Wednesday, 27 May 2009

InformaWorld Scheduled Outage

InformaWorld will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Wednesday 27th May from 3:00pm – 7:00pm (AEST). Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Artist in Residence - Gail Mabo - JCU Library, Townsville

The Library is happy to announce that Gail Mabo will be an "Artist in Residence" on 27 May and 28 May, 2009. Gail Mabo's exhibition "Mabo Kara Art" is currently on display in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville until 5 June, 2009.

Library and Information Week 2009

Libraries your passport to discovery!
25 - 31 May 2009

Libraries connect people to ideas. It's a vital part of our commitment to promoting the free flow of information and facilitating all Australians' access to recorded knowledge, information, and creative works. This year’s theme highlights the self-directed discovery element of libraries and to celebrate libraries as the place to access, communicate, connect, educate, entertain and inform.

"Australians benefit from services provided by approximately 9,000 school libraries, 42 university libraries, 387 TAFE campus libraries, and thousands of health libraries, law libraries and other special libraries."

If you haven't been to the JCU Libraries lately, come along and experience the great spaces we have to help you with your studies; reacquaint yourself with our online services or contact your subject Librarian for assistance.

Library statistics
  • There are approximately 12 million registered users of public libraries in Australia – almost half of Australia’s total population
  • There are over 1,500 public libraries in Australia with approximately 108 million visits to public libraries each year
  • Each year Australia’s public libraries lend over 178 million items
  • There are over 6,400 internet computers in public libraries in Australia and a further 1,600 computers for word processing etc.
  • There are 448 health/medical libraries. Health librarians are responsible for knowledge support to clinicians, managers, educators, researchers and some directly serve patients or health consumers.
  • There are over 400 corporate/business libraries in Australia and they play a key role in ensuring that business strategy and decision-making is supported by accurate, current, relevant information sources
  • There are over 400,000 fulltime-equivalent TAFE students in Australia and they are supported by 387 campus libraries. TAFE libraries had 14 million visits in 2006
  • There are over 21 million loans every year in Australian university libraries
  • In 2007-08, 7.7 million people visited Australian and New Zealand national and state libraries and 132 million people visited their website.

Gail Mabo Workshop

Come and join us on the 27th May at 10am in the InfoHelp training room (ground floor, Mabo Library Townsville) to listen to artist Gail Mabo. Gail will talk about her artistic style of painting and indigenous art in general.

You are invited to come early for morning tea before the presentation (9.30am). For catering purposes please RSVP to Helen Hooper by Tuesday 26th May (email: or phone: 4781 4381).

Don't forget to also have a look at Gail's exhibition currently located on the 1st floor of the Mabo Library until 5th June 2009. Our display on indigenous art also includes a watercolour by Eddie Koiki Mabo (part of Gail's collection).

Monday, 18 May 2009

Mabo Kara Art Exhibition

Mabo Kara Art Exhibition (Mabo My Art)

Artist: Gail Mabo
Where: Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Townsville
When: Wednesday 20 May - Friday 5 June during library opening hours.

James Cook University celebrates the one year anniversary of the naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo library with an exhibition showcasing Gail Mabo’s work. The Mabo Kara Art exhibition features a variety of landscapes and designs using a combination of contemporary urban art and traditional Indigenous techniques in a vibrant mix of colours and shapes.

As well as the Exhibition and Library displays on Mabo, Reconciliation and Indigenous Art Styles, Gail Mabo will also give an Indigenous Art Workshop on Wednesday, May 27 in the Mabo Library (room DA18-055).

Morning tea will be served at 9.30am for a 10am start. The workshop will include discussions on Gail’s art, and other Indigenous artists, as well as the history and different styles of Indigenous art. If you would like to attend the workshop please RSVP to Helen Hooper by Tuesday 26 May 2009.

Exam Tips #4

Don't be so sure

Is there something on your revision checklist you are so confident about that you skip it every time?

Do you feel that a particular subject is so easy and obvious that you don't have to waste time looking at it?

That's usually a sign that you weren't paying attention. You'll probably find there are a lot of aspects you didn't consider, a lot of nuances you haven't appreciated.

You probably think it's easy and simple because you don't know what you don't know.

One of the best "tricks" you can master when it comes to study and revision is to learn to recognise where these gaps in your knowledge are - to know what you don't know.

Take a look at everything you have covered in your notes. Some areas will obviously stand out to you as things you need to know more about, and you will feel compelled to give most of your study time to covering those topics. But make sure you pay close attention to the areas you feel completely confident about.

Why are you so confident? Is it because you have put a good amount of work into those areas, you have done a reasonable amount of research and you already know what the main issues are and how different theorists have addressed those issues?

Or, is it because "everyone knows about that"?

"Everyone knows" a lot of things - except they don't know them very well. In fact, they usually have a very poor and ill informed understanding, which leads to a lot of bad decisions and unfounded judgments. It's obnoxious in casual conversation - it's downright dangerous when going into an exam.

"Everyone knows" how to run and throw a ball, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot of information you could learn about these activities - and a lot of "hot-topics" you might not be aware of.

If it bores you, you probably don't know enough about it. If you can't be bothered looking it up, you probably don't know enough about it. If, every time you see it, you are sure you've got it under control... you probably don't know enough about it.

That's the topic that's going to trip you up on the exam, because you're not worried enough to make sure you know as much as you could.

Go through everything on your revision sheet and make sure you can write down a list of the major issues and theories regarding those topics. Don't skip anything, and watch to see where the gaps in your knowledge might be. Nothing is as simple as it seems.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Scopus training at JCU [ERA]

The library is offering expert training for staff and postgraduate students in using Scopus to enhance their research.
  • Scopus will provide citation data for ERA’s first group of science disciplines: Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences (PCE).
  • Scopus is a premier multi-disciplinary abstract and citation database covering over 16,000 of the world’s best peer-reviewed journals
The session will be presented by Frances Bluhdorn – a Scopus training consultant from Sydney.

Thursday, May 21st, from 9.00 to 11.00am in DA2-107 (aka HX107).
Cairns: Friday, May 22nd, from 9.00 to 11.00am in B1.104

Learn how to use Scopus features and functionality effectively, including:
  • Coverage and Content
  • Personal Profile Set-up
  • Search Functionality - Search forms, Search syntax, Refine results, Search History, Search results
  • Cited By, Webcites, Patentcites, Related Documents, My List, Sources and Journal Analyzer
  • Managing Searches - Saved searches, Saved lists, E-mail alerts
  • Bibliometric Tools - Author Identifier including My Authors and Citation Tracker, Affiliation Identifier
The session comprises a presentation, hands-on practice and discussion.

Tourism Australia - New Online Student Data Package available at JCU

Tourism Research Australia has recently published an Online Student Data Package. This is now available for JCU Staff and Students.

The data in the package will enable users to access research information on visitor demographics and behaviours. Users can manipulate data from the International and Domestic Visitor surveys to build and generate customised tables, or access standard tables.

The database can be accessed via the Library's Database page by
clicking here.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Credo Reference - New Features & Gadgets

Based on feedback from librarians and users, Credo has enhanced their basic search page with key new features:

An image-only search
Searching Credo's 200,000+ images just got easier. From the Search page, select the Image Search tab and enter your search term to view related images. Similarly, you can access our Concept Map by clicking the Concept Search tab.

A featured content section
    Our Featured Content area will spotlight interesting searches and content related to current events. Featured Content will be updated regularly and remain timely. We welcome suggestions for the Featured Content area.
An indication of the content you may find in Credo
    The search page now includes suggestions for how to use Credo. Under 'Use Credo Reference to find', you can click through to all our encyclopedias, dictionaries and biographical titles or get quick access to our measurements conversion tool and crossword solver.
Credo's current Gadgets have proven very popular, and now there are two new gadgets:
  • Image search
  • Pronunciation search
Use the Image search to find photos, illustrations or maps. Need to know how to pronounce a term? Type your word into our Pronunciations gadget to find out.

Credo's Gadgets are accessible from the navigation pane at the top of each page. Gadgets will open on the right side of your Credo pages. Use them to get a quick definition, look up a person, solve your crossword puzzle and much more.

Use Credo Reference to find: encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, quotations, bilingual dictionaries, crossword solver, measurement conversions and more. Go and check it out for yourself. Just follow the link to databases from the Library homepage or go direct.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Exam Planning

Need information about Exams? Check out the Infohelp Survival Guide for Exams.

You can find information on :
  • Exam timetables
  • Campus maps to locate exam rooms
  • Past examination papers
  • Library opening hours during exams
  • Quiet study areas in the Library
  • Books on study skills for exams
  • Studying for Exams online tutorial
  • Disabilities arrangements
  • Examinations FAQ and website
Exam Plan will take place on Thursday 14 May from 10:00am to 2:00pm on the grass opposite the Student Association Library Coffee Cart in Townsville. A range of JCU student support services will be available offering support, information and advice for the exam period including:
  • Exam success advice, healthy tips
  • Free massages, food, tea, coffee and entertainment by:
*Wulguru Kaba Walkabout Dance Group @ 10.30am
*Drumming Circle @ 11.00am
*Live music by Krystal Donnelly @ 12.00pm

Friday, 8 May 2009

Remote Access fully restored

A collaborative effort between the Library and Information Technology and Resources has resolved the remote access outages first reported on Tuesday afternoon (5th May).

Testing today confirms that elibrary is responding to requests normally again. We apologise for any inconvenience and encourage you to contact us if you have any problems with this service.

Thursday, 7 May 2009

Expanded Academic Scheduled Outage

As part of Gale's ongoing platform development, a software maintenance release will take place on Saturday, May 9th, 2009 from 2pm until 8pm AEST.

Clients accessing online products including Expanded Academic, Health Reference Centre and Literature Resource Centre during the maintenance window may experience a brief interruption in service.

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Unscheduled Outage to Library Resources

We are currently experiencing intermittent outages to library resources including access to databases, ejournals and Reserve Online. IT&R are currently working on the issue.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please contact InfoHelp for assistance.

Where Art Meets Biology

Well, the ANZAC display (which was brought to us courtesy of the Prictors and the North Queensland Photographic Collection) has been packed away. It was a really good display - certainly very popular with our visitors - and our thanks go to everyone who contributed.

It left us with a slight problem though - the new display cabinet. Man, that thing was awkward to move (we really need to put it on casters at some point). Quite frankly, none of us was willing to move it just yet, so we decided to leave everything out there and just put up a new display.

It just so happens that we have a number of rare books that chronicle the biological drawings of scientists and botanists like Joseph Banks, and the like. We also have a reasonable number of books on our main shelves about botanical and ornithological illustrations.

Makes for quite a pretty display, really. There's something about scientific illustrations that's just plain impressive. But why don't you come in to the Mabo Library (Townsville) and see for yourself?

Friday, 1 May 2009

CopyPrint Scheduled Outage - May 8 2009

Student and Staff printing and photocopying services (including CopyPrint) will be offline for system maintenance between 8am - 9am on Friday 08-May-2009.

There will be no printing or photocopying services at the Townsville or Cairns campuses during this maintenance window.

ITR apologise for any inconvenience this outage causes.