Tuesday, 29 June 2010

ebrary Academic Complete database trial

ebrary Academic Complete, an e-book collection, with books from a variety of publishers spanning all academic subject areas. Trial ends 23 July 2010. Books on ebrary can be accessed here.

Note that during this trial the custom ebrary Reader is not supported and is not essential for viewing the content.This trial is available both on campus or off campus (with a JCU user
name and password).

The trial links are also to be found on the library Trials web page

If you have any feedback either positive or negative please let us know here.

Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works Database Trial

New trial of online service. Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works. Transcripts of therapy and counseling sessions and first-person narratives illuminating the experience of mental illness and its treatment, plus reference works to contextualize the primary material. Trial ends 22 July, 2010. The transcripts can be accessed here.

These trials are available both on campus or off campus (with a JCU user name and password). The trial links can also to be found on the library Trials web page

If you have any feedback either positive or negative please let us know here.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Time, truth and the human condition, poster display

BA1001 (Time, truth and the human condition) Townsville campus students made posters bringing together topics they had studied throughout teaching period one. We have a selection of the best posters on display in the Mabo library on the first floor near the printing area.

Topics stretch from ancient philosophy, the black death, the witch hunting crazes of the 17th century, and social movements of the 1960's. Students made use of JCU library's extensive collection of print and online material for their work through the semester.

BA1001 was an excellent example of collaboration between the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the library via Helen Hooper(Faculty Librarian) and Kylie Bartlett (Learning Advisor) who together ensured that students began their studies in the Arts with a positive introduction to the resources available to them and help to develop academic writing and research skills.

Mabo Library Closed Townsville Show Day

The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library will be closed on Monday 5th July for the Townsville Show Day holiday. See Library Hours web page for Townsville and Cairns Library Inter-Semester/ Block mode opening hours.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Informit Databases - Scheduled Maintenance - 27 June, 2010

JCU Library has been advised that due to a core IT infrastructure upgrade to RMIT's main data centre, access to our suite of Informit Databases may be disrupted for periods from 7.00 am to 1.00 pm on Sunday 27th June 2010 (Australian Eastern Standard Time - GMT+10).

There may be no access to Informit during this time.

RMIT Publishing apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Special Collections @ JCU Library Blog

Have you ever wondered about the history of the saint painted on the side of Townsville's Castle Hill? Or did you know that before the saint, JCU students had painted a big question mark on the hill?

Read more about the JCU connection on the "Special Collections @ JCU Library Blog".

If you have an interest in the heritage of North Queensland, visit the blog and view these and other stories. It is also a great way to hear about upcoming JCU Library exhibitions and events that focus on North Queensland history and local topics. Feedback and comments from JCU staff, students and the wider community are welcome.


(Images courtesy of JCU Archives)

Friday, 18 June 2010

Algernon is no more

Friday 18th June, 2010
Library Gorilla, Algernon, found

On Thursday afternoon a librarian made the grizzly discovery of the body of Algernon, the library gorilla in the reading lounge area of the James Cook University Townsville campus library. It appeared that he had been struck by a blunt instrument. There is speculation that the gorilla had made enemies in the library because of his vocal stance in favour of converting the first floor of the library into a replica central African jungle. A stance that put him offside with Infohelp librarians. Algernon had support for his plan from a number of biologists at the University. Professor Plum was heard to remark "A jungle would be perfect, I get everything on google now anyway". Investigations continue.

We don't want to ruin your relaxing semester break, but we have some terrible news - Algernon is no more!! Would you be able to help us work out who killed him? We know he was killed in the library, possible with a candlestick. Was it Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs Peacock, the Reverend Green or Mrs White? We just don't know, but we have collected some wise words from various detectives. Maybe reading some of these will help! They are on display on the first floor of the Townsville Mabo library near the Infohelp desk.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Copyprint Outage - Friday 18 June, 2010

The Student and Staff printing and photocopying service including CopyPrint will be offline for system maintenance for a period of time between
6am to 9am Friday 18-06-2010.

There will be no guarantee that printing or photocopying will be enabled at either the Townsville or Cairns campuses during this
maintenance window.

ITR apologise for any inconvenience this outage may cause.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Reminder - Last chance to view “Winkirr” (dreaming and reflections of country) Art Exhibition in the Mabo Library

The exhibition: Winkirr (Dreaming and Reflections of Country) will be on show in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville) until this Sunday 20 June, 2010 during library opening hours.

Each year the James Cook University hosts an exhibition by an Indigenous artist to celebrate the naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and the official launching of the University’s Reconciliation Statement on 21 May 2008. This year the Mabo Library is proud to present an exhibition of new work by Susan Peters Nampitjin.

Susan Peters Nampitjin is a contemporary artist of the Walmajarri people, located in the Tanami desert of South East Kimberleys, Western Australia. She currently lives in Townsville and works as an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Liaison Officer and Art teacher for people with disability. She is also an active member of the “Murris in Ink” group based at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts. Murris in Ink are a collective of mid-career and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander printmakers currently participating in a range of development workshops.

Web Of Knowledge News

More databases in Web Of Knowledge. As an outcome of a Universities Australia Consortium Agreement, JCU users now have access to additional content on this search platform:

1. Comprehensive, multidisciplinary and international coverage from conferences proceedings published in books, journals, reports, series, and preprints in:
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (CPCI-S). From 1990 to date.
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH). From 1990 to date.
2. More coverage of Chemistry in:
  • Current Chemical Reactions (CCR-EXPANDED). From 1985 to date. A database of chemical reactions, their chemical structures and reaction conditions (includes Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data back to 1840).
  • Index Chemicus (IC)From 1993 to date. An index of synthesizable Organic Chemical Compounds with a focus on new compounds, intermediates & stereochemistry.
All to be found in the Web Of Knowledge service at this link

Links to these resources can also be found in Tropicat (the library catalogue) or the library databases list.

Library Inter-Semester / Block Mode Opening Hours

The Library opening hours for Townvsille and Cairns during the Inter-Semester / Block Mode period from Monday 21 June until Sunday 25 July will be:
  • 8am - 5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • 8am - 9pm Tuesday
  • 1pm - 5pm Saturday
  • Closed Sunday
  • Closed Townsville Show Day (Monday 5 July)
  • Closed Cairns Show Day (Friday 23 July)

Monday, 7 June 2010

Library Opening Hours - Queen's Birthday

The Townsville and Cairns Libraries will be open from 1-5pm on Monday 14 June 2010. Standard opening hours apply for Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th June, 2010.

Friday, 4 June 2010

JSTOR Plant Science Database

As a subscriber to JSTOR journals, JCU has been granted access to this online research tool for aggregating and exploring the world’s botanical resources. JSTOR Plant Science provides foundational content vital to plant science – plant type specimens, taxonomic structures, scientific literature, and related materials.

JSTOR Plant Science can be accessed at this link both on campus or off campus (with a JCU user name and password).

Links to this resource can also be found in Tropicat (the library catalogue)or the library databases list.

Going Global Database

Going Global is a service that JCU has started subscribing to in order to assist students and graduates with their careers. Going Global career and employment resources include world-wide job openings, internship listings, industry profiles and country-specific career information. More than 30,000 pages of constantly-updated content is included on topics such as: work permit/visa regulations, resume writing guidelines and examples, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups, cultural/interviewing advice, corporate profiles and worldwide job listings…………plus much more!

Going Global can be accessed at this link both on campus or off campus (with a JCU user name and password).

Links to this resource can also be found in Tropicat (the library catalogue)or the library databases list.

Extended Friday Opening Hours

Don't forget the Mabo library in Townsville will be open this Friday (4th June) and next Friday (11th June) until 10.30pm. The library staff wish you all the best with your exams.