Exhibition: Music in and from Chinese-Speaking Communities

Photo by Dr Catherine Ingram

The Conservatorium Library will showcase Dr Catherine Ingram’s research in the upcoming exhibition Music in and from Chinese-Speaking Communities: New Research at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

When: 14 August-13 October

Where: Conservatorium Library glass cases

The exhibition encompasses the cultural connections between Australia and Chinese-speaking communities and their descendants of research engagement with music in and from Chinese-speaking communities conducted by staff and students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The exhibition builds on the centuries-old cultural connections between Australia and Chinese-speaking communities and their descendants, presenting new research relating to music in and from Chinese-speaking communities conducted by staff and students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

In particular, it will feature Chinese musical instruments and ensemble,  exploring areas of learning, teaching and performance of these instruments and groups in China and Australia. Other recent projects included in the exhibit are studies of China’s incredible ‘piano craze’, the significance of music in spectacular new Buddhist rituals in Taiwan, and the critically under-documented music of the Kam (or Dong) minority people in southwest China.

Launch event

You are invited to attend the launch on 23 August at 3.30pm, which will include light refreshments and short solo performances featuring Chinese instruments.

Making it easier to find, check out and return books

The Library is embarking on a major project to replace the technology for managing our print collections. We’ll be replacing barcode technology with an RFID (radio-frequency identification) system. The RFID system means that each book will be fitted with its own RFID tag that makes the item easier to find, manage and secure.

Benefits for students and staff:
– Better, quicker check out (multiple books at once)
– Finding books will be easier
– Easier returns with more reliable technology

What you need to know:
– Over the next 12 months members of our RFID project team will be amongst the shelves starting in Fisher, working to tag each book, so there will be minor disruptions with books being temporarily removed for re-tagging and then replaced.
– Starting in 2018, we’ll have new technology being rolled out across our libraries for checking out and returning books. Our staff will be on hand to help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Progress updates will be available on our website and if you have any questions, please get in touch with Paul O’Brien at paul.obrien@sydney.edu.au.


Rare Bites – Semester 2 program

Rare Bites is a series of informal and entertaining 30 minute lunchtime talks held monthly during semester in 2017 and beyond. If you want to learn about some of the treasures and lesser-known gems within Rare Books & Special Collections at the University Library, this is your opportunity. Audience attendance is free for all.





Thu 24 August,


Charles Perkins Centre, Level 6, Seminar Room Nerida Newbigin (Emeritus Professor, School of Languages and Culture, Department of Italian Studies) Nerida Newbigin will speak about Dante – the major Italian poet of the late Middle Ages, and will focus on some of the copies of his works to be found in Rare Books & Special Collections at the University of Sydney Library

Please RSVP for this event.

Wed 27 September,


Fisher Library Seminar room 218, level 2 Dr Peter Hobbins, ARC DECRA Fellow, Department of History Researches on Australian Venoms: Snake-bite, Snake-venom, and Antivenine; the Poison of the Platypus, the Poison of the Red-spotted Spider. By Frank Tidswell (1906); RB 615.942 20, http://opac.library.usyd.edu.au:80/record=b2021212~S4

Please RSVP for this event.

Thu 26 October,


Charles Perkins Centre, Level 6, Seminar Room Charlotte Wood, recent Writer in Residence, Charles Perkins Centre Creative effort: an essay in affirmation is a long and idiosyncratic essay on creativity, written by the Australian painter and writer Norman Lindsay and published by Art in Australia in 1920. Charlotte Wood will give her own idiosyncratic response to Lindsay’s take on the creative process, in light of her investigations into the sources and processes involved in the pursuit of a creative life.

Please RSVP for this event.


“Hey!” Keep an eye on your stuff


You might see us discreetly placing “Hey” coasters on items left unattended in our Library spaces. We’re doing this because we had a few cases of stolen laptops and phones and to remind you that sometimes, people can be awful and take things that aren’t theirs.

The safety of our students and their property is our highest priority, so please keep your personal belongings with you at all times. In case you have found or lost an item, contact Library staff or security.

Florilegium – floral prints from Banks’ and Solander’s botanical discoveries

Florilegium a new exhibition of the Library's Rare Books and Special CollectionsThe Florilegium is a superb record of the botanical discoveries made by Joseph Banks and Dr Daniel Solander between 1768 and 1771 during the voyage of HMS Endeavour.

Some staff and associates of the University of Sydney were asked to identify their favourite Australian plant from the Florilegium and these prints are on display in Rare Books and Special Collections.

When: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm; During first semester 2017

Where: Fisher Library F03; Level 1, Rare Books reading room


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?


  • 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