Monday, May 31, 2010

Need a quiet place to study? Try the library's Silent Zone and Quiet Study Areas

Townsville:
  • Did you know that we have a TOTAL SILENCE ZONE along the southern wall on the top floor of the library building? This zone has been established for those students who want absolute silence while studying.
  • Conditions of access for these areas are: No mobile phones; No children.
  • Other areas in the Library are for quiet conversation, including the Western Group Presentation Room on the top floor and Student lounge on the first floor (eastern end).
  • All areas are clearly marked on the Library floor plans.
Cairns:
  • The whole top floor of the library is a SILENT STUDY AREA. Children are allowed but it is the parent/adult's responsibility to ensure that they do not disturb other library patrons throughout the library.
  • Group study and quiet conversation is acceptable on the ground and first floors of the Library.
  • All areas are clearly marked on the Library floor plans.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Exam Survival Guide - Be prepared!

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
  • Library opening hours during exams
  • Books on study skills for exams
  • Examinations FAQ and website

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mabo Day 2010 - Townsville Library Display

Thursday the 3rd of June 2010 marks "Mabo Day." This day celebrates the achievements of Indigenous land rights activist Eddie Koiki Mabo, after whom the JCU Townsville campus Library takes its name.

Eddie Mabo's story began in May 1982 when he and fellow Murray Islanders, David Passi, Sam Passi, James Rice and Celuia Salee instituted a claim in the High Court for native title to the Murray Islands within Torres Strait. The High Court, in an historic judgment delivered on June 3, 1992, accepted the claim from Eddie Mabo and the other claimants that their people had occupied the island of Mer for hundreds of years before the arrival of the British. The Court found that the Meriam people were “entitled as against the whole world to possession, occupation, use and enjoyment of the lands in the Murray Islands.”
Read more at: Torres Strait Regional Authority

In recognition of the association between JCU and Eddie Mabo, the Mabo Library has on display a collection of its materials about Eddie Mabo, Indigenous Australians and land rights issues in Australia. Please come and enjoy the display, and feel free to borrow the items on display and many others to be found in the library collection.

“The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library will forever commemorate the link between the man who changed the land laws of Australia and James Cook University.” Professor Sandra Harding, 21 May 2008, on the naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CSIRO Publishing eBook Collection Trial

CSIRO Publishing eBook Collection as its name suggests is an online collection of books published by CSIRO; many of which the JCU library has in print, but may prove to be more accessible to some users as eBooks. The publications represent several areas of CSIRO activity, the greatest strength being Australian botany, zoology and agriculture. The collection is available to JCU staff and students as a trial until June 23, 2010.

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

The trial link is also to be found on the library Trials web page. If you have any feedback either positive or negative please let us know.

Artist Talk - Susan Peters Nampitjin

When: 1st June 2010, 9.15am - Mabo Library

As well as the Exhibition and Library displays on Mabo, reconciliation and print making, Susan Peters will give an Artist Talk on Tuesday 1st June. Morning tea will be served after the talk.

The talk will include discussions on Susan’s art and those who have influenced her style.

Please RSVP for catering purposed by Monday 31 May. 2010.

RSVP: Jennifer Frost
Email: Jennifer.Frost@jcu.edu.au
Phone: 4781 4472

Monday, May 24, 2010

Exam Opening Hours

The Townsville and Cairns Library Buildings will be open for extended hours during the Examination period, beginning Friday 4 June - Saturday 19 June. Handouts are available at the InfoHelp desks.

24 hour study facilities, including copying, computing and printing are available in the Humanities Annex (HX/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.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Library and Information Week


Algernon is pretty excited. Infohelp staff have given him an "Access All Areas" pass to help celebrate this year's "Library and Information Week" from the 24th - 30th of May.

Want one too? Come to the Infohelp desk in Townsville's Mabo library and collect a pass. Use your pass to follow the red arrow trail around the library and find out more about some useful collections and areas within the building.

Answer a few simple questions on your pass and return it to the Infohelp desk to be in the draw to win a mystery prize.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Winkirr (Dreaming and Reflections of Country) Indigenous Art Exhibition

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.

Susan comes from a traditional painting family. Her understanding of Indigenous culture is reflected in her highly contemporary pictorials of bush plants, bush foods, bush medicine and native ecology.

Through her art practice she experiments with a range of art media and traditions ranging from painting to printmaking. The vibrant, new artworks presented in this exhibition, “Winkirr” (dreaming and reflections of country) continue to tell a visual story of her experience of country and family connections as she incorporates traditional symbols with contemporary art techniques.

Susan’s work has been included in group exhibitions at the Cultural Centre - Townsville, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Pinnacles Gallery, the Queensland Tropical Museum, Umbrella Studio and the Strand Ephemera in Townsville.

The exhibition: Winkirr (Dreaming and Reflections of Country) will be on show in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville) from Friday 21 May to Sunday 20 June, 2010 during library opening hours.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Advance notice - Scheduled upgrade of Student Management system to effect Copyprint and NetAccess balance top ups

The Student Management system is being upgraded between Thursday 20 - Tuesday 25 May 2010. This will effect adding funds to CopyPrint and NetAccess in the following way:
  • Students will still be able to top up payments using the Credit card payment facility in StudentsOnline
  • Students will not be able to add funds to CopyPrint and NetAccess from 1pm on 20May - 9am 25 May 2010 using cash or EFTPOS
Please get in early and top up your CopyPrint and NetAccess accounts by using StudentOnline or at the Library before the scheduled outage to avoid disappointment.

During the outage, please see InfoHelp (Townsville) and Library Services (Cairns) for urgent printing only.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Database of the Month - Scopus

The Database of the Month for May is:
Scopus

Scopus was partly selected for this honour because we had some posters on hand, and it was therefore really easy to create a quick display. However, we'd also like to encourage you to take a look at the database, as it is one of the biggest and most comprehensive databases we subscribe to.

A lot of our staff and students in the sciences have already discovered how useful Scopus can be, but it also contains a substantial amount of Social Sciences articles - including Arts and Humanities.

Why not try it out? You will need to be a staff member or a student at JCU to log in.

Counseling and Therapy in Video

Counseling and Therapy in Video is an online collection created for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling and is available to JCU staff and students as a trial until June 10, 2010.

It can be accessed at this URL (with a JCU user name and password). The trial link is also to be found on the library Trials web page. If you have any feedback either positive or negative please let us know.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Free online Flickr gallery for JCU photos - have you added yours yet?


Did you know that you can add your JCU photos to a free online Flickr gallery? Flickr is a service that allows you to share your photos with the world, or just to the people that matter to you. Basic accounts are free.

Once you sign up for your Flickr account, go to the "JCU 40th Flickr group" page and join.

Members of the group can simply add photos to our pool by selecting ‘Send to group’ after uploading the image. A group administrator will then publish the photo to the Group pool.

(NB: Copyright - Please make sure that you are the copyright owner of your photos, or have the necessary permission to use them. JCU is not liable in any way for any content added by third parties and does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such content. JCU is not claiming any copyright ownership of content added by third parties.)

Click here to find out more about Special Collections at the JCU Library.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Tropicat searching now working

The library catalogue, Tropicat was experincing diffuculties with searching (see Library News blog post). IT&R have worked with vendors to diagnose and resolve the issue and full searching capability was restored last night (5 May 2010).

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Unscheduled outage - Tropicat

The library catalogue, Tropicat is currently experiencing difficulties. Work has commenced to fix the problem.

A "Title begins", "Journal Title begins" and "Call Number search" will work, but keyword searches will not.

An alternative is to use OneSearch and limit content type to books, as in the example below.

Library staff apologise for this unscheduled outage and will post another notice here as soon as the problem is fixed.


Should I use Endnote or Endnote Web?

JCU has a license for both the Endnote (desktop based) and Endnote Web (web based), packages for managing citations.

Endnote and Endnote Web both handle saving, storing, editing, organising and importing references.

They also work with Word, Open Office Writer and Pages (Mac) to Cite While You Write (CWYW). CWYW means you can produce a fully cited paper with reference list in your chosen style (e.g. APA 6th, Harvard) by inserting individual references from your Endnote library.

Endnote (the original desktop version) has more features than Endnote Web. These include the ability to save full text of articles directly in your library, knowing that your library is saved to your own computer and is accessible if you are not connected to the internet and you can exceed the 10 000 reference limit you get with Endnote Web.

Researchers and postgraduate students will typically download Endnote from the JCU site to make use of its fuller features, (see the comparison table below for what Endnote has that Endnote Web does not).

If you require the full version of EndNote you can download a copy of the software for use on your own personal computer or on a JCU office computer. Instructions are available from our website.

If you don’t have thousands of references, you may find that Endnote Web is a better option. It is easier to use and doesn’t require you to download anything to your computer to use, while still allowing you to save a reference once and use it multiple times, and to output it in different styles and share with others.

Information about EndNote Web is available online. At present, only EndNote Web is available via the GATCF computers at the University, as the full version of Endnote does not work properly on them.

From the Endnote website:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Ethnographic video online

Ethnographic video online is a new service acquired by James Cook University which provides streaming video of selected classic and contemporary documentaries in anthropology and ethnography.

Themes include language and culture, food and foraging, cooking, economic systems, caste systems, kinship and families, political organisation, conflict and conflict resolution, religion and magic, music and the arts.

Available to JCU staff and students from on-campus and off-campus at:
http://elibrary.jcu.edu.au/login?url=http://anth.alexanderstreet.com or via links in Tropicat (the library catalogue) or the library databases list.

The videos are from all continents and in many languages, with the majority in English. Those not in English have subtitles in English and all videos have transcripts in English.