Preserving our Indigenous Australian Languages

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.

A selection of resources in our collections with AUSTLANG codes. From L to R: Gagan = colours by Suellyn Tighe (Language code: D23), Gamilaraay, Yuwaalaraay, guwaaldanha ngiyani = We are speaking Gamilaraay and Yuwaalaraay / Accompiled by the Walgett Yuwaalaraay and Gamilaraay Language Program. (Language code: D23 and D27), The rainbow by Ros Moriarty (Language code: N153) and Apmwe-kenhe arne = The snake’s tree by by Margaret Heffernan (Language code: C8)

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 them.

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.

New Systematic Review Toolkit

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.

To access the new Systematic Review Toolkit, visit the research section of the Library website.

Life on the Margins

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.

© 2019, By Antonia Mocatta. Photograph from ‘Life on the Margins’ Exhibition

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.  

© 2019, By Antonia Mocatta. Photograph from ‘Life on the Margins’ Exhibition


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.

Date: Friday 28th June

Time: 4pm – 5pm

Location: ThinkSpace

You can also visit the ‘Life on the Margins’ Exhibition at ThinkSpace from 24th June – 5th July 2019.


The Library’s ThinkSpace 16:3 aspect digital wall – is a tool to enable creative teaching, learning and sharing in our technology-driven, creative play-space.

What would you use our digital wall for? We are looking for creative ways to use this technology in teaching, learning and sharing. If you have an idea, reach out


6 ways to use the Library’s Digital Collections in your research

A sample of the resources available through the new Digital Collection platform

The Library has launched the new Digital Collections platform making the Library’s digital resources more accessible. Over 5,600 digital items are now available to search online in one place.

Here are seven ways to use the Library’s new Digital Collections platform in your research:

1. For the first time, you can search across many of the Digital Collections

2. You can now save and sort resources according to your research projects under ‘My Collection’

3. You can view your ‘browsing history’ making it easier to find what you were previously searching for (this is automatically cleared once you leave the website for your privacy)

4. The search expands access to the Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections through making more of our digitised collections available

5. The platform has a mobile friendly interface, allowing for easier sharing and engagement

6. You can search across the text of collections like Hermes and Honi for the first time as our new system detects and uploads text from each page of our items

Browse and explore the Library’s Digital Collections.

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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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)