Automatic renewals of Library items

By Kim Williams

This year we want to make everyone’s lives easier, so we’ve enabled automatic renewals for our general collections. We’re sure this will make everyone’s lives easier, and will help people avoid library fines.

We’ll be automatically renewing your items so you can keep them for longer if

  • your fines are under $30
  • they’re from our general collection
  • your account hasn’t expired
  • no-one else has requested the item you’ve borrowed from us.

The only things we won’t automatically renew for you are:

  • If we’ve borrowed it from BONUS+ or it’s through Document Delivery
  • Equipment
  • 2 hour collection (as this is a high demand collection)
  • Items that have already been renewed four times.

If you’d still like to keep it after a year or four renewals (whichever comes sooner), they’ll need to come back before you can re-borrow them.

You won’t get an email from us saying that your items have been renewed, so it’s important to keep an eye on your MyLoans account. When it’s time to bring the items back, we’ll still send you an email.

In addition we now let our community borrowers place two holds at a time each, so that they’re not prevented from accessing items that have been renewed automatically.

Happy 2018!

Rare Breeds: The Dogs of Rare Books and Special Collections

Topsell, Edward. The history of four-footed beasts and serpents. London : Printed by E. Cotes, for G. Sawbridge ... T. Williams ... and T. Johnson, 1658. RB Wing G624.

 

When: Until 31st January 2018

Where: Level 3 Corridor, Fisher Library F03 and Scitech Library

 

They pursue ill-fated hares across the pages of treatises on hunting; captivate poets and artists as the subjects of dedicated portraits and odes; linger quietly as background figures in illustrations and paintings; and populate narratives in all manner of roles from protagonist to confidante.

Dogs appear frequently in cultural records of many kinds dating back to antiquity. This is hardly surprising, given the longevity and strength of their relationship with humans. Their companionship and utility to man have been extensively documented and discussed by historians, scientists and enthusiasts. Also evident is their ability to captivate the human imagination as exemplars and symbols, positive and sinister, from models of loyalty to harbingers of death.

This exhibition presents a selection of cultural depictions of dogs found in Rare Books & Special Collections, and thus a snapshot of the canine-human relationship as expressed in art and literature. From the wild and mysterious to the familiar and faithful, dogs of all kinds have been coaxed from their kennels, dens and chaise-lounges into the spotlight. No doubt there are many more waiting to be found.

Exhibition: Berckelman printing block collection

Where: Fisher Library, level 1 (opposite the news room)

Colin Berckelman was a collector of books, bookplates and photographs covering a variety of genres and themes.

The collector

Colin Blake Berckelman (1907-1965) was a bibliophile, writer, amateur photographer and prolific collector of books, bookplates, manuscripts, ephemera and photographs. Unsurprisingly considering his clear predilection for print media, printing processes were another area of interest for him, as evidenced by his collection of 46 printing blocks.

The collection in Rare Books and Special Collections

Smaller in scale than other branches of the Berckelman Collections held by Rare Books & Special Collections, this typically eclectic grouping of objects clearly reflects the varied interests that underpinned all of his collecting efforts: bookplates, erotica, Australian satirical art and literature, and Australian colonial architecture.

This display features prints made from blocks in the collection by SCA student Julia McKenzie, who in 2017 worked on a project to clean, organise and describe the blocks. This work has enabled a finding aid to be created so that they are now findable online.

(Link to catalogue record: http://opac.library.usyd.edu.au:80/record=b5877519~S4)

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

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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 agata.mrva-montoya@sydney.edu.au

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.