journal there of interest to you.

And for the Education students amongst you, don't overlook our Curriculum collection. The popular CSIRO children's magazine title, Double Helix is available there. This magazine is the result of the 2015 merger of the two CSIRO magazines Scientriffic and The Helix. Both of these earlier titles encouraged Australian school children, for over thirty years, to learn and experiment with science in a fun way. The new title continues the tradition.

We recommend you try these in your teaching practice or just to borrow for your own children. With the growing emphasis on STEM subjects, what better way is there to encourage both boys and girls into the field, in the spirit of true inquiry? A little factoid in the March issue mentions the side effects of sleeplessness on fruit flies and mice and asks of the reader:  'Are you human?...Aim for 9-12 hours of sleep every day.' Something we could all be mindful at this time of semester.

Look inside the March 2017 issue for the whole picture!

Celebrate! Library and Information Week 2017

This year’s Library and Information Week (22 to 28 May) has a theme of ‘Celebrate’ to acknowledge ALIA’s 80th birthday. The week provides a chance to celebrate libraries and their role within the community, in education and research, in preserving our history and culture, and in providing an open door to all (and much, much more).

JCU Library staff were asked what they celebrate about their workplace. There was, of course, a long and carefully constructed list, but we’ve had to cut it down to ten.

Here they are, ten things about your library – about our library – that JCU Library staff think are worthy of celebration (in no order):
  • Student Success. We love helping students succeed and staff really enjoy watching students develop their skills from library novices to information wizards. 
  • Special Collections. Library staff are thankful to work with the treasure that is our Special Collections. It’s a privilege to preserve and present North Queensland focused materials within our Special Collections. 
  • The buildings. Townsville staff love working within the curves and concrete of a fine example of “brutalist architecture”, the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library building. Cairns staff love the views of greenery and hills visible from their library windows. 
  • Access to resources. Whether it’s getting a book from another campus or accessing a specialist database, there is an immense wealth or resources available to library users. 
  • Open to all. We love that the library is an all inclusive space, open to everyone and here to help our students, staff and the wider community. 
  • Use of space. It’s great to see students actively using the library, looking after the space and making the library work for them. It’s even nice that our students are comfortable enough in the library to fall asleep in a beanbag, although we don't think this is a productive way to use the library – it’s hard to read with your eyes closed! 
  • The smell of the books. Many librarians are still enchanted with the smell of the books within the library. From one staff member: “The library smell of books has such a meditative effect on me and I just love it!”
  • Online resources. Our librarians remember a time before the Internet, when the library needed to be open to read a journal article and when print was the only option. Lucky for us (and for you), the good ol’ days have changed. 
  • Working with researchers. We love to hear about the exciting research that goes on at JCU. Library staff are thrilled to work with and support JCU researchers along the way. 
  • Staff. We took a vote and we all agree: we’re pretty awesome! We love watching colleagues do all they can to help staff and students with their queries, we love seeing the InfoHelp Rovers being technical gurus wherever they’re needed, and we love that students can use our Chat service and talk to a librarian during library opening hours. 
We’d love to hear what you celebrate about our library. Feel free to comment below or join us on our social media channels to share the JCU Library joy.

Monday, May 22, 2017

National Sorry Day/Day of Healing: 20 years since the Bringing Them Home Report

May 26th will be National Sorry Day also known as the National Day of Healing. National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen generations refer to Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

This year is 20 years since the Bringing Them Home Report was released in 1997. You will find the library holds multiple physical copies of this item and electronic copies.

The Human Rights Commission website  has a Frequently Asked Questions section that is useful for answering the highly politicised debate that has grown around this report. It clarifies such issues as the difference between societal apologies versus immediate responsibility in the context of this and other similar international events; shows the statistical negative impact of the policy on people's later life outcomes; that these matters were not morally or legally acceptable in the period they occurred in and other such attempts to discredit the report findings. It also helps people improve our genuine national lack of knowledge about the topic and the people affected by it.

As a nation, a major step forward was acheived in 2008 a national apology by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was made.

Further resources about the healing processes can be found in the library and via external organisations such the Healing Foundation. Reconciliation Australia also has a short handout outlining some major dates and information.

Library Exam Opening Hours Semester 1 2017: Extended 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 Monday 29 May  - Thursday 15 June.

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

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

Friday, May 19, 2017

Human Kinetics journals - Sports and allied health - now Online Only

Human Kinetics journals specialise in the physical activity, sports and allied health fields. From 2017, JCU Library will subscribe to these journals in online format only.  We currently have access to ten journals with subject areas ranging from sports physiology, psychology, health, therapy and nutrition. Their range is international and covers all age and gender groups. The journals are all peer-reviewed with ThomsonReuters Impact factors of 0.6 to 2.3 in 2015. Human Kinetics also have a number of free webinars on their website relating to well-being and physical fitness.

These journals are not only of use to students and staff in the area of Sports Sciences, but contain relevant information for students from Medicine, Nursing and Education. With the growing awareness of sedentary habits and health, there is much here for everyone generally concerned with their own health or wellness.

Your Human Kinetics eJournals@JCU are below- there is sure to be something here for all.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Birthday Shrek!
Can you believe that it has been 16 years since Shrek was released? Doesn't that make you feel old bring back happy memories? Yes, on May 18, 2001 the world was introduced to the story of a grumpy ogre, a talking donkey, and a cursed princess. It also won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

It just so happens that the JCU Library has copies of Shrek and Shrek 2, along with many other DVDs located in the 791.433 section. So if you need a break from studying, check out our DVD collection, it's cheaper than Netflix.

Hoax emails claiming to be from the library

A few people have been receiving emails claiming to be from "" and asking them to click on a link to fix something in their account.

This is not from us, it is a hoax.

Sending someone an unsolicited email asking them to click on a link to "save", "fix" or "reactivate" an account is a popular technique for scammers.

Never trust an email that does this, and always check by going directly to the website of the company involved (DO NOT click on any links in the email) to check if it is legitimate.

A few things to check:

  • How have they addressed you? We should have your proper name on file, and we should address you like a normal person. If it looks like a form letter that was generated by scanning your email address, it's not from us.
  • The email address they give you may look okay, but does it match the email address on the company's contacts page? "" is not our email address. Our address is Also, the phone number they have given you in the email does not match the phone number on our contacts page.
  • Hover over any links (DON'T click on them) and see if the link that turns up when you hover over matches the one on the page. When you hover over the link on the scam email being sent (supposedly in our name) you can see it doesn't match what they have written in the email, and it ends in - that definitely isn't one of our webpages.
  • How have they signed off on the email? Does their signature look professional - an email communication from a business to their client concerning their account will be formatted carefully and contain correct details.
And, remember, if you receive any emails (or phone calls) from any organisation, and you aren't sure if it's legitimate DO NOT click on any links (or agree to anything over the phone), but go straight to the organisation's web page, find their contact details, and ask them directly.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Book Recommendation: Not Without a Fight - The Story of the Friends of the National Museum of Australia

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are 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 and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A book title of interest is: Not Without a Fight: The Story of the Friends of the National Museum of Australia by Louise Douglas
made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the

An extract from the publisher states:

The National Museum of Australia was almost 100 years in the making.
Over the course of the twentieth century, proposals for a national museum were intermittent, interrupted by wars and financial downturns and stifled by government inaction.

This book tells the story of that group from its early days to its eventual establishment as a successful museum membership organisation. It is a story of enthusiasm, tenacity, grim determination and a willingness to compromise in order to achieve a higher goal – it is the story of the Friends of the National Museum of Australia.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Johnson Matthey Technology Review - Open Access Journal Review

Looking for an Open Access journal on industrial technology? Or on Greenland’s Unique Kvanefjeld Multi-element Rare Earth Project?  Look no further than peer-reviewed Johnson Matthey Technology Review, formerly Platinum Metals Review, published since 1957 and now online only. The article above is from their latest issue and looks at the mining and processing at one of the world's largest deposits.

Johnson Matthey Technology Review also has a large focus on environmental emissions. The parent company is involved with engineering and research across a wide range of mineralogy and chemistry products in industry including spacecraft and additive technologies such as 3D printing and medicine. If you have a 3D project planned, have a look here for ideas before using the Library's new 3D printing service!
Johnson Matthey Technol. Rev., 2017, 61, (1), 52 doi:10.1595/205651317x693624

You will also find print journals and books about these topics in the 669's on our shelves at JCU Library in Townsville and Cairns.

New Book Recommendation: Indigenous Archives: The Making and Unmaking of Aboriginal Art

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 and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A title of interest that is relevant to the library as our Eddie Koiki Mabo Art Exhibiton is occuring:

Indigenous archives: The making and unmaking of Aboriginal art edited by Darren Jorgensen and Ian McLean.
Call Number: 704.039915 IND

An extract from the publisher states:

The archive is a source of power. It takes control of the past, deciding which voices will be heard and which won’t, how they will be heard and for what purposes. Indigenous archivists were at work well before the European Enlightenment arrived and began its own archiving. Sometimes at odds, other times not, these two ways of ordering the world have each learned from, and engaged with, the other. Colonialism has been a struggle over archives and its processes as much as anything else.

Friday, May 12, 2017

CCH 2017 Tax and Accounting Federal Budget Report

Are you interested in learning more about what the 2017 Federal Budget entails? Looking for a more in depth analysis? If so, you're in luck - CCH Wolters Kluwer has just released its Federal Budget 2017-18 Report!

The report examines the 2017 Federal Budget, with a run down of all of the important tax and superannuation developments and insights from the CCH Wolters Kluwer budget team. CCH has also put together a Highlight Report, and a 9 Key Tax Facts You Need To Know update, both of which are worth a look. And if you're not so keen to sit and read all the details, they're also offering a complimentary webinar on the 16th of May at 3:00PM AEST to discuss key tax insights from the budget and how it may impact you.

CCH has a lot of great resources for anyone studying or interested in learning more about taxation, accounting or the legislation surrounding these areas. Head over to CCH IntelliConnect and CCH eBooks for journals and eBooks on topics ranging from taxation to corporations, family law, torts, and conveyancing law.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wear Orange Wednesday

May 10 is Wear Orange Wednesday. This is a day to say thank you and show your support for the State Emergency Services (SES) throughout Australia. The SES operate slightly differently in each state and territory of Australia but they are consistent in offering support to areas in need – and they’re orange all over the country.

The SES were there to assist when Tropical Cyclone Debbie recently hit the Queensland coast and when flood waters were rising in New South Wales - they are there whenever they are needed, right across the country. The State Emergency Services constantly assist those in need, responding to many types of disasters and emergencies. May 10 is a day to recognise these volunteers, to say thank you and to show your support.

Head to the library to learn more about the SES and the work they do.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2017 Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Art Exhibition: Gail Mabo's Reflections: 25 Years On

The annual 2017 Eddie Koiki Mabo Art Exhibition will showcase artist Gail Mabo's exhibition titled Reflections: 25 Years On from Friday May 19th to June 12th 2017.

Each year the James Cook University Library hosts an art exhibition by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to celebrate the official naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and, the official launch of the University’s Reconciliation Statement on 21 May, 2008. Nationally significant dates that occur during the exhibition include National Sorry Day (May 26th), Reconciliation Week (May 27th 1967 Referendum to June 3rd Mabo Day)

2017 is an important anniversary year being 25 years since the 1992 Mabo Land Rights case decision, 50 years since the 1967 National Referendum, 20 years since the Bringing Them Home Report and locally will also mark 60 years since the 1957 Strike by Indigenous Australian members of the Palm Island community. These dates and actions are considered landmark dates for Indigenous Australians and also for Australian society. The fundamental changes that resulted from them have rippled out affecting our nation and our community and people's everyday lives.

Gail Mabo has curated new and earlier works to prompt reflection on these changes. The effects have been felt personally, locally and nationally at all levels of society due to the actions of people like her father Eddie Koiki Mabo.

The exhibition  and library is open to the public during our opening hours to view free of charge.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Happy Vesak Day, May 10th
The JCU Library would like to wish all staff and students a happy Vesak day. Informally known as "Budda's Birthday" Vesakday is the day of the full moon in the month of May, this year Vesak falls on May 10.

Vesak is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago, in the year 623 B.C., that the Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha in his eightieth year passed away.

"For Buddhist everywhere it is indeed a felicitous opportunity, while commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Guatama Buddha, to celebrate his message of compassion and devotion to the service of humanity. This message is today perhaps more relevant than ever before.
Peace, understanding and a vision of humanity that supersedes national and other international differences are essential if we are to cope with the complexities of the nuclear age"

Thursday, May 4, 2017

New: Open Access filter in One Search

Ever wanted to help someone not affiliated with JCU find credible academic research without paywalls?

Well that is now simpler with the release of the 'Open Access' filter in One Search.

Anyone (even if you're not currently studying or working at JCU) has always been able to search One Search from our Library home page -  but now you can avoid being asked to login to see our subscription resources by ticking the Open Access filter:

You can share a link to a resource you find by using the 'Permanent Link' feature:

You can combine the 'Open Access' filter with any other combination of filters, for example 'Scholarly & Peer-Review', 'Full Text Online' and 'Results beyond your library's collection'.

Off Campus Library Service

Are you a JCU Townsville or JCU Cairns student or staff member who lives more than 50 km from your nearest JCU campus? You might be eligible for the library's Off Campus service.

Funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) and designed to prevent distance from affecting your study, the library's Off Campus service allows staff and students residing within Australia and living more than 50 km from the Townsville or Cairns JCU campuses to borrow library materials. Best of all, the service is free! Library items are supplied via the postal service and a pre-paid postage bag will be included with sent items to allow them to be returned free of charge. An extension is added to the loan period to allow for postage.

If you've been bemoaning the fact that your lecturers keep recommending texts that aren't available online and you're too far from either campus to pop in and borrow them, take advantage of the Off Campus Service now!

To request an item via the Off Campus Service, you will need to complete the Off Campus Loan Request Form. For more information about the Off Campus Service, eligibility requirements, and other services, head on over to the library’s Off Campus Library Service page.

Please note this service is not available to JCU Brisbane or JCU Singapore staff and students or to Adjunct staff members. Users must be more than 50km from the nearest JCU campus. Please read the information provided on the library’s Off Campus Library Service page before submitting your request.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

World Press Freedom Day 3 May 2017

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated annually on 3 May 2017. This day focuses on the fundamental principles of press freedom, and defends the independence of the media from attacks. This day is also a time to pay tribute to those journalists who have lost their lives during the course of their work. The UNESCO theme for World Preess Freedom 2017 is Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media's Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. This focuses on strengthening free and quality journalism.

The JCU Library has Libguides that relate to media. The Multimedia Journalism Libguide focuses on resources and materials for studies and the News makers/News fakers Libguide examines what is fake news and how to identify it.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

News Makers and News Fakers

Unless you slept through 2016 and missed the 2016 US Presidential election, you’ve probably heard of fake news.

But what is fake news? Why should we care about it? And how can we identify it?

Our newly published News makers/news fakers guide is a great starting point when it comes to answering these questions. Go through the guide to learn about different varieties of fake news including disinformation, hoaxes, clickbait and native advertising. You’ll learn what these types of fake news are and how to spot them in the wild, wild web and beyond.

Ever found an article online and wondered if you can use it in your assignment? The guide provides tips on how to check news sources to see if the stories are legitimate.

We’ve also included some interactive activities to get some practice in evaluating online news and develop your fake news radar. You can find News makers/news fakers within our How to Guides.

Friday, April 28, 2017

New Book Recommendation - Collective Trauma, Collective Healing: promoting community resilience in the aftermath of disaster

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 and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A book title of interest is: Collective trauma, collective healing :promoting community resilience in the aftermath of disaster by Jack Saul.
 An extract from the publisher states:
Collective Trauma, Collective Healing is a guide for mental health professionals working in response to large-scale political violence or natural disaster. It provides a framework that practitioners can use to develop their own community based, collective approach to treating trauma and providing clinical services that are both culturally and contextually appropriate. Clinicians will come away from the book with a solid understanding of new roles that health and mental health professionals play in disasters―roles that encourage them to recognize and enhance the resilience and coping skills in families, organizations, and the community at large.
The book draws on experience working with survivors, their families, and communities in the Holocaust, postwar Kosovo, the Liberian civil wars, and post-9/11 lower Manhattan. It tracks the development of community programs and projects based on a family and community resilience approach, including those that enhance the collective capacities for narration and public conversation.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

JCU has a Fancy New Microform Reader!


Have you checked out our fancy new Microform Reader yet?

We replaced the old, clunky Microform Reader of yesteryear in November 2016, and our shiny new ViewScan machine is already getting a lot of use. If you have an article you are after that happens to only exist in our microform collection, the instructions below should assist in getting it up and readable.

JCU Library has an extensive microform collection, consisting of both microfilm and microfiche and full of treasures that cannot be found elsewhere in the collection. A significant part of our collection of old newspapers exists only on microform, including the Townsville Daily Bulletin (the previous incarnation of what we now know as the Townsville Bulletin) which is available from as early as 1887. There are also a number of early journals stored on microform (eg, Journal of Chemical Research and Journal of Experimental Zoology), and other documents such as family records (eg, The Cameron Family Records), births, deaths, and marriages registry records (eg, Indexes of Births, Deaths, and Marriages (Victoria)), mining company records (eg, New Ravenswood Mines Records) and station records (eg, Records of Greenvale Station).

The new machine is located conveniently right beside the microform collection (just past Reference) where the old machine was and is far easier to use, so get in and give it a go. We've put together a set of general instructions which can be found beside the machine, as well as below. Happy micro-reading!

Loading Microfilm
  • Push the glass tray back, so it is firmly in place.
  • Following the diagram on the front of the reader, position the microfilm reel on the left hand wheel. 
  • Pull the glass tray towards you so the top glass plate is slightly ajar.
  • Pass the microfilm reel under the guide and top glass plate, and slot the loose end into the right hand wheel as shown in the diagram on the machine. 
  • Make sure both ends are clipped firmly in place and lower the top glass by pushing the tray back. 
  • Align the tray so that the microfilm is under the camera and appears on your screen, and use the buttons on the front of the machine or at the bottom of the screen in the ViewScan software to navigate the film.

Loading Microfiche
  • Pull the glass tray towards you so that the top glass plate is ajar, and lay the microfiche on the bottom tray. 
  • Pull the tray sideways and forwards or backwards to centre the first page of the microfiche under the light. 
  • Adjust the Camera Position in the ViewScan software, and then focus in or out using the software so that the whole page is viewed on the screen. These settings will be retained as you move from page to page and can be adjusted at any time. 
  • Manually move the tray sideways to move through the pages and navigate the fiche.

Using the ViewScan Software - Browse
  • If the image on your screen is upside down or in mirror writing, don't despair! Simply use the Mirror Image or Flip Vertical tools on the right hand toolbar to correct the image. 
  • Rotation and Straighten tools are also available to align text and adjust the image. 
  • If the text or images are too dark this can be adjusted using the Image Settings tool in the right hand toolbar.
  • There is also a Postitive/Negative tool to invert the colours of the image to allow for easier reading.
  • The Digital Zoom + and - buttons operate as expected, allowing you to zoom in on a section of the screen. There is also a Magnify option under the Cropping tab that will allow you to zoom on certain sections. 
  • At any point while you are browsing your microfilm or microfiche, you can adjust the Camera Position using the Zoom In and Zoom Out icons on the toolbar. This allows you to use the camera's optical zoom for crisper focus.
  • The Focus In and Focus Out options under Camera Focus in the toolbar allow you to adjust the focus of the image after zooming. When first loading the film or fiche, it can sometimes take a while to get the focus right, but these settings will be kept as you move from page to page. 

Using the ViewScan Software - Cropping

  • Use the Cropping tab on the top of the screen to select sections of the text or images. 
  • Use the Capture option at the bottom of the screen to scan and save a temporary image of a whole page or cropped selection.
  • More than one section can be selected on a page at once, using the Additional Cropping icon. By using the Additional Cropping icon it is possible to create a composite shaped image.          
  • Click on one or two captured images at the bottom of the screen to edit or annotate the images, or use the ClipMerge icon at the bottom of the screen.  

Using the ViewScan Software - File 
  • The File tab contains all of your save options. Images you have created in the Cropping tab can be downloaded here.
  • Select Save As to access options for saving in different formats, such as PDF, JPEG, or PNG.
  • If you save as a PDF file, ViewScan provides the option of saving all of the images you have created into one, multi-page PDF document. This allows you to save an entire article into one easy to access file.
  • Save your files to a USB so that you can access them later.                
Hint: For more advanced editing options, refer to the booklet beside the ViewScan machine or go to File / About in the ViewScan software to open a PDF copy of the booklet for viewing.

Making the text in your PDF searchable
  • Open Adobe Acrobat Pro from the Desktop. 
  • Select Tools to open the right hand sidebar.
  • Under Tools select Text recognition
  • To convert one or more pages in the current file, select In This File, nominate the pages you wish to convert, and press OK
Note: Non-standard fonts or older texts may not convert exactly.