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Book Challenge Reviews:

Each month for our 2019 Reading Challenge, we try to give you a theme that will give you an excuse to go exploring. November's theme is "Oceans and Rivers", and for our reviews in this post we've covered almost all bases.

Brenda has reviewed a non-fiction book about oceans (specifically, the Great Barrier Reef), while Sharon took the opportunity to revisit a classic work of fiction set by a river.


Brenda Carter read A Year on the Great Barrier Reef  by C. M. Yonge
It’s hard to believe that over a year has passed since the launch of the Sir Charles Maurice Yonge Collection. Sir Charles Maurice Yonge (1899-1986) was a highly distinguished marine zoologist with a publication record spanning 63 years. He led the highly successful Great Barrier Reef Expedition of 1928-1929, which opened up the scientific world to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, and laid the foundations of scientific study in modern coral reef biology.
Published in 1930, A Year on the Great Barrier R…
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Life Below Water: JCU Kicking Sustainable Development Goals

The fourteenth Sustainable Development Goal set by the United Nations is :

Life Below Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

(Which ties in quite nicely with our Reading Challenge theme for this month!)

One of many initiatives in which JCU plays a major role in providing vital information to stakeholders and decision makers throughout the region is TropWATER: The Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research.


This is a research group focuses on water science, management and ecosystems. It uses a multidisciplinary team of researchers to look at all facets of water and waterways, including ecology, hydrology, oceanography and resource economics. The research undertaken by TropWATER helps government bodies, the business sector, industries and communities make better and more informed decisions regarding their use of water and the impacts on the life below (and next to) water.

We have over 1000 reports, articles an…

Reading Challenge, November: "Oceans and Rivers"

Salt water. Fresh water. Seas, lakes, ponds, waterholes, billabongs. Springs, rivers, creeks. The beck that flows down by the old mill.

Bodies of water play a key part in many cultures. Communities form around bays that make good harbours. A settlement will set up next to a river, and then grow into a city. The water provides power for the mills, fish for the table and water for the crops. Boats moving up the rivers and across the oceans form the backbone of trade and travel. Our societies could not survive without water.

These bodies of water become so much a part of human life that we tend to forget they aren't just there for us to use - they are a thriving ecosystem in and of themselves, which also happen to be a central and important part of other ecosystems. The worst thing we can do is take the rivers for granted.

So, for the November theme of our 2019 Reading Challenge, we're celebrating the water ways that support us all in so many ways. The theme is "Oceans and …

Reading Challenge Reviews: Last guest review for October!

Eagle-eyed observers might have noticed that we're in November already and due for a new theme for our 2019 Reading Challenge, but one of our intrepid readers sent us a book review in the last few days of October (with it's theme of "Health and Well-being"), and of course we absolutely have to share it!
It is, unfortunately, for a book we don't currently have in our collection. Bethany Keats has reviewed The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama. If you wanted to borrow it, there's a chance it be found in a number of local libraries, or we could get it in for you on an Inter-Library Loan.
If there is a book, book chapter, journal article or other item you need and we don't have it, we can still get it from another library. There is a fee involved, as we have to pay the other libraries for their administration costs, the costs involved in sending it to us and the use of their resources, so you may want to ask yourself whether you really want it, but it can b…

Artist Residency Opportunity: Drawn to the Mabo Library

2020 Mabo Library Art Exhibition In 2020, James Cook University Library & Information Services will be hosting an Artist Residency Program  - Drawn to the Mabo Library - which will take place in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, including Special Collections and the surrounding grounds of the Townsville Campus.
The intention of this program is to open the Library for artists to interpret and respond visually and creatively to: the Library’s buildings and public spaces,relevant items in the Special Collections, andthe program theme: People, Place, Knowledge, Legacy.Applicants will be asked to describe how their line of enquiry will relate to the four thematic elements and should remain mindful of these themes throughout the development of their work during the residency. The residency program will: take place between February and June 2020 (dates, days and times to be negotiated)culminate in an exhibition of original art works by the selected artist (21 May 2020 – 1…

Climate Change: JCU Kicking Sustainable Development Goals

Is 13 a lucky number? We hope so, because the 13th Sustainable Development Goal put forward by the UN is:

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

JCU researchers are at the forefront of observing our changing climate and its impact on the environment and we have over 80 researchers looking at climate change across multiple colleges and disciplines.

JCU is also a leading partner in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and our Townsville campus houses the ARC's head offices.


We have so many top-level researchers doing great things through the ARC that it's too hard to pinpoint just one of them (although we'd like to give a shout-out to Terry Hughes, who's the Center's Director and a good friend of the library).

All of the reports and articles published by JCU's researchers as part of their work in the ARC have been uploaded into ResearchOnline@JCU, and they make for very interesting reading if you want to know what's happen…

Examination Super Hours, 2nd Semester 2019

Examination Super Hours for this semester begin on Monday, 4 November and run until closing on Thursday, 21 November.

During this time the library is open longer hours to help students prepare for their exams. Depending on your campus, the building is open for longer hours to provide a study space, and our services run for longer periods of time in case you need to speak to a librarian.

Please be mindful of other students using the library spaces. This is a stressful time of semester for many students and we all need to use the shared spaces with kindness and respect.

In the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville:

Monday to Friday:
The library building - 7.30am-12am (midnight)
Library services - 7.30am-12am (midnight)

Saturday and Sunday: 
The library building - 10am-10pm
Library services - 10am-10pm

In the Cairns Campus Library:

Monday to Friday:
The library building - 7.30am-12am (midnight)
Library services - 8am-7pm

Saturday and Sunday: 
The library building - 7.30am-12am (midnight) Libr…

Reading Challenge Reviews: Two Faces of Health and Well-Being

Our two reviews for this week span the personal and public faces of health and well-being. Gabriella used the Colour Reflection Reading exercise to contemplate whether yellow is in fact 'her' colour, while Margaret gained a solid background in the current state of Indigenous health in rural and remote Australia.

Gabriella Rogina read Colour Your Life: How to Use the Colour Reflection Reading for Insight and Healing by Howard and Dorothy Sun

Yellow? Green? Blue? I was not particularly sure how Colour Your Life was going to give me insight and what colour reflection reading was meant to do. I have never thought of colours as meaning anything in particular apart from having a favourite. 

Colour Your Life works on the premise that ‘colour has power’ and incorporates an exercise called the Colour Reflection Reading. This includes eight colours and three basic forms of shapes being square, triangle and circle. The reader is to choose three colours which then become a representatio…

Open Access Week: Increase your Citations

It’s Friday! Last chance to engage with the Open Access Week quiz.

Today, the focus is on open data. Why make your research data open and available? One excellent reason is your data can be cited, therefore increasing your citations.

Do the quiz and find out more benefits of making your data open and available.


Open Access Week: Plan S

The focus today is on what is happening in the world in pursuing OA. Europe is moving ahead with Plan S – making all publicly funded research open immediately. That includes articles, data and monographs.

Take the quiz, give us your opinions and see links to more information at the end of the quiz.

If you haven’t had a chance to see JCU academics discussing OA and equity in open knowledge, watch the new videos in Research Online @JCU


Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns: JCU Kicking (Sustainable Development) Goals

Stuff – we certainly have a lot of it. Material consumption has increased significantly compared to previous decades, on both global and per capita levels. For example, worldwide material consumption has increased from 27 billion tons in 1970 to 92.1 billion in 2017 (United Nations, 2019). Action is urgently needed to prevent environmental degradation, reduce waste and improve sustainability practices.

This week we explore how JCU researchers are helping to address Sustainable Development Goal 12:

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Dr Diane Jarvis’ research aims to increase understanding of the economic and social values relating to the environment, and to inform policy regarding environmental conservation and natural resource management. She recently contributed to The Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment, assessing potential social and economic impacts and risks of water resource and irrigation development for the Australian Government.

Professor Stewart Lo…