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2020 - International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services. They devote their lives to caring for mothers and children; giving lifesaving immunizations and health advice; looking after older people and generally meeting everyday essential health needs. They are often the first and only point of care in their communities. The world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030 (United Nations, 2020). That's why the United Nations has designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife . JCU is contributing to this goal by training hundreds of nurses and midwives each year. The library supports nursing and midwifery students by providing tailored resources in the Nursing & Midwifery Guide , and by supporting research in the classroom and in one-on-one consultations. Research publications by JCU staff and students can be found in Research Online . To find out more about how the library can support yo

50 Treasures: Register of Pacific Islanders Employed at Pioneer Sugar Mill

Our third treasure is one of the few Pacific Islander immigration records known to have survived the ravages of time. From the Library Archives comes the Register of Pacific Islanders Employed at Pioneer Sugar Mill. Emeritus Professor Clive Moore answers the question "why is this significant?" The Queensland labour trade from Melanesia was based around indentured labour contracts. It was often accused of being a continuation of, or a new form of the British ‘slave trade’ from Africa to the Americas, which was outlawed in the first decades of the nineteenth century. Although the largely illiterate Pacific Islanders could not have understood the legal contracts that bound them, many of them (about 25 percent in the 1890s) came to Queensland more than once. It is hard to believe that they had no idea of the conditions on the ships that crossed the Coral Sea or on plantations and farms and pastoral properties in Queensland. Register of Pacific Islanders. Photo by Michael

50 Treasures: Minute books of the Townsville Branch of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers, 1894-1909

Our second treasure is JCU's contribution to the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World . From the Library Archives comes the Minute books of the Townsville Branch of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers, 1894 - 1909. JCU's Dr. Lyndon Megarrity answers the question "why is this significant?" The Townsville branch of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers (ASE) was established on 6 January 1894 at the Alexandra Hotel, Flinders Street. The ASE held its regular weekly meetings at this venue for several years before moving to the Grand Hotel (1898) and later the Townsville Trades Hall (1909). Held in James Cook University's Special Collections, the branch's surviving minute books (1894 to 1909) provide a record of its local, regional and national activities. Townsville Branch of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers minute books. Photo by Michael Marzik  The ASE originated in Great Britain during the 1850s. It was a large trade union organisation caterin

Australia Day holiday opening hours

The Mabo library in Townsville will be closed for the Australia Day public holiday on Monday 27th January 2019. The Townsville 24 hour Information Commons will remain accessible 24/7. The Cairns campus library will be open unstaffed from 7:30am - 10:00pm. Both Townsville and Cairns hold community events you can take part in on Australia Day. The libraries will reopen on Tuesday 28th January at 8:00am in Townsville and at 7:30am in Cairns. See the full library opening hours online .

50 Treasures: The Victorian Lady's Sketchbook

Our first treasure is one of our favourites from the Rare Book Collection. We don't know who created it, but we call it The Victorian Lady's Sketchbook .  Liz Downes answers the question "why is this significant?" This private sketchbook, dating from the end of the 19th century is one of the most intriguing items in the Rare Books Collection and not simply because of its “orphan work” status. Victorian Lady's Sketchbook.  Photo by Michael Marzik. Appearing on the early pages are the initials NB, which we might reasonably assume to be the artist’s. But the full name, and gender, of the person who sketched and painted the plants and landscapes are hidden. So, what can this book tell us about its mysterious owner and his or her travels?  Botanical sketches from the Victorian Lady's Sketchbook. The early sketches and watercolours, completed between 1888 and 1890, indicate the artist’s botanical interests, but among the wildflower illustra

50 Treasures: Celebrating 50 Years of James Cook University

In 2020 James Cook University will celebrate 50 years as a fully-fledged university, and it is going to be an exciting year! JCU Library Special Collections will join in the University’s official celebrations by showcasing 50 treasures from its collections, including items from the JCU Art Collection, the North Queensland Collection, the Shaw Collection of Australian Art and Culture, the Rare Books Collection, and the Archives of the JCU Library. 'Sentinel' by the artist John Coburn. © John Coburn/Copyright Agency, 2019. Photo by Michael Marzik. We’ve chosen a stunning selection of the most rare and precious artefacts, including original manuscripts and artworks. Starting in January, each week we’ll highlight a different treasure. Discover the story of each item by reading about each treasure on our JCU Library News blog, exploring the displays in the Library, and by accessing a digitised version of the treasures online, at our NQHeritage@JCU repository.

APA 7th: What's new from APA 6th?

APA 7 th Edition has a number of changes from the 6th Edition. Here's a quick summary to give you a running start: Authors APA 7 th has changed rules regarding number of authors. If you have three or more authors, ALL in-text citations are First Author et al. – e.g. (Brown et al., 2020). There is no longer a difference between first and subsequent citations You list up to 20 names in a citation in the reference list. If there are more than 20, you list the first 19, use ellipses (…), then the last one. Dates Date of publication: APA 7th now requires a full date if available. The format is YYYY, Month DD , or YYYY, Season . Include however much detail is available.  If the date of publication is constantly updated (such as a website that always has this year’s copyright date), use (n.d.) and include a retrieval date. Date of retrieval: Retrieval dates are required for any work that might be time sensitive, or in which the content is like

Holiday Reading

The holidays are a perfect time to enjoy some recreational reading. You might like to read from a different subject area to your normal interests or study, or borrow one of the many fiction titles the library holds, such as Little Women by Louisa May Alcott . The popularity of Little Women  never seems to be fade. With a new film version just released and a new TV serial recently screened, the novel is as popular now as it was when first published in 1868. Little Women tells the story of the March family, focusing on the different temperaments and life choices of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Loosely based on the author’s own family, the novel challenged the exclusive ‘wife and mother’ role of women at the time and forged a new path in literature for children, especially girls. Domesticity, vocation and love are viewed as equally important aspects of the female identity. Each of the sisters encompasses these to varying degrees, and the author validates their individu

Summer Opening Hours Continue

Summer Opening Hours continue until Week One of First Semester, 2020. Until  Week One (Monday, 24 February, 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: Services: Monday-Friday – 8am-5pm Weekends – Closed Information Commons: 24 Hours, with card-swipe access The Townsville campus library will be closed for the Australia Day public holiday. The Cairns library will be open unstaffed from 7:30am - 10:00pm. Our FAQs and online resources are available after hours, and you can always leave a question with us and we’ll get back to you during our opening hours.

Construction work in the Eddie Koki Mabo Library building

As part of the refurbishment of the top floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library building, the carpets and ceiling are being removed. This is causing dust and noise . We apologise for the inconvenience. We can recommend areas of the library that are less impacted by the works. We hope to finish this part of the project as soon as possible.