Saturday, 30 March 2013

Easter 2013

JCU Library staff hope you all have a relaxing but productive Easter long weekend break.

 Here are our opening hours:
Easter Friday 29 March
Easter Saturday 30 March
Easter Sunday 31 March
Easter Monday 1 April

Readings related to the history of Easter and it's tradition. This caught my eye for online reading.So don't forget we have online resources if you can't make it in.
The Celtic and Roman Traditions [electronic resource]: Conflict and Consensus in the Early Medieval Church

Some suggested items for leisure are held in our film collection on DVD. 
  1. My favourite rabbit costumed character is Frank in Donnie Darko. Not a movie for the children or even Easter
  2. Chariots and references to Jesus Christ related subject matter with Charlton Heston in Ben Hur

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Upcoming InfoHelp workshops

Upcoming Library training for Cairns and Townsville campuses includes:
  • EndNote
  • Referencing
  • SOS! Secrets of searching.
Find out more on the Cairns and Townsville workshops webpages.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Special Collections Fossickings 19: Calm after the storm: community reflections on disaster

“Then there was silence
The fate of nature
The terror of the storm was revealed”
Terrifying as a cyclone can be at its peak, the aftermath can be even harder to endure – the first moments of seeing the extent of the damage, and the weeks or months of reliving the nightmares while dealing with the consequences. In recent years North Queenslanders have found that telling their stories in words or pictures can be a powerful path to recovery. The lines above were written by 9-year-old Sinead Cristaudo and appeared in “Cyclone Larry: tales of survival” – a book published exclusively to allow children to express their emotions and provide their personal record of events. A separate community venture, “Taken by storm”, gave a voice to many of the adults who had endured the wrath of Larry, from Mission Beach to the Tablelands.  Adrianne Smith writes:
When Cyclone Larry passed
There was silence
Between lost sound systems and generators,
When no one moved or spoke…

Just five years later Maureen Clifford was writing in “The True Spirit of Yasi
Slowly people start emerging – shell shocked survivors – disbelief
Plainly written on their faces, many tears but great relief

In “Cyclone Yasi: our stories”, Cardwell school children created a collage of words and phrases to cover the four stages of the storm: Before, During, After and Now.
Together these four books, all held in the North Queensland Collection, preserve far more than the bare statistics of economic loss and structural damage. They present the thoughts and feelings of a community, of how people responded to disaster and how they learned to recover. They also indicate how giving children and adults the opportunity to talk or write about such traumatic experiences can help to calm – as one writer puts it – “the cyclone of our mind.”

Story by Miniata

JoVE: Journal of visualized experiments

JCU Library has subscribed to JoVE - a new resource that is a cross between a journal and a video streaming service. JoVE is a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format.

JoVE uses video technology to capture the intricacies of life science research. Visualization greatly facilitates the understanding and efficient reproduction of both basic and complex experimental techniques, and so addresses two of the biggest challenges faced by today's life science research community:
i) low transparency and poor reproducibility of biological experiments, and
ii) time and labor-intensive nature of learning new experimental techniques.

JoVE can be accessed via the JCU Library catalogue.

Check out the short video to find out more about JoVE.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Happy Pi Day

ascii_pi by Jorel314
On 14th March (or using USA date style - 3/14) we celebrate everybody’s favorite transcendental number Pi (symbolised by the Greek letter π). Pi = 3.1415926535… , and is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi has been worked out to more than 200,000,000,000 digits past the decimal, but as it is an irrational and transcendental number it's exact value can't be calculated. Find out more about Pi on the Pi Credo Topic Page.

The 14th March is also noteworthy as it is Albert Einstein's birthday. Happy birthday Albert!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Reserve online and Readings & Past Exams

When lecturers place readings online for students to access, the loading of these readings is done by the Library staff. JCU staff should go to this Reserve Online link to read more. The readings are normally accessible from links inside your LearnJCU/Blackboard site. However they should also be available from the Readings and Past Exam link on the Library homepage (this was titled Reserve Online until very recently so some people may still call it this out of habit).

If you can not open your readings from LearnJCU or Readings and Past Exams some things you can do are: 
  • Check you are using Firefox as Internet Explorer often does not open articles inside LearnJCU
  • Clear your web browser history or cache
  • You may need to update a plug in  to view it
  • Ask a friend who has already downloaded it to email it to you
  • Report it by email to which is the Library email account
Be aware that Reserve Online readings are affected by clash management software. If a message appears that says too many people are accessing this reading, try again later. This ensures JCU complies with Australian copyright legislation.

ALWAYS contact the Library and see if we can help you.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Special Collections Fossickings 18: A question of quarantine

Our previous Fossickings post about Townsville’s 1900 plague outbreak prompted a reader’s question about what other diseases might have been treated in quarantine.  Typhoid was possibly the most common and James Porter’s “Discovering Magnetic Island” describes how individuals arriving on immigrant ships, and suspected of carrying typhoid or other diseases, were taken to Magnetic Island. In the very early days patients were left in the care of the Butler family – the first white settlers on the island.  Harry Butler and his sons would care for male patients at the western end of Picnic Bay while his wife and daughters looked after girls and women at the Hawkins Point end. In 1875 an official quarantine station was built at West Point and, at the time of the 1900 plague outbreak, was housing leprosy patients and some Pacific Islanders suffering from measles. As described in the earlier post, the first mainland quarantine facility, which housed plague victims in tents, was at Three Mile Creek. It seems that both the West Point and Three Mile Creek facilities remained in use until 1915-16, when the quarantine station at Cape Pallarenda was built, using material from the old West Point station.
The original route to the quarantine station was further inland, this photo shows the later construction of the coast road. North Queensland Photographic Collection ID 4323, T'ville Albums.
Cape Pallarenda continued to house infected crew and passengers of ships arriving in port, including a large number of smallpox cases from one ship. In 1918 thirteen Vietnamese meningitis victims were buried at the station, where their graves remain to this day. The final plague outbreak in the city occurred in 1921 with nine reported cases and four deaths. It is likely that at least some of these would have been treated at Cape Pallarenda.

Leprosy patients seem not to have been housed at any of the quarantine stations after 1907 when a leprosarium for all Queensland sufferers was established on Peel Island, in Moreton Bay. In 1940 Indigenous patients at Peel were moved north to Fantome Island. The leprosarium (or lazaret) on Fantome remained until 1973 and was the subject of a 2011 documentary film.

The Pallarenda quarantine station, which also served as an army hospital during World War 2 and the later Malay emergency, closed in 1973 and the following year became the first home of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. The land now forms part of Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park and the buildings accommodate Queensland National Parks staff and offices.

Story by Miniata

Monday, 4 March 2013

Featured eBooks: Disaster studies

Environmental hazards: Assessing risk and reducing disaster. The much expanded sixth edition of Environmental Hazards provides a fully up-to-date overview of all the extreme events that threaten people and what they value in the 21st century. It integrates cutting-edge material from the physical and social sciences to illustrate how natural and human systems interact to place communities of all sizes, and at all stages of economic development, at risk. It also explains in detail the various measures available to reduce the ongoing losses to life and property.

Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation. This report explores the challenge of understanding and managing the risks of climate extremes to advance climate change adaptation. Extreme weather and climate events, interacting with exposed and vulnerable human and natural systems, can lead to disasters. Changes in the frequency and severity of the physical events affect disaster risk, but so do the spatially diverse and temporally dynamic patterns of exposure and vulnerability. Some types of extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency or magnitude, but populations and assets at risk have also increased, with consequences for disaster risk. Opportunities for managing risks of weather- and climate-related disasters exist or can be developed at any scale, local to international. This report offers an invaluable assessment for anyone interested in climate extremes, environmental disasters and adaptation to climate change, including policymakers, the private sector and academic researchers.

The politics and policies of relief, aid and reconstruction: Contrasting approaches to disasters and emergencies. This book advances the political analysis of international disaster policies which have been mostly in the domain of other social sciences. Exploring the formation of this field of study, this collection analyses the most recent disaster events including the Haiti earthquake, the tsunami in the Pacific Ocean and the genocide in Rwanda and Former Yugoslavia. Broadly linked to constructivism and neo-institutionalism, this book also looks at the impact of these cooperation policies on the governance of the present global system.

Psychosocial capacity building in response to disasters. Disaster responders treat more than just the immediate emotional and psychological trauma of victims: they empower individuals and families to heal themselves long into a disaster's aftermath. This requires rebuilding the ability of survivors to meet their emotional and psychological needs, not only for themselves but also for others, and necessitates a careful consideration of survivors' social, economic, and political realities so healing and recovery can outlast the reverberations of disaster.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

LearnJCU & Reserve Online Update

Confrimation that ITR have completed the urgent IT work. From the bulletin at
ITR staff do not expect any further interruptions to services.
We thank the University Community for their understanding and patience this weekend.

Friday, 1 March 2013

LearnJCU & Reserve Online downtime Midnight Saturday 2nd March

To resolve as quickly as possible the problems experienced with LearnJCU this week ITR are moving the services to new infrastructure which means they will be inaccessible from 12am Saturday 2nd March (AEST).

Downtime will be at least 2 hours but could be as much as 12 hours depending on how smoothly the database move and service rebuild progresses. We have been advised that LearnJCU and Reserve Online will available some time in the morning of Sunday 3rd March.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience but hope the promise of much improved performance from LearnJCU after the infrastructure upgrade lessens the pain.

New title by JCU authors

Dr Nerina Caltabiano, Dr Marie Caltabiano, and Dr Agnes Au
Learning strategies, performance indicators and university student satisfaction: What can psychosocial variables tell us?

The research papers collected in this book are pioneering contributions to understanding what leads to student satisfaction in a university setting. The papers provide insights into:
  • Why students persevere with their studies,
  • Self-efficacy and coping styles that students engage in,
  • The role that locus of control, self-efficacy and trait hope play in student satisfaction,
  • Time management issues,
  • Study and employment management.
These investigations result in significant research findings and highlight some of the issues that confront students and what areas could be a focus to improve student satisfaction during their time at tertiary institutions.

This book is available at JCU Library on Townsville and Cairns campuses.