Women in Wikipedia

Women in Wikipedia

Celebrate Women’s History Month by joining Sydney University Press and the University of Sydney Library for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Tuesday 20 March, 2018.

Women make up just 12% of Wikipedia contributors and are 16% of individuals profiled, which means there is a gender imbalance on the platform. To combat this, we will be editing Wikipedia together to improve the representation of Australian women. No experience needed: there will be training, cheat sheets, references and roving Wiki experts on-hand – plus snacks! Join us and help change the future of Wikipedia. Register here.

Sydney’s Women in the Field: Phyllis Kaberry and the Sepik

Phyllis Kaberry

In 1923 at a meeting of the international Pan-Pacific Congress at the University of Sydney the Australian government was urged to establish a Department of Anthropology and to fund urgent anthropological research in the region to counter the devastating effects of colonisation. The University of Sydney took up the challenge, instituting the first Department of Anthropology in the Australian-Pacific region with the appointment of AR Radcliffe Brown in 1926.

Many of the first generation of men and women who were taught at Sydney worked in isolation for periods of a year to eighteen months in areas where English was not spoken, in places not inscribed on maps, and with limited contact with people outside the community they were studying. For their work they were obliged to learn map making, linguistics and medical skills alongside their anthropological training.

The University’s Archives and Macleay Museum today look after the enormous wealth of information that these anthropologists produced from their interactions with Australian Aboriginal and Pacific peoples. For this exhibition we have focussed on the work of Phyllis Kaberry, the first female professional anthropologist to emerge from the Department.

This is a joint exhibition between Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Sydney Library, University Archives and Museums to commemorate the inscription of the Anthropological Field Research and Teaching Records, University of Sydney, 1926-1956 into the UNESCO Memory of the World Australian Register.

The exhibition is being showcased on level 3 of Fisher and Sci Tech Libraries until August 2018.

Honi Soit – digitisation of a well-loved treasure


Honi Soit, the University of Sydney’s student newspaper, has been published by the Students’ Representative Council since 1929 and forms a rich and informative source of the cultural and social history of the University, New South Wales and Australia.

By Sten ChristensenHoniSoit2

There is now a need to preserve and sustain the older editions of the newspaper, which are deteriorating due to the age, and a need to provide alternative methods of access to the content. The Library has committed funds for the digitisation of a large portion of the back set (1929-1990) and has engaged the services of a company that specialises in this type of digitisation, DatacomIT.

This is the first phase of the project which involves the digitisation and scanning of the newspaper and the processing of a large number of digital files. The sum total of the data will be over a 1TB (1000 Gigabytes! This has been done onsite given the rare and fragile state of the material. Following on from the scanning and file processing we will move to phase two, discussing with the SRC on making the material that we have digitised available online to the public.

As the digital files are fully processed and checked we will be making samples available prior to the 1929 to 1990 back set going online.

Please direct any inquiries to Sten Christensen Associate Director, Publishing and Data (sten.christensen@sydney.edu.au)

#honisoit #sydney_library #behindthescenes

The Library goes 24/7


Reading in the Fisher Library
Reading in the Fisher Library

Looking for a space to study after hours?

The University Library is opening four spaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the start of Semester 1.

You now can choose between the Fisher Study Space, Bosch Commons, The Quarter (for postgraduate coursework students), and Camden Commons (on Camden campus). Now you can find a space to think, study, and collaborate any time of the day.

All you need to access the space is your Campus Card. Visit the library web pages for more detail.

#Sydney_library #Library247

Exhibition and Event: Silent Tears


“Photography has a well-regarded role for bringing the plight of silent victims into focus, providing a powerful opportunity for understanding and action. Bearing witness to the realities of these twelve women’s lives should be uncomfortable and challenging for audiences,” Belinda Mason

'Now many decades on, she was able to reveal for the first time the ongoing sexual violence she endured as a child with physical disability. She is no longer threatened by the perpetrator, yet the psychological trauma forces her to be anonymous in this project and unlike other participants reveal no further information about her experience. She is one of the many who still are trying to make sense of, and come to terms with, what happened to them, before they feel they can speak out.” -Belinda Mason with permission from the participant
photo by Belinda Mason

When: 1 March – 22 April 2016

Where: Herbert Freehills Law Library; New Sydney Law School Building F10

Accessibility information: http://silenttears.com.au/accessibility-options/

Belinda Mason’s Silent Tears reveals twelve Australian women’s haunting stories of disability and violence using saturated water to symbolise the streams of tears these survivors have silently endured.

Each participant has either experienced violence because they have disability, or has acquired a impairment, as a result of violence. Theirs is a powerful and compelling story of psychological, physical, emotional, economic, and cultural violence. The participants of the exhibition share their stories of domestic violence, forced sterilisation, psychological trauma, neglect and violence within institutions, and by family members.

“The power of Silent Tears lies in the hands of those who participate in it. Without stories there is silence.

“With the impact of my son’s death, and after having the girls and then a still born, five days before its born, and the relationship I was in with my ex-partner was violent all the time. I was treated not like a person; to me it was like an animal. I couldn’t handle it, being bashed all the time, getting cheated on by someone O loved so much. I just got tired of all that and I turned to drugs. Now as a person I know I can overcome all that life throws at me.” – Anonymous, Australia 2015
photo by Belinda Mason

Without stories told, we are voiceless. Without our stories heard, we are invisible. It is even harder when the stories are hard to hear and impossible to imagine,” said Belinda Mason.

Silent Tears is the result of three artist’s exploration of 12 women’s stories using a variety of photographic techniques and multi-media. Led by Mason, and supported by artists Dieter Kiernan (video) and Margherita Coppolino (documentary photography), audiences are immersed in the participant’s experiences to stimulate a deeper understanding of the diversity of violence, discrimination and survival.


Belinda Mason: photography@belindamason.com Website: http://www.belindamason.com/


Join us for a special presentation by two of the artists, Belinda Mason and Denise Beckwith followed by a panel discussion on the issues.

Wednesday 6 April
7 to 8.30pm
Law School Foyer
Level 2, Sydney Law School
Eastern Avenue
University of SydneyThe event is free, but registration is required

#silenttears #sydney_library

Orientation Week 2016: Find the Magic – Books of Sydney Library – Competition

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An Orientation Week 2016 Competition

There is magic hidden in the stacks of the University of Sydney, and we want you to help us find it! Just as Humans of New York (and Newtown) uncovers the stories of people on the streets of the city, we want you to share the stories from the books in the University of Sydney Library. Whatever the book may be, it tells a story, and you can dig out some hidden wisdom and share it with the world!


How to participate:

  1. Follow us on Instagram Sydney_library
  2. Take a photo of a book in our collection.
  3. Upload the photo to Instagram and use the hashtag #BooksofUsydLib and tag @Sydney_library in the caption field. Include a little snippet of the book’s story as if it was interviewed
  4. Be sure to make your Instagram profile public so we can see your entries.
  5. Enter as many times as you like!

The Library Instagram account will be posting great examples too!

Instagram comptetition slide intro

Who can win?

1st prize goes to the post with the most likes

2nd prize will be awarded to the most creative entry chosen by a Library staff committee


What are the prizes?

First place wins a $300.00 JB Hi Fi voucher, and staff choice wins $150.00.


When is the competition?

Start: Mon 16 February 8.00am

Finish: Sun 6 March 2016, 11.59pm


How can I claim my prize?

The University of Sydney Library shall endeavour to contact the winner via its Instagram account within four days after the end of the competition. In the event that a winner cannot be contacted after one week or provide proof of enrolment i.e. student number, an alternate winner will be selected on the basis of the criteria specified and the original winner will forfeit any prize.

Prizes are to be collected from the Administration Office, Level 5 Fisher Library at the University of Sydney. Prize winners will be required to show valid student identification upon prize collection, and may be required to verify the winning Instagram account belongs to them.


Additional terms and conditions (T&C)

  1. Deemed acceptance: Entry into the Competition is deemed acceptance of these T&C (as may be amended from time to time).
  2. Your Images: You agree to grant the University of Sydney (‘the University’) a free, non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual and irrevocable license to use, reproduce, distribute, adapt, publish, broadcast, communicate and perform your entry, in whole or in part for any purpose including the Competition. This may include use in promotional formats broadcast to the public such as through a digital feed via the University of Sydney websites, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and Instagram accounts, and in subsequent competition promotions (with attribution), or printed for physical events by the University of Sydney. You will not be entitled to any fee for such use.
  3. Your personal information: You consent to the disclosure of your personal information (including the Image(s), an identifiable image of yourself if this forms part of your entry, Instagram account name and full name) to the University for the purpose of this Competition, including associated promotional purposes. The University may use your personal information in accordance with the privacy policy available on the website. You may access and correct any personal information held by the University, upon request to the University.
  4. Instagram Terms and Conditions apply: Participation in this Competition assumes acceptance of the Instagram terms and conditions, available at their website.
  5. Disqualifications: The University may, in its absolute discretion, disqualify:
    a. any entry which is not original, does not comply with the Instagram Terms of Use, is not completed in accordance with these Terms, infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party, contains any objectionable or poor quality content, or has the potential to damage the reputation of any person; or
    b. any individual who tampers with the entry process, submits an entry that is not in accordance with the Terms, or who has in the opinion of the University, engaged in unlawful or improper conduct that is designed to, or is likely to, adversely affect the fair and proper conduct of the Competition or is generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of the University. [Moved to 12.]
  6. Original Image: Each entry must be an original work by you and you must have obtained the permission from all persons appearing in Images and relevant property owners to enter this Competition. You warrant that your entry is not, and its use by the University and Sydney Festival will not, infringe the rights (including intellectual property rights) of any third party.
  7. Game of skill: The Competition is a game of skill, chance plays no part in determining the winner/s and each validly submitted entry will be individually judged by the University on the basis of originality and creativity, and according to any other criteria specified or adopted.
  8. Binding decision: A decision of the University in relation to the conduct of the Competition, including the selection of winning entries, is binding and conclusive and no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. Prizes non-transferrable: Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash. The prizes, or any element of the prizes, cannot be exchanged for any other prize/s. The contents of the prizes will be at the University’s sole discretion.
  10. No expenses: Any expense, including taxes, spare parts, maintenance or delivery costs, associated with accepting, taking or using a prize, will be the prize winner’s sole responsibility.
  11. No warranties: The University makes no warranties or representations about the fitness for purpose or suitability of any prize and will not accept responsibility for the quality or fitness for any purpose of any prize, or the failure of any prize to be of merchantable quality. If liability under terms implied by legislation cannot be excluded by the University, the liability of the University is limited to re-supplying the tickets or awarding a prize of equivalent value.
  12. No Responsibility: No responsibility will be taken by the University for any change in dates, times or cancellations or other arrangements that may prevent a winner from accepting, taking or using a prize. The University accepts no responsibility for late, lost, incorrectly submitted or misdirected entries, for any technological malfunction or failure, Internet traffic congestion, or for outdated or incorrect contact details by which you cannot be contacted during business hours on relevant dates.
  13. Varying the competition: The University reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, at any time before the awarding of the prizes to cancel or vary a competition, or cancel, vary or withdraw its prizes. If the University cancels or varies a competition, or cancels, varies or withdraws its prizes, is not:
    a. liable to any person for any costs, loss or damage whatsoever arising out of, or in connection with, such cancellation, variation or withdrawal; or
    b. required to conduct the Competition at any other time.
  14. No liability: You enter the Competition at your own risk. With the exception of liability which cannot be excluded by law, the University is not liable for, and you release the University from, liabilities relating to any direct or indirect loss or damage which is suffered, or for personal injury or sickness suffered or sustained, as a result of entering the Competition, failing to win, winning, accepting or using a prize.