Uncover the Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections Treasures in our series of lunchtime talks

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

[A prayer book in Latin and Dutch]. 1501. Netherlands.

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.

Cost: Free

When: 1:00pm – 1:30pm, Wednesday 20 March 2019

Where: Fisher Seminar Room (218), level 2

Register online (places limited)

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.

Botanische Wandtafeln (1874-1911), RB Elephant Folio 580 2
Online at https://digital.library.sydney.edu.au/nodes/view/6401

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.

Associate 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.

Cost: Free

When: 1:00pm – 1:30pm, Wednesday 17th April

Where: Fisher Seminar Room (218), level 2

Register online (places limited)

Stay tuned for details of more upcoming Rare Bites talks throughout the year.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledge Seminar Series – Videos

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Between May and November 2018, the University of Sydney Library Cultural Competence Community of Practice in conjunction with the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) hosted a series of seminars examining various perspectives on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges. The seminars were presented by experts on areas including History and Language, Cultural Astronomy, Connection to Country, Visual Art, Health, and Perspectives on Gender. The video recordings of these sessions, accessible via the below links, remain a valuable resource for members of the University community wishing to wishing to learn more about the rich cultures of our First Nations peoples.

With permission, these seminars were recorded and are available here as videos.

  1. History and Language, Presenters: Professor Jakelin Troy, Matt Poll and Joel Davison.

  2. Cultural Astronomy, Presenters: James Smith, Robert Fuller and Carla Guedes

  3. Connection to Country, Presenters: Dr Peter Ampt

  4. Visual Arts, Presenters: Djon Mundine and Janelle Evans

  5. Health, Presenters: Elizabeth Elliott and Professor Jane Latimer

  6. Perspectives on Gender. Presenters: Dr Sandy O’Sullivan, Laimena ‘Wilo’ Muwadda, and Darren Budda-Deen

 

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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Quick Bites: Webinar series

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The Library’s Quick Bites program – a series of short webinars targeted at postgrad researchers – is back for Semester 2.

Quick Bites are designed to make your research practices better, smarter, and faster. We’ll be covering topics such as using social media to increase engagement, publishing for impact, avoiding digital chaos, finding collaborators for your research and more…

Overcoming the challenges of higher degree research

Being an HDR student can be challenging. Join us at this half hour session, as we chat to a current PhD student about overcoming some of the unique challenges that Higher Degree Research students face.

Date: 7 September 2018

Time: 1:15-1:45pm

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Social media for research engagement

How do you get started in social media? How do you engage new audiences with your social media channels? Hear one researcher’s experience with social media, and how you can use social media to support engagement with your research.

Presenters: Dr Cameron Webb, Medical Entomologist & Pat Norman, Academic Liaison Librarian

Date: 14th September 2018

Time: 1:15-1:45pm

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Ensure your audience finds your paper

Join Academic Liaison Librarian Tom Goodfellow and Computational Evolutionary Biologist Simon Ho to find out how to increase the citation rates for your research through clear and effective authoring of titles, abstracts and keywords and improve the community impact of your research with the use of clear, accessible language.

Presenters: Simon Ho, Computational Evolutionary Biologist, & Tom Goodfellow, Academic Liaison Librarian

Date: 21 September 2018

Time: 1:15-1.45pm

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Strategic Publishing

Do you want to publish with impact? Learn about how to publish your articles strategically to maximise engagement with your audience. We’ll cover how to create a shortlist using useful tools, publishing in journals for maximum discoverability and more.

Presenters: Dana Slaven, University Library & Vindhya Hettige, Research Portfolio

Date: 28 September 2018

Time: 1:15-1:45pm

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Managing images in a manuscript or thesis

Not sure about how to find quality images for your thesis or attribute them? Join us to hear about managing digital images in your manuscript or thesis. By the end of this session you’ll know where to find information on creating a Figure List and attributing your images in line with your preferred citation style and will be able to find, manipulate and insert quality images into your manuscript.

Presenters: Celia Brown, Academic Liaison Librarian & Kayla Maloney, Data Analysis Officer

Date: 5 October 2018

Time: 1:15-2:45pm

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How to avoid digital chaos

Have you ever found yourself lost in (digital) paper? This session will discuss the best information management tips and how to avoid the chaos that comes with higher degree research.

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, managing and using large amounts of secondary material, and how to distinguish vital evidence from large amounts of primary sources.

Presenters: Associate Professor Nick Eckstein, Department of History, & Tess Aitken, Academic Liaison Librarian

Date: 8 October 2018

Time: 2:15 – 2:45pm

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Finding collaborators for your research

Why is research collaboration important? Join Academic Liaison Librarian Kamy Ooi, and HDR Coordinator Ben Breeds from the Sydney Business School, to hear about the tools you can use to identify potential collaborators for your work, including SciVal, InCites, ResearchGate and Twitter. We will also provide tips on how to manage your own research profile to promote yourself as a potential collaborator to others.

Presenters: Ben Breeds, Sydney Business School & Kamy Ooi, Academic Liaison Librarian

Date: 19 October 2018

Time: 1:15-1:45pm

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Text and Data Mining

Heard about Text and Data Mining (TDM) and wondering if it might be a good fit for your research? Find out what text and data mining is and how it can usefully be applied in a research context. Also learn about data sources for text and data mining projects and support, tools, and resources for learning more.

Presenters: Ryan Stoker, Research Data Officer and Gene Melzack, Digital Curation Officer

Date: 26 October 2018

Time: 1:15-1:45pm

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Quick Bites: Open-everything? Transparency in peer review

Hot on the heels of our last offering on external engagement in the humanities, arts and social sciences comes this Quick Bite focused on the concept of transparency in peer review. Register below to secure your place and keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Quick Bites throughout Semester 2…

Open-everything? Transparency in peer review

Academic publishing is changing, and fast. In a landscape of increasingly open scholarship, open peer review is gaining momentum – inviting questions about what transparency actually means and how we can achieve it.

Coinciding with Peer Review Week, this Quick Bite talk will look at emerging trends in peer review, and offer guidance in evaluating journal editorial guidelines and processes.

Hosted by the University Library in collaboration with the DVC Research Portfolio, this interdisciplinary event is primarily targeted at HDR students and ECRs, although all academic and professional staff are invited to attend.

 

Presenters: Edward Luca, Academic Liaison Librarian, University Library
Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg, Research Development Manager (Strategy), DVC Research Portfolio
When:  Wednesday 20 September, 12:15pm-12:45pm
Where: New Law School Annex -Seminar Room 444
Register: http://usyd.libcal.com/event/3516409

 

This presentation will be recorded. Slides will be uploaded to the Library’s Quick Bites You Tube playlist approximately one week after the event.

Living Library

 

We’re super excited to be co-hosting our first Living Library!

Time: 12-2pm, Books are on loan for 20 minute slots during this period

Dates: Monday 27 March, Tuesday 4 April and Wednesday 12 April

LocationFisher Library, Seminar Room Level 2
Register to take part.

How does it work?

Just like any normal library, at the Living Library, books will be available to borrow, engage with and learn from. Except the ‘books’, in this instance, will be real people with a unique personal experience or perspective that they will generously share with readers. Check out our amazing catalogue and register for your conversation.