Thursday, February 23, 2012

NHMRC revises its policy on the dissemination of research findings

In January we reported that the United States House of Representatives is currently debating a new bill, the Research Works Act. If enacted, this bill will benefit publishers by putting significant limits on freely sharing US scientific research. The good news in Australia is that the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has announced that from July, publications from research funded by the NHMRC are to be placed in the public domain (open access), for the benefit of researchers and taxpayers. Find out more about NHMRC's position on The Conversation.

Are all open-access publishers equal? The short answer is no!

Predatory, open-access publishers are those that unprofessionally exploit the author-pays model of open-access publishing (Gold OA) for their own profit. Typically, these publishers spam professional email lists, broadly soliciting article submissions for the clear purpose of gaining additional income. Operating essentially as vanity presses, these publishers typically have a low article acceptance threshold, with a false-front or non-existent peer review process. Unlike professional publishing operations, whether subscription-based or ethically-sound open access, these predatory publishers add little value to scholarship, pay little attention to digital preservation, and operate using fly-by-night, unsustainable business models.

This comes from a blog post by Jeffrey Beall, an academic librarian at the University of Colorado Denver. Find out more on his Metadata blog.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Special Collections@JCU Library

Books about Russell Drysdale from the Shaw Collection
Bronwyn McBurnie, JCU Library's Special Collection Librarian has recently been interviewed by ABC North Queensland Radio. The interview is titled Handle with care,  and you can listen to an audio file of the interview on the ABC website.

At James Cook University Library certain materials are housed and cared for in conditions intended to ensure their long-term survival as physical objects. They are available for use under controlled conditions. Items are carefully selected for inclusion in Special Collections and fall into the categories of Archives; Theses; Rare Books; Ephemera and The North Queensland Collection. Find out more about JCU Library's Special Collections.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Coming soon to the JCU Library collection

Diary of World War II North Queensland (CD-Rom update) encompasses every aspect of Military presence in North Queensland from 1939 to 1946, from Mackay to Horn Island and west to Mount Isa. The CD-Rom includes:
  • Records of the movements of RAN/MN/USN/AIF/Militia/RAAF/USAAF troops, squadrons, ships, and Women's Services within North Queensland during the war years.
  • Locations of camp sites, airfields, training areas, military hospitals, special training or research experimental facilities, anti-aircraft batteries, fortifications, gun emplacements, airstrips, air crashes, RDF/Radar stations, HF/DF stations, buildings that were requisitioned for military use, structures built for the military by the AWC/CCC, and any remnants that remain today of any of the above.
  • Memorials that have been since dedicated to any of the above, as well as Commonwealth War Graves in the NQ region.
This resource will soon be available to JCU Library borrowers.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Changes to the JCU wireless network

Central Computing has announced changes to the JCU wireless network setup. In 2012, existing JCU wireless users will be required to switch from Walkabout to Eduroam. Walkabout will continue to be supported until 1 July 2012. However, as of Friday 20 January, Walkabout will be changed to non-broadcast mode to encourage JCU wireless users to switch to Eduroam. Please check out the recent Central Computing Bulletin for more information, and have a look at the Eduroam wireless setup instructions on the Computing Services webpage.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Featured eBooks: Study skills

Passing Your Weak Subjects: You Are Much Better Than You Think. Do you have a weak subject you just have to pass? Ideal for students of any subject, this highly accessible and practical study guide gives you quick and easy strategies to help you make decisive progress in the subjects you find difficult or uninteresting, leaving you free to concentrate on the subjects you love.





Student-Friendly Guide: Write Great Essays! This accessible and succinct guide will enable students to read and write effectively and efficiently--leading to grades that do justice to the work they put in. Practical hints and suggestions that really work are coupled with insights into academic writing, critical reading, and methods of presentation.






The Study Skills Guide: Essential Strategies for Smart Students. Successful high school students don't always have the right study skills to succeed in college. This book offers practical, proven ways of meeting the challenge of college learning. Aimed at college freshmen as well as high school students preparing for college, it offers tips and study approaches that make studying manageable, time-efficient, and enjoyable.





Wednesday, February 8, 2012

InfoHelp Tutorials and Orientation Sessions

Discover how to use email, find information for assignments and surf the web! InfoHelp Tutorials start next week and are free. All students are welcome to attend. See full details and session times for Townsville and Cairns. Workshops include:

Townsville:
  • Library Orientation Tours
  • Wireless Clinics
  • Getting Connected@ JCU: Hands on skills for JCU online 
  • Studying@JCU
  • Up and Running with LearnJCU
  • Top Ten Assignment Research Tips 
  • Finding Journal Articles
  • Referencing
  • EndNote.
Cairns:
  • Library Orientation Tours
  • Wireless Clinics
  • Getting Connected@ JCU: Hands on skills for JCU online 
  • Up and Running with LearnJCU
  • Top Ten Assignment Research Tips 
  • Finding Journal Articles
  • Referencing
  • EndNote.

Friday, February 3, 2012

EndNote Training in Cairns

By using the reference managing application EndNote you can:
  • Create your own personal library of references to articles, books and other materials you have collected during your research.
  • Select and insert in text citations from your library into a Word document
  • EndNote will create a listing at the end of the document in you chosen referencing style to create your reference list
  • Share your library or groups in your library with your co-authors
Content of workshop:
  • 2-3pm will be an introduction to the basics of EndNote
  • 3-4pm will be how to share libraries using EndNote web and a few quirks and workarounds to assist with more complex issues
Note: EndNote X5 is now loaded onto the GATCF computers, however please bring your laptop with EndNote loaded if you have one. There are 20 computers available in the room.

When: Tuesday, 7th February, 2-4 pm
Where: B1.104 in the Library

Please RSVP to me by COB, Monday 6th February.

Schedule for more EndNote workshops is available here.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Anthropology Online - Trial

Anthropology Online is a collection of written ethnographies, field notes, seminal texts, memoirs, and contemporary studies. These books and text resources complement Ethnographic Video Online (a service subscribed to by JCU) and would be integrated with it if JCU subscribes.

This trial is available until 6 March 2012. 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.

New Look for Library Web Site

The Library launches a refreshed home page on 6 February 2012.

The site has been redeveloped after consultation and testing with JCU students.

The home page uses less library terms  and has been designed to reflect four goals:

  1. Find knowledge and  academic resources (e.g. article, book or other library resource)
  2. Learn how to acquire an information skill (e.g. referencing)
  3. Connect to ICT resources and services (e.g.  mobiles )
  4. About the Library - who we are, what we do and how we can help you

The home page is your portal to library resources and services for learning, teaching and research.


A big thank you  to the students who participated in the usability testing and our ongoing thanks to all staff, students and community who provide comments, and suggestions!

Your comments and suggestions are welcome.  Please use the News and Suggestions button  to provide your feedback.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Phase Two Under Construction

Phase one of the Mabo Library redevelopment is complete and a number of our new features are now open - such as the new service desk, the new south entrance and the new Assistive Technologies lab. Now Phase Two has commenced! The result will be the new 24 hour Information Learning Commons and a suite of iLearning rooms.

Acoustic hoarding has been installed to minimise noise and dust; and the noisiest work will be done after hours when the Library isn't open. But there will be some noise. You are encouraged to go to the western side, top floor of the building to avoid the most noise.

Progress updates will be posted on the website

Thank you for your patience.

Heather Gordon
Director, Library & Information Services
Deputy Head, University Services Division
Eddie Koiki Mabo Library
James Cook University
Angus Smith Drive, Douglas, QLD 4811