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World Mental Health Day October 10th

World Mental Health Day on Friday October 10th will coincide with National Mental Health Week in Australia from October 5th to 12th  2014. You can see peoples' pledges on the Mental Health Australia's  Mental Health Begins with Me Promises webpage.

A global perspective can be seen from World Health Organization's (WHO) Mental Health Action Plan 2013 - 2020. The library also has a range of titles for students preparing for work in this field so check out our Psychology LibGuide to find the best resources.

JCU students can access the JCU Wellbeing Unit Counselling service located inside the library buildings at Cairns and Townsville. JCU Staff can access counselling services through the Employee Assistance Program.

Reading for Reconciliation Action Plan October

JCU will launch its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) starting in Townsville on Wednesday October 8th 2014, and the other campus over the following week.  At the Townsville campus a flag raising ceremony of the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian flags will be held at the entrance to the campus.

Some recommended titles from our collection:
Lore, law, responsibility and accountability by Jim South. Covers Ungarri (an alternative spelling is Gungarri) people's cultural ways and recent history through the life of Jim South. Touches on various aspects of Aboriginal Australian culture which are similar across the continent like kinship systems (also called skin or meat or moiety group) and family roles, relationship to country and how spirituality, lore and law are intertwined. An approachable book for other Australians to learn more about Aboriginal Australian culture.Stars of Tagai by Nonie Sharp. Nonie Sharp is an academic who has a long involvement with Torres Strait …

LibGuide in Focus: Statistics

Need statistics? Check out the JCU libraries' LibGuide for Statistics.

It has pages that link to Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], Business & Tourism Statistics, Statistical Software and much more.

And if statistics gets your brain humming you might want to read up on some of the software available like SPSS: analysis without anguish: version 20.0 for Windows by Sheridan J. Coakes located at call number 005.369 SPS/COA.

Opening Hours: Labour Day October 6th 2014

Queensland will hold its Labour Day public holiday on Monday October 6th 2014. This is for the first time after a shifts made by Queensland's ruling Liberal National Party Coalition to rearrange public holidays including the Queen's Birthday Holiday. Most of the news media (of any political persuasion) seems critical of this decision like the Brisbane Times.

Townsville and Cairns Libraries will be open from:

1.00pm to 5.00 pm on Monday 6th of October 2014.

Credo has good definition from The Macmillan Encyclopedia (2003) of Labour Day as a traditional day for workers and union members to celebrate the various achievements in workers rights. According to various online journals, union publication and news media the day has a long history in Queensland going back to at least the 1850s and is usually associated with commemorating the granting of 8 hour working days in the 1800s and then a later association with the International Labour movement's May Day (check out the Top…

Adding money to your print account online: New minimum amount

By now you will have noticed that new printers and a new printing system have been rolled out across campuses.

We are happy to report that the minimum amount for online payments has decreased from $20 to $5. Students can use their Mastercard or Visa credit/debit cards for these transactions when logged into Students Online.




Townsville iLearning spaces opened for after hours

You asked, and we are delivering! 

Starting on Tuesday September  23rd, all the iLearning rooms in the Mabo Library in Townsville, will be open 24 hours.

iLearning 3 is still a dedicated silent zone, and  iLearning 1 & 2 are for quiet conversations and small group work.

If you're the networking type and want to cross promote this information or would simply like to give this the thumbs up pop over to our JCU Library Facebook page.

Improvements to Find It @ JCU Launched in Lecture Recess

What is Find It @ JCU? It is JCU's link resolver it uses DOI and OpenURL to link citations from any source to the full text at any epublishing platform the Library has subscribed to. You use it when you click on the Find It @ JCU button or a Find It @ JCU Library link.


You can even configure Endnote to use it to download full text of your libraries.

Why make changes? There are two reasons for this change, one is about making options easily available to you when it doesn't work as expected, and the second is to make it work as expected more often.
What is Changing? The Helper frame is moving and growing The little bar that sits across the top of the article that has the message "Article not displaying? Completely lost? Need help?" which is a link to information about alternative sources of the article and a 'Get Help' form.


Usability tests show that many users do not notice the helper frame, an even if they see it they don't consider it as an option to h…

Featured eBooks: Creative Communities

Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development   by Michael Rushton, Brookings Institution Press, 2013


Urban and regional planners, elected officials, and other decision makers are increasingly focused on what makes places livable. Access to the arts inevitably appears high on that list, but knowledge about how culture and the arts can act as a tool of economic development is sadly lacking. This important sector must be considered not only as a source of amenities or pleasant diversions, but also as a wholly integrated part of local economies. Employing original data produced through both quantitative and qualitative research, Creative Communities provides a greater understanding of how art works as an engine for transforming communities.



Global Creative Industries   by Terry Flew, Wiley, 2013

The creative industries are the subject of growing attention among policy-makers, academics, activists, artists and development specialists worldwide. This engaging book provid…

Need some definitions: Use CREDO not Wikipedia

Credo is an online, full text, reference library which includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, as well as subject specific titles from art, to literature, to law. It is a paid subscription service that JCU staff and students can access.

The advantage of Credo over Wikipedia is that Credo's articles are from reputable publishers who review their sources. A short YouTube clip by Bryant Librarian done in 2011 explains in more detail the advantages of Credo over Wikipedia.



Future of the Tropical Economies conference September 18-19 at JCU Cairns.

The Future of Tropical Economies Conference will be held in Cairns on the Thursday 18th and Friday 19th of September.

An extract from JCU Centre for Tropical Environments and Sustainability Science (TESS) states:

The conference builds on the ‘State of the Tropics Report’ launched by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on 29 June 2014 which was initiated and led by James Cook University, in collaboration with eleven other research universities and institutes from around the world, and which seeks to answer the question “Is life in the tropics getting better?”  This is an initiative of James Cook University and Cairns Regional Council.

The conference will have ABC reporter Kerry O'Brien as moderator and guests and keynote speakers ranging from the Australian Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey to Professor Bill Laurence of JCU. So if you want to read some of the keynote speakers publication drop by the libraries or online to the library to find materials.

Future researchers likely to paw over this piece of history

The popular web browser extension, Stop Tony Meow, is being preserved for later generations to study.  According to SBS News, the extension, which replaces pictures of Prime Minister Tony Abbott with pictures of cats (see image below) has over 100,000 downloads, and is culturally significant enough for the National Library of Australia (NLA) to deem worthy of preservation.

NLA's PANDORA Archive aims to preserve websites of cultural and historical significance to provide long term access far beyond the redundancy date of the original technology.  The Stop Tony Meow developers said that, with the blanket media coverage of Tony Abbott they were "kind of getting a bit sick of his [Abbott's] face," so they created an app that replaces all pictures of Tony Abbott it can find with pictures of cats.

But why cats?  Internet culture is awash in cat related videos, pictures, memes, and jokes and, according to PBS Idea Channel on YouTube, maybe the internet actually is cats:



New Trial: EduTV

JCU library staff have arranged a trial of EduTV, a video content, streaming database from Informit, covering a broad range of discipline areas. Details below are from the EduTV website. Library staff would greatly appreciate your feedback on the usefulness of this resource for your teaching and research. Please contact myself or your liaison librarian with your comments. The trial closes on November 30, 2014 and can be accessed from the Trial page or the following url: http://elibrary.jcu.edu.au/login?auth=elibrary&url=http://edutv.informit.com.au
Immediate streaming access to over 10,000 programs.Content includes documentaries, drama, series and more – from free-to-air and pay TVArchives of programs starting from 2006, with up to 80 new programs added weeklyAccessible anywhere with an internet connectionEasy and advanced searching, with programs classified by subject area Over 10,000 programs and growing, Informit EduTV provides content across a range of learning areas. As well a…

Author and advocate Mark Isaacs visit: Read his work

Mark Issacs a refugee advocate and former staff at the Nauru Regional Processing Centre in 2012 will be a guest speaker at JCU Townsville, Friday September 19th at 6.30pm. He will also give talks outside of JCU at Aitkenvale in Townsville and in Cairns.

The library holds a copy of his book of his account of working on Nauru.

The Undesirables: Inside Nauru by Mark Issacs at call number 325.21099685 ISA.

Special Collections Fossickings 42: Ben Lomond: still making headlines

The CWA Hall on Walker Street seemed an unlikely venue last month for a standing-room only crowd of anti-nuclear campaigners. They had gathered to hear former Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, who had been in office at the time of the Fukushima disaster. That terrible event and its aftermath led him to become a passionate opponent of the mining and use of uranium in nuclear reactors around the world. At the end of a long international and Australian tour, here he was in Townsville. Why?

If you have been following local news in recent months you will know that a particularly rich uranium deposit lies just 50km west of Townsville. Indeed, if you were living in Townsville around 35 years ago this would hardly be news to you and the present agitation against proposals to re-open the mine might be producing feelings of deja-vu. For six years, from 1979 to 1985, the Ben Lomond deposit was frequently in the headlines, with matters reaching a climax in April 1980 when the company applied f…

Spine Poetry Townsville Winners

The Library received 64 entries for the spine poetry competition.   All the entries were photographed and all placed on the JCU Library Facebook. Congratulations to Bob Templeton from Bowen who is the winner of the mini iPad.

The entries from the spine poetry competition were judged by JCU Lecturer from Department of English Dr. Ariella van Luyn.  The judge liked the theme of water that runs through the poem.  The Townsville  winning poem is pictured to the right.


Exam Scanning at the Library 2014

Teaching Staff will be gearing up for exams soon and the information for the exam scanning procedures is located under the Teaching Support Services page along with other Teaching Support Service information like New Staff Guide, Reserve Online and Copyright Information.

The Exam Processing pages links to a full Exam Scanning explanation from which this short extract is taken:
Scanning of single sided and double sided multiple choice exam papers is the responsibility of Lending Services staff from Information and Research Services in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library building (Townsville).Normally all documents are scanned and processed within 24 hours of receipt however this may take longer during peak times. Charges: $18.00 per set plus 26 cents per sheet scanned. The School account code must be provided on the Batch Header Sheet.Papers can either be hand delivered to Lending Services on the ground floor of the Library Building, mailed or sent by courier to the Library Building DA018, J…

New Book: Atlas of Crustacean Larvae

JCU makes outstanding achievements in research and teaching in the fields of marine biology and also aquaculture (fish, oyster, prawn farming). Many undergraduate and postgraduate researchers are searching for biology, taxonomy, life cycle summaries of various water-life.

A new book  in the main collection Atlas of Crustacean Larvae at call number 595.3 ATL might be of interest. Full of overviews of various species of shrimps, lobsters, crabs, krill, barnacles and similar ocean friends. It has close up images, descriptions of the animal and diagrams of their life-cycle. This might be of use for background reading or for a variety of assessments and research purposes.

For those of who dabble in their interest of shelled aquatic water life, don't forget to try JCU's trial of the National Geographic Virtual Library online. You can even search for images.

More bicycle racks outside Townsville Mabo Library

JCU Library loves bike riders. In response to constant demand for extra secure space to chain a bike other than the disabled access ramp handrails, there are now two extra bike racks near the northern entrance on the grassed area.

Other bike racks exist at the eastern end of the library (near the 24 hour computer lab access) and on the southern side entrance out to the carpark.

We ask that patrons who chain their bikes to handrails at the entrances to consider the needs of people who utilise the disabled access ramp for their wheelchairs or are on crutches or need to grasp the rail for assistance and to opt to use the bike racks.

JCU Bicycle User Group Townsville also operates a bike shed which is a secure shed located at the western end closest to the Uni Club and has a bike mechanic available to help.With limited parking space and the cost of fuel, riding your bike is a smart idea

Finding Images & Referencing Them

Sometimes for assessment at uni you might be required to create a piece of work including images. For example students studying  BA1002 at the moment are illustrating their blog post with images. When you use images you need to attribute them correctly to the creator using the recommended referencing style. Images can be an artwork, picture, photo or diagram that is in a source you are reading like a book or a website, or you might look for an image that you can use to illustrate your post.

Where do you find images?

Google has an image search site Google Images, and there are many others; the Creative Commons allows you to launch searches of many sites. Whichever source you use, select an image that allows you to use it.

Yes, you heard (read) right! 

Just because an image is on the web doesn't necessarily make it yours even though it is easy to save and copy. If an owner of an image does not allow use, you can be in breach of copyright when you do this. In any case, to cite your wor…

New book recommendation: Frontier Town by Helga Griffin

At the end of each week our New Books' and Periodicals' displays are refreshed. A book that caught my eye was was Frontier Town: A History of Early Townsville and Hinterland by Helga Griffin. Call number 994.36 GRI. The work is based on an earlier 1983 thesis of the same name. From my brief read it appears to be both engaging and balanced reading. The front pages outline this is a project of North Queensland History Preservation Society which was formed in 2009 in response to a decline in North Queensland related histories being published. This might be of interest to local historians, family historians, or for education and history students and professionals. An item will be held in Library Special CollectionsNorth Queensland for preservation as well.

Bonjour One Search! Changing the One Search language options.

One of the features of the new One Search interface is the ability to change the display language.

Look up in the top corner of the white section at the top of the One Search page and you'll see the help and language controls.

By default, the language will be set to English (AU), but if you click on the arrow you'll see the range of languages you can chose from.

The "big guns" are there: Chinese, French, German, Spanish...

But there are also some languages from other parts of the world, like Malay, Finnish, Portuguese and Korean.

Changing your language options changes the display language in One Search (so all of your controls and options will change), but it does not change the ranking of the results.  You will still see mostly English results at the top of your search.

To get search results in a language other than English, you could try using the Language filter at the bottom of the Refine Your Search section - but unfortunately One Search is not very good at figu…

Reading suggestions and book display: JCU's NAIDOC in September

Three books that touch on Indigenous Australians and military history that are on display in Townsville for JCU's NAIDOC in September are:

Before the Anzac Dawn: A military history of Australia to 1915 by edited by C. Stockings & J.Connor
Call Number: 355.00994 BEF
The story of the ANZAC is considered a defining point in the Australian national image and is considered the start of the Australian martial tradition. Possibly due to the short history of  Australia as a nation state both our early colonial troops fighting abroad and at home and the warfare practices of Indigenous Australians is overlooked. This book examines events pre-1915.

The Australian Frontier Wars 1788-1838 by J. Connor.
Call Number: 355.00994 CON
A read that is probably the next step at examining the frontier wars. It explores the tactics and methods of warfare and places it in context to the broader history of warfare between similar forces and the particular cultural influences on this conflict of both …

Special Collections Fossickings 41: Unsung healer, Ernst Kjellberg

Have you ever visited a chiropractor? Perhaps next time you visit you might ask what they know of the Kjellberg chiropractic system.  It is strange how Townsville acknowledges with quiet pride the therapeutic treatment developed by Sr. Elizabeth Kenny, yet knows little of the work of Ernst Kjellberg, who some regard as a kindred spirit and whose work in the north extended for nearly 50 years.


Swedish-born Kjellberg (pronounced “Schellbay”) arrived in Australia in 1900, aged twenty. In 1906 he took his new Australian wife, Louise, from Brisbane to Sydney, where both studied nursing at the Wahroonga  Sanitorium. After graduation he opened a private clinic, attracting a large clientele, but when war began life became difficult for Ernst with his German-sounding surname and pacifist views. Hoping that a healthier environment would alleviate his wife’s epilepsy, they made the long journey to the then remote Atherton Tableland. Helped by local Aborigines, some of whom became life-long empl…