Thursday, May 30, 2013

Improvements made since the 2012 Library Client Survey: You Said It, We Did It

The  2012 Library Client Survey has allowed the library to respond to our clients desires and needs (that's you students and without you there is just a big empty building).

A short summary below. A full version click here.

You said: More computers, laptop facilities (power), and wireless access!

We did:
Mabo Library Townsville
  • Designated laptop bar
  • 188 additional power points
  • 30 more wireless access points
  • A total of 212 computers (PCs and Macs) 
  • 24 hour access to computers and other facilities in the Information Commons Library
Cairns Library
  • Added more power points for a total of 277
  • 13 more wireless access points
  • Now have a total of 147 computers
You Said: More quiet places in the Library to study and more places in the Library to work in groups!

We did: 
Zoned the Library floors in Cairns and Townsville with
  • Collaboration zone - ground floor designated for conversation, interaction among individuals and groups
  • Quiet study –first floor designated for quiet conversations and interactions including group work and individual study.
  • Silent study – second floor designated for silent study and reflection primarily by individuals
  • New online room booking system will be available for students before end of semester 1, 2013
You Said:  Information resources that meet learning and research needs including online and print based resources!

We did:
  • More than 50,000 new ebooks have been added to the collection for a total of 190,704 titles available in 2013
  • More than 5,000 streaming videos are available
  • Now borrow more books for longer periods of time
  • Free postage for the delivery and return of JCU Library books to JCU students residing in Australia who live further than 50 kilometres from either the JCU Townsville or Cairns Campuses.

Library web site outage 7-8am Friday 31st May

ITR has advised the JCU community that upgrade maintenance work would affect a number of JCU sub sites - including the Library and Computing  site - for approximately one hour between 7.00 am and 8.00 am on Friday 31st May.

All other library services will be normal including:
We have been made aware of occasional availability problems with Content Management System the Library and Computing web site - it's worth remembering that the above links are also listed permanently on libserver, an ancillary server we use for some services, when the main site is unresponsive.
Details of the outage from ITR

Monday, May 27, 2013

Reconciliation Week

May 27th to June 3rd is Reconciliation Week which aims at improving relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, reconciling their shared history and improving their futures together as Australians. To read more about Reconciliation go to Reconciliation Australia website and also look at JCU's Reconciliation Statement.

 JCU will sign a commitment to creating a Reconciliation Action Plan on Monday the 27th of May. The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library at Townsville has an art exhibition during this period that commemorates the naming of the building after Eddie Koiki Mabo (see our earlier posting).

For those seeking information about Indigenous topics and perspectives the library holds many resources or can help direct you to resources like the Australian Bureau of Statistics items; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples:  Education Data.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

VPN Changes reinstate Library Alerting Services & Table of Contents Service Links Remotely

ITR have made available alternative VPN configurations so that it is possible to view Library subscription material with the same access as if you were on campus - without requiring EZproxy translations.

The old VPN (up to 2013) forced all your internet requests through JCU's network so web services acted as if you were on campus. The new VPN uses GlobalProtect and its default configuration only forces internet traffic through the JCU network if the resource you're accessing is hosted within our network (e.g. network drives, intranets etc). For resources outside the jcu.edu.au domain GlobalProtect routes requests through your ISP.

This is more efficient for many web requests - but ot means some services (like alerting services from publishers and table of contents email from journals) have links that go direct to the resources so the provider cannot tell that you are part of the JCU community.

To overcome this issue you can now change the portal GlobalProtect uses from tvl-portal.jcu.edu.au to tvl-portal-all.jcu.edu.au as shown below:

The portal setting used to force all internet traffic through the JCU network
The portal setting used to force all internet traffic through the JCU network

Full instructions for settng up VPN access

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Find a free lab computer in Townsville or Cairns

You can check to see which GATCF labs are busy using the 'Find a Free Computer' links on the GATCF page of our web site.
GATCF Web page screen capture

You see the current status (percentage of use, total number of computers, number of computers currently being used) for every GATCF lab on the Cairns and Townsville campuses.
There even maps showing which computers are available so you can scrape of that bit of chewy you left there last time - or find a window seat or whatever your preferences are!

Introducing JSTOR global plants database

The largest of its kind, Global Plants is a community-contributed database that features more than two million high resolution plant type specimen images from the collections of hundreds of herbaria around the world. Database  records are authoritative, and include complementary material such as paintings, photographs and the correspondence of explorers who originally discovered and collected various species.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Libserver system maintenance 6-9am Friday 17th May: some services affected

Edit: Libserver returned to normal service at 7:23am AEST

Libserver will be unavailable for up to 3 hours this Friday morning. Services affected include:
We apologise for any inconvenience.

Reminder: Mabo Day art exhibition


Each year the James Cook University hosts an exhibition by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to celebrate the official naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and the official launch of the University’s Reconciliation Statement on 21 May 2008. 

Nationally significant dates that occur during the exhibition include Reconciliation Week (May 27th to June 3rd), National Sorry Day (May 26th) and Mabo Day (June 3rd).

This year, Eddie Koiki Mabo Library is proud to present an exhibition of the works of

Aicey Zaro

Kara Uteb, Kara Nerkep
My Home, My Heart 
(May 21st - June 10th)

The exhibition will be held on the ground floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, and is open to the public during Library opening hours

Aicey’s artworks and other items from his gallery will be available for purchase. 



Aicey Zaro was born in Ayr, North Queensland. His mother is an Aboriginal descendant of the Birri Gubba – Juru (the traditional people of the Burdekin area, North Queensland). His father is from Murray Island (Mer) in the Torres Straits, which is the northern-most part of Queensland situated between the tip of Cape York Peninsula, Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Aicey has always loved to draw and paint, and over the years he has created his own unique style. With his Aboriginal and islander heritage Aicey has created a diverse range of art pieces in various media, including hand-painted silks, acrylic painting, hand-painted ceramics, hand-painted jewellery, and public murals. You can find Aicey's murals in Ayr, Home Hill, Giru (in the Burdekin district), Mackay and Sydney. His artworks reflect his love for the flora and fauna of the land and sea of Australia, which God has richly blessed.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Choose your Mabo Library study space

In 2012 the library undertook a university-wide survey in regard to library products and services.
Two survey findings were students wanted more silent spaces to study in, and more group study space. In response, the Townsville Mabo Library has made the following changes to the library layout:
  • The ground floor is the collaboration floor – for group work. The floor is fitted out with computers, power and wireless available for laptop use, group discussion tables, and whiteboards.
  • The ground floor iLearning rooms – are available for group study when classes aren’t in session.
  • The first floor is for quiet study – for group work and individual study. The floor is fitted out with computers, wireless and power for laptop use, and has a mix of group study tables and individual spaces.
  • The second floor is for silent and individual study. The desks are designed for individual use. The protocol for this level is that conversations should be study related, and conducted in whispered voices.
Ask InfoHelp staff on the ground floor for advice on the best area for group discussion, silent study, or individual space.

Check out the Mabo Library opening hours to plan your study.

Improve your academic writing

They say, I say: The moves that matter in academic writing. This book demystifies academic writing by identifying its key rhetorical moves, the most important of which is to summarize what others have said ("they say") to set up one's own argument ("I say"). The book also provides templates to help students make these key moves in their own writing. This version includes readings that demonstrate those moves—and provide stimulating conversations for them to enter.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Recent Australian DVD releases

Mental
A charismatic, crazy hothead transforms a family's life when she becomes the nanny of five girls whose mother has cracked from her husband's political ambitions and his infidelity.

The Sapphires
It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.







Redfern now
The series tells the powerful stories of six inner city households whose lives are changed by a seemingly insignificant incident.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Date claimer: Mabo Day art exhibition


Each year the James Cook University hosts an exhibition by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to celebrate the official naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and the official launch of the University’s Reconciliation Statement on 21 May 2008. 

Nationally significant dates that occur during the exhibition include Reconciliation Week (May 27th to June 3rd), National Sorry Day (May 26th) and Mabo Day (June 3rd).

This year, Eddie Koiki Mabo Library is proud to present an exhibition of the works of

Aicey Zaro

Kara Uteb, Kara Nerkep
My Home, My Heart 
(May 21st - June 10th)

The exhibition will be held on the ground floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, and is open to the public during Library opening hours

Aicey’s artworks and other items from his gallery will be available for purchase. 



Aicey Zaro was born in Ayr, North Queensland. His mother is an Aboriginal descendant of the Birri Gubba – Juru (the traditional people of the Burdekin area, North Queensland). His father is from Murray Island (Mer) in the Torres Straits, which is the northern-most part of Queensland situated between the tip of Cape York Peninsula, Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Aicey has always loved to draw and paint, and over the years he has created his own unique style. With his aboriginal and islander heritage Aicey has created a diverse range of art pieces in various media, including hand-painted silks, acrylic painting, hand-painted ceramics, hand-painted jewellery, and public murals. You can find Aicey's murals in Ayr, Home Hill, Giru (in the Burdekin district), Mackay and Sydney. His artworks reflect his love for the flora and fauna of the land and sea of Australia, which God has richly blessed.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Special Collections Fossickings 21: What price sea views? History of the Cairns Base Hospital.

When a friend was transferred to Townsville from the Cairns hospital, she was grateful for the treatment but sorely missed her Trinity Bay views – Mount Stuart just didn’t cut it! For, compared with Townsville Hospital’s nomadic history, the Cairns hospital has led a far more sedentary life, unable or unwilling to tear itself away from its seafront setting.

The hospital’s modest beginnings in 1878, two years after settlement, were not unlike those in Townsville 12 years earlier - just a few small rooms on the Esplanade between Shield and Aplin Streets. Nonetheless, Cairns citizens must have been glad to have had any kind of hospital for, until then, the nearest was a sea-voyage away at Port Douglas.

Within six years this humble building was replaced by something larger constructed a few blocks further north, on the site which was to become the hospital’s permanent home. While the appealing views of the foreshore and waters of Trinity Bay were doubtless considered to be aesthetically stimulating, the hospital’s proximity to mangrove and paperbark swamps was far from health-giving.  Perhaps this gave impetus to the research of medical officer Edward Koch into the causes and treatment of tropical fevers. His name lives on in the Edward Koch Foundation, closely associated with JCU’s Cairns campus. Koch rightly made the connection between the fevers and the mosquitoes of the surrounding swamps, even developing an effective quinine-based medicine. Grateful citizens erected a memorial to him on the corner of Abbott and Spence Streets, in 1903, moving it to Anzac Memorial Park in the 1970s. Unlike Koch’s memorial, the hospital stayed put.

Cairns District Hospital in the 1930s, NQ Photographic Collection ID 1609, Wilson Album
Elevated on stumps, the second hospital building was constructed of timber in the Queensland bungalow style with wide verandahs, although some serious shortcomings meant that its office often doubled as an operating theatre. By 1912 a grander building, which became known as the Cairns District Hospital, was opened on the same site and, with various additions and extensions, survived for another 50 years. Today the Cairns Base Hospital is a large modern facility still on the site selected nearly 130 years ago. Although the mangrove swamps, or what remains of them, would be of little concern today, the location still exposes the hospital to the possibility of cyclonic storm surge or tsunami and remains controversial. Evacuation was considered, but avoided, as Cyclone Larry threatened in 2006 and went into force 5 years later with the approach of Yasi.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Screenrights Audit


JCU has been selected as one of eleven universities to participate in the 2012-13 Screenrights television and radio survey. The survey will take place over six weeks from 15 April to 26 May 2013.

Under the University’s Screenrights licence, staff are allowed to copy and communicate (make available online and/or via email) programs broadcast on free to air TV, cable and satellite TV and radio. The purpose of the survey is to collect information to enable payment to be made to copyright owners for use of their work.

The following Schools have been selected to participate in the survey:
Arts and Social Sciences
Business
Creative Arts
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Education
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Law

During the survey period you will be asked to indicate whether you have made or communicated (via email or making available online, eg in LearnJCU, etc) any copies of television or radio broadcasts for educational (teaching) purposes. You will do this through the Nielsen online survey system. Once a fortnight during the survey period you will receive an email containing a link to your survey account. Clicking on the link will take you into the system, where you will be asked a couple of quick questions on your copying and communication activity. If you haven’t copied or communicated any programs the survey will take less than a minute each fortnight. If you have made or communicated copies you will be asked to provide some quick details about the program(s) so that payment can be made to the copyright owner(s).   

The survey is compulsory and you will have received your first email from the Nielsen Survey Team on 29 April, covering activity in the first two weeks of the survey period.  You will receive in total 3 emails to cover the 6 week reporting period.  If you miss a reporting period, Nielsen will send you a reminder email.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

Director of Library & Information Services
JCU Copyright Officer