Experience our new exhibition in Fisher Library curated by the University of Sydney’s Master of Art Curation students.
From 19 October 2017; 9am-5pm
Where: Fisher Library, Levels 2,3,4
ephemera presents a distinct thematic experience that is inherently sensory; presenting a consideration of the ways in which art can either directly engage with a multitude of sensory engagements, or disrupt the potential to do so. Through engagement with senses, particularly touch and sound, ephemera provokes sensory experiences. This intentionally goes beyond the expected visually focused works to be found within the context of an art exhibition. While several works take a directed approach to sensations, others take a less literal approach, engaging viewers through more meditative and almost subliminal interactions.
A subtle influence on a sensational experience
The works and artists we have brought together gently provoke musings on the way in which we personally, internally and sensationally experience the world that surrounds us. All of ephemera’s incorporated works are all incredibly affective, however they communicate this with subtlety. They do not present an overt depiction of the sentiments they intend to convey, but rather influence the viewer on an emotive or sensational level, in a way that may not be instantly perceptible, becoming impactful through a more sustained engagement with the work in situ.
The Fisher Library segment of the exhibition presents works by Jeanie Ho and Harry Seeley. These two artists individually capture the essence of the exhibition through their incredibly delicate yet powerful works. The ephemerality encapsulated within the artworks themselves is further developed through the serendipitous encounters afforded by the library space, and the way in which it is utilised on a daily basis not purely as an exhibiting space but rather a space in which library visitors may unexpectedly encounter the works of art in situ and be affected unexpectedly by what they encounter.
A big thank you to Donna Brett and the Fisher Library staff for all your support and thank you to the artists for your hard work and great team work over the last couple of months.
On 4 October 70 students, staff and alumni packed into Staves Brewery to discover who would win the Rare Books Rare Brews competition. The competition, launched at the start of semester, challenged entrants to pick one of 17 historical beer recipes from the Rare Brews exhibition and brew their own interpretation. The resulting beers would then be judged by a panel of qualified beer judges on aroma, colour, taste, and quality.
Nine entries were dropped off at Staves Brewery ahead of the awards night and the entrants spent an anxious week waiting to hear how their beers performed. Pizzas were delivered, and everyone gathered in front of the stage where Jim Cook (University of Sydney Tech Lab) gave a fascinating talk on the history of beer driven innovation. Finally, Steve Drissell of Staves announced the winning beers.
In first place where Nathan Danckert and Meghann Thai from the Sydney institute of Agriculture and their ale with honey. Jez Fletcher entered an ale with the taste of apricots to clinch second place, and Thomas Botting impressed the judges with his Juniper ale for third place. Nathan and Meghann walked away with a “day as a brewer” experience with Staves along with gift vouchers and merchandise packs.
Afterwards, guests were able to try each of the competition entries as well as the Blackberry Ale brewed by the Library during the Fisher demonstration. It was a wonderful close to a successful night, and the enthusiasm and support from the brewing community helped to make this a memorable competition and event.
Join us for a series of events (with tea, coffee and cakes) celebrating Open Access Week 2017 at the University of Sydney Library!
We are holding talks, drop-in sessions and social events from 23 to 27 October celebrating open access good news stories at Sydney University, and also looking at the ways that open access impacts research, education and publishing.
We have lined up a number of speakers to discuss copyright, open access publishing, open data and open education. At the drop-in sessions you can ask for advice and set up your ORCID profile. We will also be holding an ‘orange’ themed morning tea! So dig out some orange clothing and join in.
Open in order to…
The theme for this year’s 10th International Open Access Week “Open in order to…” focuses on the benefits of open access for scholarship, education, policy and practice. So, what does “Open in order to…” conjure up in your mind? Why not come along to an event or two during Open Access Week and learn what we’re “Open to…
Open-access publishing and preprint servers are growing in popularity among biologists. I will provide an overview of the different preprint servers that are available for the biological sciences, and the costs and options for open-access publishing for different types of research papers.
Is an open access model right for your next book? Join us to explore the pros and cons of OA book publishing, and to find out what questions authors should ask when choosing a publishing path for their work.
Prof. Nick Enfield (Linguistics)
Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya and Denise O’Dea (Sydney University Press)
On 14 September the eight finalists in the Lion’s Den challenge pitched their ideas to a panel of expert judges that included members from the Sydney Innovation Hub, Incubate, ICT, and the Library.
The winning pitch was presented by William Beckwith, a 3rd year psychology student who proposed changes to the ICT computers (both a time out feature and an instructional display) to influence a change in behaviour of how students use and share the computer resources.
The two runner-up students were an engineering undergraduate pitching electronic displays at Library entrances that show computer availability, and a business school undergraduate proposing a safety program to facilitate students meeting to travel to public transport together after the campus shuttle ceases operation in the evening.
And many more ideas…
Other great ideas that were presented on the night were short-term lockers at study desks, standing desks, stationery vending machines; massage chairs and short-term lockers in the Library. All of the students did a wonderful job presenting their ideas, as did the MC Danny Giles in hosting the night. The judges didn’t hold back in their questions and the contestants all did superbly in defending their pitches.
It was a great night, and provided the students with a wonderful opportunity to develop their proposal writing and pitching skills, and also allowed the Library to see some great ideas that we can use to help develop client-centred services.
We’ve been working on a major project across Semester 2, to upgrade the old failing technology we use to manage print collections. We’ve almost completed the project and have some news and information for you.
Installation of new technology in Fisher, Law and SciTech Libraries
Commencing 27 November we’ll be installing new security gates and self-check machines. You can find all the important information about accessing the libraries below:
Between 27 November and 8 December we will dismantle and reinstall the main gates. You will still be able to access Fisher via the main entry on Level 3. Please follow directional signage. You can return your booksduring staff hours (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 1pm to 5pm) to Library staff at the main desk and after hours to security.
Between 4 Dec – 8 Dec the 2 hour area won’t be accessible. If you need to access the 2 hour/Holds or Bonus+ collection, staff at the service desk can help.
Between 28 Nov to 5 Dec the main entry to the Library will be closed. The Law Library will remain open and is accessible via Fisher. Access to 2 hour collections will be provided by staff at the Law information desk.
Between 29 Nov to 6 Dec the main entrance will be closed, but the Library will remain open and you can access it via the emergency door as shown on the map below.
But, the minor pain will be worth the gain!
Once all the hardware is installed, you’ll start to experience the benefits of the new system:
Better, quicker check out (multiple books at once)
In this new exhibition artist and Sydney University PhD student Emma Robertson suggests a combination of art and nature as antidote to anxiety.
When: 20 September-14 October 2017; 10am-5pm
Where: Fisher Library levels 2, 3 and 4.
Art and nature both provide antidotes to feelings of anxiety, as shown by recent research into biophilia and ecopsychology. This exhibition, in glass vitrines across three floors of the Fisher Library at Sydney University, explores images of plants which enhance a calm meditation, and a mindful response. Observing natural forms has been statistically proven to reduce blood pressure, increase immune responses, and help alleviate depression and anxiety. Reflecting on images of nature can provide us with a source of healing and improve well-being, and the exhibition is part of a community of activities that form part of the Big anxiety festival of arts + science + people.
About the artist:
Emma Robertson is an award winning artist, whose work is in several public collections in four countries. The Hospital Trust for Scotland purchased two works for their permanent collection, which were commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council for the exhibition Woodworks. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Sciential Education Fellow / Associate Professor at UNSW, and a previous Artist in Resident at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.