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Using the Library Buildings

  From early in the morning to late at night, you’ll see students and staff making use of the resources, services and facilities the Library has to offer. Whether you are watching an online lecture, taking an online exam, working on an assignment with friends or doing some independent research, there’s a study space that’s just right for your needs. The ground floor is a  collaborative zone . It’s a good space for discussion and group work. You can also talk to Library and Learning Centre staff on the ground floor for help with finding resources, referencing, basic IT issues, writing and time management. The first floor is a  quiet zone . There are still spaces for collaboration but conversations tend to be quieter here than on the ground floor. The second floor is a  silent zone . If you like working with no distractions, then the area is for you. You’ll find lots of individual study desks here for independent work. Group study rooms and pods in  Townsville  and group study rooms in 
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National Science Week 2022

  National Science Week (13-21 August) is an annual celebration of science and technology  across the nation.   This is the time when w e get to highlight the contributions of Australian scientists, especially our own James Cook University scientists, in expanding the world of knowledge around the globe. There are many events being held Australia wide and online. To spark your interest we have listed a few below:            Pechakucha - Held in collaboration with  James Cook University           Rainforestation Nature Park          Sunday STEAM Science Week @ Holloways Beach Market           Butterfly Botany          SciFest2022          Discoveries That Changed Our World On the school scene, the theme for National Science Week 2022 is Glass: More than meets the eye .  In collaboration with the United Nations International Year of Glass , it reveals the many roles and uses that glass plays in our everyday lives making it a talking topic of science education. Be sure t

How To Be a Successful Student (Ask Questions)

 In the first few weeks of Semester you'll learn all sorts of tips and tricks for success in your studies. There's one tip that we think is probably the most important one you'll ever hear: Ask questions. Nobody expects you to know everything already, so don't worry about asking lots of questions. The more questions you ask, the more you'll be able to prepare for the challenges university can present. There are help desks and chat services all over the university, so whether you're on campus or not, you can find a place where someone is willing to answer your questions. And usually, if they can't answer it, they can point you towards someone else who might be able do. So, wherever you are, find a help desk or a chat button and ask your questions! In the Library, we have Library Help Desks on the ground floor of both buildings. During our Services Hours , you can just pop in and talk to whoever is there. But if you aren't on the ground floor of the librar

Library and Information Week 2022

Library and Information Week 2022 Rewrite. Renew. Reimagine. 25-31 July is Library and Information Week where we celebrate all the work done by Library and Information professionals across Australia. This Library and Information Week, JCU Library would love to see people re-engaging with our collections and resources, renewing your thoughts by pondering on stories we have been told and reimagining stories anew. JCU library is celebrating all the work we do to support the staff and students. Look out for some badly photoshopped staff photos on our Instagram page, take a break from your studies with some colouring in or even pick up a badge. Need some help getting started? Connect with us !

Electioneering - 1930s style

In the recent federal election campaign Anthony Albanese made this appeal: “If you want to change this country, you need to change the government”. This photo from 90 years ago, held in the North Queensland Photographic Collection, shows campaigners making a similar appeal for change. In this case they were seeking to overturn Queensland’s Country and Progressive National Party government, led by Premier Arthur Moore, at the upcoming state election on 11 June 1932. State Government election campaign, Carine Williams Album, North Queensland Photographic Collection, NQID 5027. The placards reveal the names of those candidates vying for the three electorates which between them encompassed the Townsville area. There was no Thuringowa electorate in the 1930s but the northern part of the city was covered by the Kennedy electorate – not to be confused by what is now the large Federal electorate of that name. Mundingburra covered the southern parts, and Townsville presumably took in the area

Welcome to Your Library, Semester 2 Students!

Welcome to Semester 2!  To get the most from uni, you need to get the most from your library. The  library website  is a portal to a wealth of information and resources that will help you reach your academic goals. One Search One Search is like Google for the library’s resources. The library holds a large collection of print and electronic books, journal articles, newspaper articles, reports, theses, videos, web documents and much more. Library Guides We have library guides to help you find relevant resources for your discipline, research task and referencing style. Some useful guides to start with are: · The  InfoSkills Toolkit  – a series of self-paced modules on different aspects of the research process such as Defining your Topic, Searching for Resources, Evaluating Resources and Referencing Sources · The  Writing Guide  – help with academic reading, note-taking, academic writing and referencing · The  Referencing Guide  – links to guides for the main referencing styles u

NAIDOC Week 2022

 NAIDOC Week 2022 runs from Sunday 3 July - Sunday 10 July, and there are many events and celebrations happening all over the country. The theme of Get up! Stand up! Show up!  encourages people from all cultural backgrounds to be present and vocal champions of Indigenous Australian heritage, achievement and culture, and to advocate for systematic change to build a brighter, more inclusive future. First Nations people across Australia and the Torres Strait Islander Communities have a proud history of "showing up" - being at the forefront of what needs to be done, and agitating for positive change. As part of a celebration of that history, we offer a profile of an activist who "showed up" a century ago and made his voice heard all over the world: Anthony Martin Fernando . We hope you enjoy reading his story, and take the time this week to read, watch or listen to the stories of so many other First Nations people who have championed change, equal rights and human ri

Trouble in London: The Life of Anthony Martin Fernando (a NAIDOC Week Feature Article)

  To mark this year’s NAIDOC theme of Get Up, Stand Up, and Show Up, we are profiling the life of perhaps the most elusive figure in the history of early Indigenous activism. From the turn of the 19th century, Anthony Martin Fernando, an Aboriginal man from Woolloomooloo, exposed the genocide of Indigenous Australians occurring under British rule, in Australia and Europe. After being taken from his mother as a child, he led a tumultuous life in Australia and afar. He experienced racism, violence, poverty, imprisonment, internment during WW1, homelessness, and being admitted into a mental hospital in his old age. Despite such unthinkable hardships, underpinning his life was his love for his mother, whom he is quoted as calling his ‘guiding star’, and his ‘God sent’ mission of publicising the injustices against his people in Australia. In a time when Aboriginal people lived under the constant threat of death, physical and sexual violence, dispossession, and exploitation, Fernando - a sel

Planned Outage for One Search on Sunday 3 July 2am - 2pm AEST

On Sunday 3 July, beginning 2am (AEST), there will be an outage to One Search for up to 12 hours. During this time you may be unable to: access resources place requests receive notices use Find It @ JCU Library login to your Library Account The good news is that you can still access resources uninterrupted, directly via our A-Z Databases listing. Also the Library will be open so you can still borrow items. Just take the item/s to the Library Desk and staff will manually record your loans (and/or returns) and then upload them to the system once the outage is over. If you see this image below, or even if you don't and are experiencing issues during this period, there is no need to report this to us. Please try again after 2pm on Sunday when the system is expected to be back to normal. Remember, you may need to refresh or clear the cache in your browser. You may see this screen during the outage.   If however you do experience any issues after 2pm on Sunday, please report them t

John Naish Archive: precious new addition to the Special Collections

JCU Library Special Collections has been the recipient of a selection of plays written by John Naish, Welsh novelist and playwright. These works are part of the newly established John Naish Archive in the Library Archives Collection.  Digital versions of the play manuscripts are being progressively uploaded to the Archive in NQHeritage@JCU .  The Archive joins two of his novels held by the Library in the North Queensland Collection, The Cruel Field and That Men Should Fear .  In 1963 it was predicted that Naish would assume a dominant position in Australian literature. This prediction came on the back of his impressive submissions to the 1958 General Motors-Holden (GMH) National Playwrights’ Competition conducted by the newly formed Australian Elizabethan Trust and the 1963 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Meanwhile his autobiography and two novels were published by prestigious publishing house Hutchinson of London. Two plays had also been published in Australia, a remarkable achieveme

Inter-semester Opening Hours

The JCU Library changes to inter-semester opening hours from Friday 17th June to Sunday 24th July 2022.   During this time, library services will be provided on weekdays between 7:30am and 5:00pm at the Bebegu Yumba Campus (Townsville, Douglas) and between 8:00am and 5:00pm on the Nguma-Bada Campus (Cairns, Smithfield). There will also be library services provided on Saturdays and Sundays from 1.00pm-5.00pm on the Bebegu Yumba Campus, however, there will be no library services operating from the Nguma-Bada Campus (Cairns, Smithfield) on the weekends. The Information Commons in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Bebegu Yumba campus, Townsville) will continue to be available 24/7. Our opening hours will be as follows: Cairns Campus Library Building Monday to Sunday - 7:30am - 10:00pm Services Monday to Friday - 8:00am - 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday - Closed Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Services and Building Monday to Friday - 8:00am - 5:00pm Saturday & Sunday - 1pm - 5pm Chat with a Librar