Monday, 24 January 2011

Maps LibGuide

Totally lost already? Have a look at the new Maps LibGuide. It contains links to Australian and international maps, as well as mapping, latitude and longitude, and GIS resources.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Recommending Book Purchases

Well, planning for the beginning of Semester One is well underway, and many lecturers are taking over their subjects for the first time this year.

We know you have a hundred-and-one things to think about and remember, but we'd like to take this time to remind you that if you have set and recommended texts for your subjects, you need to check to see if we have copies of those books in the Library.

We aren't given copies of your text-book lists, so if you don't tell us you've set a book for your subject, we won't know. You need to check to see if we have the book you want - especially if you ask the students to use a particular edition. If we don't have that book or that edition, then you need to put in a request for us to buy it.

This also applies to other resources you need for the subject. For example, if you want all of your students to be able to watch a particular DVD, then you can put in a request for the Library to purchase a copy of that DVD.

Also, if you believe the Library should hold a particular resource - even if it isn't on your book list - you can recommend it to us.

We have set rules about how many copies of a resource we can buy, which are based on the number of students enrolled in the course, the distribution of those students across the main campuses and whether the text is required or recommended (or just worthwhile).

You can find out more information about requesting books on our Guide to Purchasing Information Resources. This page has the link to the purchase request form, as well as providing information about the request process.

If you think the Library could do with some more resources in a particular area, or simply discuss the resources you need for your research and teaching, feel free to contact your liaison librarian. You should also talk to your liaison librarian if you want to change the loan period for a book - say, putting it on Two-Day-Loan. You can find the list of librarians and their contact details on the Faculty and Research Support page.

Friday, 14 January 2011

"Blog Display" - Brontë Sisters: Three, Two, One

This is an extract from a "Blog Display". You can read the full blog post here, and see the books connected with the display at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library for the next couple of weeks.

Three Books by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre is the most famous of Charlotte's novels, and the first she successfully published. It's one of the classic gothic novels of the early 19th Century... The second volume is the part that gets the most screen time in the many, many adaptions. Jane, now 18 years old, gets a job as a tutor for a young French girl living in an old house in the middle of nowhere. The girl's "guardian" (who may or may not be her father) is a thirty-something English man by the name of Rochester. He usually spends very little time at the family home, but after Jane moves in he sticks around for a bit. He is mysterious and brooding. The house contains a secret locked away in the attic. Things go bump in the night. She falls for him, but believes he is going to marry the rich, beautiful girl who keeps coming to his parties. And just what is in the attic, anyway? Or, rather, who? There's a declaration of love, a promise of happiness and a wedding gone horribly, horribly wrong... It's a corker of a story and one that has been adapted into no less than twenty movies or television series – with more on the way.

Shirley: A Tale
It's remarkably different from Jane Eyre, and seems to have more in common with the works of Elizabeth Gaskell than any of the other novels written by the Brontë sisters. It’s the story of a love quadrangle: Caroline, who is poor, is in love with her (wealthier) cousin Robert, who is wooing Caroline’s (rich) new best friend, Shirley, who quite fancies Robert’s (poor) brother Louis. Robert and Shirley don’t really fancy each other that much, but Robert could do with the money and Shirley’s family don’t approve of Louis, so…

There’s a girl’s school, something mysterious happening in an attic and a dark, brooding man... Lucy Snowe takes up employment at a girls’ school in a small French town called Villette. Amongst her struggles to “make it” as a teacher in a community that considers her an outsider, she also has to deal with her feelings for the gorgeous Dr John – something that is complicated by the fact that Dr John is quite taken with the equally gorgeous Polly...Oh, and then there’s that French professor who is so rude and frustrating. He really is quite an annoying man... And why does she feel so peculiar at the thought of talking to him…?

Two Novels by Anne Brontë

Agnes Grey
Agnes, a poor young woman of some intelligence, is in dire need of a job... Unfortunately, most governesses are treated rather poorly. She goes to work for a family of rich obnoxious people. They are horrid, their children are horrid – heck, the whole town is horrid. She gives up that job and goes home... She takes up another position with another horrid family. These children (one of which is a teenage girl on the cusp of being considered a “woman”) are less likely to torture birds to death, but more likely to ruin your life for their own personal amusement... There’s much angst as Agnes watches a man she “truly admires” become the sport of someone she can’t stand but can’t stop... she returns home to start a school with her mother and assumes she’ll never see her dear Mr Weston again…

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
There is a dark, brooding man in this one, but he sure as heck isn’t the romantic lead. Anne seems to be of the opinion that self-obsessed alcoholics aren’t really nice people and you probably shouldn’t marry them... The lead character, Helen, flees from the self-obsessed alcoholic in question before he can be too bad an influence on their son. Oh, and also because he’s an abusive jerk who treats her badly. She takes up residence in the run-down Wildfell Hall using a fake name (secret identities)... The townsfolk are suspicious, that Gilbert fellow living next door is quite nice, and there is a secret waiting to catch up with them all…

One Novel by Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights is the classic gothic novel of the early 19th Century. It’s famously dark and wretched, and many readers have difficulty finishing the novel. There are dark, mysterious houses in the moors, acts of cruelty passed down the generations, forced marriages and a touch of madness. All this, and a dark, brooding man. There may even be ghosts... The book basically involves a lot of people making each other miserable. The characters seem to take turns at this task: Hindley makes Heathcliff miserable because he feels like it, Catherine Senior makes Heathcliff miserable because she’s selfish, Heathcliff makes as many people as possible miserable for revenge…

Read the full post
The full blog post has some bonus features, and the book display has some *ahem* rich content we couldn't put online. You should take a look at both, if you can. Oh, and let us know if you'd like to see more of these "Blog Displays".

Thursday, 13 January 2011

AustLit Database unavailable

Due to the floods and problems with electricity and network access, UQ has temporarily closed the serves that support the AustLit Database.

This means researchers and students will not be able to use the AustLit Database until UQ are ready to re-start the servers.

We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

Computer Lab Shuffle, Day 3

The computers on both floors of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library building are currently unavailable as we change over to the new models.

The computers in Building 2 (DA2/HX) are available, so if you need to use a computer please go to DA2.

We expect the library computers should be finished by this afternoon and available tomorrow.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Possible Network Issues Today

We have been informed that, due to the effect of the floods in south Queensland, the AARNet cables providing Internet connectivity to the University may be compromised.

Our secondary link via Toowoomba is unavailable, and our primary link via Brisbane is in a vulnerable position and may be damaged.

Should this happen, staff and students on campus will be unable to access the Internet (which means they also will not be able to access the Library Blogs, the eJournals or LibGuides) and many of the University systems. Staff and students on campus may not be able to connect to their emails unless they have a 3G enabled smart phone or tablet.

Staff and Students off campus will not be able to access any of the University systems, but may still be able to read pages that are not on the University site, such as this blog and the LibGuides. They may be able to access some resources from the LibGuides, but many will be unavailable. Email should be unaffected for staff and students off campus.

We are also expecting some fluctuations to the network as a result of the extreme weather currently affecting the state.

Computer Lab Shuffle, Day 2

The DA2/HX computing labs are back open for PCs only. The Macs are still unavailable.

Today, the computers on the First Floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library building are definitely off-line, and the computers on the Second Floor (the top floor) may also be off-line by later today.

If you need to use the computers on the Townsville campus today, please use the DA2/HX computing labs. The computers in the library are likely to be unavailable.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

New Credo Reference Titles

Credo's General Reference collection continues to grow each month and now has over 525 titles. The following well-regarded titles were added in December:
We're updating many of our titles to the latest available editions. The following updated titles were recently released. Expect more soon!
Field Guide to Rivers of North America, Elsevier Science & Technology
Note: The title of this book has changed. It was formerly titled Rivers of North America.

Library computers to be updated this week.

On Wednesday and Thursday this week GATCF computers in the library will be getting replaced.


On Wednesday computers on the first floor will be affected so please use the top floor of the library for computing.


On Thursday the top floor computers will be replaced, so please use the computers on the first floor.

Alternative location:

The DA2 / HX / Humanties GATCF lab will be available during this time.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Computer Lab Shuffle

This year we expect to roll out new GATCF lab computers, but before that can happen we need to re-image the ones we currently have.

This will take up a few days this week, and it will mean that certain computer labs will be out of action for a day at a time.

Today (Monday the 10th), the DA2 facility (also known as HX and, simply, Building 2) will be unavailable, with students at the Townsville recommended to use the computers at the Library.

Once DA2 re-opens, the computers at the Library will be unavailable, with students directed to use the other labs.

So, just to focus on the take home message - the computers at DA2 are likely to be unavailable today. Please use the computers located at the Library Building on the Townsville Campus.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Battery recycling

You can bring your batteries in for recycling at the Mabo Library in Townsville. The Battery World bin is inside the library on the right hand wall, not far from the entrance. You can recycle all batteries except car batteries.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Happy New Year

Happy New Year and welcome to 2011. The Cairns and Townsville campus libraries are open from 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday for the remainder of January except for the Australia Day public holiday on Wednesday 26th January. For 2011 opening hours click here.