Good Omens Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections present a pop-up exhibition of its holdings of Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, in time for the release of the new TV series Good Omens based on the book.

The volumes displayed come from the Library’s Steele collection, a comprehensive collection of complete works of leading overseas and Australian authors, anthologies, early journals, and fanzines. Mr Colin Steel – former University Librarian at Australian National University – donated his significant private collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror books, and periodicals to the University Library, of which the books displayed are a part.

The exhibition includes the very first edition of Good Omens with both authors’ signatures, along with other signed copies with various artworks, promotional materials, and reviews.

Location: Fisher Library, Level 3

Date: 31st May 2019 – 20th September 2019

ANOY1001: Learn to annoy others like a pro in the Library’s newly offered unit of study

Why enrol in ANOY1001?

ANOY1001 provides you with the foundational skills set to be the ultimate annoying Library goer. From talking in silent zones, leaving behind food scraps, eating near computers and desk hogging, this course will equip you to irritate those around you with confidence. Awesome!

What skills will I learn?

Spread unpleasant food smells and attract insects

Learn how to strategically leave food scraps and rubbish on desks so the strong smell of your half-finished big mac, ramen and extra cheesy pizza linger in the maximum air space possible. You will also learn how to attract a multitude of insects with your left-over rubbish to gross out others. If you choose to further your studies in ANOY1002 you will build on this skills set and learn how to attract colonies of insects and potentially start infestations in Library spaces.

Damage electronic equipment

ANOY1001 provides you with the knowledge on how to successfully damage electronic equipment by eating hot food and drink near and on top of computer systems. You will learn skills in how to spill your soft drink, coffee and hot food in the most effective angle to guarantee the damage of different types of equipment. Equipment covered in the course includes computers, printers, photocopiers and audio-visual equipment. You will also learn to identify what types of drinks and foods cause the most stickiness when spilt on keyboards. 

Make excessive noise in the silent zone (silent zones)?

In this module you will learn the skills to make the most noise possible in an area clearly marked with blue silent zone signage. Learn unacceptable behaviour when in the silent zone including: how to loudly talking on the phone, how to laugh really loudly and how to contribute to a loud group conversation of participants talking over each other to maximise the irritability of others studying in the space. Also learn skills in how to project your voice to maximise the volume of noise you produce.

Take up study spaces with unattended belongings

An ultimate annoying skill, this course will teach you how to leave your belongings unattended spread out on desk spaces to avoid other people from studying. This component of the course includes various on campus tutorial excursions where you will learn practical skills in walking away from your study desk to various on campus destinations (coffee carts, other study desks, food outlets) for extended period of time.  

Spread cigarette smoke in non-smoking areas

In this final component of the course you will learn how to annoy passers-by by smoking in a geographically strategic manner that reaches the largest amount of air space possible and so your cigarette smoke lingers for the longest possible time.

You will learn how to avoid designated smoking areas on campus, and learn how to smoke in non-smoking zones so that the maximum number of people around you unwillingly passive smoke.

For more information, visit the Library spaces and etiquette page on our website: 
sydney.edu.au/library/spaces

Break up your study sessions: The Library’s new study break cards

One of the best ways to absorb loads of information when studying is to take regular and rejuvenating breaks away from your study …and often! Making the most of taking a good break from study will help you be more productive when you do study.

That’s why starting from Monday 3rd June, the Library will release two new cards across our Library spaces:

BRB Card

Taking a break? Simply grab a card, write on the card what time you left for your break & pop it on top of your stuff so everyone knows you’ll be back within half an hour.

Hey!

Left your stuff unattended for a long time, without a note saying when you’ll return?  Remember the Library is a shared space and this can be frustrating for other students looking for a place to study.

Library staff might place a ‘Hey!’ card on your belongings, letting other students know they can carefully move your stuff to the side and use the desk. Next time you take a break, make sure you leave a BRB card.

Remember, it is Library policy that if you find a desk unattended for a long period of time with someone else’s belongings – you can carefully push their stuff aside to use the desk (regardless if there is a Hey! card on their stuff or not)

Above all, the Library is here to support you and our students (you!) are our top priority. Unfortunately, sometimes people can be pretty awful and take things that aren’t theirs. So please always remember to keep your valuable belongings with you at all times.

For more information, visit the Spaces page on our website:
sydney.edu.au/library/spaces

Life on the Margins

ThinkSpace Exhibition: From 24th June until 5th July 2019

Life on the Margins is a photographic exhibition that documents the precariousness of life in the vast, desolate landscapes of Namibia, and the effects of drought on an already arid land.

© 2019, By Antonia Mocatta. Photograph from ‘Life on the Margins’ Exhibition

Incorporating images captured on her recent overland tour through that country, Antonia Mocatta presents a glimpse into existence in its truly harsh environments. The images not only convey the splendour of the immense vistas, but a sense of foreboding that with the onset of climate change, scenes such as these may become all too familiar elsewhere in the world.  

© 2019, By Antonia Mocatta. Photograph from ‘Life on the Margins’ Exhibition

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Join us for our Meet the Photographer Event

Come along and meet Antonia as she details stories of her travels through Namibia and talks about her photography process.

Date: Friday 28th June

Time: 4pm – 5pm

Location: ThinkSpace

You can also visit the ‘Life on the Margins’ Exhibition at ThinkSpace from 24th June – 5th July 2019.

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The Library’s ThinkSpace 16:3 aspect digital wall – is a tool to enable creative teaching, learning and sharing in our technology-driven, creative play-space.

What would you use our digital wall for? We are looking for creative ways to use this technology in teaching, learning and sharing. If you have an idea, reach out to:admin.library@sydney.edu.au

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Share some positivity during exam time

Exams got you down? As part of our Exam Ready program, the STAR team (Student Transition and Retention) and the Library have put together a program of events to support you during exam season.

This includes our Chill Out Zone in Fisher where we asked students to leave a message of positivity for other students.

Here are some of our favourites:

Visit the Library website for more information and for the full program of Exam Ready events & best of luck with exams!

How to be as exam ready & least stressed as possible this semester

Feel like you have more to learn that brain capacity? Panicking over impending deadlines? Pressure and stress to pass & do well?

Exam time is tough, and at the Library, the hub of group assignments, 3am cramming & intense studying, we know all about it! So, together with the STAR team (Student Transition and Retention), we are here to help!

Here are some ways you can destress and study effectively for exams this semester:

Therapy Dogs

What better way to unwind than a soft, furry cuddle from one of our four-legged friends? Therapy dogs will be visiting Fisher, SciTech and The Quarter Libraries during our Exam Ready program so you can take a break and get your dose of puppy love. Visit our Facebook page for details.

Yoga and Meditation

Reduce your stress by taking some time out for you this exam period. Our free yoga and meditation sessions are designed to refresh your body and mind between study sessions, so you can stress less & focus more. Free fruit is also provided at the end of each session. Visit the Exam Ready page for more details.

Focus & Study

If you find it challenging to power through distractions and get things done, our Focus & Study sessions are for you. Using the Pomodoro technique, these sessions are all about short bursts of intense productivity. Come along with your study notes and walk away feeling accomplished.
Visit the Exam Ready page for more details.

Nap zone

Sleep = the secret power to retaining information. Drop by our Nap zones in Fisher and Health Sciences Libraries for a power nap to rejuvenate and up your productivity. Visit the Exam Ready page for more details.

Craft at ThinkSpace

Get creative, messy and give your brain a break with some craft at ThinkSpace. Drop by and get creative those creative skills in action- a zen way to clear a cluttered mind. Visit the Exam Ready page for more details.

The Library and the STAR team (Student Transition and Retention) have lots more activities happening this semester to help you get through exams. Visit the Library website for more information and for the full program.