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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