Friday, July 30, 2010

Infohelp tutorials

InfoHelp Tutorials are free and all students are welcome to attend. See full details and session times for Townsville and Cairns.

Sessions starting Week Two 2nd August:

Townsville:

* Finding Journal Articles
* Introduction to Endnote Web


Find out why, when and where to attend

Cairns:

* Getting Connected @ JCU: Hands on skills for JCU online (bookings recommended)
* Top Ten Assignment Research Tips
* Finding Journal Articles

Find out why, when and where to attend

Two Haiku Review Entry

Macquarie Australian Encyclopedic Dictionary : Australia's National Dictionary. North Ryde: Macquarie Library, 2006. Reviewed in two haiku by Liz Downes


Australian words
reveal their deepest meanings
alphabetic'ly

Useful for crosswords
settles family disputes
excellent doorstop



Have you read a book held in one of our libraries that you could review in two haiku? Please send us your two haiku reviews. We will post our favourite reviews here on the Library & Computing News Blog, and use all of the entries in displays throughout the semester. At the end of the semester, the writers of our all time favourite two haiku reviews will win double movie passes to BCC cinemas.

We call this: The JCU Two Haiku Review for Semester Two.

There are some rules:

1. The subject of your review can be any book on any subject, as long as we hold it in one of our libraries in Townsville or Cairns. You can review a book that has already been reviewed.
2. You must review the book in two haiku, each following the standard English haiku pattern (seventeen syllables, divided into three lines: 5 - 7 - 5). The first haiku should summarise the contents of the book (such as the plot); the second should give your opinion of it.
3. While you don't have to follow any of the other standard conventions for writing haiku, we may give extra consideration to writers who have used them when it comes to deciding prize winners. However, we are most likely to choose two haiku reviews that best capture the essence of the book.
4. While we will happily post anonymous reviews, we have to be able to identify you to consider you for any prizes, so please sign your work with your student number.

Please send your two haiku reviews to infohelp@jcu.edu.au with the post title "Two Haiku Review".

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

No, honestly - I couldn't fit in another crumb!

It's not strictly Library & Computing News, more like - "We saw a snake on the Townsville campus and it just ate something... something big."- and we just had to share. We've heard a rumour an eyewitness saw it eat a scrub turkey, but we're not sure we buy that. Anyone have any information?





Library factoid: books on Australian snakes can be found on the shelves at call number: 597.960994

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Online library tours

Lost in the library?

If you missed out on an O Week library tour or want to find out the location of resources as the Mabo Library redevelopment takes place, you can find your own way by viewing the Townsville campus online library tour. A printable self-guided Mabo Library tour is also available.

If you are based in Cairns have a look at the
Cairns online library tour.

Don't forget you can always ask library staff at InfoHelp on either campus for help and assistance.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Library Semester Opening Hours

The Library's Opening Hours during semester are:

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

Infohelp Tutorials

O Week is over but we are still providing workshops to help you get your head around all of the things you need to succeed when completing your coursework at university. InfoHelp Tutorials are free and all students are welcome to attend. See full details and session times for Townsville and Cairns.

Sessions starting Week One 26th July:

Townsville:
  • Finding Journal Articles
Find out why, when and where to attend

Cairns:
  • Library Orientation Tours
  • Getting Connected @ JCU: Hands on skills for JCU online (bookings recommended)
  • Top Ten Assignment Research Tips
Find out why, when and where to attend

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Two Haiku Review: The Little Man From Archangel

The Little Man From Archangel, by Georges Simenon, translated by Nigel Ryan. Reviewed in two haiku by Sharon B.


Sexy wife missing
Neighbours suspect weak husband;
He shouldn't have lied

A strangely gripping
Ultimately depressing
Tale of one man's woe.



Have you read a book held in one of our libraries that you could review in two haiku? Please send us your two haiku reviews. We will post our favourite reviews here on the Library & Computing News Blog, and use all of the entries in displays throughout the semester. At the end of the semester, the writers of our all time favourite two haiku reviews will win double movie passes to BCC cinemas.

We call this: The JCU Two Haiku Review for Semester Two.

There are some rules:

1. The subject of your review can be any book on any subject, as long as we hold it in one of our libraries in Townsville or Cairns. You can review a book that has already been reviewed.
2. You must review the book in two haiku, each following the standard English haiku pattern (seventeen syllables, divided into three lines: 5 - 7 - 5). The first haiku should summarise the contents of the book (such as the plot); the second should give your opinion of it.
3. While you don't have to follow any of the other standard conventions for writing haiku, we may give extra consideration to writers who have used them when it comes to deciding prize winners. However, we are most likely to choose two haiku reviews that best capture the essence of the book.
4. While we will happily post anonymous reviews, we have to be able to identify you to consider you for any prizes, so please sign your work with your student number.

Please send your two haiku reviews to infohelp@jcu.edu.au with the post title "Two Haiku Review".

Cairns Library Closed for Show Day Holiday

The Cairns campus library will be closed on Friday 23rd July for the Cairns Show Day holiday. See Library Hours web page for Townsville and Cairns Library opening hours.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Mabo Library Redevelopment Project

The Mabo Library at the Townsville campus is undergoing a transformation!

In a library redevelopment project funded by the University and the Federal Government's Better Universities Renewal Funding Initiative, students and staff of the University will gain more vibrant and contemporary learning spaces starting with major changes to the ground floor in the Mabo Library that will include:
  • 24 hour Information Commons (student study & computing lounge)
  • new Learning Commons area with café
  • new service desk for Library and Learning Advice services
  • a greater variety of technology enabled and collaborative study spaces
  • 3 new ilecture spaces - centrally timetabled and bookable teaching spaces
  • new consultation rooms
  • new southern entry and exit
You can already see the fantastic geology rock garden near the library car park. The new southern entrance will give you easier access from that side of the building and access from the northern side via the current entrance will remain.

Major works began on the western side of the ground floor in July during semester break. During this stage, public access into the Library is from the current (northern) entrance. After works on the western side of the ground floor are complete, works will begin on the eastern side of the ground floor.

The Library will remain open during all of the work and services will continue to be available from InfoHelp and Document Services.

We expect that the project will be completed by March 2011.

We are trying to minimise any inconvenience to Library users during the project. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments via the Library Suggestion Box or by emailing infohelp@jcu.edu.au.

Read more about it on the Mabo Library Redevelopment Project website.

We thank you for your courtesy and patience while these upgrades are made to the Mabo Library.

More information about the project will be posted regularly including on the Library and Computing webpage.

Heather Gordon

Director, Library & Information Services

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...

Orientation - an Infohelp Survival Guide

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:

Townsville:
  • 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
  • Finding Journal Articles
Find out why, when and where to attend

Cairns:
  • 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

Friday, July 16, 2010

Serials Solution System Downtime - 17 July

Serials Solutions will be upgrading their network systems to increase capacity, performance, redundancy and scalability. As such, please note that the following services may be unavailable for short periods of time on Saturday 17th July from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • A-Z eJournal list
  • Links to eJournals from Tropicat
  • "Find it" links
  • One Search

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Algernon Lives!

Dectective Wayne Poirot-Holmes (the most ingenious giant papier mâché curlew in the whole of the university) has revealed a number of shocking facts! Three, to be exact.

Shocking Fact Number One:
  • Alegernon is not dead! He has been in hiding for the past month!

    Shocking Fact Number Two:
  • Algernon has a long-lost twin brother named Earnest!

    Shocking Fact Number Three:
  • Earnest was impersonating Algernon when he accidentally tripped and fell, and his death was a complete accident!

    The librarians have been completely cleared of any implications of wrong doing, and would like to talk to the student who thought leaving a banana peel in the library was a good idea.

    Algernon, having established that no one is trying to kill him, is happy to return to duties.

    He is, of course, upset to discover his long-lost brother is dead. He’s also rather annoyed by the fact that his long-lost brother was impersonating him. However, he has stoically agreed to continue working at the Library until his contract has expired.

    When you think about it, the whole thing is just like a crime story from The Strand Magazine.

    By the way, we have the complete set of The Strand Magazine, which is full of stories written by minor writers like Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers…
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    CSIRO Publishing eBook Collection

    James Cook University has acquired a customised collection of 59 ebooks produced by CSIRO Publishing. These cover a range of subjects, mostly in the biological sciences, but as varied as "4WD Driving Skills" and "Community Development Through Tourism".

    The entire "JCU collection" is available to JCU staff and students from on-campus and off-campus via this link or via links in Tropicat (the library catalogue) or the library databases list. Records for each title will soon be added to the catalogue.

    Friday, July 9, 2010

    Resource Review: Yippy

    Occasionally it's worth remembering that Google isn't the only search engine on the market.

    Yippy is one of the newer kids on the block but, as is the way with many search engines, it's more of a new identity for an older model.

    Some of you may remember Clusty - the search engine that would cluster your results based on keywords? Well, Clusty has pulled a Stephanie Harper and is now walking around with a new face and name: Yippy.

    Yippy still has Clusty's search algorithm, and it still clusters results based on keywords appearing on the pages. This can be very useful when searching for terms that are used in a variety of fields. The advanced search options aren't that great (but then, they never were), but the clustering technology helps make up for this. Expect Google to steal this feature at some point in the future.

    At the moment, for some reason, you can see two different views when going into Yippy. One is sitting at the address http://clusty.com/, and is the straight Yippy search engine. However if you go to http://www.yippy.com/, you can choose to see a kind of browser-within-a-browser - complete with address bar. You also get a few extra toys in the Yippy menu, which stay on top of whatever web page you are viewing as long as you remain within the Yippy inner-browser.

    These toys include news items that can be browsed by category (can be quite specific - there's a whole sub-category for "curling news" under the sports tab), computer games (like Pong and Mah Jong solitaire) and "TV". They've actually uploaded a collection of old cinematic shorts and cartoons for you to watch - making use of the public domain.

    It still has some bugs to work out. For example, the search function has a tendency to take you outside the inner-browser. Quite frankly, the inner-browser is a bit annoying and promises to be an invitation to waste time. However, it's worth seeing what Yippy has to offer. On the one hand, the clustering technique is very useful. On the other hand, anything they do that's worth-while is bound to be bought up by Google eventually...

    Wednesday, July 7, 2010

    Endnote training for staff & postgrads in Cairns and Townsville

    Introductory Demonstration Sessions for Endnote:

    These sessions are aimed at postgraduate students and staff members.
    Learn how to create bibliographies and citations in seconds. Search, save and use references when you write your thesis or paper for publication.

    Sessions are on:

    Tuesday 13 July 9-10.30am
    Wednesday 14 July 2-3.30pm
    Thursday 15 July 9-10.30am

    Townsville Campus DB40 -109 (Padua Theatre)
    Cairns Campus B1.104 (Library computer training room)

    Bring your laptop loaded with Endnote to make the session "hands on".
    Get Endnote here.

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010

    Detective Wayne is on the Case!



    Those of you who were shocked to hear of Algernon's reported death will be pleased to know we have hired the best detective we could find to get to the bottom of this shocking murder.

    Visitors to the Mabo Library Building in Townsville may have noticed the rather dapper giant-papier-mâché curlew wearing a suspiciously fake moustache surveying the murder scene. It is none other than the great detective: Wayne Poirot-Holmes!

    Yes, we were also shocked to realise that our very own Wayne was descended from both Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, but it does explain his odd dress sense and that bizarre fake-Belgian accent he insists on using. Besides, with such a fine pedigree, he's bound to get to the bottom of this most dastardly of mysteries.

    Why, he claims he has already discovered something shocking and completely unexpected which he refuses to divulge to us. He's saving it for the "big reveal" at the end of the novel, apparently...

    It's all very shocking, really.

    Proquest databases - scheduled maintenance 11 July

    ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance. An eight (8) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place from Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 12:00pm until 8:00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.

    Scheduled Weekend Outage - ICT Maintenance Window 9-11 July

    A reminder to the University community of the upcoming Major ICT Maintenance Window on the weekend 9th-11th July.

    Major ICT Maintenance Windows are weekends (from 7pm Friday and 11pm Sunday) when the entire JCU network and all services will be unavailable to allow upgrades to be performed. Note: These windows are for server, storage, backup and network hardware and operating system upgrades not for software and information system upgrades. These scheduled outages have been notified previously to the campus and also via Central Computing Bulletins.

    The overall criterion used in selecting these dates was to minimise impact on academic activities. There will be another Major ICT Maintenance Window 20th-21st November after the completion of SP2. Regular ICT Maintenance Windows are important to ensure that software and infrastructure is properly patched, and changes to provide better services can be implemented on a timely basis. The ICT Maintenance Windows should be taken into account when planning any University event which requires any ICT services on-campus, including video conferencing.

    Friday, July 2, 2010

    Microform Equipment


    The Microform Collection in Townsville is currently being relocated to the first floor of the Mabo Library Building.

    During this process, most of the microform equipment (the readers, scanners and printers) will be unavailable until they have been moved.

    We will endeavour to put the equipment back into service as soon as possible, and apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

    If you believe you will need to use the Microform Collection or equipment within the next week, please contact InfoHelp (infohelp@jcu.edu.au or 07 4781 4220) and we will see what arrangements can be made.