Did you know that out of the estimated 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages in Australia, 120 are still spoken and approximately 90% are endangered?
This year in the Library, we’ve started a project to add in additional spelling variations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages into our records.
Now you can more easily search & discover items in our collections that feature Indigenous Australian languages.
For example, whether your preferred spelling is “Kamilaroi”, “Gamilaraay” or Gamilaroi, you’ll now be able to find resources like Gagan = Colours, a picture book written for Gamilaraay language learners by Suellyn Tighe, a Gamilaraay woman and University of Sydney graduate.
“Our languages are inextricably linked to who we are. It encapsulates our identity and connection to country whilst maintaining links to the past, present and future through our stories and songs” says Suellyn Tighe.
This work is also timely as the United Nations General Assembly have declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019). Australian indigenous languages are increasingly recognised as a precious global resource and IY2019 is an opportunity to raise awareness and to provide an opportunity to achieve positive change through improving the promotion and preservation of these languages.
“The importance of our languages being spoken between generations can not be undervalued or replaced. We are fortunate to live in times when technologies can assist us to ensure that our languages are not forgotten. It does not replace human interaction, though it does provide us with the opportunity and ability to ensure our and future generations have a connection to ancestral belonging and knowledge.” says Suellyn Tighe.
This project is based on AUSTLANG,
an online resource developed by Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), which provides comprehensive information on
the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages spoken across Australia in an
effort to preserve our Indigenous Australian languages and what we know about
This NAIDOC week, you can learn more about the languages of Australia by looking up your local language using the AUSTLANG website and searching our Library for language resources.
The Library is excited to announce the launch of our new Systematic Review Toolkit, now live on our Library website.
Are you embarking on a systematic
review, but don’t know where to begin?
The Library is very excited to
announce that we’ve launched our new Systematic
Review Toolkit, the perfect place to get started on your research journey.
We’ve broken down the entire
systematic review process into stages, directly informed by user research. We
provide overviews, tips, tools and resources at each stage, and link you to
relevant University support so there is always help at hand.
Use the toolkit to navigate your way through the entire process and get the most out of appointments with your supervisors, librarians, statisticians and the Learning Centre.
ThinkSpace Exhibition: From 24th June until 5th July 2019
Life on the Margins is a photographic exhibition that documents the precariousness of life in the vast, desolate landscapes of Namibia, and the effects of drought on an already arid land.
Incorporating images captured on her recent overland
tour through that country, Antonia Mocatta presents a glimpse into existence in its truly harsh environments.
The images not only convey the splendour of the immense vistas, but a sense of
foreboding that with the onset of climate change, scenes such as these may
become all too familiar elsewhere in the world.
Join us for our Meet the Photographer Event
Come along and meet Antonia as she details stories of her travels through Namibia and talks about her photography process.
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.
Join us for a series of events (with tea, coffee and cakes) celebrating Open Access Week 2017 at the University of Sydney Library!
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…
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.
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)