Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Book Display

We librarians are a sneaky lot. Occasionally, we just have to do something that amuses us. So, for the time being, we have a book display about... Books.

Yep, that's right, we've constructed an entire display looking at "The Book" - how people go about writing books, the design of books, printing and binding, publishing...

Heck, we've even got a couple of journals about book reviews.

We call it our "Book Display". You can groan now, if you like. Or, you can come into the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and take a look. It could be particularly interesting if you were thinking about trying to get a book published, or if you want to work in some aspect of the book industry.

Interested in a Library Career?

Interested in a library career? The destinationlibrary wiki is a resource for everyone considering a career in the library and information industry. Check it out in the A to Z listing under L for Library careers.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Tropicat for Mobile Devices

Do you own an iPhone, Blackberry or 3G phone? Then you will want to use it to check out Tropicat for mobile devices, the new text-based interface to the JCU Library catalogue.

It offers the same functionality as the standard interface without the graphics and is suited to viewing on smaller screens. You can search, add items to your list, place reserves and renew items wherever you are, for as long as your battery and phone card last! If you would like to know more about using Tropicat view the Quick Guide to Tropicat.

Interested in learning more about using your iPhone with Walkabout wireless, JCU email and NetAccess? See our guide Using the iPhone.

Wireless LAN upgrading

On Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 October IT&R will be installing cabling for the Wireless LAN upgrade throughout the Mabo Library (Townwsville). IT&R staff hope there will be minimal disruption to students and staff.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Short interruption to Tropicat services

On Saturday 24th October between 8 and 10am Tropicat will be unavailable for a 30-60 minute maintenance period.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Australian Research Online

Australian Research Online is where you can search 332,943 Australian research outputs, including theses; preprints; postprints; journal articles; book chapters; music recordings and pictures.

Australian Research Online searches simultaneously across the contents of Australian university and government research repositories in addition to several other collections of Australian research. The list of currently participating universities, and government departments with the number of outputs currently in each repository, is listed at the left.

To view the most frequently accessed research items, and most popular creators, visit the Statistics page. Or to view the contents of an institution’s repository (including James Cook University)listed as a tag cloud, visit the Tag cloud page.

Monday, 19 October 2009

eJournals Scheduled System Outage - 25 October

Serials Solutions are upgrading their systems. As a result the following Library services may be unavailable on Sunday, 25 October between 2am to 8am local time.
  • eJournals A-Z (The eJournals title list)
  • Hyperlinks in Tropicat journal records
  • Find It (The Link Resolver)
  • X Search
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
If you are still experiencing problems after this time, please contact InfoHelp.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Darwin display in the Cairns Library

The display includes a collection of relevant books and diagrams of Darwin's travels on the Beagle and his theory of evolution. All books are available to be borrowed.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Open Access Week 19-23 October

Support free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research along with your colleagues around the world during Open Access Week.
Check out the website for facts, resources and suggestions.

And contribute your research to ResearchOnline@JCU for all the world to see. Free.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Exam Opening Hours

The Townsville and Cairns Library Buildings will be open for extended hours during the Examination period, beginning Friday 6 November until Sunday 22 November. Handouts are available at the InfoHelp desks.

24 hour study facilities, including copying, computing and printing are available in the Humanities Annex (Building 02) Computing Facility in Townsville and A2.017, A2.018 and B1.030 facilities in Cairns. Many services and resources are available 24 hours per day through the Library and Computing Services website.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Guide to Library Services FOR PIRATES!

Well, we were going to try to correct a few more spelling errors before officially unveiling our Guide to Library Services

But Cap'n Sam threatened to do horrible things to us involving sharp pieces of metal if we didn't "stop yer fussin' an' get on wit' it!"

He also mentioned something really unsavoury involving a dead parrot and a copy of Captain Blood, so we thought it was probably in our best interest to just put the page up.

Who's brilliant idea was it to hire a pirate for a librarian, anyway?

Oh, well. You can get to the new piratical pages from our Training Page, or you can follow this link here:

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Guide to Using an iPhone at JCU

A new self-help guide is now available for using your iPhone at JCU.

Follow the easy steps for:
*setting up your iPhone for wireless access at JCU
*setting up an email account for JCU
*setting up Mirapoint calender synchronisation
*setting up VPN access to JCU
*using netAccess with your iPhone

For all this and more - see the iPhone Guide.