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Between Battles 16: Angus & Robertson Pocket Editions

Photo Credit: Jane Ryder Anzac soldiers were voracious readers. Books, magazines and newspapers from home (as well as trench journals produced at the front) were in high demand, and soldiers’ letters to their families frequently featured requests for reading material to ease the boredom of static trench warfare. The Salvation Army, Red Cross and YMCA collected books and periodicals for the troops, and patriotic organizations like the local Comforts Funds regularly stockpiled and posted books along with the usual parcels of tobacco, chocolate and socks. Items donated to the Townsville Soldiers’ Sock and Comforts Fund. Townsville Daily Bulletin, 20 December 1915, 7. Commercial publishers also recognized the demand for literary entertainment, and in 1915 Angus & Robertson published a reduced-size “pocket edition” of C.J. Dennis’s Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, designed to be carried in the pocket of a military tunic and marketed as the ideal gift for a son or husband at

Show Holiday: Library Closed Townsville

The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, JCU Townsville campus will be closed this Monday the 6th of July for the Townsville Show. The 24 hour Information Commons computer lab located in the library will be open. It can be accessed from the north east door by students using their student card. The library will reopen Tuesday the 7th of July at 8am til 9pm. Visit the Library Opening Hours for more information.

2015 Library Client Survey Results Available Soon

You told us, we listened! We are now identifying actions to further improve library services and resources.  In May 2015, Library and Information Services ran the JCU Library Client Survey. More than 3,548 people took the opportunity to tell us what they think about their libraries, and 41% provided a total of 2,669 comments. We also asked about research behaviours and how clients seek information. 2,838 respondents told us about their preferences and it is encouraging to note that overall 67% research a topic by looking first for items in One Search. This was followed by using Google or another search engine to find relevant resources. The survey results help Library and Information Services staff identify: What services and resources are most important to clients  How we are performing in the delivery of these services and resources  Priority areas for improvement  The 2015 overall satisfaction score was 5.76 out of 7 placing JCU in the top 50% when benchmarked again

Between Battles 15: Decorative Coal Scuttle

Caption:  Decorative Coal Scuttle from the 4RAA Museum Collection     Photo credit: Jane Ryder This intriguing item is an example of World War One trench art held in the collection of the 4th Field Regiment Royal Australian Artillery (4RAA) Museum at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville. Caption:  Detail (view 1) of the Decorative Coal Scuttle from the 4RAA Museum Collection     Photo Credit: Jane Ryder Caption:  Detail (view 2) of the Decorative Coal Scuttle from the 4RAA Museum Collection     Photo Credit: Jane Ryder Hand made from an 18-pounder brass ammunition shell, and decorated with an Australian rising sun badge, this piece of trench art is a replica coal scuttle- a common and highly recognizable household item of the period. Smaller versions of this same design are sometimes called sugar scoops; similar-looking household items that also featured a short stand and a handle. Unfortunately nothing is known about the creator of this object although this particu

Happy 112th Birthday George Orwell!

  George Orwell is the pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair, an English novelist, journalist and critic who is best known for his works Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Born this day in 1903, George Orwell is ranked as one of the best British writers since 1945 (The Times, 2008), George Orwell lives on in popular culture with phrases such as ‘Big Brother,’ ‘Thought Police’ and ‘newspeak.’ His brilliant novels, particularly Nineteen Eighty-Four, have given rise to the term ‘Orwellian’ which is used to describe authoritarian or totalitarian social practices and is still a topic of academic debate. To honour the birthday of a great novelist and political critic we encourage you to read his thought-provoking works found in our library here and to read more about his life and works in Encyclopaedia Britannica Online .

Between Battles 14: One man’s trash is another man’s Trench Art

Photograph:  AWM Collection     Caption: Western Front c. 1916. A large quantity of empty shell casings and ammunition boxes representing a minute fraction of the ammunition used by the British Army in the bombardment of Fricourt. (Donor British Official Photograph A111) The landscape in conflict zones on the Western Front had been drastically transformed by the onset of the world’s first industrial war. In addition to the direct changes wrought by bombardment with high explosives the landscape was littered with spent ammunition casings, abandoned weapons and machinery, and various other battlefield debris. However for some resourceful soldiers the wreckage of war represented potential, and they repurposed that wreckage into both practical and decorative items.  Such items are today collectively termed ‘trench art’. Photograph: AWM Collection     Caption: Trench art kitchen scoop : Sapper S K Pearl, 5 Field Company Engineers, AIF Materials such as bone, wood, cl

New Book Display Recommendation: Jason Wing

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online. For instructions how to borrow an eBook by downloading check out our eBook LibGuide . Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password, and additional software will need to be installed to download books. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software. JCU has a large collection of creative arts related titles discussing various art mediums from photography, music, film, print to painting. The titles range from histories, biographies to artist's profiles with examples of their works. A title of interest is: Jason Wing by Commissioning Editor Matt Poll and Jason Wing Call Number: 700.92 WIN/WIN This title covers Jason Wing,  his artistic development, motivation and discussion of his pieces, like the book cover's pic

Between Battles 13: Small Box Camera

Caption:   Soldier of the Great War - Astley James Bromfield on leave in Colombo on a rickshaw, Image from the Bromfield Album, NQ Photographic Collection, JCU Library Special Collections.   Photographer: unknown    Recreational photography became popular around 1900 when Kodak released the first inexpensive camera, the ‘Box Brownie’. While available, cameras would still have been a luxury item for many soldiers during the First World War.  The A.J. Bromfield Album (from the North Queensland Photographic Collection, JCU Library Special Collections) is a good example of armature soldier photography, and many of the photos were probably captured using a small portable box camera, similar in style to this slightly later model which was recently loaned to the Between Battles team by the 4th Field Regiment Royal Australian Artillery (4RAA) Museum at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville. Caption:  Box Camera from 4RAA Museum Collection     Photo Credit: Jane Ryder Caption: A

A Tribute to James Matthew Barrie

Today is the 78 th anniversary of the death of J. M. Barrie. Do you know who J. M. Barrie is? Even if you don’t know the name there are few people in the Western world who cannot name at least one of his works thanks to the power of Walt Disney. Here’s some hints: The film adaptation was released in 1953. It featured a boy. And a girl. And several more boys. And a fairy. And a pirate. Yep it’s Peter Pan the boy who never grew up! First released as a play in 1904, Peter Pan was written by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie who died on July 19, 1937. Although most people know the Disney version of the story, did you know that Peter was initially intended to be the true villain of the story? Or that Captain Hook was only supposed to be a fill-in character to use up time so the set could be changed? Or that the character of Peter Pan originally appeared in a short story in a book called The Little White Bird ?  Or that the ch

JCU Library Opening Hours: June 19th to July 26th 2015

Opening hours from Friday the 19th of June to Sunday 26th of July 2015 Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library  Monday to Friday                8.00 am to 5.00 pm *Tuesday                           8.00 am to 9.00 pm  Saturday                            1.00pm to 5.00 pm Sunday                                 CLOSED Public Holiday Townsville Show Holiday     Monday 6 July 2015                                       CLOSED Cairns Campus Library  Monday to Friday            8.00 am to 5.00 pm *Tuesday                       8.00 am to 9.00 pm  Saturday                        1.00 pm to 5.00 pm Sunday                                  CLOSED Public Holida y Cairns Show Holiday     Friday 17 July 2015                                        CLOSED Check out the Opening Hours website for public holiday opening times.

The Secret River: Book versus Miniseries

The ABC has just screened the first part of a new TV miniseries The Secret River . The ABC webpage describes it as "based on Kate Grenville's multi-award-winning bestselling novel, the two part mini-series The Secret River tells the deeply personal story of Will and Sal Thornhill, early convict colonists in New South Wales. Screens on Sunday 14 June and Sunday 21 June at 8.30pm on ABC". The writer of this entry has read both the novel The Secret River and the non-fiction book about the research and writing of the novel Searching for the Secret River , both held in the JCU Library. The miniseries part one is good in this writer's opinion; it is a realistic and balanced portrayal of humans in the era of the penal colony and the Rum Corp (read a  review on the Guardian website). Comparing the TV series to reading both books -and reading both enhances the novel- is unfair. The novel has been awarded many prizes, and in 2012 the First Tuesday Bookclub on the AB

New Book List Recommendation: Preventing Violence in Australia

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online. For instructions how to borrow an eBook by downloading check out our eBook LibGuide . Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password and additional software will need to be installed to download books, otherwise most eBooks can be read online. A title of interest is: Preventing violence in Australia: Policy, practice and solutions edited by Andrew Day and Ephren Fernandez. Call Number: 364.40994 PRE This title has chapters on a wide range of matters, including alcohol and violence, bullying, perpetrators and homicide, masculinity and violence, and violence in health services . An extract from the publisher's website  states: This book has been written for all of those who are interested in understanding and preventing violence in Austral

Between Battles 12: World War One Bugle

Caption: Bugle from 4RAA Museum Collection (View 1)   Photographer: Jane Ryder Caption: Bugle from 4RAA Museum Collection (View 2)   Photographer: Jane Ryder The bugle presented in the images above is held by the 4th Field Regiment Royal Australian Artillery (4RAA) Museum at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville and is typical of the type used during the First World War.  It was recently displayed at the Townsville City Libraries - Flinders Street Branch as part of the Between Battles ANZAC exhibition.  The bugle is arguably one of Australia’s most iconic Anzac symbols and many people today associate it with the playing of the last post at dawn services. Bugles were used in ceremonial military activities during the First World War and they were also an important symbol of military service that were used for recruitment purposes. The most iconic poster of the First World War which features a bugler. ‘The Trumpet Calls’ by artist Norman Lindsay (

A spot of nonsense, with Edward Lear

Edward Lear was born on May 12, 1812 (which would make him 203, were he still alive today). This is the master of poetry and nonsense who gave us the inimitable "The Owl and the Pussy-cat", "The Jumblies", "The Dong with the Luminous Nose" and "Calico Pie". He was also well known for producing some of the most famous and most widely read limericks in the English Language.  You could well say he was the Limerick King. A lot of Edward Lear's poetry has been digitised, and you can link through to many of his books from the results of this search in One Search . But we also have print copies of his books, which you can also find by clicking on the link above. Here's a taster of his work - an excerpt from his own self-portrait: His mind is concrete and fastidious, His nose is remarkably big; His visage is more or less hideous, His beard it resembles a wig. ~Edward Lear Jackson, H (Ed.). (2001). The complete nonsense of Edward

Follow the JCU Library Twitter feed: @JCULibrary

Twitter's slogan is Twitter is your window to the world . To peer through the library curtains at an information feed of 140 characters or less per post just follow JCU Library Twitter feed @JCULibrary. Go to . The Twitter feed will give you JCU Library related news including links to more in depth information available at the JCU Library & Computing News blog , on the JCU Library Facebook page , and upcoming Library Events , relevant IT news for accessing library information, other JCU news or other information JCU library tweeters find relevant. There are a range of academic, social, college run, student and staff focused JCU official social media sources ranging across Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube. You can also follow many JCU academic staff's professional blogs and feeds. It is best to use the above link to official JCU social media sites to ensure you are getting true information about JCU.

The Revolution in Academic Publishing: what you need to know

JCU Library and Information Services is hosting the following seminar next Friday, 19th June. The Internet is transforming academic publishing. This includes the process of publishing, how publications can be shared, and how you can use, comment and build on existing published works. If you are a JCU researcher and an author, reviewer or editor in academic publishing, you really need to come along to this presentation. Topics that will be covered include Open Access publishing, publishing ethics, and why you should consider new publishing models. The presenter, Dr Virginia Barbour is the recently appointed Executive Officer of the Australian Open Access Support Group . Dr Barbour has a long history of working in open access publishing, having joined PLOS in 2004 as one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine , finally becoming Medicine and Biology Editorial Director of PLOS in 2014. Her training in publishing was at The Lancet where she worked before joining PLOS. Dr B

Between Battles 11: 4RAA Historical Collection

 The 4th Field Regiment Royal Australian Artillery (4RAA) has one of the longest historical lineages of any regiment in the Australian Army. The origins of the unit can be traced back to the Victorian Volunteer Artillery in the 1850s, however it was officially raised as the 4th Field Artillery Brigade (4FAB AIF) on 23 September 1915, when it was established as an artillery support to Australian units and allied forced based in Egypt during the First World War.  Throughout two world wars and conflicts in Vietnam, East Timor and Bougainville, 4RAA has retained strong ties to its origins during World War One. Most importantly the spirit and the legacy of such a rich history continues to impact upon those involved with contemporary conflicts and peacekeeping activities today.    This year the unit celebrates 100 years of service, making Anzac commemorations in 2015 enormously significant for the unit, as well as a perfect starting point for our own research. 4RAA maintains a unit

New eBooks recommendation: Paleoamerican Odyssey

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online. For instructions how to borrow an eBook by downloading check out our eBook LibGuide . eBooks are available online by logging in with your JCU username and password.  A new eBook recommendation is: Paleoamerican Odyssey  edited by Kelly E. Graf, Caroline V. Ketron, and Michael R. Waters. An extract from the publisher states: As research continues on the earliest migration of modern humans into North and South America, the current state of knowledge about these first Americans is continually evolving. Especially with recent advances in human genomic studies, both of living populations and ancient skeletal remains, new light is being shed in the ongoing quest toward understanding the full complexity and timing of prehistoric migration patterns. Paleoamerican Ody

"My husband and I...": Listening to the Queen

About 15 years ago some clever linguists noticed that one of the world's most famous women had rather helpfully given speeches a year apart, every year, for over fifty years. You couldn't ask for better grounds for a longitudinal study. They discovered that her voice and pronunciation changed quite noticeably over the decades, and that the "Queen's English" of today was not the same as the "Queen's English" when she first came to the throne. We celebrate the Queen's Birthday on the 6th of June - which is a bit odd since she was born on the 21st of April.  Since this is the day we acknowledge events in the Queen's life that didn't actually occur on this date, why not take the opportunity to watch a few of her Christmas speeches ? Even better, why not record one of your own?  Have your friends and family record a "Queen's Christmas Message" and keep it somewhere for posterity.  In a few decades time, it could be intere

Exam week tips

Minimise exam period stress by controlling the things you can, like finding the exam dates and rooms, the rules about what you can and can't take, or finding good study spaces. Here is a list of tips and JCU webpages to help you get the High Distinction that 13 weeks of steady studying deserve. How does the whole exam thing work? Exams & results  Use this to find out where to go, what you need, and when to turn up. You can also find information about how to apply for special consideration, your grades and how to maintain a good academic level. Where is my exam?  Exam timetables Students can find their personal exam timetables in Students Online . Campus maps to locate exam rooms You could even do a visit beforehand to make sure you have the right room. There is usually a blue sticker above doorways with the building and room number on it. What is my lecturer going to ask?  Past examination papers Reserve Online is JCU's central repository for past exam pap

New Book Display recommendation: Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics

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 list online. A title of interest: Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics by R.C. Hibbler Call number: 620.1054 HIB This is a custom book and is compiled from chapters 12-15 of  Engineering mechanics: Dynamics. It will be of interest for students enrolled in subjects which utilise this textbook. This textbook is laid out in a simple to read manner, introducing many of the basics concepts for mechanics in the physical sciences and problem exercises.

Happy Independence Day, Tonga!

The Kingdom of Tonga (known for a time as the "Friendly Islands") has had a unique history with the British Empire and the Commonwealth.  It was never officially "owned" by Britain, but was a British protectorate from 1900 until 1970. On June 4, 1970, Tonga reasserted its independence, and ended its status as a protected state. It is now one of the few nations in the Commonwealth that has its own sovereign monarch, rather than having the British monarchy as its head of state. If you'd like to explore Tongan history further, why not look for some books in One Search ? When you look for books in One Search, it's always a good idea to use the Refine Your Search options down the side.  If you just search for "Tonga" and "History", you get all sorts of information (including a book about the history of the ukulele).  But when you use the Refine options, you can narrow your results to a more on-topic group. Did you know you can ref

Between Battles 10: The Power of Music

Can you imagine an ANZAC day parade without a street march led by a military band, or the crisp call of a bugle? Odds are the answer is a resounding no! That’s because music and military bands have become embedded within our military culture to the point that such events would be unimaginable without them. Music is symbolic of its society, and during times of war and hardship, people like to be reminded that order and civility are still possible. The power of music to convey emotions, to soothe unrest, or even to boost morale has been recognised by military forces around the world. In Australia, bands have been part of our military culture since Federation, though until the formation of the Australian Regular Army (ARA) in 1947, bands were unofficial in structure, drawing on part-time bandsmen whose roles as medics and stretcher-bearers were given priority. During the war years this often made music making on the front difficult as musicians were first and foremost fighting soldie