Welcome Week, Semester 2: the Library can’t wait to meet you!

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Have you ever wondered what 5 million Library resources look like? The best way to get familiar with the services and facilities we have to offer is Welcome Week, Semester 2.

From Monday 2 August to Week 1 of Semester 2, we have a jam-packed schedule of awesome activities for you to take part in.

Learn about what study looks like at Uni with Welcome to your Library

Finding information at uni will probably be a bit different from what you’ve done in the past. At uni, you’re part of the scholarly conversation. Find out more about what that means, your responsibilities as a contributor, and how you can get the most out of it.

Get to know our friendly team at Meet the Library Online

The Library is a safe and inclusive community looking forward to welcoming you. Join us for an online Q&A session with Meet the Library Online. Our friendly team is here to answer all your questions about our services and how we can best support you to succeed at uni.

Meet your peers at Plan Your Semester & Think.Create.Innovate

Starting uni is exciting, but it can also be a little overwhelming. Peer Learning Advisors are current students who will share with you their tips on how to manage your time, refine your study skills, or just look after yourself. Come along to Plan Your Semester to organise your semester well ahead and Think.Create.Innovate to discover the coolest and most innovative spaces on campus!

Make new friends at Uni with Speed Meet & Chat and Ni Hao Mate

One of the most exciting things about starting uni is meeting cool and interesting people! Come along to Speed Meet & Chat get a chance to meet heaps of people in this fast-paced session and Ni Hao Mate to learn about Chinese and Australian culture!

Check out our full program of events of the Welcome Week website.

We can’t wait to meet you!

Level up your tech skills during the semester break

3d printing objects created at ThinkSpace

Level up your technology skills during the semester break at our makerspace Winter Technology Workout!  Join in to explore and experiment with new creative technologies, and find the inspiration for your next creative project, all for free! 

ThinkSpace and CreateSpace are open all semester break. We have workshops for all interests and skill levels, whether you want to learn more about 3D printing, or work on your at-home video editing skills, we have a huge range of events happening all through July, both on campus (when regulations allow) and online! Always check the event details closer to the day to see if regulations allow us to have in person options, or only online.

Week beginning 5 July: Open-source editing software exploring 

We kick off Week 1 with exploring the potential of open-source software! Unlock your media editing skills with our series of workshops where we teach your audio editing, video editing and photo editing with free, open-source software you can use anywhere! 

Week beginning 12 July: Making your 3D World 

Week 2 is about all things 3D! Dive into the world of creating and crafting 3D objects with workshops on using our 3D scanner and 3D printer and designing your own 3D model for printing! 

Week beginning 19 July: Bringing your designs to life 

In Week 3 you’ll get the chance to channel your creative design skills across a variety of different platforms! Discover what you need to create your own podcast, design and make your own vinyl decal. 

Week beginning 26 July: Adobe Creative program 

In the final week of our Winter Technology Workout we introduce you to two of the staple creative software available through Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop and Premier Pro. Come along to learn how to edit photos and videos using professional, industry-standard software.  

We’ll also be hosting drop-in sessions for our Video Recording studios at ThinkSpace and CreateSpace, every Friday in July (when regulations allow). 

Find out more by visiting the Library Event Calendar, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @sydney_library_pla 

Be our guest on PeerPod!

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About two years ago, the Library’s Peer Learning Advisor (PLA) team were looking for a new way to reach out to students and help enhance their student life. As current postgraduate students, they felt they had a wealth of knowledge and experience to share, which could be a useful guide for all students looking to understand and make the most of university life.

Their answer: PeerPod – a bi-monthly podcast series in which the PLAs discuss topics and issues related to student life and share their own stories, experiences and advice.

Since its creation, PeerPod has covered all kinds of subjects, from how to start semester and make new friends, to bouncing back after failing an exam. We’ve heard stories from PLAs and advice from experts, but this year we’d like to add something more. We want students of all levels to join us in the recording studio and share their voices, opinions and experiences!

Do you have a unique insight into student life? Some handy advice that you want to share? Maybe a suggestion for a topic you’d like us to cover?

Email us at peerpod.pla@sydney.edu.au and let us know what topic you’d like to talk about as a guest speaker, and why!

Check out PeerPod on our website or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Find out more about the Peer Learning Advisor team and how we can support you.

It’s time we had a [Pod]chat

What’s the best way to maintain academic integrity when submitting assessments? Where can students with a disability go for support throughout their studies? What strategies have people used to look after themselves and connect with peers during the massive changes of the last six months?

If these issues are on your mind, PeerPod is for you. It’s the University Library-hosted podcast run by students, for students.

Hosted by the Library’s Peer Learning Advisors (PLAs), this bi-monthly podcast is all about increasing a deeper sense of connectivity and belonging at Uni. As currently enrolled postgrads, PLAs have a wealth of knowledge and study experience.

PLAs are joined by expert guests to share their advice and experiences. Each episode shares stories and advice, and answers many a frequent question about student life at the University of Sydney.

Previous PeerPod podchats have covered such topics as bouncing back from academic failure; maintaining mental health and good study habits during self-isolation; and strategies for transitioning from undergrad to postgrad study. Future episodes will explore allyship LGBTQIA+ inclusivity, and what we can all do to green our campus and our communities in the face of serious ecological challenges.

PeerPod is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Soundcloud. You can also learn more about previous episodes on our website.


Latest episode

PeerPod #17

Mental wellbeing: smashing the stigma and working together to develop a welcoming mental health environment here at USyd.

PeerPod Number 17: Mental Wellbeing

A few of our previous episodes
PeerPod Number 16: Keeping it fair - Academic integrity
PeerPod Number 13: Self-iso = Self-discovery
PeerPod Number 11: Healthy eating on a budget
PeerPod Number 10: You can ask for help

University of Sydney Library sites and services across campuses are reopening!

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The University of Sydney Libraries have begun to reopen with face-to-face services. Access to the Library continues to be for University of Sydney Staff and Students only, and Conditions of Entry apply in all locations. For the most up to date information on Conditions of Entry and to view a full list of services and opening hours, please refer to our website.

We are excited to see you soon in library locations across campuses!

You will be able to speak with library staff at information desks only, these areas are set up with protective screens and for the safety of everyone we still need to keep our 1.5m distance. Please do not approach staff who are working in other areas of the Library. You will be required to swipe your staff or student card and in some locations, register with a QR code at entry.

A brief overview of changes to hours and services that have been confirmed are as follows:

  • Fisher library will once again offer face-to-face services at the information desk Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm
  • SciTech, the Conservatorium, Health Sciences and Nursing libraries will open Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm with face-to-face services at the information desk during these times
  • Peer Learning Advisors will return to the Quarter (Postgraduate coursework student study space) and Camden Commons to offer face-to-face support

We are still here to help online!

  • Reach out to us via Live Chat if you need assistance.
  • Research Consultations – online meetings with Academic Liaison Librarians
  • PeerConnect – 1:1 video chat with a Peer Learning Advisor
  • Virtual Information Desk – face-to-face virtual help in the Fisher foyer

We’re looking forward to this step towards a more familiar Library environment!

For the most up to date information and what you need to know before you visit the Library, please see https://library.sydney.edu.au/help/covid-19/

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