Studying from home? The Library’s got your back.

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The shift to online learning has happened pretty quickly, and you might be wondering where you can get help and support. Well don’t worry – Academic Liaison Librarians continue to be available to help with your research.

We already have a huge bank of resources to help you prepare for assessments, whether that’s for finding information or referencing. You can check out our Subject Guides for starter resources and top tips for university research. If you’re an international student, you might want to check out our special guide.

The Library’s youTube channel also has great introductory skills videos – and if you’re looking for a way to take a break from your studies, why not check out some of our Rare Bites talks? (Dr Karl’s talk on Principia is a classic!)

Many of our in-person workshops are now being offered via Zoom. If you want to tune in for a class experience and learn with other students, head over to the Workshops page on the Library website and join in from the comfort of your couch or bed or breakfast table! Over the next month we’ll be adding even more opportunities to learn about research, so keep an eye on the Library’s social media channels and check in on the workshop calendar.

You’ll probably find that your faculty or school Academic Liaison Librarian already has some presence in Canvas, but you can also reach out by email by visiting our Meet with a Librarian page. And if you can’t find an answer by email, we can arrange a one-on-one consult via Zoom.

And if you’re a Higher Degree by Research student or a member of academic staff, we’re here to help you with research metrics, publication, reference management and more.

So while we’re staying physically distant, there’s no reason to be socially distant – your Academic Liaison Librarians are here for you!

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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Knowledges Seminar Series: Perspectives on Gender

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On Friday the 16th of November, we will be joined by three esteemed guests for our sixth and final seminar in the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Knowledges Seminar Series: Perspectives on Gender – Dr Sandy O’Sullivan, Laimena ‘Wilo’ Muwadda, and Darren Budda-Deen.

Dr Sandy O’Sullivan, an Aboriginal (Wiradjuri) woman, an Associate Professor in Creative Industries at the University of the Sunshine Coast, will speak about the ways that Queer First Nations’ Peoples are re/presented in museums of national significance, and will explore their roles in resisting and challenging reductive approaches to identity.

Wilo Muwadda, a Kalkatungu man (northwestern Queensland) and Alyawarr – Eastern Arrernte (Central Australia), will talk about the research for his recently completed Masters of Social Science at University of Sydney, which he has spent years discussing with elders from these regions to understand the on local lore in relation to perspectives on gender and sexuality.

Performing for over 35 years as Doreen Maganini in Melbourne and Sydney’s drag scene, Darren Budda-Deen will share his journey from small town boy to prominent entertainer within the LGBTI community. Darren’s Aboriginal descendants are the Kamilaroi tribe whose lands extend from North West NSW to Southern Queensland.

The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Knowledges Seminar Series presents a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to learn more about the rich cultures of our First Nations peoples.
Attendance is open to all University staff and students. We encourage you to register early, as spaces are limited. Book your place here.

 

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Big [digital] Day Out

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HDRs – On Monday 29 October, join us for a day of expert knowledge sharing, discussions, and some inter-activity. Sessions will focus on the use of tools for productivity, organisation and research, and how we can use these things to create a helpful digital flow. The day will be run in 3 segments:

  • How to HDR: Wrangling your Digital Workflow
    Time: 1pm – 3pm
    To kick the day’s festivities off, this How to HDR session will focus on ways that you can control your digital workflow so that you can stay on top of it and have it serve you – not the other way around. Of course, there will be our famous pizza to conclude. We did mention festivities, didn’t we? It would be rude for us not to deliver.
  • How to Work with Research Data
    Time: 3pm – 4pm
    Not sure what tools to use to manage your research data? Not sure who to contact? Come along and meet with research data support staff from the Digital Curation and Data Team and the Research Data Consulting (Sydney Informatics Hub). Learn about data support services available across the University as well as platforms and tools to help you effectively manage your research data.
  • QuickBites: How to Avoid Digital Chaos
    Live streamed in ThinkSpace
    Time: 4:15pm – 4:45pm
    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, management and using large amounts of secondary material, and how to distinguish vital evidence from large amounts of primary sources.

To join us in Thinkspace for our Big [digital] Day Out click here to register.

If you’re at home that day and would like to register for the Quick Bites webinar from 4:15-4:45pm click here to register.

 

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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Knowledges Seminar Series: Health

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Aboriginal Leadership in Tackling Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: from grass roots communities to the United Nations

The Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Knowledges Seminar Series presents a wonderful opportunity for those wishing to learn more about the rich cultures of our First Nations peoples.

Our fifth seminar is on Friday the 19th of October and will be presented by Professor Elizabeth Elliott AM, Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney and Professor Jane Latimer, School of Public Health, University of Sydney.

Alcohol use in pregnancy is common in Australia and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) a tragic consequence. Although FASD occurs throughout  society, Aboriginal women led the way in facing this taboo subject and taking measures to prevent alcohol use in pregnancy, diagnose FASD and support families and communities living with FASD.

The Lililwan project, which was instrumental in garnering wider community and political support to address FASD, was initiated by courageous women in the Fitzroy Valley WA. They invited clinicians and academics (today’s speakers) from the University to assist them in furthering their FASD strategy. This included conducting Australia’s first population-based prevalence study for FASD, providing education and developing clinical capacity.

The consultation process, study results and the film Tristan – made during the project and shown at the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues in NY – will be presented.

Attendance is open to all University staff and students.  We encourage you to register early, as spaces are limited. Register here.

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Rare Books: Centenary of Architecture Exhibition

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The Library wishes the Faculty of Architecture a Happy 100 Year Anniversary! With the introduction of an Architecture degree at the University of Sydney in 1918, opportunities were created for Australians to contribute to the architectural landscape.

We have two small exhibitions featuring the Faculty’s early years:

The SciTech Library displays the academic work of three women graduates – Rosette Edmunds (1924), Marjorie Holroyde (née Hudson) (1924) and Helen Turner (1930).

Fisher Library features the childhood drawings of Leslie Wilkinson, the first Professor of Architecture at the University from 1919 to 1947,  as well as his professional architectural plans including a commission for a house in Boambillee Avenue, Vaucluse and his illustration for the Circular Harbour scheme.

The exhibition runs from 4th September to 19th October. Viewers are welcome to draw their own conclusion between Wilkinson’s Punch magazine cover and the gargoyles around the Main Quad.

 

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Exhibition: Joint Serbian and Australian Excavations at Glac, Serbia

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Beneath Sremska Mitrovica in western Serbia lie the remains of a city that in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD was at the centre of Roman history. Glac is a nearby site where joint Australian and Serbian excavations are under way.

Project Glac involves archaeological excavations, scientific interpretation, conservation and the establishment of a field school for Serbian, Australian and other international students and pupils. Excavations will continue for many years, and will result in the creation of a permanent education and visitors centre at the site.

Archaeologists speculate that Glac may be the site of the palace of Roman Emperor Maximian Herculius!

We have an exhibition about this project in the Law Library until December 7.

 

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