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JCU NAIDOC in September

Monday 2nd of September to Friday 6th of September we are celebrating NAIDOC Week at JCU . NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As July is semester break at JCU we are celebrating NAIDOC Week in September when everyone is usually on campus. NAIDOC originally stood for 'National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee'. The committee was responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself. This year's National NAIDOC theme is "We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963" .  JCU will hold various events around our campuses. The library suggest to use a search string with the following keywords for more information around this year's focus the Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963. Yirrkala Yolgnu  Aboriginal "Arnhem L

Now open: Juliette's cafe @ Townsville Library

Townsville residents have long appreciated the coffee, gelato and other goodies available from Juliette's cafe on The Strand. Townsville staff and students are now able to enjoy these delights on campus, as today sees the long awaited opening of Juliette's on the ground floor of Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.  Do you need a caffeine hit to get you through the day...?  Well, consider stopping by the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library .

Special Collections Fossickings 27: First impressions - letterheads revealed.

The Delta Iron Works - detail of  a business letter, Correspondence series, Delta Iron Works Archive, Library Archives Collection. What we would probably regard as the traditional letterhead on business correspondence made an easy and glorious transition in the digital age to adorn 21st century websites and Facebook pages, promoting everything from small family-owned local concerns to the giant multinationals. But Jean and Alan Dartnall’s work on the Delta Ironworks archive in Special Collections, the subject of a previous Fossickings post, turned up some fine examples from the 1930s and ’40s, prompting curiosity about the origins of this means of branding and promoting business enterprises. Exide Battery Service (Q.) PTY. LIMITED - detail of a business letter, Correspondence series, Delta Iron Works Archive, Library Archives Collection While written communication had become an important feature of European commerce as early as the 15th century, it was another two or three h

Upskill with a Library workshop

Do you need to improve your assignment research skills ? Are you confused by referencing? Do you need to learn about EndNote to manage references for your research project? If so, you need to attend a Library workshop. Upcoming workshops for Cairns and Townsville campuses include: EndNote Referencing SOS! Secrets of searching.

Featured eBooks: Australian politics

Democratic decline and democratic renewal: Political change in Britain, Australia and New Zealand . The story of liberal democracy over the last half century has been a triumphant one in many ways, with the number of democracies increasing from a minority of states to a significant majority. Yet substantial problems afflict democratic states, and while the number of democratic countries has expanded, democratic practice has contracted. This book introduces a novel framework for evaluating the rise and decline of democratic governance. Examining three mature democratic countries – Britain, Australia and New Zealand – the authors discuss patterns of governance from the emergence of mass democracy at the outset of the twentieth century through to its present condition. The shared political cultures and institutional arrangements of the three countries allow the authors to investigate comparatively the dynamics of political evolution and the possibilities for systemic developments and in

How to print from your laptop

Did you know that you can print from your laptop while you're on campus?  As long as you're connected to the wireless eduroam network, you can send print jobs to the JCU Print Server. Windows users follow these instructions. Mac users follow these instructions. Note for Mac users: These instructions are correct at time of writing, but due to ongoing updates causing compatibility issues, we can't guarantee that they will work for you.

eResearch Centre Expo 2013 @ Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

The eResearch Centre Expo 2013 was held in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on Wednesday 7th August. The Expo featured the latest research technology, 3D printers, low cost sensors, drones, blimps and Google Glass. If you missed this event, check out the Win news clip and the photos on JCU Library facebook . 

Invitation to book launch

You are invited to attend a celebration for the release of fantasy novel The Herald of Darkness , book 2 of the Lost Child Saga by JCU student and staff member, Saffron Bryant. This event will take place at 3:30pm on the 28th of August 2013, on the 1st Floor of The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library at James Cook University, Townsville. Her new book and previous title The Fallen Star will be available for purchase at the event for $20. Drinks and nibbles will be served. Please RSVP to Saffron Bryant by the 21st of August.

TIME MANAGEMENT : Plan out your semester with online timetable templates and a Learning Advice desk staff

Inside the library buildings at Cairns and Townsville another section of JCU learning support is hard at work; Learning Advisors and student mentors are assisting students study and produce better assessment pieces to get that grade, to get that degree, to get that job. These colleagues of ours help undergraduate and post-graduate students with a variety of academic skills like writing to University academic standard; this ain't high school, buddy note taking; well smartphones and iPads have their place but there is copying someone's notes and then there is adding your perspective and wording to help your recall it in the exam public speaking; no more sweaty palms and stuttering  and the one overlooked study skill Getting it together with TIME MANAGEMENT have an efficient and effective study regime; look at when you have spare time and when you are under utilising time (procrastinating and wasting time for those who are time rich) and slot that 10 extra hours stud

Browzine now available for Android

Third Iron have announced the availability of Browzine for Android devices. The App is now available in Google Play and the Amazon appstore. BrowZine™ @ JCU Library! A browsable newsstand of the library's top journals. Easily find, read, and monitor thousands of scholarly journals directly from your iPad or Android device. BrowZine is now available for trial at your library. Send feedback to: Watch the Introductory Video Download from the App Store

Feature eBooks: Migration

Asylum seekers and immigration detention . The record rate of unauthorised and unsafe boat arrivals on Australian shores has further fuelled the longstanding asylum seeker debate and prompted the federal government to seek an effective solution to a seemingly intractable border control problem. The government’s recent policy backdown which resulted in the reintroduction of offshore processing for asylum seekers while at the same increasing the annual refugee intake, has drawn both praise and condemnation. Should Australia ‘turn back the boats’ of the so-called ‘queue jumpers’ to deter the unsafe and unscrupulous practices of people smugglers? Should Australia maintain offshore processing in other countries such as Nauru and Papua New Guinea (Manus Island), or process asylum seekers onshore in Australia? What are Australia’s obligations to asylum seekers under the Refugee Convention and under its own laws? Is the practice of prolonged mandatory detention adding further trauma to the l

eResearch Centre Expo 2013

eResearch Centre Expo 2013 Find us in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library foyer, on Wednesday 7 August 2013, at JCU Townsville! eResearch Centre Expo 2013 Celebrating Research@JCU! Come and see the demonstrations, including Latest research technology  3D printers  Research Services  Low-cost sensors Drones  Blimps  Participate in the seminars and talk with exhibiting industry experts! Location: Eddie Koiki Mabo Library foyer                 James Cook University                 Townsville Starts: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 9:00 Ends:  Wed, 7 Aug 2013 16:00 Go here for more information and get the downloadable invitation!