Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Scheduled Outage - ScienceDirect and Scopus

Two of our databases, ScienceDirect and Scopus, will be unavailable between 7.30pm Saturday 2 August to 3.30pm Sunday 3 August while undergoing upgrades.

The administrators of these databases have informed us that Email Alerts and RSS feeds will not post during this down time, but have assured us that they will still be created and will be posted as soon as the upgrades are completed and the systems are up and running again.

We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. Many science journals will still be available through the Web of Science, CSA, Proquest and Ovid databases.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Orientation: an InfoHelp Survival Guide

Visit our website and find out...

How to use email
How to find readings for your subject
When your lectures are on
How to do better assignments and much more...

InfoHelp Workshops

Discover how to use email, find information for assignments and surf the web! InfoHelp Tutorials start this week and are free. All students are welcome to attend (no bookings necessary). See full details and session times for Townsville and Cairns.

Townsville:

  • Library Orientation Tours
  • Studying@JCU: essential information on the web
  • Top Ten Assignment Research Tips
  • Getting Connected: hands on skills for JCU Online
  • Finding Journal Articles
  • Finding More on the Web

Find out why, when and where to attend

Cairns:

  • Library Orientation Tours
  • Studying@JCU: essential information on the web
  • Getting Connected: hands on skills for JCU online
  • Top Ten Assignment Research Tips

Find out why, when and where to attend

Scheduled Outage - Service Interruptions to Core Computing Systems

ITR will be conducting a number of hardware & software upgrades to core computing systems on the 1st August 2008.

Due to the nature of the hardware upgrades required on the University’s back-end database servers and network infrastructure many core services will be unavailable from 6am - 10am on Friday 1st August.

These services include: Internet, Email, LearnJCU, GATCF Computer labs, Finance, Payroll, Internet Accounting, Courses & Subjects Database, Staff & Students Online, Workflow, eStudent, CareerHub and Card swipe access to buildings.

ITR staff will endeavour to keep interruptions to an absolute minimum and will deploy standby hardware where available.

ITR apologise for such a large outage at this time of year. We are acutely aware of the impact on the JCU community when core systems are taken offline. ITR Management have taken the option of one major outage to resolve a large number of issues rather than numerous minor interruptions.

We also apologise for the additional time required for this outage. A number of the larger servers require considerable time to resume normal operations, as such the maintenance window has been extended from the usual completion time of 9am to 10am.

Please see Central Computing Bulletins for more details and updates.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Library Blogs

Looking for information? See if any of our library blogs fit the bill. You can also set up an rss feed to get the latest posts on any of our blogs.

JCU Libary and Computing News
This blog runs the news items related to the JCU Library and Computing Services.

JCU Library Web 2.0 Tips & Trends
This blog gives ideas on how you can use Web 2.0 technology to make life easier and showcases some of the more interesting technologies available on the Internet.

SoCA Resources - Highlights and New Discoveries
Run by the School Librarian for the School of Creative Arts at James Cook University, this blog highlights various web-based resources that are of interest to staff and students studying Visual Arts, Photography, Theatre, Music, Graphic Arts and New Media.

Social Sciences & Humanities @ JCU Library
A tool for you to communicate with your subject specialist Librarians; be directed to websites, tools and workshops to assist you in your studies.

Business Focus
This blog is a tool for staff and students in the School of Business to keep up to date with resources, library news and current awareness that will aid them in their teaching and learning. Maintained by the Liaison Librarians for the School of Business.

Faculty of Arts, Education & Social Sciences Web Resource Picks
Compiled by Townsville and Cairns Liaison Librarians for the faculty, this blog highlights various web-based resources that are of interest to staff and students studying Arts, Humanities, Psychology, Social Work, Education and Indigenous Studies.


Monday, July 14, 2008

Cairns Library Closed Show Day

The Cairns Campus Library will be closed on Friday 18th July for the Cairns Show Day holiday. See Library Hours webpage for Townsville and Cairns Library Inter-Semester/ Block mode opening hours.

Informaworld database scheduled downtime

A short period of downtime is scheduled on informaworld on Tuesday 15th July 2008, 2pm - 4pm for essential maintenance.

Some users may experience impaired performance for a short time after the downtime has been completed. The informaworld team would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience this might cause.

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

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tips for Studying in Block Mode, #1

Ah, yes, block mode.

An interesting form of study. On the one hand it gets subjects over and done with rather quickly, on the other hand it's a bit like the Tour de France: a hard slog that barely gives you time to notice how much you're hurting.

My first tip for surviving... er... studying in block mode is to think about it as an endurance sport. You won't get anywhere by thinking about how big an undertaking the whole thing is, you have to take it one manageable stage at a time.

So, think about each week as a stage in your tour. Set goals to achieve for that week, and give yourself a reward for every goal that you can tick off your list. Even giving yourself a gold star can make the world seem like a brighter place.

Don't worry so much about the work you have to do next week. Next week is a good enough time to worry about that. Of course, if you have something due on the Monday of next week, you might want to incorporate it into this week's goals...

And, remember, the library is still there, and the librarians have less students to work with at the moment, which gives them more time to help you. They're more than happy to help you tackle the research you need for your assignments.

So, remember, you've got a support crew and you only have to tackle the studies one stage at a time. You're not doing it all on your own, and you're not doing it all in one hit. Breathe, put 'one foot in front of the other' and work steadily. You'll get there in the end.


Taken from Information Literacy and Other Research Skills

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Temporary Outage: Staff Cannot Publish Reserve Online items to LearnJCU

3pm: Issue now resolved. Staff can now add new readings to LearnJCU from Reserve Online.

JCU staff are currently experiencing difficulties when trying to publish Reserve Online (Masterfile) items to LearnJCU (Blackboard). This issue does not effect student access to items in Reserve Online or LearnJCU that are already linked. IT&R staff and our software supplier are investigating.

Reserve Online Team.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Who's Who in Australia and Who's Who in Queensland

JCU staff and students now have online access to Who's Who in Australia and Who's Who in Queensland combined in the one search service.

This service provides brief biographical information on over 13,000 prominent Australians from fields such as business, politics, the arts, sport, law, entertainment and academia.

Entries include information on education, awards, occupation, career history,

honorary positions, recreations, publications, contact details etc. As well as the basic name search, most data elements are searchable.

Access is available via the Library Databases web page or the library catalogue Tropicat. Please log in via Remote Access if you are off campus.

Endnote Workshops

Introductory EndNote workshops will be offered in July, covering:
  • Introduction to EndNote
  • Cite while you write: how EndNote interacts with word
  • Importing references using filter files and connection files
You will need your JCU login and password to allow computer lab access.

Townsville:
All 3-hour "hands-on" sessions will be held in HX107 (aka DA2-107) at these times:
  • Tuesday 22 July - 9am to 12noon
  • Wednesday 23 July - 9am to 12noon
  • Thursday 24 July - 9am to 12 noon
To book for Townsville Sessions contact Andrew Stacey on 4781 4742 (Andrew.Stacey@jcu.edu.au)

Cairns:
All 3-hour "hands-on" sessions will be held in B1.104 at these times:
  • Tuesday 22 July 12 noon - 3pm
  • Wednesday 23 July 12 noon - 3pm
  • Thursday 24 July 9am - 12 noon in B1.104
To book for Cairns Sessions contact Kathy Fowler on 4042 1034 (Katharine.Fowler@jcu.edu.au)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

NAIDOC Week: Advance Australia Fair? (6-13 July)

To mark NAIDOC Week celebrations this year the National NAIDOC Committee has selected the theme: Advance Australia Fair?

The aim of the theme this year is to encourage people to reflect on the Australian principle of a “Fair go” and for them to consider the inequalities still experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country today.

Our nation continues to thrive and is now recognised as one of the most prosperous countries in the developed world. However we cannot overlook those in our society who are disadvantaged and whose living conditions are more comparable to struggling nations.

The theme also lays down the challenge to the new Labor Government to deliver real change and improvements in the lives of Aboriginal people. It is encouraging to see that the Rudd Government will move to give an apology to the Stolen Generations and has set this as a priority.

During NAIDOC Week (6-13 July) 2008, State Library of Queensland will be launching the updated and redeveloped Footprints before me - Tracing Queensland Indigenous family and community history website. http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/footprints

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Find It and Wiley Interscience absorbing Blackwell Journals

Due to the acquisition of Blackwell Synergy by Wiley Interscience the Find It button Find It button may direct you to the Wiley home page or the journal's home page on Wiley for journals formerly published by Blackwell.
Please use the citation information displayed in the X Search banner to locate to the article by browsing volume, issue and page number.
Wiley expect to have direct linking to the article available by 7 July 2008.
X Search searches the new combined Wiley and Blackwell database regardless of whether you choose Wiley Interscience or Blackwell Synergy.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Internet Accounting Update

IT&R will resume full Internet Accounting from the 1st July, 2008. This is an update to the notice posted to Central Computing Bulletins.

Information regarding internet charges and quotas can be found on the Internet Accounting website. All user quotas have been applied for the half year July to December 2008. Any user's unable to gain access to the Internet should check they have an available user balance. In the event of any difficulty, please contact InfoHelp:
Email: InfoHelp@jcu.edu.au
Phone: +61 7 4781 5500 or +61 7 4042 1029
Web: http://www.library.jcu.edu.au/InfoHelp/ask.shtml