Sunday, February 28, 2016

T150 - Townsville Past & Present 1: Landmarks and the Natural Environment

This historical travel guide titled "Townsville in word and picture" was published during the 1920s hence the beautifully designed art deco style cover.  Previously owned by E R Hayles it now is part of the North Queensland Collection (NQ 919.43604 TOW C.A)
This year, with the generous support of Townsville City Council, JCU Library Special Collections will join in the T150 celebrations - marking out 150 years of history since the City was declared a municipality - through a multi-faceted and exciting project called Townsville Past & Present.  Through the project we will draw out the City's visual history found across the various special collections. 
Bronwyn Mathiesen (JCU Blended Learning Librarian) enjoys her time viewing the T150 displays in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.
Visit the Special Collections Exhibition Zone, Level 1 of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on the Townsville Campus to see the changing displays of collection materials focusing on a range of Townsville themes from now until November.  Prepare for your visit by checking the Library opening hours.
The iconic Castle Hill in any photograph instantly confirms you are looking at a view in Townsville. Here we see the City Baths on the Strand from the ocean side in 1938, S. Nicholas Album, North Queensland Photographic Collection, NQID 2055.
Theme One is Townsville's Landmarks & the Natural Environment. The displays feature the iconic Castle Hill and surrounding Hervey Range, the Ross River, the Townsville Palmetum and beautiful Magnetic Island - so often also considered a landmark of Townsville by the locals.
The North Queensland Collection contains a range of attractive booklets created for the tourist market promoting the natural surrounds of Townsville to potential visitors including "Magnetic, The Beautiful" published by D.W. Hastings before WWII. (NQ 919.436 044 MAG C.B)
Featured in the displays is the stunning "Palmetum" artist book, produced in 2002 by the JCU based Lyre Bird Press. The Townsville Palmetum is a botanical garden located on the Ross River based around one family of plants, that is palms.  The collection there contains approximately 300 species, many of which are rare and threatened in their natural habitat.  This exotic garden formed the focus for new creative work by 13 artists who were invited by the Lyre Bird Press to visit and record their impressions in an original print.  Consequently the book consists of 23 original prints including silk screens, etching, drypoints, lino cuts and wood engravings.  Whilst the book is on display the pages will be turned.
The Palmetum artist book open at an image created by artist Ron McBurnie - an original etching featured as a double page spread in this magnificent limited edition publication.





Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New eBook Recommendation: Practical Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager for Developers

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

An eBook title of interest is:

Practical Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager for developers by Jonathan Weber and the team at LunaMetrics.

An extract from the publisher webpage states

There’s a reason that so many organizations use Google Analytics. Effective collection of data with Google Analytics can reduce customer acquisition costs, provide priceless feedback on new product initiatives, and offer insights that will grow a customer or client base. So where does Google Tag Manager fit in?

Google Tag Manager allows for unprecedented collaboration between marketing and technical teams, lightning fast updates to your site, and standardization of the most common tags for on-site tracking and marketing efforts. To achieve the rich data you’re really after to better serve your users’ needs, you’ll need the tools Google Tag Manager provides for a best-in-class implementation of Google Analytics measurement on your site.

This book offers foundational knowledge, a collection of practical Google Tag Manager recipes, well-tested best practices, and troubleshooting tips to get your implementation in tip-top condition. It covers topics including: Google Analytics implementation via Google Tag Manager How to customize Google Analytics for your unique situation Using Google Tag Manager to track and analyze interactions across multiple devices and touchpoints How to extract data from Google Analytics and use Google BigQuery to analyze Big Data question.

New online video: Inside the human body.

cell division
Cell Division
The Library provides you with access to a range of online resources, including streaming video. If you are studying anatomy or even if you are not, have a look at this new online video Inside the human body.

Using spectacular graphics based on real images and the latest scientific research, Michael Mosley takes viewers on a voyage through the workings of the inner human universe. Travelling through the body, tiny clusters of hairs loom as large as a forest and hidden chambers of the heart rise up like a vast cathedral. To illustrate the surprising ways bodies work, the series also tells the stories of remarkable people from around the world who have pushed theirs to the absolute limit. From the moment of creation to our last breath, the series reveals the human body's ability to amaze and delight (BBC website).

Where is my textbook?

If you are still searching for your textbook the following points may help:
student with books

  • Your required textbook should be in your subject outline, located in LearnJCU.
  • Use OneSearch to help you find your textbook in the library.
  • Textbooks are located in the Main section of the library.
  • Most courses have at least one edition of your textbook on the shelves.
  • Some textbooks can only be loaned for two days.
  • Some textbooks have an online version so you can read them straight away on your device.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Study Period One Library Opening Hours 2016

The libraries on Cairns and Townsville campuses are open from February 22nd to May 29th, 2016 at the following times:

Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

Monday to Thursday  7.30 am to 9.30 pm
Friday                         7.30 am to 7.30 pm
Saturday & Sunday    10.00 pm to 5.00pm


Cairns Campus Library
Monday to Thursday  8.00 am to 9.00 pm
Friday                         8.00 am to 6.00 pm
Saturday & Sunday  10.00 pm to 5.00pm

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
ANZAC Day   Monday 25 April        1.00pm to 5.00pm
Labour Day      Monday 2 May          1.00pm to 5.00pm

Check out the Opening Hours website for the full library hours.

Monday, February 22, 2016

International Mother Language Day

Its great to walk around a JCU campus and hear a diversity of languages and accents.

International Mother Language Day on the 21st of February celebrates this diversity and seeks to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism world wide.

Foreign language resources available at JCU library include language learning and foreign language books, dictionaries and newspapers. Some of them may be in your mother language! You can also limit many databases, including OneSearch, by language.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Using Copyprint Paystations


Copyprint PaystationNow you are set up with your subjects for this semester, you probably want to print out your timetable and lecture notes.

You will just need your student ID card, some cash and a Copyprint Paystation.
 
The Paystations are located on the ground floor at each campus library, in the entrance foyer in Cairns and in the 24 Hour InfoCommons in Townsville.

Your payment is processed immediately and you can check your CopyPrint balance at the Paystation before adding funds. You can also check your balance online or at a printer.

No change is given so ensure you have the right money before getting to the Paystation.

Don't forget that online payments via StudentsOnline are possible and have now been reduced to a $5 minimum. Don't hesitate to see staff at the InfoHelp desk if you need assistance.

Ripples in the fabric of spacetime

gravitational waves
MPI/Gravitational Physics/ITP Frankfurt/ZI Berlin
In a highly anticipated announcement this week, physicists with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) confirmed the existence of gravitational waves - or ripples in the fabric of spacetime. The team of scientists revealed how on September 14, 2015, twin detectors observed the gravitational 'ringing' produced by the collision of two black holes a billion light years away. The scientists listened for 20 thousandths of a second as the two giant black holes, one 35 times the mass of the sun, the other slightly smaller, circled around each other. As they finally merged, a tremendous burst of energy was released, propagating through space as gravitational waves.

Want to know more?  Read this Nature article for an overview and then use OneSearch to find scholarly peer reviewed journal articles on this topic.

The OneSearch LibGuide and friendly InfoHelp staff in the library can help you get the most out of your search.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Oweek workshops 2016

Ready, Set, Study!
running book

Get off to a flying start by attending your Oweek 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. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LibGuides you can review before study period one 2016 at JCU Library

New students to JCU can begin to learn academic skills useful for their studies by looking at some of our LibGuides.

Three great JCU LibGuides are:
  • Info Skills Road Trip: An overview of the Library services and general skills needed.
  • Writing Skills: A great way to learn how to plan out a University level essay
  • Referencing: A quick overview of the most common referencing styles used at University and a helpful tool for referring to
You can also check out your discipline specific LibGuide.

Australian Financial review: Now Accessible via Proquest at JCU

The Australian Financial Review (AFR) is now available in ABI Complete, making ABI the only business product to contain full text for all four of these top sources for global business news – The Economist, Wall St. Journal, Financial Times, and Australian Financial Review. AFR is available with no embargo, and when loading is complete we will have two years of back file.

For more than 50 years the Australian Financial Review has been Australia’s authority on business, finance and investment news in Australia. Its reputation for independent, award-winning journalism makes it essential reading for the business and investor community across Australia and New Zealand and the broader Asia-Pacific region.

New Book Recommendation: Doing Surveys Online

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

 A title of interest this week is:

Doing Surveys Online by Vera Toepoel.
Call number: 001.433 TOE

A summary from the publisher states:

Vera Toepoel’s practical, how-to guide to doing surveys online takes you through the entire process of using surveys, from systematically recruiting respondents, to designing the internet survey, to processing the survey data and writing it up.

This book helps students and researchers in identifying possible strategies to make the best use of online surveys, providing pro’s and con’s, and do’s and don’ts for each strategy. It also explores the latest opportunities and developments that have arisen in the field of online surveys, including using social networks, and provides expert guidance and examples of best practice throughout.

Suitable for those starting a research project or conducting a survey in a professional capacity, this book is the ideal go-to reference for anyone using internet surveys, be it a beginner or a more experienced survey researcher.

World Radio Day


The 13th of February is UNESCO World Radio Day. This year the theme is 'Radio in times of emergency and disaster'. Radio still remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide, in the quickest possible time. This includes North Queensland residents during cyclone season. All cyclone kits should contain a battery powered radio.

If your talents are more focused on speaking out than listening in, one of the following books found at JCU library may be of use.
radio toolbox
making radio
Making radio: A practical guide to working in radio in the digital age

the radio station
The radio station: Broadcast, satellite & internet

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Learning Centre

the learning centre logoGetting in early and getting organised with your study plans for 2016 is a great idea. Through the JCU Learning Centre, you have access to study groups and space, learning and career advice, and an annual program of study and research skills workshops and seminars. Contact them for more information.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Award winning book covers


second opinion
Second Opinion: an introduction to health sociology
consumer behaviour in action
Consumer Behaviour in Action
You are probably busy buying your textbooks for this year and settling down to read their fascinating (or otherwise) contents. Don't forget to have a look at their covers too - they may be a winner, or at least inspire your study.

The winners of the Best Designed Educational Tertiary Book category in the Australian Book Design Association awards 2015 are both held at JCU Library. Check them out!