Introducing…Peerpod!

‘Peerpod’ is your go-to podcast for all the insider knowledge on how to navigate uni life.

Hosted by our very own Peer Learning Advisors, the podcast is all about increasing a deeper sense of connectivity and belonging at Uni via a bi-monthly topical podcast.

We’ll be sharing stories, providing advice, and answering all the questions you have about Uni.

Listen to the podcast today!

The Peer Learning Advisors aka PLAs are all experienced students with their fingers on the pulse of student needs in real time and are best places to represent, speak to and share space with the student body. They have been trained in being a point of referral to students, offering tips on everything from where to find the best coffee on campus, to overcoming feeling isolated to using tech to support student initiatives and goals. 

Drop in for a chat with our PLAs at ThinkSpace, Bosch Commons, the Quarter, Dentistry Library, or Camden Commons.

Four ways to use the Library to improve your results this Semester

We’ve designed a bunch of (free!) workshops and events to help you get the most out of Uni. Here’s how to cruise through semester 2:

1. Develop a study routine

 The temptation to binge watch a Netflix series, clean your room or scroll through Facebook when studying at home can often be too hard to deal with. Not to worry…we have the solution: Eliminate distractions & sign up for our ‘Focus and Study’ sessions.

These sessions use the Pomodoro technique and are all about short bursts of intense productivity. By committing to 2 hours every week of study away from your usual study spot at home, your study productivity will increase & your uni results are bound to improve!

Focus & Study Sessions

When: Every Wednesday during semester, 1-3pm

Where: Fisher Library Digital Scholarship Studio, level 5

Are you a postgraduate student? Join ‘Focus & Study’ every Wednesday & Saturday 1-3pm at the Quarter Event Space

No need to register for sessions – just drop in.

2. Make the most of everything the Library has to offer by learning ‘How to Library’

 Countless books and online resources, printing, study rooms, computers and expert staff ready to answer all of your questions – the Library has it all!

‘How to Library’ will give you an intro to everything you need to know to get started and harness the power of the Library.

How to Library Sessions

Bring with you: Your own device e.g. iPad, laptop, phone (this is optional)

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-3pm

Where: Fisher Library Training room (210)

Prefer to do the class in Mandarin? 我们还提供中英双语解说,请查看我们的网站选择合适您的时间!

Check the schedule

No need to register, just drop in!

3. Break with Coffee & Croissants

Navigating uni can be difficult, but our Peer Learning Advisors (PLAs) are here to help.

Our PLAs are fellow students (just like you) and they are always available to chat- armed with all the uni know-how, with anything from assignment troubles to where to food on a budget.

Come along to meet & chat with our PLAs over coffee & croissants.

Coffee & Croissants: Chat with our PLAs

Bosch Commons: 1st & 3rd Tuesday of every month, 12-1pm

Are you a postgrad student? Attend coffee & croissants at the Quarter: 1st & 3rd Thursday of every month, 12-1pm

No need to register, just drop in for a friendly chat (and croissants of course!).

4. Upskill with the newest tech and get creative with your assignments!

Every semester ThinkSpace has an ongoing packed schedule of awesome workshops you can get involved in- to upskill your creative technology abilities & improve the standard of your assignments.

Need to create a video? Drop in to our One-Button recording studio sessions to learn how to create professional standard videos with the press of a button.

And it doesn’t stop there! Learn skills in soldering, 3D printing, research data management, virtual reality, CNC carving and so much more!

Check out the schedule and register on our website.  

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

How the Library can help you to master your information literacy skills

This year, the Library is offering two fully online courses developed for students to master the foundational skills in information literacy. Learn how to research like a pro – know what resources are reliable and go beyond Google for the best possible results. Both courses available are zero credit points.

The two courses include:

Fact or Fake News 

Not all information is created equal. In this course, you will learn what information is best suited for your needs. Learn how to detect bias and how to determine authority, accuracy and intended audience. You will investigate all the different ways information can be created and in turn question how to identify reliable and suitable sources. 

Access the Fact or Fake News course via the OLE canvas site.

Going beyond Google 

Sometimes Google is not enough. In this course you will develop the ability to apply universal search techniques across scholarly, government and commercial websites to become a more flexible and efficient searcher. Learn how to identify common search features on a range of websites and use them to quickly find specific sorts of information. 

Access the ‘Going beyond Google’ course via the OLE canvas site.

Easier access to course readings

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?

Students

  • 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.

Full implementation

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: library.uos@sydney.edu.au