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Discovering the Yonge Collection - Rumphius' "Ambonese Curiosity Cabinet"

Rumphius, Georgius Everhardus (1711), Thesaurus imaginum piscium testaceorum : cancri, echini, echinometra, stelle marine, etc ut & cochlearum … conchylia … conchae univalviae & bivalviae … mineralia , Petrum vander AA, Lugduni Batavorum. Thesaurus imaginum piscium testaceorum is the first edition in Latin of Rumphius' Ambonese curiosity cabinet : a ground breaking work on the natural history of the Molucca Islands and the Indonesian Archipelago with engraved plates after Maria Sibylla Merian. His Ambonese curiosity cabinet was first published in Dutch in 1705 (titled Amboinsche Rariteitkamer ). This present Latin edition followed in 1711. His greatest work, the 7 volume Herbarium Amboinense was published between 1741 and 1755. These texts after so many, many years are still the only extensive source on flora of Ambon. Illustrated plate from Thesaurus imaginum piscium testaceorum. Employed by the Dutch East India Company, Rumphius spent the greater part of hi

52 Book Challenge - Week 48

Bonjour! Haben sie etwas libri? Ma armastan libros de lectura. Buku itu ngahau. If you had difficulty reading the sentences above, that's probably because the words were taken from languages from different countries. Oh, and this week's Reading Challenge happens to be: 48. A book from another country. Fancy that. Pick a country, any country. It doesn't even have to be a country that still exists. If that's too easy for you, we can make it more interesting by saying it has to be from a country that you haven't already "visited" on this Reading Challenge . But, honestly, we're on the homeward stretch for this year's challenge, so you may as well just read a book that strikes your fancy. Only four more books to go for this year (after this one). Have you read anything new and exciting and different as a result of this challenge? Have you missed out on hearing about the  52 Book Challenge ? Catch up  here .

World Access to Higher Education Day - 28 November

Stock Photo ID:  #1458870   The inaugural World Access to Higher Education Day  will be held on Wednesday 28 November. The day seeks to raise awareness of inequalities in access and success in higher education, and act as a catalyst for international, regional and local action. Consider the following factors that directly affect access to, and completion of a university degree: 14% of Australian households are not connected to the internet 50,000 students will ‘drop out’of Australian universities this year, leaving the institution with no degree and an average student debt of $12,000 ( Grattan Institute, 2018 ). 10 years is the average time taken to repay the HELP component of a university degree. This does not cover costs such as textbooks, housing, food, or other bills ( Grattan Institute, 2015 ). UNESCO has recognised the importance of access to higher education by making equal access to education, including university, one of its Global Goals for 2030. The Universit

Reading Challenge Week 47 - A Young Adult Book

I'll let you in on a little secret: All librarians love Young Adult books. Yes, even the grumpy old librarians who would never admit to such things if you ask them. Back home, secretly, when no one is watching, they're reading books about dying teenagers falling in love and misunderstood werewolves. And possibly books about dying teenagers falling in love with  misunderstood werewolves. The young hip librarians just tattoo references to these books on prominent parts of their bodies. So a Reading Challenge about Young Adult books? Please. You may as well challenge us to walk a short distance to an ice cream store. Brenda Carter read Letters from the Inside by John Marsden If you like a book with a twist that haunts you long after reading it, Letters from the Inside is the book for you. The story is told through letters written by two 15 year old girls, Mandy and Tracey. From innocent beginnings, they share the usual concerns regarding family, friends, school an

More than 10,000 journals are now listed on Cabells Blacklist

Cabells Scholarly Analytics have updated the number of blacklisted or predatory journals in the publishing world. If you are looking for a quality peer-reviewed journal for research or publication, this respected resource is one tool to use.  Journals from all around the world are evaluated for their academic strength and rated by their citation use. Cabells Whitelist have the preferred journals in a specific discipline to select for your work, while their Blacklist is useful as a guide for those titles to be wary of using. Journal information includes scope, summaries, disciplines covered,whether the journal has open access material, citation metrics, and approximate charges for publishing and more. The advanced search functionality allows for selecting specific country of origin, by publisher and whether the journal has open access content. More information on metrics and publishing your research can also be found in our library's Publishing academic research

Discovering the Yonge Collection - Duhamel du Monceau's 'The General Treaty of Fish'

Duhamel du Monceau, M., and De La Marre, M. (1769), Traite general des pesches, et histoire des poissons quelles fournissent, tant pour la subsistance des hommes que pour plusieurs autres usages qui ont rapport aux arts et au commerce , Saillant & Nyon Libraries, Paris.  The General Treaty of Fish , known in French as Traité général des pesches , was written by Henri-Louis Duhamel du Monceau and Jean-Louis De La Marre between 1769 and 1782. It focuses largely on the boats, equipment and techniques of fishermen in France during that period. While the text covers mainly France there are also descriptions of areas of economic importance such as the Grand Banks. The Traité général des pesches is an important historical work which provides unique insight into the practices around fishing in France during the mid-to-late 18th century. This work deals extensively with the species of fish found in Europe and beyond, their habits and habitats, techniques and equipment used in fishi

52 Book Challenge - Week 47

Young Adults! Everyone who has ever haunted a public library in their youth will know that the best books have a little "YA" sticker on the spine. Young Adult novels belong in that strange between world where the plots are more dangerous than children's books, but not as depressing as books aimed at "grown ups". Actually, a lot of YA books are remarkably depressing, but that's beside the point. They at least have a bit of drive and drama, while the books without the "YA" sticker are all, like, "Isn't being an adult just a bucket of woe?" We, unfortunately, do not have "YA" stickers on our books. We don't have any of those lovely public library-style stickers on our books (although, at least a couple of our librarians have been plotting to change that for years). We do have YA books, though. Where are they? In the Curriculum Collection, mainly (where all the best books are), although some are up in the literatur

Library Summer Break Opening Hours

Stock Photo ID:  #1396846  iClipArt Now that exams are over, the library's extended opening hours have finished. We are now open during the following times: Cairns Campus Library The library will be staffed from Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and the building will remain open until 10:00pm with security patrolling the building. Mabo Library Townsville The library will be open Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, and the Info Commons will remain open 24/7. Both libraries will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. Cairns Campus Library and the Mabo Library Townsville (including 24 hour InfoCommons in Townsville) will be closed from 12 noon on 24th December 2018 until 2nd January 2019, reopening at 8:00 am on the 2nd January 2019. You can also check the latest opening hours on the library website.

Reading Challenge Week 46 - A Self-Published Book

Self-published books aren't easy things to find in libraries - particularly academic libraries, so this week's Reading Challenge was extra challenging. The shortage of self-published material is partly because there's still an idea that self-published books weren't "good enough" to get a publisher (although the sales figures on Amazon may suggest this is now far from the case, and many would argue that publishers are simply too restrictive in their ideas about what will sell), but it's also because self-published books aren't sold through the "normal" channels, so most libraries have to find out about them through word of mouth. In an academic library, we tend to avoid self-published non-fiction purely because a reputable publisher is one of the safe-guards we have to prove that the authors have "authority" to write about their topic. And yet, we actually have an entire section of the library dedicated to *ahem* "limited r

From Swords to Ploughshares: Townsville men and women who served their community in war and peace

A float in the Armistice Day Parade, Flinders Street Townsville, 1918. Photo courtesy City Libraries Townsville Local History Collection This week Trisha Fielding shares her research on decorated Townsville soldier, Pat Andrews, whose post-war contribution to Townsville's parks and gardens can still be seen today. Pat's story, along with others, is now on display as part of the project's exhibition component, at James Cook University Library and City Libraries Flinders Street. Don't miss it! Percival Pacific Andrews Born: Mutarnee, 1892 Died: Townsville, 1962 Service: Driver with the 17th Company Australian Army Service Corps, awarded the Meritorius Service Medal in 1918 Percival Pacific Andrews (known as Pat) was the son of early selectors in the Mutarnee area, and the family home was located at what is now called Crystal Creek. When the family moved to Townsville, Pat attended South Townsville State School, and he later became a locomotive driver.

Discovering the Yonge Collection - Ellis & Solander's 'Natural history of many curious and uncommon zoophytes'

Ellis, John and Solander, Daniel (1786), The natural history of many curious and uncommon zoophytes, collected from various parts of the globe / by the late John Ellis … ; systematically arranged and described by the late Daniel Solander …, Benjamin White & Son, London. From its first publication, The natural history of many curious and uncommon zoophytes… set a new standard in taxonomic excellence, and went on to become a standard work in many branches of taxonomic zoology and botany for the next two hundred years. The book was one of the first fruits to flow from the establishment of the world-famous British Museum. The natural history of many curious and uncommon zoophytes… was the last major work done by both Ellis and Solander, with neither scientist living to see the completed publication. It was finally published by Ellis’s daughter, Martha Watt with the financial support of Sir Joseph Banks in 1786. The book begins with a sincere dedication by Watt to Sir Joseph Bank