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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Rare Brews: Students win the hopportunity of a lifetime

Rare Brews winners, contestants and guests enjoy the fruits of their labour after the winner has been announced.

On 4 October 70 students, staff and alumni packed into Staves Brewery to discover who would win the Rare Books Rare Brews competition. The competition, launched at the start of semester, challenged entrants to pick one of 17 historical beer recipes from the Rare Brews exhibition and brew their own interpretation. The resulting beers would then be judged by a panel of qualified beer judges on aroma, colour, taste, and quality.

The winners.
Winners Meghann (standing on the left) and Nathan (sitting in the middle) with friends and colleagues from the Sydney Institute for Agriculture.

Nine entries were dropped off at Staves Brewery ahead of the awards night and the entrants spent an anxious week waiting to hear how their beers performed. Pizzas were delivered, and everyone gathered in front of the stage where Jim Cook (University of Sydney Tech Lab) gave a fascinating talk on the history of beer driven innovation. Finally, Steve Drissell of Staves announced the winning beers.

In first place where Nathan Danckert and Meghann Thai from the Sydney institute of Agriculture and their ale with honey. Jez Fletcher entered an ale with the taste of apricots to clinch second place, and Thomas Botting impressed the judges with his Juniper ale for third place. Nathan and Meghann walked away with a “day as a brewer” experience with Staves along with gift vouchers and merchandise packs.

Afterwards, guests were able to try each of the competition entries as well as the Blackberry Ale brewed by the Library during the Fisher demonstration. It was a wonderful close to a successful night, and the enthusiasm and support from the brewing community helped to make this a memorable competition and event.


It’s all about the orange… Open Access Week 2017

Open Access badges in a bow on the table. The one in the middle says: "Ask me about open access"

Join us for a series of events (with tea, coffee and cakes) celebrating Open Access Week 2017 at the University of Sydney Library!

What’s on?

We are holding talks, drop-in sessions and social events from 23 to 27 October celebrating open access good news stories at Sydney University, and also looking at the ways that open access impacts research, education and publishing.

We have lined up a number of speakers to discuss copyright, open access publishing, open data and open education. At the drop-in sessions you can ask for advice and set up your ORCID profile. We will also be holding an ‘orange’ themed morning tea! So dig out some orange clothing and join in.

Open in order to…

The theme for this year’s 10th International Open Access Week “Open in order to…” focuses on the benefits of open access for scholarship, education, policy and practice. So, what does “Open in order to…” conjure up in your mind? Why not come along to an event or two during Open Access Week and learn what we’re “Open to…

Date/Time/Location Event Presenters
Monday 23 Oct


Fisher Library, Seminar Room 218

OA Good News Stories

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Opening Access to Medicines – how open access can make drugs more accessible and how undergraduates and high school students can be involved in their discovery

Dr Kieron Rooney (Health Sciences) and Dr Alice Williamson (Science)
Monday 23 Oct


Fisher Library, Seminar Room 218

OA Good News Stories

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Open-access publishing and preprint servers are growing in popularity among biologists. I will provide an overview of the different preprint servers that are available for the biological sciences, and the costs and options for open-access publishing for different types of research papers.

Prof. Simon Ho (Science) and

Dr Peter John Chen (Political Science)

Tuesday 24 Oct


Fisher Library, Exhibition Space, level 2

Copyright and Open Access

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Kate and Brett will cover open access copyright considerations, Sydney’s Open Access Policy and ARC open access requirements.

Kate Stanton and Brett McCarthy (The University of Sydney Library)
Tuesday 24 Oct


Fisher Library, Exhibition Space, Level 2

OA Book Publishing: How, Why and Why Not?

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Is an open access model right for your next book? Join us to explore the pros and cons of OA book publishing, and to find out what questions authors should ask when choosing a publishing path for their work.

Prof. Nick Enfield (Linguistics)

Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya and Denise O’Dea (Sydney University Press)

Tuesday 24 Oct



Data Publication: The Essentials

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Jennifer McLean and Ryan Stoker (The University of Sydney Library)
Wednesday 25 Oct


Abercrombie Building Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050

Quick Bite: Thesis including Publication

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Phillippa Bourke (The University of Sydney Library) and Charles Foster, PhD Candidate (Science)
Wednesday 25 Oct


Fisher Library, Seminar Room 218

Open Access Drop-in Session

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Repository, Data and Copyright teams will be waiting to answer any OA questions
Thursday 26 Oct


Fisher Library, Exhibition Space, Level 2

Using Copyright Material & MOOCs

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This talk covers the basics of copyright, tips on how to use creative commons material  and introduces the Sydney MOOCs Program and copyright compliance.

Brett McCarthy (The University of Sydney Library)
Thursday 26 Oct


Abercrombie Building Case Study Lecture Theatre 1070

Quick Bite: Converting your Thesis into a Book

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Dr Minglu Chen (Department of Government and International Relations) and Kate Stanton (The University of Sydney Library)
Thursday 26 Oct


Fisher Library, Room 210 and 213

ORCID Drop-in Session

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Anne Goodfellow (The University of Sydney Library)
Friday 27 Oct


Fisher Library, Seminar Room

Open Access Week Social! It’s All About the Orange …

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Come and enjoy tea and cake and wear something orange.
Friday 27 Oct


Fisher Library, Seminar Room 218

The Future of OA

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Repository Team (The University of Sydney Library)

The Lion’s Den: We have a winner!

On 14 September the eight finalists in the Lion’s Den challenge pitched their ideas to a panel of expert judges that included members from the Sydney Innovation Hub, Incubate, ICT, and the Library.

The winner William Beckwith (left) and MC Danny Giles (right).

The winner!

The winning pitch was presented by William Beckwith, a 3rd year psychology student who proposed changes to the ICT computers (both a time out feature and an instructional display) to influence a change in behaviour of how students use and share the computer resources.

The runners-up

The two runner-up students were an engineering undergraduate pitching electronic displays at Library entrances that show computer availability, and a business school undergraduate proposing a safety program to facilitate students meeting to travel to public transport together after the campus shuttle ceases operation in the evening.

And many more ideas…

Other great ideas that were presented on the night were short-term lockers at study desks, standing desks, stationery vending machines; massage chairs and short-term lockers in the Library. All of the students did a wonderful job presenting their ideas, as did the MC Danny Giles in hosting the night. The judges didn’t hold back in their questions and the contestants all did superbly in defending their pitches.

It was a great night, and provided the students with a wonderful opportunity to develop their proposal writing and pitching skills, and also allowed the Library to see some great ideas that we can use to help develop client-centred services.

Well done everyone!

Check out books faster, find them easier

We’ve been working on a major project across Semester 2, to upgrade the old technology we use to manage print collections. We’ve almost completed the project and have some news and information for you.

Fisher Library – Returns 

You can return your books during staff hours (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 1pm to 5pm) to Library staff at the main desk and after hours to security.

But, the minor pain will be worth the gain!

Once all the hardware is installed, you’ll start to experience the benefits of the new system:

  • Better, quicker check out (multiple books at once)
  • Finding books will be easier
  • Easier returns with more reliable technology

Got questions?

Get in touch with our Project Manager, Paul O’Brien at