Monday, August 29, 2011

Informit database outage

Informit database will experience an 8 hour outage from 6am to 2pm EST this Sunday the 4th of September, 2011. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please see the staff at the InfoHelp desk if you need any assistance.

SciFinder Scholar available on the web

The SciFinder Scholar client is being phased out at the end of September. All new users should start using the web version of SciFinder Scholar and users who have all been using the client version should be preparing to change over to the web service.

The change should be easy for most people to cope with. Users simply need to get a personal login and go to the new URL. How to do that? Start at the SciFinder Scholar entry in the databases page or Tropicat and follow the link to the instructions to (1) login and/or (2) get a username/password.

Login to SciFinder Scholar
James Cook University has a subscription to SciFinder Scholar that permits one user at a time to access the database. Please log off immediately when you have finished. Personal registration and agreement to SciFinder Scholar terms of use is required; if you have not yet registered follow the registration process below.

SciFinder Scholar Personal Registration
Registration enables James Cook University staff and students to create their own username and password and activate personal access by agreeing to the terms and conditions. A JCU email account is a necessary requirement for registering. Proceed with registration.

System Requirements and User Guides
Further information is available from the CAS-SciFinder website.
System Requirements
User Guides
For assistance with SciFinder Scholar please contact InfoHelp (phone 4781 5500).


Anthropology student academic posters

Dr Anita Lundberg’s AN2013/AN3013 Culture, Knowledge and Environment students were recently required to produce posters that analyse how an Environmental Groups’ use of an animal or plant logo to brand their cause can be considered a form of neo-totemism. The class produced outstanding posters, some of which are on display near the InfoHelp desk in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on Townsville campus. Check out this excellent student work.

Sustainability research @ JCU

JCU Research on sustainability was identified as well above world class in the Federal Government's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2010 national report, published by the Australian Research Council earlier this year. The two subject areas recognised with this highest possible ranking are Environmental Science and Management and Fisheries Sciences.

To celebrate this achievement, the Library has a Sustainability Research @ JCU display in the Library. The display includes a selection of books and research articles from the Library’s collection, each of which is written by JCU researchers or has contributions by JCU researchers. Click here to see JCU publications about sustainability in ResearchOnline@JCU.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

EndNote demonstration session Townsville

For those of you who came along on Tuesday for EndNote and found the room was broken - sorry!

To make up for this a replacement session will be held on Thursday the 1st of September at 10am.
Instead of EndNote Web we will be looking at the desktop version of EndNote (x4).

If you have already installed EndNote x4 on your own laptop you are welcome to follow along.

The EndNote guide will explain how to download the program - see Getting Started.

The desktop version of EndNote being demonstrated is recommended for post graduate students and researchers to manage their research and assist in writing.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Children's Book Week Display - Townsville

Bears!

Ducks!

Ponies!

Dogs!

Rollercoasters!

Invading hoards of Chinese warriors!

Some weird inkblot thing with a detachable face who thinks he's Hamlet!

There's an exiting collection of books on the CBCA Children's Book Week short list. Most of them are currently on display near the InfoHelp Desk on the First Floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Building, in Townsville.

A couple of them aren't, though. Why not take a look at the display and the poster to see if you can work out which ones are missing? There's no prize, but it may be a fun way to kill some time. Plus, it wouldn't surprise me at all if you get distracted by the books that are there and completely forget to look for the ones that aren't.

Discover Your Library @ JCU - Townsville Campus Open Day

JCU Open Day is on this Sunday, 28 August in Townsville from 10.00am - 2.00pm. The library will be open from 10am - 5pm so come along and join in the fun.

As part of OPEN DAY 2011, the library is offering a number of activities and displays:
  • Special treat: Storytelling (11.30am - 12.30pm). Bring the kids along to listen to our talented story teller read a collection of books written by Australian authors and illustrators.
  • One World, Many Stories: Children's book week display; come and browse the 2011 short listed titles from picture book to older readers categories.
  • Library Word Puzzle: It's fast and easy, we promise! Find the clues , discover the answers, and go in the draw to win one of two Amazon Kindle eBook readers. Try this one with your kids, and check out the Kindle and other eBook readers on display.
  • Read about research by JCU staff and students: Discover our talented JCU academics and postgraduate students through their publications. A special focus this year is on sustainability 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 redevelopment: 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 and explore.
See you there....

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Printing from laptops on campus

An under used service by students at JCU is the ability to print from personal laptop computers to the student MFD printers located in the GATCF labs, school specific labs and the Library buildings across both the Townsville and Cairns campuses. For students interested in taking advantage of this service then instructions on how to connect your personal laptops to the student printers, along with other information regarding laptop use on campus, can be found on the Using a Laptop at JCU guide.

Support for connecting personal laptops to the JCU network and the student MFD printers is provided by IT Help Desk staff and more information on how to obtain assistance with this can be found in Support for Walkabout Wireless.

Copyprint is a service provided to students by Library and Information Services and all student related printing issues should be directed to CopyPrint Services in the first instance.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Planned outages: Proquest and CSA Illumina databases

ProQuest® and CSA Illumina will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Sunday 21st August. As a result, the these platforms will be unavailable for a period of approx 12 hours (from 12 noon on Sunday 21st August to 12am on Monday 22 August).

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please see the staff at the InfoHelp desk if you need any assistance.

Discover your Library @ JCU - Cairns Campus Open Day

JCU Open Day is on this Sunday, 21 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 2011, the Cairns Library is offering a number of activities and displays:
  • One World, Many Stories Children’s Book Week Display. Come and browse the 2011 short listed titles. There will be colouring activities for kids. The Australian children’s literature display can be viewed throughout the day.
  • Special Collections Treasures - Looking for something unique, interested in the history of North Queensland? Learn how to look after your treasures in a tropical climate from our display about conservation for your own collections.
  • Try your luck in the Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a Kindle e-book reader
See you there....

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sounds like a display

Every now and then we like to showcase one of our less-frequently displayed collections to fill in time between "bigger" displays (book displays linked with events, which tend to stay around for a few weeks).

These displays can be fleeting, and sometimes feature items in our collection that are, let's say, "more interesting on the inside".

Should you come into the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville, you will find just such a "fleeting display" near the InfoHelp desk:

Sounds like... BBC

This showcases our collection of Foley CDs from the BBC - sound clips of all sorts of things from all over the place.

Do you need sound effects for a project? This collection contains everything from the sounds of dogs whining to steam-powered farm machinery to a Parisian cafe.

Sure, the CDs aren't the most interesting things to look at, but if you need the sound of a creaking door and some footsteps, or a variety of bumps, bangs and explosions, this set probably has something you'll want to hear.

The discs are on display for a limited time, while we prepare for our next event, but you will always be able to find these CDs in the CD collection, on the First Floor of the building, down between Curriculum and Scores. Just ask someone at the InfoHelp desk and they will point you in the right direction.

Referencing and EndNote Web Training in Townsville

Weeks four to six see Referencing and EndNote Web training sessions running in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.

The Referencing training session will cover how to use referenced material appropriately and effectively in your assignment, as well as looking at a number of different referencing styles. Referencing workshops in Townsville are:
  • Wednesday 17 August, 3pm
  • Thursday 25 August, 10am
Please see the Referencing LibGuide for more referencing resources.
EndNote Web is the online version of the EndNote program, which is accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. It is the version currently available on the GATCF computers throughout both campuses. EndNote Web workshops in Townsville are:
  • Tuesday 23 August, 10am
  • Wednesday 31 August, 2pm
Please see the EndNote Web Libguide for more EndNote resources.

All session will be held in the InfoHelp training room (18.229)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Mabo Library Power Outages

Last week, the Mabo Library experienced several power outages due to the construction work that is upgrading all infrastructure services including electrical. A temporary generator was brought in to stabilise power while the new electrical cabling was being installed.

On Saturday 13 August the temporary generator will be removed and the Library will be back onto a permanent power supply when it opens at 10am.

A friendly reminder, that students using computers in the Library are strongly encouraged to save all documents regularly while working on them.

We apologise for any inconvenience experienced during the power outages.

For more information about the Mabo Library Redevelopment Project please go to http://www-public.jcu.edu.au/libcomp/library/JCUPRD1_059138

Monday, August 8, 2011

Unscheduled closure of Mabo Library

Do to an ongoing power outage the Mabo library closed at 5pm this afternoon. The library will reopen at 8am tomorrow Tuesday 9th August.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Shed some light on Census night

The 2011 Census of Population and Housing will be taking place on the night of Tuesday 9 August. The Census aims to count the number of people in Australia, their key characteristics, and the dwellings in which they live, and is conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) once every five years.

During the Census every household and person in the country is required to answer specific questions on the paper form or through eCensus online. The Census is important as it underpins Australia’s democracy and is crucial to communities, private institutions and all levels of government when planning infrastructure, community services and facilities where you live. All information collected through the Census is strictly private and confidential. No one outside of the ABS (including other Government agencies) will ever see your Census responses, and no individuals or households can be identified in Census results or data.

For more information about the Census, see Census of Population and Housing.

Wireless Clinics

Townsville

Support is available on the Townsville campus at the IT Help Desk located in Building 2 room 105 between the hours of 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday. No appointment is necessary, just bring your laptop to the counter and a staff member on the Help Desk will be able to assist you.

Cairns
Wireless clinic at 10am on Wednesday 3rd August in B1-106. Bring your laptop along to the clinic.

InfoHelp Tutorials

This week's training includes:

Townsville:
  • Finding more on the web
See timetable for details

Cairns:
  • Getting Connected
  • Top Ten Assignment Research tips
  • Finding Journal Articles
See timetable for details