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:
Taking a break? Simply grab a card, write on the card what time you left for your break & pop it on top of your desk so everyone knows you’ll be back within half an hour.
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.
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.
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 pleasealways remember to keep your valuable belongings with you at all times.
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.
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.
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.
1. You can borrow a truckload of books at any
Did you know you can borrow as many books as you like for up to a whole year?
2. Dodge those fines by returning recalled items
If someone else wants the book you have borrowed,
you must return it within 7 days. This is called a recall. That’s
why it’s a smart idea to return all your books if you’re planning on going away
for more than a week. If you don’t – hefty fines can apply! So make sure you keep
an eye on your email (and your spam) We’ll let you know if your book has been
You can also log into “My Account” to keep a track of all the items you’ve borrowed.
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.