Discover the Library on Open Day – Saturday Aug 25

3D printer in ThinkSpace usyd

Your Library is so much more than just books. On Open Day visit our study spaces, join us in a tour of Fisher Library and learn how the team will support you through your studies at University.  And then there’s ThinkSpace – our technology showcase and creative play space…

Open Day is the perfect opportunity to introduce you to some of our creative and virtual reality technologies proven to spark ideas and provide opportunities for collaboration! Come in to ThinkSpace and try our 3D printer, Carvey and our One Button Recording Studio, or experience the world of virtual reality with Oculus Rift.

Our friendly staff will be on hand to explain the technologies, answer questions and show you some of the other great features of our libraries.

Tours will also be run throughout the day at the Conservatorium of Music.

 

virtual reality at ThinkSpace usyd

Quick Bites: Webinar series

Man looking at documents on wall

The Library’s Quick Bites program – a series of short webinars targeted at postgrad researchers – is back for Semester 2.

Quick Bites are designed to make your research practices better, smarter, and faster. We’ll be covering topics such as using social media to increase engagement, publishing for impact, avoiding digital chaos, finding collaborators for your research and more…

 

Overcoming the challenges of higher degree research

Being an HDR student can be challenging. Join us at this half hour session, as we chat to a current PhD student about overcoming some of the unique challenges that Higher Degree Research students face.

Date: 7 September 2018

Time: 1:15-1:45pm

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Social media for research engagement

How do you get started in social media? How do you engage new audiences with your social media channels? Hear one researcher’s experience with social media, and how you can use social media to support engagement with your research.

Presenters: Dr Cameron Webb, Medical Entomologist & Pat Norman, Academic Liaison Librarian

Date: 14th September 2018

Time: 1:15-1:45pm

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Ensure your audience finds your paper

Join Academic Liaison Librarian Tom Goodfellow and Computational Evolutionary Biologist Simon Ho to find out how to increase the citation rates for your research through clear and effective authoring of titles, abstracts and keywords and improve the community impact of your research with the use of clear, accessible language.

Presenters: Simon Ho, Computational Evolutionary Biologist, & Tom Goodfellow, Academic Liaison Librarian

Date: 21 September 2018

Time: 1:15-1.45pm

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Strategic Publishing

Do you want to publish with impact? Learn about how to publish your articles strategically to maximise engagement with your audience. We’ll cover how to create a shortlist using useful tools, publishing in journals for maximum discoverability and more.

Presenters: Dana Slaven, University Library & Vindhya Hettige, Research Portfolio

Date: 28 September 2018

Time: 1:15-1:45pm

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Managing images in a manuscript or thesis

Not sure about how to find quality images for your thesis or attribute them? Join us to hear about managing digital images in your manuscript or thesis. By the end of this session you’ll know where to find information on creating a Figure List and attributing your images in line with your preferred citation style and will be able to find, manipulate and insert quality images into your manuscript.

Presenters: Celia Brown, Academic Liaison Librarian & Kayla Maloney, Data Analysis Officer

Date: 5 October 2018

Time: 1:15-2:45pm

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How to avoid digital chaos

 Have you ever found yourself lost in (digital) paper? This session will discuss the best information management tips and how to avoid the chaos that comes with higher degree research.

We’ll discuss the ability to manage data and evidence to formulate a critical argument, identifying evidence and secondary material that supports independent research projects, managing and using large amounts of secondary material, and how to distinguish vital evidence from large amounts of primary sources.

Presenters: Associate Professor Nick Eckstein, Department of History, & Tess Aitken, Academic Liaison Librarian

Date: 8 October 2018

Time: 2:15 – 2:45pm

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Finding collaborators for your research

Why is research collaboration important? Join Academic Liaison Librarian Kamy Ooi, and HDR Coordinator Ben Breeds from the Sydney Business School, to hear about the tools you can use to identify potential collaborators for your work, including SciVal, InCites, ResearchGate and Twitter. We will also provide tips on how to manage your own research profile to promote yourself as a potential collaborator to others.

Presenters: Ben Breeds, Sydney Business School & Kamy Ooi, Academic Liaison Librarian

Date: 19 October 2018

Time: 1:15-1:45pm

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Text and Data Mining

Heard about Text and Data Mining (TDM) and wondering if it might be a good fit for your research? Find out what text and data mining is and how it can usefully be applied in a research context. Also learn about data sources for text and data mining projects and support, tools, and resources for learning more.

Presenters: Ryan Stoker, Research Data Officer and Gene Melzack, Digital Curation Officer

Date: 26 October 2018

Time: 1:15-1:45pm

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Rare Bites: Orientalism in Thomas Allom’s Engravings

section of Thomas Allom's Orientalist image

Orientalist painting was one of the many genres of the 19th Century art. Thomas Allom (1804-1872) was a well-known British illustrator in the 19th Century. In Allom’s publication — China Illustrated, there are 75 steel engravings of original sketches of Chinese social habits, scenery and architectures. Orientalism shaped how Allom depicted about things and what Allom understood about Chinese society. Jenny’s talk will refer to art historian Linda Nochlin’s groundbreaking essay The Imaginary Orient to discuss orientalism in Thomas Allom’s engravings.

When: 23 August 2018; 1-1.30pm

Where: Fisher Library, Level 2, Seminar Room

Speaker: Jenny Zhijun Yang

Rare Bites is a series of informal and entertaining 30 minute lunchtime talks held monthly during semester. “Orientalism in Thomas Allom’s Engravings” is the fourth talk in Rare Bites 2018 series.

If you want to learn about some of the treasures and lesser-known gems within Rare Books & Special Collections at the University Library, this is your opportunity. Audience attendance is free for all, please register here.

About the speaker:

Jenny Zhijun Yang is the curator of  a pop up exhibition currently on display in the Fisher Library on Level 4: Perspectives of an outsider: Thomas Allom’s fascination with 19th century China. Jenny is a postgraduate student studying Master of Art Curating at the University of Sydney. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts in history and Asian studies in 2017, and was awarded the Summer Research Scholarship of the University of Auckland. Jenny is currently a gallery host at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and was previously a gallery assistant at the Auckland Art Gallery. She co-curated the Giuseppe Castiglione Print Exhibition(宫廷画师郎世宁)at the George Fraser Gallery in collaboration with the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation and the National Museum of Taiwan. Moreover, Jenny has volunteered for many cultural institutions such as the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Confucius Institute in Auckland, the Powerhouse Museum, the Verge Gallery and the Sydney Biennale. Jenny has a Chinese heritage and her global perspective was refined through exchanging to the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, attending a summer school at Sciences Po, Paris and doing an internship in Dublin, Ireland.

Rare Books: The Art of Mathematics

rare books illustration usyd

The exhibition will chart a course beginning at the close of the 1400s and relate a coherent and comprehensive narrative about the developments of mathematics (and science more generally) through to the nineteenth century. It will achieve this through reference to the art of mathematics. That is, through the scientific diagrams and engraved frontispieces that accompany the Library’s collection of treatises on mathematical topics. The exhibition will, therefore, draw on Laura Kotevska’s expertise as a historian and philosopher of mathematics to convey the rich and varied developments that took place during this period. The exhibition will include some of the most significant holdings of the Rare Books & Special Collections.

Located on Level 1 of Fisher Library, this exhibition runs from 13 August 2018 to 10 February 2019.

Exhibition: The Seeds of Songs and the Songs of Seeds: Warlpiri and Anmatyerr Women’s Songs

Yawulyu are a genre of Warlpiri women’s songs which encode knowledge of links to country, kinship connections and Dreaming stories as well as detailed ethnobiological knowledge from this unique region in the desert of Central Australia. This exhibition visually and auditorily presents this endangered genre of Indigenous Australian music through showcasing examples of Ngurlu ‘Seed’ and Watiyawarnu ‘Acacia tenuissima’ yawulyu sung by Warlpiri women from Yuendumu, Willowra and Alekerenge. This exhibition also features artwork and photographs of Warlpiri women singing, painting up and dancing these yawulyu.

This exhibition is at the Conservatorium Library from 6 August – 6 October.

What ever happened to those great ideas from Lion’s Den?

students studying at computers

Last year we ran the Lion’s Den challenge and heard some great ideas from students on how we can make the student experience even better. The winner walked away with a $1000 prize, but what happened to their ideas?

The Library has been busy working with other areas in the University to introduce these ideas into our services.

Timeout on student computers (William)

The winning idea was the introduction of auto-logout on student computers. Starting semester 2, all student PCs in our Libraries will log-out after 30 minutes of inactivity.

Stationery and Coffee vending (Henry)

You may have already noticed the stationery vending machine on Level 3 of Fisher Library, but if you find yourself in Fisher Library at 3am and need a pick-me-up, you’ll now be able to grab a coffee from the vending machine in the kitchen.

Standing desks for students (Jushina)

Another great idea was the introduction of areas with standing desks for student. With the relocation of printers from Fisher Library stack, we have the opportunity to bring in standing desks as part of the printer bay refurbishment. Keep your eyes peeled for the new furniture in Semester 2.

PC availability at the Library entrance (Wenqian)

Also on the cards for late 2018 are displays at Fisher Library indicating which library spaces and Learning Hubs have the most available PCs. As soon as ICT complete the upgrade of the software we will be rolling it out to all libraries.

Go home safe (Jennifer)

Getting around the University safely is of utmost importance, and this great idea involved finding groups of students with similar destinations to travel with when leaving Fisher Library at night. We are working with Security to introduce this idea and look forward to being able to announce an initiative later in the year.

Look out for the Lion’s Den challenge coming in 2019. Pitch your idea for the Library and you could win $1000.