Skip to main content


Showing posts from June, 2019

Reading Challenge Reviews: Attention to details

In this last week of June, we keep exploring the theme of " Music and Art " in our 2019 Reading Challenge with a book that contains art and a book that contains music. Sharon read a book about Margaret Olley, who was born on the 24 June, 1923, so seems a perfect choice for this week. It contains colour plates of many of her works, so you can see plenty of art in this book. Brenda reviewed a "real book" - which sounds a bit odd until you know that a lot of music books (particularly for jazz) are called "fake books". "Fake books" give you chords and melody, so casual musicians and buskers can "fake it", and many of them might be sidestepping copyright a bit. "Real books" are... well, technically they're also "fake books", but they're legally approved and might give you more detailed musical notation so more "serious" musicians can play the songs like the original recordings. It's a fun world,

Change to Find It @ JCU Library

Find It @ JCU Library links you to the full text of articles in the JCU Library collection. The way it does this is about to change. Up until now it has displayed the article on the left and a 'helper frame' or 'sidebar navigation' on the right that gives you options if the article doesn't appear. Rapid changes in publisher web sites and increased browser security have meant too often users see 'Open Content in New Tab' message (if  we know a publisher site is problematic) or a blank white screen (when the publisher has changed something without informing us).  In addition Open Access aggregators combine SSL and non-SSL publisher sites meaning mixed content warnings are unavoidable. This has meant that when you click on Find It you get one of three possible outcomes: The article, or; A prompt to click on another link, or; A blank page  Analysis of your requests for help and comments in last year's Library Client Survey tell us this can be

International Day of the Tropics - 29 June

Since 2016, the United Nations has observed 29 June as the International Day of the Tropics .  The Day was designated to raise awareness of the specific issues and challenges faced by tropical areas and to emphasise the important role that countries in the tropics will play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals . It is also a good opportunity to celebrate the wealth of JCU's research on the tropics, share tropical stories and learn more about the diversity and potential of the region: Explore our Special Collections holdings for archives, ephemera, newspapers, art and books from Far North Queensland and the tropics, including the recently donated Laurie Bragge collection Read the latest research on the tropics in Research Online Follow JCU's State of the Tropics Project Attend the public seminar, Celebrating the International Day of the Tropics - Health and Gender in PNG   on 27 June, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Using the Library After Hours

During the Inter-Semester period (the time between the end of exams for Semester 1 and the start of Week 1 in Semester 2), the library services are only open from 8.00am-5.00pm during the week, and on Saturday afternoons from 1.00pm-5.00pm. But that doesn't mean you can't use the library - it just means you can't get live help from a librarian outside of these times. What can you do after hours? 1. You can access all of our online resources, like databases, Library Guides, eBooks and eJournals. Use the search box on our home page to find what we have. One Search can be used to find most of what's available in terms of books, journals and more, and you can use the "Refine Your Search" options to narrow to "Full Text Online" to see what you can read right now on your computer or device. Click on the tab for Guides to search through our Library Guides. You can find Guides on research support, writing skills, statistics, referencing, eva

Reading Challenge Reviews: Equality, Voices and Transformations

We have an interesting combination of reviews for you this week. May's theme of " Music and Art " for the 2019 Reading Challenge offers us one of the most "human" of our themes for this year, touching on something that is deeply central to our experience of life as humans. Tasch and special guest reviewer Theresa Petray (with her second review for this theme!) both reviewed non-fiction books covering Aboriginal Australian artists (one within music, the other in visual arts), which highlight how the arts can be powerful forces in people's lives - either in building their lives or transforming them. Meanwhile, Brenda read a novel that considers how the arts (particularly music) provide a connection between people. Natascha Kucurs read Gurrumul: His Life and Music , by Robert Hillman . Robert Hillman was chosen to write the biography of Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who was an unnaturally talented musician, born blind in 1969. Gurrumul was an Indi

Inter-Semester Opening Hours

From Saturday, 22 June 2019 up to and including Sunday 28 July, our opening hours will be as follows: Library Services (Staffed) Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm Saturdays, 1pm-5pm Sundays, Closed Library Buildings (Swipe Card Access Only) Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville) - as above, Info Commons open 24 hrs. Cairns Library -  Monday-Friday, 7.30-10pm. Saturday and Sunday, 7.30am-10pm. Public Holidays Please note the different opening hours for Cairns and Townsville libraries on their respective Show days (you will be able to contact the library staff at the other library during this time). Townsville Show public holiday -  Monday, 1 July 2019, Mabo Library closed (note: the 24 hour InfoCommons will be open). Cairns Show public holiday - Friday, 19 July 2019, Cairns Library open 7.30am-10pm (no library services). Our chat services are only available during our Services hours, but you can search our FAQs after hours, or leave a question for us and we'll get b

Telling the Cairns story: Timothy Bottoms' magnum opus

Townsville may have celebrated the 150th anniversary of its establishment in 2016 but, when it comes to documenting the city’s history, it seems Cairns – still 7 years short of that milestone in 2026 – has stolen a march on its southern rival. Timothy Bottoms’ “Cairns: City of the South Pacific” is as impressive in its range and depth as in the weight of its 600 pages. Its ten chapters cover the story of a city which, in the author’s words, transformed itself “from a boisterous, hard-drinking frontier port … to an international tourist destination.” Moreover, while Bottoms’ history concludes in 1995 (the book is based on his 2003 PhD research), he pays due reference and respect to a far older history: a time when the region was simply the Bulmba (or homeland) of the Bama rainforest people, and the emerging city was not even a tiny outpost on a remote shore. His opening chapter, with its title “Not a virgin land” (a clear challenge to the doctrine of ‘terra nullius’), employs an u

2019 Colin Roderick Memorial Lecture: How we keep our pens mighty: Writing against power

The Foundation of Australian Literary Studies hosts an annual evening public lecture in Townsville and Cairns in memory of the late Professor Colin Roderick. The event series provides a platform for celebrated Australian authors to share their stories that have influenced their writing. Join us for this years lecture presented by Bri Lee , the author of the fierce and eloquent memoir Eggshell Skull . Cairns  Wednesday 17 July 6.30pm for 7pm start Venue: The Cairns Institute (building D3) Townsville  Thursday 18 July 6.30pm for 7pm start Venue: Medical Lecture Theatre (building 45) Click here for more information and to register for this event. Bri Lee will speak about the power and importance of writing in shaping modern Australia.Her book and advocacy exposed and challenged the criminal justice system, and she discusses this alongside what is needed to keep pens mightier than swords. Lee is a freelance writer whose writing on legal, social, and cultural issues has be

Reading Challenge Reviews: Detectives, Impressionists and Collectors

This week, for the 2019 Reading Challenge , we're getting stuck into May's theme of " Music and Art " with a tale of murder, a story of love lost, and positive plethora of impressionists. Sharon reviewed yet another Phryne Fisher mystery (we do have quite a number of them). Brenda found a book that looks at both Manet and Monet (and a few more artists as well). Meanwhile, Special Guest Reviewer Theresa Petray has looked at a fictional song collector (but if you wanted to, you could look at some real folk song collectors and/or collections). Speaking of "Special Guest Reviewers" - if you've read a book for our challenge, please send us a review - we love to hear about what you've been reading. Email reviews to Sharon Bryan read Murder and Mendelssohn , by Kerry Greenwood . We are beginning to suspect that we could read a Phryne Fisher mystery for every theme in this challenge. Dear old Phryne does get around. In this

Reading Challenge Reviews: Art and Animals

Let's kick off June's theme of " Music and Art " with a couple of books looking at animals! Why not? Mikki reviews a book which looks at the way members of a certain species (let's call them "humans") like to decorate themselves.... and everything else. Sharon reviewed a book about cats that became a musical about cats. Mikki Rhoides read  The Aesthetic Animal , by Henrik Hogh-Olesen . This book looks at the investment of time and resources spent by humankind on aesthetic activities such as art, music, song, dance, personal adornment, and narrative fiction.  It questions the biological and evolutionary function of these activities: how can a species afford focused energy on things seemingly unrelated to survival and reproduction? Written from a scientific perspective with a lively and entertaining tone, the book synthesizes data from archeology, anthropology, biology, ethnology, and evolutionary psychology to examine the concept of ‘impulse’ as

World Environment Day - 5 June

Celebrated every year on June 5, World Environment Day is the United Nations’ biggest annual event for positive environmental action to encourage worldwide awareness of the need to protect our planet. Since the first World Environment Day in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for positive public outreach on the environment in over 100 countries. The theme of World Environment Day 2019 is #BeatAirPollution, calling on governments, industry, communities and individuals to take action to explore renewable energy and green technologies, and improve the air quality in cities and regions across the world. More than 6 billion people, one-third of them children, regularly breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and well-being at risk. That’s more than 90% of the world’s population. In many developing countries, people face the double burden of indoor and outdoor pollution. Air pollution also goes to the heart of social justice and global inequality.

Reading Challenge - June: "Music and Art"

Well, for this year's Reading Challenge , May's theme of " Sport and Recreation " saw us practically setting up camp in the 700s section of the library (although we did manage to squeeze in some fiction). June's theme isn't getting us out of that section any time soon. For June, the challenge is to read as many books as you can which fit the theme "Music and Art". Once again, you get to decide exactly how your books fit that theme - it can be as strong as reading a biography of Picasso, or as tenuous as a crime novel featuring a shoot-out in a record store. Now, while we do have many books about  music and art, we also have books that straight-up contain music and art. We actually have sheet music in our collection, and you can find it in One Search by looking for the composer (e.g. Mozart ) or title (or a keyword or phrase) and choosing "Music Score" as your Content Type (you may have to click on "more" under Cont