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Indigenous Literacy Day: 2 September 2020

Indigenous Literacy Day is a day to highlight the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s first languages, as well as to raise awareness of and help reduce the Indigenous literacy gap.  Only 36% of Indigenous Year 5 students in very remote areas are at or above national minimum reading standards, compared to 96% for non-Indigenous students in major cities (2018 NAPLAN). In addition, many remote communities don’t have many, if any, books. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s projects focus on encouraging early literacy and providing books to children from remote communities in their own language.  “At ILF we understand that early literacy is the cornerstone of success in education,’ says Karen Williams, Executive Director of ILF. “We understand that encouraging early literacy requires children and their parents to have access to books and that children need to see themselves in the stories they read. They need to see that their culture is cherished and their stories are

50 Treasures: T150 Artist Portraits by Michael Marzik

Our forty-first treasure is a series of artworks, the T150 Artist Portraits by Michael Marzik   from the James Cook University Art Collection. Michael Marzik is an Austrian freelance photographer and Arts industry professional, born in Switzerland, and now based in Cairns.  Professor Diana Davis answers the question "why is this significant?"  Michael Marzik's significant photographic portraits celebrate the essence of six artists and their unique contribution to the university. His subtly contemplative photographic style and use of black and white unerringly position each artist in a sophisticated creative soliloquy. These photographs embody the working legacy of senior and important artists, each with an impressive trajectory of teaching, wide ranging arts practice and exhibitions sampled only briefly here. Michael Marzik, Ron McBurnie , 2016, GiclĂ©e digital print on Archival Hahnemuhle PhotoRag 308gsm, 49 x 64 cm, Edition 1/5. James Cook University Art Colle

An@tomedia Online

An@tomedia online is a unique way to learn about the anatomy of the human body. It is a comprehensive, self-paced learning program that explores anatomy from four different perspectives . These perspectives teach you how the body is constructed (from regions and systems) and how you can deconstruct the body (with dissection and imaging techniques). an@tomedia provides detailed serial dissections of real human bodies coloured overlays of individual structures multiple perspectives to explore anatomy and compare flexibility to choose your approach, rate, sequence and depth of learning interactive text, labels and clinical questions new concepts in anatomy and relevant clinical applications capacity to 'build' systems, 'map' regions, 'dissect' layers and 'trace' images a self learning resource with a solid educational basis a simple and consistent navigation system Anatomedia online is for anyone interested in learning anatomy

"Zero dollar textbooks" can save money for students - JCU Library awareness campaign on the benefits of OERs (Open Educational Resources)

What are open educational resources (OERs) and how can they benefit JCU students?  Over the next 8 weeks,  JCU Library is going to host a series of posts highlighting the benefits of OERs (especially Open Textbooks ) for JCU students, curriculum, lecturers, the University and society in general. 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. OERs include courses, textbooks, assignments, tests, projects, software, audio, video and animation (Source:  UNESCO  and  Open Education Resource Foundation ). Image: Open © opensource.com via Flickr   CC BY-SA Why are OERs and zero dollar textbooks good for students at JCU? Zero dollar textbooks allow students to save money on the purchase of expensive textbooks OERs allow immediate access to textbooks without purchasing delays for students - especially for external and online studen

50 Treasures: John Coburn's Studio by Ron McBurnie

Our fortieth treasure is by Townsville based artist, Ron McBurnie, one of Australia's leading contemporary printmakers. From the James Cook University Art Collection comes John Coburn's Studio by Ron McBurnie. Eric Nash answers the question "why is this significant?" The personal underpins Ron McBurnie's practice – friendships and stories explored, and layered with moments of social observation, and contemporary and art historical references. The etching, John Coburn's Studio , is a microcosm of sorts for McBurnie's practice; both its creation and significance to the James Cook University Collection are personal and layered. Ron McBurnie, John Coburn's Studio , 2002, hard-ground etching, aquatint and roulette on rag paper, 53.5 x 81.5 cm. James Cook University Art Collection. ©Ron McBurnie. Having forged a highly successful career while being based in Townsville for over three decades, McBurnie has made a rich contribution to th

Counseling & Therapy in Video: Library

Bring the therapy process to life with a first-hand look of the realities of working with clients.   Counseling and Therapy in Video: Library  is the largest collection of content in the world -- more clients, more treatment methods, more conditions. 2,400 hours video from actual therapy sessions, training videos, and reenactments conducted by renowned counseling professionals.  These collections provide a thorough grounding in dozens of therapeutic methods and diagnoses, insight into the human condition, and training in skills such as reflection and empathy while working with specific populations such as veterans and teens.  The library includes: Counseling & Therapy in Video: Classic Counseling & Therapy in Video: Volume III Counseling & Therapy in Video: IV Counseling & Therapy in Video: V, The Symptom Media Collection   The enhanced video experience can be filtered by subject, publisher, person, content type and release date in Counseling a

Drawn to the Mabo Library, Exhibition Opening

The inaugural Artists Residency Program for the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Art Exhibition launches today! In 2020, we wanted to approach the Mabo Library Art Exhibition from a  new and fresh direction, so we invited artists to apply for an Artists Residency Program. The successful artist would spend quality time in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, capturing the spirit of the place and its connection to the Mabo legacy while focusing on the four core themes of People, Place, Knowledge and Legacy . Artist Rob Douma won the application, and has been creating works of art using a variety of media and techniques to present an eclectic vision of the Edie Koki Mabo Library, the people who come into the building, the landscape that surrounds us and the history and energy of the place. Rob Douma, Helen Hooper and Gail Mabo in front of the Mabo Library. Photo courtesy of Bethany Keats. While we were unable to launch the art exhibition in the first half of 2020, due to the impacts of the COVID-19 ep

Virtual Rover Service

Our talented library Rovers are the blue-shirted (Townsville) and red-shirted (Cairns) students who help you with pesky IT issues such as login failure, printing problems and connecting to Eduroam. They can also help you navigate the library website, show you how to access your library account and help answer your library-related enquiries. Rovers are funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), so it makes sense to consult them whenever you need some IT support. In keeping with our increasingly online environment, you can now receive virtual assistance from a Rover from the comfort of your own home or office, via video and screen sharing. Rovers are still available on campus for face-to-face assistance Monday to Friday (10:00am-12.30pm in Townsville and 12:00pm-3:00pm in Cairns). The online service runs from 1:00pm-3:00pm Monday to Friday. To meet with a Rover online, go to the Connect with Us page on the library website and click on Virtual drop-in with a Library Rover.

50 Treasures: Sentinel by John Coburn

Our thirty-ninth treasure is from an abstract painter, tapestry designer and printmaker who incorporated religious and spiritual themes into his abstract works. From the James Cook University Art Collection comes Sentinel by John Coburn . Dr. Anneke Silver answers the question "why is this significant?" What is so special about this artwork and John Coburn? Several reasons come to mind. For instance, the fact that he was a local boy (from Ingham) who gained worldwide stature, and that Sentinel is the first artwork to have been acquired for the University Art Collection. Most of all it shows all those qualities of Coburn’s work that later develop to make his reputation. He is represented in major private, public and university collections all over the world. Among many of his achievements are winning the Blake prize twice (1960, 1977), receiving the Order of Australia medal and an Honorary Doctorate from James Cook University. John Coburn, Sentinel , 1962, colour

MarinLit Online Trial

MarinLit is available for JCU staff and students as a trial resource until 11 September 2020.   The MarinLit database was established in the 1970s by Professors John Blunt and Murray Munro at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. It was designed as an in-house system to fulfil the needs of the University of Canterbury Marine Group and has evolved to contain unique searchable features and powerful dereplication tools. The extremely comprehensive range of data contained along with these powerful features makes MarinLit the database of choice for marine natural products researchers. The online version of MarinLit will allow you to: Search acrross more than 24,000 compounds and 26,000 articles through one interface Draw your own structure and then search - or use molecular formulae to search Search by DOI and navigate straight to the article Use flexible free text to search across title, date, issue, keywords, trivial names Quickly filter and refine your search resul

50 Treasures: Percy Trezise's Diaries

Our thirty-eighth treasure records the hard work and perseverance of a man who was dedicated to the protection of indigenous rock art in north Queensland. From the Library Archives comes the Percy Trezise diaries, PT/1/1a , PT/1/1b and PT/1/2 . Patricia Fagan answers the question "why is this significant?" For the Trezise family, the dry seasons of the 1960s and ‘70s were marked by Percy’s frequent absences on long bush trips in remote Cape York Peninsula searching for rock art. Three of these trips are documented in the notebook diaries chosen from among the manuscripts, published memoirs, children’s books and paintings that form Percy’s archives and reflect his contribution to the environment, his locating and documentation of the rock art of north Queensland, and his support for the aspirations of Aboriginal people. The 1968-69 diaries of Percy Trezise from the Percy Trezise Archive, JCU Library Special Collections. Photograph by Michael Marzik. Percy was a remarkabl

50 Treasures: Untitled Bark Painting by Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey

Our thirty-seventh treasure comes from an Australian Aboriginal artist from Mornington Island who was actively involved in reviving and preserving the cultural life of the Lardil people. From the JCU Art Collection comes an Untitled bark painting by Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey. Bruce Johnson McLean answers the question "why is this significant?"  I acknowledge the Lardil people and particularly the family of Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey as it is they to whom his narratives and history truly belong and matter most. Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey, Untitled , unknown date, pigment on bark, 62 x 37 cm. James Cook University Art Collection. ©Dick Roughsey/Copyright Agency, 2019. Photograph by Michael Marzik. Goobalathaldin Dick Roughsey was a trailblazing Queensland artist whose works have become synonymous with Aboriginal culture, narrative and art for generations of Australians. Born in 1920 at Gara Gara (Karrakarra), a site on the coast of Mornington Island in th

Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) Conference 2020

The Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL) was formed in 1977 to promote the writing, reading and study of Australian literature and Australian literary culture. The annual ASAL Conference brings together leading scholars and students of Australian literature from across Australia and internationally. This year, the conference was to be hosted by JCU Cairns from 29 June until 2 July and convened by Dr Roger Osborne . Dr Osborne successfully transformed the conference from a face to face event to a virtual space, with presenters and participants meeting together via Zoom.  Addresses from the keynote speakers have now been made publicly available: Barry Andrews Address : Professor Anita Heiss Dorothy Green Lecture : Nicole Moore Early Career Researchers (ECR) Keynote : Kate Noske Black Words Panel Value in Australian Literary Studies: A Panel Discussion Publishing and Editing Literary Criticism Panel You can find out more about ASAL, including membership, publications

Virtual Student Success Week: 10-14 August 2020

Student Success Week (SSW) is packed with online activities to support your academic success and well being. As always, the library is offering workshop sessions to help you with your assignments. Register now for one or more of our interactive online classes: Monday 10 August APA 7th Referencing : 12:00pm-1:00pm , 6:00pm-7:00pm (repeat) Tuesday 11 August Academic Writing - Unpacking the question and searching library databases 12:00pm-1:00pm 6:00pm-7:00pm (repeat) Wednesday 12 August ORCID for HDRs (repeat) 11:00am-12:30pm Thursday 13 August Academic Writing - Integrating evidence, editing and referencing 12:00pm-1:00pm 6:00pm-7:00pm (repeat) The Academic Writing workshops are taught in conjunction with the Learning Centre. Registration for these sessions is not required and you can join using this link .  Read about the Learning Centre's full range of short courses during SSW on their website . To participate in the online Scavenger Hunt and a range of other fun activities, c

50 Treasures: Last Light, Normanton by Ray Crooke

Our thirty-sixth treasure is from an Archibald Prize winning artist who became known for his unique vision, particularly of  north Queensland. From the James Cook University Art Collection comes Last Light, Normanton by Ray Crooke. Ross Searle answers the question "why is this significant?" Ray Crooke (1922-2015) first came to north Queensland during World War II when his AIF unit moved first to Townsville and then, via the Atherton Tablelands, to the tip of Cape York. In a 1997 conversation with Gavin Wilson, Crooke vividly recalled the journey by troop truck from Townsville to Cape York: ‘At first, I was confronted by the majesty of the coastal rainforests and then the virtually isolated interior plains, with the occasional dream-like mine settlements like Chillagoe and Maytown.’ After a brief posting on Thursday Island he was sent to Borneo and while there, waiting for his discharge, he began to consider his future in civilian life and the possibility of a career as