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Open Access Week: October 25 – 31

It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity Open Access – Open Science is a movement to make research outputs available to all instead of being locked behind a paywall. Open Access Week is celebrated worldwide and is an opportunity to promote and learn about the benefits of Open Access publishing and the latest developments occurring world wide. Attend the events listed below to learn more about Open Access and why it is important for building equity in scientific research information. Open Access publications are digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions ( Suber 2012 ). The Open Access movement is based on the philosophy that knowledge derived from public funding should be freely accessible for public use. 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. Increasingly, funding agencies are placing Open Access con
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Queen's Birthday Long Weekend

Queen Elizabeth II in March 2015 This image adapted from Joel Rouse/ Ministry of Defence Open Government Licence v3.0 Queensland has a public holiday on Monday the 4th of October. This is to celebrate the birth of the Queen (on the 21st of April, 1926 - look, it's best not to ask too many questions. We've got a public holiday, it's in the part of the year when we're all happy to have a long weekend, we'll just be grateful). Our opening hours for Monday 4th of October, 2021: The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library will be open from 1.00pm-5.00pm. The 24hr Information Commons will be accessible after hours. The Cairns Library building will be available from 7.30am-12.00am, but no librarian services will be available. You will need to use the Chat service to speak to a librarian. The Chat service will be open from 1.00pm-5.00pm, but you can leave a message with us outside of these hours and we will get back to you. Our opening hours are as usual for Saturday and Sunday. You w

Townsville COVID-19 restrictions, 30 September

  The Townsville local government area (including Palm Island) has been placed on Level 2 Restrictions. See the JCU Covid-19 Advice pages  (particularly the information for students ) to keep abreast of the latest updates to the situation. From 4.00pm today (Thursday, 30 September), everyone must wear a mask at all times when coming onto the campus and using the Library in Townsville. Level 2 Restrictions require mask wearing inside and outside even if you can maintain a safe social distance. Please also try to maintain social distancing and practise good hygiene. Please note:  The Special Collections reading room will be closed for the next two weeks. If you are coming onto campus, please note a testing station will be established in the Veterinary Sciences carpark, with access via the turnoff to the Vet Clinic (exiting via Solander Road). The PE4 Vet Car park will be closed to staff and students whilst the testing clinic is in place. Traffic control will be in place, but avoid using

Banned Books Week 2021

There are many reasons for why a government might think a book is a dangerous thing to let into the country (or state). Often, books are banned for ideological reasons - although religion and sex play a big role in why many "powers that be" decide they don't want people to be able to read certain books. Some of the books we regard today as classic texts, like   All Quiet on the Western Front  or Moll Flanders  were banned by at least one government at some point in time. Translations of both the Bible and the Qu'ran have been banned for various reasons in various states. And, judging by the number of countries that have banned them, Satanic Verses  and Mein Kampf seem to be vying for the title of "least popular book". But very few books are banned at the level of a state or country government. Most censorship happens closer to home, with books being banned in schools and communities. At this level, the banned books tend to face opprobrium because they feat

Dementia Action Week 2021 - celebrating JCU's 1st open eBook

In support of Dementia Action Week 2021, James Cook University Library is launching  A Long Goodbye: Ed and Mary’s Journey with Lewy Body Dementia .   This eBook is centred around the heartfelt journal of a husband, Ed, documenting his wife Mary’s rapid mental and physical decline after being diagnosed with Lewy body dementia (LBD). It is the first book to be launched on JCU Library’s Pressbooks platform, a key element in the Library’s ongoing Open Education Initiative, bringing open educational resources not only to the JCU community but to a much wider audience. The JCU Open Education Initiative aims to provide a platform for the development of Open Educational Resources (OERs) that are licensed in ways that allow them to be legally and freely copied, used, adapted and re-shared. The Library led initiative is currently developing a variety of openly available textbooks in a number of subject discipline areas for the benefit of Australian undergraduate students.    Librarians

Your opinion matters! Library Survey 2021

Your opinion can make a difference, and we want to hear it. Our library survey is the way you can tell us what is important to you, and how you think we can improve our services. The survey is available from Monday, 30 August until Sunday, 19 September 2021 to ALL Library users, including:  JCU students and staff,  users from other libraries,  visitors and the community. This is an opportunity for you to express your opinions and tell us how we are doing in areas including resources, services and facilities. Tell us what you think is important. Tell us what would make the Library even better.  We are also seeking feedback about how you use the Library services to find the information and assistance you need. Past responses to the survey have enabled the Library to improve our collections, extend Library hours, upgrade our technologies, and create better learning and social spaces within the Library buildings. The survey results will be made available later this year from the Library&#

Colin Roderick Literary Award

  Every year, the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies , which is based right here at JCU, gives a highly prestigious award to an Australian author. The Colin Roderick Literary Award recognises an Australian book that deals with any aspect of Australian life. This year JCU library was fortunate enough to have been gifted all 15 of the long-listed titles. This is a great snapshot into the level of talent we have in Australia. The books are currently on display in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library - JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba Campus, or you can place a hold via One Search . The winner will be announced November, 2021. Shortlisted books Sofie Laguna,  Infinite Splendour. Garry Disher,  Consolation. Louise Milligan,  Witness. Jane Harper,  The Survivors Anna Goldsworthy,  Melting Moments. Jessie Tu,  A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing. Long-listed books Sofie Laguna,  Infinite Splendour. Garry Disher,  Consolation. Louise Milligan,  Witness. Jane Harper,  The Survivors. Anna G

CBCA Book Week: 22-27 August, 2021

CBCA Book Week is an annual celebration of Australian children’s authors and illustrators. Book Week has a been a staple event in the calendars of schools and libraries since 1945 – who could forget dressing up for the annual Book Week parade? This year the theme is “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds”, with a beautiful promotional poster by Shaun Tan. The Library has many of Shaun Tan’s picture books and videos available for loan. You can also find a wide range of picture books in our Curriculum collection.

Last Chance to See - "Robert Preston's Inner Visions: Observation, Abstraction and Imagination, 1955 - 2021"

  Robert Preston, Naxos Mirror, 1984. Casein emulsion and dry ground pigment, charcoal, pastel, conte, crayon and chalk on canvas on board, 153.9 x 120.9 cm. James Cook University Art Collection. © Robert Forrest Preston, 2010. Reproduced with permission of the artist. Photograph by Michael Marzik. This expansive and diverse exhibition, which takes up the whole gallery space, is now in its final days at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.   It celebrates 66 years of outstanding visual arts practice from one of North Queensland’s most accomplished and influential artists.   Explore the diverse range of works on display by viewing the exhibition catalogue here and watch the Gallery’s promotional video . Dr Robert Preston, a graduate of James Cook University (receiving his Masters in 1991 and PhD in 2006) was also a Senior Lecturer in the Visual Arts programme at James Cook University (1991 - 2012). Michael Marzik, Bob Preston , 2016, Giclee digital print on Archival Hahnemule