Closure of SCA Library

In preparation for Sydney College of the Arts relocating from Rozelle to the Camperdown/Darlington campus, SCA Library will close on Wednesday 27 November 2019 at 6.30pm.

Physical items that form part of the SCA Collection will be unavailable from Wednesday 27 November 2019. You will be able to borrow these items again as you normal would from Camperdown / Darlington Campus from Thursday 9 January 2020.

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Below are some important dates concerning the closure: 

Returning Library Items

If you need to return library items, the SCA returns chute will close on Thursday 28 November 2019. After this date, items can be returned to a Library with return facilities. Find other library locations here: https://library.sydney.edu.au/libraries/locations.html

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Requesting an item to be collected at SCA

The last day to request an item to be collected at SCA Library is Wednesday 20 November 2019.

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Picking up a requested item from SCA

If you have requested an item to be picked up at SCA, the last day to pick up your item is Wednesday 27 November 2019. After this date, reserved items will be sent to Fisher Library.

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Requesting SCA items for pick up at other Library locations

The last day to request an SCA collection item to be picked up at another Library site is Monday 25 November 2019.

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Request a tour of Camperdown/Darlington Campus Libraries

There are five libraries located on the Camperdown/Darlington Campus with over 5,000 study spaces and many facilities available to staff and students for learning and teaching opportunities.

Discover 3D printing workshops, nap pods, 24/7 spaces, postgraduate-only study spaces, kitchenettes, Printing Press workshops, Rare Books and Special Collections and so much more!

If you are a SCA student or staff member interested in a tour of Camperdown/Darlington spaces to learn about the support and facilities available to you, please register your interest online.

Enhance Your Research and Teaching with the Library’s New Text and Data Mining Support Service

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Do you need to analyse large volumes of text in your research? Would you like your class to learn about text and data mining research methods? The Library can assist with our new text and data mining support service.

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Text mining is the process of applying computational methods to large scale text datasets to discover new insights that may not be revealed through reading and analysis at a human scale. This approach can open-up new areas of scholarly enquiry, enhance your research practise or provide your students with new research methods.

The Library is currently trialling a text and data mining support service for Higher Degree Research Students and Academic Staff.

Some of the support services include:

  • Access to online information & subscribed tools
  • Advice on resources for text and data mining
  • Consultation on text and data mining concepts
  • Consultation for forming a search strategy for corpora creation
  • Delivery of lectures and hands on training sessions for undergraduate classes
  • Negotiation for expansion of Library subscribed collections & digitised cultural collections for mining

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See the support available to you, or visit the text and data mining page for more information.

Les Murray: Australia’s “Bush-bard”

In the latest Rare Books and Special Collections exhibition, see selected publications, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, interview tapes, and typescripts of poems and interviews from our Erica Bell collection and donations from John Rowe, to commemorate the Australian poet Les Murray, the University of Sydney graduate who was to become known as the leading poet of his generation. 

Les Murray was born in Nabiac, NSW on 17 October 1938. Throughout his childhood and teenage years, he faced economic and emotional hurdles, including being targeted by high school bullies. Life improved for Murray in 1957 when he started his Arts degree to study modern languages at the University of Sydney. Student publications gave Murray an output for his creative work and he contributed labour and time to editorial boards of these publications.  

After having taken a break from his studies working as a translator and traveling Europe, he published his first volume of poems was published in 1965: The Ilex Tree, co-authored by Geoff Lehmann, another Sydney alumnus.  

When Murray graduated in 1969, he became a fulltime poet and writer. He played a significant role in the ongoing development of Australian literature and poetry, as a creator, editor, and critic. His poetry was much admired, for his ability to connect with others through class, mythologies, ideals, and landscape. 

Murray died in April 2019. He was 80 years old. 

Visit Les Murray: Australia’s “Bush-bard” from 9th October 2019, level 1 at Fisher Library

Sydney Rare Book Week: Free events this October!

The Library is excited to announce that this October, together with the State Library of NSW, we will be hosting the inaugural Sydney Rare Book Week: A week-long program of free talks and events to celebrate the importance of everything books: literature, publishing, book production, collecting & more.

Sydney Rare Book Week will be held at venues across Sydney from Sunday, 27 October to Saturday, 2 November 2019. There is something for everyone – talks and lectures, walking tours, exhibitions, hands on workshops, and behind the scenes visits.  The free events held here at the University of Sydney include:

Introduction to hand printing on the Albion Press Workshops

Have you ever used a letterpress? This workshop is an introduction to hand-printing using the University of Sydney Library’s Piscator Press. The course includes an overview of the history of letterpress printing, showing examples from our Rare Books & Special Collections.  Register for your opportunity to try the Piscator Press yourself & create your own print to take home.

Evening lecture: Giorgione in Sydney

Rare Books & Special Collections at the University of Sydney Library holds a first edition copy of Dante’s Divine comedy printed in Venice in 1497. In 2017 a chance discovery by a Librarian of an inscription and sketch in the back of this book has revealed the inscription to be a notice of the death of the elusive Venetian Renaissance artist, Giorgione, and the sketch, of the Madonna and Child, has since been attributed to him. 

Join Jaynie Anderson, Professor Emeritus in Art History at the University of Melbourne, and international expert on Giorgione discussing this remarkable find and its implications for rewriting Venetian art history.

Thursday 31 October 2019, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Places are limited, please register your attendance online.

Sydney Rare Book Fair

Sydney Rare Book Week will conclude with the Sydney Rare Book Fair at MacLaurin Hall on Friday 1st November 1pm to 7pm & Saturday 2nd November 10am to 4pm.

Hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), Australian and international booksellers will display a broad, diverse and interesting selection of books, maps, manuscripts and ephemera, including early printed books, historical accounts of travel, prints, literature, art, militaria, and children’s books.

Whether you already have your own personal library and wish to add to it or would like to know more about book collecting, this is your opportunity to explore the world of rare and antiquarian books with experts in the field.

For the full program of events, and to register your attendance, visit the State Library of NSW Website

#SydneyRareBookWeek

Camden Research Computing Day, 30th October 2019

Library Peer Learning Advisors, together with Sydney Informatics Hub (SIH) present: Camden Research Computing Day, Wednesday October 30th 2019 at Camden Commons Library.

Join a range of workshops happening all day, covering everything stats & data:

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Stats Stream:

TimeCourseRegistration Link
9:30-10:30amStatistics 101 – How to analyse your data from beginning to endDetails
10:30-12:00pmExperimental Design and Power CalculationDetails
12:00-1:00pmBreak
1:00-2:30pmLinear Models in RDetails
2:30-4:00pmHacky HourDetails

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Data stream:

TimeCourseRegistration Link
9:30-10:30amEnhancing your research data management with eNotebooks and other University toolsDetails
10:30-12:00pmInfographics 101: Creating infographics for research communicationDetails
12:00-1:00pmBreak
1:00-2:30pmGetting started with data publishingDetails
2:30-4:00pmHacky HourDetails

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See more details & register for Camden Research Computing Day on the SIH website