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Special Collections Fossickings 53 - Beacons of Light 1

When you drive or walk along Palmer Street, have you ever wondered about the bright red tower that stands on the roundabout at the Plume Street intersection? Even if you were curious enough to stop for closer examination you might easily overlook the tiny plaque which throws light on its origins. But “throwing light” is the key to this structure for it was a once a lighthouse, or at least a light tower, that guided shipping past a dangerous reef in the far north.

The Wharton Reef lighthouse was established in 1915 at Princess Charlotte Bay. It was one of the first of Queensland’s automatic lighthouses and is now the only survivor of that type of structure built in the first two decades of the 20th century. It remained in operation for the next 75 years but it is not known why, in 1996, it eventually came under the custodianship of the Maritime Museum in Townsville, rather than Cairns. But it is not the only lighthouse in the Museum’s care.
The Bay Rock lighthouse (or at least its top …

52 Book Challenge - Week 22

Do you know the difference between an autobiography and a memoir? It's a fine line, but generally speaking an autobiography is the story of a person's life, while a memoir is a story of a period or event in that life (but not the whole shebang).

Some people also argue that an autobiography is formal and boring while a memoir is more personal and interesting. That seems a bit harsh, but it's also kind of hard to refute...

Anyway, the Reading Challenge for this week is:

22. A memoir or journal.

Now, if there's an autobiography you've been dying to read, we won't split hairs. But we will insist that, if you decide to read a journal, that it's a proper "dear diary, today we sailed to a charming little island in the South Pacific, where we purchased some much needed fresh fruit and Billings was killed in a bar fight"-type journal and not an academic-peer-reviewed-type journal. That's just silly.

Also, Jane Eyre doesn't count. Yes, we know the s…

Reading Challenge Week 21 - A Personal Growth Book

Now, Hannah Braimes (who created this reading challenge - we just stole it), probably thought people would find a book with a title like "Unleash Your Inner Life Coach: 10 Ways to Become a More Successful You" or "How to Declutter Your World with Meaningful Mantras" when she wrote this particular challenge on the list.

But a) we don't have as many of those books as a public library might have, b) we like to think outside the box, and c) we have our own needs to deal with. So some of the books we've chosen for our "personal growth" may be not quite what you might have in mind when you think about a "Personal Growth Book".

After all, personal growth is all about growing as a person, so there's a wide scope to play with.


Scott read Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke.

I first heard of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke when I was a teenager (back in the 90s) because there was an emo band named after him (Rainer Maria). I admit that I…

Library Exam Opening Hours Semester 1 2018: Extended Hours

With exams just around the corner, the library in Townsville and Cairns are opening for late night study for your convenience. Extended 'super' hours start on Monday 28 May and conclude on Thursday 14 June.

Townsville
Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 12:00am
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm

Don't forget you can study around the clock at the 24/7 InfoCommons.



Cairns
Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 12:00am (Services 8:00am - 8:00pm)
Friday: 7:30am - 12:00am (Services 8:00am - 5:00pm)
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 12:00am (Services 10:00am - 5:00pm)

The JCU Library staff wishes you all the best for your study and exams.


Reconciliation Week 2018: Don’t Keep History A Mystery

May 27th (1967 Referendum) to June 3rd (Mabo Day) bookend Reconciliation Week in Australia.

These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year's theme is Don't Keep History a Mystery: Learn, Share, Grow. This week explore history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered. This National Reconciliation Week learn more about the Australian story.

At JCU libraries you can view the E…

Gale Literary Sources

Gale Literary Sources brings together Gale's premier literary databases for researchers, faculty, and students alike in an integrated research experience. To search, discover, and analyse this rich literary content, simply find Gale Literary Sources on the A-Z Databases page (under G). The Gale Literary Sources database allows cross searching across all included titles. Alternatively, to individually search one of the titles simply click the What's Inside tab or follow the links below.

Included in Gale Literary Sources are the following titles:

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online
A collection of more than 16,000 biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres, including many Australian writers.

Literature Criticism Online
Literature Criticism Online includes centuries of scholarly and popular literary commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and period…

Library and Information Week 21-27 May

JCU Libraries are celebrating Library and Information Week from 21-27 May, 2018. Library and Information Week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia and showcase the many and varied resources and services that libraries provide to the community. The event has been organised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) to promote the value of reading and literacy, the importance of Australia's book industry and the role of libraries.
The theme for this year is Find yourself in a library. On Wednesday, 23 May from 10am-11am, the JCU libraries in Townsville and Cairns will host a simultaneous celebration for Library and Information Week. We invite you to: Come in and see our display,  Add a post to one of our social media sites – Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LIW2018 - telling us why you found yourself in the library today,Then enjoy a Freddo frog on us.Have your say about the refurbishment of the Ca…

52 Book Challenge - Week 21

Personal growth. It's a very personal thing, isn't it? One person might read The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and suddenly change they way they approach life, the universe and everything. Others may be unmoved by such things, but reach an epiphany after reading Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose*.

This week's Reading Challenge is:

21. A personal growth book.

So, how would you, personally, like to grow? Would you like to know the psychological factors for success? Would you like to improve your study skills? Would you like to be able to communicate more effectively? Or write more academicy sounding papers and stuff? How about dipping into career development? Or would you just like to learn how to make corn dollies?


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


*I'm not sure what the moral of the story is for this book, but I'm pretty sure it can be co-opted for a lesson on learning how to say "no".

Reading Challenge Week 20 - A Book Translated From Another Language

A translator of a book has an interesting job. They have to convey not only the story of the original book in another language, but also the spirit of it. Ideally, a translated work will be as close as possible to the original, without letting a direct literal translation of the language get in the way of conveying the sense and feeling of the author's work. It's a difficult balance to achieve, and good translators are worth their weight in gold.

This week's reading challenge was to read a translated book. Did you read one? How did you find the translation?


Brenda Carter read The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas.


I don’t envy Robin Buss, the person who translated The Count of Monte Cristo(840 DUM(P) 2C COU/PEN)from the French by Alexandre Dumas. At 1276 pages, it’s not a quick read but it certainly is an exciting and compelling one. And you can’t tell that the story has been translated, which must mean that Buss has done an excellent job! 
The central theme is reven…

10 Year Anniversary of the Naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

In 2008, the library on the Townsville campus was named in honour of Eddie Koiki Mabo. This was to emphasise the proud connection JCU has with Mr Mabo, who played an important role in reshaping the legal landscape of Australia.

Mr Mabo was the lead plaintiff in the court cases that led to the Native Title Act, which changed the legal status of Indigenous Australian's rights to their ancestral lands. He undertook part of his research for his case in the library which is now named after him.

May 21st, 2018 marks the tenth anniversary of the naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, and we hope you will take the opportunity to learn more about the man whose name we are proud to bear. Local historian, Trisha Fielding (who works in our Special Collections), has written a recent blog post that is a great place to start: Mabo and the Native Title Act.

During the past ten years, in honour of our connection with Eddie Koiki Mabo and the Indigenous Australian groups throughout North Queensla…

52 Book Challenge - Week 20

Here in Australia, we don't "redo" a lot of movies from other countries. Dubbing is for people who can be bothered paying for voice actors. We just run it in the original language and use subtitles. It's part of what makes this country great.

With books, however, you're less likely to find "subtitles" (or, as we call them in the book world, "parallel text"). Usually, you just get a straight up translation.

Which leads us to this week's reading challenge:

20. A book translated from another language

Now, of course there are a number of ways you can search for translated books (for example you could use the Language limit in One Search), but we're going to recommend the most fun one.

You see, our collection is structured by the Dewey Decimal system, and literature from particular languages is grouped together. So, for example, all of the books (novels, poems, plays, short stories, etc) that were originally published in German is in the 83…

Reading Challenge Week 19 - A Book with a One-Word Title

This week's challenge in the 52 Book Reading Challenge was to read a book with a one-word title. When you're only using one word in the title, that word has to do a lot. It has to declare the book's intentions, give you an idea about what you'll find inside the book and grab the reader's attention.

A lot of books with one-word titles end up with subtitles trying to pick up some of the slack (particularly on the cover). We chose to forgive these books, just because we can, as long as they only had one-word titles on the title page.


Brenda Carter read Colour by Edith Anderson Feisner.

Colour by Edith Anderson Feisner (701.85 FEI) is not a book I would normally pick up, however it made a splash on the shelving trolley and it’s always good to read something outside your comfort zone.

The book’s subtitle is How to use colour in art and design. It provides an in-depth treatment of colour theory but the chapters that interested me most explored the influence of colour – in …

#MeToo - A Hypothetical Journey

The #MeToo campaign has promoted a global call for an end to workplace, community and in-home sexual harassment and violence. It followed soon after the public revelations of sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein in 2017 and has targeted many other high profile figures from a range of industries and professions.

As part of 2018 Law Week and in collaboration with the JCU College of Business, Law and Governance, JCU College of Arts, Society and Education and The Cairns Institute, local Cairns Magistrate Sandra Pearson and Special Counsel of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and JCU Alumnus Noami de Costa will compare #MeToo - A Hypothertical Journey, a 'Geoffrey Robertson style' discussion with an eminent panel of Cairns cross-sectoral representatives to explore the issues the #MeToo campaign has raised. The event will focus on how to encourage behaviour that promotes good relationships and improves gender parity.

When: 15 May 2018, 5:30pm Where:Room D3.054,Building D3 - T…

Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is Australia’s national biodiversity database. Founded on the principle of data sharing – collect it once, share it, use it many times – the ALA provides free, online access to millions of occurrence records to form the most comprehensive and accessible data set on Australia’s biodiversity ever produced.

The ALA species pages display text descriptions, images, location information, taxonomic details and links to academic literature for every species in the database. Users can record their own sightings to add to the existing data - for example, the cheeky little guy on the left was found in Caversham Wildlife Park, Western Australia on 2015-11-09, and has been recorded as a human observation of a Major Mitchell's Cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri). Learn more about how to record a sighting or submit a data set to the ALA on the How to Use the ALA page.

By bringing together species information alongside location information, the ALA enables you to…

52 Book Challenge - Week 19

Did you know that, in referencing styles like AMA, you never abbreviate the title of a journal if it is only one word long? Journals with one-word titles often have the most fun titles - Brain, Pain, Blood, Dementia... They sound like they would look great on your coffee table, don't they?

When you only have one word in your title, you need something that will have some impact. Which leads us to this week's Reading Challenge:
19. A book with a one-word title.
So, unfortunately, this is one of those weeks where you just can't read a Harry Potter book for the challenge. The good news is, there are some brilliant books out there with one-word titles. Frankenstein, Dracula, Emma (one of these things is not like the others)...
The trouble is, it's hard to search for a book based on the number of words in the title, so if you're thinking of taking up this week's challenge, and you can't think of a book that fits the criteria, you should take this opportunity to a…

Reading Challenge Week 18 - A previously banned book

This week's Reading Challenge was to find a previously banned book to read. Many books have been banned for many reasons and by many groups over the course of history - and it's always controversial.

Whether the book is kept out of a school library because some parents complained about it to the Board (as happens to many books that contain strong language, characters from minority groups or books depicting different religions), or it's kept out of bookshops in a particular country because the government believes it will cite dissent, there will always be some people who say "Yes! And rightly so!", while others will be willing to march the streets in protest.

Now, we've actually already reviewed quite a number of books that have been banned in the past, but let's add a couple more to the list:


Samantha Baxter read On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin.

My undergraduate degree was a Bachelor of Arts with a major in archaeology, one of my key interests …

Special Collections Fossickings 52: Rescue and Survival (Pied Imperial Pigeon Story, Part 2)

Have you perused the previous part of the pied imperial pigeon posts?

In one of those strange coincidences that history throws up, it was almost exactly 100 years after Governor Bowen had enjoyed his “excellent sport” - shooting pigeons on an island east of Hinchinbrook - that a Gold Coast couple on holiday took their small boat over to the very same island that had attracted the Governor. Here, for the first time they witnessed the homecoming flight of the birds that had been feeding all day in the coastal forest before returning to their nesting colony. The island was North Brook, which shimmers in the waters of the Coral Sea just 30 kilometres off the Cardwell coast and the holiday-makers were Arthur and Margaret Thorsborne, whose lives were to become intimately involved with the pigeon story.

The 2015 documentary The Coming of the White Birds (held in the North Queensland and Main collections) tells the story of the North Brook colony and of how the shooting was stopped and the ta…

52 Book Challenge - Week 18

And now for a reading challenge that challenges not just your reading ability, but also "The Man":

18. A previously banned book

Who banned it? Why? Was it banned by a school principal because it encouraged witchcraft (Harry Potter)? Was it banned by the Nazis because it painted Germans in a poor light (All Quiet on the Western Front)? Was it banned by national censors because the anthropomorphic animals freaked them out (Alice in Wonderland)?

Need help finding books that have been banned or "challenged" for this particular adventure? Wikipedia has a few lists, as does London Libraries and Goodreads. You can also find a rather large list through Austlii.

And you will be shocked - positively shocked - to know that we have several previously banned books in our collection. Why, we've even reviewed a few of them already...


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

Reading Challenge Week 17 - A book you can finish in a day

Well, after bolting down a book that was over 500 pages long, it was time to have a light meal with a book that could be finished in a day.

Of course, that didn't mean you had to finish it in a day. No one would mind if you took your time and savoured it. Some people took the opportunity to read several books in one day. That's the great thing about reading for pleasure (or because someone challenged you to read certain types of books) - you can play with it.

So, what were some of the books we read this week?


Scott Dale read Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach.

Richard Bach, the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull (found at 810 BAC), served as a pilot in his younger days and has been involved in the world of flight for much of his life. The man loves to fly, something evident in his writing.

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a gull who likes to fly. I remembered that much about the story from when I was at school and a few friends were reading this book. I also remember…