Friday, May 30, 2014

BrowZine upgrades

BrowZine the app for tablets and smartphones has had some upgrades.

New Content
Recent additions include:
•    American Dental Association
•    Bloomsbury Publishing
•    Human Kinetics
•    MIT Press


Subject Search
In addition to their existing three-tier taxonomy, users may now search to find their subject areas of interest. This feature makes it even easier to discover, browse and read journals in BrowZine.

Download BrowZine and start adding journals to your shelf.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New title by JCU Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

 A Theory for Indigenous Australian Health and Human Service Work: Connecting Indigenous knowledge with practice is a new publication from JCU Adjunct Senior Research Fellow Dr. Lorraine Muller which will be of interest to a range of subject areas.

Most people of European background are not aware that they see the world through the lens of the Western tradition, but for Indigenous people, it can seem like a foreign language...Indigenous ways of thinking and working are grounded in many thousands of years of oral tradition, and continue among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people today. Lorraine Muller shows that understanding traditional holistic approaches to social and emotional well being is essential for practitioners working with Indigenous clients across the human services. She explores core principles of traditional Indigenous knowledge in Australia, including relatedness, Country, circular learning, stories, and spirituality. She then shows how these principles represent a theory for Indigenous practice.
 
During Reconciliation week you may be seeking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives including academic literature by Australian Indigenous academics to read and this title is one that may suit.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

EBSCO Maintenance on Saturday 31st


On Saturday, the 31st May, EBSCO (one of our database providers) will be doing some maintenance, and we can expect some service disruptions.  This maintenance will happen between 11AM and 1PM, and databases affected will include:
  • CINAHL 
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts
  • EconLit 
  • Film & Television Literature Index
  • GIDEON (Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network)
  • Hospitality & Tourism Complete
  • Music Index
  • SPORTDiscus
We are not expecting a full shutdown - just some disruption.  Then everything should be back to normal.

GraphPad Prism software installed






Good news for GraphPad Prism software users. It has been installed this week on the Mac PCs P1- P20 on the ground floor of the JCU Library at the Townsville campus.

This software combines scientific graphing, comprehensive curve fitting (nonlinear regression), understandable statistics, and data organization.

Note that it is located in the applications folder, not on the dock at the bottom of the screen.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Reconcilation Week

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

May 27 marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census.

On 3 June, 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which legally recognized that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—that existed prior to colonisation and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights called Native Title. 2012 marked the 20th anniversary of the Mabo decision.

There are lots of resources at JCU library which can help you explore reconciliation.

Check out a new publication by Bruce Pascoe called Dark Emu: black seeds: agriculture or accident which puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing-behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.

Friday, May 23, 2014

EndNote Online security recommendation

The publishers of EndNote referencing software have notified us that JCU staff and students with EndNote Online (formerly EndNote Web) accounts should change their passwords. Part of their explanatory message is shown below, but the main points are:
  1. This refers only to EndNote Online, not to the desktop version of EndNote 
  2. If you have registered with Web of Science and other products that share a password with EndNote Online, you only need one password change.
“Thomson Reuters is aware of the widely reported ‘Heartbleed’ vulnerability impacting certain versions of the OpenSSL web encryption program …. While there is no evidence that any customer information has been compromised, we suggest changing your password for EndNote Online as a precautionary measure. Please note: If you are also a subscriber to Thomson Innovation, Cortellis, ResearcherID, Web of Science or InCites, which have a shared password with EndNote, then this shared password only needs changing once”.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Guided Relaxation Workshops

The Townsville Multifailth Chaplaincy is offering free guided relaxation workshops in June.
picture of a gecko meditating

Guided relaxation can help
  • Relieve muscle tension
  • Improve memory and attention
  • Develop healthy sleep
  • Reduce stress
There will be two workshops:
1. Monday 2nd June 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
2. Monday 16th June 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Both workshops will be in the library iLearning Room 1 (018-002A)


Friday, May 16, 2014

New Medical resources: Best Practice by BMJ

Best Practice by BMJ.

JCU Library has added Best Practice from BMJ. Read the short description from their website.

Healthcare professionals need fast and easy access to the latest relevant information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions. This is precisely what Best Practice provides.

In a single source we have combined the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion – presented in a step-by-step approach and covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.

Best Practice gives medical professionals the best available information for any clinical situation. Regularly updated, it draws on the latest evidence-based research to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. Best Practice is your instant second opinion.

Access is either via Tropicat (JCU's catalogue record) or via the direct url: http://bestpractice.bmj.com.elibrary.jcu.edu.au/best-practice/welcome.html

BMJ has a variety of guides for various types of users located at their help page.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Coming soon: Mabo art exhibition

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library is proud to present an exhibition of the works of Sharon Banjo
- My Land - My Art - My People - 
(May 21st - June 15th)

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. Sharon's artworks will be available for purchase.

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 National Reconciliation Week (May 27th to June 3rd), National Sorry Day (May 26th) and Mabo Day (June 3rd).

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

UTOPIA: Free Screening and Panel discussion – May 14 (Townsville and Cairns) 5pm to 8pm

JCU’s Social Justice Cluster will be screening the documentary film by John Pilger, UTOPIA (Trailer) and a discussion panel with local community members will be held after on Wednesday May 14  at both Townsville and Cairns.

In Townsville at Education Central Building 134  (the new one) and in Cairns at A21.002, JCU Smithfield, 5-8pm.

The stolen generation, health, poverty, child safety, genocide and the media are the focus.
 

This the first screening for the School of Arts and Social Science, Social Justice Cluster researcher, Dr. Theresa Petray says Utopia is a "great opportunity for us to open up some discussions about Indigenous inequality and, more importantly, what we can do about it" (read more). 

This is a free community event, it’s a chance to explore how we can use our skills and resources to work with community members’.

Twitter- #UtopiaJCU

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/648725661887781/


If you miss out JCU library also holds this item as a Digital Streaming item and is availible for lecturers to utilise in LearnJCU.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Special Collections Fossickings 36: Capturing a passing era: the Val Russell sketches


"Cardwell Residence" 1969
Some of the treasures of Special Collections come in unremarkable guise - a recent donation arrived in two large plastic tote boxes. Inside were forty sketchbooks containing hundreds of drawings by Atherton artist Val Russell who, for nearly half a century, captured the essence of North Queensland’s built, natural and rural environment in a variety of media. The donor was Val’s daughter, Ellen Danaher, whose recent biography of her mother, “Sketchbooks: an artist’s life on the Tableland”, is also held in Special Collections in the North Queensland Collection.
"Peeramon Hotel" 1975
The drawings contained in the sketchbooks became the foundation of her finished works. Here can be found delicate sketches of small-town streetscapes, tumbledown cottages, remote farm buildings, shop-fronts and churches – many now vanished and perhaps recorded nowhere else but in her art. Titles like “Awaiting demolition” or “Closed down” indicate her sensitivity to the fate of many old buildings which had once seen better days, though her sketches of more contemporary buildings also capture the essence of place.  Some sketches are accompanied by newspaper cuttings giving details of the building’s history.  Others display her fascination with natural forms – gnarled tree trunks, twisted roots, wind-blown palm fronds or she-oak foliage – while family holidays resulted in evocative land and seascapes.
"Old Playhouse Theatre - South Johnstone" 1975
A North Queenslander through and through, Val was born in Ayr and at age nineteen married Eric Russell, a young soldier from Charters Towers. In 1946, despite plans to try their luck in Sydney, a job offer for Eric saw them move to Atherton. This was to be Val’s home for nearly sixty years; it was where she raised their three children and developed her appealing artistic talent.
"Corner Store - Trinity Beach" 1968
During her long life Val produced over 1200 works of art, nearly all of which were sold to buyers from around the country and even overseas. From the 1960s she was exhibiting regularly and successfully at art shows and galleries around the north. At the same time her efforts to establish a local art society and art gallery in Atherton, represented a major contribution to the cultural life of her community.
"Abandoned Cottage" Irvinebank 1974
The context and detail contained in the sketchbooks is considerably enhanced by associated material. Surely this artist had the mind of an archivist! Workbooks date back to the diploma course she took in the 1960s and the history of each of her finished works is meticulously documented. There are also revealing manuscripts of her mostly unpublished writing: poetry, memoirs, letters and what she called “random jottings”.  Special Collections is privileged to become the custodian of this important archive.
"Strangler Fig" 1984

Thursday, May 8, 2014

CAUL and ASA Fellowship extensions

Applications are now open for 2014 Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Fellowships. Applications are now due on 30 May, 2014.

The Fellowships showcase special collections in Australian university libraries by providing artists, authors, scholars and researchers with an opportunity to work on projects that will benefit from concentrated access to these collections. The inaugural Fellowships to be awarded in 2014 have been made possible through the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. CAUL and the ASA expect to award up to two fellowships in 2014. The Fellowships will facilitate access to University libraries’ special collections by providing up to A$10,000 in non-salary funding for visiting artists, authors, scholars and researchers working on projects related to the collections. The grants could be used for travel, accommodation or other project related expenses. Applications are invited from artists, authors, scholars and researchers from Australia. Host institutions for 2014 awards will be among the following:
Library Applicants are advised to read the information for applicants before completing the application form.

Applications are due on 10 May, 2014. Applications and inquiries should be addressed to cpo@caul.edu.au.

Successful applicants will be notified in mid-June, 2014 and will be expected to commence their Fellowship during 2014.

More information about the application process, host libraries and their collections is available at http://www.caul.edu.au/caul-programs/research/special-collection/asa-caul-fellowships2014.

For more information about JCU Special Collections please contact Bronwyn McBurnie, Special Collections Librarian.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

World Migratory Bird Day

Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld
Don't get into a flap about World Migratory Bird Day! It is on this weekend (10-11th of May) but there is still time to find out more about the amazing range of bird species in your area.

JCU library has range of resources on local bird species in Townsville and the Wet Tropics, as well as books on migratory birds such as Bird Migration and Global Change.

Birdlife Australia provides information on the Australian bird watching scene and the Townsville Town Common is a great place to view your favourite local or visiting bird.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Relaxation and Meditation sessions


Feeling stressed about exams? Relax. Breathe. Focus.

The Multi-faith Chaplaincy is offering Relaxation and Meditation sessions in the Townsville Library iLearning 1 room during weeks 11 and 12 and through June to assist with exam stress.  

Wow, I feel calmer already!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

There's something about Internet Explorer

In early versions of Internet Explorer the Library home page displays poorly. And later versions (since IE 8) can also display the page poorly if 'compatibility view' is turned on for the jcu.edu.au domain. 'Compatibility view' is a setting in later versions of IE that make them 'pretend' they are IE7. It was done so that sites/pages/web apps written specifically for IE 7 and earlier, would still work with IE 8 and later (the first version of IE to actually be W3C compliant and not be backwardly compatible with earlier versions of IE).

For comparison:

Libcomp home page Compatibility view versus W3C view

If you really are committed to using Internet Explorer (!?) this is how to turn off compatibility view (and see the home page links to Referencing, Libguides, ResearchOnline@JCU and our chat and social media services):
  1. Make sure you are using at least IE 8.
  2. Go to the Library home page
  3. Click on Tools and ensure 'Compatibility View' is not ticked
  4. Click on 'Compatibility View Settings' make sure jcu.edu.au is not in the list of Websites you've added to Compatibility View
  5. Uncheck Display all websites in Compatibility View
  6. Uncheck Display intranet sites in Compatibility View (if you are using VPN or are on campus)

Turning off compatibility view
Speaking of IE there have been a number of recent serious security warnings for it, with US and UK authorities recommending not using until holes are patched. Both Microsoft and AusCERT have released advisories about the issues.  ITR are evaluating and if warranted will issue a bulletin of their recommendations.

Interested in the impacts of fracking on Australia...?

Fractured Country: An Unconventional Invasion
Directed by Brendan Shoebridge
Narrated by Jack Thompson

In this film, the scale of the threat to Australia from invasive gas mining is clearly exposed. From the water catchments of Sydney to the natural and cultural icons of Arnhem Land and the Kimberley; and from the fertile farm lands of the Gunnedah Basin and Gippsland to tourist meccas like the Otway Coast and Queensland’s Scenic Rim, gas companies want it all!

Taken on a journey that the glossy gas industry advertising never depicts, the viewer is shown what it means to live in a gas field, and the impacts on our nation if it proceeds. In an empowering finale, the strength and optimism of the Australia wide Lock the Gate movement is palpable, as is the sense of what is achievable when communities stand together to oppose the vested interests of powerful corporations.

Click here to watch this film.