Exhibition: Berckelman printing block collection

Where: Fisher Library, level 1 (opposite the news room)

Colin Berckelman was a collector of books, bookplates and photographs covering a variety of genres and themes.

The collector

Colin Blake Berckelman (1907-1965) was a bibliophile, writer, amateur photographer and prolific collector of books, bookplates, manuscripts, ephemera and photographs. Unsurprisingly considering his clear predilection for print media, printing processes were another area of interest for him, as evidenced by his collection of 46 printing blocks.

The collection in Rare Books and Special Collections

Smaller in scale than other branches of the Berckelman Collections held by Rare Books & Special Collections, this typically eclectic grouping of objects clearly reflects the varied interests that underpinned all of his collecting efforts: bookplates, erotica, Australian satirical art and literature, and Australian colonial architecture.

This display features prints made from blocks in the collection by SCA student Julia McKenzie, who in 2017 worked on a project to clean, organise and describe the blocks. This work has enabled a finding aid to be created so that they are now findable online.

(Link to catalogue record: http://opac.library.usyd.edu.au:80/record=b5877519~S4)

First Cumbo art exhibition

first instalment of the Cumbo art exhibition . An over the shoulder shot of a girl in a black sweater looking at water colour pictures.

Come and visit the very first Cumbo Art Exhibtion. This exhibition is currently on display at the Health Sciences Library, and at the Health Sciences faculty on Cumberland Campus. The exhibition is open from 23 October 2017.

A group of Physiotherapy students have gathered together a diverse collection of artworks from Cumbo staff and students, as well as completed pieces from weekly art classes.

“Hey!” Keep an eye on your stuff


You might see us discreetly placing “Hey” coasters on items left unattended in our Library spaces. We’re doing this because we had a few cases of stolen laptops and phones and to remind you that sometimes, people can be awful and take things that aren’t theirs.

The safety of our students and their property is our highest priority, so please keep your personal belongings with you at all times. In case you have found or lost an item, contact Library staff or security.

Sydney Open Textbooks: A Pilot

Open book to as symbol for Open Access Week

Are you passionate about open access and making education more affordable for your students? Would you like to publish an open textbook for your unit of study?

We are looking for expressions of interest from academics to participate in a pilot project that aims to publish an open textbook to support any discipline taught at the University of Sydney at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

How to get involved?

If you are interested in publishing an open textbook for your course, please submit a one-page proposal by 1 December 2017. We are particularly interested in proposals for original and previously unpublished projects with multidisciplinary appeal that would lend themselves to digital delivery and contain multimedia content.

Your submission should include the following:

  • Your contact details
  • Textbook title
  • Unit of study name and student enrolment numbers
  • Description of contents, including any multimedia
  • Table of contents with brief chapter descriptions
  • Estimated length of manuscript and delivery timeline.

To submit a proposal, and if you would like more information or have any further questions, please contact Agata Mrva-Montoya, Publishing Manager, Sydney University Press on 02 9114 1456 or agata.mrva-montoya@sydney.edu.au

Sydney University Press was re-established in 2005 as an initiative of the University of Sydney Library and is a not-for-profit scholarly publisher.

Research support beyond Open Access Week

Image shows a door from the University of Sydney Quadrangle opening to the outside world with the skyline of Sydney in the background and the sun streaming in. There is the logo of Open Access Week and the Library with the slogan: Open doors

From the 23-27 October the Library will be hosting free events to coincide with Open Access week. While this event is only one week long we are here to support you with your research whenever you need. We can help you:

Legally make your already published articles openly available

Did you know that most publishers allow the post-print version of an article to be made openly available in your university’s institutional repository? The evidence for making research openly available is clear; for researchers the increased visibility that open access provides means higher impact for their work. For the community the more research is shared the greater its value.  On top of that funders such as the NHMRC and ARC require research to be made openly available.

Sharing a copy of your post-print article is simple, just submit the article through The Sydney eScholarship Repository online.  Find out more info on our website, or get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian or the Repository and Digitisation team.

Be at the forefront of the open data movement

Most data* can be published in some form whether it’s made openly available or available through a mediated process. The Library can help you form a data publication strategy by working with you to decide what data can (or can’t) be published, finding the best publishing option and helping to ensure that your data can be understood by others.

Data publication is a growing trend in Australia and is a mandatory requirement for some publishers and funders. Be at the vanguard and take on data publication while it’s fresh. You can find out more info online or contact the Research Data team.

*there are circumstances where data can’t be published due to its sensitive nature. In these circumstances, a description of the dataset is generally made available.

Make the most of your ORCID ID

Researchers at the University have recently been asked to create an ORCID account. But are you making the most of ORCID? Here are five easy steps to increase your visibility and impact:

  1. Make ORCID work for you
    Add your publications to your ORCID profile and enable auto-updating from databases such as Scopus and Web of Science. Here’s how to import articles from Scopus.
  2. Add extra data
    Add details of grants and other research income you’ve received, peer review activities through Publons, links to presentations, and keywords to describe your research interests. Include your affiliation as well as any variations of your name to help others to find you and your work.
  3. Add ORCID to your social accounts and email signature
    Include ORCID in your University of Sydney academic profile, Google Scholar profile, Twitter and other social accounts. Add ORCID to your email signature to give people an immediate picture of your research activities.
  4. Use your ORCID
    Keep your information updated and include your ID in manuscript submission systems, grant applications and other research workflows.

Make your work as accessible as possible

Now that your work is more discoverable, see whether you can make your publications themselves available open access. Use SHERPA/RoMEO to see what options are available, and get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian if you’d like any assistance.