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Studying away from Cairns or Townsville?

Are you are a student or academic staff member studying or teaching courses operated from the Townsville or Cairns campuses, and living more than 50 km away from either campus?

You may be eligible for the Library's Off Campus Service, provided at no charge to you.

For more information, go to the Off Campus Service pages or contact us at offcampus@jcu.edu.au or call 07 4781 438.




52 Book Challenge - Week 9

Sure it's only Week 2 of Semester, but it's Week 9 of our 52 Book Reading Challenge.

Each week this year we're challenging you to read a book. Some of them are easy challenges, some are a bit more difficult, and others require some creativity.

This week's challenge should be a fun one:

9. A book that became/is becoming a film

Do you have a favourite film that was based on a book? Now's the time to find a copy of the original at your library.

Have you heard that a favourite book is about to be turned into a movie, and you want to re-read it so you can shout "Boo! That's not how it was in the book!" in the middle of the movie theatre? Well, go for it!


Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up here.

Reading Challenge Week 8 - A Book by Someone Who Isn’t a Writer

Well, this was one of those challenges where cheating was positively encouraged. Trying to find "A Book by Someone Who Isn’t a Writer" (especially in our library) required some creative interpretation of what "someone who isn't a writer" might mean.

So, this week we have a review of a book written by a corporate author, and a review of a book assembled by an editor from a variety of translated sources.

What did you find to fit the challenge?

Luc Brien read the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, written by the American Psychological Association.


While I’ve had a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association sitting on my iPad for a long time, I’ve never really taken a look at anything outside of chapters six and seven - those chapters dedicated to citing sources. This week I w̶a̶s̶ ̶c̶o̶e̶r̶c̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶n̶t̶o̶ decided to take up the challenge of reading the rest of the Manual, which was surprisingly interesting!

It…

JCU Cairns Campus Library - Now Open Later

The Cairns Campus Library will be extending its opening hours from Monday, 26 February.

This will give students access to the ground and first floor of the library until midnight Monday - Friday and until 10pm on weekends.

Day Library Service Hours Building Opening Hours Monday to Thursday 8.00am-8.00pm 7.30am-12.00am Friday 8.00am-5.00pm 7.30am-12.00am Saturday & Sunday 10.00am-5.00pm 10.00am-12.00am
Outside staffed hours (Library Service Hours), visitors can only access the ground floor and the first floor of the building. Our physical collection on the second floor (print resources) will not be accessible outside staffed hours. Our electronic resources are available 24/7.

Students and staff will need their JCU ID Card to access the building outside Library Service Hours. Security staff will be be using the Library as a base for regular patrols including the boathouse and student accommodation. 


Take advantage of the new ground floor space for longer and don't forget that secu…

Text book time

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.

The Co-op Bookshop is open from 9:00am - 3:00pm in Cairns and 9:00am - 5:00pm in Townsville.

52 Book Challenge - Week 8

From the overly simple, to the somewhat confusing.

This week's challenge in the 52 Book Challenge is:

8. A Book by Someone Who Isn’t a Writer

Now, we've been having some deep and meaningful discussions around the office about whether it is physically possible to read something that was written by someone who isn't a writer - after all, if they wrote the book you're reading, they must be a writer, right?

Hannah Braime (from whom we stole this challenge) suggests authors like Paul Kalathani or Richard Branson - in other words, people who don't write for a living. Just to make it easier (or more interesting), we offer the following ways to interpret this challenge:

A. A book by a person who is not a professional author

Such as someone who has written a how-to book, a textbook or a memoir, but has a "proper" day job.

B. A book that was written by a group of people (aka, not a writer)

You can use a book written by multiple authors writing together or something by …

Your Readings

So it's Week 1! We know you've been looking forward to reading all about the subjects you've selected to study. This year JCU is using something new to link you up with the readings your lecturer has assigned.

Have a look at this video to get a quick overview of how it works. We call it Readings, even though you might get videos or podcasts included, Readings & Listenings & Watchings seemed too long for a catchy name.



Readings is new for your lecturer too, so direct your questions (if you have any) to us at the library and we'll straighten it out.

Guide to Readings

Reading Challenge Week 7 - A Book By a Female Author

Well, it was O-Week (did you go to our workshops? Did you look at our online training?), so we didn't managed to get a lot of reading done this week.

However, we did rustle up a few likely suspects to give us some reviews of "A Book By a Female Author" for this week's Reading Challenge:

Brenda Carter Read Miss Peabody's Inheritance by Elizabeth Jolley.


(Monica) Elizabeth Jolley AO (1923-2007) was an English-born writer who settled in Western Australia in the late 50s. She was 53 when her first book was published, and she went on to publish fifteen novels (including an autobiographical trilogy), four short story collections and three non-fiction books, publishing well into her 70s.
I was introduced to Elizabeth Jolley’s writing as an undergraduate and her novels and short stories have become firm favourites. She takes ordinary events and relationships and adds a twist that is both unsettling and fascinating. I love her ‘voice’ and the way she plays with chronology …

O-Week: Keys to Academic Success

Active learning is the key to success at university. Get a head start during O-Week with these library workshops:

Thursday 15 February
Power Up Your Assignment Research, 1:30pm-2:00pm 
Your assignment is only as good as your research. Come to this session to build up some serious research muscle. Find us in Building A3.1 (Cairns) or Sir George Kneipp Auditorium, Building 26 (Townsville). If you miss this session, you can take the Info Skills Road Trip online.

Referencing Bootcamp, 2:00pm-2:45pm
Learn the nitty gritty details of referencing and how to avoid plagiarism. The library website also has guides on different referencing styles, and of course our friendly staff can offer support at the Infohelp desk or via online chat. This session follows on from Power Up Your Assignment Research in the same location.




52 Book Challenge - Week 7

As you might have guessed, this week's challenge is:

7. A Book Written by a Female Author.

Or, as with last week's challenge, "a book written by an author who identifies as female".

Once again, the field is waaaayyyy open, so long as you'd refer to the author as "she" when discussing "her" work. Any topic, any genre, all of time and space (you've got to love these challenges).

Are you new to the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up with what we've done so far.

Special Collections Fossickings 50: Treasures of the Devanny Archive.

Read our previous post, Discovering Jean Devanny before you enjoy this one.
When you drive along Woolcock Street do you ever ponder the origins of the concrete-lined drain that runs between the road and the Townsville showgrounds? Can you imagine it as a winding mangrove creek, alive with birds, which at high tide almost invaded the gardens of cottages along its banks?  In one such cottage lived the remarkable Jean Devanny who, fearless in this as in so many other ways, swam regularly in the creek and rejoiced in its diverse life. And it was from here, as our previous post described, that the library acquired the assemblage of personal papers, manuscripts, articles and correspondence which constitute one of the most valued and most used archive in Special Collections.

The most extensive user of the Devanny archive must surely have been Carole Ferrier, editor of Jean’s previously unpublished autobiography, “ Points of Departure” (1986), and author of the definitive biography, “Jean Dev…

O-Week Library Workshops

O-Week starts on Monday 12 February. Feel free to drop into the library, meet our friendly staff and get to know our wonderful resources and spaces. The library offers a number of useful workshops to get you off to a flying start.


Monday 12 February
Go wireless - Drop in session - 2:00pm-3:30pm
Head to the first floor of the library in Cairns or the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Building 18.002A where our friendly Library Rovers will help connect your portable devices to the JCU wireless network. Look out for the Library Rovers in the red (Cairns) or blue (Townsville) shirts. You can also find help on getting connected on the JCU website.

Tuesday 13 February
Go Wireless - Drop in Session  - 2:00pm-3:30pm
If you missed Monday's session, join in today.

Library Tour - 5:30pm-6:00pm
Did you miss the Library during your campus tour? If so, come along for a short tour. Meet in the foyer.

Top 10 Assignment Tips - 6:00pm-7:00pm
Learn how to successfully find information for your assignments. You w…

Reading Challenge Week 6 - A Book By a Male Author

So, did you manage to find a book written by a male author?

Choosing a book based on the gender of the writer isn't something we normally encourage, although people have been doing it for centuries (which is why a lot of female authors wrote under male pseudonyms, and why universities started to teach courses specifically on women's writing). But, when the only criteria for a book is "what third-person singular pronoun should you use?", then you do get quite a wide variety of options.

For example:

Scott Dale read Fahrenheit 451by Ray Bradbury.

I chose to read Fahrenheit 451 (810 BRADB 1B FAH) this week, written by the male author, Ray Bradbury. This book has been on my list for many years and I was glad to finally read it. One of the interesting things about this book is the way it was written. Bradbury wrote the material in the basement of a library on a typewriter that he hired for ten cents per half hour.

But what is it about and what does the name mean? Fahrenheit…

52 Book Challenge - Week 6

This week's challenge is a bit broad. How broad? Well, roughly-half-the-population-of-the-planet broad.

The challenge for this week is:

6. A Book By a Male Author.

But, you know what? It's the 21st Century, and gender is a tricky thing these days, so let's call it "A Book By an Author Who Identifies as Male".

Any topic, any genre, all of time and space. Go!

Are you new to the 52 Book Challenge? Catch up with what we've done so far.

Reading Challenge Week 5 - A Non-Fiction Book

This week's challenge in the 52 Book Challenge (which we shamelessly stole from Hannah Braime - if you're new to the challenge, catch up here) was a non-fiction book, which is easy-peasy if you happen to be in an academic library.

While we love showcasing our fiction books, we have a lot of non-fiction about the place, so it's good to be able to dust that off for the challenge.

Did you find some interesting books to read? Here are some of the books we've been reading:

Brenda Carter read The Events That Shaped the History of Japan, by Sachiko Iwayama.

Japan has become a popular holiday destination for Australians; it’s relatively close, airfares are reasonable and the culture is refreshingly different.  The Events That Shaped the History of Japan by Sachiko Iwayama (952 IWA) is the perfect way to gain an overview of Japanese history and culture.

The 79-year-old Edge Hill (Cairns) author has condensed thousands of years of Japanese history, culture and traditions from alm…

Your Library - available in LearnJCU now

The “Your Library” tool is now available in LearnJCU to any lecturer who wants to turn it on in their site. 
This tool has been enabled to simplify linking students to quality sources of information tailored to the discipline they are studying.
Here are some examples of what turning on Your Library does in a subject:
LA1102 Legal research, writing and analysis will connect to the Law Libguide
DS1101Dental Science will connect to the Dentistry Libguide
BA1001Time, truth, and the human condition will connect to it's own BA1001 Libguide
Turning on Your Library
Your Library is a simple Tool Link that you can add to your site. If you haven’t added other tool links the LearnJCU team, or your liaison librarian can help.  


From here, simply search for Your Library in the list, select and give the tool a name e.g. Your Library. 

If you enable the tool and do not see the expected guide please contact your liaison librarian to adjust to any of the following:

A specific subject coded libguide you are u…