Australian Piano music is Associate Professsor, Dr Jeanell Carrigan’s ongoing research area and this exhibition coincides with the publication of her new e-book,Australian Piano music from 1850-1950. A performer’s guide, which includes published piano music examples with recordings.
The exhibition includes newly published piano music scores written by Meta Overman, Iris de Cairos Rego, Una Bourne and more, as well as CD covers.
This NAIDOC week the Library has been lucky enough to host Artists in Residence from Warburton in Western Australia.
The artists are visiting to celebrate the launch of the new University of Sydney digital portal of Indigenous Knowledges.
The portal is about the commitment by the University to ensure that Aboriginal knowledges are embedded in the learning, teaching and research at our University.
The small town of Warburton in remote Western Australia is home to the largest collection of Aboriginal art owned by Aboriginal people in the country, if not the world. This astonishing body of work by the Ngaanyatjarra people has been collected over the past 30 years, with the community acquiring all of the significant works being created there. Consequently, Ngaanyatjarra art is rare on the market, with the most outstanding examples sitting within the 1000 strong Warburton Art Collection, managed by the Warburton Arts Project.
This collection is a spectacular example of how Ngaanyatjarra knowledge is celebrated, remembered, made new, and shared. The Warburton Arts and Knowledge Project, by way of a digital portal of Indigenous Knowledges, interfaces these alternate world views with our current teaching pedagogies, thus allowing any student, researcher or lecturer immediate access to Indigenous Knowledges.
Visit Fisher Library Foyer this Thursday 11th July to see the artists at work and chat to them about their process.
We will also be exhibiting the works from the new portal at ThinkSpace until 19th July 2019. Visit for your chance to see some of the incredible artworks in detail on the Digital Wall.
Feel like you have
more to learn that brain capacity? Panicking over impending deadlines? Pressure
and stress to pass & do well?
Exam time is tough, and at the Library, the hub of group assignments, 3am cramming & intense studying, we know all about it! So, together with the STAR team (Student Transition and Retention), we are here to help!
Here are some ways you can destress and study effectively
for exams this semester:
What better way to unwind than a soft, furry cuddle from one of our four-legged friends? Therapy dogs will be visiting Fisher, SciTech and The Quarter Libraries during our Exam Ready program so you can take a break and get your dose of puppy love. Visit our Facebook page for details.
Yoga and Meditation
Reduce your stress by taking some time out for you this exam period. Our free yoga and meditation sessions are designed to refresh your body and mind between study sessions, so you can stress less & focus more. Free fruit is also provided at the end of each session. Visit the Exam Ready page for more details.
Focus & Study
If you find it challenging to power through distractions and get things done, our Focus & Study sessions are for you. Using the Pomodoro technique, these sessions are all about short bursts of intense productivity. Come along with your study notes and walk away feeling accomplished. Visit the Exam Ready page for more details.
Sleep = the secret power to retaining information. Drop by our Nap zones in Fisher and Health Sciences Libraries for a power nap to rejuvenate and up your productivity. Visit the Exam Ready page for more details.
Craft at ThinkSpace
Get creative, messy and give your brain a break with some craft at ThinkSpace. Drop by and get creative those creative skills in action- a zen way to clear a cluttered mind. Visit the Exam Ready page for more details.
The Library and the STAR team (Student Transition and Retention) have lots more activities happening this semester to help you get through exams. Visit the Library website for more information and for the full program.
Mum saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? If you’re
planning on getting stuff done & having a productive day, start it off
right with free breakfast at Fisher Library and The Quarter. It’s also a
great opportunity to meet others. It’ll be a cereals-ly good time!
Rare Bites is a series of 30 minute lunchtime talks held monthly during semester. Each talk features an expert speaker spotlighting specific Rare Books and Special Collections resources that are part of their field of study.
The series gives the opportunity for staff & students to learn about some of the treasures and lesser-known gems within Rare Books & Special Collections.
Talk One: More than just its prayers: A late medieval Dutch Prayer Book in Fisher Library
Our first talk More than just its prayers: A late medieval Dutch Prayer Book in Fisher Library is by Dan Anlezark- McCaughey Professor of Early English Literature and Language; Director, Medieval and Early Modern Centre; Associate Dean Research (Education) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of English who will be talking about the book from our collection: Add. Ms. 342
Add. Ms. 342 is an unstudied late medieval prayer book in Middle Dutch and Latin. This late fifteenth-century manuscript, written on paper, is only minimally decorated, and is the kind of book that was the output of mass production in the Low Countries in the later Middle Ages. The book appears to have remained in private ownership from the time it was made until relatively recently, as is indicated by the inscription of a number of names (including those of children) up to the early nineteenth century.
This short talk will provide a brief overview of the book in its evolving historical contexts, from the time of its manufacture, until it was acquired by the Fisher Library.
Talk Two: Illustrations to micrographs: Visualising patterns in Botany
Learning about the world around us involves observing and recognising the patterns. In science, learning is about sharing and challenging “the what” and “the how” of our observations through discussion within the classroom and with the scientific community at large.
Join Associate Professor Rosanne Quinnell from Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science discussing Botanische Wandatafeln – a series of technical scientific illustrations (1874-1911) distributed globally as teaching tools to support student learning in botany.
Reliance on these illustrations
of resources fell out favour for a number of reasons including the advent of
digital imaging which coincided with the explosion in the number of online
resources (including the University’s eBOT collection). Re-utilising Leopold
Kny’s series in a digital platform allows for an enriched dialogue about how
science, in general, and botany, is communicated.
Professor Rosanne Quinnell is from Life and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of
Science. Dr Quinnell’s research and teaching focus on plant sciences and the
use of technology-enhanced solutions to improve student learning e.g. Botany,
Zoology and Human Biology virtual microscopy slide collections, eBOT botanical
image repository, electron laboratory notebooks, CampusFlora apps.
Talk Three: Not an Ordinary Dog: Flush by Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf wrote Flush, a fictional biography of
Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s cocker spaniel, after having been captivated by
the dog’s presence in the love letters of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.
Flush was “not an ordinary dog”, by Woolf’s description, and he is certainly
more extraordinary for his persistence in literary imagination.
Join Dr Vanessa Berry, Lecturer in Creative Writing at the
University of Sydney discussing Flush by Virginia Woolf (1933) in our third Rare Bites Talk of
Although Flush was a bestseller for the Hogarth Press at the
time of its publication, it has long been considered one of Woolf’s minor
works. However, with the rise of animal studies in the humanities there has
been an upsurge of interest in Flush.
This presentation will introduce Flush and the genre of the
canine memoir and consider the literary potential of the human-canine
Dr Vanessa Berry is a Lecturer
in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney, and a writer known for her
work with history, memory and archives. Her most recent book Mirror Sydney,
which examines the city’s marginal and undercurrents, was published in 2017 and
won the Mascara Avant Garde literary award.