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Showing posts from August, 2014

JCU's NAIDOC in September

NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to participate in activities to support our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.  JCU holds NAIDOC Week events in September with campus activities and awards because many JCU staff and students are on semester break in July. Make sure you  check out event times for the annual Mabo Lecture, free movie screenings and other activities. A display of items from the main and special collections can be viewd at the Mabo Library (Townsville). Items are available to view and borrow and many titles touch on the 2014 NAIDOC theme honourin

Latest Updates for Browzine

"BrowZine is a no-brainer to me.  It's one of the few library-related tools that actually behaves according to today's user's expectations for what their devices and resources should be able to do." -Elizabeth L. Winter Asst. Department Head & Electronic Resources Coordinator Georgia Tech Library, Georgia Institute of Technology   What Is Browzine and how you get it... BrowZine Updates Android Full-Screen Rotation Android tablet users may now view BrowZine in portrait or landscape mode. In-App Support BrowZine now incorporates a support library.  If you have a question while using BrowZine, simply tap on the Settings button.  In Settings, tap on Support to browse our FAQ or email Browzine directly.   iOS Minimum Requirements With the release of BrowZine version 1.6.0, BrowZine requires iOS 7.x or newer to run on iPad, iPhone and iPad Touch devices.  Existing iPad 1 users will still be able to use BrowZine, but future updates will no

Exodus by JCU lecturer Dr. Robyn Glade-Wright: A Fragile Beauty, Coral Bleaching and Heat Stress

Exodus by JCU lecturer Dr. Robyn Glade-Wright is now on display on the first floor of the Cairns campus library.  As Robyn writes in her artist’s statement, “Exodus is an artwork produced in response to the silent and largely unseen loss of life of a significant part of the once majestic reef.”  The display is a representation of coral bleaching, made from found objects washed up on the seashore and from Robyn’s garden.  For a full artist’s statement visit: JCU Library and Information Services can be contacted for use of common space areas for exhibitions or book launches read The Library Exhibitions Guidelines by emailing Management can then evaluate the suitability of timing and space requirements.

The LOCKSS Principle: Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe

Are you the kind of person who has your entire life save to a USB drive? Do you have that USB drive backed up anywhere? We often have lost USBs handed in at the Library, but we also have many people come and ask us for USBs that haven't been handed in. USB drives are easy to lose.  They are also easy to leave in your pocket when you put your clothes in the wash.  And they can develop faults that make the data irretrievable. Having all of your stuff saved on one USB drive is just not a smart move. Having all of your stuff saved on one computer is also pretty dangerous. It's a great idea to have more than one copy of anything important - especially around assignment time. As you are working on your assignments, save your work regularly to your USB drive, and remember to occasionally save a copy to your DropBox, Google Drive or OneDrive - or, at the very least, email a copy of it to yourself. Regularly save copies of all of your important files to your computer,

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. 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.

Open Day 2014: Spine Poetry

For JCU Open Day 2014 Cairns and Townsville held spine poetry competitions. Participants were invited to use the titles from book spines to make a poem. Congratulations to the winner of the 3rd Annual Spine Poetry Competition at Cairns!  11-year old Catherine is the proud owner of a new iPad Mini after Associate Professor Richard Lansdown judged this as the winning poem out of 41 entries! The Cairns winner's entry is pictured here and you can check out some of the 64 entries from Townsville on the JCU Library Facebook page .

Trial of new databases: National Geographic Virtual Library

If you love an engaging read about humanity and the natural world with stunning photography, JCU Library services is doing a temporary trial of National Geographic Virtual Library .  Trial of new databases .Temporary trial access to electronic services which may be of value to James Cook University is made available when the opportunity arises; this does not imply that the University will necessarily subscribe. Observations or comments (positive and negative) on the trials and value of the services are always appreciated and may be directed to the Faculty and School Librarians.  Alternatively, you can complete our online Database Trial Feedback form . Where the trial and further negotiation shows the service to be valuable, affordable, in demand and when sufficient funds are available, the University may subscribe.

Naxos Music Library

Did you know the JCU Library subscribes to an online music database? The Naxos Music Library contains a large number of albums from Naxos's CD library, as well as some CDs from other labels as well.  You can listen to entire albums online, through the JCU subscription. Genres include classical music, jazz, folk, world, spoken word, Chinese music and even some pop recordings. The best part is - the Naxos database is searchable through One Search . Do a search for what you want to hear (say, Mozart, "wind quintets" or "Fats Domino") and then use the Content Type (in the grey bar down the right side of the screen) to narrow your search to Music Recording. Click on the link, plug in your earphones and away you go. Naxos does list some albums that aren't part of our subscription, so occasionally you'll find something you can't listen to, but you'd be surprised how much music you can hear - online, anywhere in the world, through your JCU L

Special Collections Celebrates National Science Week: Age of Discovery and Astronomical Observations and Navigation

Astronomical Observations and Navigation Figure 1. The kind of telescope (left) and astronomical quadrant (right) Cook and Green used on the Endeavour voyage. In the centre is an image of the Transit of Venus in 2012. The measurement of longitude is important both to cartography and ocean navigation. Latitude is relatively easy to determine using a quadrant or astrolabe (above right), because latitude is always at right angles to the earth rotation. Longitude is more difficult to determine because it is a moving target as the earth rotates over a period of a day, and thus to be measured relative to a given standard, commonly Greenwich Mean Time. Before John Harrison invented his sea clock with a large balance wheel to cope with a ship's movement, longitude could not be measured on board a ship. See Dava Sobel's book, Longitude: the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his time. Captain James Cook used one of Harrison clocks on h

Referencing: Where to start?

At JCU and most universities you are required to write assignments, essays, blog entries, posters that contain references to mainly academic and scholarly sources. You can ask for assistance with checking your references at the Library InfoHelp desk . The library staff can check your references (usually you can have your reference list done and ready for checking a few days before the due date) and give you advice and training on how to correct the list. Before you come to the library or if you can't get in a good place to go to check referencing styles is the Referencing LibGuide . There are many referencing styles like APA, Vancouver, Harvard and your lecturer will often specify one specific style in the Subject Outline and marking rubric. To see how some styles look compared to each other, check out the Parts of Citation from the Referencing LibGuide. There are also plenty of useful explanations scattered across the other LibGuides. My favourites are: For APA in-text ci

Special Collections Celebrates National Science Week: Age of Discovery and the Endeavour's Wreck off Cape Tribulation

Captain Cook chartered 2000 miles of the East Australian coastline and only stopped for any length of time in four places:  Botany Bay, Bustard Bay, Thirsty Sound, and the Endeavour River. He was in a hurry. His crew were exhausted, supplies were running low and he was mindful of the approaching monsoons which would make his traverse across the Timor Sea arduous and dangerous. Also, it was not known whether the North of Queensland was attached to Papua New Guinea, and if it was they would need to sail right around New Guinea to get to Batavia, a friendly port in Dutch Indonesia. So, it was a serious misadventure when the Endeavour "Struck and stuck fast"on a ledge of coral reef at Cape Tribulation where "began all our troubles". From Cook’s handwritten Journal   (online at the National Library of Australia). Figure 1. Captain James Cook's handwritten journal from the Endeavour Voyage around the World. Held at the National Library of Australia.

Special Collections Celebrates National Science Week: Age of Discovery and the Anonymous Endeavour Journal

Across National Science Week we will highlight a number of Rare Books published during the Age of Discovery.   The Anonymous Endeavour Journal The Endeavour Replica. (Australian National Maritime Museum). The voyage around the world on the Endeavour from 1768 to 1771 commanded by James Cook was the first of three great world voyages undertaken in the pursuit of natural knowledge at the desire of the Royal Society of London. The aims of the Endeavour voyage were to chart the South Pacific Ocean; to record the transit of Venus in Tahiti; to take detailed scientific observations about the landscape, its flora and fauna and the local indigenous peoples; and to find and claim for King George III the Great South Land. Eagerly awaited, the first publication to arise from the Endeavour's return, was a relatively short but highly readable anonymous journal, since attributed to James Matra . It was published in 1771 just three months after the return of the Endeavour to En

Special Collections Fossickings 40: Laughter in a time of war: Aussie magazine 2

The Australian soldier “seemed to take the attitude that the War was being held in order to enable him to make jokes about it …. The Digger put laughter into everything. Even when the circumstances made things too painful for him to laugh himself, he passed laughter-stuff to his cobbers.” So wrote Lt. Phillip Harris the creator and editor of “Aussie”, the wartime magazine which featured in our previous Fossickings post. This week we take a closer look at the content of what was later dubbed “The Cheerful Monthly.” Regular features included poetry – humorous, sentimental or heartfelt – cartoons, short sketches, and a collection of jokes and anecdotes under the heading “Aussiosities”, a pun on the “Curiosities” columns which often appeared in magazines of the day.  Some of the cleverest touches were mock advertisements, often displaying a darker humour:  “Bluffem shock absorbers”, for example, claimed to cure the terrors of shell-shock. The magazine’s humour was often laced with ir

Almanacs and Important Events

Poor Richard's Almanac. 1850  by Ben Franklin Almanacs have been known in simple form almost since the invention of writing, serving to record religious feasts, seasonal changes etc. They were later elaborated into various lists, some of them resembling modern almanacs. JCU library has a range of current and historical almanacs containing a variety of facts with which you can easily impress your friends. If you are looking for something historical with a Queensland flavour have a look at Pugh's Almanac which was an annual commercial guide to Queensland businesses, places and events, available electronically from 1859-1927. The classic Poor Richard's Almanac may also be of interest. In recent times the recording of important dates and events past and future can be found more easily on the internet in various calendars of events . 

Info Skills Road Trip : Learn how to find resources for your essays and assignments.

Week three is upon us and many students are starting their first minor assignments and trying to figure out where to start searching. If you can't get to the Library InfoHelp desk, we recommend reading the Info Skills Road Trip Libguide.   We’ve developed an interactive learning tool specifically for students. It provides an introduction to researching for your assignments. You will learn the basics of unpacking your topic, finding resources, evaluating what you find and referencing to help you on your University journey. You can pick and choose your destination with each module only taking about 30 minutes of your time. Get started today: .  You can come to the Library InfoHelp desk and ask for help on the best places to search.