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50 Treasures: MRCD (Movement for Responsible Coastal Development) Archive

Our forty-sixth treasure is a fascinating group of items that successfully combine art and environmental activism. From the Library Archives comes the MRCD (Movement for Responsible Coastal Development) Archive.  Dr. Thomas Bristow answers the question "why is this significant?"  The Movement for Responsible Coastal Development (MRCD) was the first incorporated environmental organisation in Mission Beach, north Queensland.* Founded in 1990, success first came with a $3k grant from the Department of Environment and Heritage.  Association newsletters and woodblocks from the MRCD Archive, JCU Library Special Collections. Photograph by Michael Marzik. Ben Trupperbäumer provided visionary images and symbols communicating the movement’s purpose for the bi-monthly newsletters and annual general reports distributed to all members, councillors, politicians, media outlets, like-minded community groups and scientific bodies. Frontispieces are embellished with naturalistic icons from woo

It's Banned Books Week!

  Each year, Banned Books Week celebrates the free and open access to information and ideas, including those that some consider unorthodox. In order to highlight the harms of censorship, this year's theme is "Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read!".  “Books can help young people and readers of all ages explore worlds, lives, and experiences beyond their own,” says Nora Pelizzari, Director of Communications for the National Coalition Against Censorship. “This exploration is crucial in learning to think critically and independently and to navigate ourselves through life. Limiting access to ideas hurts everyone, and particularly students. Banned Books Week gives us a chance to champion the diverse ideas books let us explore" ( Gomez , 2020).  The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and the  Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling both make the Top 10 Challenged Books of 2019 . They are both available from the JCU Library. Just as many events this year h

Books are back!

  We are excited to announce that new books are on display at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library once again. We have a great selection of fiction and non-fiction. All books are available to borrow, and the display will be updated regularly. If you would like to be notified when the library purchases new books, you can add your email to the New Book List . The New Book Display can be found at the northern end of the ground floor, near the information commons.

50 Treasures: Edward Hayes Talbot's Droving Diary

Our forty-fifth treasure is a rare first-hand account of pioneer life in nineteenth century Queensland. From the Library Archives comes Edward Hayes Talbot's droving diary . Pam Garfoot and Elizabeth Conway answers the question "why is this significant?" Not many examples exist of first-hand, contemporary accounts of pioneer life in nineteenth century Queensland. Of droving journeys, there are still fewer accounts. Even fewer remain that record a Queensland droving journey in the words of an ordinary drover. Edward Hayes Talbot’s diary might be the only one to survive. Talbot was a young family man who had emigrated to the colony from England sixteen years earlier. He lived at Saltwater Creek, just outside the coastal town of St Lawrence, 115 miles north of Rockhampton. Like many early settlers, he turned his hand to a string of occupations: bullocky, grazier, farmer, and drover. It was on one of his droving trips, almost entirely across the colony from east to we

50 Treasures: Cummins and Campbell's Monthly Magazine

Our forty-fourth treasure, from the North Queensland Collection, is a once-influential north Queensland journal: Cummins and Campbell’s Monthly Magazine Trisha Fielding  discusses just what it is that makes this series of fragile old magazines such a treasure. The north Queensland firm of Cummins and Campbell Ltd. was founded in 1899 as a partnership between John Cummins and Aylmer Campbell. The wine, spirits and general merchants had their head office in Flinders Street, Townsville, and by the mid-1920s the company had branch offices in Cairns, Charters Towers, Innisfail, Ingham and Bowen. Agencies were located in Ayr, Hughenden, Yungaburra and Cloncurry. A selection of bound  Cummins and Campbell's Monthly Magazine , North Queensland Collection, JCU Library Special Collections The company is perhaps best remembered for its Cummins and Campbell's Monthly Magazine , which carried the motto, ‘To Educate and Amuse’ on its masthead. After a hiatus of five years, a new se

What are open educational resources (OERs) and how can they benefit teaching at JCU?

Open Educational Resources can be books, journal articles, sound files, video files, study plans, lesson plans, entire courses, curriculums and MOOCs that can be accessed by students for free. When lecturers assign open textbooks for a course, it means students no longer have to worry about how they are going to pay for an expensive textbook or experience delays in accessing the texts.  Image by Markus Büsges (leomaria design) [ CC BY-SA 4.0 ] Benefits include: immediate access for an unlimited number of students no need to gain permission to share or distribute OER materials content can be adapted to suit student needs, teaching methods, curriculum no access codes needed no expiration date may use without fear of contravening copyright ideal for teaching external/online subjects inclusive and equitable - free/zero cost access for all students Want to learn more? Check out our  OER guide .   This guide is a teaching resource and provides some guidance on where to find OERs and how to u

50 Treasures: Queensland Government Tourism Publications (1900 - 1950)

Our forty-third treasure, from the North Queensland Collection, is a selection of  Queensland Government Tourism Publications (1900 - 1950) . Trisha Fielding  discusses this treasure. The Queensland Government Intelligence and Tourist Bureau was established in 1907. Its main activities included serving as a booking agency and producing films and brochures to promote tourism in Queensland. It heavily utilised Queensland’s mild climate and stunning scenery in its promotions. A selection of Queensland Government tourism publications, North Queensland Collection, JCU Library Special Collections.  Photo:  © Michael Marzik One of the Bureau’s earliest promotional booklets – Within the Barrier: Tourists’ Guide to the North Queensland Coast – was written by Edmund James Banfield. First published by Messrs T. Willmett & Co. of Townsville in 1907, it preceded the publication in 1908 of his popular book Confessions of a Beachcomber – about his life on Dunk Island. Sometime after i

RU OK? Day: 10 September, 2020

R U OK? Day is our national day of action when we remind Australians to check in on each other's mental and physical health. 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone so it is especially important for us to connect with and support those around us. This year's theme is 'There's more to say after RU OK?'. If you feel like something’s not quite the same with someone you know, trust your gut instinct and take the time to have a conversation, listen and encourage action. That conversation could change, or even save, their life. Not sure what to say? Follow these tips on how to ask . JCU is holding a morning tea on Thursday, 10 September from 10:00am - 11:00am on the library lawns in Cairns and in Central Plaza Building 143 in Townsville. We hope you will join us for coffee and cake. It will be a great opportunity to catch up with your colleagues and friends, have a yarn and show you care.

Ethnographic Video Online Vol III

Alexander Street Press Ethnographic Video Online brings together 1,750 hours of documentaries, primary-source footage, and select feature films for the visual study of human culture and behaviour.  Ethnographic Video Online, Vols. I and II: Foundational Films A core resource for anthropology courses of all levels, this two-volume collection contains classic and contemporary ethnographies, documentaries and shorts from every continent, providing teachers with visual support to introduce and contextualize hundreds of cultural groups and practices around the world. Ethnographic Video Online, Vol. III:  Indigenous Voices   Volume III  is new to the collection and expands the geographic coverage of the series into Oceania, Australia and New Zealand, as well as offering indigenous perspectives and voices historically left out of traditional anthrpological study.

50 Treasures: Cottage Gardening in Queensland by Henry Treloar

Our forty-second treasure comes from an avid gardener and promoter of gardening in Australia's dry tropics. From the North Queensland Collection comes the multi-edition best seller Cottage Gardening in Queensland by Henry Treloar. Dr. Sandi Robb answers the question "why is this significant?"  From March onwards it is “autumn” in Townsville. New pea sprouts rupture through the soil in two neat rows while cucumbers climb the trellis nearby. Ever faithful to this time of year, corn stands to attention as it extends it arms towards the sky, while tomatoes protest to the restraint of wooden garden stakes by finding new ways to ramble and spread out in any direction they find. This is my garden in the traditional working class suburb of Railway Estate. It is a utopia of production, which fulfils an unrequited requirement to feed the household in an age where mass food production undercuts seasonal eating and sparks rebellion through the slow food movement. Every night as