Monday, April 24, 2017

Library Opening Hours: Public Holdiay 2017 Labour Day May 1st

Monday 1st of May 2017 is the Labour Day public holiday.

The opening hours for Monday at both Cairns and Townsville will be restricted.

Opening hours will be:
Monday 1st May 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

The Townsville Mabo Library 24 Hour InfoCommons will remain accessible as normal.

ATM Moving From Cairns Campus

As of 5th May 2017, the ATM in the foyer of the library building will be removed from the Cairns Campus. The Commonwealth Bank decided not to renew their licence to operate the ATM on the campus. 

There are no other ATMs on the Cairns Campus with the closest one available at the Smithfield Shopping Centre. 

JCU apologises for the service disruption.

Friday, April 21, 2017

New Book recommendation - Doing a Literature Review in Nursing, Health and Social Care

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 and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A book title of interest is: Doing a literature review in Nursing, Health and Social Care by Michael Coughlan and Patricia Cronin.

 An extract from the publisher states:

This clear, practical book guides readers undertaking their own literature review through the process, giving them the skills and knowledge they need for success. It will be an essential guide for all nursing and all allied healthcare students, as well as professionals working in practice.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ANZAC Day 2017 - Opening Hours

The Anzac Day public holiday, the 25th of April, falls on Tuesday this year

The opening hours for Tuesday at both Cairns and Townsville will be restricted.

Opening hours will be: Tuesday 25th April 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

The Townsville Mabo Library 24 Hour InfoCommons will be remain accessible as normal.

Chewy or Crispy?

The army biscuit, also known as an Anzac wafer or Anzac tile, is essentially a long shelf-life, hard tack biscuit, eaten as a substitute for bread. Unlike bread, though, the biscuits are very, very hard. Some soldiers preferred to grind them up and eat as porridge.
Anzac biscuit recipe from Carole Moore’s family recipe notebook.
Photo courtesy Allison Reynolds

Culinary historian Allison Reynolds has been trawling through old recipe books trying to discover the origins of this famous Australian snack.
The first version of this rolled-oat based biscuit reportedly appeared around 1823, and over the next century took on various names such as 'surprise biscuits' and 'crispies'.
The ingredients they used were rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup or treacle, bi-carbonate of soda and boiling water. All these items did not readily spoil. 

According to Reynolds the first published recipe for ANZAC biscuits was in 1917 in The War Chest Cookery Book (held in electronic format by the National Library of Australia). 

The majority of rolled oats based biscuits were in fact sold and consumed at fetes, galas, parades and other public events at home, to raise funds for the war effort. 
"Then around the early WWI years you started to see the name change to 'red cross biscuits' and 'soldiers biscuits'."
After the landing on Gallipoli, they were renamed ANZAC Biscuits.

A point of interest is the lack of eggs to bind the ANZAC biscuit mixture together. Because of the war, many of the poultry farmers had joined the services, thus eggs were scarce. The binding agent for the biscuits was golden syrup or treacle.

SO...Chewy or crispie?  How do you like yours?

The JCU Library holds some interesting articles relating to the ANZAC biscuit as well as some great books on ANZAC day and the soldiers at Gallipoli.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Login failed. Printing errors explained

You can print at the JCU Libraries and at other locations across JCU campuses in Cairns and Townsville.

Scan your student card at the printer to print.  If the message on the screen says 'Login failed' this is usually an indication that there is not enough money in your account to cover the print job.

You can check your balance from StudentsOnline, or at the printer (select view print jobs, the balance appears in top right corner) or alternatively by using the CopyPrint Paystation with your student card.

Students are able to add credit to their printing accounts through StudentsOnline by selecting 'Online Payments for CopyPrint'. This will then redirect to a payment page ($5 minimum), or  by cash in coins or notes in the CopyPrint Pay Station in the InfoCommons in Townsville, and in the Library foyer in Cairns.

More information about CopyPrint including photocopy, scanning and prices is online.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

System upgrade Wednesday, 19 April 2017: ResearchOnline@JCU

JCU’s institutional repository, ResearchOnline@JCU, enables access to JCU’s research output including publications and theses.

ResearchOnline@JCU will be undergoing a system upgrade on Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 7 am – 12 pm. Unfortunately, users will not be able to access ResearchOnline@JCU during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience.

All other library services and databases will be accesible.