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Befriend a Rover for help

Have you found yourself needing help but it seems like a Bear Grylls moment to get to the InfoHelp counter. What you need is a Library Rover. To better serve library users at their point of need, the Library has Library Rovers. Library Rovers will rove through the Library building during the semester period, and can be identified by their stylish JCU Library Rover shirts. At Townsville they can be found on the middle floor at a station that they will rove from. Library Rovers are JCU students who can assist with a variety of issues: First level IT assistance: - Using Library computers - Software applications - JCU online services (webmail, wireless, eStudent, StudentsOnline and LearnJCU). Basic assistance with Library services: - Lending services - Finding information resources - Copying and printing services.

Expression of interest: JCU undergraduate student representative

Are you a JCU undergraduate student interested in your JCU Library? Can you attend 3 meetings per year? If so, complete the online form: Library Advisory Committee Student Representative Expression of Interest by 5pm on Friday 8 March 2013 . The Library Advisory Committee is an advisory committee to the Director, Library and Information Services and provides a forum for open discussion of matters relating to the Library and its services to the University community. TESTIMONIAL – From the JCU Undergraduate Student Representative 2011-2012 “Serving on the Library Advisory Committee gave me an insight into how a professional organisation plans, coordinates and considers its budget and responsibilities. Completing your degree is one thing but being part of this kind of committee is supplementary, offering experience of professional negotiations and conduct. Additionally the library is the central cog in university life which all students will use one way or another. So having i

Special Collections Fossickings 17: Dancing with death: the plague epidemic of 1900

Have you ever had Ross River fever? Do you worry about dengue? Living in the tropics can be a hazardous business. Back in 1900 a more sinister disease was about to arrive in the north …. bubonic plague. Contrary to popular opinion, plague is not a disease of the distant past and the 1900 outbreak, though serious, was not to be the last. Ian Townsend’s 2005 novel, “ Affection ” – held in the North Queensland collection – presents a colourful account of the Townsville outbreak and the mood of its citizens over a century ago. Photo of plaque in The Rocks, Sydney -  “The plague made landfall in Sydney in January 1900”.  Photographer: Liz Downes A blue plaque on a Sydney wall denotes the site of the first case of plague in January 1900. Eradication attempts reduced hundreds of houses in The Rocks to rubble, but inevitably the infection spread up the coast on ships carrying flea-infested rats. In April, when the vessel “Cintra” arrived in Townsville with a suspected plague victi

eduroam (with a lowercase e) wireless network

If you have just returned from holidays and can't join the eduroam wireless network on campus, you may need to reinstall the settings. Over the semester break some adjustments were made to the log in steps and students now sign in with their email as the username, staff would use their work email. Many of you will also be using Windows 8 so the IT staff have kindly placed these steps on the web alongside all of the major operating systems. These steps are located on the Getting Connected to Wireless page and the for phones and tablets at Wireless Setup -Mobile devices . And if you have further trouble you can either visit the Library at Cairns and Townsville and ask the staff at InfoHelp desk for help. If you needed further IT support they can refer you to the IT staff or you can contact IT via the Self Service Portal . Cairns and now Townsville library have printed  instructions on how to join that are laminated and placed for reuse around ea

Library Oweek tours and 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. Library Oweek activities include: Library orientation tours Go wireless clinics Top ten assignment research tips SOS! Secrets of searching Getting connected@JCU Up and running with LearnJCU. Good luck with your studies!

New title by JCU author

Prof. Robert Dixon Basic linguistic theory. Vol 3, Further grammatical topics  This book provides a fundamental characterization of the nature of human languages and a comprehensive guide to their description and analysis. In crystal-clear prose, Prof. Dixon describes how to go about doing linguistics. He show how grammatical structures and rules may be worked out on the basis of inductive generalisations, and explains the steps by which an attested grammar and lexicon can built up from observed utterances. This book is available in eBook format at JCU Library.

Upcoming EndNote workshops

With the computer program EndNote, you can create a personal library of references to articles, books and other materials you have collected during your research. References from your library can be inserted into a word document. EndNote will create an in-text citation for the reference and the reference list entry at the end of the document in whatever style of referencing you are required to use. In this workshop you will learn the basics. Townsville (no bookings required) Mon 11 Feb from 2pm – 3.30pm in building 25, room 002 Tues 12 Feb from 11am – 12.30pm in building 25, room 002 Wed 13 Feb from 10.30am – 12.00 noon in building 25, room 002 Cairns (please book your place at this workshop) Wed 13 Feb from 10am - 11.30am in B1.104 These 1.5 hour sessions go into more depth and are recommended for postgraduate students and academics.