The University of Sydney Library is delighted to welcome Barbara Campbell as the 2019 Printer in Residence!
With an extensive creative practice spanning printmaking, performance, bookmaking and concept-driven enquiry, Barbara Campbell will take up residency in the Piscator Press workshop during Semester 2.
Her project ‘A Bird is in the Library’ brings together her passion for print techniques, haiku, libraries, and birds. It anticipates engagement with library users in an imaginative journey via letterpress and the architecture of the library and its systems.
Barbara will also hold two interactive open studios and a book launch exhibition at the end of the residency, see details below.
We’ve designed a bunch of (free!) workshops and events to help you get the most out of Uni. Here’s how to cruise through semester 2:
1. Develop a study routine
The temptation to binge watch a
Netflix series, clean your room or scroll through Facebook when studying at
home can often be too hard to deal with. Not to worry…we have the solution: Eliminate
distractions & sign up for our ‘Focus and Study’ sessions.
These sessions use the Pomodoro technique and are all about short bursts of intense productivity. By committing to 2 hours every week of study away from your usual study spot at home, your study productivity will increase & your uni results are bound to improve!
Focus & Study Sessions
When: Every Wednesday during semester, 1-3pm
Where: Fisher Library Digital Scholarship Studio, level 5
Are you a postgraduate student? Join ‘Focus & Study’ every Wednesday & Saturday 1-3pm at the Quarter Event Space
No need to register for sessions – just drop in.
2. Make the most of everything the Library has to offer by learning ‘How to Library’
Countless books and online
resources, printing, study rooms, computers and expert staff ready to answer
all of your questions – the Library has it all!
‘How to Library’ will give you an intro to everything you need to know to get started and harness the power of the Library.
How to Library Sessions
Bring with you: Your own device e.g. iPad, laptop, phone (this is optional)
Dr David Andrés Fernández is a visiting scholar from Complutense University of Madrid, Musicology and he will be discussing his latest research findings concerning some of the liturgical manuscripts recently purchased by Rare Books and Special Collections.
These manuscripts include books for both Cathedral and Monastic use, dating back to the thirteenth century. Many of the books focus on the period from Christmas to Epiphany.
Although provenance for a number of these manuscripts cannot yet be established with any certainty, repertorial and decorative evidence in some of the books points to links with the liturgical agenda of Salamanca Cathedral. Two monastic antiphonals and one gradual are identified with religious communities (Servites, Jeronymites, Augustinians) and one of these appears to have been associated with a particular house of nuns (Our Lady of the Snows).
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.
Are you new to the University? The Library is here to support you & what better way to get to know the services & facilities we have to offer than Welcome Week, Semester 2.
From Monday 29th July to week 1 of Semester, we have a jam-packed schedule of awesome activities for you to take part in. Join us in everything from Speed Meet & Chat, Virtual Reality Escape Rooms, Karaoke, Library Tours and more!
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.
Join Dr James Kane, lecturer at the University of Sydney discussing Florilegium, in our final rare bites talk of the year.
One of the many types of manuscript in circulation during the central Middle Ages was the florilegium (plural florilegia), a Latin word meaning ‘a collection of flowers’. Medieval writers tended to use florilegia to compile quotations and longer excerpts from works of literature, philosophy, history, and so on by the great classical and patristic authors of the past. Nicholson Ms. 2 is a late twelfth-century florilegium from France that has the distinction of being one of the earliest medieval manuscripts currently held in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library. It contains excerpts from the works of St Jerome, Apuleius, Cicero, Boethius, Seneca, and other Latin luminaries.
Though relatively unadorned, the manuscript shows various signs of usage over time and is a perfect example of how medieval annotators could keep books alive by appropriating marginal space. This talk will outline the contents of this florilegium, discuss its script and layout, and explain what its various marginal annotations and other features reveal about how it was used.
Dr James Kane is a lecturer at the University of Sydney, where he currently teaches Old English and Old Norse language and literature. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2016 on the topic of how crusading terminology evolved across various western languages between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. He is now preparing this thesis for publication under the tentative title Wearing the Cross in the Medieval West, c. 1095–c. 1300.
Join University of Sydney Alumnus Jenny Zhijun Yang discussing
The Orphan of Zhao in our fifth Rare Bites talk of the year.
The Orphan of Zhao was a play written by Ji Junxiang dating
back to 1330 AD and explores the main themes of revenge and retribution. The
play was the first specimen of Chinese dramatic literature translated into a
The Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections owns two
adaptations of the play by Voltaire in 1755 and Arthur Murphy in 1759. This
talk will focus on the original play and its adaptations to explore a special
type of cultural exchange.
Jenny Zhijun Yang graduated with a Master of Art Curating with distinction at the University of Sydney in 2018. She graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Arts in history and Asian studies in 2017 and was awarded the Summer Research Scholarship of the University of Auckland. Jenny is a currently a gallery assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and was previously a gallery assistant at the Auckland Art Gallery. She also works as a collection manager for a private collector. Jenny has Chinese heritage and her dream is to share her knowledge of Chinese civilization with others.
This Rare Bite Talk has passed. However you can view this Rare Bite on our YouTube channel soon.
Exploring Amazing Fantasy #15: The genesis of Spider-Man
When unsuspecting teenager Peter
Parker got bitten by a radioactive spider and later realised with great power
there must also come great responsibility , America’s ‘most different new
teenage idol’ and superhero Spider-Man was born.
Join University of Sydney alumnus Matthew Skinner as he discusses the origin of Marvel Comics’ flagship character within the pages of anthology book Amazing Fantasy #15 by co-creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (1962) in our 4th Rare Bites Talk of the year.
His presentation will explore Lee
and Ditko’s tightly plotted, scripted and drawn 11-page collaboration, why
their publisher was initially hesitant to print the story, the readership’s
reaction to their teenage protagonist, and the pair’s later feud over who
exactly created the hero.
Matthew has over ten years of
experience delivering marketing, media and communications insight across the
sports and higher education sectors.
His exposure to, and passion of,
comic books as a medium spans thrice that.
Matthew completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 2006, presenting his thesis on The Literary History of Comic Books in America Between1938-1975, and more recently his Master of Media Practice in 2010.
This talk has passed, however you can view this Rare Bite on our Youtube channel: