Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

Who would have believed that the world's favourite wizard is turning 33? We first met Harry in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when he was a small, bespectacled boy living in a cupboard under the stairs in the home of his awful aunt and uncle, completely unaware of his magical powers. We follow Harry to school at Hogwarts, and as the series continues, cheer him on in his increasingly dark adventures. The series reaches it’s end with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

If you would like to relive some of Harry Potter’s adventures, the entire series can be found in the library’s Curriculum Collection. If you feel like a challenge, we even hold some of the titles in French, German, Italian and Japanese.

Incidentally, Harry shares his birthday with his creator J. K. Rowling. She has been in the news recently after it was revealed that she is the author of mystery novel The Cuckoo’s Calling, recently published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

New! Info skills road trip

JCU Library has developed an interactive learning tool specifically for you - the Info Skills Road Trip! It provides an introduction to researching for your assignments. You will learn the basics of unpacking your assignment topic, finding sources, evaluating what you find and referencing to help you on your University journey. By the end of your journey you will have covered:
  • The library buildings on the different campuses (opening hours, and more)
  • How to contact your subject librarians
  • What resources you can access completely online
  • How to get library books without coming onto campus (Australian mainland only)
  • Identify which parts of the task are things you can research
  • Figure out what kind of information you need and choose where to look for that information
  • How to find resources for your assignments
  • Searching quicker and smarter
  • Evaluating the sources that you have found
  • What referencing is and why you MUST do it to avoid plagiarism
  • Where and how to reference.  
Happy travels!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Ask a Library Rover for help

Picture this, you are in the Cairns or Townsville Library buildings and you need help, but you aren't in a position to go downstairs to the InfoHelp desk. What you need is a Library Rover!

JCU Library has employed student Library Rovers to better serve you at your point of need. Library Rovers move throughout the building during the semester period, and can be identified by their stylish JCU Library Rover shirts.

Library Rovers are able to assist with a variety of issues:

First level IT assistance:
- Using Library computers
- Software applications
- JCU online services (webmail, wireless, eStudent, StudentsOnline and LearnJCU).

Basic assistance with Library services:
- Lending services
- Finding information resources
- Copying and printing services.

Monday, 22 July 2013

New Student Email Sevice

As you may be aware, during the semester break Microsoft upgraded the student email from LIVE@EDU to Office 365

Your email address will remain the same.

If you haven’t checked your JCU email while you have been on break and you use a web browser to access your email account please clear your Web Browser cookies and restart your web browser before trying to access your account, this will ensure that your browser will connect to the new service.

On most Web Browsers the cookie settings are under “Options”. If you are unsure how to clear cookies a quick Google or Bing search for “How do I clear my cookies in xxxxx (put the name of your web browser here eg Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE) and the version of that particular web browser that you are using (look under About this browser option at the top of your Web Browser page) will return sites that can provide you with this information.

If you continue having problems accessing your email account please visit the Infohelp desk in the Cairns & Townsville Library or for Singapore and Mackay students your local student services area (see information about Helpdesk Services at the end of this bulletin).

You can also contact the ITHelpdesk via email or phone 15500 (tvl) 21777 (Cns) and select option 1 .

Friday, 19 July 2013

Semester 2 Opening Hours

From the 29th of July we will begin Semester 2 Opening Hours. Hooray! This means we will be open from 8am Monday to Friday. We will close at 10:30pm Monday to Thursday and 6pm Friday. Weekend hours will be 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Special Collections Fossickings 26: From Buchanan’s and Bicycles to the Burdekin - a North Queensland business

Buchanan's famous iron lace was the work of Alfred Green's Foundry.  Carine Williams Album, NQ Photographic Collection ID 5006
Who remembers the splendid Buchanan’s Hotel that once occupied a prime site in Townsville’s CBD? Opened in 1903 it boasted cricketer Don Bradman and US President Johnson among its famous visitors, but its most memorable architectural feature was the fa├žade adorned by magnificently decorative iron panels. In their book, “A pattern of pubs”, Dorothy and Bruce Gibson-Wilde describe the verandahs as being “wreathed in some of Australia’s finest iron lace manufactured by Green’s Foundry in Townsville”. The loss of these panels in the fire which ravaged Buchanan’s in 1982 was mourned by the son and granddaughter of the man who had made them – Alfred James Green. The latter recalled her grandfather’s pride in the creation of the panels and of the columns which he had cast for the sumptuous verandah lounge of another famous local hostelry: Queen’s Hotel on the Strand.

But the story of Green’s Foundry has long outlasted Buchanan’s iron lace and the Queen’s Hotel columns. Originally occupying a site described as adjacent to the present Lowths bridge, and at first largely engaged in bicycle repairs, the firm was relocated in 1906 to Brandon, in the Burdekin, under the new name of Delta Iron Works. To this day the company thrives under the ownership and management of Alfred’s descendants, manufacturing and repairing machinery and providing engineering services for North Queensland agricultural and industrial concerns: a remarkable example of business success and stability, family involvement and commitment to the region.

In 1997 Keith Green donated archival papers, relating to Alfred Green’s enterprises, to Special Collections, where they are regarded as important source material for the history of development in North Queensland. Earlier this year volunteers, Jean and Alan Dartnall, began work on listing the Alfred Green archive and a subsequent, much larger donation of material from the ironworks – a  mammoth task considering that together the archives comprise nearly 200 cartons of correspondence, stock books, order books and accounts. Nonetheless the Dartnalls’ skillful work is slowly building a picture not only of the diversity of the business’s operations and the range of its clients (from far northern Queensland to southern states) but also what they describe as its “personality”.  References to unpaid accounts, sometimes resulting from hardship brought on by drought and cyclones, reflect the vicissitudes of running such a business in the late depression and early war years. But the war also brought increased work with the surge of troops and equipment into the north.

Special Collections volunteers, Dr Alan Dartnall and Jean Dartnall, who are currently working with the historical records of the Delta Iron Works company.
One reason for the firm’s survival through often tough and changing times must surely have been the dedication of its staff, as exemplified in a 1937 letter to a client.  “At the completion of this job”, wrote Mr Charles Green, “the workmen concerned had worked continuously and without sleep from Friday morning until Sunday morning”. Would that still happen in 2013?

Story by Miniata

Get ahead of your classmates - attend a Library workshop

Discover how to get your laptop connected to the wireless network, develop a search strategy, find journal articles, and much more. InfoHelp tutorials start in Oweek week. All students are welcome to attend. Go to the library's Workshops webpage for details of Cairns and Townsville workshops, and semester 2 Orientation Programs for details regarding Library tours. Oweek activities for Townsville and Cairns campus libraries include:
  • Library orientation tours
  • Getting connected@JCU
  • Top ten assignment research tips
  • Up and running with LearnJCU
  • Wireless clinics.
Good luck with your studies!

Beanbags now at Mabo Library

Responding to feedback, the Mabo Library has bought some big squishy beanbags for students to use while studying.
Find these guys scattered around the Mabo Library

Staff testing the new purchases have reported that they are "extremely comfy".

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Feature eBooks: Leadership

Leading teams: Tools and techniques for successful team leadership from the sports world. How do the sports world's most successful coaches instill their teams with esprit de corps, a collaborative mindset, and an unbeatable desire to win? More importantly, what can business leaders and managers learn from their example? This book answers these and a host of key questions about what it takes to be a successful leader in business or in sports.

The people manager's tool kit: A practical guide to getting the best from people. People who manage people face a number of challenges, from keeping workers engaged and performing at a high level to dealing with absenteeism and bad behaviour in the workplace. This book offers a suite of practical tools for optimising staff performance and dealing with a wide variety of "people issues." Avoiding all human resources jargon and complicated management theory, this straightforward how-to guide shows you practical everyday solutions to common problems.

The student leadership challenge: Five practices for exemplary leaders. This is a concise, focused primer on the 'Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership' for students, and uses examples and language to which students in higher education can relate. It also features reflective and critical thinking activities at the end of each chapter to help students engage in each of the Five Practices.

Untapped talent: Unleashing the power of the hidden workforce. This book will help executives and managers recognize and develop the hidden strengths in the professionals they lead and manage. It will introduce these strengths in ways that help them appreciate the untapped value/resource in this hidden workforce.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Mabo Library temporary closure

The Mabo Library building will be temporarily closed at the following time. This will only affect students that plan to use the 24/7 Information Commons.

Date: Sunday 14 July
Time: 7am - 5pm (approx.)
Purpose: To stabilise the building power supply

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Special Collections Fossickings 25: True crime 3 (2). The Boonjie Scrub murder - continued.

Malanda Hotel, one of the last places Kelly was seen, the day before leaving the district. Eacham Historical Society n.d., NQ Photographic Collection ID 14368
Kelly’s movements after the assumed date of Walter’s death (28/29th June) were slowly pieced together. Around 3pm on 29th a Boonjie farmer chatted briefly to Kelly whom he met riding towards Malanda. This, it later appeared, was the start of Kelly’s journey out of the district and possibly out of the State. Reports pieced together weeks later showed that on 30th June he made his way to the top of the Gillies highway where, abandoning his horse and swag, he hitched a ride on the back of a truck. Later that day he boiled his billy and ate a meagre meal with two residents of the Bungalow shanty town, then on the edge of Cairns, before walking towards the town. Next morning he returned, collected his bag from the fork of a tree, and headed south along the railway line. He was given a lift to Gordonvale and two days later was seen at the unemployment camp there before heading towards Aloomba, presumably to try ‘jumping’ a train south. All reports matched Kelly’s description regarding clothing, height, complexion, curly sandy-coloured hair and missing lower teeth. But the Gordonvale sighting was the last ever recorded of James Maurice Kelly.
It might have been a train like this that Kelly hoped to "jump", at nearby Aloomba.  Wilson Album, NQ Photographic Collection ID 1618
Two arrests were made in the following months. The first, in September, was in the English port of Gravesend when a recently-arrived crew member, Hubert Storey, was taken to be Kelly, but swiftly released. The following January, Gordon Franks, using the alias Kelly, apparently confessed to the murder on Thursday Island but on arrival in Cairns easily proved his innocence.

Was the likeable, good-natured Kelly capable of such a savage act? Could he have been provoked into murder by the irascible Walter? Had he acted in self-defence against his mate who owned the gun found in the hut? Was he, as some suggested, fleeing a third man – someone who had already killed Walter? With no known motive, no murder weapon and the disappearance of the chief suspect, it is small wonder that this crime became a source of fascination across the country.

Bill Johnston’s meticulous recreation of events, compiled from court records and newspaper reports, is packed with detail creating a prosaic but surprisingly intimate portrait of life in the scattered Tableland farms and communities on the brink of the Great Depression.

Story by Miniata

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Library Hours - mid year break 2013

JCU Libraries at Townsville and Cairns  are open during the following hours.

Saturday 22 June – Sunday 28 July 2013

Monday to Friday*  8.00am– 5.00pm

* Tuesday                8.00am– 9.00pm 

Saturday                  1.00pm– 5.00pm

Sunday                    Closed

For those who have no classes or work we hope you enjoy your break. For everyone else, be like my favourite children's book The Little Engine That Could and keep chugging along.

Opening hours are available online.

EndNote Training July 2013

The Library is conducting EndNote training and you are invited to attend.

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. In this workshop you will learn the basics of using EndNote X6.

EndNote X6 is available to download from the Library website – go to

Townsville (no bookings required)
·         Tues 9 Jul from 11am – 12.30pm  in 18.002A (iLearning1)
·         Wed 10 Jul from  11am – 12.30pm  in 18.002A (iLearning1)
·         Thurs 11 Jul from 11am – 12.30pm  in 18.002A (iLearning1)

Cairns (please book your place at this workshop)
·         Wed 10 July from 10-11.30am in B1.104
·         Thurs  11 July from 2-3:30pm in B1.104

These sessions are recommended for postgraduate students and academics.