Revive during exams with therapy dogs

Delta Therapy Dogs

As part of Exam Ready, the Library’s program promoting health and well-being during the exam period, we have some very special four-legged friends visiting from the Delta Society.

On Friday 17 November between 12-1.30pm in Fisher, Law, and SciTech libraries, everyone is invited to come down for some pet therapy with canines that will be on campus. The Delta Society Therapy Dogs is a program that brings the joy of animals to help all kinds of people around the country by offering a paw shake and a listening ear.

During exam period it can be hard to take a break; but it’s important for all student’s well-being and mental health. This is the reason why the Library has the Exam Ready program.  We’ve teamed up with experts from across the University and have all kind of programs including healthy eating and smarter study talks as well as chill out zones to relax and reboot throughout exam period. The therapy dogs are just one part of the huge program to help students study smarter and stress less. Find out more about the Delta Society therapy dogs and view the full program here.

Follow the University of Sydney Library Facebook and Twitter to see all the activities and how we are going to help students be exam ready.

First Cumbo art exhibition

first instalment of the Cumbo art exhibition . An over the shoulder shot of a girl in a black sweater looking at water colour pictures.

Come and visit the very first Cumbo Art Exhibtion. This exhibition is currently on display at the Health Sciences Library, and at the Health Sciences faculty on Cumberland Campus. The exhibition is open from 23 October 2017.

A group of Physiotherapy students have gathered together a diverse collection of artworks from Cumbo staff and students, as well as completed pieces from weekly art classes.

“Hey!” Keep an eye on your stuff


You might see us discreetly placing “Hey” coasters on items left unattended in our Library spaces. We’re doing this because we had a few cases of stolen laptops and phones and to remind you that sometimes, people can be awful and take things that aren’t theirs.

The safety of our students and their property is our highest priority, so please keep your personal belongings with you at all times. In case you have found or lost an item, contact Library staff or security.

Sydney Open Textbooks: A Pilot

Open book to as symbol for Open Access Week

Are you passionate about open access and making education more affordable for your students? Would you like to publish an open textbook for your unit of study?

We are looking for expressions of interest from academics to participate in a pilot project that aims to publish an open textbook to support any discipline taught at the University of Sydney at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

How to get involved?

If you are interested in publishing an open textbook for your course, please submit a one-page proposal by 1 December 2017. We are particularly interested in proposals for original and previously unpublished projects with multidisciplinary appeal that would lend themselves to digital delivery and contain multimedia content.

Your submission should include the following:

  • Your contact details
  • Textbook title
  • Unit of study name and student enrolment numbers
  • Description of contents, including any multimedia
  • Table of contents with brief chapter descriptions
  • Estimated length of manuscript and delivery timeline.

To submit a proposal, and if you would like more information or have any further questions, please contact Agata Mrva-Montoya, Publishing Manager, Sydney University Press on 02 9114 1456 or

Sydney University Press was re-established in 2005 as an initiative of the University of Sydney Library and is a not-for-profit scholarly publisher.

Research support beyond Open Access Week

Image shows a door from the University of Sydney Quadrangle opening to the outside world with the skyline of Sydney in the background and the sun streaming in. There is the logo of Open Access Week and the Library with the slogan: Open doors

From the 23-27 October the Library will be hosting free events to coincide with Open Access week. While this event is only one week long we are here to support you with your research whenever you need. We can help you:

Legally make your already published articles openly available

Did you know that most publishers allow the post-print version of an article to be made openly available in your university’s institutional repository? The evidence for making research openly available is clear; for researchers the increased visibility that open access provides means higher impact for their work. For the community the more research is shared the greater its value.  On top of that funders such as the NHMRC and ARC require research to be made openly available.

Sharing a copy of your post-print article is simple, just submit the article through The Sydney eScholarship Repository online.  Find out more info on our website, or get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian or the Repository and Digitisation team.

Be at the forefront of the open data movement

Most data* can be published in some form whether it’s made openly available or available through a mediated process. The Library can help you form a data publication strategy by working with you to decide what data can (or can’t) be published, finding the best publishing option and helping to ensure that your data can be understood by others.

Data publication is a growing trend in Australia and is a mandatory requirement for some publishers and funders. Be at the vanguard and take on data publication while it’s fresh. You can find out more info online or contact the Research Data team.

*there are circumstances where data can’t be published due to its sensitive nature. In these circumstances, a description of the dataset is generally made available.

Make the most of your ORCID ID

Researchers at the University have recently been asked to create an ORCID account. But are you making the most of ORCID? Here are five easy steps to increase your visibility and impact:

  1. Make ORCID work for you
    Add your publications to your ORCID profile and enable auto-updating from databases such as Scopus and Web of Science. Here’s how to import articles from Scopus.
  2. Add extra data
    Add details of grants and other research income you’ve received, peer review activities through Publons, links to presentations, and keywords to describe your research interests. Include your affiliation as well as any variations of your name to help others to find you and your work.
  3. Add ORCID to your social accounts and email signature
    Include ORCID in your University of Sydney academic profile, Google Scholar profile, Twitter and other social accounts. Add ORCID to your email signature to give people an immediate picture of your research activities.
  4. Use your ORCID
    Keep your information updated and include your ID in manuscript submission systems, grant applications and other research workflows.

Make your work as accessible as possible

Now that your work is more discoverable, see whether you can make your publications themselves available open access. Use SHERPA/RoMEO to see what options are available, and get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian if you’d like any assistance.

New exhibition: ephemera

Photo by Jeannie Ho as part of the ephemera exhibition in Fisher Library

Experience our new exhibition in Fisher Library curated by the University of Sydney’s Master of Art Curation students.

From 19 October 2017; 9am-5pm

Where: Fisher Library, Levels 2,3,4

ephemera presents a distinct thematic experience that is inherently sensory; presenting a consideration of the ways in which art can either directly engage with a multitude of sensory engagements, or disrupt the potential to do so. Through engagement with senses, particularly touch and sound, ephemera provokes sensory experiences. This intentionally goes beyond the expected visually focused works to be found within the context of an art exhibition. While several works take a directed approach to sensations, others take a less literal approach, engaging viewers through more meditative and almost subliminal interactions.

A subtle influence on a sensational experience

Art work by Harry Seeley as part of the ephemera art exhibition in Fisher Library level 2The works and artists we have brought together gently provoke musings on the way in which we personally, internally and sensationally experience the world that surrounds us. All of ephemera’s incorporated works are all incredibly affective, however they communicate this with subtlety. They do not present an overt depiction of the sentiments they intend to convey, but rather influence the viewer on an emotive or sensational level, in a way that may not be instantly perceptible, becoming impactful through a more sustained engagement with the work in situ.

The artists

The Fisher Library segment of the exhibition presents works by Jeanie Ho and Harry Seeley. These two artists individually capture the essence of the exhibition through their incredibly delicate yet powerful works. The ephemerality encapsulated within the artworks themselves is further developed through the serendipitous encounters afforded by the library space, and the way in which it is utilised on a daily basis not purely as an exhibiting space but rather a space in which library visitors may unexpectedly encounter the works of art in situ and be affected unexpectedly by what they encounter.

A big thank you to Donna Brett and the Fisher Library staff for all your support and thank you to the artists for your hard work and great team work over the last couple of months.

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