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Student Printing Queue Outage January 28th 2016

At present ITR has informed the JCU community:

Any printing or scanning service that requires you to swipe your card at the printer will not be working, including staff-secure printing, student printing, scan to mail.

What do I need to do? Please monitor Central Computing Bulletins for further updates and contact the IT Help Desk if you are experiencing any additional issues and require assistance.

You can also follow the Library Facebook page where library staff will post updates as well.

January 27th International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

January 27th is a United Nations day of observance for the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

On the United Nations website it states:

The theme for the Holocaust remembrance and education activities in 2016, including the Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, is “The Holocaust and Human Dignity”. The theme links Holocaust remembrance with the founding principles of the United Nations and reaffirms faith in the dignity and worth of every person that is highlighted in the United Nations Charter, as well as the right to live free from discrimination and with equal protection under the law that is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Holocaust, which resulted in the destruction of nearly two thirds of European Jewry, remains one of the most painful reminders of the international community’s failure to protect them.

This United Nations websites also has links to a variety of resources including downloadable educational material lik…

Library Opening Hours: 1st of February to 21st February 2016

The libraries on Cairns and Townsville campuses are open from February 1st to February 21st, 2016 at the following times:

Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library 

Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Tuesday*             8.00 am to 7.00pm

Saturday             1.00 pm to 5.00pm

Sunday                 CLOSED

Cairns Campus Library

Monday to Friday  8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Saturday              1.00 pm to 5.00pm

Sunday                 CLOSED

Check out the Opening Hours website for further library hours.

New Book Recommendation: Education integration challenges: The case of Australian Muslims

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:

Education integration challenges: The case of Australian Muslims, edited by Dr. Abe W. Ata.
Call number: 305.6970994 EDU

A summary of the book states:
A collections of essays from different perspectives that explore issues and challenges for Muslim communities in Australia after September 11.

As a JCU library reviewer I noted some of the essays are related to education and are Australian specific issues but they range across topics as diverse as gend…

Opening hours: Australia Day Public Holiday 26th January 2016

James Cook University Libraries in Townsville and Cairns will be closed for the Australia Day public holiday on Tuesday the 26th of January 2016.

The Libraries will be open Monday the 25th January, 2016 and the Townsville 24 hour Information Commons will remain accessible on Australia Day. See the full library opening hours online.

New students to JCU will find there are normally community events held on the public holiday. Check out the Australia Day website for Queensland to see if there are any events in your area. You can also tweet and follow tweets this year as part of a time capsule.

Post-avant-garde David Bowie

If you are watching Rage's six hour video marathon on David Bowie tonight and are inspired to discover or rediscover the depth and breadth of his influence, check out your library collection. Study of David Bowie's creativity fits across many disciplines.

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes:David Bowie Is and the Stream of Warm Impermanence - a review of the touring exhibition
     (The) twentieth-century avant-garde influence on a  
     post-avant-garde Bowie is implicit in some of the exhibits
     included in David Bowie Is. In its display of a "verbasizer": a
     computer program that Bowie developed with Ty Roberts in
     1995 (for use on his underrated Outside album of the same   
     year. The programme is fed sentences from sources of any sort
     (news stories, journal entries,poetic musings) and then randomly rearranges the words it receives
     into new phrases that can be used to compose or inspire song lyrics. The process is a digitization  
     of a tec…

Book Review: The Greatest Gatsby, by Tohby Riddle

What do you get when an illustrator borrows his mum's old type-writer, pulls out a box of stamps and tries his hand at explaining the basics of English grammar?

The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar, by Tohby Riddle.

The book ostensibly explains grammar by illustrating the concepts, but it is really more of a celebration than an explanation.  I'm something of a grammar nut myself, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how Riddle found visually striking ways to illustrate the way language works.... but I'm not entirely sure anyone who was new to grammatical terms would gain a firm understanding of the subject from this book.  I'm also not entirely sure that matters.

This book is a feast for the eyes - especially for anyone with a fondness for old stationary.  Much of the text was created using an old ribbon type-writer, but some of it was created with stamps and letters taken from an old press.

Stamps - proper rubber stamps of things like trains, bicycles and pandas -…

Finding textbook for JCU

Do you need to find which textbooks you require for your subjects? Your required textbook should be in your subject outline, located in LearnJCU.

Textbooks for JCU subjects can also be searched on the Co-op book shop website by clicking the Uni Text List button to get to the textbook search, filter to JCU Townsville or Cairns campus, select the semester and then the subject code.

JCU libraries in Cairns and Townsville have copies of all required textbook.

New Book Recommendation: Cronin's key guide to Australian wildflowers

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:

Cronin's key guide to Australian wildflowers by Leonard Cronin.
Call number: 582.130994 CRO 2016

An extract from the publisher's website states:

Featuring approximately 600 species from all parts of the country, this is a handy reference for identifying Australian wildflowers. This is both a field guide for travellers and a reference book for the home library. It covers more than 590 wildflowers from all parts of the continent. Each species…

Book Review: On Writing, by Stephen King

Not long ago we reviewed a book called How to Write A Lot, by Paul Silvia.  Silvia's book was concerned with writing research papers as a professional academic, and his main piece of advice was to schedule time for writing, set realistic goals and make a point of sticking to your schedule and working towards those goals (hardly rocket science, but still quite revolutionary if you're the kind of person who can never "find time" to write).

Silvia frequently referenced another book in his writing, one concerned with writing fiction:  On Writing, by Stephen King.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a peculiar book.  It actually contains several shorter "books" reflecting different aspects of Stephen King's relationship to the craft of writing.

It begins with what King refers to as his "CV" - a relatively straight-forward memoir which tells the story of his childhood, teenage years and early career, and charts his development as a writer.  In this…

Library Opening Hours 2016 January

Happy New Year for 2016.

The libraries on Cairns and Townsville campuses are open at the following times in January 2016.

Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Saturday and Sunday   CLOSED

Cairns Campus Library 

Monday to  Friday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm 

Saturday and Sunday   CLOSED

Public Holiday 

Australia Day Tuesday January 26    
Both libraries will be CLOSED.

Check out the Opening Hours website for public holiday opening times.

New Book Recommendations

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:
The best Australian poems 2015 edited by Geoff Page.
Call number: 820.81A BES

An extract from the publisher's website states:
In The Best Australian Poems 2015, you will find the who’s who of contemporary poets and the pick of new voices. Sometimes satirical, sometimes erotic, covering family, religion, war and mortality, Geoff Page’s selection celebrates the vital, the vigorous and the graceful voices that populate our poetry scene.

Catalogue systems still experiencing some problems

Our cataloguing systems have been taking some time to come back after the reboot, but things should be getting back to normal now.

Please bear with us if there are still some moments of instability with the systems.

We will be taking these technical issues into account when it comes to renewing books, and you can always contact us via phone or email to renew your books for you if the systems are being less than cooperative.

International Year of Pulses

Yes, you did read that correctly! 2016 is International Year of Pulses. Pulses are annual leguminous crops yielding between one and 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and colour within a pod, used for both food and feed. Pulse Australia is running a range of fun events and competitions to promote these tasty crops.

Try this quiz to find out how much you know about pulses. If you are not sure of some of the answers have a look at the following JCU Library books: Dry beans and pulses production, processing, and nutrition and Cereals and pulses: nutraceutical properties and health benefits.