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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