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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

PsycTESTS database trial

JCU Library is trialling the American Psychology Association's (APA) PsycTESTS database until 27 November. PsycTESTS is a research database that provides access to psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the test and its development and administration. Go to the APA PsycTESTS webpage for more information about this database. Accessing PsycTESTS, PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES: No logins are required while using these databases on campus, however off campus users will be asked to authenticate with their jc username and password.  Please note that PsycTESTS is running on the APA platform which also give access to PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES. Please deselect PsycINFO and PsycARTICLES to only search the PsycTESTS database. PsycTESTS is also available via the trial of new online services webpage. JCU Library has an ongoing subscription to the ProQuest platform which also provides access to PsycINFO and Psy

Free AFTRS Youtube Bootcamp

If you're a creative type, and you can make it to Brisbane by 20 November, you might be interested in this: AFTRS Youtube Boot Camp - Take Your Videos To The Next Level Here are some of the details from their blurb: Take your videos to the next level with AFTRS YouTube Boot Camp - a FREE one-day introductory workshop for creators of new media aged 16 and over. This is an exceptional chance for both new media newbies and emerging web filmmakers to sharpen their online skills to create low-budget productions for YouTube. You will learn about: Next generation content Broadening your opportunities as a YouTube creator Building your channel and audience Scripting, camera, lighting and sound If that sounds like something for you, follow the link above and enrol. Enrolment is necessary.

Everything you need to know about exams

Need information about Exams? Check out the InfoHelp Survival Guide for Exams . Find out about: Exam timetables  Campus maps to locate exam rooms  Past examination papers  Library opening hours during exams  Books on study skills for exams  Studying for Exams online tutorial  Examinations FAQ and website. All library staff wish you the best with your exams.