Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Library Christmas opening hours

Townsville and Cairns Library buildings will close at 12 noon on Friday 23 December 2011, and will be reopening at 8am on Tuesday 3 January 2012.  Find out more about Library summer opening hours.

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We would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas break, and we hope to see you in 2012.

Reserve Online: Scheduled outage

The Reserve Online repository will be unavailable on Monday 26 December 2011 due to copyright compliance requirements. The system will be available again on Tuesday 27 December 2011. The Reserve Online team apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library upgrade

Anyone who has used the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in 2011 would be aware that significant renovations are being made to the building. The incoming cohort of 2012 students in Townsville will benefit from the completion of stage one of the project. For more information, have a look at the JCNN piece on the renovation (see below), or the Mabo Library Redevelopment Project webpage. JCNN is produced by our talented students of the Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism.

Feature journal: LiNQ

LiNQ (Literature in North Queensland) volume 38 has just been released. The stories and articles in this issue tackle the theme of Generation from a multitude of  perspectives: from ageing; to identity and the generational view of the migrant who ponders 'belonging'. From looking back down the ages to a childhood long past to the flightiness of youth. And, always, the ever changing dynamics of time passing.

LiNQ is a fully refereed journal which publishes fiction and poetry, as well as criticism and reviews of regional, national, and international interest to do with literature. The quality of this issue is a testament to the hard work of its editors (Dr Lindsay Simpson and Dr Victoria Kuttainen), contributors and publication team. You can buy LiNQ volume 38 or subscribe to the journal through the LiNQ website.

JCU Library receives LiNQ in both print and electronic form, and volume 38 will shortly be available through our collection.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Credo Christmas brainteaser

This week’s brainteaser is about things connected with Christmas.
  1. The three gifts that the Wise Men brought to the infant Jesus were traditionally gold, frankincense, and what else?
  2. What is the date of the first day of the Twelve Days of Christmas?
  3. When drilling for oil or gas, what is a Christmas tree?
  4. What phrase is used for a late-night church service on Christmas Eve?
  5. In Charles Dickens’s novel “A Christmas Carol”, what was the name of Tiny Tim’s father?
  6. A yule log is a large log which used to be put on the hearth as the foundation for the fire – on which day?
  7. In which book by Louisa May Alcott did someone say “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents”?
  8. What is the English title of the Christmas carol which is “Adeste Fideles” in Latin?
  9. In the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” (“On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me…”), what total of gifts was given over the whole twelve days: 78, 280, or 364?
  10. According to Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas”, Father Christmas had eight reindeer. Can you name six of them? 
Use Credo Reference to find out the answers to the questions you don't know, or go to the Credo Reference Friday Brainteaser Christmas answers.
Quiz by Tony Augarde.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sir Isaac Newton papers available online

From Bridgeman Art Library Archive
Cambridge University Library has made important parts of their Sir Isaac Newton collection available online. This includes Sir Isaac Newton's annotated copy of Principia Mathematica, containing his laws on motion and gravity. More of Sir Isaac Newton's papers will be made available as the Library's digitisation project progresses.

The Sir Isaac Newton papers are only the first of many collections to be digitised by Cambridge University Library. Future releases will also include their Sanskrit manuscript collection, and their Board of Longitude papers.  Our thanks go to Cambridge University Library for making these valuable resources available to the world.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tropicat Outage Friday 10am-5pm

The Horizon Library Management System will be unavailable from 10am till 5pm, tomorrow Friday 16th December. This outage is to allow for an upgrade of the Horizon database, Client and Tropicat service.

In the meantime, you can use One Search to find material in our collection. We primarily use it to search our databases, but it also searches our library catalogue. You can use the "Refine your search" options to control what material One Search looks for.

Please contact InfoHelp staff if you need additional assistance.

We apologise for this disruption to service.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Feature database: OECD iLibrary

OECD Publishing is known as one of the most reliable sources of comparable global economic and social data, as it disseminates information on behalf of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Try OECD iLibrary if you need to profile countries by education, governance, health, industry, migration, transport infrastructure and much, much more.

Measuring research impact

The debate has restarted for research valuation to move beyond metrics-based methods (such as counting peer-reviewed publications and citations), to a broader process that looks at the research’s impact on the world outside academia. Perhaps this time next year we will know if there are going to be changes made to the current Australian research valuation system. For more information, have a look at the write-up in The Conversation.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Summer in tropical Queensland

Extreme summer weather - satellite image of Cyclone Yasi
I expect everyone has noticed how the weather has become uncomfortably hot and humid. This time of year is known as the build-up - before the wet season really gets going. Right about now, unfortunate tropical north Queensland residents can be affected by something called 'mango madness', an anecdotal condition attributed to people exhibiting irrational behaviour brought on by the tropical heat. JCU Library has all sorts of resources relating to weather. If you are interested, you may want to have a look at:
Townsville and Cairns weather forecasts are also available on the JCU website.

'Tis the season for social small talk

Do you have endless Christmas parties to attend this festive season? Are you frequently stuck for interesting conversation topics that make you look confident, funny, and knowledgeable? Well why not try swotting up for your next social event with the following JCU Library eBooks?

Christmas Philosophy for Everyone: Better than a lump of coal. From Santa, elves and Ebenezer Scrooge, to the culture wars and virgin birth, this book explores a host of philosophical issues raised by the practices and beliefs surrounding Christmas.








50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology. This book uses popular myths as a vehicle for helping the reader to distinguish science from pseudoscience. It explores how to distinguish factual from fictional claims in popular psychology, and explores topics that readers will relate to, but often misunderstand, such as 'opposites attract', 'people use only 10% of their brains', and 'handwriting reveals your personality'.

Encyclopedia of Urban Legends. Presents descriptions of hundreds of urban legends and their variations, themes, and scholarly approaches to the genre, including such tales as disappearing hitchhikers and hypodermic needles left in the coin slots of pay telephones.






The Ultimate Book of Top Ten Lists. Providing an astonishing array of information, The Ultimate Book of Top Ten Lists contains the best of everything from serial killers, scientific oddities, and historical events to little-known facts about everyone's favourite celebrities, films, and books. There are even practical lists on how to save time and money and how to survive anything from a cocktail party to a bear attack!

Professor Komla Tsey book launch

Date/Time: 4:00pm, Friday 16 December 2011
Venue: The Library Foyer, Cairns Campus, James Cook University
MC: Professor Yvonne Cadet-James, Professor of Australian Indigenous Studies, James Cook University
Launch: Professor Jeff Sayer, Program Director, Master of Development Practice, James Cook University

RSVP: Please email Annita Virzi for catering purposes by 14 December 2011.
More Information: Book launch flyer

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

All we want for Christmas are your publications

The end of 2011 is approaching rather quickly. Here is a timely reminder for you to make sure your 2011 publications are in ResearchOnline.

Deposit now and avoid the rush!

Please do not leave this task to the last minute. The 2nd April 2012 is the final deadline for 2011 publications to be deposited in ResearchOnline to be counted for HERDC. The sooner you deposit into ResearchOnline the more assistance we can give you.

Related information
JCU Repository Policy
HERDC Verification Checklist
Deposit user guide to ResearchOnline

Contact us for assistance and more information at: ResearchOnline@jcu.edu.au

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Congratulations to Cairns Librarian

Mark Collins, Cairns Liaison Librarian is a 2011 Inclusive Practice Acknowledgement Awards recipient.

The award is presented annually to JCU staff members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to assisting students with a temporary or permanent disability, injury, illness or health condition. The awards recognise the efforts made by staff to be flexible, consultative, proactive, and/or innovative in minimising challenges for students supported through AccessAbility Services. Students registered with the service nominate JCU staff they believe have provided additional support to help them with their studies.

Cudos to Mark for his outstanding work.