Friday, October 29, 2010

SciVerse

Elsevier has created SciVerse - a new platform for science content to address the needs of researchers. SciVerse integrates the content from ScienceDirect and Scopus and targeted web content and features an increasing range of applications developed by the scientific community.

SciVerse allows a single-search using SciVerse Hub, and applications include:
  • Methods section - search restricting inquiries to the methods/experimental procedures sections of full-text articles
  • Matching sentences - a summary of sentences matching the search term
  • Most prolific authors - locating the top ten most frequently occurring authors in a results list, with citations, article counts, and links to Scopus article profiles
There is also increased interoperability between SciVerse ScienceDirect and SciVerse Scopus, as well as Image searching in SciVerse ScienceDirect.

Sciverse can be accessed from the links to Scopus and Science Direct on the Library's databases page, or directly from http://www.hub.sciverse.com.elibrary.jcu.edu.au/action/home

Thursday, October 28, 2010

ProQuest Scheduled Outage

ProQuest® will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Sunday 31st October. As a result, the ProQuest platform will be unavailable for a period of approx 12 hours, from 12 noon on Sunday 31st October to 12am on Monday, 1 November.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

AARNET/Internet Connection Restored

Overnight the optic fibre break at Garbutt was repaired and all services are once again accessible from on and off campus.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

JCU Internet Link down - cable break

At approximately 9:20 am 27/10/2010 excavation work severed the optic fibre of JCU's AARNet link in the Townsville suburb of Garbutt, cutting access to the internet from on the Townsville and Cairns campuses, and making network services within the JCU domain inaccessible.

Some Library services are hosted off campus and are available from the following links:
However all of these services have components that require access to some material hosted within the JCU domain, or to proxying services hosted within the JCU domain. We apologies for the inconvenience. We hope that the optic fibre repairs will be completed tomorrow, 28 October 2010.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Full loss of AARNET link on Saturday 30th October 2010

The fibre optic link from JCU to Garbutt will be cut and re-spliced. Services will be restored as soon as possible but this may require the full 6 hour period. This work is necessary for the connection of Achilpa Vet clinic and the associated training room in Aitkenvale. During this time JCU will also be relocating some equipment in preparation for the core upgrade in December. IT&R apologises for the disruption to services and appreciates your patience during the outage.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

EndNote X4 for Mac now available

Endnote X4 for Mac is now available at JCU as part of our site license for this bibliographic management software.

* EndNote version X4 for Mac

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 Mac is available for server download.

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.

Friday, October 15, 2010

One Search adds Remote Access Link and more content

One Search provides the whole world with a single gateway to most of the resources JCU Library provides to its community of users but some licensing arrangements mean you still need to enter your JCU account informationto see subscription content. To make this easier for staff and students this banner now displays on the search results page:

Click on it to enable functionality like Web Of Science Citation counts and links to streaming music files from Naxos from off campus. On campus users don't need it and won't see it.

A bunch of new content has been added this month including publications of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia, and MD Consult from Elsevier.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Examinations

Examinations are now hanging over JCU like a dark cloud. But don't fear - the Mabo library is here to shed some light!

Come and see the first floor display of Study and Exam Skills resources opposite Infohelp and get some tips for managing stress and exams. The Study Skills Bibliography also has a variety of useful books and websites. Remember that you can access past exam papers from Reserve Online and that the library has extended hours over the examination period.

Good Luck!

Vale Dame Joan Sutherland

Anyone monitoring the news this morning would have caught the announcement that Dame Joan Sutherland has passed away:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/12/3035551.htm

In honour of "the stunning one", we've assembled a collection of CDs, videos and biographies in the display area near the InfoHelp desk on the first floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.

You are free to borrow them after Wednesday, but we'd like to keep the display together for today.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Spicy things

The "Spice Saga" continues...

Anyone who happened to waltz into the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library during Open Day this year would have noticed we had a slide show running facts about the library and Special Collections. This slide show was, shall we say, "rudely interrupted" by a few YouTube clips.

One of them was a spoof of the Old Spice "Smell Like a Man" advertisement, which was created by the good folk at the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University. The original advertisement was a particular favourite of the librarians here, and if you haven't seen it you may want to check it out before watching the spoof.



Then we had a clip from Sesame Street that involved Cookie Monster visiting a library:



And finally we had something from the actual Old Spice campaign. For a brief time, the "Old Spice Guy" was replying to tweets, and one of his replies concerned the importance of libraries:



Now it transpires that our combination of Old Spice references and Sesame Street was somewhat prescient. It has just been brought to our attention that Sesame Street has created their own spoof of the original Old Spice viral advertisement:



Now, if only we could find a YouTube clip in which Grover visits the library, we'd come full circle.

Hmmm. Sabroso.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tomorrow, When the War Began (a rambling review)

The film version of John Marsden's novel Tomorrow, When the War Began is finishing its run at local cinemas, so if you haven't seen it yet you should make the effort to watch it before it goes into the short period of limbo between cinema and DVD.

It has to be said, this movie rocks. It's enjoyable, pacy, well written, well acted, gripping and utterly believable (within the context of the plot). It's thoughtful and intelligent without being artsy. The characters are fun and appealing without being "quirky". The story is dark and grim without being depressing. And, as if that wasn't enough, it's an action movie that would appeal equally to teenagers and adults, men and women.

In short, I'm still having some difficulty believing this is an Australian film (feel free to shout me down in the comments).

TWTWB is not only an Australian film, it's an Australian film based on an Australian novel - and it still isn't artsy and depressing! The book, Tomorrow, When the War Began, was a phenomenon in Australian Young Adult Literature circles back in the 1990s, being one of the most popular books of the decade amongst teenagers and young adults. It took its readers seriously, and treated both its teenage characters and teenage audience like intelligent, capable people. The movie is pretty darn faithful to the book and does exactly the same thing - treating its characters and audience like intelligent, capable people.

Compare this with, say, Blurred. Blurred was originally a play which was also something of a phenomenon in its day - although while TWTWB was a phenomenon because kids like the books and wanted to read them, Blurred was "popular" by virtue of being used as a text in English and Drama classes across the country. Part of a subgenre of Australian Drama known as "Australian Theatre For Young People", the play was kind of artsy and depressing, but at the same time it had a bit of verve and a sense of humour. It treated its teenaged characters and audience like intelligent people. Lost, bewildered and eager to get stoned or drunk, but intelligent none-the-less. The characters were capable of thinking deep thoughts.

The movie took everything that made the play interesting and intelligent and replaced it with the least interesting clich├ęs and tropes you can think of for a typical teen comedy - you know, the kind that assumes teenagers don't actually think at all and are only interested in sex and fart jokes. The play wasn't my favourite play in the world (that would be a toss-up between The Importance of Being Earnest and Is That A Muffled Shriek? - although I'm also quite fond of The Matilda Women), but I liked it enough to be really disappointed with the movie. And, of course, now I know that Australian film makers actually are capable of making good movies that respect the source material and the audience. Now I know that we could have, if we wanted to, made a film version of Blurred that wasn't so depressingly awful. I never liked it. Now I just hate it.

By the way, you may have noticed the links scattered throughout this post take you to items we have in our catalogue. We actually hold copies of everything I've mentioned (including the entire Tomorrow... series by John Marsden) with the exception of the DVD for Blurred. Sadly, I think we're probably going to get that, too.

Now, I can pretty much guarantee that the JCU Library will be acquiring the DVD for Tomorrow, When the War Began in due course, which will mean that staff, students and community members will be able to borrow it from us and watch it for free, but I would like to encourage you to see it on the big screen - partly because the movie is good and worth watching, and partly because the box office takings may encourage Australian film makers to make more films like this (yes, just like libraries, film makers rely on statistics to prove people are using their services).

Monday, October 4, 2010

When did you last look at LibGuides?

I'm sure many of you have already seen the wonderful, fabulous, incredibly useful and rather speccy resources that we call:

LibGuides


But it is worth coming back to them every now and then to see what's new.

For one thing, the subject specific LibGuides are what we like to call "living documents" - we keep adding new things and changing things around based on the feedback we get from our users. Yes, that means if you have a suggestion, we are likely to make a change to the guides to reflect your needs.

For another thing, we have a range of guides that aren't tied to any particular subject. We have LibGuides for referencing, statistics, EndNote, writing assignments, creating annotated bibliographies...

We have been known to create new guides on request to match subjects or projects.

So, drop on by (electronically speaking). Have a look at what we've got, and have a think about what you'd like to see. Then let us know. Your suggestions can make a real difference.