Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What's The Buzz in the Mabo Library JCU

The Library is entering a competition that is currently being run by Emerald Group Publishing (the supplier lots of the great eResources that the Library has on offer). The theme of this competition is 'Busy Bee' and is part of a campaign to inspire library users to be busy bees using the Emerald resources.

The team have been busy little bees creating the display "What's the Buzz in the Mabo Library JCU" in the Townsville Library. You can check out the display on the ground floor of the Townsville Library.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

T150 – Townsville Past & Present: Higher Education Comes to Town – JCU in Townsville

The latest round of T150 displays in the JCU Library showcase the history of James Cook University, including: information about the establishment of the University College; plans, drawings and official documents pertaining to the establishment and official opening of James Cook University; photographs and video footage of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to JCU in 1970; photographs, publications and marketing artwork relevant to the University Library building; selected student publications, including Magnus Taurus, and The Bullsheet and a selection of student handbooks from various years.
A selection of newspapers and publications produced by the JCU Student Union (previously the Townsville University College Union), including issues of ‘Magnus Taurus’, which ran from 1962 to 1997, and The Bullsheet, which was first published in 1970, and is still being published today.
University College of Townsville
In February 1961, the University College of Townsville, opened in Pimlico, as an annex of the University of Queensland, with 90 day students and another 50 students enrolled in evening classes. It initially offered 14 first-year subjects across a range of disciplines, with a teaching staff of ten lecturers and three demonstrators. There were only three other staff: the College Warden, a librarian and an administrative officer.

That same year, the North Queensland University Association, through an appeal to the people of North Queensland, established two Halls of Residence for male and female students in Townsville. Duncragan, located in Cleveland Terrace, on Melton Hill, could accommodate 22 women; Stuart House, in Wulguru, could accommodate 66 men. A third Hall of Residence, Olsen House, in Stagpole Street, West End, was established in 1963 and accommodated 38 men. There was a Principal in charge of each Hall who was responsible for its administration and tutorial organisation, and financially, each Hall of Residence was managed independently from the University College. Full board at the Halls of Residence cost £6 per week.
The Common Room at “Duncragan”, which was described in the University College Handbook of 1965, as “simply but adequately furnished” for recreational purposes.
The Douglas Campus
 In 1962 the Townsville City Council gifted a parcel of land covering approximately 400 acres on the southern side of the Ross River to the University of Queensland. The land later became the Douglas Campus of James Cook University. The campus at Douglas was designed in 1964 and work began on the site in 1965. The first building at the site, the Humanities I building, was occupied in 1967. This is now the Ken Back Chancellery building. This was followed by the University Hall student residence in 1968, and by 1969, there were 4 buildings in the ring – Humanities I, the Library, Engineering and Biological Sciences. Outside the ring, the early parts of University Hall, John Flynn, Saint Mark’s and Saint Paul’s were completed or underway.

Current displays include a range of plans for the university site, including the original 1964 site plan developed by architect James Birrell and Professor Gordon Stephenson. There are also a number of aerial photographs showing various stages of the university’s development. Expansion continued over the next decade and the University vacated the original campus at Pimlico in 1980.
(Left to Right): Dr Ken Back (University College Warden), Alan Wilson, Keith Brazier, Bill Hooper and Rex Moss viewing the plans for the new Douglas campus on site in 1964.
A showcase of a range of plans for the university site, including the original 1964 site plan.
Queen Elizabeth II visits James Cook University
 In April 1970 the campus at Douglas became a fully-fledged university in its own right, when Queen Elizabeth II granted Royal Assent to the James Cook University of North Queensland Bill, in person, at a special ceremony conducted in the grounds of the university. Her Majesty the Queen’s visit was part of a Royal Tour of Australia, and with her on this occasion was her husband Prince Philip and daughter Princess Anne.
The Queen and Prince Philip, chatting informally to students at James Cook University, 20 April 1970.
As well as photographs and documents pertaining to the Queen’s visit in 1970, a unique part of the display is colour film footage of the Queen’s visit, which shows the procession of students and staff attending the ceremony, the arrival of the Queen, and the signing of official documents.
A selection of early University Handbooks on display.

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Book Recommendation: No Plastic Sleeves: Portfolio and Self-Promotion Guide for Photographers and Designers

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays in the library, you can access details for hard copy and online eBooks here. For instructions on how to "borrow" an eBook (i.e. download for a short period of time) check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

An eBook title of interest is: No Plastic Sleeves: Portfolio and Self-Promotion Guide for Photographers and Designers by Larry Volk and Danielle Currier.
Call number: 770.688 VOL 2015

An extract from the publisher's website states:

The 2nd edition features many new outstanding examples of portfolios and promotions both online and in print form. Included are additional international examples and a more even balance of photographic and design focused portfolios and promotions. Several examples from illustrators and artists are also included. Several strategies are discussed for effectively reaching and meeting the needs of one’s target audience through the multiple components of one’s online presence. Options from custom websites to more “out-of-the-box” solutions are discussed.

Friday, August 19, 2016

August 23rd: Anniversary of the Wave Hill Station walk off 1966-1975

This August 23rd, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary since the Wave Hill Station walk off (also known as the Gurindji Strike). This is considered a pivotal moment in Australian history in regards to the civil rights movement for Australian Aboriginal peoples within the broader society. It highlighted the unfair employment conditions and standards experienced by Australian Aboriginal employees and their families, and became one of the first large shifts towards recognition of Australian Aboriginal peoples pre-existing and ongoing land title.

If you're an Australian music fan you may know of this event through the song "From Little Things, Big Things Grow", sung by famed Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly and co-written with Aboriginal singer songwriter Kev Carmody (check out the lyrics on the National Museum Australia website). Some prominent figures in this event were the strike leader and a Gurindji man Vincent Liangiri, and the then Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

To learn more borrow and watch:

Ripples from Wave Hill [DVD]
Call Number: 346.940432 RIP

Thursday, August 18, 2016

One Search Getting a Makeover

One Search, our web scale discovery tool*, is having a user interface 'refresh'.

One Search uses Summon 2.0 technology in a hosted (SaaS) model and the vendor, Ex Libris, has notified us that a raft of usability enhancements will be launched overnight (Australian time) on August 24th.

These tweaks are based on user feedback and testing, they include:
  • Advanced Search toggle option clearer
  • Preview hover more robust
  • Publication date filter moved higher and tweaked
  • Easier to search for, navigate and refine results
  • Hamburger menu used on large screen as well as small screen
  • Slight layout/font changes
  • More visible links to other tools (A-Z, Feedback, Help)
  • Results page
  • Repositioned functional elements
  • New menu option, icons and text to improve navigation
  • Facet Pane improvements to include/exclude 
  • Results pane includes: citation preview, WoS, Scopus, Altmetrics linking and display, and cite, save email icons
  • New layout for topic explorer
  • Pre-canned date ranges for filtering results (last 12 months, last 3 years, last 5 years)
  • Date histogram removed
  • Preview link expandable (no longer in right column) click on/off - doesn't disappear when you scroll
  • Topic explorer has separated elements for better user understanding
  • WCAG and Section 508 accessibility
It will work the same way but the layout will be clearer and your options for actions and other services will be simpler to access.

There will be no downtime for the changes.

If you experience any problems please contact InfoHelp.

*A librariany way of saying a whole bunch of disparate library resources are indexed in one place and searched in a 'Google-like' manner.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Book Recommendation: Australia's Role in Feeding the World: The Future of Australian Agriculture

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

An eBook title of interest is:
Australia's Role in Feeding the World: The Future of Australian Agriculture by Tor Hundloe, Sarah Blagrove and Hannah Ditton.

An extract from the publisher's website states:
Earth's human population currently exceeds 7 billion, and by the year 2050 our planet will have at least two billion more mouths to feed. When faced with providing food for so many people, the idea is often advanced that Australia will become the 'food bowl' of Asia. Australia currently grows enough food to feed about three times its population and agricultural exports are important to our economy; however, Australia's role in feeding the world needs careful consideration.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Start your assignments on the road!

As assignment time comes around for another study period, it’s time to remind everyone about the Info Skills Road Trip.

We love helping at the JCU Library InfoHelp desk but we understand that it’s just not possible for everyone to be on campus (many people work or have Pok√©mon to catch). If you can't get to the Library InfoHelp desk, we recommend using the Info Skills Road Trip.

This interactive learning tool has been developed specifically for students and is linked to some subjects through LearnJCU. It provides an introduction to researching for assignments. You will learn the basics of unpacking your assignment question, finding resources, evaluating what you find and referencing to help you on your University journey. You can pick and choose your destination. Each module will take about 30 minutes of your time.
Get started today!

Remember you can always come to the Library InfoHelp desk or use our Chat service for help on the best places to search.