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Library fines

At some point most of us will accumulate library fines while at university. So how do you check if you have fines? From the Library homepag e click on the Library Account link (circled in yellow in the picture) and log in with your JCU User ID and password. Select the  Fines and Messages option near the top of the page. It's important to note that if you owe $25 or more in fines your results will be withheld . You can pay your fines  in person , by telephoning , or by  mailing a cheque or money order.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The 25th of November is the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - known as "White Ribbon Day" in Australia. This day has been set aside to draw attention to the fact that one in three women world wide have experienced physical or sexual violence perpetuated by men (often men they know), and to agitate for a better future. And yes, it is unfortunately too true that men are also frequently the victims of domestic violence (often also perpetuated by men).  Domestic violence is never okay - regardless of who is the victim and who is the perpetrator.  It shouldn't be part of our culture, and it shouldn't be ignored. If you would like to talk to someone on campus, the Counselling service is a good place to start ( ).  The offices are located in the library buildings in both Townsville and Cairns.

Intersemester/Blockmode opening hours

Second semester finished on November 20, and we are now in the period between semesters when only a few classes are running in "blockmode". During this time, the number of people using the library building scales right back, and we shorten our opening hours . We will be open from 8.00am to 5.00pm during the week in both Townsville and Cairns (except on Tuesdays, when the Mabo library in Townsville will remain open until 7.00pm for the next few weeks). We will be closed on both Saturday and Sunday. During this time, the 24 hr access spaces will be available, but this is a time when the ICT elves traditionally performs major maintenance on the systems, and there will be a few days when the computers may be unavailable, or only working at a limited capacity.  Please keep an eye on the Central Computing Bulletins to stay updated on possible outages. The library will be closed during the period between Christmas and New Year.

New business books

Get some tips for starting a modern business and becoming a market leader from these two new books available from the new book display shelf on the ground floor of the library. The lean startup : how constant innovation creates radically successful businesses / Eric Ries. Most startups are built to fail. But those failures, according to entrepreneur Eric Ries, are preventable. Startups don't fail because of bad execution, or missed deadlines, or blown budgets. They fail because they are building something nobody wants. Whether they arise from someone's garage or are created within a mature Fortune 500 organization, new ventures, by definition, are designed to create new products or services under conditions of extreme uncertainly. Their primary mission is to find out what customers ultimately will buy. One of the central premises of The Lean Startup movement is what Ries calls "validated learning" about the customer. It is a way of getting continuous fee

National Go Home On Time Day - Wednesday 18 November 2015

It is that time of year again when everyone is studying like crazy for their exams and are enjoying the extended library opening hours . Wednesday 18 November 2015 is National Go Home On Time Day and we think you all deserve to go home on time. This day is an initiative of The Australian Institute and now in its 7th year. It was developed as a fun way to talk about how poor work/study/life balance impacts on our health, relationships and workplaces.  We are still open until midnight in Townsville and 9pm in Cairns so if you are studying until late why not set that time as your goal to go home on time and recharge your batteries. Or if you are a night owl, why not have a break during the day (set an early go home time) and come back and take advantage of our 24 hour spaces. Remember it is almost the end of exams and you all deserve to treat yourselves.

Holiday on Mars

Water on Mars NASA | JPL | University of Arizona If you are wondering where to go over the summer holidays, why not consider sunny Mars? To find out if this is the holiday destination for you, have a look at the current information from the Curiosity Rover and regular updates from NASA . Check out this list of 100 Hundred Science Fiction and Fantasy books set on or about Mars and see how many we hold at JCU Library. For the more practical holiday maker, have a look at the e-book Martian Outpost: The challenges of establishing a human settlement on Mars . Enjoy your trip!

Keep in touch with the library via Social Media

As the main academic teaching period ends, keep in touch with Cairns and Townsville Libraries' news online in a more social manner. JCU library has an official JCU library page on Facebook , a Twitter account , and this blog which you can subscribe to via email. My favourite Facebook post this past week has been about World Kindness Day on November 13th. You can read more about World Kindness Day on the Australian Kindness Movement website. A great quote located on the site says "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself" by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

New eBook recommendation - Covered in Ink: Women and the Politics of the Body

Covered in Ink: Women and the Politics of the Body provides important insight into the often unseen world of women and tattooing. Drawing on autoethnography, and extensive interviews with heavily tattooed women, this new eBook provides insight into the increasingly visible subculture of women with tattoos. Author Beverly Thompson visits tattoos parlors, talking to female tattoo artists and the women they ink, and she attends tattoo conventions and Miss Tattoo pageants where heavily tattooed women congregate to share their mutual love for the art form. Along the way, she brings to life women’s love of ink, their very personal choices of tattoo art, and the meaning tattooing has come to carry in their lives, as well as their struggles with gender norms, employment discrimination, and family rejection. Thompson finds that, despite the stigma and social opposition heavily tattooed women face, many feel empowered by their tattoos and strongly believe they are creating a space for self-e

New Book Recommendation: Participatory Research with Children and Young People

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide . Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software. A title of interest this week is: Participatory Research with Children and Young People by Susan Groundwater-Smith, Sue Dockett, Dorothy Bottrell. Call Number: 300.723 GRO An extract from the publisher's website states: This book sets out a clear framework for conducting participatory research with children and young people within a discussion of the rights of the child. Through extensive case studies and a close review of contemporary literature, in relation to ea

World Science Day 2015

"Science stands at its heart as a force for positive transformation and a development multiplier. "  Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO The 10th of November is World Science Day for Peace and Development  and as part of the celebrations  UNESCO will launch the quinquennial   Science Report: towards 2030 , which analyses emerging trends in science, technology and innovation policy and governance. JCU Library provides a range of research support services to help further the goals of JCU researchers in all areas as they are part of this force for positive transformation.

Special Collections Fossickings 48: The golden virgin of Picardy.

Many posts on the subject of World War 1 and North Queenslanders’ involvement in the conflict have appeared here in the last 12 months. But with the approach of Remembrance Day it is timely to include one more, albeit on a quirky subject. Watching an episode of the BBC-TV program, Antiques Roadshow, on a lazy Sunday afternoon I was startled by a wartime photograph of a damaged French church. Where had I seen that image before? La basilique de Notre-Dame de Brebières rises above the small town of Albert in Picardy . Built at the end of the 19th century, the church’s tower and dome are crowned by a golden statue of virgin and child, designed by sculptor Albert Rozé.  In January 1915, at the height of the First World War, a German shell badly damaged the basilica and dislodged the statue. Secured by French engineers, it continued to hang from the tower at a precarious angle for the next three years, giving rise to several superstitions. One held that whichever side, Germans or Allies,

Early birds get the rain: Exam Period 2015 Library Opening Hours

Library staff in Townsville were pleasantly suprised by a light shower at about 7.45am to start off the exam period this Monday the 9th of November 2015. This has been one of the driest years on record for Townsville. You can check out water restrictions on the Townsville City Council website. Library Exam Period Opening Hours are as follows: Townsville (Monday November 9 to Sunday November 15) Monday to Friday 7.30am to Midnight Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am to 10.00 pm Cairns (Monday 9 November to Thursday 19 November) Monday to Thursday 8.00 am to 9.00 pm Friday 8.00 am to 6.00pm Saturday and Sunday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Get involved in Psychology Week 8-14 November

Psychology students and staff, it's your week. It's #psychweek . National Psychology Week aims to increase public awareness about psychology, psychological issues and the role psychologists play in community wellbeing. The week involves events, presentations and a media campaign to assist public understand of psychology. Results for the fifth annual APS Stress and Wellbeing in Society survey will be released during Psychology Week. Find out more here . The survey is designed to help understand the factors impacting the wellbeing of Australians. In 2015, the survey had a special focus on social media and its effect on the health, wellbeing and behaviour of Australians. For tips on managing everyday stress, download the poster from the Australian Psychological Society here . Link to readings and past exams through the Psychology LibGuide here.

2016 enrolment information for you and your family

Congratulations to those of you who have nearly finished the final semester of your undergraduate or postgraduate qualification. For continuing students, look out for re-enrolment updates via email. Subjects and course structures for 2016 are available online now, with enrolment expected to open mid-November. Check the course enrolment planner here . Online enrolment is open until the first week of the study period. Read more here . If you have convinced your friends and family about the advantages of study and they're interested in enrolling at JCU, let them know about the Return to Study evenings coming up at both Townsville and Cairns campuses on the 24th and 25th November. They can find out more, and register to attend through the site . The Mabo Library has extended opening hours during November. Find the opening hours for Townsville and Cairns here . The YouTube clip below is a taste of the wealth of resources the library holds for its members. Let your friends and fam

Kitchenette now available at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

Just in time for Swot Vac! The kitchenette has been completed in the undercroft space outside the 24hr Info Commons at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library. This means our hard-studying students now have microwaves and hot water available to keep them sustained during long hours of study and exam preparation. As always, please be mindful of the other students using the space, and make sure you treat both the students and the space with respect. The Library team and the Student Association fought hard to make sure you could have these facilities - make sure you take good care of them.

Get a haircut and a real job!

OK, well the haircut is up to you... but if you are looking for work over the semester break, or almost finished your degree and wondering what is next,  Careers and Employment can help you. They provide a wide range of career services and resources for students, recent graduates, employers and staff . Log in to the Career Hub and see if there are any jobs that suit, or come and visit. They are located on the 1st floor of the Mabo Library building. The Library also has vocational resources which may help you in the search for the perfect career.

New eBooks Recommendation: CVs, Resumes, and LinkedIn : A Guide to Professional English

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list  online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide . Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software. An eBook title of interest this week is:  CVs, Resumes, and LinkedIn : A Guide to Professional English by Adrian Wallwork An extract from the publisher's website states: Are you a graduate, postgraduate or PhD student? Are you simply looking for a new job in the private or public sector, in research or industry? If your aim is to produce a professional CV or resume, then this book is for you. Based on interviews with recruiters and HR managers, and an analysis o

National Geographic Archive Collection

From its founding in 1888, the National Geographic Society has grown into an organization synonymous with exploration, photography, maps, and rethinking the world as we know it. You can explore this world of articles, maps, images and videos anytime you wish without being attacked by lions, eaten by giant bugs, or getting dirty, because the JCU library subscribes to the National Geographic Archive Collection from 1888-1994. As well as articles, there are amazing images of people, animals and landscapes you can use for assignments, and topic guides to narrow down your subject. Conniff, Richard, and Sam Abell. "Ireland on Fast-forward."  National Geographic Magazine  01 Sept. 1994.  National Geographic Virtual Library . Web. 26 Oct. 2015. Dawson, John D., Jim Brandenburg, and Douglas H. Chadwick. "The American Prairie: Roots of the Sky."  National Geographic Magazine Oct. 1993: [90]+.  National Geographic Virtual Library . Web. 26 Oct. 2015. Coats, B


Did you know that JCU library has more full text eBooks (digital copy) than hard copy books?  So it is probably a good idea to know how to access and reference them. The eBook LibGuide  provides plenty of guidance, but here are some basics: Searching    OneSearch :  Limit your search results by selecting Full Text Online  and Book/eBook for your search results Tropicat : Use Advanced Search , and select Subject Keyword search. Type in the phrase "electronic books" and search for your subject area using another of the available fields.  When you find an eBook title that suits your needs, click on the eBook record and then click on the link to access the full text eBook. Printing Most eBooks have limitations on copying and pasting text due to copyright restrictions. Limitations also apply to the number of pages you can print at a time. Closing Where possible click Close Item when done rather than closing the browser or clicking the br