Thursday, December 24, 2009

Scheduled Downtime - Informit

Due to essential network infrastructure upgrades, access to Informit databases will be unavailable from 6 am on Sunday 27 December through to 6 am on Tuesday 29 December. (Australian Eastern Daylight Time).

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Christmas & New Years Opening Hours

Please note, the Townsville & Cairns Library buildings will close at
12 noon Thursday 24th December 2009 and reopen at 8am on Monday 4th January 2010.

JCU library staff wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, see you in 2010

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reserve Online Unavailability

The Reserve Online repository will be unavailable on Monday 21 December 2009 due to Copyright Compliance requirements. The system will be available again on Tuesday 22 December 2009. Please contact InfoHelp for any urgent matters. The Reserve Online team apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Online Library Purchase Request Form

Is there a book that you think should be in the Library’s collection?

Staff and students of the University may recommend books or AV items for purchase for the Library collections using the Library Purchase Request form. Use one form per request. Recommendations will be considered against:
The online form can now be used instead of the printed Library purchase request form. Once new purchases are available for loan the requestor will be notified by email, normal borrowing conditions apply.

The Museum of Bad Art

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Walk into any gallery and you are bound to find some works of art you like, and some you think a terrible.

People can find themselves in heated debates as to what could be considered "good art" and what might be considered "bad art". Often, such arguments belittle art that is "bad" and suggest that it either doesn't exist (all art is good), or it shouldn't be in a public gallery (only good art is worth seeing). Very rarely is bad art acknowledged and celebrated.

While many galleries and museums hold to the concept that all of the art in their collection is equally valid and "good", there is one bold enough to admit that the works they hold are awful:

The Museum of Bad Art

Most of the MoBA's collection has been gathered from flea markets and rubbish tips, but some has been donated to the museum by their creators (or the creators' family members).

Each work of art is given due attention, and the curators comments can be quite illuminating - pointing out features you might not have noticed.

Some of it is interesting, some of it is charming, some of it is just plain weird - but none of it is any "good".

It could be a joke, but then, humour is also in the eye of the beholder...

It's definitely a diversion.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Hanukkah

The staff at the JCU Library wishes a Happy Hanukkah to all our patrons.

Have a great week (and a bit), and don't eat too many doughnuts (at least, not unless you've got some to share with us...)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

2009 Christmas Displays

If you happen to be in either of the JCU library buildings in the lead up to Christmas, make sure you take a look at our Christmas displays. We have an eclectic range of displays this year. In Townsville we've decided to create another Book Christmas Tree, but this time we've taken a different approach.

We've also embraced the do-it-yourself life-style with a display dedicated to making your own Christmas Stuff. All of the decorations in this display were made by people in InfoHelp and Lending Services, and we've got books on everything from making your own Christmas cards to making your own wooden toys.

Up in Cairns, they always have to go the extra mile. While the Townsville mob were re-envisioning the Book Christmas Tree, the folks in Cairns came up with a whole Book Sculpture of Santa and his sleigh. You really should check it out - it's an ingenious combination of book stands, bound journals and the laws of physics. The Townsville librarians suspect there is probably one book you could pull out which would make the whole thing collapse. We may or may not be willing to offer a reward to whoever finds that book and requests it from the InfoHelp staff...

Santa Claus is visiting JCU's Cairns Campus Library

There was much surprise in the Cairns Library on Friday 4th December morning! Santa Claus had visited the library the day before and enjoyed it so much that he decided to stay here with his sleigh. Security is still searching for his missing reindeer in the forests surrounding the library.

After the successful and impressive Christmas tree created with more than 240 books last year, the challenge was on for this year's Christmas display. A creative team of Library staff have constructed Santa Claus with his sleigh, made with, you guessed it, bound serials!

A great unveiling of the two ephemeral sculptures for Christmas was organised in the JCU Cairns Library foyer! The reaction from Library visitors has been positive. Come in and see for yourself.

Now, the two major questions remaining are:
  • How many books in these sculptures? A prize for the person who picks the right number,
  • and
  • What’s coming next year?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Computer Lab closures - Summer break 2009/2010

Information Technology and Resources staff will be undertaking maintenance and upgrades to the facilities in the GATCF and School based teaching labs, on both Townsville and Cairns campuses, over the summer semester break. This means that all computer labs, with the *exception* of the following facilities, will be unavailable from Monday 7th December 2009 until Monday 8th February 2010, unless otherwise timetabled or advised.

Townsville:
All Library based computers will be available during Library opening hours.
DA2 Annex (DA2-101, 102, 103, 104 and 107) open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday with swipe card access outside those hours.

Cairns:
All Library based computers will be available during Library opening hours.
B1.030 has 24 hour card swipe access.

All GATCF facilities on Townsville and Cairns campuses will be closed for the Christmas Break commencing Midday (12 Noon) Thursday 24th December 2009 and re-opening 9am Monday 4th January 2010.

IT&R staff will post notices to the Central Computing Bulletins at http://www.jcu.edu.au/archives/centralcomputing/maillist.shtml advising of any changes to the status of the GATCF labs.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

ITR Service Outage - 4 December, 2009

Service outages will occur on Friday December 4th, 2009 due to hardware relocations in the main data centre at JCU.

The following production services will be affected:
  • JCU CMS which will affect various web pages
  • Databases for Blackboard 2007, 2008 and 2010
  • Finance1 database affecting Finance1 services
  • CSDB database affecting access to CSDB
  • TRIM database which will affect TRIM service
  • Blogroll database affecting the VC's blog
Services will be relocated in stages between 6am and 9am Friday 4th December 2009