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Christmas and the JCU Library

Happy Hannuka, Happy Midsummer (or Midwinter if you're on the other side of the globe), Happy Dōngzhì, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year... Basically, there are a lot of things being celebrated at this time of the year, and we hope you get a chance to celebrate some of them. Here are some things you need to know about the Library during the Christmas/New Year period: Closure We will be closing at 12.00pm (midday) on Thursday the 24th of December (Christmas Eve) and opening again on Monday the 4th of January at 8.00am. During this time, the computer labs on the campuses (including the Library spaces, such as the Information Commons) will be unavailable for use as they will be closed for maintenance. Summer Opening Hours When we return in January, we will be back to Summer Opening Hours (8am-5pm, Monday-Friday - closed weekends). Check the Opening Hours page for your campus library to see what after-hours access is available for the study spaces. Borrowing and returning You can borrow

Fabulous exhibition now open! Visit "50 Treasures: Celebrating 50 Years of JCU" at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville.

Spread the word!   JCU Library's long awaited 50 Treasures exhibition has now opened at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville.    Check the Gallery's opening hours here before you visit, as COVID restrictions may continue to ease and opening hours expand.  And remember there is no need to book, just turn up during opening hours.  All of the 50 Treasures are present in NQHeritage@JCU - our online repository for our Special Collections.  See the 50 Treasures online exhibition page .  We have created digital versions making it possible for  you to explore them further, in depth, from wherever you may be. See our short videos about the treasures on our youtube channel . Thinking about what to get friends and family for Christmas?  Check out the beautiful print version of the 50 Treasures exhibition catalogue, available from the Gallery for only $20.  Take a look over the digital version .  With 40 different authors involved - telling us the story of why this set of dive

Planned maintenance for ResearchOnline@JCU

ResearchOnline@JCU is scheduled for planned maintenance and will be offline from 19 November 5:00 pm (AEST). This service disruption is expected to be resolved by 21 November at 5:00 pm (AEST). Please contact for any queries.

See the 50 Treasures from our Special Collections

Ron Kenny,  The Bay , 196 8, watercolour on paper, 54 x 43cm. James Cook University Art Collection. © Anne Kenny, 2020. Photograph: Michael Marzik. Throughout 2020 we have been showcasing 50 Treasures from our Special Collections to celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Cook University. It has been quite an adventure, and we hope you've had a chance to follow along with us on our posts on this blog . We have had many members of the wider JCU community contributing to these posts - including highly respected experts in their fields - and we are extremely grateful for the work they have put into telling us just why these treasures are significant. But you can explore the 50 Treasures in more depth! Seeing the Treasures in Person If you can find your way to the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville, the exhibition of our 50 Treasures project,  50 Treasures: Celebrating 50 Years of James Cook University , will be on display on the top floor of the gallery until 10 January 2021

Summer Opening Hours

The JCU Library changes to Summer Opening Hours on Friday 20th November, 2020. During this time, library services will be provided on weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm. There will be no services 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 . Until Week 1 of Semester 1, 2021 begins, our opening hours will be as follows: Cairns Campus Library :  Services Monday-Friday – 8:00am-5:00pm Weekends - Closed Building   Monday-Friday – 7:30am-10:00pm Weekends – 7:30am-10:00pm Eddie Koiki Mabo Library :  Services and Building Monday-Friday – 8:00am-5:00pm Weekends – Closed  The library will be completely closed from 12:00pm (midday) on Christmas Eve until 8:00am on Monday, 4th January. Our FAQs and online resources are available after hours. You are also welcome to contact us by email and we will respond during our opening hours.

Remote Australia Online Database

Logo used with permission Remote Australia Online Search is an aggregator of evidence-based reports and resources about remote Australia. Given the vast and often multifaceted issues surrounding the remote regions and its people, Remote Australia Online is a one stop shop for authoritative research on topics that impact remote regions and their people. Topics include education and its pathways, policy, social and cultural welfare, infrastructure, communication and natural resource management. What’s also special and unique about this online platform are the numerous types of content found within the database. A simple key word search on a particular topic reveal surprising results, for example see fire stick management . Some major topics include Sovereignty, Treaty, Native Title, Self-determination, Language, Fire Stick Management, Conservation, Climate Change, Drought, Bushtucker, Native Foods etc. There is a diverse group of publishers and authors: United Nations UN-Convention of

NAIDOC Week: Always Was, Always Will Be

NAIDOC Week takes place across Australia each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year we observe NAIDOC Week from 8-15 November due to COVID-19 restrictions in July. The theme, Always Was, Always Will Be recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for the land we call Australia for over 65,000 years, managing the land for a sustainable future. NAIDOC Week is a time to reflect on the importance of connection to country. We acknowledge the continuing legacies of the Bindal and the Wulgurukaba Peoples who are the original peoples of the Townsville region, and the Yirrganydji People, the original peoples of the Cairns region.  To mark the week this year we are sharing some of the work we have been doing that reflects the theme Always Was, Always Will Be. Mabo Interpretive Wall Located in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, this permanent exhibition begins with the Birrigubba language welcome Wadda Mool

Access to the Library Buildings during Examination Super Hours

During the Examination Super Hours period, access to the Mabo Library Building in Townsville and the Cairns Library Building move into closer sync with each other. On weekdays, both buildings are open for student use and study from 7.30am to midnight . The buildings are not staffed with librarians for the entire time, so check out our opening hours to see if you will be able to talk to a librarian in person. Remember, our chat service is not location specific, so you may be able to chat to a librarian as long as we have librarians staffing at least one building. On weekends , the Mabo Library is open from 10am-10pm and the Cairns library is open from 7.30am-12.00am. Library staff will be available in person in Cairns from 11.00am-3.00pm, with librarians based in Townsville between 10.00am and 10.00pm. See our earlier post for more details about opening hours. To keep our staff and students safe, the buildings are accessible via swipe-card only from 7.00pm on weekdays and from 3.00pm

50 Treasures: Sir Oswald Walters Brierly's Sketches Made Aboard H.M.S. Rattlesnake

Our fiftieth and final treasure is a series of sketches created during the first detailed survey of islands and sea passages in the Great Barrier Reef area and the Louisiade Archipelago. From the James Cook University Art Collection comes Sir Oswald Walters Brierly's sketches made aboard the H.M.S. Rattlesnake. Jean Dartnall answers the question "why is this significant?"  The Artist  Sir Oswald Walters Brierly (1817 – 1894) was a well-known and respected marine artist. He trained in drawing and painting at the art school of Henry Sass in London. However, his skill and reputation did not rely only on that. He went on to study naval architecture in Plymouth, at that time the site of shipbuilding for the British Navy. He also had extensive practical experience of ships at sea. Oswald Walters Brierly, H.M.S. Rattlesnake, June 7th , 1848, pencil on paper, 16.5 x 54.5 cm. James Cook University Art Collection. Photograph by Michael Marzik. Brierly travelled widely and m

Examination Super Hours: 2-19 November

Examination Super Hours for SP2 2020 begin on Monday, 2nd November and run until closing on Thursday, 19th November. In Townsville, the library building will be open for longer hours to provide spaces for study, and librarians will be available for extended periods to help you with last minute questions. 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 share the library spaces with kindness and respect. ❗IMPORTANT CHANGE AT TOWNSVILLE ❗  AFTER HOURS ACCESS TO THE LIBRARY BUILDING WILL BE LIMITED TO JCU STAFF AND STUDENTS ONLY  SEE HOURS INFORMATION FOR DETAILS Eddie Koiki Mabo Library , Townsville: Monday to Friday: The library building - 7:30am-12:00am (midnight)  From 7:00pm building access via JCU Swipe card only Library services - 7:30am-12:00am (midnight) Saturday and Sunday:  The library building - 10:00am-10:00pm From 5:00pm building access via JCU Swipe card only Library services - 10:00am-1

50 Treasures: Sir Maurice Yonge's Return to the Reef

Our forty-ninth treasure, from the Sir Charles Maurice Yonge Collection, is a series of photographs depicting Sir Maurice Yonge's Return to the Reef , in 1978. Trisha Fielding  answers the question "why is this significant?"   The highly successful Great Barrier Reef Expedition of 1928-1929 to Low Isles, far north Queensland, opened up the scientific world to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, and laid the foundations of scientific study into modern coral reef biology. Led by distinguished marine zoologist Sir Charles Maurice Yonge (1899-1986), the expedition inspired generations of scientists around the world.   Sir Maurice Yonge and Ivan Hauri on Low Isles reef flat. Sir Charles Maurice Yonge Collection,  ©Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) Fifty years later, in his retirement, Sir Maurice and his wife, Lady Phyllis, visited the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) to conduct field work at several sites on the Queensland coast. With the assistanc

Open Access Week October 19-25

  Celebrate Open Access week at JCU Oct 19-25 What is Open Access?  Open Access is the dissemination of scholarly and scientific literature, free of charge over the internet, to other researchers and anyone who might benefit from accessing the results of publicly funded research. Open Access communication of research outputs maximizes the distribution, potential usage and outcomes of research findings.   The Open Access movement is based on the philosophy that knowledge derived from public funding should be freely accessible for public use. For writers, Open Access can make the difference between being cited and not cited. The easier it is to access a work, the more likely it is to be downloaded, read and cited. Increasingly, funding agencies are placing Open Access conditions on the publications resulting from research grants. For JCU researchers, minimum requirement is that a copy of the accepted version of an article is made freely available in your institution’s Repository,