Welcome Week, Semester 2: the Library can’t wait to meet you!

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Have you ever wondered what 5 million Library resources look like? The best way to get familiar with the services and facilities we have to offer is Welcome Week, Semester 2.

From Monday 2 August to Week 1 of Semester 2, we have a jam-packed schedule of awesome activities for you to take part in.

Learn about what study looks like at Uni with Welcome to your Library

Finding information at uni will probably be a bit different from what you’ve done in the past. At uni, you’re part of the scholarly conversation. Find out more about what that means, your responsibilities as a contributor, and how you can get the most out of it.

Get to know our friendly team at Meet the Library Online

The Library is a safe and inclusive community looking forward to welcoming you. Join us for an online Q&A session with Meet the Library Online. Our friendly team is here to answer all your questions about our services and how we can best support you to succeed at uni.

Meet your peers at Plan Your Semester & Think.Create.Innovate

Starting uni is exciting, but it can also be a little overwhelming. Peer Learning Advisors are current students who will share with you their tips on how to manage your time, refine your study skills, or just look after yourself. Come along to Plan Your Semester to organise your semester well ahead and Think.Create.Innovate to discover the coolest and most innovative spaces on campus!

Make new friends at Uni with Speed Meet & Chat and Ni Hao Mate

One of the most exciting things about starting uni is meeting cool and interesting people! Come along to Speed Meet & Chat get a chance to meet heaps of people in this fast-paced session and Ni Hao Mate to learn about Chinese and Australian culture!

Check out our full program of events of the Welcome Week website.

We can’t wait to meet you!

New pathways to library support

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The Library is making some changes to the way we support our students, researchers and staff. Scroll to the relevant heading below to find out more about what support you can access and how. 

Undergraduate & postgraduate by coursework students

  • You can get help when you need it through our Live Chat Service, including evenings and weekends during semester. Live Chat is accessible from any page on our website or via our app. Our team can also refer you to a librarian for live support between 10am – 5pm on weekdays during Semester. 
  • You can book into group research skills sessions that will be offered throughout the year.
  • You can get help researching for your assignments via our online training, or you can get more tailored guidance through our Subject Guides
  • The library will continue to work with your lecturers to ensure you have access to your reading materials, and to develop targeted support in some Canvas sites for core units of study.

See our Meet with a Librarian page for additional information. 

Researchers, postgraduate by research students, & honours students

In addition to requesting help through our Live Chat Service and using our self-help resources to develop your research skills, you can also access further support by:

  • sending queries to a team of dedicated librarians looking after your Faculty or University School
  • booking an appointment with a librarian
  • accessing a range of self-help resources on planning for strategic publishing & to measure the impact of your research

See our Meet with a Librarian page for key areas where we can provide advice.

Staff in University Portfolios and Professional Services Units

For general enquiries about borrowing or accessing resources you can request help through our Live Chat service.  For more complex support requests please contact the most appropriate member of our library leadership team for support.

Academic staff

Academic Liaison Librarians (ALLs) are now allocated client group responsibilities at the Faculty or University School level rather than the faculty school/department level. This means that you will be supported by a team of ALLs, rather than an individual. Within each team, ALLs have areas of specialisation across Education, Research, and Research Education, which means that depending on the area of your enquiry you may be supported by different ALLs.

Our Meet with a Librarian page will be updated with your team email contacts by the beginning of semester 2 2021.

To better support student learning outcomes, we have developed a new Tiered Service Model for Learning Experiences, which outlines how the Library supports information and digital literacy skills development within the curriculum. 

We will continue to support existing teaching commitments for Semester 2, 2021, before transitioning to our new model for Semester 1, 2022. The new model will provide higher quality, pedagogically-sound IDL programs and a broader range of self-help resources.

Feedback and questions

These changes will assist the Library to support students and researchers in a more sustainable and efficient way. We look forward to continuing to partner with you as we transition to our new ways of working. We are eager to manage this transition well, and we want to ensure that services to staff and students remain of high quality. We will also be conducting a post-implementation review at the end of Semester 2. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to contact Michael Arndell (Associate Director, Academic Services) at michael.arndell@sydney.edu.au or Elizabeth Litting (Associate Director, Research Education) at elizabeth.litting@sydney.edu.au.

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Access to Library Spaces has changed due to current COVID-19 regulations

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In response to the updated COVID restrictions announced by the NSW government on 26 June and to prioritise wellness within the University community, Library staff have moved all face-to-face services online.

Fisher Library and the Law Library remain open 24/7 in Study Hall mode, accessible to current staff and students via swipe. All other 24/7 Libraries and learning hubs are closed. This includes Camden Library, The Quarter, SciTech, the Susan Wakil Health Building and the Conservatorium of Music.

The Library will be able to support your queries via Live Chat Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm and Sat: 10am-2pm.

For more information on the University Library’s response to COVID-19 and to learn about the library support available to you, please see our COVID-19 Support webpage: https://library.sydney.edu.au/help/covid-19/.

External library return chutes will remain open at Fisher and SciTech libraries.

Visualise Your Thesis 2021

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Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) is back!

Have you ever wondered how TED talks make complex ideas sound so simple? Register for Visualise Your Thesis 2021 and develop the skills to communicate your own research with the world. Submissions close 30 July 2021, so the perfect time to start is right now!

What is VYT?

VYT is an international competition that challenges HDR students to present their projects in a 60-second, eye-catching, audio-visual digital display. Using a pre-supplied template, you are tasked with developing a striking e-poster presentation that succinctly describes your research, and its potential benefits, to a non-specialist audience.  

Why should I participate?

VYT is great opportunity to build and apply your digital literacy skills. By creating a “visual elevator pitch” you will develop crucial employability skills including effective communication, digital literacy, and visual storytelling. You will also build your awareness of open access to information and copyright.

The winning entry will represent the University of Sydney in the 2021 Visualise Your Thesis International Competition and have the opportunity to win up to $5000!

How can I apply? 

The Visualise Your Thesis Competition is open to currently-enrolled graduate researchers (i.e. students enrolled in M.Phil., Masters by Research, Ph.D. or Professional Doctorate programmes) at any stage of their candidature who are active and attending.

Register your interest and we will email the official Entrant Pack with all the information you need to develop and submit your entry. Submissions close on Friday, 30 July 2021.

NAIDOC Week 2021 – Heal Country

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NAIDOC Week 2021 is from 4 – 11 July. This year’s theme is Heal Country. It is a call for all to seek greater protections of land, water, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration and destruction. 

To celebrate NAIDOC week, the University of Sydney Library is showcasing items from the collection that have been published by Sydney University Press, and that focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and cultural heritage. 

Community-led Research: Walking New Pathways Together

The concept of community-led research has taken off in recent years in a variety of fields, from archaeology and anthropology to social work and everything in between. Drawing on case studies from Australia and the Pacific, this book considers what it means to participate in community-led research, for both communities and researchers. How can researchers and communities work together well, and how can research be reimagined using the knowledge of First Nations peoples and other communities to ensure it remains relevant, sustainable, socially just and inclusive? 

Find Community-led Research: Walking New Pathways Together at Sydney University Press

Djalkiri – Yolŋu art, collaborations and collections

Djalkiri are “footprints” – ancestral imprints on the landscape that provide the Yolŋu people of eastern Arnhem Land with their philosophical foundations. This book describes how Yolŋu artists and communities keep these foundations strong, and how they have worked with museums to develop a collaborative, community-led approach to the collection and display of their artwork. It includes contributions from Yolŋu elders and artists as well as Indigenous and non-Indigenous historians and curators. Together they explore how the relationship between communities and museums has changed over time. 

Find Djalkiri – Yolŋu art, collaborations and collections in Library Search 

Recording Kastom - Alfred Haddon’s Journals from the Torres Strait and New Guinea, 1888 and 1898 

A comprehensive and critical edition of Alfred Haddon’s intimate and remarkably rich journals from his two expeditions to the Torres Strait in 1888-89 and 1898-99. 

The journals record in vivid detail Haddon’s observations and relationships. They highlight his preoccupation with documentation, and the central role played by the Islanders who worked with him to record kastom (traditional culture). This collaboration resulted in an enormous body of materials that remain of vital interest to Torres Strait Islanders and the communities where he worked. Haddon’s Journals provide unique and intimate insights into the colonial history of the region and will be an important resource for scholars in history, anthropology, linguistics and musicology. 

This comprehensively annotated edition assembles a rich array of photographs, drawings, artefacts, film and sound recordings. An introductory essay provides historical and cultural context. The preface and epilogue provide Islander perspectives on the historical context of Haddon’s work and its significance for the future. 

Find Recording Kastom - Alfred Haddon’s Journals from the Torres Strait and New Guinea, 1888 and 1898 in Library Search 

Singing Bones – ancestral creativity and collaboration 

Manikay are the ancestral songs of Arnhem Land, passed down over generations and containing vital cultural knowledge. 

Singing Bones foregrounds the voices of manikay singers from Ngukurr in southeastern Arnhem Land, and charts their critically acclaimed collaboration with jazz musicians from the Australian Art Orchestra, Crossing Roper Bar. It offers an overview of Wägilak manikay narratives and style, including their social, ceremonial and linguistic aspects, and explores the Crossing Roper Bar project as an example of creative intercultural collaboration and a living continuation of the manikay tradition.  

Find Singing Bones – ancestral creativity and collaboration  in Library Search

Songs from the Stations: Wajarra as sung by Ronnie Wavehill Wirrpnga, Topsy Dodd Ngarnjal and Dandy Danbayarri at Kalkaringi

The Gurindji people of the Northern Territory are perhaps best-known for their walk-off of Wave Hill Station in 1966, protesting against mistreatment by the station managers. The strike would become the first major victory of the Indigenous land rights movement. Many discussions of station life are focused on the harsh treatment of Aboriginal workers. Songs from the Stations portrays another side of life on Wave Hill Station. Amongst the harsh conditions and decades of mistreatment, an eclectic ceremonial life flourished during the first half of the 20th century. Constant travel between cattle stations by Indigenous workers across north-western and central Australia meant that Wave Hill Station became a cross-road of desert and Top End musical styles. As a result, the Gurindji people learnt songs from the Mudburra who came further east, the Bilinarra from the north, the Nyininy from the west, and the Warlpiri from the south. This book is the first detailed documentation of wajarra, public songs performed by the Gurindji people in response to contemporary events in their community.  

Find Songs from the Stations: Wajarra as sung by Ronnie Wavehill Wirrpnga, Topsy Dodd Ngarnjal and Dandy Danbayarri at Kalkaringi in Library Search 

For the sake of a song: Wangga songmen and their repertories

Wangga, originating in the Daly region of Australia’s Top End, is one of the most prominent Indigenous genres of public dance-songs. This book focuses on the songmen who created and performed the songs for their own communities and for the general public over the past 50 years. The book is organised around six repertories: four from the Belyuen-based songmen Barrtjap, Muluk, Mandji and Lambudju, and two from the Wadeye-based Walakandha and Ma-yawa wangga groups, the repertories being named after the ancestral song-giving ghosts of the Marri Tjavin and Marri Ammu people respectively. 

Find For the sake of a song : Wangga songmen and their repertories in Library Search 

Re-awakening languages : theory and practice in the revitalisation of Australia’s indigenous languages

The Indigenous languages of Australia have been undergoing a renaissance over recent decades. Many languages that had long ceased to be heard in public and consequently deemed ‘dead’ or ‘extinct’, have begun to emerge. 

Geographically and linguistically isolated, revitalisers of Indigenous Australian languages have often struggled to find guidance for their circumstances, unaware of the others walking a similar path. In this context Re-awakening Languages seeks to provide the first comprehensive snapshot of the actions and aspirations of Indigenous people and their supporters for the revitalisation of Australian languages in the 21st century. 

The contributions to this volume describe the satisfactions and tensions of this ongoing struggle. They also draw attention to the need for effective planning and strong advocacy at the highest political and administrative levels, if language revitalisation in Australia is to be successful and people’s efforts are to have longevity. 

Find Re-awakening languages : theory and practice in the revitalisation of Australia’s indigenous languages in Library Search 

Research, Records and Responsibility: Ten years of PARADISEC 

The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) has been on the cutting edge of digital archiving, building a significant historical collection and community of practice engaged in the preservation and accessibility of research materials. Over the ten years of PARADISEC’s operation, the repository has grown to represent over 860 languages from across the world, including cultural materials from the Pacific region and South-East Asia, North America, Africa and Europe. With over 5000 hours of audio, the extent of the archival material, as well as the inclusion of a variety of styles such as songs, narratives and elicitation, has resulted in an invaluable resource for researchers and communities alike. 

PARADISEC’s innovation in archival practice allows communities to access original recordings of their own cultural heritage, and provides fieldworkers with a wealth of primary material. Research, Records and Responsibility explores developments in collaborative archiving practice between archives and the communities they serve and represent, incorporating case studies of historical recordings, visual data and material culture. It brings together the work of Australian and international scholars, commemorating ten years of PARADISEC, and reflects on the development and future directions of research and language archiving. 

Find Research, Records and Responsibility: Ten years of PARADISEC in Library Search 

Archival Returns : Central Australia and beyond 

Place-based cultural knowledge – of ceremonies, songs, stories, language, kinship and ecology – binds Australian Indigenous societies together. Over the last 100 years or so, records of this knowledge in many different formats – audiocassettes, photographs, films, written texts, maps, and digital recordings – have been accumulating at an ever-increasing rate. Yet this extensive documentary heritage is dispersed. In many cases, the Indigenous people who participated in the creation of the records, or their descendants, have little idea of where to find the records or how to access them. Some records are held precariously in ad hoc collections, and their caretakers may be perplexed as to how to ensure that they are looked after. Archival Returns: Central Australia and Beyond explores the strategies and practices by which cultural heritage materials can be returned to their communities of origin, and the issues this process raises for communities, as well as for museums, galleries, and other cultural institutions. 

Find Archival Returns : Central Australia and beyond  in Library Search 

Level up your tech skills during the semester break

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Level up your technology skills during the semester break at our makerspace Winter Technology Workout!  Join in to explore and experiment with new creative technologies, and find the inspiration for your next creative project, all for free! 

ThinkSpace and CreateSpace are open all semester break. We have workshops for all interests and skill levels, whether you want to learn more about 3D printing, or work on your at-home video editing skills, we have a huge range of events happening all through July, both on campus (when regulations allow) and online! Always check the event details closer to the day to see if regulations allow us to have in person options, or only online.

Week beginning 5 July: Open-source editing software exploring 

We kick off Week 1 with exploring the potential of open-source software! Unlock your media editing skills with our series of workshops where we teach your audio editing, video editing and photo editing with free, open-source software you can use anywhere! 

Week beginning 12 July: Making your 3D World 

Week 2 is about all things 3D! Dive into the world of creating and crafting 3D objects with workshops on using our 3D scanner and 3D printer and designing your own 3D model for printing! 

Week beginning 19 July: Bringing your designs to life 

In Week 3 you’ll get the chance to channel your creative design skills across a variety of different platforms! Discover what you need to create your own podcast, design and make your own vinyl decal. 

Week beginning 26 July: Adobe Creative program 

In the final week of our Winter Technology Workout we introduce you to two of the staple creative software available through Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop and Premier Pro. Come along to learn how to edit photos and videos using professional, industry-standard software.  

We’ll also be hosting drop-in sessions for our Video Recording studios at ThinkSpace and CreateSpace, every Friday in July (when regulations allow). 

Find out more by visiting the Library Event Calendar, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @sydney_library_pla