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Reading Challenge Reviews: Popularity, Politics and Pollyanna

This is the last set of reviews for 2019. As next year we'll have our hands full with the 50 Treasures project (50 treasures from Special Collections to celebrate JCU's 50th anniversary), we'll be taking a break from reading challenges. But, if you feel lost and lonely and desperately want a reading challenge to get you through 2020, we can offer you the Amazing, Beautiful, Creative reading challenge (otherwise known as the alphabetical reading challenge). There are 26 letters in the alphabet, and 52 weeks in the year. Each week, you need to find a book with a title that begins with the next consecutive letter of the alphabet (discounting articles like a  or the ). You can give yourself two weeks per book for a 26 book challenge or, for the extreme readers who want a 52 book challenge, you can read a book with a title that starts with the letter one week, and a book with a title that ends  with the letter for the next week. For example, you might read The A pothecary  

Literary Gifts Aplenty

Last year we shared three wonderful sources of literary gifts for your Christmas present purchasing pleasure - Book Geek , Paper Parrot and The Literary Gift Company . It's worth checking these out again for their latest range of literary-themed gifts, including clothing, jewellery, stationery and art. But wait, there's more.. The Readings blog has lists of literary gift suggestions for family and friends, young people, hard to buy for people and even grinches. The State Library of Queensland shop has a wide range of books and gifts including Cat Bingo, library card pins, socks, mugs and more. For the gift that keeps giving all year, buy a personalised book subscription for a friend or yourself from  Bookabuy  and have a new print book delivered to your door every month! Of course, you can continue to enjoy reading and watching films for free during the holidays by borrowing from our library collection. Check our opening hours if you're thinking of making a

Partnerships for the Goals: JCU Kicking (Sustainable Development) Goals

Sustainable Development Goal 17 brings us to the end of our series of posts on showcasing JCU and the UN SDGs.   This final goal aims to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize global partnerships for sustainable developments.     Major factors and targets addressed through this goal are: Finance Technology Capacity Building Trade Systemic Issues A UN Special Report by the Secretary-General, Special edition: progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals highlights the progress made towards this goal in 2019.   At James Cook University the State of the Tropics team and JCU TropEco team among others have many researchers contributing to partnerships on both a local, national and international level. We hope you have enjoyed this series of posts looking at JCU's engagement with the SDGs across our Divsions, Colleges and Research Centres.  It has been an inspirational experience for us and we hope you continue to e

Reading Challenge Review: Meddlesome Midwives

We have a special, feature length book review to kick off our " History " theme in the Reading Challenge . One of our Special Collections Officers is also a jobbing historian, and has written several books and articles about the history of North Queensland. Her latest book considers the history of midwives in the north. It also happens that one of our Special Collections volunteers has written several articles for us over the years about finds in our various collections. Most of the Special Collections Fossickings posts were her contributions. So we are, of course, delighted to have Liz Downes' review of Trisha Fielding's latest book for our first review under the "History" theme. Liz Downes read  Neither Mischievous nor Meddlesome , by Trisha Fielding . A hundred years ago male doctors (were there any other kind?) may indeed have regarded midwives as “mischievous and meddlesome” but for the women who had them by their side through the sometimes per

Reading Challenge, December: "History"

The last theme for 2019's Reading Challenge will get you looking back through your unread pile (if not forward to find a new book): " History ". You know we're very relaxed about how you interpret the themes for our reading challenge. You could, of course, take "History" to mean "events that happened in the past". If you did that, we'd like to encourage you to explore the 900s. Call numbers starting with 900 are History in general. The 930s covers the History of the Ancient world to about 499 CE (bit of a the old Egypt/Greek/Rome focus, but you'll possibly find some things further afield). History of Europe is found in the 940s, and the 950s holds the History of Asia. 950s is History of Africa, 960s the History of North America and 980s the History of South America. Everything else is squeezed into the 990s, so if you were interested in Australian history you'll need to go to 994. BUT! No one said you had to interpret "

Christmas-New Years Day Closure

The Library (in both Townsville and Cairns) closes at midday on Tuesday, 24 December, 2019 (Christmas Eve). We open again on Thursday, 2 January, 2020, at 8am. This includes both the library services and the library buildings. During this time the campuses in Townsville and Cairns will be shut down , and essential maintenance will be undertaken on the computers in the computing labs throughout campus (including the libraries), so access to 24 hour spaces will not be available at this time. We hope you take this time to relax, catch up on some rest and enjoy the holiday period. And remember to wear sunscreen and stick to the shade as much as possible - we want you to stay safe and happy during the break.

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: JCU Kicking (Sustainable Development) Goals

The sixteenth Sustainable Development Goal put forward by the United Nations as a way to improve the quality of life for all people living on our planet is: 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. This goal looks at improving justice from multiple angles - not only by ensuring that acts of violence and genocide are properly investigated and dealt with (and thus, hopefully, reduced), but also by examining the injustices built into institutions and cultural "norms" that lead to inequities in the way people are treated in society. We have a number of JCU researchers active in this field. Here are four who have published research in the past two years: Mr Jamie Fellows has a special research focus on criminal sentences, legal history and war crimes. Judith Rafferty (also known as Jud

Major ICT Maintenance Window impact on Library Systems Friday 6 Dec to Sunday 8 Dec

JCU's biannual planned ICT maintenance window commences 7pm AEST Friday 6th December and finishes 11pm AEST Sunday 8th December. Virtually all JCU systems are impacted with reduced or no availability and Library systems are a subset of those. While these systems may be available at various times during the maintenance window there are no guarantees they will be or when they will suddenly stop as major network infrastructure works take place. Because our systems are either hosted within the JCU network or external to the JCU network (or occasionally have compenents of both) and most rely on authentication from the JCU network for at least partial access to their content there is no one rule of thumb for access except "If it is accessible you are lucky and you can't rely on access continuing". Check ICT Bulletins for additional information. Impacts   Impact of ICT Maintenance Outage on Library Systems  Service  Impacted Nature

Reading Challenge Reviews: Seas and Snails and Sexualities

For our last Reading Challenge reviews for November's theme of " Oceans and Rivers ", we take things a little bit off-piste. Brenda reviews a book that takes in the whole concept of water on our planet, while Sharon reviews a book that just uses the word "fluid" at some point. What have you been reading? Brenda Carter read Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever by Maude Barlow We assume that access to water is a basic human right and that it will always be there with a turn of a tap. But will it? As clean water becomes scarce, what if it was bought and traded as a commodity, monopolised by the wealthy minority? Maude Barlow continues her exploration of this theme in the third of her books on the need for water protection. Barlow continues to reveal the powerful players who threaten to control the water market, but also focuses on solutions that will create a “water-secure and water-just world”.  Discussion of positive go

World Access to Higher Education Day

The second World Access to Higher Education Day is taking place on 26th November 2019. World Access to Higher Education Day is a platform to raise global awareness around inequalities in access and success in higher education, and acts as a catalyst for international, regional and local action.  ‘Access to higher education’ is about more than just enrolling in a university course. A person from a marginalised group may be able to enter higher education but could have fewer options in doing so, have difficulties completing their course, find themselves unable to achieve a comparable level of attainment to other students and then struggle to get a good job. Read the stories of students from under-represented groups around the world, including from Australia, as they share their experiences of access and success, or read some research  that highlights the challenges we face in widening access to higher education.

Reading Challenge Reviews: Poems and Plays

We're back to the river for this set of reviews in our Reading Challenge . We're also branching beyond the usual genres, and finding ourselves in poetry and plays. Brenda has found a book of poetry by the late Ted Hughes with a rather appropriate title, and Sharon went back to the same river she visited earlier, to hang out with the same characters. Brenda Carter read River : Poems by Ted Hughes ; Photographs by Peter Keen            Buds fur-gloved with frost. Everything had come to a standstill In a brand new stillness. The river-trees, in a blue haze, Were fractured domes of spun ghost. Wheel-ruts frost-fixed. Mid-morning, slowly The sun pushed dark spokes of melt and sparkle Across the fields of hoar. And the river steamed - Flint-olive. (‘The Morning Before Christmas’, Stanza 1, p. 8) Ah, end of exams. Time to read, time to slow down and savour exquisite imagery in a book of poems such as Ted Hughes ’ anthology, River . First published in 1983,

Life on Land: JCU Kicking Sustainable Development Goals

The 15th Sustainable Development Goal promoted by the United Nations is a natural follow-on from the last goal (Life Under Water): Life on Land:   Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. It just so happens that JCU has a research centre dedicated to exploring, understanding and protecting life in natural and man-made terrestrial ecosystems in the tropics: TESS: Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science The main research themes of TESS are: Ecology, biodiversity and conservation Environmental change and archaeology Ecosystem science Sustainable landscapes and livelihoods Education, training and capacity building. The members of TESS publish into a variety of subject areas in ResearchOnline, including Terrestrial Ecology and Earth & Environmental Science . TESS run a series of seminars that

Summer Opening Hours

The JCU Library switches to Summer Opening Hours on Friday 22 November, 2019. During this time, library services will only run during the weekdays between 8am and 5pm (services will be closed on the weekends). The Cairns library building will be open for shorter hours, and the after-hours spaces in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville will be restricted to the Information Commons (please note that the Information Commons will be unavailable after hours during the asbestos mitigation ). Until Week 1 of Semester 1, 2020, begins, our opening hours will be as follows: Cairns Campus Library: Services: Monday-Friday – 8am-5pm Weekends - Closed Building: Monday-Friday - 7.30am-10pm Weekends -  7.30am-10pm Eddie Koiki Mabo Library: Monday-Friday – 8am-5pm Weekends – Closed This does not include the period between Christmas and New Years, when the library will be completely closed. Our FAQs and online resources are available after hours,

Asbestos Mitigation in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Building

An asbestos mitigation project is being undertaken in the north-eastern end of the top floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library building. The journals and shelving in that space have been cleared, and workers are preparing to remove asbestos containing materials via the north-eastern fire escape. The space will be refurbished after the asbestos remediation has been completed. For some of this time, parts of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library building will be inaccessible. Access to the entire 2nd floor of the Mabo Library will be out of bounds (for all staff and students) from Monday 25 November until Friday 6th December. All power is going to be disconnected to this space while the asbestos mitigation is undertaken, and there will be no air conditioning, lights or power to this floor. Computers, office spaces and study areas on this floor will not be available for use by either staff or students. Parts of the first floor at the eastern end, directly below where the work is to be ca

Book Challenge Reviews: Reef and River

Each month for our 2019 Reading Challenge , we try to give you a theme that will give you an excuse to go exploring. November's theme is "Oceans and Rivers", and for our reviews in this post we've covered almost all bases. Brenda has reviewed a non-fiction book about oceans (specifically, the Great Barrier Reef), while Sharon took the opportunity to revisit a classic work of fiction set by a river. Brenda Carter read A Year on the Great Barrier Reef   by C. M. Yonge It’s hard to believe that over a year has passed since the launch of the Sir Charles Maurice Yonge Collection . Sir Charles Maurice Yonge (1899-1986) was a highly distinguished marine zoologist with a publication record spanning 63 years. He led the highly successful Great Barrier Reef Expedition of 1928-1929, which opened up the scientific world to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, and laid the foundations of scientific study in modern coral reef biology. Published in 1930, A Year on t

Life Below Water: JCU Kicking Sustainable Development Goals

The fourteenth Sustainable Development Goal set by the United Nations is : Life Below Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. (Which ties in quite nicely with our Reading Challenge theme for this month!) One of many initiatives in which JCU plays a major role in providing vital information to stakeholders and decision makers throughout the region is TropWATER : The Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research. This is a research group focuses on water science, management and ecosystems. It uses a multidisciplinary team of researchers to look at all facets of water and waterways, including ecology, hydrology, oceanography and resource economics. The research undertaken by TropWATER helps government bodies, the business sector, industries and communities make better and more informed decisions regarding their use of water and the impacts on the life below (and next to) water. We have over 1000 r

Reading Challenge, November: "Oceans and Rivers"

Salt water. Fresh water. Seas, lakes, ponds, waterholes, billabongs. Springs, rivers, creeks. The beck that flows down by the old mill. Bodies of water play a key part in many cultures. Communities form around bays that make good harbours. A settlement will set up next to a river, and then grow into a city. The water provides power for the mills, fish for the table and water for the crops. Boats moving up the rivers and across the oceans form the backbone of trade and travel. Our societies could not survive without water. These bodies of water become so much a part of human life that we tend to forget they aren't just there for us to use - they are a thriving ecosystem in and of themselves, which also happen to be a central and important part of other ecosystems. The worst thing we can do is take the rivers for granted. So, for the November theme of our 2019 Reading Challenge , we're celebrating the water ways that support us all in so many ways. The theme is "Ocea

Reading Challenge Reviews: Last guest review for October!

Eagle-eyed observers might have noticed that we're in November already and due for a new theme for our 2019 Reading Challenge , but one of our intrepid readers sent us a book review in the last few days of October (with it's theme of " Health and Well-being "), and of course we absolutely have to share it! It is, unfortunately, for a book we don't currently have in our collection. Bethany Keats has reviewed The Art of Happiness  by the Dalai Lama. If you wanted to borrow it, there's a chance it be found in a number of local libraries , or we could get it in for you on an Inter-Library Loan . If there is a book, book chapter, journal article or other item you need and we don't have it, we can still get it from another library. There is a fee involved, as we have to pay the other libraries for their administration costs, the costs involved in sending it to us and the use of their resources, so you may want to ask yourself whether you really  want it

Artist Residency Opportunity: Drawn to the Mabo Library

2020 Mabo Library Art Exhibition In 2020, James Cook University Library & Information Services will be hosting an Artist Residency Program  -  Drawn to the Mabo Library  - which will take place in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, including Special Collections and the surrounding grounds of the Townsville Campus. The intention of this program is to open the Library for artists to interpret and respond visually and creatively to: the Library’s buildings and public spaces, relevant items in the Special Collections, and the program theme:  People, Place, Knowledge, Legacy. Applicants will be asked to describe how their line of enquiry will relate to the four thematic elements and should remain mindful of these themes throughout the development of their work during the residency. The residency program will: take place between February and June 2020 (dates, days and times to be negotiated) culminate in an exhibition of original art works by the

Climate Change: JCU Kicking Sustainable Development Goals

Is 13 a lucky number? We hope so, because the 13th Sustainable Development Goal put forward by the UN is: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts JCU researchers are at the forefront of observing our changing climate and its impact on the environment and we have over 80 researchers looking at climate change across multiple colleges and disciplines. JCU is also a leading partner in the  ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies , and our Townsville campus houses the ARC's head offices. We have so many top-level researchers doing great things through the ARC that it's too hard to pinpoint just one of them (although we'd like to give a shout-out to Terry Hughes , who's the Center's Director and a good friend of the library). All of the reports and articles published by JCU's researchers as part of their work in the ARC have been uploaded into ResearchOnline@JCU, and they make for very interesting reading if you want to k

Examination Super Hours, 2nd Semester 2019

Examination Super Hours for this semester begin on Monday, 4 November and run until closing on Thursday, 21 November. During this time the library is open longer hours to help students prepare for their exams. Depending on your campus, the building is open for longer hours to provide a study space, and our services run for longer periods of time in case you need to speak to a librarian. Please be mindful of other students using the library spaces. This is a stressful time of semester for many students and we all need to use the shared spaces with kindness and respect. In the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville: Monday to Friday: The library building - 7.30am-12am (midnight) Library services - 7.30am-12am (midnight) Saturday and Sunday:  The library building - 10am-10pm Library services - 10am-10pm In the Cairns Campus Library : Monday to Friday: The library building - 7.30am-12am (midnight) Library services - 8am-7pm Saturday and Sunday:  The library buil

Reading Challenge Reviews: Two Faces of Health and Well-Being

Our two reviews for this week span the personal and public faces of health and well-being. Gabriella used the Colour Reflection Reading exercise to contemplate whether yellow is in fact 'her' colour, while Margaret gained a solid background in the current state of Indigenous health in rural and remote Australia. Gabriella Rogina read Colour Your Life: How to Use the Colour Reflection Reading for Insight and Healing by Howard and Dorothy Sun Yellow? Green? Blue? I was not particularly sure how  Colour Your Life  was going to give me insight  and what colour reflection reading was meant to do. I have never thought of colours as meaning anything in particular apart from having a favourite.  Colour Your Life works on the premise that ‘colour has power’ and incorporates an exercise called the Colour Reflection Reading. This includes eight colours and three basic forms of shapes being square, triangle and circle. The reader is to choose three colours which then become a re