Her project ‘A Bird is in the Library’ brings together her passion for print techniques, text, libraries, and birds. It anticipates engagement with library users in an imaginative journey via letterpress and the architecture of the library and its systems.
Stay tuned for more updates coming… Watch for the birds!
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.
We have updated our Customer Service Charter to let you know what you can expect when we deliver our services. Our Charter includes service standards that we will measure, review and report to let you know how we are doing. It also includes expectations of client behaviour to ensure that everyone enjoys their time in our spaces.
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!
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