Friday, 31 July 2009

Encyclopedia of Life

From the website:
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an ambitious, even audacious project to organize and make available via the Internet virtually all information about life present on Earth. At its heart lies a series of Web sites—one for each of the approximately 1.8 million known species—that provide the entry points to this vast array of knowledge. The entry-point for each site is a species page suitable for the general public, but with several linked pages aimed at more specialized users. The sites sparkle with text and images that are enticing to everyone, as well as providing deep links to specific data.

The EOL dynamically synthesizes biodiversity knowledge about all known species, including their taxonomy, geographic distribution, collections, genetics, evolutionary history, morphology, behavior, ecological relationships, and importance for human well being, and distribute this information through the Internet. It serves as a primary resource for a wide audience that includes scientists, natural resource managers, conservationists, teachers, and students around the world. We believe that the EOL's encompassing scope and innovation will have a major global impact in facilitating biodiversity research, conservation, and education.
And now we have a link to it from our catalogue. Go to Tropicat and see if you can find it. Okay, I'll give you hint - you can find it with a simple keyword search, but you'll find it faster using a "Title Begins..." search.

Monday, 27 July 2009

eJournals Scheduled System Outage

Serials Solutions are upgrading their storage infrastructure. As a result the following services may be unavailable for as long as six hours on Saturday, 1st August from 11am to 5pm (AEST).
  • eJournals A-Z
  • Hyperlinks in Tropicat journal records
  • Find It button (Link Resolver)
  • X Search
  • Ulrichs
Advice and assistance with links to eJournals will be available during this time from InfoHelp in Townsville (4781 5500)and Cairns (4781 1029).

InfoHelp Tutorials Running this Week

  • Library Orientation Tours
  • Top Ten Assignment Research Tips
  • Getting connected @ JCU: Hands on skills for JCU online
  • Finding More on the Web
  • Finding Journal Articles
Venue: Cairns Campus Library

Friday, 24 July 2009

Library Semester Opening Hours

The Library's Opening Hours during semester are:

  • Monday - Thursday 8am-10.30pm;
  • Friday 8am-6pm;
  • Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Monday - Thursday 8am-9pm;
  • Friday 8am-6pm;
  • Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm

Monday, 20 July 2009

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...

Friday, 17 July 2009

InfoHelp Tutorials

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. See full details and session times for Townsville and Cairns.

Sessions starting in O-week include:

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

Find out why, when and where to attend

• Library Orientation Tours
• Studying@JCU: essential information on the web
• Getting Connected @ JCU: Hands on skills for JCU online (bookings recommended)
• Top Ten Assignment Research Tips

Find out why, when and where to attend

An Interesting Diversion: The Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum is one of the most famous museums in Russia, and surely belongs alongside the Louvre as being amongst the most famous museums in the world.

Located in St Petersberg, in the old Winter Palace building, The State Hermitage Museum is probably best known for its "starring role" in the movie Russian Ark (Russkiy kovcheg). The movie looks at approximately two hundred years of Russian history by following two characters as they move through the rooms of the Winter Palace, moving through time as they move through the rooms. The film is most remarkable for the fact that it was shot in one fluid take - all from the point of view of one of the character. It's definitely worth watching if you're a film buff, but not exactly Saturday night material if you prefer Hollywood films.

The museum itself has a brilliant web-presence. You can tour a lot of the building and view a large number of the exhibitions all from your own desk. They use a lot of really nice flashy-type features to give you a decent museum experience from anywhere in the world. Probably no where near as good as going to the museum in person, but it's a very nice site giving you a very good look at a very good museum...

Take a look.

Oh, and tell us if you like finding out about things like this. It's a new kind of post for Library & Computing News, and we'd like to know if you're interested in seeing more "interesting diversions"...

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Wiley InterScience Scheduled Maintenance

Wiley InterScience will be unavailable at the following times for site maintenance.

Saturday 18 July 2009 7pm - 9pm (AEST)
Monday 20 July 2009 6pm - 8pm (AEST)

Monday, 13 July 2009

Random Book Review: Field Guide to the Frogs of Australia

The Field Guide to the Frogs of Australia is one of the newer books in our collection. Written by Michael J Tyler and Frank Knight, the book is a slim volume - easily slipped into a pack - which consists of short descriptions and colour illustrations of Australian frogs.

We actually have quite a number of field guides to Australian frogs in our library, but this one stands out from the crowd by virtue of Frank Knight's illustrations.

Frank Knight used to work as an illustrator for CSIRO's Division of Wildlife Research, and he has illustrated a number of other Field Guides, such as the Field Guide to the Birds of Australia.

Knight's illustrations are beautiful and practical, and allow you to see the frogs in similar poses, so you can better compare the differences.

The only thing I found disappointing was that the frogs are all grouped scientifically. As a "field guide", I thought it might be more practical if they were grouped according to their general locations. That way, a frog watcher in North Queensland would be able to narrow down to relevant information more quickly, instead of having to wade though frogs found in Victoria and Western Australia.

You can find the book on the top floor of both campus libraries, at 597.890994 TYL - provided, of course, the copies haven't been checked out. Even if they have, you'll find other guides to Australian Frogs at the same shelf location.

Friday, 10 July 2009


Keen observers coming into the Mabo Library in recent weeks might have noticed a small table opposite the InfoHelp desk.

We've been running an experiment recently: mini-displays.

So far, we've had displays celebrating Canada Day, Percy Grainger's birthday and, today, Marcel Proust's birthday.

Basically, we've been picking dates in the calendar and grabbing a few things off the shelf to match. It's usually a small sample of the works we have on any given subject, but it's keeping us amused.

Next time you're in the library, keep an eye out for one of these mini-displays. We won't have them up every day, and most of them will be down again in a couple of days' time. Perhaps they can keep you amused as well?

Monday, 6 July 2009

What's the time, Mr Wolf?

Have you ever wondered what the time difference was between, say, Brisbane and Dubai*?

If you wanted to spend some time studying abroad, or if you need to contact a friend or colleague who is in a different time zone, it can be very useful to be able to quickly check the time in different locations.

That's where a site like Time and Date's World Clock comes in handy. At a quick glance, you can check the times across a reasonably extensive range of capital cities. By clicking on the name of the city, you can also find other details, like: when daylight saving time starts/finishes, the dialling codes for the country/area, the weather... that sort of thing.

There are other sites out there which offer similar services, and I encourage you to have a look around to see if you find one you prefer. Time and Date is simple enough to use, though, and is perfectly adequate for answering those quick, what-time-is-it-in-Adelaide-type questions.

Certainly worth bookmarking.

*(It's approximately six hours, by the way - when it's 11:00am in Brisbane, it's 5:00am in Dubai, give or take daylight savings)