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Special Collections Fossickings 51: Destruction and Decline (the Pied Imperial-Pigeon Story, Part 1)

After a hiatus in our Special Collections Fossickings, we return to this popular series with another tale from the Jean Devanny Archive. We hope you enjoy what our intrepid explorer uncovered in her fossickings:

Author Jean Devanny, the focus of our last twoposts, became a keen naturalist while living in North Queensland writing detailed accounts of her observations. One such account, in her memoir Travels in North Queensland, described a 1944 visit to Woody Island (off Port Douglas) to see the colony of nutmeg pigeons (Ducula bicolor) which had arrived in thousands from PNG for their summer breeding season.
These birds – also known as Torres Strait or pied imperial-pigeons – have captured the imagination of generations of naturalists and bird-lovers and fascinated many locals and tourists. Between September and March they can be seen feeding on palm and other native fruits in forests, parks and gardens along the coast before flying out each evening towards the distant islands. But th…

Easter 2018 Opening Hours

JCU library wishes everyone a happy and relaxing Easter long weekend. The libraries in Cairns and Townsville will be open for business during the following times:

Cairns



Building Opening Hours Library Service Hours Roving Security Patrol Hours Friday 30 March 1:00pm-12:00am No Library Service 5:00pm-12:00am Saturday 31 March 1:00pm-12:00am 1:00pm-5:00pm 5:00pm-12:00am Sunday 1 April 1:00pm-12:00am No Library Service 5:00pm-12:00am Monday 2 April 1:00pm-12:00am 1:00pm-5:00pm 5:00pm-12:00am <

52 Book Challenge - Week 13

They say 13 is an unlucky number, and as numbers go, it has had a bit of a rough trot. After all, few other numbers are shunned on sight, or completely skipped over in hotels. For example, 43 is never treated as poorly as 13 - and there is very little physical difference between them. All because some people suffer from triskaidekaphobia, and some people just like to act like they do.

We're waffling on numerically at the moment because the theme for this week's part of the 52 Book Reading Challenge is:

13. A book with a number in the title

We've already read Seven Little Australians, 21 Australian Architects, Fahrenheit 451, Three Crooked Kings and Twelve Years a Slave, but that's no reason why you couldn't borrow these books - or, indeed, any other book with number in the title.

We're not going to rest on our numerical laurels, but will read and review some fresh numbered books this week.

Happy reading!


Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 Book Challenge

Reserve Online is Dead, Long Live Readings!

Our Reserve Online (Masterfile) system for managing course readings and past exam papers is not compatible with the upgraded version of Blackboard (inc. Ultra).  We have been migrating content since December 2017 and as of the 31 March 2018 Reserve Online will no longer be available to staff and students.



The new system Readings (Talis) has replaced Reserve Online. In addition to allowing a more streamlined digitisation (scanning) process to manage Copyright requirements, Readings also gives academic staff the ability to more effectively self manage and curate their Reading Lists and link to their LearnJCU site. The dashboard also offers valuable analytics to monitor student engagement.  Library & Information Services staff are working with LTSE and academic staff to ensure content (esp. digitised resources) is available before the commencement of SP2.

To find out more about Readings and how to create and manage lists we are hosting workshops (inc. F2F and webinars).  Make sure y…

Reading Challenge Week 12 - A book with a name in the title

Well, this week the challenge was to read a book with a name in the title. That, obviously left us with a temptation to read all of the Harry Potter books.

We resisted for this week. But mostly because there are other challenges coming up which are better suited to the Potter books.

Here are some books we did read:


Luc Brien read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.

This week was less a challenge and more an absolute joy, as I picked up one of my favourite childhood books: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (in the Curriculum Collection at c820 CAR). It’s been a while since I last read it, and plunging myself back down the rabbit hole with Alice was a hit right in the nostalgia feels. For the uninitiated, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland follows Alice, a girl about 7 years old, as she finds herself on an unbelievable adventure in Wonderland - a nonsensical fantasy world inhabited by, amongst others things, talking animals, magical food stuffs, a never …

Endnote workshops

JCU Library invites all students and staff to attend our upcoming EndNote workshops:

Cairns Tuesday 27 March, 1:00pm-2:30pm, Room 104, Building B1 - Library
Townsville Wednesday 28 March, 2:00pm-3:00pm, Room 18.002A, Building 18 - Eddie Koiki Mabo Library 


These sessions are 1 hour introductions to the EndNote programme, and cover the basics of:

setting up a library;importing references from the databases;using EndNote with Word; andusing EndNote to coordinate your research.
The workshops are highly recommended for postgraduate students and academics (especially those working with postgraduate students), but are open to all.

If you are bringing your laptop, please have EndNote installed before the class. You can download Endnote from the Endnote Libguide on the library website
The guide also contains a wealth of information to help you master Endnote, including online tutorials and FAQs, information specifically for Mac users, guidelines for setting up and synchronising your Endnote O…

52 Book Challenge - Week 12

We're 12 weeks into our 52 Book Challenge, and the theme for this week is:

12. A book with a name in the title

Now the obvious choice would be to pick a book with a person's name in the title, like "Rebecca" or "My Cousin Rachel" or "The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë", or even books that weren't written by Daphne Du Maurier.

However, there's no reason why you can't choose a book that has the name of a ship in the title. Or the name of a dog. Or a horse. Or a river....

How creative do you feel like being?


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

Harmony Day! 21 March 2018

Wednesday, March 21 2018 is Harmony Day.

According to the Australian Government's Harmony Day website:

Harmony Day is a day to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, based on the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is the most successful multicultural country on earth and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it. 

Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. 
Held every year on 21 March. The Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Since 1999, more than 70,000 Harmony Day events have been held in childcare centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.

JCU will be celebrating our cultural diversity with music, food, dance, entertainment and activities in Cairns (Library Lawns) and Townsv…

Reading Challenge Week 11 - A Book Set in Your Hometown/Region

The challenge for this week was to read a book set in your hometown or region, which gave staff and students at JCU the scope to read books from all around the world, when you think about it.

Luc read a mystery novel set in Melbourne, Sharon read a fictionalised account of historical events set in Townsville, and Scott read a classic Australian novel set amongst the South Australian fishing communities.

Did you find a book to take you close to home?


Luc Brien read Murder on a Midsummer Night (Phryne Fisher #17) by Kerry Greenwood.

Being a Melbournian, it was a wee bit difficult to find a book set in my home city amongst JCU’s extensive collection of North Queensland literature. However, with a bit of searching, I found that we have a few Phryne Fisher novels by Kerry Greenwood. I’ve seen several episodes of the TV series and enjoyed them, so I thought I’d look at Murder on a Midsummer Night (820A GREE 1C MUR/GRE) for my first outing with the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher.

The setting i…

Upcoming Library Workshops March 2018: Endnote, APA Referencing & Finding Journal Articles

Do you need to improve your assignment research skills? Are you confused by APA referencing? Do you need to learn about EndNote to manage references for your research project? If so, you need to attend a Library workshop.

Upcoming workshops for Cairns and Townsville campuses include:

22 March - APA Referencing (Townsville)22 March - Finding Journal Articles (Cairns)27 March - EndNote Workshop (Cairns) 28 March - Endnote Workshop (Townsville)
If you have any queries about researching, referencing or Endnote, please contact the Library InfoHelp desk.

52 Book Challenge - Week 11

Last week, we gave you some advice for how to search our catalogue or One Search for finding books set in your local area (which is harder than it sounds if you live outside of the major cities).

We did this because the challenge for this week is:

11. A book set in your hometown/region

Now, just to shake things up, this week we'll tell you how to search someone else's catalogue for our books:  The National Library of Australia's.

Trove is a catalogue that covers most libraries in the country - including ours - and you can try searching Trove to see what we have.

Why would you use someone else's catalogue to search our collection? Because different tools are designed to have different strengths, and because they focus on different things.

In Trove, head over to the Advanced Search option. If your home town isn't Townsville or Cairns, type in the name of your town or region (e.g. Innisfail) where it says "Keyword", then scroll down the page to find the part w…

Upcoming Workshops

Now that semester is in full swing, one of our information skills workshops might be just what you need to help find and organise relevant resources for your assignments:
EndNote - Learn how to use EndNote, an application to manage references and use referencing in your essays.Finding Journal Articles - How to search the Library’s online databases and retrieve scholarly full-text journal articlesGo Wireless - Learn how to connect your device to the University network. Configure your device to access the wireless network, and set up wireless printing for your laptopReferencing - Learn about referencing your sources of information in your assignmentsTop Ten Assignment Tips - Learn how to successfully find information for your assignments. Unpack your topic, Find your subject readings, Search for print and online resources using One Search and Reference your work to avoid plagiarism Workshops are available in both Cairns and Townsville. To reserve your place, go to our Workshops page, cli…

Reading Challenge Week 10 - A book published in the 20th Century

Special treat this week! For our Reading Challenge round-up, we've got four stellar reviews of 20th Century Books (as opposed to 20th Century Blues, which is a Noel Coward song), and one was provided by none other than Jennifer Nicholls, who has been doing work experience with us in our Cairns branch.


Jennifer Nicholls read Pigeon Poo, The Universe & Car Paint, and Other Awesome Science Moments, by Dr. Karl Kruszelnick.

Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki, or Dr Karl as most people know him, is a quirky and popular Australian science communicator. Many would have tuned in to Dr Karl answering the pressing science questions of avid Triple J listeners on a Thursday morning (which, incidentally, he has been doing in some form on Triple J since 1981) or one of the other many radio and television programs he frequents. His first book, Great Moments in Science, was published back in 1985 and since then he has written more than 40 books including titles such as 50 Shades of Grey Matter, Headless Ch…