The Library is your safe space.

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With the start of semester, and the Sydney 2020 Mardi Gras Program, the Library is proud to launch our LGBTQIA+ Liaison Officer role.

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The Library’s LGBTQIA+ Liaison Officer is here to offer support to staff and students who need help.

If you need support, contact your Library LBTQIA+ Liaison Officer.

  • Be referred to support services including counselling services
  • Connect with supportive communities within the University including the Pride Network and Queer Action Collective.

The Library is also proud to be part of the Welcome Here Project. The Welcome Here Project supports businesses/organisations throughout Australia to create and promote environments that are visibly welcoming and inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) communities. You may notice Welcome Here Project stickers at the entries of all our Library sites.

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Contact your Library LGBTQIA+ Liaison Officer at librarypride.support@sydney.edu.au

New to Uni? Learn Essential Information & Digital Literacy Skills in LIBR1000

LIBR1000 is an online course available through Canvas aimed to equip first year students with the essential information literacy skills needed to excel during their time at Uni. The course has been developed specifically for Arts and Social Sciences students however, it will benefit all First Years Students especially those with information & digital literacy course requirements.

Almost 70% of students that responded to the course survey in 2019 said that LIBR1000 would be useful for their future studies. Here are some of the things they said:

“One of the best things about this course is I actually applied what I have learned here to my actual study and assessments.”  

“The topics were very useful in helping me learn proper citations and how to use Library Search.”  

“It allowed me to evaluate my knowledge of referencing and citation as well as what sources to use and when.”

“It provided a good introduction on how to use information literacy most effectively in our studies, and how the library resources facilitate this.”

Coordinators can enrol their unit by contacting Rosemary O’Donnell: rosemary.odonnell@sydney.edu.au

New Library Hours & Extended Online Support for 2020

Starting Monday 24 February 2020, opening and information desk hours during semester will change in some Library sites.

We will also expand our online support available to staff and students through our live online chat service, Chat Now. From Semester 1, Chat Now will operate from 10am-10pm Monday to Thursday, and 10am-8pm on Fridays.

Chat Now is the Library’s live online chat service which enables clients to ask questions and talk to Library staff in real-time. The extended hours mean clients can access support when they need it most, wherever they might be: in the library, at home or anywhere in the world!

Changes across sites include the following:

Fisher and Law Libraries

Fisher and Law Libraries will remain open to staff and students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, Library information desks (and equipment kept behind the desk) will close at 8pm, Monday to Friday.

After 8pm, you can chat with Library staff online via Chat Now until 10pm, Monday to Thursday.

To provide more support to students on Sundays, the Fisher Information desk will open from 9am-5pm each Sunday. This means staff and students in Fisher and Law Libraries can get more in-person support Sunday mornings at the Fisher Information desk. However, the Law Information Library desk will be open on Sundays from 1-5pm.

  Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Fisher & Law Libraries 24/7 24/7 24/7 24/7
Fisher desk 8am-8pm 8am-8pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm
Law desk 8am-8pm 8am-8pm 9am-5pm 1pm-5pm
ChatNow 10am-10pm 10am-8pm

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Members of the public, Alumni and community borrowers only have access to this space during information desk hours.

SciTech Library

SciTech Library will remain open to staff and students 8am-10pm, Monday to Thursday, with extended hours on Fridays. However, the SciTech Information desk (and equipment kept behind the desk) will close at 8pm, Monday to Friday.

After 8pm, you can chat with Library staff online via Chat Now until 10pm, Monday to Thursday.

  Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
SciTech Library 8am-10pm 8am-10pm 9am-5pm 1pm-5pm
SciTech desk 8am-8pm 8am-8pm 9am-5pm 1pm-5pm
ChatNow 10am-10pm 10am-8pm

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Members of the public, Alumni and community borrowers only have access to this space during information desk hours.

Nursing Library

Nursing Library will now open at 9am, Monday to Friday.

  Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Nursing 9am-7pm 9am-5pm
ChatNow 10am-10pm 10am-8pm

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Health Sciences and Conservatorium Libraries

In response to feedback from you, there are no changes to opening or information desk hours at the Health Sciences and Conservatorium Libraries.

  Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Health Sciences 8am-9pm 8am-6pm 10am-5pm 1pm-5pm
Conservatorium 8am-8pm 8am-6pm 10am-5pm
ChatNow 10am-10pm 10am-8pm

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Chat Now

We will extend Chat Now hours to provide you with live online support when you need it most! You can now chat live with Library staff with any questions you might have from 10am -10pm, Monday to Thursday and 10am-8pm on Fridays.

  Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
ChatNow 10am-10pm 10am-8pm

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All these changes will be implemented from Monday 24 February 2020.

For more information on Library site and opening ours, visit the locations & opening hours page on our website.

Staff and student questions, suggestions and feedback can be made through the Library’s Suggestion & feedback form

PLAs are coming to Westmead!

The University Library’s Peer Learning Advisor team will be supporting Westmead students in 2020 with a whole program of activities.

Starting with Welcome Week the PLAs will be there to Meet & Greet all students to Westmead campus. They will answer all your questions and connect you to the right people for support. Look for our Speed Meet & Chat times to start connecting with new friends and join in the fun of our Virtual Reality Escape Rooms.

The PLAs can also help you to get off to a great start with their Plan your Semester workshop.

Go to the University Library calendar to register all these activities!

Art & Technology Now: Gestural Robotics Workshop

With Vaughan Wozniak O’Connor in collaboration with ThinkSpace presents: Art & Technology Now: Gestural Robotics Workshop.

Vaughan Wozniak O’Connor, Fitbit Studies (detail). Laser etched site materials. 2020

How can robots draw? Could this change the way we think about the handmade? Join artist Vaughan Wozniak O’Connor, in a workshop that discusses art, technology and the blurry line between digital and physical. In this one hour lunchtime workshop, Wozniak O’Connor will discuss his use of biometric and geospatial tracking technologies to produce artworks.

Held across the University of Sydney’s Think Space and USU’s Verge Gallery this workshop will provide background to Wozniak O’Connor’s research and entail a demonstration of emerging approaches to drawing, across robotics and digital fabrication.

Vaughan Wozniak-O’Connor’s exhibition Geospatial Atlas will be on display at Verge Gallery from 13 February-20 March 2020

Join the Art & Technology Now: Gestural Robotics Workshop Wednesday 11 March, 1-2pm at ThinkSpace.

Places are limited, register online to secure a place.

Rare Bites: Free lunchtime talks uncovering Library’s hidden treasures

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.

Semester one talks include:

Mary Brunton’s Discipline – bad girls and moral tales 

In Discipline (1814), the Scottish novelist Mary Brunton created one of the first intentionally flawed heroines in anglophone fiction. Ellen Percy’s fictional autobiography tracks her development from spoiled, selfish schoolgirl to respectable wife and mother, as through suffering and dedicated effort her character is transformed. Arguably the inspiration for Jane Austen’s Emma Woodhouse, Ellen’s fictional journey is as moral as it is physical, combining traditions of spiritual autobiography with the tropes of sentimental literature.    

Discipline’s literary impact is only now being recognised, but we can see the influence of the unlikeable Ellen Percy in Austen’s ‘heroine whom no one but myself will much like’. In this talk I discuss the process of restoring Brunton’s novel for the Chawton House Novels series and explain how this remarkable novel went overlooked for so long. 

Dr Olivia Murphy works on British literature and culture of the long eighteenth century, with a particular interest in women’s writing, novels, and the relationship between literature and science. She is the author of Jane Austen the Reader: The Artist as Critic (2013), the editor of Mary Brunton’s 1814 novel Discipline (2018) and the co-editor of Anna Letitia Barbauld: New Perspectives (2013) and Romantic Climates: Literature and Science in an Age of Catastrophe (2019). She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the English Department at the University of Sydney.  

When: Wednesday 11 March, 2020 1:00 – 1:30pm

Location: Fisher Seminar Room (218), level 2

Places are limited, register to secure a place.