Monday, April 28, 2008

Informaworld Database - Scheduled Maintenance

A short period of downtime is scheduled for Informaworld on Wednesday 30th April 2008 from 2.00 - 4.00pm . Some users may experience impaired performance for a short time after the downtime has been completed.

Informaworld is the online home of publications from Taylor & Francis, Routledge, Psychology Press and Informa Healthcare.

Ejournal links not working from Tropicat

Elinks from our library catalogue records to the JCU library ejournals portal are currently returning an error message. This has been reported to our ejournals provider who are working on resolving the issue. In the meantime go directly to the ejournals portal to search for online journlas rather than access via the Library catalogue.

Issue resolved 3.30pm 28/4/08.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Library Opening Hours - Labour Day

The Cairns and Townsville libraries will be open from 1-5pm on Monday 5th May 2008.

New Landscaping for Library Building

Over the next 4 weeks construction work will be completed outside of the main entrance of the Library (Townsville). This work requires heavy machinery to operate and temporary fencing will be installed. Please stay outside of the construction area and take due care when commuting to and from the Library.

Monday, April 21, 2008

World Book and Copyright Day - 23 April

By celebrating this Day throughout the world, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright.


23 April is a symbolic date for world literature for on this date in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.


It was a natural choice for UNESCO 's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. In this respect, UNESCO created both the World Book and Copyright Day and the UNESCO Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance.

How to Enable Remote Access to Library Resources

Having trouble accessing your readings from Reserve Online or LearnJCU? From off-campus, through their own internet service providers, students and staff of James Cook University may obtain online access to University subscribed publications, indexes and abstracts via links from University web pages and via the library catalogue Tropicat.

Read these easy to follow instructions for enabling remote access.

This will take you to the online resources with remote access enabled. For the duration of the current session all resources will be available off campus where JCU has an active subscription. Once enabled for remote access you can go to the catalogue from the web pages or vice versa, you need only login for remote access once per session. A JCU username (login ID) and password will be required to enable access.

The full content of JCU online subscriptions is not available to the general public. The licences and agreements which permit use of these resources require that users read and observe the terms and conditions of use as published on the web sites of the publications concerned.

Find It button not working

The problems with the button over the weekend were resolved at around 10am today.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Library Opening Hours: Anzac Day

The Cairns and Townsville libraries will be open from 1-5pm on Friday 25th April 2008. Standard library opening hours apply for the weekend 26-27 April 2008.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Optimising File Sizes

Having problems with file sizes. Are your powerpoint presentations or MS Word files to big? Check out these recent library vodcasts which illustrate how to massively reduce your file sizes.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Store items unavailable

JCU Library is currently reorganising its store collection to create more space. During this process, which is likely to take some months, items marked in Tropicat as being in the S Store, X Store or Y Store collections will be unavailable. If you have need of such items, please contact InfoHelp to explore alternatives.

Tropicat Entry

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Wireless set up for Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard

New self-help guide is now available for the Mac OSX 10.5 Leopard. This joins existing guides for Mac OSX 10.3 and 10.4 Wireless connection at JCU Douglas and Cairns campuses.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover


There's still some time to take a look at the books in the Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover book display.

This display is showcasing a number of interesting books on a variety of subjects which wouldn't normally get displayed because of the appearance of the covers.

Make sure you come into the library and take a look inside some of these books - after all, it's what's inside that counts.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Find It issues resolved


Recent problems experienced with the Find It Button have now been resolved by AARLIN. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this issue.

If you are still experiencing difficulties with the find-it button, please email InfoHelp and describe what is happening (any messages, etc).

Lost Property

Please remember not to leave your personal belongings unattended in the Library, and check that you have removed any USB memory sticks or CDs from the computers before leaving. Lost property handed in or found in the Library is collected at the Lending Services desk, and then sent to the Student Association each week.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Encyclopedia of Archaeology trial access

A trial is available from the Trials web page to the newly published Elsevier online reference work Encyclopedia of Archaeology. Off campus access is available if you first log in via Remote Access then go to “Trial of new online services” via the databases link. The trial ends 21 April 2008.

The Encyclopedia of Archaeology covers all world regions with truly international scholarship and provides insights into the different schools of archaeological thought and some of the key scientific sub-disciplines (archaeometry, phytolith analysis, taphonomy etc.)