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Summer viewing: Pride and prejudice

JCU Library has television shows on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572. The arrival of the wealthy Mr Darcy in the neighbourhood causes great excitement within the Bennet family. One of her five daughters, Mrs Bennet feels, is sure to capture the heart of the wealthy young aristocrat. That fate befalls the spirited Elizabeth. Judging him on first impressions and the malicious gossip of friends, she rejects his advances. However, as she busies herself with the stormy romances and scandals of her sisters, she once again finds herself in his company. Gradually her opinions of this proud young man begin to change.

Summer movie: The Princess Bride

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372. "Inconceivable!" "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." 'The Princess Bride' is a classic tale of romance, featuring fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles, and true love.  When Buttercup's love, Westley, is captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts - famous for leaving no prisoners alive - Buttercup mourns him for five years before being forced to marry Prince Humperdink.  Out riding one day, she is kidnapped by an odd trio of criminals who have been hired to start a war. Who is the mysterious Man in Black? What does deadly iocane powder smell like? What are Rodents of Unusual Size? And where did you put that wheelbarrow?

Summer viewing: Redfern Now

JCU Library has television shows on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572. Six families, unconnected, except that their lives are all changed by a seemingly insignificant incident, an accident, or a moment's decision that spirals into a life-changing event.  Six stories of contemporary inner city Indigenous life, told by the people who live it.

Summer reading: The Great Dune Trilogy by Frank Herbert and The Science of Dune by Kevin Grazier (Ed.

Arguably one of the greatest science fiction epics to be produced, the 'Dune' saga now spans 20 novels, seven companion books, a film, and two mini series, as well as board and video games, original scores, numerous official short stories and thousands of pieces of fan fiction. Set thousands of years into our future, the 'Dune' series opens with 14 year-old Paul Atreides, heir to House Atreides, relocating with his family to Arrakis, desert planet and source of the Galactic Empire's wealth: the melange spice, which allows humans to venture deep into space. With deep political intrigue, theology, treachery, action, and sweeping descriptions of Arrakis, Herbert created one of the most exciting and ground-breaking sci-fi universes (Duniverse) in popular fiction, inspiring other franchises like 'Star Wars', Warhammer 40,000, and 'Babylon 5'. If you've already read 'Dune' and were wondering about how realistic Herbert's ideas

Opening hours: Christmas and New Years 17th December 2014 to 26th of January 2015

JCU libraries' opening hours .  Library and Information services wishes everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year . The JCU Library has different opening hours throughout the year depending on campus, study periods and public holidays. Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville : Wednesday 17th of December 2014 to M onday 26 th of January 201 5 Monday to Friday:           8.00am to 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday:     Closed JCU Library Cairns :  Friday 21st of November 2014 to Mon day 26th of January 2015 Monday to Friday:         8.00am to 5.00pm            Saturday and Sunday:      Closed   Both Libraries will be CL O SED : Christmas Day 25th December 2014 to New Year’s Day 1 January 2015. Australia Day 26th of January 2015.

Summer movie: Mabo

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372. Partly filmed at JCU Townsville, 'Mabo' tells the story of one of Australia's national heroes - Eddie Koiki Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who left school at age 15, and spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius.

Summer viewing: Paper Giants

JCU Library has television on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572. In early 1972, Ita Buttrose and Kerry Packer got together to create a magazine that became one of the most dramatic sensations in Australian publishing history. CLEO Magazine - begun in a "fit of pique" - went on to help define women, Australia, and the relationship between the two. Research showed the project would be a failure and the magazine was opposed by the powerful head of the Packer clan, Sir Frank Packer. Yet Ita and Kerry, knowing the consequences of failure would be dire, decided to back their gut instincts anyway.

Summer reading: Three Dog Night by Peter Goldsworthy

Set in Adelaide and the South Australian desert, 'Three Dog Night' explores themes of selfishness, jealousy, loyalty, friendship, and betrayal. Returning to Australia after 10 years in the UK, Martin sets out to reconnect with his estranged friend, Felix, taking his new English wife, Lucy, with him.  Martin and Felix's friendship is typically masculine, but friendly rivalry builds into malicious one-upmanship , with Lucy caught in the cross-fire. This is a stark, uncomfortable, and, at times, painful story, that subtly weaves human foibles into a complicated and heart-wrenching mass of emotion, set against the darkening sky of the outback.

Special Collections Fossickings 44: Common Interest

When did you last visit the Townsville Town Common? Perhaps you had visitors interested in seeing some wildlife? Or wanted to take some serious exercise walking or mountain biking? Or is it one of those places still on your “go to” list? This diverse mix of wetlands, saltpans, dunes, hills, vine forest, swamps, mangroves and woodlands is surely one of the most interesting and exciting backyards a city could have. The Common is a must-see for any naturalist or birdwatcher visiting the north and its signature bird – the brolga –  adorns the University’s coat of arms and is the city’s faunal emblem. The University Arms, granted by The College of Arms, London by Letters Patent dated 26 June 1972. Detail showing a brolga on the University Arms. An area of 3245 hectares protects remnants of the once extensive Bohle River flood plain. In 1869, very early in the city’s history, it became a pasturage reserve which allowed residents to graze cattle there. But a hundred years later i

Book Review: Vagabondage, by Beth Spencer

The latest book of poetry by Beth Spencer , Vagabondage , is a verse memoir of a year spent travelling around Australia in a campervan. This lovely collection of poems is at times hilarious and poignant, as Spencer takes us through memories of past trips as well as the challenges of living on the move for an extended period of time. The poems are variously joyous, wryly observant, amusing and quite deep.  The book is rather like a good concept album - the poems stand alone well enough - but reading them as a collection (in order, as laid out in the book) adds a level of depth and connection that makes you feel as if you have travelled awhile with this person, and know them as a friend. In many ways, the book is reminiscent of Ursula Bethell's From a Garden in the Antipodes  (which, if you haven't read, is also well worth visiting).  Each poem is like a letter home or a note in a diary.   Reading the poems in these works give the feeling of checking in with an old frien

Summer movie: Reservoir Dogs

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372. Released in 1992, written and directed by an almost unheard of film maker, Quentin Tarantino, 'Reservoir Dogs' stands out as a modern American classic. Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss, Joe Cabot, to carry out a diamond robbery. Right at the outset, they are given false names with the intention that they won't get too close and will concentrate on the job instead. They are completely sure that the robbery is going to be a success. But, when the police show up right at the time and the site of the robbery, panic spreads amongst the group members, and one of them is killed in the subsequent shootout, along with a few policemen and civilians. When the remaining people assemble at the premeditated rendezvous point (a warehouse), they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover cop. Synopsis from IMDB

Special Collections Fossickings 43: The Marjorie Green writing desk

 Miss Marjorie Green, photo from the Marjorie Green Archive. The Marjorie Green writing desk in the Special Collections reading room, Townsville. The photograph above shows a wooden writing desk donated to the Delamothe Collection thirty years ago by its owner, Miss Marjorie Green.  Marjorie, then aged 88, was born in Charters Towers but had lived most of her life in the historic house, Kardinia, on Stanton Hill. This heritage- listed building is famous for hosting the Japanese consulate from 1886-1908, before Marjorie’s father, David Green, took over the reins of the “Townsville Daily Bulletin” and made Kardinia their family home. Marjorie, the middle one of three daughters, was still living there in 1984 but her gift of the desk in August that year seems to have been part of preparations for her move to the Masonic Village. The house was sold in November. Kardinia (historic house on right) , Marjorie Green Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 15506. Detail of the

New Book Display recommendation: When Boys Become Boys

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email   or view the   New Books   online.  A  title of interest:   When Boys Become Boys: Development, Relationships and Masculinity   by Judy Y. Chu Call number: 305.230811 CHU A study of how young boys of kindergarten age develop concepts of masculinity that impacts on and is impacted by their relationships to other people including boys their own age. Quite engaging from the start. As a parent of children in kindergarten, there are some interesting points on how young children are responding to their peers and the wider society in deciding what is correct gender behaviour. It then seems to elaborate on how these created rules of male behaviour impacts on their ability to connect to their humanity as a self and to the humanity of other people. This loss of connection flows through to possible behaviour problems and relationship problems seen as male. For more informat

Summer viewing: Inspector Rex

JCU Library has television shows on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572 The TV series, 'Inspector Rex' (A. K. A. 'Kommisar Rex') originated in Austria in 1994.  A simple enough concept - a young male detective, his female off-sider, and a team of earnest detectives - but the the magic lies in the star of the show, Moser's canine assistant, Inspector Rex!

Scanning in the library

Townsville bids farewell to its previous student scanning system Because the new CopyPrint machines can now all scan for free , we have retired our scanners in Townsville and Cairns. JCU students and researchers seeking to scan items now have the option on the new Copy Print machines to scan to their JCU email address automatically, or other email addresses, or scan to a USB thumbdrive . If you have any queries, please come to the Library InfoHelp counter for assistance at Cairns and Townsville.

Summer reading: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

"Call me Ishmael". One of literature's best-known lines opens this classic sea-born tale of adventure, as one man's destructive obsession with revenge changes his crew and the narrator of the story. The main plot of the book tells the story of Ishmael, a young man who uses sea voyages to overcome his depression, and his adventures on the Pequod with the mysterious, ferocious, Captain Ahab, who harbours a deep grudge against the sperm whale who destroyed Ahab's ship and severed his leg on the previous voyage. Ishmael's narrative discusses class, race, shipping, cetology, theology, oceanography, and 19th Century whaling practices. While some criticise the novel for being too wordy and long-winded, many others laud the pace and settings, relishing the way Melville builds the story up to it's tragic climax.

How to check if you have library fines

Library fines , at some point most of us wil l accumulate library fines whilst at u niversity. So how do you check if you have fines ? From the Library homepag e c l ick on the L ibrary Account link  (circled  in yellow in the pic ture ) and log in with your JCU User ID and password . Select  Fines and Messages option near the top of the page . It's important to note that if you owe $25 or more in fines the you r results will be withheld . You can play your fines by making pa yments  in person , by telephoning , or by mailing a cheque or money order.

Summer movie: Spirited Away

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372. 'Spirited Away' won the 2002 Oscar for Best Animated Feature against 'Ice Age' and 'Lilo and Stitch', and is considered one of the best animated films of all time. The film follows the adventures of 10-year-old Chihiro, a sullen girl who enters the spirit world when her family moves to a new neighbourhood.  After her parents are mysteriously transformed into pigs, Chihiro sets out to free them, while encountering strange spirits and assorted creatures, as well as a grumpy sorceress who seeks to prevent her from returning to the human world.

The slab has been poured for Townsville Mabo Library's outdoor seating

If you didn't know already, the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville is having some construction work done outside, at the south western Cafe' entrance, to provide more seating and tables. Today the slab was poured and we are one step closer to the finished product. The concreters did a pebble aggregate top finish to match the other paths nearby, after doing the hard yards of wheel barrowing the concrete to the more distance spaces of the area. This should be a well used space as JCU Townsville campus is located in a dry tropical climate, and for most of the academic year it is comfortable enough outdoors under shade. You can sometimes get a wireless connection to the eduroam network outside of the Mabo Library, so I expect some of the Cafe' and study culture might drift outside. And on more concrete and JCU related news, JCU researchers have found a way to replace the metal mesh or rebar that reinforces concrete with recycled plastic fibres. 

Summer viewing: The Gods of Wheat Street

JCU Library has television shows on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572 Follow the trials and tribulations of the Freeburns, an Aboriginal family of local legends, as they learn to let go of the past with the aid of a little magic and enough deadpan humour to tackle the future.

New items on display: Journals and magazines

Each week, new purchases and the latest issues of journals, magazines and newspapers are made available for immediate use and placed on display at both Cairns and Townsville (and made available online when purchased as such). Please browse while waiting for your friends or in Townsville if you are waiting for a coffee at Juliette's. For new books, you can subscribe to the New Books email and for some journals you can set up an online alert called a Table of Contents service. This week two journals that caught my attention were: Choice: Journal of the Australian Consumers' Association  Issue November 2014 Call number: 640.73 p1 Has some great articles for academic Christmas presents like the best tablets to buy on page 54. It also covers travel insurance and of course appliances like air conditioners. Publication : Australian Copyright Council.    Issue Nov 2014 Interactive Games & Copyright . Call number: 346.940482 p1 A very simple explanation of co

Summer Reading: Next Semester Textbooks

If you what to find out some of next year's textbooks, you can go to the Co-op Bookshop online website and check there. The Co-op staff have pointed out they do not have all of the textbook lists just yet though. Checking out the textbook is useful if you are considering enrolling and want to see what might be covered and get an idea of the upfront costs. Textbook lists are usually available only after you enrol and have access to LearnJCU to see the subject information. The biggest problem most students would argue is deciding, whether the time and hassle saved by buying the textbook versus borrowing for free from the library is best. As a former uni student I would always recommend buying the textbook. It is always handy to have the text for revision available, especially during exam and assignment times when the library copies may all be on loan. After working in the library and seeing upset students unable to get a copy from the library, I know that the stress and cost of b

Summer reading: Perfect Skin by Nick Earls

Jon Marshall, a thirtysomething plastic surgeon, has come a long way. He's a partner in his own medical practice, owns a house in the suburbs, and cruises town in a BMW. He also has a six-month-old daughter, Lily, affectionately known as the Bean. But Jon's life hasn't taken the path he thought it would in his twenties. Newly single, he's facing the challenges of dating in a post-Duran-Duran world. His computer has been seized by surly software. He accidentally peed on his date's cat. And while the Bean reminds him of life's possibilities every day, his new running buddy, Ashley, reminds him that relationship rules were made to be broken.

Opening Hours: Semester Break 2014 November 21st to December 16th

JCU libraries' opening hours .  The end o f year exam and teaching period is over for m ost students for 2014. The JCU Library has different opening hours throughout the year depending on campus, study periods and public holidays. Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville : Friday 21st of November to Tuesday 1 6 th of December 201 4 Monday to Friday:           8.00am to 5.00pm Tuesday:                           8.00am to 7.00pm Saturday and Sunday:     Closed JCU Library Cairns :  Friday 21st of November to Monday 26th of January 2015 Monday to Friday:           8.00am to 5.00pm           Saturday and Sunday:      Closed Both Libraries will be CL O SED : Christmas Day 25 December 2014 to New Year’s Day 1 January 2015. Australia Day 26th of January 2015

Exam Tip: Prepare like a cheater

If you thought you could get away with sneaking a piece of paper into the exam that had tips and clues for all the things you have trouble remembering, what would you write on that sheet of paper? You should go ahead and write it. Creating a "cheat sheet" is actually a really good way to revise for an exam.  It helps you work out where all your weak points are and makes you come up with strategies for reminding yourself of what you've forgotten. Start by pretending you can sneak in a whole A4 sheet and fill it with useful notes. Then try the "tiny piece of paper" option of putting the most important notes in short, concise (perhaps even coded) messages on tiny pieces of paper that you could hide on your person. Go over the notes a couple of times until you feel really familiar with them. Then burn everything so you don't feel tempted to actually use it for cheating.

Journals, Periodicals and Newspapers: Latest Issues on Display

Each week, new purchases and the latest issues of journals and newspapers are made available for immediate use and placed on display at both Cairns and Townsville (and made available online when purchased as such). Please browse while waiting for your classmates to turn up for a study group or in Townsville if you are waiting for a coffee at Juliette's. For new books, you can subscribe to the New Books email and for some journals you can set up an online alert called a Table of Contents service. This week two journals that caught my attention were: Capture November December 2014. The Annual issue . Held in the Townsville Periodicals collection at Call Number 770.232 P1. Capture is a professional photography magazine with, of course, beautiful images and interesting articles. The main article touches on the ongoing need for high quality photojournalism and a shift to journalists being targeted again by warring parties.  My favourite images are on page 22, 29, 35 and 53

Great vacation viewing

When the exams are over, fill the void caused by an lack of study with some of these fine films available now at JCU Library.  After the 21st of November, the Mabo library will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8AM to 5PM, and from 8AM to 7PM on Tuesday. The Cairns library will be open from 8AM to 5PM Monday to Friday. All these titles and more can be found in the main collection at 791.4372. The Intouchables After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. Redfern Now Six extraordinary stories one unmissable series. Redfern Now is the first drama series written, directed and produced by Indigenous Australians. The highly celebrated and multi award winning drama of 2012. Recipient of Most Outstanding Drama at this year's TV Week Logie Awards, the critically acclaimed Redfern Now returns for another extraordinary season. The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Deser

New Resource: Modern Languages Online

In addition to subscribed content, James Cook University eJournals also provides access to a number of open access journals. One of our recent additions is Modern Languages Online Interdisciplinarity across the modern languages and engagement with other fields from a modern languages perspective Gold Open Access under a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC license Rigorous peer review pre-publication interactivity post-publication Rapid turnaround from submission to publication Rewards for article reviewers Flexibility on article length from 3,000-15,000 words International dissemination under the imprimatur of a university press MLO is published by Liverpool University Press , one of the world’s leading publishers in the modern languages, in partnership with the University of Liverpool Library. Current sections are: Chinese/Asian languages; French and Francophone; German Studies; Hispanic Studies; Italian, Portuguese and Lusophone and Russian and Eastern European Languages.

Exam Tip: Look for Past Exams

Going over past exams with a study group can be an effective way to study When you are preparing for your exams, you should check to see if the Library holds digital copies of past exams. You can find them on the Readings & Past Exams page, linked from the Library's home page. Go into a Basic Search and put your subject code in the search box, then change to the Search Type to Subject Code and the Item Type to past exams. The Library does not hold copies of all past exams - only the ones that have been released to us by the lecturers. When looking at past exams, try the following activities to get the most out of them: See if you can identify questions turning up in different "guises" over multiple exams.  Do they keep asking different questions about the same information or themes?  Focus on being able to discuss those themes so that you could answer a range of different questions on that topic Make sure you could actually answer any question on t

New Outdoor Seating at the Mabo Library Townsville

Day 1 , Nov 11 2014. Construction work commenced on 11 November 2014 to create a new outdoor seating area at the Mabo Library Townsville campus. Soon students, staff and visitors will be able to enjoy their coffee, gelato and other goodies in the great outdoors near the wonderful Heart Space and Collections sculpture by Col Henry. The north western (cafĂ©) entry to the Mabo Library is expected to remain open during the 4 week construction period.