Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Befriend a Rover for help

Have you found yourself needing help but it seems like a Bear Grylls moment to get to the InfoHelp counter. What you need is a Library Rover.

To better serve library users at their point of need, the Library has Library Rovers. Library Rovers will rove through the Library building during the semester period, and can be identified by their stylish JCU Library Rover shirts. At Townsville they can be found on the middle floor at a station that they will rove from.

Library Rovers are JCU students who can 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.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Expression of interest: JCU undergraduate student representative

Are you a JCU undergraduate student interested in your JCU Library?
Can you attend 3 meetings per year?
If so, complete the online form: Library Advisory Committee Student Representative Expression of Interest by 5pm on Friday 8 March 2013.

The Library Advisory Committee is an advisory committee to the Director, Library and Information Services and provides a forum for open discussion of matters relating to the Library and its services to the University community.

TESTIMONIAL – From the JCU Undergraduate Student Representative 2011-2012

“Serving on the Library Advisory Committee gave me an insight into how a professional organisation plans, coordinates and considers its budget and responsibilities. Completing your degree is one thing but being part of this kind of committee is supplementary, offering experience of professional negotiations and conduct. Additionally the library is the central cog in university life which all students will use one way or another. So having insight into your own library and having the opportunity to raise any relevant questions or issues from a student perspective is an excellent way of becoming part of the wider university community. The Library Advisory Committee is not a huge commitment only meeting three times a year but it is an excellent supplement to any undergraduate’s experience.” 

Any questions, contact Carolyn Tredrea, Committee Secretary.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Special Collections Fossickings 17: Dancing with death: the plague epidemic of 1900

Have you ever had Ross River fever? Do you worry about dengue? Living in the tropics can be a hazardous business. Back in 1900 a more sinister disease was about to arrive in the north …. bubonic plague. Contrary to popular opinion, plague is not a disease of the distant past and the 1900 outbreak, though serious, was not to be the last. Ian Townsend’s 2005 novel, “Affection” – held in the North Queensland collection – presents a colourful account of the Townsville outbreak and the mood of its citizens over a century ago.

Photo of plaque in The Rocks, Sydney -  “The plague made landfall in Sydney in January 1900”.  Photographer: Liz Downes

A blue plaque on a Sydney wall denotes the site of the first case of plague in January 1900. Eradication attempts reduced hundreds of houses in The Rocks to rubble, but inevitably the infection spread up the coast on ships carrying flea-infested rats. In April, when the vessel “Cintra” arrived in Townsville with a suspected plague victim among its crew, all on board were quarantined on Magnetic Island’s West Point.
Townsville Harbour 1905, NQ Photographic Collection ID 8, Coates Album -
“The plague was spread from port to port by ships carrying flea-infested rats”

While Townsville’s medical officer Dr Humphrys confirmed the diagnosis in the unfortunate crew member, the quarantine station’s doctor maintained it was typhoid. And although Brisbane specialist, Alfred Jefferis Turner, supported Dr Humphrys, dispute and disagreement persisted. For political, economic and personal reasons many refused to accept the presence of plague, often fearing the isolation from family which quarantine required. While only 37 cases of plague were officially recorded, the real numbers may have reached 300, as many went unreported. The unsuitability of West Point’s quarantine facility soon became evident and tents for plague victims were erected at Three Mile Creek. It was not until 1916 that the Cape Pallarenda station was built.

Sporadic plague outbreaks recurred in the north until 1909, but the next (and last) major outbreak was not until 1921, when three fatalities occurred in Townsville. Ian Townsend’s novel owes much to Christina Amiet’s 1995 Honours thesis “The second angel: plague in North Queensland 1900-1922” which is held in the thesis collection.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

eduroam (with a lowercase e) wireless network

If you have just returned from holidays and can't join the eduroam wireless network on campus, you may need to reinstall the settings. Over the semester break some adjustments were made to the log in steps and students now sign in with their email as the username firstname.lastname@my.jcu.edu.au, staff would use their work email.

Many of you will also be using Windows 8 so the IT staff have kindly placed these steps on the web alongside all of the major operating systems. These steps are located on the Getting Connected to Wireless page and the for phones and tablets at Wireless Setup -Mobile devices. And if you have further trouble you can either visit the Library at Cairns and Townsville and ask the staff at InfoHelp desk for help. If you needed further IT support they can refer you to the IT staff or you can contact IT via the Self Service Portal.

Cairns and now Townsville library have printed  instructions on how to join that are laminated and placed for reuse around each respective buildings.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Library Oweek tours and workshops

Discover how to get your mobile device connected to the wireless network, develop a search strategy to find information for your assignments, find scholarly journal articles, and much, much more.

InfoHelp tutorials start in Oweek week and are free! All students are welcome to attend. Go to the Library's Workshops webpage for details of Cairns and Townsville workshops, and  Orientation Programs for details regarding Library tours and other campus orientation events. Library Oweek activities include:
  • Library orientation tours
  • Go wireless clinics
  • Top ten assignment research tips
  • SOS! Secrets of searching
  • Getting connected@JCU
  • Up and running with LearnJCU.
Good luck with your studies!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

New title by JCU author

Prof. Robert Dixon
Basic linguistic theory. Vol 3, Further grammatical topics 

This book provides a fundamental characterization of the nature of human languages and a comprehensive guide to their description and analysis. In crystal-clear prose, Prof. Dixon describes how to go about doing linguistics. He show how grammatical structures and rules may be worked out on the basis of inductive generalisations, and explains the steps by which an attested grammar and lexicon can built up from observed utterances.

This book is available in eBook format at JCU Library.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Upcoming EndNote workshops

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.

Townsville (no bookings required)
  • Mon 11 Feb from 2pm – 3.30pm in building 25, room 002
  • Tues 12 Feb from 11am – 12.30pm in building 25, room 002
  • Wed 13 Feb from 10.30am – 12.00 noon in building 25, room 002
Cairns (please book your place at this workshop)
  • Wed 13 Feb from 10am - 11.30am in B1.104
These 1.5 hour sessions go into more depth and are recommended for postgraduate students and academics.