Monday, 30 June 2014

New One Search Launched

Library & Information Services is pleased to announce that the new version of One Search is now live.
Based on comprehensive user studies and data analysis of hundreds of millions of searches the new interface provides new and enhanced features providing layers of contextual guidance including:
  • RWD for smooth operation on any screen size
  • Topic Explorer will automatically display definitions and encyclopaedic entries for popular search terms sourced from Library resources including Credo. Link to any relevant Libguides and related topics will display
  • Flexible Advanced Search Form
  • Automated Query Expansion translates common usage terms into their technical equivalents e.g a search for heart attack will draw in results for myocardial infarction while still giving the user the option to not use the suggested term
  • Content Spotlighting embeds structured search results for news and images inside the search results page
  • New Discipline facet can be used to limit results to a particular discipline
  • Recommendations for specialist databases
  • Non-research online resources from study skills to library opening hours
  • Endless scroll with embedded related search suggestions
  • Real-Time Reference Help Integration
  • Links to Scholar Profiles
Over the next few weeks we will be refining and adding configuration data to take full advantage of the increased search functionality available in the new version.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Library opening hours mid year until July 27th 2014

Cairns and Townsville Library mid year hours

Monday To Friday            8.00am– 5.00pm
*Tuesday                          8.00am– 9.00pm
Saturday                            1.00pm– 5.00pm
Sunday                              Closed

Townsville Show Holiday      Monday 30th of June           Townsville Library is closed.

Cairns Show Holiday           Friday 18th of July                 Cairns  Library is closed.

Townsville Show

This book is available online and in print
The Townsville Show is on again. Yes, there will be rides and show bags and also lots of agricultural displays. Did you know that agricultural shows have been part of Australian life since 1822? There are 587 agricultural shows in Australia. Approximately 5.9 million people visit these shows annually (QLD Chamber of Agricultural Societies).

Thursday, 19 June 2014

New health resource: ClinicalKey - Australian University Essentials

Move over, MD Consult, there's a new player in town!

ClinicalKey - Australian University Essentials is a new resource from Elsevier, one of the world's leading health and scientific publishers.  JCU Library's subscription gives students and staff members access to this large and comprehensive online service for finding clinical medical information.

ClinicalKey AUE brings together much of the current journal and book publishing of Elsevier, plus contents formerly found in MD Consult, Procedures Consult, and First Consult, along with Medline records, and information in an easy-to-use search engine.

Researchers, students, and staff can expect a huge number of quality sources for research and teaching, such as guidelines, procedures videos, point-of-care information, and systematic reviews - available both on and off-campus.

Find out more about ClinicalKey here.

Get straight into it here.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Psychological Experiments Online database trial

JCU Library is trialling a new Psychological Experiments Online database offered by Alexander Street Press. No logins are required while using this database on campus, however off campus users will be asked to authenticate with their jc username and password. This database is also available via the trial of online services webpage. It is on trial until 19 July 2014.
Psychological Experiments Online is a multimedia online resource that synthesizes the most important psychological experiments of the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection pairs 75 hours of audio and video recordings of the original experiments (when existent) with 40,000 pages of primary-source documents.
This database complements popular JCU Library subscribed databases Counseling and Therapy in Video vols 1-3, the Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy, and Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works. Don’t forget that Education in Video, Ethnographic Video Online, and World History in Video are also available via JCU Library subscribed databases.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Special Collections Fossickings 38: Keeping a balance - the Delta Ironworks ledgers

A ledger to be reckoned with from the Delta Iron Works Archive.  This one is constructed from wood, metal and paper and features a plush fabric cover.
An early Dutch word legger  (meaning “one who lies down”) or leggen (meaning “lay”) has given us the English word “ledger”. Today we probably only recognize this word as an old-fashioned term for “a book of accounts” or “a record of business transactions”. Or we might have heard the phrase “on the other side of the ledger” when someone is trying to present a balanced argument. Ledger also once described both a horizontal piece of timber, secured to bear the weight of scaffolding, stairs and floor timbers, and a large flat stone laid over a grave or tomb. However used, the word seems to carry with it a sense of weight, solemnity and importance.
The biggest ledger of all in the Delta Iron Works Archive, weighing in at over 10 kg.
Certainly the ledgers which Special Collections volunteers, Jean and Alan Dartnall, have uncovered in their work on the Delta Ironworks archive live up to this impression of weightiness and gravitas. Indeed  two or three together would be almost large enough, and heavy enough, to cover a small tomb. Their contents document over 60 years of the firm’s financial dealing from 1909 to the 1970s when pen and paper yielded to electronics. One page (see below) graphically records the leap from sterling to decimal currency in February 1966. But it is the physical appearance, character and dimensions of these ledgers which grab our attention.
The two most massive are early examples of the loose-leaf binder, manufactured by Kalamazoo Australia. Far removed from the easily portable binders of today, one measures 59x43cm and weighs  over 10kg. The second, a comparative lightweight at only 5kg and 44cm square, has heavy-duty plastic covers.  Both had complex opening mechanisms to allow leaves to be inserted or removed. The “Clarion thong binder” required a special key to wind and unwind it and cautioned the operator against over-winding.
T. Willmett & Sons' premises, Townsville, Dan Gleeson Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 2600.
Some ledger books were produced locally by former Flinders Street printers, T. Willmett and Sons, and by the still thriving business, Hastings. A few of these contain attractive marbled endpapers, in some cases with patterning also applied to the book’s fore-edge. One wonders at the purpose of such decoration in books used solely for office purposes. Could the patterned fore-edge have been a security device, making the removal of any page instantly apparent? Some of Willmett’s binders kept their contents in place by means of metal screws and rods, and one has a wooden cover clad with a corduroy-like fabric.
Beautiful marbled end papers inside a ledger produced by D. W. Hastings & Co.
Label inside a ledger produced by T. Willett & Sons.
While the problems of storing and preserving such voluminous records must have created headaches for the company,  one has to question whether today’s electronic systems can ever convey the same sense of history and importance as these venerable, if decaying, volumes?

Story by Miniata

Monday, 16 June 2014

Open access by Professor Tom Cochrane, Queensland University of Technology

This  13 minute recording from Ockham's Razor, ABC RN gives an overview of the many ways in which Open Access matters:
According to Professor Tom Cochrane from the Queensland University of Technology there's a growing contrast between the speed at which research and science are being carried out and our capacity to share this knowledge as quickly as it's gathered. This question of access has led to some big shifts in public policy in a number of countries.

Friday, 13 June 2014

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Problem accessing the LexisNexis database with FireFox and Internet Explorer browsers

All Law students and academic staff, please take note!

The international legal database, LexisNexis, also known as, has developed a compatibility problem with the Mozilla FireFox and Internet Explorer browsers. (If you access it with these tools, you will get a page of meaningless letters.) The company is aware of the problem and has been seeking a solution for some months now.

Fortunately, there is a simple work-around for the issue: access the database with another browser! We recommend Chrome for PC users, while Mac users will have no problems with Safari.

Note: the problem does not affect the database for Australian law, LexisNexis AU.

LexisNexis viewed with FireFox or Internet Explorer browsers
LexisNexis viewed with Chrome browser

Town Planning

You may have noticed that there is quite a bit of building work on campus at present.  The Outdoor Learning Centre has recently opened, The Science Place is in progress and some of the recently completed buildings have won awards.You can read all about it in the Our Place newsletter.

For those who want to be inspired further, the library has a range of resources on Town Planning and Architecture and you could also check out the Town Planning web links in the Geography Subject Libguide.

“The Reluctant Nun” finds a home in the Special Collections!

Artist, Sheree Kinlyside and her studio assistant, Julia Martinez (seated) with her award winning book “The Reluctant Nun” in the Mabo Library Special Collections reading room.
Talented artist and book-maker, Sheree Kinlyside recently donated a copy of her award winning book, “The Reluctant Nun” to the JCU Library Special Collections.  Entirely produced at her Townsville based Red Rag Press studios this limited edition book features 13 of the artists hand-made linocuts and handset type printed on quality Fabriano Rosapina paper.  Through the narrative the artist brings fresh meaning to the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.  To see this precious book visit the Mabo Library reading room during opening hours.
“The Reluctant Nun” received the Mackay Ex Libris Regional Artists book award (Australia's premier national artist's book prize) in 2010.

If you are curious about books made by artists then do not miss the “Bookish” exhibition at Umbrella Contemporary Arts Studio on until the end of this month.  It features many, many artists’ books made by Sheree Kinlyside and Sandra Wright utilising a range of subject matter and techniques from digital to fine press printing to unique paper folds and repurposed paraphernalia.  It is not to be missed.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Planned maintenance for Student Management System

The Student Management System (system that processes student payments) will be down for maintenance this coming weekend (13th to the 16th June).

What this means for you
This means that you will be unable to add printing credit to your CopyPrint account between 6:45PM on Friday the 13th and 8AM Monday the 16th of June.  This includes adding credit by Students Online and at the library desk.

Please ensure you have topped up your printing balance sufficiently by Thursday the 12th June, to get you through the weekend.

Friday, 6 June 2014


OK, here is the list of links you need to survive the next 3 weeks of Exams.

How does the whole exam thing work?
Where is my exam?
What is my lecturer going to ask? 
Where can I study in peace?
Any other tips?
All library staff wish you the best with your exams.

MacWorld & Choice magazines are availible

When you are JCU student or staff member, you might think about buying insurance or have questions about Mac Computers. Now everybody knows for free information the internet has the answers these days and in years gone by the local librarian could direct you to an item for free on the shelf. So what's my point?

JCU is a tertiary educational institution but we hold a variety of titles that are not specifically academic but are of use for general daily life. If you are cash strapped and do not wish to subscribe to an online magazine or buy the physical journal and you are a regular visitor to JCU libraries drop past our new books and periodical display (at Townsville you can even sit with a coffee from Juliette's).

 I looked at CHOICE 640.73 P1 magazine for May 2014 which had some fridge, printer and phone recommendations, tips on creating logins, explained geoblocking prices (basically when companies sell the same item at higher prices in different countries despite coming from the same place).

I also looked at MACWORLD 004.165 P1 for May 2014  magazine which had a great security article and some simplify your computer experience tips.

Exam opening Hours Semester 1 2014

Exam Hours for the end of semester 1, 2014.

TOWNSVILLE: Friday 6th June – Thursday 19 Jun 2014
Monday to Friday                   8.00am– 10.30pm
Saturday and Sunday             10.00am– 5.00pm

*Monday 9th of June Queen' Birthday 1pm to 5pm 

CAIRNS: No Change until Friday 20th of June

Monday to Thursday                8.00am– 9.00pm
Friday                                        8.00am– 6.00pm
Saturday and Sunday                10.00am– 5.00pm

*Monday 9th of June Queen' Birthday 1pm to 5pm 

Queen's Birthday Hours Monday 9th June 1pm to 5pm

Princess Elizabeth aged two, in 1928.© Marcus Adams, Camera Press
Our English heritage and connection to our sovereign the Queen of our Commonwealth of Australia will be commemorated in Queensland the state named after the role this Monday 9th of June 2014.

The library  in Cairns and Townsville will be open for a half day.

MONDAY 9th of June 2014        1.00pm to 5.00pm

The Queensland Government website for public holidays 2012 to 2016 states: "On Tuesday, 30 October 2012, amendments to the Holidays Act 1983 were passed by Parliament prescribing that from 2013, the Birthday of the Sovereign (Queen’s Birthday) public holiday is to be observed on the second Monday in June and the Labour Day public holiday is to be observed on the first Monday in October."

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

World Ocean Day 8th June

World Ocean Day is on the 8th of June. There are all sorts of ways you can be involved. For a start why not take a selfie for the sea? There is also an event on Magnetic Island you may like to attend. If these ideas are just too adventurous for you during the exam period, why not spend some time reading about the ocean? From the stunning, to the serious, there is still much to learn about the ocean.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Special Collections Fossickings 37: Remembering Private Doorey

Alfred Doorey Honour Certificate, Library Archives, JCU Library Special Collections
One of the more unusual items stored in Special Collections has a poignant history. A dark wooden frame encloses an ornate certificate, signed by Townsville’s mayor and town clerk, in appreciation of the gallant conduct of Alfred Stanley Hodgson Doorey, “who served his King and Country in the Great War.”

Alfred Doorey Honour Cerfiticate - detail
According to an article in the Australian War Museum Journal these honour certificates were first issued by local town and shire Councils to newly-enlisted men in 1915 and 1916. But increasingly they were sought by families of those killed or injured in the conflict. For many families it was important to have something which they could display at home, whereas more public memorials took much longer to appear.  Designs of the certificates varied – some were militaristic featuring troopships or battle scenes. Alfred’s certificate has a more classical design emphasising freedom, courage, victory and remembrance.  But who was Private Doorey?
Photo of Alfred Doorey, July 1917, Source: State Library of Queensland
Born in West End, we know that he had a wife, Emily, and was working as a motor mechanic when, in February 1917, he enlisted with the 47th battalion.  Although only just turned 21 he already had two years’ experience with the local Citizens’ Forces, an early incarnation of today’s Army Reserve.  The young couple apparently lived with Alfred’s parents and younger sister in Main Street (now Boundary Street) in Railway Estate.  He was the only son.

On 2 August 1917, six months after enlistment, 21-year-old Alfred left Sydney for the three month voyage to Britain. Disembarking in Glasgow, he was sent south to the Wiltshire village of Codford, which hosted several large training and transfer camps for soldiers going to the front. Large numbers of ANZACs passed through Codford and Private Doorey may have drawn strength from the giant ANZAC badge which men from the 12th battalion had carved into the chalk of a nearby hill. It is preserved to this day.

In January 1918 Alfred was posted to France where he joined the 25th battalion. Seven months later, on 4 July 1918, he was killed in action in the Battle of Hamel, a joint Australian-American offensive commanded by Lieutenant- General Monash, near the village of Villers-Bretonneux .  He was then aged 22.
Photo of Doorey Street, Railway Estate, Townsville.
Alfred has no known grave but, along with thousands of others, his name was later inscribed on war memorials in Villers-Bretonneux , Canberra and Townsville’s Anzac Park. In October 1919 Doorey Street in Railway Estate was named in his memory.  But it was in a remarkable show of timeliness that Townsville City Council issued the commemorative honour certificate just four days after his death.  We can only hope it brought some comfort to Alfred’s grieving widow and family.

Story by Miniata