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52 Book Challenge - Week 44

Science! It's a noun! Although the cool kids these days try to use it as a verb.

Can you "science the heck out of" something?

Maybe you can. Who knows if you should?

But "read" is definitely a verb, and this week we're challenging you to read about science in this week's Reading Challenge, which is:

44. A Book About Science.

Where would you find such a book? Well, the 500s are all about sciences in their natural state, and the 600s are all about applied science. Just to make life interesting, you'll find computer science and informtion science in the 000s, the social sciences in the 300s, applied science to do with languages in the 400s and geography up in the 900s (although that's more of an artform 😉).

The Dewey Summaries are broken down even further here. You can take a scientific approach to it, or just pick a topic that interests you, find the section that's right and go for a bit of a wander.


Have you missed out on hearing about the 52 …

Official launch of the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection

Last week we officially launched the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection at JCU Library, so we thought we'd share a few photos from this exciting event! An enthusiastic crowd of invited guests, university staff and students turned out for the launch, which was held on Wednesday, 24 October. Special guest speakers included JCU Vice Chancellor, Sandra Harding; AIMS CEO, Paul Hardisty; and leading expert on coral reef research, Charlie Veron. After the speeches, those in attendance were given the opportunity to view a selection of rare books from the Yonge Collection. Library staff and volunteers had trained to be "rare book guardians" for the showcase, and each "guardian" was armed with a wealth of knowledge about the books on show, providing a genuinely unique experience for those present. A short video presentation by Christopher Yonge (son of Sir Maurice Yonge), who shared personal memories and photographs of his father, capped off a truly special morning.




If you misse…

Reading Challenge Week 43 - A book about psychology.

The human mind is a strange and mysterious thing. We like to think we know what's going on up there, but most of the time we're completely clueless. And yet, when you understand how the mind works and why people behave the way they do, it can empower you to make better decisions and more constructive actions. That's the positive side of psychology.

The negative side of psychology is that, when you understand how the mind works and why people behave the way they do, it can help you manipulate others for gain and profit. That's why marketing spends a lot of money on applied psychology.

This week's Reading Challenge was to read a book about psychology. Did you find a book that taught you something interesting about what's happening in your skull?


Brenda Carter read Feeling Good by Doing Good: A Guide to Authentic Self-Esteem by Christopher J. Mruk.
For this week’s Challenge I decided to check out the library’s New Books page, which can be accessed from the library c…

Library Extended Opening Hours

It's that time of year again. SWOT VAC has begun and Exams are just around the corner. No need to panic, JCU Libraries will have extended exam opening hours to help you get through.

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 October - Thursday 15 November.

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

Cairns Campus Library
Monday - Friday: 7:30am - Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 10am - Midnight

From Swords to Ploughshares - Introducing the Research Team

The signing of the Armistice between Germany and the Allies on 11 November 1918 signalled the end of World War I and sparked a celebration in Townsville - the likes of which the city had never seen before. An enormous procession of motor vehicles and horse-drawn lorries, buggies and spring carts, stretching for almost 2.5km, passed through Flinders Street three times over. A huge bonfire was lit at the top of Castle Hill. But after the excitement had died down and the volunteers started returning from the war, what did they make of their lives? From Swords to Ploughshares explores this question, by delving into the lives of those who returned from the war and made lasting contributions to the community of Townsville. In today's post we meet the researchers working on the project.
Dr Claire Brennan is history discipline coordinator at James Cook University in the College of Arts, Society & Education. Claire’s teaching focuses on the environmental history of Australia and the P…

Open Educational Resources Library Guide

This week, Open Access Week, we've been sharing a number of events and resources to celebrate free and open access to information.

In Cairns and Townsville we showed the movie Paywall, which explored the way publishers have been milking researchers and librarians for money, and put forward the case for Open Access publishing.

We told anyone who would listen to us about our Open Access Publishing guide, which gives researchers information and options about publishing their research in open and accessible publications.

And we welcomed a new Special Collection to the fold - the Sir Charles Maurice Yonge Collection, meaning that hundreds of books that used to be in a private collection are now able to be viewed by members of the public (and stay tuned to hear about digitisations from our Special Collections as we secure copyright permissions).

To cap off Open Access Week, we'd like to introduce you to our newest library guide:

Open Educational Resources (OER).

This guide is a teach…

52 Book Challenge - Week 43

"Doctor, doctor! I think I'm a dog!"
"Well, lie down on the couch and we'll talk about it."
"I can't, I'm not allowed on the furniture..."

It's always fun when you can announce this week's Reading Challenge with a terrible joke. Here's another old pearler:

A. How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?
B. Only one, but the light bulb has to really want to change.

Oh, in case you haven't guessed, the challenge for this week is:

43. A book about psychology. 

Now, we may have started this post with a couple of bad jokes regarding psychologists, but psychology is about much more than couches and therapy. It's about how your mind actually does what it does and - most importantly - why. This touches on all aspects of our lives, including how we learn, how we interact with each other and why we walked into a shop wanting a loaf of bread and came out with a packet of "smokey bacon" flavoured Twisties.


H…

Reading Challenge Week 42 - A book with an appealing cover.

They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but when the cover is arrestingly attractive, why wouldn't you judge in favour of picking up the book to see what it's like inside?

This week's Reading Challenge was to find a book with an appealing cover. Now, if you've read a few of our reviews, you're probably thinking "I bet they raided the Curriculum Collection for this one." Well, you're mostly right. Brenda managed to find something in the religion section though, so hooray for thinking outside the box!


Brenda Carter read Mandalas of the World: A Meditation and Painting Guide by Rudiger Dahkle

If you’ve visited the JCU Cairns library recently you will have seen and maybe helped colour in some beautiful mandalas we have on the ground floor. If you would like to learn more about mandalas and photocopy some more to colour yourself (up to 10% of the total pages of course), Mandalas of the World may be just the book for you.

Not knowing what manda…

Open Access Week: 22 - 28 October

Open Access Week 2018 will be held from 22-28 October. This year’s theme is Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge, highlighting the importance of equity and inclusivity in open systems.

Open Access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole (Shockey, 2018).

Open Access communication of research outputs maximizes the distribution, potential usage and outcomes of research findings. Open Access can make the difference between being cited and not cited. The easier it is to access a work, the more likely it is to be downloaded, read and cited.

Now in its 10th year, Open Access Week will be celebrated around the globe. The JCU Library will be screening the film, Paywall: The Busines…

From Swords to Ploughshares: Townsville men and women who served their community in war and peace

November 11, 2018 marks the centenary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. Reflecting on this anniversary provides us with a unique opportunity to consider the connections between war and peace. People who volunteered to serve during World War I left lives behind: some of those who returned built military careers, some continued to use and develop their professional skills, while other set about contributing to the civic and recreational life of their communities.

This exhibition developed by James Cook University, commemorates the contributions of Townsville’s service men and women to the creation of peace and a flourishing community in Townsville. ‘From Swords to Ploughshares’ seeks to explore the stories of those who returned from military service and resumed their civilian lives, and recognises the roles they have played in developing their town, region, and country; along with their contribution to a lasting peace.


Some of the original items and materials discovered …

Feature book

Paved with good intentions: Terra Nullius, Aboriginal land rights and settler-colonial law

Over a century before the Mabo case recognised Native Title and rejected the doctrine of Terra Nullius, Aboriginal land rights were briefly acknowledged in two Australian colonies. Paved with Good Intentions, reveals the many strong declarations in favour of Aboriginal land rights in early Colonial times, and shows how this language was twisted and remodelled to support dispossession of Aborigines.

You can borrow this book from JCU Library.

'Behind the Scenes' of the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection - Part 2

Last week we heard from Library staff who’ve been involved in cataloguing the Sir C.M. Yonge Collection, and in this week’s post, we take a look at some of the other tasks involved in caring for, and interpreting, this fabulous collection. Bronwyn McBurnie, Manager Special Collections, said that when new collections were received, it was particularly important to ensure that items were free of insects.

“Incoming collections and materials are inspected for live insects or evidence of insect activity. That inspection might indicate that freezing items is a good idea to ensure there is no live insect life still present,” Bronwyn said.