Friday, April 29, 2011

Labour Day Opening Hours

The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and the Cairns Campus Library will have limited opening hours on Labour Day, Monday 2nd May. Opening hours on this day are 1-5pm.

Semester opening hours will resume on Tuesday 3rd May.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cairns Anzac Day Library Book Display


This year’s Anzac Day Display at the Cairns Campus Library commemorates the 70th anniversaries of two significant battles that took place during the Second World War. In 1941, more than 4,000 allied troops, including Australian soldiers, were killed during the Siege of Tobruk and the Battle for Greece and Crete.
Check out the display on the ground floor which includes short histories of each battle as well as books from the library collection which are available to be borrowed.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Introduction to the Social Sciences (SS1010)

Recently a cohort of first year students got their first taste of the breadth of the Social Sciences and the disciplines it draws on.

Their most recent e-Poster assessment work is being displayed in the library right now, so come and see it. The posters cover themes of place and identity, and divergent cultural experiences and viewpoints. A selection of materials used in lectures and complimenting the course are also out on display including DVDs like Priscilla Queen of the Desert, books about social science theory and philosophy as well as the biographies read in the course.

SS1010 encourages students to apply social science theories to help them evaluate the diversity of discourses (viewpoints) in Australian society. This includes the cultures of First Australians and the Anglo-Celtic majority and other minorities, also touching on subcultures of surfing and hooning and issues of identity, interests and sexuality.

Introduction to the Social Sciences aims to show how the social sciences are applied and affect us at the personal level through governance, education and how these skills are applicable in the many job roles that students will have in the future. Students will be able to critically evaluate personal beliefs and social discourses and learn how to construct rigorous social science based projects. The course is run by the School of Arts and Social Science's Dr Anita Lundberg and School of Indigenous Australian Studies' Professor Sue McGinty.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter & ANZAC Day Opening Hours

Townsville: The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library will be closed from 10.30pm Thursday 21st April and will reopen from 1-5pm on Monday 25th April and 1-5pm on Tuesday 26th April.

Cairns: The Library will be closed from 9pm Thursday 21st April and will reopen from 1pm-5pm Monday 25th April and 1-5pm on Tuesday 26th April.

Semester opening hours will resume on Wednesday 27th April 2011.

Computer Labs: All general access computer labs will be open 24x7 over the Easter and Anzac Day break.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Townsville Book Display - Curriculum Collection and ANZAC day


We thought the approach of ANZAC day was a good opportunity to bring some of the Curriculum Collection books out for a spin.

If you come up to the first floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, you'll find a display near the InfoHelp desk showcasing the "Australians at war" resources we hold in Curriculum.

The Curriculum Collection is a model school library, which is designed to hold books suitable for students from K-12, as well as teacher resources like textbooks and kits.

All of the books in the Curriculum Collection are available for loan - and you don't have to be an Education student to borrow them. In fact, it can be one of the best places to find a book to read (for fun), as it's much easier to browse than the literature section.

For those of you who have never found your way to the Curriculum Collection before, it's on the first floor, down past the Reference Collection and the microform. It takes up a cosy little corner next to the CDs and Sheet Music.

There's a very similar collection in Cairns. It's on the top floor of the building, next to the Book collections (almost diagonally opposite the Journals).

Monday, April 11, 2011

New Credo Reference titles

Credo is an online, full-text reference library that includes dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri and books of quotations, as well as subject specific titles from art to literature to law. Credo is a useful starting-point for defining and clarifying unfamiliar terms in assignment questions.
New Credo reference titles for March 2011 include:

*Encyclopedia of American Studies
*Encyclopedia of Cremation
*Meet the Philosophers of Ancient Greece
*The New Encyclopedia of the American West
*OECD Factbook 2010:Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics

The following updated titles were also recently released:
*Debrett's People of Today, 2011
*Marquis Who's Who in America
*Marquis Who's Who in the World
*Marquis Who Was Who in America 1985-present
*Handbook of Research on Teaching the English language Arts:Sponsored by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English

Natural Standard - Trial

Natural Standard is an international research collaboration that aggregates and synthesizes data on complementary and alternative medicine. It provides up to date evidence-based information on thousands of natural product and integrative medicine topics including clinical trials which have been analyzed, critiqued and summarized by statisticians, clinicians and researchers.

This trial is available until 4 May 2011.

Trials are available both on campus or off campus (with a JCU user name and password).  The trial links are also to be found on the Library Trials web page.

Observations or comments (positive and negative) on the trials and value of the services are always appreciated and may be directed to the
Faculty and School Librarians
or to Neil Renison, Information Resources.  Alternatively, you can complete our online Database Trial Feedback form.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Two new trials: Education in Video and Filmakers Library Online

Education in Video is a collection of streaming video developed specifically for training and developing teachers. More than 1,000 video titles totaling 750 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms provide a single source for research-based professional development videos.

Education in Video can be accessed here. Trial ends 30th April 2011.


Filmakers Library Online provides award-winning documentaries relevant to a broad range of disciplines including race and gender studies, human rights, globalization, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science, psychology, arts and literature. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide. This first release includes 911 titles totaling more than 700 hours of viewing.

Filmakers Library Online can be accessed here.  Trial ends 30th April 2011.

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.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Counseling and Therapy in Video, Volume 2 Trial

Counseling and Therapy in Video, Volume 2 is an online collection of video for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. We currently subscribe to Volume 1.

This trial is available till 16 April 2011.

Observations or comments (positive and negative) on the trials and value of the services are always appreciated and may be directed to the Faculty and School Librarians or to Neil Renison, Information Resources. Alternatively, you can complete our online Database Trial Feedback form.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Scheduled Outages Tuesday and Thursday - Internet Connection

5th April 6-8am
Central Computing Bulletin Source

Cairns will be migrated to the new network connection provided by AARNet.

Cairns is currently connected to the Townsville campus over an ATM link. AARNet has provided network equipment in Cairns to connect directly into the AARNet network and allow a 1Gb ethernet connection between the campuses.

The work will be performed between 6-8am with expected downtime to be no more than an hour as all the connections are switched over
and tested.

7th April 6-8am
Central Computing Bulletin Source

Our Internet provider, AARNet, has built a new 2.5Gbps ethernet ring to be used between our campuses and connection to Brisbane. On Thursday, 7th of April, we will be shifting our current equipment to this new ring.

We will still only be using 1Gb connections at this point in time until new equipment can be purchased and installed to accomodate the available bandwidth.

This migration will occur between 6-8am and is expected to take no more than an hour to transfer connections and test connectivity.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Student Management System Outage


Saturday, 2nd April 2011
10am – 4pm


CopyPrint & Fine Payments, eAcademic & eStudent will all be unavailable.

Online credit card payments for CopyPrint & Netaccess will remain available.

Informit Database Outage




On Saturday 2nd April, RMIT Publishing will be performing scheduled maintenance of the http://search.informit.com.au site between 9.30 and 11am.