By Kim Williams
This year we’ve enabled automatic renewals for our general collections to make everyone’s lives easier, and help people avoid fines.
We’ll be automatically renewing your items so you can keep them for longer if
- your fines are under $30
- they’re from our general collection
- your account hasn’t expired
- no-one else has requested the item you’ve borrowed from us.
The only things we won’t automatically renew for you are:
- If we’ve borrowed it from BONUS+ or it’s through Document Delivery
- 2 hour collection (as this is a high demand collection)
- Items that have already been renewed four times.
If you’d still like to keep it after a year or four renewals (whichever comes sooner), they’ll need to come back before you can re-borrow them.
You won’t get an email from us saying that your items have been renewed, so it’s important to keep an eye on your MyLoans account. When it’s time to bring the items back, we’ll still send you an email.
In addition we now let our community borrowers place two holds at a time each, so that they’re not prevented from accessing items that have been renewed automatically.
In January 2017 the Library started to implement eReserve, a system to enhance student discovery of unit of study readings and make the process easier and more efficient for academics and library staff.
eReserve will make it easier for students to find and access their readings.
What we think you will love about the new system?
- Simple and user friendly interface
- Seamless access to readings located in one place embedded within Blackboard, no more having to check another system
- Can see comments from your lecturer about specific readings
- Readings are grouped into weeks that align with your lecture pattern
For Faculty staff
- Faster processing – more control for academic staff enabling short notice additions to your lists
- More transparency – you can see at all times the status of the reading lists (e.g. active, being processed, pending, need review)
- Lecturers can see the number of times an item is viewed by students
- Academics can get fast support from Library staff via the Help link
- A system for tracking and controlling copyright and enhanced copyright reporting
- Readings are located within Blackboard (soon to be Canvas)
- Various format reading resources can be uploaded (e.g. web links; AV/DVD, PDF)
Successful pilot projects
So far we successfully tested the system for the Sydney Law School, Psychology, Public Health and SLAM during Summer School and Semester 1. The response has been positive from both academics and students.
The Semester 2, 2017 phase will include the Sydney Nursing School and Faculty of Health Sciences and selected units of study from the University of Sydney Business School. Faculties and Schools not part of the Semester 2, 2017 phase will be transitioned to the new system Semester 1, 2018. The Library will be in contact with faculty staff before reading lists are transitioned into the new system.
For more information about the system please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever wander around the Library looking for a desk? Wander no more! We extended the trial of a desk booking system for Semester 1.
Students and staff may now book an individual desk at Fisher, Law, and SciTech libraries as well as in the Quarter . As part of an extended trial, approximately 115 desks will be bookable just like a meeting room.
To book a desk for up to 8 hours, go to http://sydney.edu.au/library/book-a-desk.
Following the successful launch of The Quarter, Bosch and Camden Commons at the start of Semester 1, Fisher and Law libraries will be open 24/7 from the start of Semester 2. Great news for students with no hanging around at 10pm to get into the small level 3 space. Staff can also take advantage of this new service. Students and staff will have:
- access to all collections including 2 hour loans and holds
- 2713 study spaces
- print/copy/scan facilities
- bookable discussion rooms
- kitchen facilities
- self-issue machines to borrow books
- self-service returns.
Both libraries are going to be staffed by security personnel only, which means that some of the library services are not available, including:
- bonus and interlibrary loan pick-ups
- help through staffed Information and ICT points
- SYDPAY card encoding
- paying fines in person.
Please remember to bring your student or staff card as you will need this to access the building. If you have any more questions, please ask a member of staff.
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 (email@example.com)
#honisoit #sydney_library #behindthescenes
Chat Now is an exciting new instant messaging service which enables clients to ask questions and talk to Library staff in ‘real time’.
It is an extension of the Ask Us Now FAQ database and Information Desk service. It will enable clients to get in touch with library staff quickly and easily from any location.
The Chat Now service will initially be available from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.
What do our students think?
“I think Chat Now will make it much simpler and be more convenient for students to ask more questions. With many companies across Australia adopting a live chat contact alternative, it’s pretty much a requirement for all help centres. With Chat Now, help is more readily available. I think this is likely to increase the number of questions and also the type of questions. For example, instead of physically walking up to the library help desk, students can ask librarians via the Chat Now advice for certain research or even how to find a specific book in the Library” –Glen
“If you have a question while you’re searching databases at home you’ll have someone to be able to ask” – Erin
“It will be a good channel for students to ask questions and if you need a quick answer” – Ingrid