Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Book Review: "Miss Elizabeth Bennet", by A. A. Milne

In honour of the late A. A. Milne, who died on the 31st of January, 1956, we'd like to draw your attention to one of his lesser known works:

Miss Elizabeth Bennet : A play from "Pride and Prejudice"

During the 1930s, Milne was being heralded for Toad of Toad Hall, his successful dramatisation of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows. At the same time, he was intrigued by the number of writers tackling the lives of the Bront√ęs. He toyed with the idea of creating a play about Jane Austen, but realised that everytime he tried to write dialogue for Miss Austen, he was really just writing a version of her most beloved character - Miss Elizabeth Bennet.

So, he changed tack, and wrote an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice instead.

Unfortunately, while the play was in pre-production, someone else staged their own version of the novel.  Pipped at the post, Milne saw the play published for his readers, but gave up on seeing it professionally performed.

The play is a joy to read, capturing the lightness of the original novel, while at the same time adding quite a bit of Milne's dry sense of humour. Some characters, which seem somewhat vaguely defined in Austen's original text, are brought out brilliantly by Milne's version. Mr Bennet, for example, always had a subtle wit in the book, but in the play he is easily the most amusing character.
Mrs Hill: I don't think I ever saw Miss Jane look so lovely.
Mr Bennet (not looking up from his book): I understand that, as a family, we are a bevy of loveliness.

Unlike many early adaptations of Austen's work, this play is not attempting to capture some "worthy" period piece, but rather a fun comedy - the characters you meet here would be perfectly at home in a British sitcom.

Miss Elizabeth Bennet is a delightful play that showcases Milne's deft touch while, at the same time, offering you a fresh insight to Austen's novel. If you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice - or even if you found the book a little dull - you will find yourself smiling as you join these characters on their abbreviated journey.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Library Opening Hours: February 2017

The libraries on Cairns and Townsville campuses are open at the following times. Please check the dates for each

Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library
From Saturday February 4th to Sunday February 19th

Monday to Friday       8.00 am to 5.00 pm
*Tuesday                    8.00 am to 7.00 pm
Saturday                     1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Sunday                               CLOSED 

Cairns Campus Library
From Saturday 11th of February to Sunday 19th of February

Monday to Friday              8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Saturday                            1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Sunday                                   CLOSED 

Check out the Opening Hours website for public holiday opening times.

Regular semester hours start on Monday the 20th of February 2017.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Upcoming Library Training and Workshops: February 2017

Brush up your research skills and referencing ability at a library workshop.

Cost: Free.


A selection of workshops from the events webpage are below:

Townsville Workshops:

EndNote for Postgraduate Students 6th, 7th and 8th of February

Second Year Success Seminar 17th of February (Register online)


Cairns Workshops:

EndNote for Postgraduate Students 8th of February

Second Year Success Seminar 17th of February (Register online)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ProQuest Scheduled Maintenance - 29 January 12:00PM-8:00PM

ProQuest has announced that they will be performing scheduled maintenance this weekend. The maintenance will require some ProQuest products to be unavailable for an 8 hour period.

This maintenance will occur from 1:00PM to 9:00PM, Sunday, January 29, Queensland time.

The following databases and platforms will be affected by this outage:
  • ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com)
  • eLibrary (all editions)
  • RefWorks
OneSearch should not be affected.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New Book Recommendation: Steamer Stories

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:

Steamer Stories: An Annotated Bibliography of Steamship Fiction 1845-2012 by Daniel C Krummes
Krummes, Daniel C. and Douglas Scott Brookes
Krummes, Daniel C. and Douglas Scott Brookes
Krummes, Daniel C. and Douglas Scott Brookes
Krummes, Daniel C. and Douglas Scott Brookes
Krummes, Daniel C. and Douglas Scott Brookes
Call Number: 016.823008032 KRU

An extract from the publisher states:
Steamer Stories is an annotated bibliography of fiction in English that involves steamships and the men and women who sailed in them. A catalog of novellas, and short stories published from 1845 - 2012, the bibliography includes approximately 3,200 works of fiction in which steamships figure prominently.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Happy 229th Birthday Lord Byron!

https://englishhistory.net/byron/portraits-images/
"She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;"

-She Walks in Beauty, 1814

Happy birthday to George Gordon Byron the 6th Baron of Byron, or as he is more commonly known, Lord Byron, poet and a leading figure of the Romantic Movement. Considered to be the first modern-style celebrity, Lord Byron's short life was full of adventure, romantic exploits and fine literature.

The JCU Library has a collection of works both by Lord Byron and about him.

Friday, January 20, 2017

U.S. Presidential Inauguration Day

Donald Trump will very soon be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. These Presidential Inauguration Days have long been scheduled in the U.S. for the 20th of January (after an election year). This means you will need to stay up late tonight to watch it live and hear Trump’s Inaugural Address.

Can we expect the same kind of speech from Donald Trump as those delivered by his predecessors?

Read previous Inaugural Addresses by taking a browse through the digital pages of My Fellow Americans: Presidential Inaugural Addresses, from George Washington to Barack Obama.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Australian History Book Recommendation: Dancing with Strangers

With January 26th nearly upon us, some may wish to read about what actually happened in those days of the British First Fleet's arrival in 1788.

One recommended book is Dancing with Strangers by Inga Clendinnen.
Call number: 994.410049915 CLE

Published in 2003 Inga has set out to reexamine the first hand accounts of that catylyst moment for what was to become Australia. According to a review by John Hirst the methods used result in one of the freshest and engaging historical titles ever written.

Introducing EndNote X8!

EndNote X8 is now available for download from the EndNote LibGuide.

EndNote X8 is designed to work with Windows 7 to Windows 10, and with Macintosh OS X 10.10, Yosemite, to the new OS X 10.12, Sierra.


For those who don’t know what EndNote is and what it does, you can find more information on the EndNote LibGuide.



Windows users
The file download comes as a Zip folder. You need to extract the files before you install the ENX8Inst.msi file. To do this, click Extract All at the top of the file window.

If you are upgrading from a previous version of EndNote, don’t forget to back up your libraries and edited styles and then uninstall the old EndNote before installing the new version.



What's New?
New look icons
The icons are now the same across both operating systems and are also more intuitive.
For example, a quotation mark indicates a command to insert citations and a PDF icon inside a magnifying glass starts Find Full Text to search for PDFs matching the selected records.

New Reference Update features
Use Find Reference Updates to update an entire set of references without verifying the update for each record individually. There is also a new option to edit the updated reference manually.

New tools in the Groups panel
The Configure Sync button will appear in libraries that do not sync with EndNote online. Use this command to set up EndNote Sync for a library.

Only one desktop library can be synced to your online account. Configuring sync for a new library will merge the libraries together. If you merge libraries, use the last library you synced as your new library.


The Recently Added tool shows references added to the library in the last 24 hours, 7 days, 14 days, or 30 days. Right click on the group to change the time period.



Improved Library Sharing
With EndNote X8 you can now share your library with up to 100 other EndNote X7 or X8 users. Everyone sharing a library has editing rights.


You can only share your library with people who have access to the desktop version of EndNote.

Activity Feed for library changes
An activity feed is available for each shared library, whether the library has been shared with you or you are the owner of the library. The feed will show changes made in EndNote on the desktop or iPad by all those sharing the library. It will not show changes made in EndNote online.


Watch a video about the new features in EndNote X8. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Opening hours: Australia Day Public Holiday 26th January 2017

In 2017 Australia Day will be on Thursday 26th of January. Traditionally Australians use this day to get together with friends and family - often over drinks, at a barbecue, at the beach, or at a public event. Have a look at the Australia Day website to find an event near you.

JCU Libraries in Cairns and Townsville will be closed on Thursday 26 January for the Australia Day public holiday and will reopen at 8am on Friday 27 January. The Townsville 24 hour Information Commons will remain accessible on Australia Day.

Please check our Opening Hours webpage to plan your upcoming Library visits.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New eBook Recommendation: Small Dictionaries and Curiosity

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:

Small Dictionaries and Curiosity: Lexicography and Fieldwork in Post-Medieval Europe by John Considine

An extract from the publisher states:
Small Dictionaries and Curiosity is a contribution to the history of lexicography, which gives an account of the first European dictionaries and wordlists of minority languages and dialects, from the end of the Middle Ages to the early nineteenth century. These wordlists were collected by people who were curious about the unrecorded or little-known languages they heard around them. They come from the whole of Europe, from the British Isles to the Ottoman Empire, and from the Basque country to the eastern parts of European Russia. Between them, they document more than forty language varieties. The book gives an account of about ninety of these dictionaries and wordlists, some of them single-page jottings and some of them full-sized printed books, paying attention to their content and their context alike. Its perspective is not only that of the history of linguistics, but that of the cultural history and the intellectual history of Europe.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Find Dissertations and Theses from America - Free!


American Doctoral Dissertations is an open access comprehensive record of dissertations accepted by American universities from 1902 to present. With more than 172,000 theses and dissertations listed, and links to full text where available, this database is an excellent resource for all research areas.

The database was founded by the H.W. Wilson Foundation and EBSCO in 2014 to make it easier to access previously hard to find scholarly writing. So far, the site includes dissertations and theses from Rochester Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, and 31 colleges and universities under OhioLINK, and more repositories will be added in the near future. Each record includes links to individual Institutional Repositories where the thesis or dissertation is housed, and researchers can contact authors or access full text that is already uploaded to respective repositories.

There is so much research out there that is practically undiscoverable. American Doctoral Dissertations opens a window to that data, allowing researchers to find information that previously might have been lost on dusty shelves. Visit the database today at http://www.opendissertations.com to see what you can find!

And if you’re looking for research closer to home, take the chance to check out JCU’s own institutional repository, ResearchOnline@JCU while you’re at it!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Finding textbooks for JCU

Do you need to find which textbooks you require for your subjects? Your required textbook should be in your subject outline, located in LearnJCU.

Textbook lists for JCU subjects are often provided to the Co-op book shop and can be searched on the Co-op book shop website by clicking the Textbooks button to get to the textbook search, filter to JCU Townsville or Cairns campus, select the semester and then the subject code. The Co-op also sells some second-hand textbooks.

JCU libraries in Cairns and Townsville have copies of all required textbooks.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Moore's Law: Book Recommendation

Have you ever heard of Moore's Law? This is a concept to do with technology and the shrinking size of transistors on chips, down to the size of viruses and atoms since the 1960s. Apparently this reduction in size will cease in the next 10 years.  To learn more a title in our collection Understanding Moore's law : four decades of innovation edited by David C. Brock.

Happy 175th Birthday William James!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_James#Career
William James, born on this day in 1842, is one of the central figures of the philosophical tradition of Pragmatism and is considered one of the founders of Functional Psychology. A survey published by the American Psychological Association in 2002 ranked him as the 14th most eminent psychologist of the 20th century.

If you too would like to be influenced but this great man, the JCU Library has a number of works both by and about William James.

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Book Recommendation: Kinship and Human Evolution

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:

Kinship and human evolution: Making culture, becoming human by Steen Bergendorff.
Call Number: 306.83 Ber

An extract from the publisher states:

Kinship and Human Evolution: Making Culture, Becoming Human offers an exciting new explanation of human evolution. Based on insights from anthropology, it shows how humans became “cultured” beings capable of symbolic thought by developing kinship-based exchange relationships. Kinship was as an adaptive response to the harsh environment caused by the last major ice age. In the extreme ice age conditions, natural selection favored those groups that could forge and sustain such alliances, and the resulting relationships enabled them to share different food resources between groups. Kinship was a means of symbolically linking two or more groups, to the mutual reproductive advantage of both. From an evolutionary point of view, kinship freed humans from their dependence on their immediate environment, vastly expanding the niches they could occupy. If we take kinship to be the major factor in human evolution, networks and alliances must precede cultural units, becoming the defining element of localized cultures. Kinship and Human Evolution argues that it is living in networks that produces cultural differences and not culturally different groups that encounter one another; it shows that kinship both saved and created humanity as we know it, in all its cultural diversity

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This year is an opportunity to promote tourism's role in 5 key area: Inclusive and sustainable economic growth; social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction; resource efficiency, environment and poverty reduction; cultural values, diversity and heritage; mutual understanding, peace and security.

You can find out more information about the importance of this year at the World Tourism Organisation website.

The JCU Library has some excellent resources about sustainable tourism. An eBook of interest is: Sustainability in Tourism: A Multidisciplinary Approach by Ian Jenkins and Roland Schoder.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Summer Movie: Avatar

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

This 2009 film is generally considered to be the highest-grossing film of all time and recieved a mountain of awards including 9 Academy Awards nominations (of which it won 3). If you haven't seen the film yet it's well past time.

What it's about:

On the lush alien world of Pandora live the Na'vi, beings who appear primitive but are highly evolved. Because the planet's environment is poisonous, human/Na'vi hybrids, called Avatars, must link to human minds to allow for free movement on Pandora. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paralyzed former Marine, becomes mobile again through one such Avatar and falls in love with a Na'vi woman (Zoe Saldana). As a bond with her grows, he is drawn into a battle for the survival of her world.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Library Opening Hours: January 2017

The JCU Libraries are open again. We hope you all had a nice relaxing break and are ready for another fantastic year at JCU. Don't worry if you didn't get quite enough rest over the break, there are still a few weeks until semester 1 starts.The Library is a great place to start getting ready for 2017.

The Cairns Library and the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville will be open:

Tuesday 3 January 2017 -  Friday 3 February 2017 8am - 5pm.
The Information Commons in Townsville will be open 24 hours from 3 January.

After this the hours will change again.