Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Art Exhibition in the Cairns Library


JCU Student Psychology Association has presented their annual art exhibition and competition with selected works on display at the Cairns library. Students were invited to sketch, paint, design, program or sculpt an interpretive art piece with flair, originality and creativity. The theme is neurons - human brain cells.

The project is proudly supported by JCU Vice-Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding and is currently on display in the Cairns Library until September 3, 2010.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Assignment Coaching Sessions

The Librarians and Learning Advisors in Townsville have joined forces to provide Assignment Coaching Sessions for students every Tuesday between the hours of 12pm and 1pm.

Grab an assignment, grab a classmate (or two) and get some guidance from the people who know about writing and researching assignments.

We believe you get a lot of benefit out of attending these sessions in a small group - say, three or four students doing the same assignment - but we're also happy to take individuals and pairs.

No need to make an appointment - just drop in. The sessions are held in the Learning Advisors' Area on the ground floor of the Mabo Library (the Mentor's Area). There will be a librarian and a learning advisor on hand to give you personal coaching relevant to your particular assignment.

EndNote Web Training Session

Townsville students/staff/scholars:

Remember, there is a training session for EndNote Web this Tuesday (31st of August) at 3pm in the InfoHelp training room (the room with two doors on the top floor of the library building).

EndNote is a software programme that helps you to collect and organise your references so that you can generate in-Text references and reference lists in the correct style. It can also be used for coordinating your research for tasks like literature reviews and annotated bibliographies.

EndNote Web is the version of EndNote we recommend to undergraduate students and those who are likely to be using our GATCF computers in the library and computer labs more often than their own laptops or desktop computers.

EndNote Web is a version of EndNote that exists purely online, so you can access it from any computer connected to the Internet. It has a lot of features in common with the full version of EndNote (which will be the subject of next week's training session), but has a few notable differences.

Come to the session and we will show you how to access it and how to use it. It can save hours of time when it comes to referencing your assignment - and can be a very powerful tool for research.

You don't need to book, just turn up.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

InformaWorld Scheduled Outage

There will be an hour of downtime for Informaworld platform (Taylor & Francis) on Saturday 28th August from 4pm to 5pm. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Web of Knowledge Training

The library is offering expert training for staff and postgraduate students in using the Web of Knowledge to enhance their research.

The presenter will be Steven Werkheiser – a visiting Thomson Reuters’ trainer from Sydney.

Session content will include:
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Indexes provide end user access to over 12,000 conferences a year with the added value of integrated citation data. Users can now see if their publications are cited by other journal articles and conference papers together.
  • Chemistry package comprised of the Index Chemicus and Current Chemical Reactions is now available, thus expanding access to the chemical literature with structure searching capabilities.
  • MEDLINE is now integrated into the Web of Knowledge platform which allows cross searching with the Web of Science so that users can take advantage of citation searching and navigation alongside the full MeSH browsing and searching capabilities.
  • 2009 Journal Citation Reports provide an objective means of critically evaluating and ranking journals based on citation data (especially useful for those looking to publish).
  • ResearcherID enhancements.
Cairns:
When: Wednesday, September 8, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, followed by afternoon tea.
Where: Room B1.124 in the Cairns campus library

There is no cost to attend the session, but for catering purposes please RSVP to Jodi.Fisch@jcu.edu.au (ext 1135) by Tuesday 7 September.

Townsville:
When: Thursday, September 9th, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, followed by afternoon tea.
Where: InfoHelp Training Room, top floor of the Mabo Library (18 - 229).

There is no cost to attend the session, but for catering purposes please RSVP to Kylie.Pay@jcu.edu.au (ext 6210) by Thursday 2nd September.

Monday, August 23, 2010

What's on in the Cairns and Townsville libraries this week

Cairns in B1.104

Wednesday 25 August
Endnote Web 1-2pm

Import references from online bibliographic databases to form a personal reference library

“Cite While You Write” – insert in-text references and create a formatted bibliography in your Word document from your personal library references.

Google Docs 12-1pm
Create online surveys & group work essays
Never leave a document at home

Townsville in 18.229 (Infohelp training room- top floor Mabo library)

Tuesday 24 August

Introduction to Endnote x3 (the desktop version) 3-4pm

This is a bibliographic software that helps to organise research and reference lists. It's a bit different to Endnote Web, you'd be interested in this version if you are a postgraduate student or researcher.

Import references from online bibliographic databases to form a personal reference library

“Cite While You Write” – insert in-text references and create a formatted bibliography in your Word document from your personal library references.

New and/or Improved Referencing Guides!

We've been spending some quality time on our Referencing Guides lately.

APA, Vancouver, Harvard, Chicago, MLA... We've converted them all to our LibGuides format - in some cases creating completely new guides.

These guides are living documents, and we expect to make changes as we get feedback from our users (that would be you), so make sure you tell us what you think works (or doesn't). We've experimented with different formats across the different styles, and we are looking to see which ideas get the best responses.

You can find links to the new guides on most of our LibGuides, as well as on the Library's A-Z page and the How Two Guides index.

Plus, you can get to it by going directly to this page, here: http://libguides.jcu.edu.au/referencing

We believe in multiple access points in this library.

Please, use one of these access points to take a look at the guides and tell us what you think. Oh, and you should also feel free to use them to help create your reference lists for your assignments.

IT Security - Facebook

Given the popularity of Facebook (as noted in a previous week in review as the most visited "non-search engine" site from the JCU campus network), ITR would like to remind the University community of the potential and current use of Facebook for identity theft, scams and distribution of malware.

Facebook scams are not uncommon, and many make use of the exploit technique known as "Clickjacking". Clickjacking is where users are tricked into performing actions without their explicit knowledge or approval. Examples of the results of this in Facebook are allowing external parties access to your personal information without your knowledge, or the spreading of bogus links through its sharing feature.

Current Facebook scams such as "Dislike Button", which trick users into giving permission to a rogue Facebook application, can be easily noticed by appropriately cautious users. See the PCWorld article How to Spot Facebook Scams Like 'Dislike' for more information.

Many up-to-date antivirus/endpoint security software solutions do provide some measure of protection by detecting and blocking the malicious scripts which are embedded in the content of these Scams. However, they are likely unable to discern between the intended and unintended use of the Facebook features themselves.

As usual prevention is better than cure. As these scams require user initiated actions, awareness and self-discipline give the best chance to prevent yourself from becoming victim.

Never naively click on links. Most popular web browsers - eg Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer - and email clients - eg Outlook and Thunderbird - will display the full address of a link the on the bottom bar of the window. Where possible, you should try to verify that the link is legitimate or for a known website before clicking on it.

ITR recommend Facebook users in the university community read and follow the recommendations contained in the Sophos Facebook security best practises guide.

JCU's site license arrangement with Sophos allows current staff and students to use updated antivirus software and virus signature files - known as IDEs - on-campus, at home and in the colleges.

Staff who aren't sure if their computer is operating under the MOE and has Sophos installed should log an IT Support Request. One of your IT Support Staff will check and advise you about your software update and anti-virus coverage.

Contact the IT Helpdesk Internal 5500 Outside 4781 5500 International +61 7 47815500 to report ICT service problems.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Introductory demonstrations sessions for Endnote/Endnote Web – reference management tools

Endnote and Endnote Web are tools for managing your references. You can collect and store references in libraries, cite them using Word and build your reference list as you type, all in your preferred style.

Endnote can be downloaded from JCU’s website by staff and students*, and Endnote Web is accessible by registering online, no software download is necessary.

All sessions are on Tuesdays from 3-4pm in the Infohelp training room 18.229 – top floor of the Mabo Library.


* We recommend Endnote for postgraduate students and researchers writing a thesis, book or journal articles. For undergraduates, Endnote Web is sufficient to complete coursework at JCU. Also, if you use the GATCF (computer lab & library) computers you will not have access to the desktop version of Endnote.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Children's Book Week

As is our tradition here at the Mabo Library, we put up our Children's Book Week display over a week early so it could be knocked over by hoards of children visiting on Open Day.

This year's display was particularly likely to end in a messy pile of books, as the theme for this year's Children's Book Week is "across the story bridge".

To fit in with the theme, we incorporated a bridge into the design of our display. It's made entirely out of bound copies of the Australian Parliamentary Papers and is held together with gravity. Quite frankly, the slightest bump will result in an avalanche of exceptionally boring reading material.

Algernon was expecting everything to go horribly wrong once the children started coming into the building during Open Day. The wuss even spent the whole day hiding in the office. However, much to our surprise, the bridge still stands.

More importantly, we've got the short-listed books from the CBC Book of the Year Awards in the display as well. It's a corker of a selection this year - my personal favourite being Fearless, by Colin Thompson and Sarah Davis, closely followed by Mr Chicken Goes to Paris, by Leigh Hobbs.

You should come in and take a look at the books. Just don't knock over the bridge.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Infohelp Training

This week in library land, it's all about referencing!
We will show you how to do it properly and how to use an online service called Endnote Web that will help you manage your references with ease, even inserting them into your Word documents in the correct style!

If you are working hard on assignments about now, our Infohelp sessions could be just the ticket towards turning in higher quality work for assessment.

Good references are the most powerful tools you can use for your assignments. Learn how to use them effectively, lay them out correctly using different styles, cite them in text and put together a great reference list.

Endnote Web can add to your toolbox by helping you collect and organise your references and then cite them in your writing.


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

Sessions starting Week Four 16th August:

Townsville:
  • Referencing styles
  • Introduction to Endnote Web
Find out why, when and where to attend

Cairns:
  • Introduction to Endnote Web
  • Referencing
  • Look for different sessions for:

    • APA & Harvard

    • Footnotes

    • Medicine & Dentistry


Find out why, when and where to attend

Lectures in Queensland History Series

What is it about Queensland? Is Queensland really so different?

Presented by Professor Anna Haebich on Monday, 30th August, 2010 - 7.00 pm
CityLibraries – Thuringowa Central 86 Thuringowa Drive

Professor Anna Haebich is a multi-award winning author and historian, known for her fresh approaches to Australian history and her meticulously researched and documented studies of Indigenous history. Anna is a Research Professor with Griffith University and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences. Her next book is Murdering Stepmothers, a historical novel about the life and times of the last woman executed in Western Australia.

Abstract:
To answer these questions Anna Haebich takes us travelling back in time to the state’s early formative years. We journey together through the virtual exhibition, Becoming Queensland: the First Fifty Years, listening to amazing stories from the past, accompanied by beautiful and surprising images. Along the way we pause to conjure up the lives and times of these bygone days, ponder their lasting influences on us, and challenge a few cherished myths about how different Queensland really is. We also zoom back into the present to learn about the making of the ambitious exhibition, Becoming Queensland, created recently while Anna was Historian in Residence at the State Library of Queensland.

Light refreshments will be served after the lecture.This is a FREE event but bookings are essential. Book online on the CityLibraries website or contact your local library branch.

Discover your Library @ JCU - Cairns Campus Open Day

JCU Open Day is on this Sunday, 22 August in Cairns from 10.00am - 2.30pm. The library will be open from 10am - 5pm so come along and join in the fun.

As part of OPEN DAY 2010, the Cairns university library are offering a number of activities and displays:

Cairns Campus
  • Special Collections Treasures - Looking for something unique, interested in the history of North Queensland? Discover JCU treasures including rare books, archives and photos. Get some tips about conservation for your collections.
  • Libraries, Internet, Google, where to from here? - Relax and enjoy our video montage
  • “Across the Story Bridge” Children’s Book Week Display. Come and browse the 2010 short listed titles. There will be colouring activities for kids. The Australian children’s literature display can be viewed throughout the day.
  • 40th Birthday and history of the Cairns campus display, Photos and information on the development of the Cairns campus from the Library's Special Collections

See you there....

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Informit Database Outage Sunday 15 and Sunday 29 August

Please be advised there will be a possible disruption to the Informit Service on the following dates due to infrastructure upgrades at RMIT University.
  • Sunday, 15 August (7am - 5pm)
  • Note: services will resume from 1pm but may be slow or intermittent
  • Sunday, 29 August (7am - 7pm)
RMIT Publishing and JCU library apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

EndNote and EndNote Web guides

The EndNote and EndNote Web guides have now moved to our LibGuides platform. Links to these sites are also available via the Library homepage A-Z list and in the LibGuides homepage in the top righthand box.

Click on the little down arrow in the tabs to access the submenus.

These new guides include:
  • Getting started - system requirements, how it works
  • Collecting references
  • Getting help
  • EndNote and Word
  • And more

The guides also include lots of videos on how to use EndNote and EndNote Web.

For assistance with EndNote or EndNote Web, contact your School Librarian.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Discover your Library @ JCU Townsville Campus Open Day

JCU Open Day is on this Sunday, 15 August in Townsville from 10.00am - 2.30pm. The library will be open from 10am - 5pm so come along and join in the fun.

As part of OPEN DAY 2010, the library is offering a number of activities and displays:

Townsville Campus
  • Special treat: One hour (11.30am - 12.30pm) Storytelling Workshop with Boori (Monty) Pryor. Boori Monty Pryor is an indigenous Australian author born in Townsville who travels extensively as a performer and public speaker. Bring the kids along to the Mabo library for a spell-binding story telling performance.
  • Across the Story Bridge: children's book week display; come and browse the 2010 short listed titles from picture book to older readers categories.
  • Library Scavenger Hunt: it's fast and easy, we promise! Find the clues , discover the answers. Go in the draw to win JCU Library community membership. Try this one with your kids!
  • Read about Research by JCU Staff and Students: Discover our talented JCU academics and postgraduate students through their publications. A special focus this year on how weather affects us in the tropics.
  • Special collection treasures: looking for something unique, interested in the history of North Queensland? Discover JCU treasures including books, pioneer diaries, archives and photos. Get some tips about conservation for your collections.
  • Eddie Koiki Mabo Library: What is a learning commons, information commons, iLecture space? See the new designs for the redevelopment of the library building. Take a self-guided tour.
See you there....

EBL EBook library trial

EBL EBook Library, an e-book collection, with books from a variety of publishers spanning all academic subject areas. Trial ends 3 September 2010. Books in the EBL EBook Library can be accessed here.

What is EBL?

Ebook Library (EBL) is a web-based ebook lending platform which is capable of delivering Ebook Corporation's rapidly expanding catalogue of ebooks to academic and research libraries. EBL offers innovative functionality such as:

- Multiple concurrent access (multiple people reading at the same time)
- Online and offline access
- Read aloud for all titles
- Browsing before borrowing


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.

Would you like to be a more confident public speaker?

The Learning advisers in Townsville and Cairns are offering Public Speaking Classes for staff and students.

In Townsville you can attend a 6 week Public Speaking class.

Date: Tuesday 17 August (and next 5 Tuesdays)
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Venue: InfoHelp Training Room (18.229)
Enquiries: Peter.Hanley@jcu.edu.au

Participants will learn by speaking. There will be impromptu speaking every week and each participant will be expected to deliver a 5-7min presentation at some stage during the course. Materials and information will be made available and the cost of the course is $30.

JCU now has a speaking club to help students and staff develop their speaking skills. The "JCU speakeasies" meet every second Thursday 4-6pm in Townsville. The next meeting will be on 19 August. Contact Peter Hanley for more information.

In Cairns you can attend an 8 week Speakeasy course:

Date: Wednesday 11 August (and the next 7 Wednesdays)
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Venue: B1.106
Register: Via E-mail to Joy.Jenkins@jcu.edu.au
Enquiries: Joy.Jenkins@jcu.edu.au

This is an eight-week effective speaking course facilitated by the Marlin Coast Toastmasters and Teaching and Learning Development. The course is open to undergraduates, postgraduates, JCU staff and the community. $50 for students ($80 for staff) payable on the first night.

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 Three 9th August:

Townsville:
  • Referencing styles
  • Finding more on the web
    • want to find out what you don't know about Googling?
    • Come along to the Library's Find More on the Web sessions
    • Be Amazed as you witness Miracles of Search
    • Be Empowered, Entranced, Enabled, Excited, Enriched, Energised and Entertained
  • Introduction to Endnote Web
Find out why, when and where to attend

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

Friday, August 6, 2010

Wiley Interscience outage 7-8 August

Wily are pleased to announce that Wiley Online Library will be launched over the weekend of 7-8 August 2010.

Wiley InterScience will no longer be available from:
  • Saturday - 7 August, 6.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Wiley Online Library is due to go live on:
  • Sunday - 8 August, 2.00 pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
During this transition period, users will see a message explaining the reason for the unavailability and will be directed to this interim page for more details: www.wileyonlinelibrary.com/info

We apologize for the inconvenience caused. This interruption in service is necessary to facilitate a smooth transition to Wiley Online Library.

Endnote X4 available for Windows

Endnote X4 for Windows is now available at JCU as part of our site license for this bibliographic management software.
  • EndNote version X4 for PC

With the computer program EndNote, you can create your own personal database of references to articles, books and other materials you have collected during your research. You can then select and insert references from your database into a word document by means of a toolbar which the EndNote program adds to your Word program. EndNote will create an in-text citation for the reference and also create the bibliography entry at the end of the document. These entries can be configured to conform to any bibliographic style you choose.

Endnote X4 for Windows is available for server download.

Endnote X4 for Mac will be available later in the year.

The EndNote program may be borrowed from either the Cairns or Townsville Library Lending Services Desks. The loan period is two days. You will be asked to present proof of status and to sign a license agreement. Students utilising the Off-campus Library Service should contact InfoHelp Townsville for more information (07 4781 5500, email: infohelp@jcu.edu.au).


For more information about EndNote, please consult our website.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

And the database of the month is.... Informit


Informit provides access to over 50 of the leading Australian research databases. It is useful for science, humanities and social sciences. Some content is full text.

Come and have a look at the Informit display opposite InfoHelp on the first floor of the Mabo Library, pick up a leaflet to find out more and check it out for yourself.

Monday, August 2, 2010

One Search now with AutoComplete

The latest improvement to One Search is the addition of 'Context Sensitive AutoComplete'

This new feature will help suggest to the user a search term or phrase to use based on the letters that they have typed in. The suggestions are contextually sensitive, meaning that the suggestions that appear may not be exactly what the user has typed in, but a related term. Each suggestion may also have a short definition with an image to further inform the user of the suggestion. The suggestions are generated by an intelligence based system and the content is coming from multiple Open Access resources.

AutoComplete in action, use mouse to hover over a term to see more information