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Copyright and the Dallas Buyers Club case

Have you ever illegally downloaded a movie or TV series via the internet? Are you a copyright pirate or just a thief? Will you ever be caught? Will the laws ever be enforced on you? The library has more than a passing interest in Copyright and Intellectual Property laws and the regular library user will see Copyright warnings when they access readings. A piece of news that came out in early April is that the makers of the movie The Dallas Buyers Club had a decision handed down in their favour. It was described as: The case concerned an application for preliminary discovery by the owners of copyright in the 2012 film Dallas Buyers Club against six Australian internet service providers (ISPs). Preliminary discovery is a mechanism by which a prospective applicant can obtain an order from a court against another person that they assist the prospective applicant to ascertain the identity or description of a prospective respondent. In this case, Dallas Buyers Club LLC sought an o

That's gammon!

There has been some brouhaha* in social media circles of late concerning a couple of My Kitchen Rules contestants from regional Queensland who used the word "gammon" during a broadcast of the popular reality TV show. Apparently, many people throughout the country had no idea what the word meant. They should have consulted the Macquarie Dictionary , which is one of the best sources of Australian words in the world. If they had, they would have quickly discovered that: "Gammon" is a word that came over with the convict settlers, and is "flash slang" - part of the extensive and colourful vocabulary use by convicts (and heavily influenced by British thieves' slang). When used as an adjective, it means "not true" or "fake".  As a verb, it means "to lie or fib" or "to kid". And, as an interjection, it is used to imply disbelief (as in "yer gammon!"). The word was once used throughout the colony

Between Battles 3: Putting on White Gloves

Special Collections Librarian, Bronwyn McBurnie welcomes researchers to the Reading Room in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Townsville Campus Our Townsville based research team began week one in James Cook University Library’s Special Collections.  The Special Collections Reading Room is located on level one of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.  The Special Collections are unexpectedly extensive and contain an enormous variety of items including rare books, diaries, journals, and other manuscript material as well as photographs and oral history recordings.  Most of the collections relate to North Queensland and the tropics. Items from the Salvador Torrent Archive, Library Archives Collection - Photograph by Andrew Rankin The Collections are readily accessible via the Reading Room and discoverable either though the JCU library catalogue, webpages or other specialised finding tools.  Of particular interest is the Shaw Collection of Australian Art & Culture, North Queensland

Commemorate ANZAC: See the photo albums of Astley James Bromfield - a North Queensland Soldier of the Great War

Special Collections Librarian holds one of Astley James Bromfield's photo albums Don't miss the rare materials now on display on Level 1 of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library until Sunday the 17th of May.  See the original photos albums belonging to Astley James Bromfield, a  soldier of the Great War who came from the Atherton Tablelands and enlisted at age 22 yrs.   The albums feature many photos taken by him and also collected by him during the period of the 1st World War. Astley James Bromfield's photo albums in display cases at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Level 1. Astley's albums include a diverse range of photos and the Special Collections Librarian will be turning the pages of the Albums twice every week so you can see different pages across the period of the displays.  Photograph from Astley James Bromfield Album There are photographs of the battlefields of the Western front and its many ruins but also times spent away from the frontline of the war

Dewey Decimal Call Numbers and Serendipitous Browsing

An easy way to find more resources about the same topic is to look at those located near an item you have already found on a library shelf. If you look at books next to each other on the library shelves, the call number range will be either the same or very similar. The JCU Library collection is shelved according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System: 000 – General works, Computer science and Information 100 – Philosophy and psychology 200 – Religion 300 – Social sciences 400 – Language 500 – Pure Science 600 – Technology 700 – Arts & recreation 800 – Literature 900 – History & geography What does this mean for the average library user? Serendipitous browsing.... As Massis (2011) describes "...serendipitous browsing remains today, an integral practice among ... researchers who frequently report having discovered important secondary titles on the shelves adjacent to those they were originally seeking" (p.180). For further assistance ask at

CAUL / ASA fellowship 2015 - Creative project applications now open

Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors are pleased to announce that applications for the CAUL/ASA fellowship for 2015 are now open. Applications must be received by the 29th of May 2015. CAUL and the ASA expect to award the fellowship to a creative project which will showcase university libraries’ special collections by providing artists, authors, scholars and researchers with an opportunity to work on a project that will benefit from concentrated access to at least one of these collections. The fellowship has been made possible through the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund . For more details go to CAUL/ASA Fellowship 2015

Between Battles 2: Introducing the Research Team

Across the coming weeks we'll be posting about the Between Battles project on this blog. Today, meet the varied and talented research team which has been put together for the project.  The team comprises academic staff, librarians, and honours students from James Cook University. Dr Claire Brennan Dr Claire Brennan is history discipline coordinator at James Cook University in the College of Arts, Society & Education. Claire’s teaching focuses on the environmental history of Australia and the Pacific, Australian and Pacific exploration, and global history. While her research centres on the history of animals her global history interests mean that she is currently exploring the ANZAC centenary and its commemoration. Dr Susann Liebich Dr Susann Liebich is a postdoctoral fellow at Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies (University of Heidelberg), where she is part of a research group on "Ships as Transcultural Spaces". She is also an Ad

Between Battles: Commemorating the Cultural Lives of Soldiers

Photograph: AWM Collection, DAOD0058 (http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/DAOD0058/) Caption:  Soldier writing in his tent circa. January 1915. Photo Taken by the Darge Photographic Company. Between 1914 and 1918 some 420,000 Australian soldiers enlisted to fight during the First World War.  Countless research projects have focused on the military aspects of this encounter, including the fighting, the victories, and the enormous sacrifices of the Australian forces and their allies.  But have you ever wondered what Australian soldiers got up to when they were not directly engaged in combat? Have you ever wondered how the soldiers of the First World War passed their time waiting behind the lines of a battle, or in-between training at a camp, or even in transit to troopships and trains? To date, very little research has addressed the activities of soldiers ‘between battles’, yet there is a large amount of information ranging from diary entries to personal letters to period phot

A Sample Essay: Laid out in APA referencing style

Do you want to see what an essay written using APA referencing style would look like? Check out The Big Fake Essay on the Library Writing Guide LibGuide.

Anzac Day 2015: Opening Hours

 Poppy Field (2008) by Mark Shirley . Rights reserved. Anzac Day 25th of April 2015 public holiday falls on Saturday. Townsville and Cairns JCU Libraries will have restricted hours on that Saturday. Opening hours will be: Saturday 25th April           1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

One Search Enhancements

One Search is constantly being tweaked - more content is added, existing content improved and search, save, and full text access functions improved. Today the latest round of enhancements is live and includes: Known item search enhancements: when looking for a specific item and uses a combination of fields, this improvement to relevance should ensure returning the result in the top 10 (if not the top 5) results; fields used include: title, subtitle, author, publication title (for journal article), edition (for book/eBook), publication year Persistent link availability: you can now copy or bookmark links in Summon and these links will allow for long-term support of linking to the content Full text boost: ensures full text links are shown when linking to content when there is both full text and citation availability. Support for exporting citations to EasyBib Also included within this release are improvements to enhance accessibility and translations. On the administrative side t

Choose your own Shakespeare: To Be or Not to Be

Have you ever read 'Hamlet', or watched a production of it? It's very good, but kind of depressing. Ryan North, the artist behind Dinosaur Comics , thought so too. So he decided to fix 'Hamlet', by "restoring" it to its "original second-person non-linear branching narrative format". In other words, a chooseable-path adventure! In 'To Be or Not to Be' you, the reader, can play as Hamlet Jr., Ophelia, or Hamlet Sr. (spoiler alert: he's a ghost!), guiding your chosen character through North's retelling of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Interspersed with amazing graphic art, a book within a book, and many, many stabbings, 'To Be or Not to Be' transforms the moody Hamlet into a carefree pirate, while the miserable ghost decides to stay on as king, and Ophelia invents central heating, because castles are draughty and cold, you know? Just be warned - you may want to want to wait until you have a few weeks without

A Fascination for Twilight?

ABC2 has been re-screening the Twilight Saga , which is not something I would have expected of ABC.  Once upon a time, we could be reasonably sure that ABC stood for "Another British Comedy/Crime show" - but ABC2 has been forging a different path. We do not have the Twilight movies available for loan in the JCU Library... but we do have the books . The Curriculum Collection is intended to be a model school library, and it contains many works that would be of interest to kids, teenagers and young adults.  As such, it's one of the places we recommend people browse if they just want something fun to read for the holidays. The Twilight book are held in Curriculum at 810 MEY(S). But - and here's where things get interesting - we also have the first book of the series in multiple languages. Why?  Well, because the first book was clearly the best and the others were just a bit rubbish, really.  Oh, and we wanted to have some popular reading material available in th

New Book Display Recommendation: Android 4.4 App Developement

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the Cairns and Townsville libraries. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online. This week's title of interest is: Android 4.4 App Development by 005.258 AND/SMY An extract from the publishers website states: The goal of this book is to teach the skills necessary to develop Android based applications using the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and the Android 4.4 Software Development Kit (SDK).  Beginning with the basics, this book provides an outline of the steps necessary to set up an Android development and testing environment. An introduction to the architecture of Android is followed by an in-depth look at the design of Android applications and user interfaces.

Having trouble with referencing?

Having trouble with referencing? Come along to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville campus) and consult with a dedicated referencing expert on weekdays at the InfoHelp Desk between 11am to 3pm. You can also check your references against the appropriate  Referencing LibGuides online.

ResearchOnline@JCU and JCU Public Lectures

JCU regularly holds free Public lectures  that are open to the community to attend. The next lecture will be held in Cairns at the Salt House, 6/2 Pier Point Road on April 14th, 2015.  JCU staff member Professor Lee Stewart will present Lessons about leadership: Developing a culture of discipline.  This lesson is about how to create a culture of self-discipline among people within an organization. We do this to move away from the usual mistake of implementing a huge range of bureaucratic rules to deal with only the several people who aren’t self-disciplined. To read more about Professor Stewart   and her complete list of publications, you can view her Research Portfolio   held at ResearchOnline@JCU . ResearchOnline@JCU  is JCU's Institutional Repository   and is developed and maintained by Library and Information Services. It contains a growing collection of publications and creative works which form the University’s archive of research outputs of staff and higher degree res

Upcoming Library Workshops April 2015: Endnote

The library is running some useful Endnote workshops over the next few weeks. See a full list of library workshops at Library and Computing Services Events . EndNote Workshop, Townsville Learn to track and manage the materials you discover in your research using EndNote - use it in Word to make citing and reference lists simple. Location: 018.002A, Townsville Library Event starts: Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:00 - Ends: 15:00 EndNote Workshop, Townsville  Learn to track and manage the materials you discover in your research using EndNote - use it in Word to make citing and reference lists simple. Location: 018.002A, Townsville Library Event starts: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:00 - Ends: 15:00

New Book Display Recomendation: Gallipoli: The Turkish Defence

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online. As Anzac Day approaches and the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings a recommendation from the New Books display is: Gallipoli: The Turkish Defence by Harvey Broadbent Call number: 940.426 BRO An extract from the publishers website states: The people of both Australia and Turkey attach meaning to their national identities and ideals as a result of the Gallipoli campaign. Gallipoli: The Turkish Defence is the first and only book to reveal new details of the Turkish point of view of the conflict, revealing how the Turks reacted and defended Gallipoli and how they succeeded in forcing the Allied forces to withdraw.

Easter and Passover

This time of year is many things to many people - depending on your culture, your faith and your family traditions. But, at its heart, the Easter and Passover period is a time for gathering together. Traditionally, it's a time for fasting and feasting, and many different foods have become associated with the two celebrations. It's not all hot-cross buns and unleavened bread (or chocolate and potatoes). Now, we don't have many recipe books in the library, but we do have full-text access to a surprising number of magazine and newspaper articles. So, if you're looking for inspiration for family dinner this Sunday, why not try a search like this on One Search: (passover OR easter) recipe*  narrowed to Newspaper Article and Magazine Article (just follow the link - you'll find I've already done the hard work for you). Happy Easter, and Chag Sameach! Stay safe this long weekend.