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Library Christmas break opening hours

Townsville and Cairns Library buildings will close at 5pm on Friday 21st December 2012, and will be reopening at 8am on Wednesday 2nd January 2013.  Find out more about Library summer opening hours . We wish you all a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Years holiday break. We will see you all in 2013.

So long, Algernon...

Visitors to the Townsville campus library over the past few years may be familiar with our Library Gorilla, Algernon. Algernon has been with us since before the naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, and has probably been a "member of staff" longer than some of our librarians. Algernon is, in fact, the treasured childhood toy of one of our medical students.  Lauren P has had him since she was about one year old (he looks pretty good for a 20+ year old stuffed gorilla), and kindly lent him to us for a jungle-themed display.  You may remember Lauren - she worked in the library on the lending services desk for a couple of years, and her picture still turns up on our website from time-to-time. When she didn't come to collect him after the jungle display, he became something of a fixture in our office - sitting on whatever seat happened to be available.  Then we decided that, as long as he was with us, we may as well keep using him in displays... Algernon beca

Feature eBooks: Christmas

Christmas: A candid history . Written for everyone who loves and is simultaneously driven crazy by the holiday season, this book provides an enlightening, entertaining perspective on how the annual Yuletide celebration got to be what it is today. Christmas philosophy for everyone: Better than a lump of coal . From Santa, elves and Ebenezer Scrooge, to the culture wars and virgin birth, this book explores a host of philosophical issues raised by the practices and beliefs surrounding Christmas. It offers thoughtful and humorous philosophical insights into the most widely celebrated holiday in the Western world. Contributions come from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, theology, religious studies, English literature, cognitive science and moral psychology. The man who invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's A Christmas carol rescued his career and revived our holiday spirits . With warmth, wit, and good cheer, Standiford shows how the unlikely success

Mayan Prophecy and the End of the World

If you are reading, this then the world did not end on 21/12/2012. If you are curious to on what grounds was this prediction based, the place to start would be the Ancient Mayan Calender . For holiday and New Year conversation topics or to brush up on coursework for next year some titles in the library ebook collection to read online are Maya calendar origins [electronic resource] : monuments, mythistory, and the materialization of time / Prudence M. Rice. 2012 and the end of the world  : the Western roots of the Maya apocalypse / Matthew Restall and Amara Solari. The end of time : the Maya mystery of 2012 / Anthony Aveni.   For something more humorous I would simply do a search of the web for some cartoons. 

GATFC Computer lab availibility over Summer Break

Please read the following information from the IT&R week in review of 21st of December 2012 for information on computer lab availability, hours and support services. Information Technology & Resources staff will be unavailable from 5pm Friday 21st December 2012 until the first working day of the New Year Wednesday 2nd January 2013. Please also note Access and Hours of Operation which covers availability of General Access and Teaching Computer Facilities. These are undergoing annual maintenance which this year involves loading of new images for Semester 1, 2013. During the break, clients who believe that there is a Computing or Communications service problem should first check Central Computing Bulletins for any advice regarding the problem or outage. If nothing is detailed, clients should ring the Service Status number +61 7 4781 6555. Should the problem be known, advice will be available. All General Access and Teaching Computer Facilities (GATCF) facilities on Townsvi

New title by JCU author

A/Prof. Rosita Henry Performing place, practising memories: Aboriginal Australians, hippies and the state.  During the 1970s a wave of "counter-culture" people moved into rural communities in many parts of Australia. This book focuses in particular on the town of Kuranda in North Queensland and the relationship between the settlers and the local Aboriginal population, concentrating on a number of linked social dramas that portrayed the use of both public and private space. Through their public performances and in their everyday spatial encounters, these people resisted the bureaucratic state but, in the process, they also contributed to the cultivation and propagation of state effects. Available from JCU Library in ebook format.

The Mabo Library says “thank-you” to its 2012 volunteers

Back: Liz Downes, Marg Naylor (volunteers), Narelle Harrison (Library staff member)  Front: Jennifer Tompkins (volunteer),  Bronwyn McBurnie (Special Collections Librarian) The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library staff celebrated the end of a great year for our three Special Collections volunteers today. A thank-you morning tea was held so that kind words of thanks and friendship could be shared over cake, chocolates and pikelets! This year Marg Naylor donated 190 hours working with the University Art Collection. Jennifer Tompkins donated 110 hours of her time working with Narelle Harrison (Library staff member), primarily in the Library Archives collection. Lastly, Liz Downes donated a 177 hours of her time researching Special Collections, and writing for the Library News Blog under the series name “Fossickings in Special Collections”. All three volunteers freely gave us the benefit of their skills and knowledge, and have made a fantastic contribution to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Spec

JCU lecturer Russell McGregor wins literary prize

Congratulations to Associate Professor Russell MacGregor   who has won a a prize for his book Indifferent Inclusion . Russell has received an award from the 2012 NSW Premier's History Awards  and earlier this year his work was shortlisted in the Australian History Prize in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards . Here is a short excerpt from the judge's comments "McGregor’s story places less emphasis on oppression than it does on the agency exercised by Indigenous Australians as they secured inclusion within the nation. Using an impressive array of primary sources, McGregor develops an original and compelling argument. He suggests that inclusion was less a function of a political action than of a social and cultural campaign as Aboriginal Australians challenged the apathy of European Australians and claimed a place within the nation."  Indifferent Inclusion is held in the library catalouge in both hard copy and eBook version . Copies are also held at T

BrowZine Service Outage

BrowZine have notified us that the service will be unavailable for several hours commencing 5pm AEDST Saturday 15th December. Full announcement Items already in your journal shelf will still be available (like they would be in offline mode) - but access to new content will be unavailable for the duration of the upgrade. After a successful trial the Library has subscribed to Browzine and are currently working with the vendors on incorporating more of our ejournal content in preparation for full launch early in 2013.

Special Collections Fossickings 16: Bigger than Yasi? - Cyclone Mahina

The Pearling Disaster, 1899: A Memorial, Map insert, p14. Was Yasi the most severe cyclone ever to cross the Queensland coast? Maybe not.  Striking the Cape York coast on 4 March 1899, Cyclone Mahina is still regarded as Australia’s worst natural disaster since European settlement, with the loss of over 400 lives and dozens of ships. Clement Wragge, the subject of a previous Fossickings post, identified and named this terrifying storm but tragically his warnings were transmitted after the event. With a central pressure of 27 inches (914mb) compared with Yasi’s 930mb, Mahina was even more intense than her modern cousin. Moreover the cyclone generated a combined storm surge and “wave run-up” of at least 13 metres, spreading  5km inland and causing many of the Aboriginal deaths.  A police constable at Barrow Point, 30 km to the south, found himself and his Aboriginal troopers in waist-deep water despite being camped on a ridge 12 metres above sea level. Mahina destroyed several

Black Ink Press Support Indigenous Writers this Xmas

Christmas is a time to consider presents and any good librarian would always suggest a book. This year why not choose not only an Australian writer but a book with Australian culture in it and one that supports Indigenous Australian writers. Black Ink Press is a Townsville based publisher that has over the pass 10 years or so published around 60 titles written by Indigenous Australians from all across Australia; by schoolchildren and adults; in Indigenous languages and English; across the genres of poetry, traditional tales, recent historical events, and just good yarns. The second reason to buy now is that Black Ink Press titles are currently in short demand due to restructuring of the parent organisation. I went to buy a personal favourite called Junjardee and the Red Bank by Janelle Evans & Jaquanna Elliott   which is about the little hairy man that I grew up hearing about in southern Queensland. They only had one copy left. I have seen Black Ink Press titles stocked a

Introducing EndNote X6

EndNote version X6 is now available for use. You can download the program using the link in our EndNote LibGuide or you can borrow the installation CD from the Library’s lending desk. EndNote X6 has several new features, including: Update and synchronise the references in EndNote desktop and EndNote Web by the click of a button. Maintain and synchronise the references in your EndNote library with the references in your EndNote Web library even across multiple computers  Change Layout options to match your monitor and preferences such as showing the Preview, Reference, and PDF Viewer panels on the right side of the screen to fit widescreen monitors  Open PDFs in a separate tabbed Reference / PDF window for viewing references or annotating PDF files  Apply a rating to each of your references. Search your EndNote library by selecting the Rating option from the Field list. See more about the new EndNote features in the “Welcome to EndNote X6” section of the EndNote Online User

Special Collections Fossickings 15: Clement Wragge - weatherman extraordinaire

Among many much grander volumes there exists in the Rare Book Collection a small book of unremarkable title and appearance. Nonetheless publishers Sapsford and Co  proudly announced  the first issue of Wragge’s Australasian Weather Guide and Almanac , produced “regardless of pains [and] careless of expense.” In fact, the book’s homely appearance belies the remarkable life and eccentric character of its compiler, Clement Wragge.  English-born, he abandoned a legal career at home and, arriving in Australia, began studying meteorology. He had already built some of Australia’s first weather stations when, in 1887, he became Queensland’s chief weather forecaster, constructing a weather observatory on Wickham Terrace. Author Hector Holthouse claimed that Wragge’s nickname of “Inclement Wragge” arose from the torrential rain which fell on Brisbane shortly after his arrival. Others suggest it referred to his tempestuous nature. Wragge pioneered tropical cyclone research, unsuccessfully

New Libguide for eBooks

JCU Library over the past couple of years has expanded its collection of online books from the thousands to a couple of hundred thousand possible titles.  When searching either via One Search or Tropicat, you would have seen many more electronic resources in the results list.   One Search will identify them as eBook and an icon that looks like a book with an e in it. In Tropicat the record will state either online or electronic resource depending on the type of search done . There are a several platforms that provide online book titles that the library subscribes to. Each one will work slightly differently in the way you download, borrow, or read the book. So go to our new LibGuide eBooks Guide to learn more.

Relax with some holiday humdingers

  If life has slowed down for you over summer, you might like to consider some recreational reading or vege out time in front of the TV. If this is the case, come visit the first floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library. We have put together book and DVD displays that might provide you with some relaxation material. We will add new titles as the display items are borrowed.

Library summer opening hours

Semester 2 may have finished, but JCU Libraries will still be open over the summer period.  Take advantage of your Library if you need to complete any study or research over the summer period.  You can check the Cairns and Townsville Library opening hours web pages to help organise your time. Don't forget that the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library has a 24/7 Information Commons computer lab which is available for you to utilise even when the Library building is closed. This ground floor computer lab is accessible after-hours via your JCU student card.

Special Collections Fossickings 14: Blown away – Leonta demolishes Townsville Grammar School

How do you react when those whoop whoop cyclone warnings hit the airwaves? Have you ever thought what it must have been like in the days when there was little or no warning? Cyclone Leonta, which struck Townsville on 9th March 1903, was considered the worst the city had seen. With a central pressure of approximately 965 millibars, today it would be classed as Category 3, with winds between 170-225 kph or greater. Both cathedrals were unroofed, the School of Arts was destroyed and eight people died as the hospital disintegrated. Townsville Grammar School’s impressive two storey brick building, which had withstood Cyclone Sigma seven years earlier, was completely destroyed. By mid-morning the roof had already been ripped off the upper storey but it was not until “the first gong had sounded for dinner” that catastrophe struck and the solid brick walls collapsed. The Grammar School before Cyclone Leonta, NQ Photographic Collection ID 343, Willmett & Wyeth Album A terrifying

New title by JCU author

A/Prof. Paul Pagliano The multisensory handbook: A guide for children and adults with sensory learning disabilities Do you support a child or adult with sensory perceptual issues or cognitive impairment? For people with challenging sensory and cognitive conditions, everyday life can become so unpredictable and chaotic that over time, lack of engagement can often lead to a state of learned helplessness. In this insightful text, Paul Pagliano shows how ‘learned helplessness’ can be transformed into learned optimism through multisensory stimulation, and explains how a programme of support can be designed and modulated to match the person’s needs, interests and abilities. Available in book and ebook format.

Special Collections Fossickings 13: Women of Flowers 3 - Kathleen McArthur (1915-2000)

In December 1996 James Cook University awarded one of its very first honorary doctorates to 81-year-old Kathleen McArthur , wildflower artist, environmental educator and activist. After receiving her degree of Doctor of Educational Studies she was invited to present the occasional address. A reproduction of one of her paintings illustrated the programme. Kathleen’s love of Australian flora, her artistic gifts and forthright nature had for decades made her a significant figure in environmental education and advocacy. At home on the Sunshine Coast the sale of her paintings, and of home-grown native plants, brought funds for her conservation campaigns, and raised awareness of the beauty and fragility of our wildflowers. Despite being a sometimes controversial figure locally, in 2002 the Sunshine Coast named her their “Citizen of the Century”. In 1962 Kathleen became one of the founders of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and increased her activism. She had an advanced ec

New title by JCU author: Byron

Lord Byron c. 1810, BBC History A/Prof. Richard Lansdown The Cambridge introduction to Byron Author of the most influential long poem of its era (Childe Harold's Pilgrimage) and the funniest long poem in European literature (Don Juan), Lord Byron was also the literary superstar of Romanticism, whose effect on nineteenth-century writers, artists, musicians and politicians – but also everyday readers – was second to none. His poems seduced and scandalized readers, and his life and legend were correspondingly magnetic, given added force by his early death in the Greek War of Independence. This introduction compresses his extraordinary life to manageable proportions and gives readers a firm set of contexts in the politics, warfare, and Romantic ideology of Byron's era. It offers a guide to the main themes in his wide-ranging oeuvre, from the early poems that made him famous (and infamous) overnight, to his narrative tales, dramas and the comic epic left incomplete at his d

Invitation: Briefing paper on eTextbooks

JCU Library and Information Services presents: Briefing paper on eTextbooks and third party eLearning products and their implications for Australian Universities By Dr Gillian Hallam , Adjunct Professor, Library and Information Science, Queensland University of Technology Date:     Tuesday 27th, November, 2012 Time:    9am – 10am, followed by morning tea Venue: Cairns Library B1.103 video-conferenced to Eddie Koiki Mabo Library conference room, Townsville All welcome, please RSVP for catering purposes to .

Skin Cancer Action Week: 18 - 24 November

Summer is here, the sun is fierce, and the Cancer Council Australia is asking everyone to watch their backs - literally. Two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they are 70. The good news is that skin cancer, including melanoma, is largely preventable and the earlier it’s caught the better the chance of survival. “Look for new moles or any change in shape, colour or size of a mole or spot. Visit your doctor if you notice any change.”  JCU Library has some interesting resources on the identification, treatment and prevention of skin cancers: Atlas of skin cancers: Practical guide to diagnosis and treatment (ebook) Journal of skin cancer (ejournal) Managing skin cancer (ebook) Skin cancer diagnosis and surgical management in general practice (thesis) Skin cancer management: A practical approach (ebook)

New title by JCU author

Chrystopher J. Spicer (Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences) Great Australian world firsts: The things we made, the things we did Australians are among the most outstanding innovators on the planet, leading the world in achievements across many fields such as sport, the arts, medicine, transport and exploration. From Sir Jack Brabham (first to win a Grand Prix in a car of his own design) to Tom Angove (inventor of the wine cask), from Bruce Thompson (introduced the first dual flush toilets) to Mary Fortune (the first female author of detective fiction) - here are the world's great ideas, inventions, feats and follies - as done first, by Australians. Available at JCU Library in hardcopy book and eBook format.

Feature eBooks: Toy industry

Anime's media mix: Franchising toys and characters in Japan . Untangles the web of commodity, capitalism, and art that is anime. In this book Marc Steinberg convincingly shows that anime is far more than a style of Japanese animation. Engaging with film, animation, and media studies, as well as analyses of consumer culture and theories of capitalism, Steinberg offers the first sustained study of the Japanese mode of convergence that informs global media practices to this day. LEGO: A love story . An adult LEGO fan's dual quest: to build with bricks and build a family. There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks. What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly colored to

Credo reference brainteaser – apples

Take a break from your study with a Credo Reference brainteaser. All the questions or answers in this brainteaser concern apples or an apple. The Big Apple is a nickname for which particular American city? Which scientist supposedly developed his general theory of gravitation from seeing an apple fall from a tree beside his Woolsthorpe home? In a figurative sense, what is an apple-polisher? What is the popular name for the visible projection at the front of the neck formed by the thyroid cartilage? “Love apple” is an old name for what fruit (which is often regarded as a vegetable)? “Apples and pears” is Cockney rhyming slang for what? What is the meaning of the phrase “apple-pie order”? Who wrote the 1929 play “The Apple Cart”: was it George Bernard Shaw, Eugene O’Neill or Noel Coward? “Apple Islander” means someone born in which state (or who has come to regard it as his or her home)? Name one of the two men who founded Apple Computer, Inc. Stuck for answers? Work them

National recycling week: 12-18 November

We all know and understand the need to be green, and National Recycling Week 2012 is the perfect time to celebrate the recycling we do well, and to think about what we can do better. During National Recycling Week Planet Ark aims to increase the environmental benefits (including greater tonnage and less contamination) of kerbside, industrial and community recycling programs. Keep your eyes open for paper and mixed recycling bins promoted by TropEco in JCU Library branches. Recycle, and help Planet Ark reach their goal. Recycle more effectively at home with Planet Ark kerbside recycling tips : When you put materials into your recycling bin, don't ever put them in a plastic bag. Don't put oven-proof glass, drinking glasses or ceramic mugs in your bin. Just 25g of oven-proof glass can contaminate one tonne of normal glass, making it useless for recycling. Keep recycling those newspapers and magazines! Last year, we recycled the equivalent of 1 billion newspapers into news

Set your publications to Open Access

Following the announcement of the JCU Open Access Policy ( ), we’ve had enquiries about how to make the most of Open Access. It’s easy and it’s free. Just load the Accepted Version of your manuscript to ResearchOnline@JCU. This option costs nothing. The Accepted Version has the same content of the published paper BUT does not have publisher formatting and logo’s etc. Loading the Accepted Version is now widely practiced. It is referred to as Green Open Access or The Green Road. For example, Green Open Access meets the new NHMRC policy ( ) where publications resulting from NHMRC funded research need to be publicly available within 12 months of publication. About 70% of journals support Green Open Access ( ). To see a working example – check out this record in ResearchOnline@JCU: . You will noti

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library: Extended Friday exam hours

The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on the Townsville campus will be open until 10.30pm on Friday 9 and 16 November. You can check the complete Cairns and Townsville Library exam opening hours web pages to help you organise your time. Don't forget that the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library has a 24/7 Information Commons computer lab.  This ground floor computer lab can be accessed after-hours via your JCU student card. Good luck with your study!

Feature eBooks: iPads

iBooks and ePeriodicals on the iPad: The mini missing manual . This book takes you down the virtual rows of Apple's iBookstore, to help you find, buy, and download books and subscribe to magazine and newspapers on your iPad. You'll learn now to navigate your books and periodicals and sync them back to iTunes to swap them on and off your iPad to free up storage space. In addition, you'll find out where to get free books in the iBookstore, and where you can shop for iPad-compatible books, both free and for-pay, outside of Apple's domain. Finally, you'll learn the fine art of eBook navigation, including how to change a book's font and font size, add bookmarks, highlight special passages, dynamically look up words in the dictionary, and search through your iBooks. iPad secrets (covers iPad, iPad 2, and 3rd generation iPad) . Most iPad users are familiar with the product’s basic functions, but the iPad offers an endless array options, and one doesn’t need to