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Art and Life in the Tropics: Tracking Paradise

Now hanging in the foyer of the JCU Cairns library are works by local artist and School of Creative Arts PhD candidate, Angela Meyer. This exhibition series of works comprises of portraits and still life's painted within the last ten years. The portraits depict artists from the region including, Ray Crooke, Amanda Feher and Helen Wiltshire, as well as an artist Angela I have studied with, at Sydney College of the Arts, Tania Wursig. The still lifes are a response to the tropical plants, fruits and flowers found in the region. Grouping these works together was initially inspired by the portrait of Helen Wiltshire, who is a well known and celebrated local artist. Her work directly confronts the essence of our tropical environment, as though her pictures try to make sense of the unique qualities in our wet tropic zone. You can view the exhibition during JCU Cairns library opening hours until mid April. Image: Ray Crooke, oil on canvas, detail

Finance System Upgrade

The Finance system is being upgraded between 1-7 April 2009. This will effect adding funds to CopyPrint and NetAccess in the following way: Funds added to CopyPrint and NetAccess from 4pm-10pm on Wednesday 1st April 2009 will not be available for use until after 10pm on 1st April 2009. Please see InfoHelp (Townsville) and Library Services (Cairns) for urgent printing.

Your Treasures, Our Treasures - Additional consultations now available

UPDATE: One-on-one consultation sessions from 2.30pm-4.30pm are fully booked. Eight additional sessions are now being offered from 11.00am - 12.00pm, prior to the workshop. Contact A'Mhara Russell on 4781 5002 or to make a booking. Date: Tuesday 7th April 2009 Time: 1.30pm—4.30pm Eddie Koiki Mabo Library , James Cook University, Townsville Do you have a rare book, document or old photograph that you want to know how to care for correctly? Would you like the chance to get hands-on with rare materials from the James Cook University Library Special Collections? Join us for a free workshop with professional conservation staff from the State Library of Queensland from 1.30-2.30pm. Afternoon tea will follow at 2.30 pm. Attend the Conservation Clinic with free 15min one-on-one consultations from 2.30-4.30pm. Bring along your own personal treasures and receive advice on how to maximise their longevity. Bookings are essential for both the workshop a

Transfer of Copy Card Balances

James Cook University introduced CopyPrint, an integrated student copying and printing service, at the beginning of Study Period 1 2009. This system uses the JCU student ID card for copying and printing at the Townsville and Cairns campuses. CopyPrint replaces the Copying Services copy card (copying) and LabPrint (printing). If you are a JCU undergraduate student with a copy card which has been used since 1 August 2008 (Study Period 2, 2008), and with a balance of $5.00 or more, you may be eligible to have the balance on your copy card transferred to your CopyPrint account for copying and printing services. JCU postgraduate students and staff may also be eligible to have copy card balances transferred to their CopyPrint account for copying services only . To see if you are eligible, please visit CopyPrint Services on the ground floor of the Mabo Library in Townsville, or Library Services on the ground floor of the Cairns Library by 30 April 2009. You will need to present you

Multicultural Award

Mrs Georgina Valdeter, a library assistant at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library has been recognised for her outstanding and sustained efforts in promoting multiculturalism, the support of new migrants and helping to increase community awareness of the values of multiculturalism. Read the article from 24 March 2009 edition of the Townsville Bulletin .

Informit Databases not X Search-able

Currently Informit databases are not responding to X Search in multi-database searches. These databases are still available for searching via the Informit interface (via the Alphabetical List of Databases and by clicking on the database title in X Search ). The issue is being investigated by the supplier. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Cairns Library Closed 28-29th March

Due to the Cairns campus wide power outage the Cairns Library will not be opening on Saturday 28 March and Sunday 29 March. See details below: To the JCU Cairns Community Power Shut down to JCU Cairn Campus from 0730hrs Saturday 28th of March 09 to 1700hrs Sunday 29th of March. This work is due to two contracts, firstly the Dentistry Project HV work and secondly installing power correction factor units around the campus. Building A4 will be the only building with Ergon power available for duration of the weekend.There will be main air conditioning only to Building A4. There will be no connection available to the main computer server in the Library Building from Building A4. The power outage will affect the following services: Power outage will affect Computer networks, Computers, and Servers site wide. Power outage will affect Security network site wide Power outage will affect Fire indication system site wide Power outage will affect Phone system, PABX, intercoms, etc site wide

Finding More on the Web

How to make search engines work for you. This tutorial is designed to help you get better results when you search the Internet. Searching the Internet is a lot trickier than it looks. Even if you are getting good results, chances are you could get even better ones. Come along and find out how. If you ever need to search the Internet this session is for you! Workshop times: Tuesday 24th March 10.00am Wednesday 25th March 11.00am VENUE: InfoHelp Training Room, Ground floor - Library (Townsville)

XSearch Database training

XSearch enables simultaneous searching of multiple databases. This one-hour workshop will show you how to find journal articles by using XSearch . It will provide you an overview of the features of XSearch , some tips on how to build an effective search query; how to save your results and access the journal articles that you retrieved. There is no need to register for these sessions – just show up on the day. Places are limited to 20 per session. Workshop times: Tuesday 24 th March, 11 am Thursday 26 th March, 1 pm VENUE: Library B1.105 (Cairns)

Using References and Quotations effectively in your assignment

Good references are the most powerful tools you can use for your assignments. Learn how to use them effectively,lay them out correctly using different styles, cite them in text and put together a great reference list. You will also find out how a research file can help with this. Workshop times Monday 23 March 3pm Thursday 26 March 11am Tuesday 31 March 4pm Venue - Library InfoHelp Training Room (Townsville)

Researching your Assignment Workshops - Last week!

Improve your research skills in your specific area of study Social Sciences Business/Tourism Science Health These sessions will guide you through the process of accessing and searching the library’s journal databases for subject specific information. We will also look at how to find additional resources from the internet for your assignments and what search strategies will help you find high quality articles. Workshop times: Social Sciences Monday 16 March 2pm & Wednesday 18 March 12noon Business/Tourism Tuesday 17 March 2pm & Thursday 19 March 10am\ Science Tuesday 17 March 11am & Wednesday 18 March 3pm Health Tuesday 17 March 10am & Thursday 19 March 3pm VENUE: InfoHelp Training Room, Ground floor - Library (Townsville)

MS Word Training

This one-hour workshop will cover topics like Tables, Formatting, Table of Contents and Pagination in Word 2007. If you have any questions about using MS Word 2007 come along and we can assist you. There is no need to register for these sessions – just show up on the day. Places are limited to 20 per session. Workshop times : Tuesday 17 th March, 1 pm Tuesday 24 th March, 1 pm Tuesday 31st March, 1 pm VENUE: Library B1.105 (Cairns)

DynaMed trial

Student and staff of JCU have trial access until 31 December 2009 to DynaMed . DynaMed is a medical and health clinical reference tool. It has been created by physicians for physicians as well as other other health care professionals for use at the "point-of-care". The database provides access to over 3,000 topics all of which have clinically organised summaries outline everything needed at "point of care" The Url for DynaMed is:,uid&profile= dynamed A password is not required on campus, off campus access is available via Remote Access login to the library trials web page.

New CopyPrint Service for Students

A new integrated student copying and printing service using the JCU student ID card is available at the Townsville and Cairns campuses. CopyPrint provides a lower cost service for black & white and colour A4 and A3 copying and printing. For more information including prices, locations and use instructions, see the CopyPrint Guide , available online in text or video from the Library and Computing webpage . Or go to Please ensure that you have your JCU student ID card with you at all times. You will need your JCU student ID card to add credit, to print and photocopy. A reminder for returning students, that printing ( LabPrint ) account balances have been transferred to CopyPrint . You can see all of your CopyPrint jobs and account balances from StudentsOnline or go directly to . If you believe that the transfer amount is not correct or no transfer has occurred please contact InfoHel

Library Workshops

Workshops held in the library this week: Finding More on the Web This tutorial is designed to help you get better results when you search the Internet. Searching the Internet is a lot trickier than it looks. Even if you are getting good results, chances are you could get even better ones. Workshop Times Townsville Tuesday 3 March 2.00pm Thursday 5 March 10am Cairns Tuesday 3rd March 10am Web 2.0 tools explained Common Web2.0 tools such as social bookmarking, tagging and RSS feeds can be used to effectively manage resources and research for your assignments. Blogs and Wiki’s are common tools used to communicate and manage information and can be an effective assessment tool. After this session you will be able to use tools such as iGoogle, and learnJCU blogs and wiki’s to help you study for and complete your assignments. Workshop times Townsville Wednesday 4 March 4.00pm Venue - Library Infohelp Training Room Finding Journal Articles Journal art

Net Access

ITR will commence the full rollout of NetAccess on the 2/3/09. NetAccess is the system JCU uses to account for staff and students internet usage. You can manually authenticate to NetAccess using the link above, or when attempting to access an external internet site, you should be redirected to the NetAccess Authentication page, where you will be prompted for your JCU username and password. After entering your details, a pop-up will appear with your current remaining NetAccess balance and you will be taken to the Internet site you requested. Any programs on your computer will be able to access the Internet as long as the NetAccess pop-up remains open, so in order to use other programs such as skype or an instant messaging program, you will need to authenticate to NetAccess first. When you are finished using the internet, close the NetAccess pop up and your computer will no longer have access to external sites. If you are using a browser that blocks pop-ups, you may have to allow

SMS Service

If you wish to receive Library notices via SMS as well as email just register on StudentsOnline or StaffOnline . Our goal is to enhance communication with Library clients to continue to improve our services. If you register for this service you will receive SMS notices for your: Recalls Items being held Overdues Preoverdues

Preoverdue Library Notices

What everyone has been waiting for! The Library is now able to reminder clients a day before an item is due back in the Library. You will receive an email notification and if you have registered for the SMS service you will also receive a text message. This new service should reduce the number of overdue charges incurred by clients.