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50 Treasures: Bill Baillie: His Life and Adventures

Our eighth treasure is a beloved Australian children's story from one of our country's most well-known female artists. From The Shaw Collection of Australian Art and Culture comes a first edition copy of Bill Baillie: His Life and Adventures . Associate Professor Allison Craven answers the question "why is this significant?" Held in the Library’s Shaw Collection, the first significance of this early twentieth-century Australian children’s book is its author, the distinguished botanical artist and natural history illustrator, Marian Ellis Rowan (1848-1922). In the story of her beloved pet bilboa, or bilby, Bill Baillie, there is also a fictionalized journal of some of Ellis Rowan’s travels during the 18 months of his life across 1906 and 1907. As few letters and no diaries remain of Ellis Rowan, the book is a rare insight into her expeditions, her social and private life and a window into the world of her times. Bill Baillie . Photograph by Micheal Marzik Bi

Welcome to your Library

The beginning of semester is a time for finding your feet and figuring out where everything is. Whether you are an on-campus student or if you can only visit the campus occasionally, you'll probably find yourself spending time in our libraries. Just to help you find your way around, here's a quick idea of what you'll be able to do in our buildings. Borrow books, DVDs and more. Obviously a library has things you can borrow. In addition to books, we also have DVDs, CDs, sheet music and more. You'll need your student or staff card (it's also your library card) to check out anything you want to take out of the building. In addition to the main collection, where most of our borrowable material is held, we also have a Curriculum Collection (where all the best books are), reference collections, special collections and print journals. You can find yourself looking in the wrong place, so don't hesitate to ask any library staff for help. Take a look at the loc

50 Treasures: The Croydon Miner

Our seventh treasure is a unique snapshot of life in Croydon and the surrounding goldfields in the late 1880s. Housed in Cairns, from the North Queensland Collection comes th e Croydon Miner . Dr Jan Wegner answers the question 'Why is this significant?' In the 19th century, the birth of a newspaper was often celebrated in silk. A few copies of first editions were printed on cloth instead of paper. This frayed piece of silk is the first edition of the Croydon Miner, earliest of this gold town's six newspapers. It is the only surviving copy of that newspaper. The Croydon Mine r, North Queensland Collection.  Photograph by Michael Marzik. Gold was discovered on Croydon Downs Station, in north-west Queensland, in 1886. The rush brought in miners from all over Australia and within a year three mills were crushing gold ore. Croydon became the centre of a gold-bearing area of around 28,000 square kilometres, with many small townships and mining camps now long disapp

50 Treasures: Lectures on North Queensland History

Our sixth treasure is part of a keystone publication series produced over many years by the James Cook University History Department. From the North Queensland Collection comes the  Third Series of Lectures on North Queensland History which now completes the multi-volume digital set held in NQHeritage@JCU. Dr. Claire Brennan answers the question 'Why is this significant?' Lectures on North Queensland History. Photograph by Michael Marzik. The five volumes of ‘Lectures on North Queensland History’ demonstrate the importance of history at James Cook University to the people of northern Queensland, and Australia. Published in 1974 , 1975 , 1978 , 1984 , and 1996 , they were overseen by James Cook University Foundation Professor of History Brian Dalton. Dalton continued his involvement with the series after his retirement in 1989, and drafted his foreword to the fifth volume days before his sudden death. Throughout the series Dalton’s commitment to supporting the writi

Welcome to O Week, Study Period 1 2020

First Semester O Week at JCU runs from the 17th to the 21 of February, and it's a time for getting yourself organised before lectures start in Week One. Albert Einstein reportedly said, "The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library," and he was reasonably smart, so we tend to agree with him. We'd like to expand on his list a little, so here is our "must know" list for O Week: 1. Know where the library is and what services are available. The library buildings in Townsville and Cairns are home to several key services: The Librarians will help you with researching and referencing for your assignments. You can also come for help with sorting out your passwords and setting up your WiFi . Our friendly InfoHelp Rovers can help you with basic IT questions. The Learning Centre can provide advice for writing your assignments, taking exams and managing your time effectively. They also provide support for developing y

Library Lovers Day - Uncover Something New

You may know February 14 as Valentines Day - but did you know it is also Library Lovers Day? Library Lovers' Day is an opportunity for library and information professionals to celebrate their libraries and for people across Australia to show their love for libraries. The theme for Library Lovers' Day 2020 is ‘Uncover something new’. If you're in Townsville, check out our display of favourite books, share what you love about the library or create a colourful bookmark. In Cairns, enter our competition to decode the book titles or have a blind date with one of our new books. However you decide to celebrate, we look forward to seeing you soon - we love libraries!

50 Treasures: Sketch of a Residence by James Morrill

Our fifth treasure is an account of the life of a shipwrecked European man, who was adopted by the Bindal and Juru peoples of the Townsville region. From the Rare Book Collection comes James Morrill's Sketch of a Residence Among the Aboriginals of Northern Queensland for Seventeen Years. Wood engraving of James Morrill by Samuel Calvert, dated 1863, Source: State Library of Victoria Dr Daniel Lavery answers the question "why is this significant?" Published in 1863, 'Sketch of a Residence among the Aboriginals of Northern Queensland for Seventeen Years' is one of the more important documents in Queensland's early colonial history. Queensland was carved out of New South Wales only a handful of years earlier and it was still very much a frontier. James Morrill was on both sides of this colonial frontier and, uniquely, his account is from 'the other side'. It is told not from the perspective of those doing the shooting, but from those being shot a


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Drawn to the Mabo Library - Rob Douma - Artist in Residence

James Cook University Library is very pleased to announce that this year it is hosting an Artist Residency Program focusing on the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and the surrounding grounds of the Townsville Campus. Townsville based artist Rob Douma, selected via an EOI process, will be working in and around the Mabo Library to produce artworks for our 2020 Mabo Library Art Exhibition (21 May – 19 June 2020).  (L-R) Helen Hooper - Director Library & Information Services, Rob Douma, Gail Mabo. Rob was born and raised in Tasmania and has always had a love of drawing, and books. He has tertiary qualifications in Visual Arts, runs his own tattoo business, is part of the Townsville Urban Sketchers group and regularly works on commissioned artworks. He has been a finalist in numerous drawing and portrait awards and was the inaugural winner of the 2018 Napier Waller Prize held by the Australian War Memorial. In response to how his work will relate to the Artists’ Brief, Rob wrote:

Have you checked out the Emerald Insight database lately?

The new Emerald platform was launched in July 2019 but, since then, after listening to user feedback, there have been updates for you to have a better experience at navigating through the available content. The new 'Explore Our Content' navigation bar at the top of Emerald Insight's homepage allows you to browse content by Journals, Books, Case Studies, Expert Briefinds, and Open Access. This update gives you a wider variety of searching for the resource you may be looking for. The new 'Advanced Search' option narrows down your search through date ranges and content and now you can change your results to Open Access or to view only content you have access to. If you haven't used Emerald for your research before and you're either an Education, Health, or Business student or academic, now may be the time. JCU Library provides access to the Emerald Education eJournal, Emerald Health & Social Care eJournal, and Emerald Management eJournal collections

February 2020 Opening Hours

During February, we transition from Summer Opening Hours to Semester Opening Hours. This means our opening hours will change over the course of the month. Keep an eye on our website to make sure you've got the right opening hours for the day you wish to visit us. Cairns February 3-16 Library Services Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm Sat, 1pm-5pm Closed Sundays Library Building Mon-Fri, 7.30am-10pm Sat-Sun, 7.30am-10pm February 17-23 Library Services Mon, Wed - Fri, 8am-5pm Tues, 8am-7pm Sat, 11am-3pm Closed Sundays Library Building Mon-Fri, 7.30am-10pm Sat-Sun, 7.30am-10pm February 24 - March 1 Library Services Mon-Thurs, 8am-7pm Fri, 8am-5pm Sat-Sun, 11am-3pm Library Building Mon-Fri, 7.30am-12pm Sat-Sun, 7.30am-12pm Townsville February 3-16 Library Services Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm Sat, 1pm-5pm Closed Sundays Information Commons 24 hrs 24 hrs Februa

50 Treasures: Minute Book of the Charters Towers Stock Exchange

Our fourth treasure details the boom and decline of the gold industry of Charters Towers at the turn of the 20th Century. From the Library Archives comes the Minute Book of the Charters Towers Stock Exchange. Dr. Jacqueline Stockdale answers the question "why is this significant?" Minute Book of the Charters Towers Stock Exchange. Photograph by Michael Marzik. At first glance, the cover of the 1890 Charters Towers Stock Exchange Minute Book, with its peeling layers, water damage, and half-eaten label proclaiming ‘EMBERS’ MINUTE BOOK’, offers little indication of the significant content of the pages within. But, to leaf through to the first numbered page, upon which is written ‘Minutes of the First Meeting for The Formation of The Charters Towers Stock Exchange’ is to behold the record of a significant era in Australia’s history.  The stock exchange story started with the discovery of gold by a young Aboriginal boy, Jupiter Mosman. In February 1872, newspapers were

From pig farming to diamond mining: The industries predicted to fly and fall in 2020

Thinking about starting your own business or just curious to see how the Australian market is doing? IBISWorld has just released their annual list of the industries set to fly and fall over the next 12 months, some of which may surprise you. Some of the industries set to fly in 2020: The National Disability Insurance Scheme - As government funding rises and more individuals move from other disability support to the NDIS, the industry is expected to grow by 33.3%. Online food ordering and delivery – With the rise in the use of food delivery apps, such as Ubereats and Deliveroo, this strong industry growth does not come as a shock. The industry is projected to grow by 26.5%. Pig farming - Who says pigs can't fly? With a rising demand for pig meat from China, the pig farming industry is predicted to rise 13.9%, to a total $1.1 billion. One major industry set to collapse is diamond and gem stone mining. Due to the closure of the Argyle diamond mine, revenue is expected