Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Indigenous Family History at Townsville City Council

Wadda Mooli,

Libraries are a great place to learn about that aspect of history in school we often fail to realise- our ancestors were living and breathing during eventful times, lived differently and held values often completely opposite of what we hold today. One way to bring the big picture history to life is to learn about your private family history.

Townsville City Council is hosting a session by the Department of Communities and Personal Histories for Indigenous Australians. Indigenous Australians when tracing family histories and genealogies encounter issues like some other Australians that no records exist in Birth, Deaths and Marriages. Often due to the history of Australia since 1788 Aboriginal Australians existed politically and socially outside of the European Australian society of the time, often were in open conflict with the trespassers or being increasingly subjected to exclusion or control by colonial state forces. These all affected the types of ways Aboriginal people were recorded and how and what records were preserved. For me I only have to go back two generations to the 1930s til the 1970s and members of my family appear in Exemption Certificate Records and controlled wages funds. To go further like my Uncle (Murri Way) T. Rose did means oral histories are to be explored by looking at station records for wage entries, store purchases or diary entries visiting grave yards and looking at old newspapers.

If you are a Murri or Islander or have friends or family who are point them at this,

2 Day Indigenous Family History Workshop
Get along to this popular workshop.
Kathy Frankland,
Department of Communities and Personal Histories
Brisbane will share vital information on the Indigenous Australian
Family history.
All welcome.


When: Friday, 24 February, 9.30am-3.30pm
Saturday, 25 February, 9.30am-3.30pm
Audience: Adult
Venue: CityLibraries Thuringowa Central
Cost: Free
Bookings are essential.
Contact Janeese Henaway Phone 47278317
Or

Book online at www.townsville.qld.gov.au/facilities/libraries or contact your local library.

Looming threat to global research

The United States House of Representatives is currently debating a new bill, The Research Works Act. This bill is supported by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Copyright Alliance, and opposed by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, the American Library Association, the International Society for Computational Biology, and prominent open science and open access advocates. If enacted, this bill will benefit publishers by putting significant limits on freely sharing US scientific research. If the Research Works Act is passed, then it is quite likely that we will see similar actions commenced by the Australian publishing industry. Limiting access to quality research via some kind of open access means (ie. University repositories or open access publishers like PubMed) can only diminish the quality of research produced across the globe.


For more news on this topic have a look at:
Academic publishers have become the enemies of science
A small bill in the US, a giant impact for research worldwide
The Research Works Act: A damaging threat to science

One Search now includes eJournal Titles and improved coverage of eBooks

The latest enhancement to the Library's One Search service is the inclusion of tens of thousands of eJournal titles we subscribe to.

You can limit One Search to just a journal title search by checking the Journal/eJournal box and you will see both our print and electronic journals. To limit to only those available online check the Items with full text online box.

In addition our substantial eBooks collection is now also fully listed in One Search.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Scheduled outage: ProQuest

ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Sunday 5th February. As a result, ProQuest databases be unavailable for a period of approx 12 hours (from 1pm on Sunday 5th February to 1am on Monday 6th February).

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

Friday, January 27, 2012

EndNote Training February 2012 - Townsville

Are you writing a research paper or working on your thesis? You need EndNote!

Using EndNote, you can create your own personal library of references to articles, books and other materials you have collected during your research. You can select and insert references from your library into a Word document and EndNote will create an in-text citation for the reference. EndNote will also create the bibliography entry at the end of the document. These entries can be configured to conform to any bibliographic style you choose.

You are invited to attend Introductory EndNote training at the Townsville Campus. Times are shown below. Content includes:
  • Creating a new library and entering references manually
  • Importing references from journal databases and library catalogues
  • Using EndNote to cite-while-you-write in Microsoft Word
These will be demonstration sessions of EndNote X5, but attendees are welcome to bring their own laptops.

Sessions will be in the InfoHelp Training Room on the top floor of the Mabo Library (18.229) at these times:

Monday 6th Feb – 11.00am to 12.30pm
Tuesday 7th Feb – 11.00am to 12.30pm
Wednesday 8th Feb – 2.00pm to 3.30pm

No bookings necessary!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

EndNote X5

EndNote X5 is now available. CDs can be borrowed from the Library loans desk in Townsville and Cairns, and the new version will also be available for download from the Web in the near future – see Getting Started in our EndNote LibGuide.

EndNote X5 has some useful new features, including:

Add and Transfer File Attachments to the Web
EndNote X5 users can access file attachments and figures within their EndNote Web records. File attachments can be added directly to an EndNote Web record or transferred between a local library and the Web to see the same reference detail in both environments. EndNote X5 users will also receive increased Web storage for up to 25,000 references and 1GB for their file attachments.

View and Annotate PDF files within EndNote
A new PDF viewer joins the “Quick Edit” tab in EndNote X5, enabling users to review an attached PDF and edit a record in one place. The PDF viewer makes it easy to navigate between multiple attachments as well as annotate the file with highlights and comments. Users can search the entire PDF including comments and use many familiar options common to PDF viewing.

Update References Automatically
Existing references can now be updated easily with a new option that lets EndNote search online for more complete reference detail. When a match is found, EndNote highlights the differences in a side-by-side comparison of the new and existing reference. Users can decide whether to update the empty fields only, replace all the fields, or copy-and-paste specific information. While any field can be updated, the new feature saves time for existing references that now require article identifiers such as PMCID and NIHMSID numbers for grant submissions.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Advance Australia Fair

This Thursday 26 January is Australia Day. Traditionally Australians use this day to get together with friends and family - often over drinks, at a barbecue, at the beach, or at a public event. Have a look at the Australia Day website to find an Australia Day event near you.

Getting into the Australia Day spirit, the Mabo Library, Townsville is currently featuring an Australia Day display on the first floor.  The display features some great books about Australian history, social customs, sport, culture, and the environment. Come in and have a look.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Library opening hours

The Cairns and Townsville Library opening hours for semester one are now available. Go to the Library Opening Hours webpage to plan your library study time.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

InfoHelp Townsville has moved!

The first stage of renovations to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Townsville is complete. InfoHelp staff have moved into the into the newly renovated section of the ground floor. The first floor InfoHelp Desk has also moved to a combined InfoHelp/Lending Services Desk on the ground floor. We look forward to seeing you at our new digs!

Monday, January 16, 2012

General knowledge brainteaser

This week’s brainteaser is to test the breadth as well as the depth of your knowledge.
  1. In “Sesame Street” and the “Muppet Show”, what sort of animal was Kermit? 
  2. Which rock group released albums called “Their Satanic Majesties Request” and “Sticky Fingers”? 
  3. The word “Hock” is used to refer to wine from which country? 
  4. Which animal is usually associated with Capricorn, the tenth sign of the zodiac? 
  5.  Monza is well known for its motor-racing circuit. In which country is Monza? 
  6. “Zn” is the symbol for which chemical element? 
  7. Was the film “Casablanca” made before, during, or after the Second World War? 
  8. Who was the predecessor of John F. Kennedy as president of the United States? 
  9. What shape is the pitch in Australian Rules football? 
  10. What name is usually given to Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony?
Use Credo Reference to find out the answers to the questions you don't know, or go to the Credo Reference General Knowledge Brainteaser answers.
Quiz by Tony Augarde.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Mabo Library building southern entry starts today!

Access to the Mabo Library building is now available from the new southern entrance/exit located adjacent to the Library car park.

Please note that the existing northern entrance/exit and new cafe entrance/exit are temporarily closed for renovations.

Today is Friday the 13th

The belief in many parts of the Western world that Friday the 13th (also known as Black Friday) is an unlucky day is fairly widespread. Credo explains some of the history and possible origins of this superstition. However, it seems that the main reason for the survival of this superstition is due to today's media outlets looking for material to fill news timeslots. The history of the day does make for interesting reading though.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Reading in French


"Speak in French when you can't think of the English for a thing!" Declared the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll.

One of the best ways to learn a language is to use it. One of the best ways to use it is to read it. One of the best ways to read it is to get some books written in it. One of the best ways to get books written in it is to find them in a library (it's free, that way).

It just so happens we have books in French suitable for all reading levels. We have a number of readers specifically designed to give reading practice at different levels, as well as children's books and adults' novels. We also have poetry and plays written in French as well, if you want to try your hand at those.

Some of our French literature collection has side-by-side English translations, which can help you with texts that might otherwise be too difficult, but it is worth your while trying to find a book that suits your reading level and just spending some time with the language.

At the moment, we have a small display of our French language literature and readers on the first floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library - along with some books on French Grammar, to help you along.

Why not come in and take a look at them? You can take some home, if you would like.

You can also "follow them home" - that is, go to the shelves where we found them and see what else you can find.

French literature is located at 840 in both the Main and Curriculum collections (contains a mixture of French language and English translations). French learning material is located in the 440s - and the graded readers are at 448.64.

Also, make sure you check out the Modern Languages LibGuide (http://libguides.jcu.edu.au/languages) - the French tab links to more resources to help with your reading and listening skills, and the Learning Languages tab has some good advice for using books in language studies.

Friday, January 6, 2012

My Library Information in Tropicat functioning normally again

The vendor has applied the patches and tweaks required and Tropicat is again allowing LDAP (JCU login & password) access. Renewals and reservations are functioning normally again.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Tropicat Login and Renewal Problems (update postponed 24 hours)

Since a minor upgrade to Tropicat's software just prior to the summer break users have been experiencing problems logging in  to Tropicat to renew items and place holds.
Working with the vendors we hope to do the work required to resolve these issues early on Friday morning (6th January 2012). Tropicat will be unavailable from 4:30 to 6:00am on that day.
If you wish to renew items or place a hold before then please call either 07 4781 5500 (TSV) or 07 4042 1777 (CNS) and select option 2 'Library Services' and we will do it it on your behalf.
We apologise for any inconvenience these issues have caused.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions are on our minds at this time of year.  What would you like to do better in 2012?  JCU Library holds resources which may set you on the right path.

Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise
Better Nutrition
Essential Study Skills: The complete guide to success at university
Get The Job You Want, Even When No One's Hiring
Quitting Smoking 1: The patient's viewpoint
Setting Your Development Goals: Start with your values.

Hooray for 2012!


We hope you had a lovely Christmas-New Year break, and we look forward to seeing you at the Library in 2012.

Reminder: GATCF Lab closures over the summer break

Information Technology and Resources staff will be performing upgrades to the facilities in the GATCF and School based teaching labs on Townsville, Cairns, and Mackay campuses over the summer semester break. All computer labs will be unavailable from 9am Monday 28th November 2011 until 9am Monday 13th February 2012 (unless otherwise timetabled), with the exception of the following facilities:
 
Townsville
All Library based computers will be available during Library opening hours. Building 2 Annex (DA2-101, 102, 103, 104 and 107) open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday with swipe card access outside those hours.  

Cairns 
All Library based computers will be available during Library opening hours. B1.030 has 24 hour card swipe access.

All GATCF facilities on Townsville and Cairns campuses will be closed for the Christmas Break commencing Midday (12 Noon) Friday 23rd December 2011 with the selected facilities above re-opening 9am Tuesday 3rd January 2012.

Big changes coming for CSA and Proquest databases

A new look for CSA and Proquest databases
The good people at Proquest have revamped their product, and we will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labour when JCU Library is migrated to the new platform in early January. The new platform will combine Proquest and CSA databases. This will affect:
  • ABI/INFORM Complete
  • Accounting & Tax
  • Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA)
  • ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM)
  • Banking Information Source
  • Canadian Business & Current Affairs Business
  • Canadian Business & Current Affairs: Education
  • Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI)
  • ERIC
  • Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts
  • Pharmaceutical News Index
  • PILOTS
  • ProQuest
  • PsycARTICLES
  • PsycINFO
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • Zoological Record Plus.
    For more information, have a look at the new Proquest platform highlights for library users.