Raising My Voice: Exploring and Discussing the Power of AI-Assisted technology

To celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the Library is presenting an online panel event discussing how the latest in cutting-edge AI-assisted technology is being used in teaching.

Date: Thursday 19 May 2022
Time: 10-11am

Thursday, 19 May 2022 is the 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion.  

Access, inclusion and diversity are core values of the University of Sydney Library, and we’re pleased to be presenting a panel event to showcase the development and application of a pioneering voice avatar and how is it being used in classrooms. The event will feature the experiences of Associate Professor Anna Boucher and how she sourced and implemented this AI-assisted technology in her teaching.   Hosted by Professor Adam Bridgeman, Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, the panel will also share the experiences of other lecturers and discuss accessibility driven innovations and how they will benefit both staff and students with different needs.

Please register for the event via the link below. The event will be a Zoom webinar and live captioning. For any questions or accessibility assistance for this event, please email admin.library@sydney.edu.au.

Panel speakers and topics

Panel Host: Professor Adam Bridgeman | Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education

Professor Adam Bridgeman has dedicated his career to enhancing student learning and the student experience and has led the University to implement a range of digital tools and innovations to make classrooms more accessible and inclusive.  As panel host, Adam will share his long experience with digital accessibility, knowledge of recent developments and consider what the future focus should be to expand our digital accessibility.

Associate Professor Anna Boucher | Associate Professor in Public Policy and Comparative Politics

Associate Professor Anna Boucher lives with a voice disability that can make it hard to lecture for long periods of time. She has spent many years looking for creative solutions and new technologies to manage the pain and continues to lecture on politics. Anna now works with a voice avatar and will discuss how accessibility is driving innovation, the challenges of finding the right technology, and how staff and students can benefit from other similar technologies. Although making new things possible and breaking down some barriers, technology is only part of the solution and is most effective with other supports.

Jason Markou | Digital Accessibility Lead, Information Communication and Technology 

Jason will talk about how he supported Anna in finding and setting up the avatar, liaising with the company that created the software and what it takes to build and implement this kind of technology.

Dr Emma Carberry | Lecturer, School of Mathematics and Physics

Dr Emma Carberry has over 20 years of experience using assistive technology in her teaching. Emma will share her experiences of the challenges and advantages of doing things differently, and explore how technology has been crucial, but is only successful alongside an openness to new ways and appropriate support.

Dr Alix Thoeming | Lecturer, Education Innovation

Alix will discuss the wider implications and possibilities for Anna’s avatar and offer suggestions for anyone looking to implement similarly innovative technology in their teaching practice.

Alumni & Community Members Welcome Event

The University of Sydney Library is opening its spaces to its broader community, with a special Alumni & Community Member Welcome Event.

To acknowledge the ongoing support for our Alumni and Community Members during the unprecedented time of Covid-19, we are showing our appreciation by hosting this event to welcome back everyone to our spaces. We want to thank our members for their patience, understanding and the important role they play in our community.

While this event is to show appreciation for our Alumni and Community Members, it is also an open event for the broader library community to participate.

The event will feature:

  • An address from the University Librarian,
    Philip Kent
  • Coffee, croissants and light refreshments
  • Guided Library tours 
  • Pop Up TechSpace: showcasing exciting educational technologies
  • Special giveaways including limited edition Library bags

Date: Thursday, 28 April 2022
Time: 4.30 – 6.30pm
Venue: Exhibition Room, Level 2 of Fisher Library

To register for the event, please click on the button below. For any questions regarding this event, please email us admin.library@sydney.edu.au. We look forward to seeing you there.

International Transgender Day of Visibility, 31 March 2022

On 31 March celebrate with gender diverse people across Australia by sharing stories, starting conversations and showing support.

Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event that is marked all around Australia and the world. It is a celebration of trans pride and diverse identity. The day is about raising awareness and the visibility of the trans community, and recognising the achievements and lived experiences of trans and gender diverse people. This visibility is important because many gender diverse people experience isolation through lack of representation and role models.

Here are some awesome resources that are helpful for becoming an informed ally:

To celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility 2022, the Library has compiled a reading list of items within the collection that highlight the stories and experiences of gender diverse people. These items can also be found in a book display in the foyer of Fisher Library.


Author: S. J Norman

This brilliant collection of short fiction explores the shifting spaces of desire, loss and longing. Inverting and queering the gothic and romantic traditions, each story represents a different take on the concept of a haunting or the haunted. Though it ranges across themes and locations – from small-town Australia to Hokkaido to rural England – Permafrost is united by the power of the narratorial voice, with its auto-fictional resonances, dark wit and swagger.

Whether recounting the confusion of a child trying to decipher their father and stepmother’s new relationship, the surrealness of an after-hours tour of Auschwitz, or a journey to wintry Japan to reconnect with a former lover, Permafrost unsettles, transports and impresses in equal measure.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Assuming a body : transgender and rhetorics of materiality

Author: Gayle Salamon

We believe we know our bodies intimately that their material reality is certain and that this certainty leads to an epistemological truth about sex, gender, and identity. By exploring and giving equal weight to transgendered subjectivities, however, Gayle Salamon upends these certainties.

Considering questions of transgendered embodiment via phenomenology (Maurice Merleau-Ponty), psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud and Paul Ferdinand Schilder), and queer theory, Salamon advances an alternative theory of normative and non-normative gender, proving the value and vitality of trans experience for thinking about embodiment. Salamon questions traditional theories that explain how the body comes to be and comes to be made one’s own and she offers a new framework for thinking about what “counts” as a body. The result is a groundbreaking investigation into the phenomenological life of gender.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Redefining Realness: my path to womanhood, identity, love & so much more

Author: Janet Mock

In a landmark book, an extraordinary young woman recounts her coming-of-age as a transgender teen–a deeply personal and empowering portrait of self-revelation, adversity, and heroism. In 2011, Marie Claire magazine published a profile of Janet Mock in which she publicly stepped forward for the first time as a trans woman.

Since then, Mock has gone from covering the red carpet for People.com to advocating for all those who live within the shadows of society. Redefining Realness offers a bold new perspective on being young, multiracial, economically challenged, and transgender in America.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Trans : A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability

Author: Jack Halberstam

In the last decade, public discussions of transgender issues have increased exponentially. However, with this increased visibility has come not just power, but regulation, both in favor of and against trans people. What was once regarded as an unusual or even unfortunate disorder has become an accepted articulation of gendered embodiment as well as a new site for political activism and political recognition.

What happened in the last few decades to prompt such an extensive rethinking of our understanding of gendered embodiment? How did a stigmatized identity become so central to U.S. and European articulations of self? And how have people responded to the new definitions and understanding of sex and the gendered body? In Trans*, Jack Halberstam explores these recent shifts in the meaning of the gendered body and representation and explores the possibilities of a nongendered, gender-optional, or gender-queer future.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Dear Senthuran: a Black spirit memoir

Author: Akwake Emezi

A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times-bestselling author of The Death of Vivek Oji, “a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self” (Esquire). “I want to write as if I am free,” Akwaeke Emezi declares in the opening of this utterly original spiritual and creative memoir. In the novels Freshwater and The Death of Vivek Oji, Emezi introduced the landscape of Nigerian childhood through the medium of fiction.

Now, the award-winning author lifts the veil of the invention to reveal the harrowing yet inspiring truths of their personal, spiritual, and artistic journey–from the social constraints of childhood in Aba, Nigeria, through a lifetime of discoveries involving sexuality, storytelling, and self, to their determination to carve their way through the thorny labyrinth of the publishing world. Interweaving candid, intimate letters to friends, lovers, and family, Emezi reveals the raw pain of their journey as a spirit in the human world, the perils of all-consuming love and intimacy, and the hard-earned reward of achieving both literary recognition and peaceful, joyous home.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Testo junkie : sex, drugs, and biopolitics in the pharmacopornographic era

Author: Paul Precardio

Preciado declares that Testo Junkie is a “body-essay “, and writes of his use of testosterone as a way of undoing gender inscribed on the body by the capitalistic comodification and mobilization of sexuality and reproduction, a process transcendent from the social norm expected with transitioning.

Testo Junkie is a homage to French writer Guillame Dustan, a close gay friend of Preciado’s who contracted AIDS and died of an accidental overdose of a medication he was taking. In the book, Preciado also processes the changes in his body due to testosterone through the lens of a romantic affair with his then-lover, French writer Virginie Despentes.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Detransition, Baby

Author: Torrey Peters

Reese almost had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn’t hate. She had scraped together what previous generations of trans women could only dream of: a life of mundane, bourgeois comforts. The only thing missing was a child. But then her girlfriend, Amy, detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart. Now Reese is caught in a self-destructive pattern: avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men.

Ames isn’t happy either. He thought detransitioning to live as a man would make life easier, but that decision cost him his relationship with Reese – and losing her meant losing his only family. Even though their romance is over, he longs to find a way back to her. When Ames’s boss and lover, Katrina, reveals that she’s pregnant with his baby – and that she’s not sure whether she wants to keep it – Ames wonders if this is the chance he’s been waiting for. Could the three of them form some kind of unconventional family – and raise the baby together?

Find this title in our catalogue here.

A natural history of transition: Stories

Author: Callum Angus

A NATURAL HISTORY OF TRANSITION is a collection of short stories that disrupts the notion that trans people can only have one transformation. Like the landscape studied over eons, change does not have an expiration date for these trans characters, who grow as tall as buildings, turn into mountains, unravel hometown mysteries, and give birth to cocoons.

Portland-based author Callum Angus infuses his work with a mix of alternative history, horror, and a reality heavily dosed with magic.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Supporting transgender students: Understanding gender identity and reshaping school culture

Author: Alex Myers

Supporting Transgender Students is a guide to help schools learn the basics of what gender is and why it matters in education. Drawing on the author’s 25 years of experience working with schools and transgender students, this book considers how transgender and gender non-conforming youth experience the classroom, the playing field, and other school contexts.

Supporting Transgender Students provides a clear roadmap and practical examples for how to take action in your school to effect change and create a gender-inclusive community

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Transgender resistance: socialism and the fight for trans liberation

Author: Laura Miles

Trans rights and trans lives have come under increasingly vicious ideological attack in recent times, from the ‘bathroom wars’ and Donald Trump’s anti-trans edicts in the United States, to attacks on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act in Britain. Laura Miles’ book brings together key strands in the resistance to these attacks on the streets, in communities, in workplaces and in unions.

It addresses the roots of transphobia and the history of gender transgressive behaviours, highlights trans people’s fight for the freedom to live authentic lives and explains why that fight deserves unconditional solidarity in all sections of the left.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Too bright to see

Author: Kyle Lukoff

It’s the summer before middle school and eleven-year-old Bug’s best friend Moira has decided the two of them need to use the next few months to prepare. For Moira, this means figuring out the right clothes to wear, learning how to put on makeup, and deciding which boys are cuter in their yearbook photos than in real life. But none of this is all that appealing to Bug, who doesn’t particularly want to spend more time trying to understand how to be a girl.

Besides, there’s something more important to worry about: a ghost is haunting Bug’s eerie old house in rural Vermont…and maybe haunting Bug in particular. As Bug begins to untangle the mystery of who this ghost is and what they’re trying to say, an altogether different truth comes to light–Bug is transgender.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

The transgender issue: An argument for justice

Author: Shon Faye

Trans people in Britain today have become a culture war ‘issue’. Despite making up less than one per cent of the country’s population, they are the subjects of a toxic and increasingly polarized ‘debate’ which generates reliable controversy for newspapers and talk shows. This media frenzy conceals a simple fact: that we are having the wrong conversation, a conversation in which trans people themselves are reduced to a talking point and denied a meaningful voice.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Growing up queer in Australia

Author: Benjamin Law

Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity. Spanning diverse places, eras, genders, ethnicities and experiences, these are the stories of growing up queer in Australia.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Trans love: an anthology of transgender and non-binary voices

Author: Freiya Benson

A ground-breaking anthology of writing on the topic of love, written by trans and non-binary people who share their thoughts, feelings and experiences of love in all its guises. The collection spans familial, romantic, spiritual and self-love as well as friendships and ally love, to provide a broad and honest understanding of how trans people navigate love and relationships, and what love means to them.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Everything you ever wanted to know about trans (but were afraid to ask)

Author: Brynne Tannehill

Leading activist and essayist Brynn Tannehill tells you everything you ever wanted to know about transgender issues but were afraid to ask. The book aims to break down deeply held misconceptions about trans people across all aspects of life, from politics, law and culture, to science, religion and mental health, to provide readers with a deeper understanding of what it means to be trans.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Ripple Effect Band: Music from the Top End

On stage at Darwin Festival with Dr. Shellie Morris, August 2020. Photo Credit: Benjamin Warlngundu Ellis

29 March –29 May 2020 | Conservatorium of Music Library 

Be inspired by the music of the Indigenous all-women rock band
Ripple Effect from West Arnhem community.

Join us to explore the research of PhD Candidate, Jodie Kell and the role of women in music-making and the dynamics of gender in music performance. The Ripple Effect Band is an all-woman band from Maningrida, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The exhibition documents their musical journey from their album recording at the Conservatorium in 2018, and how this relates to Jodie’s PhD research and thesis: Ngarra-ngúddjeya Ngúrra-mala: Expressions of Identity in the Songs of the Ripple Effect Band. Through photographs, scores, videos including a performance with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and more, you are sure to be inspired by the diversity of their new musical works.

Performing at the Maningrida AFL Grand Final in 2019. Original band members L-R:
Tara Rostron, Jolene Lawrence, Rona Lawrence, Stephanie James (drums), Rachel Thomas,
Marita Wilton, Jodie Kell. Photo Credit: Tanja Bruckner

Whether you’re a researcher in music, language, Indigenous studies and gender studies or just enjoy Australian music, we look forward to seeing you at the exhibition. You are invited to join the conversation about Jodie’s research on Twitter.

Image above: Performing at the Maningrida AFL Grand Final in 2019. Original band members L-R: Tara Rostron, Jolene Lawrence, Rona Lawrence, Stephanie James (drums), Rachel Thomas, Marita Wilton, Jodie Kell. Photo Credit: Tanja Bruckner

Visit the Ripple Effect Band’s website and explore all their fascinating music and media!

Ripple Effect Media

Live Performance at Alice Springs Bush band 2018
Education resource for young children – Nabárrdja (The Little Crab) 

‘Ripple Effect’ – Event launch

The exhibition will have a launch on Tuesday, 19 April 2022 at 3pm, as part of the SCM Research Day.
A performance will be held by band members, Jodie Kell and Tara Rostron.

Light refreshments will be provided for in-person attendance; for catering purposes, in-person attendees must register by Friday, 8 April 2022.

Please register through Eventbrite via the link below.

The University Library Collections Framework

Building a rich and diverse collection to support learning, teaching and research.

Over the past decade, accelerating in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic, there have been systemic changes to the delivery of teaching and learning, remote research and professional work, and changing publication and access models. The new Library Collections Framework responds to this changing environment. It is a set of principles and practical guidelines to guide the development of a sustainable collection that meets the needs of the University community – now and into the future.

How did we get here?

From 2019-21, the University Library commenced a program of consultation to inform the development of a revised and updated Collections Framework. Consultations included workshops, surveys, interviews and meetings with a range of stakeholders from across the University, including Deans and Heads of School, academic and professional staff, undergraduate and postgraduate students, alumni and community borrowers, and Library Staff.

Library Staff workshopJuly 2019
Consultations with Deans and Heads of SchoolDecember 2019 – March 2020
University community survey
(including staff, students, alumni and members of the community)
September 2020
Follow up to the survey: researcher interviewsNovember 2020
Internal consultation on a Draft Collections FrameworkMarch – September 2021
Launch Collections Framework and gather feedbackMarch 2022
Review of feedbackQ3 2022

What did we learn?

From workshops to interviews to survey responses, our community and stakeholders had a lot to say! Below is a summary of the top five things we learned from our community through the University-wide collections survey and follow-up interviews.

  • Respondents love our Library staff! From praise for a specific individual or service, to a general appreciation for the work that library staff do.
  • Respondents cared about whether they could easily access information resources for their work, in particular accessing electronic resources during the pandemic/remote work.
  • Respondents were eager for clearer communications from the library regarding collections, opportunities for improved consultation and feedback, and collaboration between organisations.
  • Many respondents mentioned they preferred electronic journals to print. Others noted a preference for print monographs, reflecting the different ways staff and students in different disciplines interact with scholarly content in their learning and research.
  • Multiple comments reflected concern around retention and the longevity of access to physical and electronic resources.

A framework based on guiding principles

Collections Framework Infographic

Through the consultation process, these themes were translated into high-level guiding Collection Principles, including:

  • Openness and transparency of process and communication around collections, with mechanisms for ongoing consultation and feedback.
  • Equity of access to collections and information resources.
  • Supporting the Charter of freedom of speech and academic freedom with a collection that reflects the teaching, learning and research needs of the University community.
  • A commitment to the preservation of the scholarly record through considered collection management, local and international industry partnerships.

Practical guidelines for collection management

In addition to the Collection Principles, Collection Guidelines provide an overview of practical collection management considerations, to guide the Library’s annual, ongoing program of collection management activities.

The Collections Framework website also includes the Library’s Digitisation Framework, which sets out the Library’s processes for prioritisation, assessment, selection, risk management, and licensing items and collections for open access.

A big thank you

The Library would like to thank the university community for engaging with the library collections survey and follow-up interviews, especially through the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic. Thanks to the generosity of the university community, we were able to gather a rich set of perspectives on our collections, services, and role within the University and wider community.

An ongoing conversation

We are now seeking your feedback on the completed Framework. What do you think? The Collections Framework is considered a “living document” – we value your comments and feedback.

Supporting open access: Library Read and Publish pilot 2022

graphic of digital access

Open access means making your research available online, free of cost or other barriers to access, maximising the reach and impact of your work.

To support open access publishing within the University research community, the University of Sydney Library has signed six Read and Publish agreements, including:

From 2022, articles published by University of Sydney authors in 4500+ eligible journal titles will be freely available to all readers immediately upon acceptance for publication – without individual article processing charges (APCs). The agreements were negotiated by the CAUL consortium (Council of Australasian University Librarians) in partnership with the university library sector and publishers. For further information on each publisher, see the CAUL Read and Publish guide and journal title list.

Who is eligible?

The Read and Publish pilot is available to all University staff and Higher Degree by Research Students. To access the pilot, corresponding authors must use their @sydney.edu.au email address and list “The University of Sydney” as their primary affiliation when submitting a manuscript.

What other support is available?

The University Library also supports open access archiving of research outputs via the Sydney eScholarship Repository. A small number of scholarly publishers offer APC discounts or vouchers.

For more information see the Library Open Access Guide, check the FAQ, or contact an Academic Liaison Librarian with any queries about the Read and Publish Pilot.