Monday, August 27, 2012

EndNote training

With the computer program EndNote, you can create a personal library of references to articles, books and other materials you have collected during your research. References from your library can be inserted into a word document. EndNote will create an in-text citation for the reference and the reference list entry at the end of the document in whatever style of referencing you are required to use.

Check out the Townsville and Cairns Libraries workshops web pages for upcoming EndNote training sessions.

Featured eBooks: Social sciences

Community co-production: Social enterprise in remote and rural communities. Governments around the globe are promoting co-production and community social enterprise as policy strategies to address the need for local, 21st century service provision - but can small communities engage spontaneously in social enterprise and what is the true potential for citizens to produce services? This book addresses a clutch of contemporary societal challenges including: aging demography and the consequent need for extended care in communities; public service provision in an era of retrenching welfare and global financial crises; service provision to rural communities that are increasingly 'hollowed out' through lack of working age people; and, how best to engender the development of community social enterprise organizations capable of providing high quality, accessible services.

Liars and outliers: Enabling the trust that society needs to thrive. How does society function when you can't trust everyone? When we think about trust, we naturally think about personal relationships or bank vaults. That's too narrow. Trust is much broader, and much more important. Nothing in society works without trust. It's the foundation of communities, commerce, democracy-everything. In this insightful and entertaining book, Schneier weaves together ideas from across the social and biological sciences to explain how society induces trust. He shows how trust works and fails in social settings, communities, organizations, countries, and the world.

Gendered lives: Gender inequalities in production and reproduction. This meticulous book examines how gender inequalities in contemporary societies are changing and how further changes towards greater gender equality might be achieved. The focus of the book is on inequalities in production and reproductive activities, as played out over time and in specific contexts. It examines the different forms that gendered lives take in the household and the workplace, and explores how gender equalities may be promoted in a changing world. Gendered Lives offers many novel and sometimes unexpected findings that contribute to new understandings of not only the causes of gender inequalities, but also the ongoing implications for economic well-being and societal integration. This topical and interdisciplinary study by leading researchers in the field will appeal to course leaders, researchers and postgraduate students in sociology, economics, public policy, demography and human geography.

The big society debate: A new agenda for social policy? The contributors to this detailed and concise book collectively raise questions about the novelty of the Big Society Agenda, its ideological underpinnings, and challenges it poses for policymakers and practitioners. The book is divided into two sections, history and policy, which together provide readers with a historically grounded, internationally informed, and multidisciplinary analysis of the Big Society policies. The introduction and conclusion tie the strands together, providing a coherent analysis of the key issues in both sections.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Special Collections Fossickings 9: St Anne’s goes to Ravenswood

When the Cathedral School of Townsville held its annual reunion in July this year, the activities included a trip to Ravenswood to mark the 70th anniversary of the School’s relocation to this old mining town.
The Second World War was at its height in 1942 and Townsville was not only under threat of air attack and possible invasion by Japanese forces but was being transformed by the influx of Australian and American troops. At the time St Anne’s School, as it was then known, was located on the site of the present City Hall, but war brought about the decision to evacuate the school to Ravenswood in February of that year, and the school premises were taken over by the military.

The war years were difficult for St Anne’s. Enrollments declined as widespread anxiety caused many families to leave Townsville, taking their daughters with them. Other students decided to forgo their education in favour of seeking jobs. But, for those who remained, the years at Ravenswood must have been quite an adventure. According to the school’s annual reports, held in the North Queensland collection, the whole of Ravenswood became their playground and bush picnics were occasional treats. Despite the loss of amenities enjoyed in Townsville the kindness of locals was much appreciated and the girls reciprocated by holding patriotic concerts in the town and joining in other Ravenswood activities. Early in 1945 St. Anne’s returned to Townsville and school life gradually returned to normal. A dormitory building at the school was later named “Ravenswood” in recognition of the years spent there.

Did you have a mother, aunty or grandma who was at St Anne’s during those years? Have you heard their Ravenswood stories?
Wilson's House in Ravenswood, Image courtesy of The Cathedral School of St Anne & St James

North Queensland Photographic Collection ID 9308, Cathedral School Album, “Old St Anne’s 1956”
The Walker Street school premises in Townsville, which was evacuated during the war and taken over by the military.



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Scheduled outage: Elsevier-Science Direct

Elsevier-Science Direct will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Saturday 25th August. As a result, Elsevier-Science Direct ejournals and ebooks may be unavailable between 10.30pm on Saturday 25th August, to 5pm on Sunday 26th August (Australia Eastern Standard Time).

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

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Special Collections Fossickings 8: Bill Baillie: his life and adventures

Bookplate and inscription from the item
Item from The Shaw Collection
Do you have a book treasured from childhood, perhaps handed down within your family?

On opening the Special Collections copy of this enchanting book we find the words “Ella from Aunt Bish! Christmas 1911”. Lucky Ella to have received such a much-loved, but today largely forgotten, story. And how lucky for us that this copy was so well cared for and now forms part of the Shaw Collection.

Bill Baillie was the name bestowed on a minute, hairless and helpless infant given to the flower-hunter Ellis Rowan, who featured in a recent Fossickings post, while she was in Western Australia. Bill turned out to be a “bilboa” or – as we now know it – a bilby. At the time (1906) the species was still present in much of inland Australia though it was a sad portent of things to come that Bill’s mother had been killed in a trap.

Despite all indications to the contrary Bill thrived in the care of this equally fragile-looking but resilient woman and an extraordinary bond developed between them. They became inseparable as Bill joined Ellis, renamed Tabitha in this story, on her travels, moving with ease from miners’ camps and outback pubs to the high society of Adelaide and Melbourne. Increasingly Ellis’s invitations to social events specifically included Bill.
Illustration of "Bill" by Jack Sommers, p70.

Illustration of "Bill" by Jack Sommers, p38.
The mischievous adventures of “our hero” provide both high drama and rich comedy – as Ellis puts it, “when Bill looked for trouble it was noticeable that other people generally found it” – and the descriptions of a bygone Australia will entertain adults as well as children. But, a warning, you will need tissues for the final chapter.

First published in 1908, a school edition was produced in 1948 but since then has, astonishingly, been out of print and is now very hard to obtain. This book deserves a place with other classics of Australian children’s literature and is crying out for re-issue. It might even advance the cause of conservation for this now endangered species.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Upcoming InfoHelp tutorials

Upcoming training includes:

Townsville:
  • Introduction to EndNote
  • Using references.
See semester training timetable for details.

Cairns:
  • EndNote
  • Finding journal articles
  • Referencing.
See the Cairns workshops webpage for details.

Monday, August 13, 2012

2012 Library Client Survey results now available

You told us, we listened and are now identifying actions to take to improve.

In May 2012, Library and Information Services ran the JCU Library Client Satisfaction Survey. More than 3,521 people took the opportunity to tell us what they think about their Library, and 1,295 people took the time to provide written comments. For the first time we asked about research behaviours and how clients seek information. 2,818 people told us about their preferences and it is encouraging to note that overall 68% of respondents research a topic by looking for items in the Library database/ejournal collections. This was closely followed by using Google or another search engine to find relevant resources.

The survey results help Library and Information Services staff to identify what services and resources are most important to clients, how we are performing in the delivery of these services and resources, and identify priority areas for improvement. The overall performance score for 2012 increased to 77.7%.

We thank you for your feedback and input into this important benchmarking and continuous improvement exercise. A summary of the results and the full statistical results are available from the Library and Computer website, under Client Surveys.

JCU exhibition celebrates life drawing

Professor Gadek, will open That’s Life!, an exhibition celebrating 16 years of life drawing classes at JCU, on Friday, August 17 at 4.30pm at the Cairns JCU Library. The exhibition of work by artists who have attended the classes runs from August 13 to September 23.

Life Drawing Co-Ordinator Margaret Genever said the Life Drawing workshop was established primarily to cater to the needs of JCU visual arts students, but also engaged with local artists. “The workshop is often visited by artists from around the world and other parts of Australia, and there are over 100 artists on the current life drawing email list,” she said. “The drawings in the exhibition represent a small fraction of the number of artists who have attended over the years. The works are in a wide range of mediums, starting with the not so humble pencil.”

The Life Drawing at JCU Cairns Open Workshop is at the School of Creative Arts, Building A4, Room 026/027, Tuesdays 6.30-9pm, and the second Sunday each month 9am-4pm (single pose day). All welcome, no need to book. Workshops include model, music, easels and boards, drawing discussion and reviews. Please bring your own drawing or painting materials, paper and clips. Fee $10 Tuesdays, $15 if fewer than five people, and $35 for Sundays.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Scheduled outage: ProQuest

ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Sunday 19th August. As a result, all ProQuest databases platforms may be unavailable for a period of approx 12 hours (from 12noon on Sunday 19th August to 12am on Monday 20th August Australia Eastern Standard Time).

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

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Special Collections Fossickings 7: Women of Flowers 2. Vera Scarth-Johnson 1912-1999.

Have you ever been to Cooktown? And if so did you visit Nature’s Powerhouse in the botanical gardens to see the flower paintings?

In one of life’s coincidences botanical artist Vera Scarth-Johnson grew up close to the Yorkshire home of Captain Cook, and spent the last decades of her life in the town named after him. 
Item from the North Queensland Collection

Published posthumously National Treasures: the flowering plants of Cooktown and Northern Australia contains nearly 150 of Vera’s exquisite and botanically accurate paintings. Perhaps it was serendipitous that, unable as a woman to find employment in her chosen field of horticulture, she developed another significant talent by attending art college.

In 1947, still intent on horticulture, Vera migrated to Australia. Becoming only the second woman to receive a cane assignment (near Bundaberg) she nonetheless continued developing her skills as a botanical artist and collector. She began contributing botanical specimens and illustrations to herbaria in Australia and overseas, with 1700 specimens contributed to the Queensland herbarium alone.
The same book opened at pages 54 - 55.

In 1972, aged 60, she moved to Cooktown and began painting the flowers of the Endeavour Valley. The botanical richness of the area enraptured her and she became a passionate defender of its beauty and flora. Working with Aboriginal communities she searched for, illustrated and identified hundreds of plants, recording their Aboriginal, as well their scientific and English, names. In 1989 she donated her paintings to the people of Cooktown where they are housed in the Nature’s Powerhouse centre she helped establish.

The title of this lovely book is surely appropriate for, through her talent, endeavour, passion and generosity, she undoubtedly became a national treasure herself.