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Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials that are licensed in ways that allow us to legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. Whether you are a lecturer looking for resources for your online courses or a student needing images or background music for an assignment, the library’s Open Educational Resources guide is the place to start. OERs can be shared, downloaded and modified, as long as any licence conditions are followed and the original creator is credited. The guide contains links to sites such as image search engines, subject-specific image collections, sound, podcast and video websites, and open software. There’s a wide range of open professional development courses on offer, as well as a growing number of open ebooks, textbooks and journals. You can find the guide by clicking on the Guide tab on the library homepage and searching for OER.

50 Treasures: The Land is Living, The Past is Present by George Milpurrurru

Our nineteenth treasure is from a prominent Australian Aboriginal artist. From the James Cook University Art Collection comes 'The Land is Living, The Past is Present' by George Milpurrurru. Professor Joseph Reser answers the question "why is this significant?" ‘You can hear them’ The painting is of a sacred site, and associated creation beings, species, and ceremony in the Arafura Wetlands of Central Arnhem Land, on ‘country’ for which Milpurrurru was a ‘manager’ (djunkawo) through his mother’s clan. The painting depicts two praying mantis creation beings (wangarr) integral to this important totemic site, creation event, and ceremony. The wangarr can be heard whispering and singing when passing close to this site. Further elements of the painting include the crosshatching (rarrk) on the figures and objects, the background grasses and grass seeds at the site, woven pandanus and bark containers, digging sticks, clap sticks, and dancing. George Milpurrurru, Th

Online video usage found to enhance student engagement and learning

The current pandemic has resulted in many courses being delivered online. Karim Hajhashemi's research on the effectiveness of video in teaching and learning, found in ResearchOnline's theses collection, is now particularly relevant. His (2016) thesis “Multiple intelligences and network affordances: Can videos enhance students’ perceptions of their learning experience, learning outcomes, and subject engagement?” uses a mixed methods approach to gain students’ and lecturers’ perceptions of online video usage in relation to learning experiences and engagement. The findings reveal the positive effect of video integration in online learning. Brief, concise, and to the point videos were found to be more attractive and engaging, with music and visual aids to be a significant motivational stimulus. As students have different combinations of abilities and intelligences, they are attracted to various video activities and, therefore, lecturers need to prioritise video technologies for fl

50 Treasures: James Cook University Ceremonial Mace

Our eighteenth treasure is a well-travelled fixture of JCU's graduation ceremonies. From the JCU Art Collection comes the James Cook University Ceremonial Mace . Professor Stephen Naylor answers the question "why is this significant?" The James Cook University Mace is a fascinating object used for ceremonial purposes and to lead the academic procession into graduation events. The origins of ceremonial maces hark back to the 12th century, where the French monarchy saw royal bodyguards or serjeants-at-arms carry a mace as a symbol of authority. As history advanced, the mace was used by parliamentary and civic leaders for formal occasions, often denoting connection with power vested in them or as executive orders. The University origins are more obscure and likely to utilise ritual as a vehicle for the construction of relationships of authority -- namely, the University’s ability to self-accredit and bestow degrees. The James Cook University Ceremonial Mace. Photogra

Anzac Day & Labour Day Opening Hours

This Saturday is Anzac Day and Labour Day is coming up on Monday the 4th of May. Please see library services being offered and opening hours below. Online Chat Our online chat service will operate from 1:00pm -5:00pm on Anzac Day and Labour Day. Townsville The 24/7 InfoCommons will be open and can be accessed by swipe card. The Eddie Koki Mabo Library will be closed. Cairns The Cairns library building will be open from 7.30am -10:00pm for JCU students and staff with swipe card access. You can check our opening and service hours for each day on the library website.

50 Treasures: The Armorial Ensigns of James Cook University of North Queensland

Our seventeenth treasure is a central element of JCU's identity and is steeped in history and tradition. From the JCU Art Collection comes The Armorial Ensigns of James Cook University of North Queensland . Judy Newman answers the question "why is this significant?" Historically, Armorial Ensigns were coats of arms, crests, and other insignias such as badges and mottos which were borne on the shields of knights, and later granted by the Crown to individuals and institutions. The Armorial Ensigns of James Cook University represent a significant artefact in that they are unique to the institution, reflect the tropical location of the University, and mark the date of its evolution from dependent University College to an established autonomous identity. The Armorial Ensigns of James Cook University of North Queensland. Photograph by Michael Marzik. The Armorial Ensigns of the University were gifted by the legal firm of Roberts Leu and North. A senior partner, George

50 Treasures: James Cook University Development: Pimlico to the First Chancellor [archival footage, 1960-1970]

Our sixteenth treasure is a rare glimpse of James Cook University's early years. From the hidden depths of the Library Archives comes James Cook University Development: Pimlico to the first Chancellor [archival footage, 1960-1970]. Chancellor Bill Tweddell answers the question "why is this significant?" Chancellor Bill Tweddell with his then fiancée, Chris Austin at his BA graduation in 1972 Much history and personal memories are wrapped up in the twelve minutes of this video. Like many students in the late 60s, I initially had to commute between the Douglas and Pimlico campuses for lectures, and have fond memories of both. Later, when I began work in the Library, I spent time in the libraries on both campuses. How libraries have changed since! University Hall, featured in this footage, holds fond memories, particularly for my wife Chris, who worked there during University holidays. Two students enjoy the sunshine, the University Halls are shown in the b

ClinicalKey Student - Study Smarter, Not Harder!

ClinicalKeyStudent: Nursing & Midwifer y and ClincalKey Student: Medicine helps medical students to learn smarter, with access to hundreds of acclaimed textbooks, powerful study tools and a library of video resources . The service is on trial use at James Cook University until 30 June 2020.   1.   Create your account Create a User account / Personal profile or  Log in using your existing ClinicalKey, ScienceDirect, Scopus or other Elsevier credentials 2.  Dive right in Begin typing in the search bar to get started. AutoSuggest provides related medical ideas and topic pages Filter by type to view related book or image content Narrow search results by specialty to identify content Deep dive into quick access summary to quickly get to grips with keymedical conditions 3.   Build your own book shelf Add a book to “Bookshelf “ from inside a chapter of a book Make notes and highlight important information inside text Sha

APA 7th Referencing Help

If you are using the new APA 7th referencing style, you are probably making good use of our new APA 7th Library Guide . The guide provides guidelines and examples to help you with formatting assignments, creating references for many different types of sources, and constructing in-text citations. The American Psychological Association website, APA Style , also has some great resources, including tutorials and webinars, handouts and guides, sample papers and a blog in which you can search for answers to tricky questions. Whether you are a new student or in your final year, feel free to contact a librarian if you have a question about referencing. Although we can’t proofread or approve your references, we can answer specific questions you might have, provide feedback and point you in the right direction.

50 Treasures: Reverend Frederic Charles Hall Collection

Our fifteenth treasure celebrates a man, a machine and a moment. The man is Reverend Frederic Charles Hall, the machine is his cameras, and the moment is captured on numerous glass plate negatives. From the North Queensland Photographic Collection comes Reverend Frederic Charles Hall's cameras and the Reverend Frederic Charles Hall Photographic Collection Trisha Fielding answers the question "why is this significant?" The Reverend Frederic Charles Hall was an Anglican priest with a keen interest in photography. While ministering to the people of Georgetown Parish, in the Diocese of Carpentaria, between 1904 and 1909, Hall took hundreds of photographs of everyday life in remote north Queensland communities. Two ladies and one boy posing on a rocky hillside in North Queensland [NQID 850] Photographer: Reverend Frederic Charles Hall Born in 1878 in Woollahra, New South Wales, Fred Hall was educated at St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir School in Sydney. He later at

Australian Easter Bunny - Bill Baillie - wishes you all a very Happy Easter time!

Bill Baillie: His Life and Adventures, Shaw Collection of Australian Art & Culture, JCU Library Special Collections.  Photograph by Michael Marzik. Easter is here and its going to be an usually quiet one for us all, so why not bury that cute, little, bunny nose of yours in a fantastic treasure of a book called " Bill Baillie: His Life and Adventures " written by Ellis Rowan and first published in 1908. Bill Baillie: His Life and Adventures by Ellis Rowan 1908, page 94. JCU Library Special Collections has a beautiful copy of the first edition in the Shaw Collection of Australian Art & Culture, so we have digitised it for all to see as part of our 50 Treasures: Celebrating 50 years of JCU project! Watch our new video (above) to hear about the book and get a preview, then go to digitised version in NQHeritage to read it. Don't miss all the other treasures we have digitised appearing on the NQHeritage online exhibition page and follow as we

Easter Opening Hours

We hope you have a well-earned break over the Easter period. To assist you with your study planning, here is how our library services will operate. You can get live help online with a librarian on Saturday and Monday afternoon and use the Cairns Library building and Townsville 24/7 InfoCommons for study. Read on for exact hours. Online Chat Our online chat service will operate from 1:00pm -5:00pm on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday. Cairns The Cairns library building will be open from 7.30am -10:00pm for JCU students and staff with swipe card access. Townsville The 24/7 InfoCommons will be open all weekend. Access is by swipe card. The Eddie Koki Mabo Library will be closed. You can check our opening and service hours for each day on the library website. Happy Easter!

50 Treasures: The Investigator (maquette) by Anton Hasell

Our fourteenth treasure is a maquette, which is what the art world calls an artist's scale model, of a JCU Townsville campus icon. From the JCU Art Collection comes The Investigator (maquette) by Anton Hasell. Anton Hasell, The Investigator (maquette) 1994 , bronze, 35 x 23 x 11 cm. James Cook University Art Collection. ©Anton Hasell, 1994. Reproduced with permission of the artist. Photograph by Michael Marzik.   The Investigator (maquette) sideviews. © Anton Hasell, 1994. Reproduced with permission of the artist. Photograph by Michael Marzik. Jane Hawkins answers the question "why is this significant?" This treasure is a memento, an epitome of the real treasure – the artist himself. An embodiment of the poetic, the artistic spirit of a man who recognized a need, Anton Hasell gave generously of his time and his passion to all those he encountered on the adventure that was his artist-in-residency at James Cook University in 1994. Anton Hasell with a