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.
Recently, our Library IT team has added a social sharing widget, using AddThis, to the repository of open access articles produced by researchers from the University of Sydney. The widget is implemented as a flyout sidebar on the left side of all the pages of the repository. So now, you can easily share the home page, community or collection pages and, of course, individual articles. In this way, you can effectively disseminate links to increase exposure of your work.
The sidebar is setup to display five social media options for sharing, which will vary depending on recent user behaviour. The sixth “plus” button opens a window with many more social media sharing options. The visible buttons will display number of shares for a specific page. But that’s not all. Through AddThis we can now generate reports of sharing activity, with graphs of top services, top content and more. So wait no longer and start sharing!
Jenny Langenstrass has recently become a member of the Metadata Managers Focus Group, a part of the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), a global library cooperative.
By Agata Mrv-Montoya
Since 1967 OCLC has been conducting research, sharing technology services, and running advocacy campaigns for the library community internationally. Among many initiatives, OCLC, in collaboration with its member libraries, has been producing and maintaining WorldCat. Combining the collections of 72,000 libraries in 170 countries and territories, WorldCat is the largest online public access catalogue in the world.
The role of the Metadata Managers Focus Group, comprising an international group of industry experts and chaired by Karen Smith-Yoshimura (OCLC Program Officer), is to identify metadata management issues for OCLC Research Library Partnership. These issues, such as the impact of identifiers on authority workflows, and collecting and curating research data, are at the core of making information more useful and accessible to scholars and researchers.
Congratulations to Jenny on becoming a member of an international group of metadata experts and good luck in driving the development of new metadata standards!
Honi Soit, the University of Sydney’s student newspaper, has been published by the Students’ Representative Council since 1929 and forms a rich and informative source of the cultural and social history of the University, New South Wales and Australia.
By Sten Christensen
There is now a need to preserve and sustain the older editions of the newspaper, which are deteriorating due to the age, and a need to provide alternative methods of access to the content. The Library has committed funds for the digitisation of a large portion of the back set (1929-1990) and has engaged the services of a company that specialises in this type of digitisation, DatacomIT.
This is the first phase of the project which involves the digitisation and scanning of the newspaper and the processing of a large number of digital files. The sum total of the data will be over a 1TB (1000 Gigabytes! This has been done onsite given the rare and fragile state of the material. Following on from the scanning and file processing we will move to phase two, discussing with the SRC on making the material that we have digitised available online to the public.
As the digital files are fully processed and checked we will be making samples available prior to the 1929 to 1990 back set going online.
Please direct any inquiries to Sten Christensen Associate Director, Publishing and Data (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From Semester 1, 2016 our new spaces will be re-named to reflect their new identities. For a summary of the changes, please see the table below.
By Belinda Norman
“Commons” was chosen as it reflects what we are trying to achieve in space and service delivery. The word “commons” embodies the principle of open access which the Library strives to promote, both in terms of information and education, but also as a physical space open to all staff and students .“Commons” also reflects the peer to peer learning and support model we’re growing within these spaces, and our intention to make them places where our clients can collaborate and create their own workshops and events.
The Library has just taken possession of the first MakerBot Replicator 5th Gen 3D printer as well as a MakerBotDigitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.
By Sten Christensen
The two pieces of equipment will begin to form part of the services that the Library can offer researchers and will be situated in the Digital Scholarship Studio on Level 5 of Fisher.
Once we’ve had the equipment installed and a number of staff trained we will be training groups of staff. There are a number of things that we obviously need to consider, like pricing and booking, and we are working on that at the moment, however we are very excited about the arrival of this technology, which offers researchers new dimensions to their research and their ability to prototype ideas.
Want to know more? Contact Katarina.Ferro@sydney.edu.au