Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Extra Referencing Help


We have reached that time of semester when many assignments are due. Are you having trouble with the referencing component of your assignment...?

See library staff at InfoHelp in Cairns and Townsville for assistance, please bring your printed reference list.

You can also come along to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville campus) and consult with a dedicated referencing expert on weekdays at the InfoHelp Desk between 11am to 3pm.

Don't forget that you can always cross check your references against the examples in the Referencing LibGuide and find out how to format APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA or Vancouver in-text citations and reference lists.

New Book Recommendation: Close to Home: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016

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 is: Close to home: Dobell Australian drawing biennial 2016 by Anne Ryan

Item description:

Over the past three decades there has been a significant revival of drawing in Australia. Today there are more artists drawing, and more drawings being made, than ever before.

Close to home, the 2nd Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, includes the work of six artists whose work is connected by a simple thread of visual story-telling. Their drawings are poetic narratives, based on memory and experience. While their subjects come from the particular, they resonate beyond with universal relevance and appeal.

The artists:
• Jumaadi
• Maria Kontis
• Richard Lewer
• Noel McKenna
• Catherine O’Donnell
• Nyapanyapa Yunupingu

Monday, August 29, 2016

When USBs Escape...

The LOCKSS Principle (Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe) is certainly something to live by. What happens, though, when you lose one of your many copies?

Where do all the missing USBs end up?

If you lose a USB in the library, there’s a good chance it’s handed in or collected by the InfoHelp staff. It could be waiting patiently for you to pick it up right now!

Come and find your USBs at the Library InfoHelp desk or enquire online.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What's The Buzz in the Mabo Library JCU

The Library is entering a competition that is currently being run by Emerald Group Publishing (the supplier lots of the great eResources that the Library has on offer). The theme of this competition is 'Busy Bee' and is part of a campaign to inspire library users to be busy bees using the Emerald resources.

The team have been busy little bees creating the display "What's the Buzz in the Mabo Library JCU" in the Townsville Library. You can check out the display on the ground floor of the Townsville Library.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

T150 – Townsville Past & Present: Higher Education Comes to Town – JCU in Townsville

The latest round of T150 displays in the JCU Library showcase the history of James Cook University, including: information about the establishment of the University College; plans, drawings and official documents pertaining to the establishment and official opening of James Cook University; photographs and video footage of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to JCU in 1970; photographs, publications and marketing artwork relevant to the University Library building; selected student publications, including Magnus Taurus, and The Bullsheet and a selection of student handbooks from various years.
A selection of newspapers and publications produced by the JCU Student Union (previously the Townsville University College Union), including issues of ‘Magnus Taurus’, which ran from 1962 to 1997, and The Bullsheet, which was first published in 1970, and is still being published today.
University College of Townsville
In February 1961, the University College of Townsville, opened in Pimlico, as an annex of the University of Queensland, with 90 day students and another 50 students enrolled in evening classes. It initially offered 14 first-year subjects across a range of disciplines, with a teaching staff of ten lecturers and three demonstrators. There were only three other staff: the College Warden, a librarian and an administrative officer.

That same year, the North Queensland University Association, through an appeal to the people of North Queensland, established two Halls of Residence for male and female students in Townsville. Duncragan, located in Cleveland Terrace, on Melton Hill, could accommodate 22 women; Stuart House, in Wulguru, could accommodate 66 men. A third Hall of Residence, Olsen House, in Stagpole Street, West End, was established in 1963 and accommodated 38 men. There was a Principal in charge of each Hall who was responsible for its administration and tutorial organisation, and financially, each Hall of Residence was managed independently from the University College. Full board at the Halls of Residence cost £6 per week.
The Common Room at “Duncragan”, which was described in the University College Handbook of 1965, as “simply but adequately furnished” for recreational purposes.
The Douglas Campus
 In 1962 the Townsville City Council gifted a parcel of land covering approximately 400 acres on the southern side of the Ross River to the University of Queensland. The land later became the Douglas Campus of James Cook University. The campus at Douglas was designed in 1964 and work began on the site in 1965. The first building at the site, the Humanities I building, was occupied in 1967. This is now the Ken Back Chancellery building. This was followed by the University Hall student residence in 1968, and by 1969, there were 4 buildings in the ring – Humanities I, the Library, Engineering and Biological Sciences. Outside the ring, the early parts of University Hall, John Flynn, Saint Mark’s and Saint Paul’s were completed or underway.

Current displays include a range of plans for the university site, including the original 1964 site plan developed by architect James Birrell and Professor Gordon Stephenson. There are also a number of aerial photographs showing various stages of the university’s development. Expansion continued over the next decade and the University vacated the original campus at Pimlico in 1980.
(Left to Right): Dr Ken Back (University College Warden), Alan Wilson, Keith Brazier, Bill Hooper and Rex Moss viewing the plans for the new Douglas campus on site in 1964.
A showcase of a range of plans for the university site, including the original 1964 site plan.
Queen Elizabeth II visits James Cook University
 In April 1970 the campus at Douglas became a fully-fledged university in its own right, when Queen Elizabeth II granted Royal Assent to the James Cook University of North Queensland Bill, in person, at a special ceremony conducted in the grounds of the university. Her Majesty the Queen’s visit was part of a Royal Tour of Australia, and with her on this occasion was her husband Prince Philip and daughter Princess Anne.
The Queen and Prince Philip, chatting informally to students at James Cook University, 20 April 1970.
As well as photographs and documents pertaining to the Queen’s visit in 1970, a unique part of the display is colour film footage of the Queen’s visit, which shows the procession of students and staff attending the ceremony, the arrival of the Queen, and the signing of official documents.
A selection of early University Handbooks on display.

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Book Recommendation: No Plastic Sleeves: Portfolio and Self-Promotion Guide for Photographers and Designers

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays in the library, you can access details for hard copy and online eBooks here. For instructions on how to "borrow" an eBook (i.e. download for a short period of time) 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: No Plastic Sleeves: Portfolio and Self-Promotion Guide for Photographers and Designers by Larry Volk and Danielle Currier.
Call number: 770.688 VOL 2015

An extract from the publisher's website states:

The 2nd edition features many new outstanding examples of portfolios and promotions both online and in print form. Included are additional international examples and a more even balance of photographic and design focused portfolios and promotions. Several examples from illustrators and artists are also included. Several strategies are discussed for effectively reaching and meeting the needs of one’s target audience through the multiple components of one’s online presence. Options from custom websites to more “out-of-the-box” solutions are discussed.

Friday, August 19, 2016

August 23rd: Anniversary of the Wave Hill Station walk off 1966-1975

This August 23rd, 2016, marks the 50th anniversary since the Wave Hill Station walk off (also known as the Gurindji Strike). This is considered a pivotal moment in Australian history in regards to the civil rights movement for Australian Aboriginal peoples within the broader society. It highlighted the unfair employment conditions and standards experienced by Australian Aboriginal employees and their families, and became one of the first large shifts towards recognition of Australian Aboriginal peoples pre-existing and ongoing land title.

If you're an Australian music fan you may know of this event through the song "From Little Things, Big Things Grow", sung by famed Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly and co-written with Aboriginal singer songwriter Kev Carmody (check out the lyrics on the National Museum Australia website). Some prominent figures in this event were the strike leader and a Gurindji man Vincent Liangiri, and the then Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

To learn more borrow and watch:

Ripples from Wave Hill [DVD]
Call Number: 346.940432 RIP

Thursday, August 18, 2016

One Search Getting a Makeover

One Search, our web scale discovery tool*, is having a user interface 'refresh'.

One Search uses Summon 2.0 technology in a hosted (SaaS) model and the vendor, Ex Libris, has notified us that a raft of usability enhancements will be launched overnight (Australian time) on August 24th.

These tweaks are based on user feedback and testing, they include:
  • Advanced Search toggle option clearer
  • Preview hover more robust
  • Publication date filter moved higher and tweaked
  • Easier to search for, navigate and refine results
  • Hamburger menu used on large screen as well as small screen
  • Slight layout/font changes
  • More visible links to other tools (A-Z, Feedback, Help)
  • Results page
  • Repositioned functional elements
  • New menu option, icons and text to improve navigation
  • Facet Pane improvements to include/exclude 
  • Results pane includes: citation preview, WoS, Scopus, Altmetrics linking and display, and cite, save email icons
  • New layout for topic explorer
  • Pre-canned date ranges for filtering results (last 12 months, last 3 years, last 5 years)
  • Date histogram removed
  • Preview link expandable (no longer in right column) click on/off - doesn't disappear when you scroll
  • Topic explorer has separated elements for better user understanding
  • WCAG and Section 508 accessibility
It will work the same way but the layout will be clearer and your options for actions and other services will be simpler to access.

There will be no downtime for the changes.

If you experience any problems please contact InfoHelp.

*A librariany way of saying a whole bunch of disparate library resources are indexed in one place and searched in a 'Google-like' manner.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Book Recommendation: Australia's Role in Feeding the World: The Future of Australian Agriculture

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:
Australia's Role in Feeding the World: The Future of Australian Agriculture by Tor Hundloe, Sarah Blagrove and Hannah Ditton.

An extract from the publisher's website states:
Earth's human population currently exceeds 7 billion, and by the year 2050 our planet will have at least two billion more mouths to feed. When faced with providing food for so many people, the idea is often advanced that Australia will become the 'food bowl' of Asia. Australia currently grows enough food to feed about three times its population and agricultural exports are important to our economy; however, Australia's role in feeding the world needs careful consideration.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Start your assignments on the road!

As assignment time comes around for another study period, it’s time to remind everyone about the Info Skills Road Trip.

We love helping at the JCU Library InfoHelp desk but we understand that it’s just not possible for everyone to be on campus (many people work or have Pok√©mon to catch). If you can't get to the Library InfoHelp desk, we recommend using the Info Skills Road Trip.

This interactive learning tool has been developed specifically for students and is linked to some subjects through LearnJCU. It provides an introduction to researching for assignments. You will learn the basics of unpacking your assignment question, finding resources, evaluating what you find and referencing to help you on your University journey. You can pick and choose your destination. Each module will take about 30 minutes of your time.
Get started today!

Remember you can always come to the Library InfoHelp desk or use our Chat service for help on the best places to search.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Last Chance to see our T150 "Celebrating Townsville" exhibition!


A gallery visitor with Robert Preston's charcoal drawings currently on display in the "Celebrating Townsville" exhibition.
The wonderful "Celebrating Townsville" exhibition - organised by the JCU Library Special Collections team finishes this week!  If you have not had a chance to get into Umbrella Studio contemporary arts in Townsville (Flinders Street West) then you can still visit this Sunday as the gallery will be open from 9am to 1pm.

The exhibition is really beautiful and features 26 works by 12 different artists, all JCU Alumni.
Peruse the catalogue here online and pick up your own complimentary hard copy when you visit on Sunday - add this rare item to your own book collection.

Another visitor to the "Celebrating Townsville" exhibition takes a close look at the artworks by Lucy T. Smith in the show drawn from the James Cook University Art Collection.
Catch up with the "Celebrating Townsville" video documentary about the artists in the exhibition created by the staff and students of JCU Media Journalism here.  Enjoy other interviews and video content created by JCU students also currently running on the JCNN channel.

We hope to see you at the show this Sunday for one last look at the show before it becomes history!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Online Information Skills Training: Our Library Workshops Online

From http://www.youthworkers.net/index.cfm/fuseaction/blog.view/BlogID/165
Do you want to go to one of the Library's workshops but don't have the time to attend in person?

JCU Library has put together an Online Information Skills Training page which provides an overview of the information shared during the following workshops:


  • Top 10 assignment tips
  • Finding journal articles
  • EndNote

 It also provides information on:

  • Assignment research Info Skills Road Trip
  • Copyright
  • Referencing 
  • Writing a literature review 

As always feel free to contact the InfoHelp Desk for more assistance.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New Book Recommendation: The Social Roots of Risk

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 is:
The social roots of risk: Producing disasters, promoting resilience by Kathleen Tierney.

Item description:

The first decade of the 21st century saw a remarkable number of large-scale disasters. Earthquakes in Haiti and Sumatra underscored the serious economic consequences that catastrophic events can have on developing countries, while 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina showed that first world nations remain vulnerable. The Social Roots of Risk argues against the widespread notion that cataclysmic occurrences are singular events, driven by forces beyond our control. Instead, Kathleen Tierney contends that disasters of all types—be they natural, technological, or economic—are rooted in common social and institutional sources. Put another way, risks and disasters are produced by the social order itself—by governing bodies, organizations, and groups that push for economic growth, oppose risk-reducing regulation, and escape responsibility for tremendous losses when they occur. Considering a wide range of historical and looming events—from a potential mega-earthquake in Tokyo that would cause devastation far greater than what we saw in 2011, to BP's accident history prior to the 2010 blowout—Tierney illustrates trends in our behavior, connecting what seem like one-off events to illuminate historical patterns. Like risk, human resilience also emerges from the social order, and this book makes a powerful case that we already have a significant capacity to reduce the losses that disasters produce. A provocative rethinking of the way that we approach and remedy disasters, The Social Roots of Risk leaves readers with a better understanding of how our own actions make us vulnerable to the next big crisis—and what we can do to prevent it.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Drop-in with a question, walk out with the answer

The Cairns Library will be offering drop-in assistance for all of your EndNote and Referencing questions. Bring your questions to our sessions and pick up some extra tips to help you out and save you time - groups very welcome.
Drop-in sessions are an addition to our InfoHelp service.

Sessions begin today and run for 6 weeks (August 8 – September 14).


Times are as follows:

Monday             3 – 4 pm         B1-104
Wednesday     10 – 11 am       B1-104

There will also be one late session (August 10):

Wednesday       6 – 7 pm        B1-104
August 10    

Find out about all upcoming Library Workshops here.

Friday, August 5, 2016

New Digital Streaming Recommendation: Four Corners: Future Proof

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks and digital streaming items 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 is:
Four Corners: Future Proof 
(Available online: Digital stream of TV episode)

Item Description:
This item is part of our digital collection. It can be viewed via streaming through our Kanopy online subscription. This was an investigative episode by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation show Four Corners in 2016. The show description is as follows There are startling and credible predictions that more than five million Australian jobs will simply disappear in the next 15 years, as a result of technology. That's 40% of the jobs that exist in Australia today. What do you want to be when you grow up? Answering that question is only going to get harder as many of the jobs our kids will do haven't been invented yet. And if parents believe that steering their kids towards "safe" professions like accountancy will guarantee them a job, they're in for a shock. There will be winners and losers in some surprising areas as more and more jobs become automated or operated by intelligent computers. The loss of these jobs will be challenging for the existing workforce as there may simply not be enough jobs to go round.

University of Chicago Press Journals

Looking for a database which covers art, renaissance history and religion? There are more than seventy scholarly and peer-reviewed journals published by the University of Chicago Press, which is the longest continuously published university press in the world.  The content ranges across several disciplines, with emphasis on the social sciences and humanities. Geographically the scope is mostly American and European, with some Asian content. The journals are largely published on behalf of  professional organisations such as museums and non-for-profit organisations within America.  As the interfaces are identical for each journal navigation around the database is similar. All titles can be displayed in alphabetical order, or browsed by subject area, and issues not available from our subscription are easily identified.

Jeans for Genes Day - 5th August 2016

 Friday August 5 2016 is Jeans for Genes Day. Every year Jeans for Genes Day is held on the first Friday of August. This day not only gives you a chance to wear your blue jeans (or any other colour jeans that you like) but also raise awareness and funds to help support kids and genetic research for childhood diseases.

Jeans for Genes day first started in 1994, after it was found in 1993 that $1 Million needed to be raised ASAP for research at the Childhood Medical Research Institute. This much needed money was raised in just 2 years. Over 20 years later, Jeans for Genes day is still continuing to raise funds for children's health.

Why not check out the Jeans for Genes Day website or look at resources about genetics and children on the Library Catalogue.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Study Smarter: The Learning Centre

Townsville Learning Advice Desk
The library buildings at Cairns and Townsville also have other JCU Student Support Services co-located inside them.

One offered by the Learning Centre is a face to face service called the Learning Advice Desk. This is a drop-in service where you can seek advice from experienced Peer Advisors about:
  • Time management 
  • Study strategies
  • Planning your assignments
  • Preparing for Assessments
  • Organising your ideas
  • Editing strategies to help you edit your finished work
  • Information about other academic support services 
The Learning Centre also has a range of online resources including a contact form, Academic English writing, semester planners, and a Facebook Page.

Upcoming Library training and workshops August 2016

Brush up your research skills and referencing ability at a library workshop. Cost: Free. No need to register. A selection of workshops from the events webpage are below:

Townsville Workshops: 
Finding Journal Articles, Townsville
Thursday 25 Aug 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room: 018.002A

Endnote - Townsville
Tuesday 9 Aug 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm 
Room: 018.002A

Tuesday 23 Aug 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room: 018.002B

Wednesday 31 Aug 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room: 018.002A

APA Referencing, Townsville
Monday 23 Aug 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: 018.002A

AMA Referencing, Townsville 
Monday 24 Aug 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room: 018.002A

Cairns Workshops:
Endnote
Thursday 18 Aug 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 105, Building B1 - Library 

Tuesday 23 Aug 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Room 104, Building B1 - Library 

Tuesday 30 Aug 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 104, Building B1 - Library 

Wednesday 31 Aug 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 104, Building B1 - Library 

For more information contact the Library InfoHelp Desk by email at infohelp@jcu.edu.au or drop by in person to the Library Ground Floor at Cairns and Townsville Campus.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Academic Writing Short Course

Have you been thinking to yourself, "Man, I wish I could attend a short course on essay writing where Learning Advisers and Librarians tell me all about how to tackle writing and researching an assignment"?

Well, my friend, you are in luck - because this weekend we're yet again conducting our world famous Academic Writing Short Course.

Well, it might not be "world famous", but we've been running it on the second or third weekend of every semester in Townsville for almost a decade now, and it has grown into something we've taken to Cairns and far flung micro-campuses like Mackay and Mt Isa.

And we usually get pretty good reviews, too:

"I did really well on my assignments thanks to your essay workshop" - some person

"I found the workshop really helped me with my essays" - another person

(Sorry, we don't actually take names when people compliment us in the street - we just say "thanks!")

This Saturday you'll find us in the Sir George Kneipp Auditorium (Building 26) in Townsville and room A3.3 in Cairns - starting at 9.00am.

We spend 4 hours telling you about useful type stuff like how to lay out an essay, how to break down your question, how to find good resources, how to take great notes... the whole kit and kaboodle, right up to the reference list.

Then, if you stick around afterwards, you might be able to attend some break-out sessions with peer mentors.

Find the details under "Academic Writing Short Course" on the Short Courses and Workshops page.

Monday, August 1, 2016

New Book Recommendation: Johnstone Rivers system flood management study / Cameron McNamara (Consultants).

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 is:
Johnstone Rivers system flood management study by Cameron McNamara (Consultant).
North Queensland  Collection         627.4099436 JOH

Item Description:
This item was produced in the 1970s and is stored in our North Queensland collection which is part of our wider Special Collections. Items in this collection can be viewed by staff, students and the public with assistance from a  JCU Library staff member. These items are not borrowable as we endeavour to preserve them for future use, but some items are available in our main collection to borrow as well. Items in the collection may be rare, unpublished, or in limited print.  Read more about the Special Collections online or ask at the Library InfoHelp desk.