Rare Bites: The circle of Willis and his circle of friends

“The circle of Willis and his circle of friends”:Thomas Willis Cerebri anatome cui accessit nervorum description et usus (Amstelodami, apud Gerbrandum Schagen, 1664)

Join us for the second talk in our Rare Bites series: “The circle of Willis and his circle of friends”: Thomas Willis Cerebri anatome cui accessit nervorum description et usus (Amstelodami, apud Gerbrandum Schagen, 1664).

When: 2 May 2018; 1-1.30pm

Where: Fisher Library, Level 2, Seminar Room

Speaker: Associate Professor Catherine Storey, School of Medicine at the University of Sydney

Cate Storey will base her talk on the 17th century text Cerebri anatome, by Thomas Willis. This little book is now just over 350 years old and while it is best known for the exquisite drawing of the arteries at the base of the brain (drawings by Willis’ colleague, Christopher Wren), it is the new concepts of disease and terminologies like “neurology” that makes it so special. The ‘circle’ however, is possibly better known today than when the book was originally published and has a history all of its own.


Catherine Storey is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Sydney. She was a neurologist at the Royal North Shore Hospital until retirement. She has completed an MSc in the Unit of History and Philosophy of Science, and is a member of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences. Cate has a passion for the history of neurology and the books that have contributed to this speciality.

Places are limited, register to reserve your seat.

Quick Bites: Open-everything? Transparency in peer review

Hot on the heels of our last offering on external engagement in the humanities, arts and social sciences comes this Quick Bite focused on the concept of transparency in peer review. Register below to secure your place and keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Quick Bites throughout Semester 2…

Open-everything? Transparency in peer review

Academic publishing is changing, and fast. In a landscape of increasingly open scholarship, open peer review is gaining momentum – inviting questions about what transparency actually means and how we can achieve it.

Coinciding with Peer Review Week, this Quick Bite talk will look at emerging trends in peer review, and offer guidance in evaluating journal editorial guidelines and processes.

Hosted by the University Library in collaboration with the DVC Research Portfolio, this interdisciplinary event is primarily targeted at HDR students and ECRs, although all academic and professional staff are invited to attend.


Presenters: Edward Luca, Academic Liaison Librarian, University Library
Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg, Research Development Manager (Strategy), DVC Research Portfolio
When:  Wednesday 20 September, 12:15pm-12:45pm
Where: New Law School Annex -Seminar Room 444
Register: http://usyd.libcal.com/event/3516409


This presentation will be recorded. Slides will be uploaded to the Library’s Quick Bites You Tube playlist approximately one week after the event.

Making it easier to find, check out and return books

The Library is embarking on a major project to replace the technology for managing our print collections. We’ll be replacing barcode technology with an RFID (radio-frequency identification) system. The RFID system means that each book will be fitted with its own RFID tag that makes the item easier to find, manage and secure.

Benefits for students and staff:
– Better, quicker check out (multiple books at once)
– Finding books will be easier
– Easier returns with more reliable technology

What you need to know:
– Over the next 12 months members of our RFID project team will be amongst the shelves starting in Fisher, working to tag each book, so there will be minor disruptions with books being temporarily removed for re-tagging and then replaced.
– Starting in 2018, we’ll have new technology being rolled out across our libraries for checking out and returning books. Our staff will be on hand to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Progress updates will be available on our website and if you have any questions, please get in touch with Paul O’Brien at paul.obrien@sydney.edu.au.