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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