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Inter-semester Opening Hours

The JCU Library changes to  inter-semester opening hours  from Friday 18th  June to Sunday 25th July 2021. During this time, library services will be provided on weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm and on Saturdays from 1.00pm-5.00pm. There will be no library services operating from the  Nguma-Bada Campus (Cairns, Smithfield) on the weekends. The Cairns library building will be open for shorter hours.  The Information Commons in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Bebegu Yumba campus, Townsville) will continue to be available outside of library opening hours.     Our opening hours will be as follows: Cairns Campus Library :  Services Monday-Friday – 8:00am - 5:00pm Weekends - Closed Building   Monday-Sunday – 7:30am - 10:00pm Weekends – 7:30am - 10:00pm Eddie Koiki Mabo Library :  Services and Building Monday - Friday – 8:00am - 5:00pm Saturday – 1pm - 5pm Sunday – Closed Public Holidays Please note the different opening hours for Cairns and Townsville libraries on their re

NQ Collection Book Review - The Colt with No Regrets

Special Collections Volunteer, Liz Downes, reviews a new addition to the North Queensland Collection in JCU Library's Special Collections -  The colt with no regrets: hard copy, hot metal and the power of the written word; a memoir by Elliot Hannay, published by Wilkinson Press, 2020. When Elliot Hannay came to the   Townsville Bulletin   (or   Townsville Daily Bulletin , as it was then) in 1980, he became the youngest editor in the newspaper’s history – and a very long history it was, being one year away from its 100 th   birthday and still proudly and independently owned by the local North Queensland Newspaper Company. But Hannay (nick-named The Colt), began his career at the tender age of sixteen in his home town of Bundaberg. A large part of this memoir,  The Colt with No Regrets,  is a hugely entertaining account of his initiation into the world of journalism in the times of “hot metal and hard copy” and when much of his learning was done, not through a University course, but

Mabo Day and the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

 In 2008, we named the Library building on the JCU campus in Douglas, Townsville (now known as the Bebegu Yumba campus), the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in honour of Mr Mabo. The Library and the campus are directly connected to Mr Mabo and the early part of his journey towards the landmark court cases which changed the legal landscape of Australia. He worked as a groundskeeper at JCU (many of our trees and plants were from his tenure) and guest lectured for a number of courses. When he learned that the Australian Government didn't recognise his family's claim to their native lands, he came to the JCU Library to do some of his research. We are immensely proud to be part of Eddie Koiki Mabo's story, and we are also proud of our position in Bindal country, in a space that has always been connected with learning, science and culture. In the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library building, we have an interpretive wall that looks at the timeline of the Mabo Decision and our connection to the land

A new treasure released on Mabo Day - 'Black Voices'

In honour of Mabo Day, we have released another treasure from our Special Collections. It's the first ever issue of the journal Black Voices . You can now read the whole issue in our NQHeritage repository! Cover image of Black Voices , Vol. 1, No. 1., from the North Queensland Collection. Black Voices , a journal published by the Department of Social and Cultural Studies in Education at James Cook University, emerged from the Aboriginal and Islander Teacher Education Program (AITEP) at JCU. The aim of the journal was to provide an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students at JCU (and other universities) to publish their work to a wide audience.     Edited by Ann-Marie Cass and David King, the first edition, Vol. 1, No. 1, was published in April 1984. This edition features contributions that address a variety of topics, including:  a personal perspective of teaching in an Aboriginal community, family and labour histories, childhood reflections, and poetry. Signi

National Reconciliation Week: 27 May - 3 June

  At James Cook University, we acknowledge Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the first inhabitants of this nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students live, learn and work. National Reconciliation Week (NRW) began in 1993 as the Week of Prayer for Reconciliation and was celebrated by people from many different faith communities. In 1996, the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation launched Australia’s first NRW. The following year, Reconciliation Australia took the lead in promoting national reconciliation. The intent of NRW is twofold – to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures and futures. This year’s theme, More than a word: Reconciliation takes action , focuses on the latter – the actions we can take to further reconciliation. Action has always been at the heart of NRW. The star

Examination Super Hours

Examination Super Hours for SP1 2021 begin on Monday,  31st May and run until closing on Thursday, 17th June. In Townsville, the library building will be open for longer hours to provide spaces for study, and librarians will be available for extended periods to help you with last minute questions. Please be mindful of other students using the library spaces. This is a stressful time of semester for many students and we all need to share the library spaces with kindness and respect. Eddie Koiki Mabo Library , Townsville: Monday to Friday : The library building - 7:30am-12:00am (midnight) From 7:00pm building access is via JCU Swipe card only Library services - 7:30am-12:00am (midnight) Saturday and Sunday : The library building - 10:00am-10:00pm From 5:00pm building access is via JCU Swipe card only Library services - 10:00am-10:00pm Cairns Campus Library : Monday to Thursday : The library building (Ground and 1st Floors) - 7:30am-12:00am (midnight) Library services - 8:00am-7:00pm Frid

Library & Information Week: 17-23 May

  Library and Information Week is a time to celebrate the impact that library and information services staff have throughout Australia, whether in the community, at work or personally. The theme this year is Adventures in Space and Time. Clearly libraries have reimagined themselves over the years, with resources now available online 24/7, however libraries’ commitment to providing fair and equitable access to information remains unchanged. The acquisition, organisation and discovery of resources, whether print or electronic, continue to be managed by library staff. At the start of 2021, the Library implemented a new system which includes improved features for searching, saving and organising results in One Search. For help in getting the most from the new One Search, consult the Using One Search guide or ask one of our friendly staff. The Library is also keen to promote the use of Open Education Resources (OERs). Our OER guide has links to ‘open’ books and textbooks, journals, ima


Referencing appropriately and correctly is an important academic skill. You won't be able to pass an assignment without referencing your sources, and you can lose marks for not following the correct referencing style. Give yourself plenty of time to complete and check your referencing. What is referencing? Referencing is the way that you describe the sources of information and ideas that you use in your assignments. Your lecturer will usually specify a particular referencing style to follow. It is important to follow the style exactly and be consistent throughout your paper. Why do I need to reference? To distinguish your ideas from those of someone else To protect yourself against plagiarism – using someone else’s work as your own To add credibility to your arguments To show you have used a range of sources To show the quality of the sources you have used What do I have to reference? You must reference anything and everything that you use in your assignment that was not originally

New Treasure in NQHeritage: James Cook University 40th Birthday Commemoration Posters

To celebrate JCU's birthday the JCU Library Special Collections has added a new treasure to NQHeritage . Our first treasure of 2021 is the James Cook University 40th Birthday Commemoration Posters . Dr. Olsen with the first students of JCU at the Pimlico campus, 1961. Photograph courtesy of JCU Corporate Records, ©James Cook University. In 2010 James Cook University celebrated 40 years as a university and 50 years of teaching in north Queensland. As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations a series of 12 posters created by the Special Collections Librarian, Bronwyn McBurnie, were exhibited in April 2010. Examining maps on the Douglas Campus site, 1964. Photograph courtesy of JCU Corporate Records, ©James Cook University. Titled Caught on Camera: A photographic history of JCU celebrating 50 years in north Queensland , the exhibition was held at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library from the 20th of April to the 12th of May in 2010 and showcased a wide range of photographs, memorabi

Honorary Doctorates Conferred at JCU

On April 19, 2021, JCU conferred honorary degrees on several very worthy people - many of whom have had close relationships with the Library over the years, so we are incredibly happy to see them get this nod. Four in particular are very closely associated with our library, and we'd like to give them a shout out with their new titles: Part of the Shaw Collection. Photograph by JCU Library. Dr Edna Shaw. The Shaw Collection of Australian Art and Culture is something of a love story. Over the course of more than a decade, until her death in 2019, Edna Shaw donated more than 5,500 works to our Library in honour of her late father. It's an amazing collection and we are incredibly proud to be the custodians of this treasure trove. Edna Shaw is dear to our hearts and we are so happy to see her acknowledged with an Honorary Doctor of Letters. Dr Laurie Bragge. One of our newest collections, being donated to the library in 2019, is the Bragge Collection , which features works collec

Anzac Day & Labour Day Public Holiday Opening Hours

As ANZAC Day falls on a Sunday this year, the ANZAC Day public holiday in Queensland will be held on Monday, 26th April. This will be followed by the Labour Day public holiday on Monday, 3rd May.  The Library will provide study spaces and research help on the public holidays as follows: Online Chat Our online chat service will operate from 1:00pm -5:00pm on both days. Townsville The Eddie Koki Mabo Library will be open from 1:00pm-5:00pm on both days. The Info Commons will be open 24/7. Cairns The Cairns library building will be open from 7.30am-midnight for JCU students and staff with swipe card access. There will be no library services in Cairns on the public holidays. The Library and online Chat service will be open as per our normal weekend hours on Sunday, 25th April. You can check our opening and service hours for each day on the library website.

Nature Sustainability

Nature Sustainability New to the JCU library collection is the journal Nature Sustainability . This journal publishes original research on sustainability policy dimensions and possible solutions from a broad range of natural, social and engineering fields. The overarching goal of sustainability research is to understand how to ensure life within the biophysical limits of the planet. Nature Sustainability covers topics including agriculture and food security, biodiversity conservation, circular economy, cities and urbanisation, climate change in holistic context, development, ecosystem services, education, environmental behaviour, environmental degradation, environmental law, green infrastructure, health and environment, human population, innovation, land use and land use change, natural capital, natural resources management, policy, pollution, poverty, supply chain, waste, water–energy–food and water-soil-waste connections and others, all as related to sustainability.  Part of the jo

Visiting JCU Libraries, re: Queensland Government Requirements

As of 5pm on 29 March 2021, the Queensland Government is currently requiring everyone to wear masks in public areas and spaces where they cannot maintain a 1.5m distance. Details can be found on the JCU COVID-19 Advice page . When vising our libraries, make sure you bring a mask and wear it whenever you cannot keep socially distant, or when advised to by library or security staff.

Easter Opening Hours

Update: Please be aware that JCU is following the current Queensland Government requirements to wear a mask in public spaces. If you visit the library, please bring a mask with you and wear it indoors or outdoors if you cannot keep 1.5m away from others. See the JCU COVID-19 Advice page for more information. After a busy start to the year, it's nearly Easter and time for a well-earned break. There will be some adjustments to library services and access to facilities over the Easter weekend.  You can chat online with a librarian and visit the Eddie Koki Mabo Library on Saturday and Monday afternoon. The Cairns Library building and Townsville 24/7 InfoCommons will be open for study purposes every day. 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 ground and first floors of the Cairns library building will be open every day from 7.30am-12:00am for JCU students and staff with swipe card a

Using the Library Buildings

It’s great to see so many students back in the library, using our building for different purposes. Whether you are watching an online lecture, doing an online exam, working on an assignment with friends or doing some independent research, there’s a study space that’s just right for your needs. The ground floor is a collaborative zone . It’s a good space for discussion and group work. You can talk to Library and Learning Centre staff on the ground floor as well. The first floor is a quiet zone . There are still spaces for collaboration but conversations tend to be quieter here than on the ground floor. The second floor is a silent zone . If you like working with no distractions, this is the area for you. There are lots of individual study desks here for independent work. Group study rooms  (Cairns) and study pods (Townsville) can be booked on the library website. They are great spaces for recording audio or video, attending Zoom meetings or private study. Mobile phones should be

Finding and Using Information at Uni

There's a wealth of information out there - but how do you find quality information that is relevant to your assignment? The key to finding the right information is developing a smart search strategy. The InfoSkills Toolkit is a series of self-guided, online modules that take you through each step of the research process. Work through each module in order or pick and choose the ones most relevant to your needs. You'll learn how to identify the keywords in your question, generate similar and related terms, use strategies such as phrasing and truncation, and create an effective search string. Once you know how to search, you'll need to know where to look for information. One Search is a good place to start; it's like Google for the library's resources. You can find the search box on the library homepage . Searching databases directly is a more targeted way to find scholarly information. Your subject guide lists the recommended databases for your discipline. Once you

Successful students ask questions

"I know this is probably a stupid question, but..." Sound familiar? Believe it or not, no one comes to university already knowing everything they need to know – and you will never find out the answers if you don’t ask. Even people who have been studying for years have these “stupid” questions, and the longer you wait, the more time you’re going to waste. Here's a tip - ask them! Ask them without worrying about what the person on the other side of the desk or phone or chat button is thinking – because they’re probably just going to give you the answers (or show you where you can find them) without thinking much about it at all. If having the answer to a 'stupid' question is what you need in order to get on with your assignments, then ask them. Ask them proudly, knowing that every 'stupid' question you ask will make you smarter. You can ask us all the 'stupid' questions you need face-to-face at the InfoHelp desk on the ground floor of the library, bu

Finding Fiction in One Search

Every now and then someone asks us if we have "real books" - or they say they thought we only have text books and didn't know you could borrow novels from our Library. Well, we have all sorts of fun things to read. It's one of the reasons why we like to throw out Reading Challenges every now and then - just to remind you that you can find a wide variety of books in our collections for your reading pleasure. But how can you search specifically for fiction? If you already have a book in mind, you can search One Search to see if we have it. You can type the title or the author straight into the search box, and drop down the "Anywhere in the record" option to say you want to look specifically "in titles" or "as author/creator". You might prefer to browse the author's surname or the title - maybe you don't mind if you find something by any of the Brontës? Just pop Brontë into an author browse and see what turns up. Or see how many

The JCU Library 2021 Reading Challenge

Back by popular demand, the JCU Library Reading Challenge is here to challenge to to read a book in 2021.  Actually, we're challenging you to Read 21 books in 2021 .  You can read the books in any order, and it's up to you to decide what category the book you just read "completes" (sometimes the same book can fit multiple categories, but the challenge is to read 21 books, so no doubling up). You'll find our list gives you a lot of flexibility in the books you read this year: some may be short and easy, while others will stretch you.  We encourage you to pin up this list somewhere (print it out and stick it on your bedroom door? Copy it to One Note? Take a screenshot and pin it to Pintrest?) We'll offer some advice throughout the year for how to use One Search to find books in our Library that will help you meet the challenge.  We'll post reviews of books we've read for the challenge, and we'll happily post your reviews as well (as long as they are

Welcome to Your Library

To get the most from uni, you need to get the most from your library. The library website is a portal to a wealth of information and resources that will help you reach your academic goals. One Search One Search is like Google for the library’s resources. The library holds a large collection of print and electronic books, journal articles, newspaper articles, reports, theses, videos, web documents and much more. Library Guides We have library guides to help you find relevant resources for your discipline, research task and referencing style. Some useful guides to start with are: · The InfoSkills Toolkit – a series of self-paced modules on different aspects of the research process such as Defining your Topic, Searching for Resources, Evaluating Resources and Referencing Sources · The Writing Guide – help with academic reading, note-taking, academic writing and referencing · The Referencing Guide – links to guides for the main referencing styles used at JCU ·

February 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 15-21 Library Services Mon - Fri, 8:00am-5:00pm Sat, 11:00am-3:00pm Closed Sundays Library Building Mon-Fri, 7.30am-10:00pm Sat-Sun, 7.30am-10:00pm February 22-28 Library Services Mon - Fri, 8:00am-5:00pm Sat, 11:00am-3:00pm Closed Sundays Library Building Mon-Fri, 7.30am-12:00am Sat-Sun, 7.30am-12:00am Townsville February 15-21 Library Services Mon - Fri, 8:00am-5:00pm Sat, 1:00pm-5:00pm Closed Sundays Information Commons 24 Hours 24 Hours February 22-28 Library Services Mon - Fri, 7:30am-10:00pm Sat-Sun, 10:00am-5:00pm Information Commons 24 Hours 24 Hours

O-Week! 15-19 February

O-Week in Semester Period 1 runs from 15-19 February, and it's a good opportunity to get organised before lectures start in Week One. Here is our "must know" list for O-Week: 1. Know where the library is The library buildings in Townsville and Cairns are home to several key services: InfoHelp desk – Library staff can help you with researching and referencing for your assignments, finding resources and managing your library account. Contact your liaison librarian for further assistance. Our friendly InfoHelp Rovers can help with basic IT and library-related questions, including setting up your wifi and connecting to our printers. The Learning Centre can provide advice on writing your assignments, taking exams and managing your time effectively. Student Equity and Wellbeing provide support to help you survive and thrive at university. Their services include AccessAbility , Counselling and Multifaith Chaplaincy . Careers and Employability helps you plan your care

Australia Day Public Holiday Opening Hours

The Mabo Library at Bebegu Yumba (Townsville) campus will be closed for the Australia Day public holiday on Tuesday 26th January, 2021. The Townsville 24 hour Information Commons will remain accessible 24/7. The Nguma-bada (Cairns) campus library building will be open unstaffed from 7:30am - 10:00pm. Access to both the Learning Commons and the Cairns campus library will be by swipe card only. The libraries will reopen on Wednesday 27th January at 8:00am in Townsville and at 7:30am in Cairns. See the full library opening hours online .

Welcome to the new One Search!

The new One Search is live! Our new One Search interface has gone live! One Search is a way of searching all the library's resources - books and ebooks, journals and journal articles, multimedia and more. You can find the One Search search box on the home page of the library website. You can jump right in and start searching or consult our One Search Guide for tips on basic, advanced, browse and journal searching, and saving results. The new version of One Search has the following features: Multiple methods for searching - Simple Search, Advance Search, Journal Search and Browse Search. Save your searches to revisit later! Virtually browse books and journals to either "side" of your results. There is one record for each title. Click on a title in the search results to see all available copies and locations in both print and digital formats Filter your results by campus location and/or collection Save items permanently in a favourites folder, and use labels to group you