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November 2010

  • 10 November: HELP us to help you!

    The University of Sydney Library is creating a range of multimedia learning tools and is seeking students to assist in the evaluation phase (22/11/10 – 26/11/10; Other dates can be arranged if necessary).

    NO PREREQUISITES required – we just want your opinions. The session will take approximately 1 hour on the Camperdown Campus.
    A Co-Op Bookshop voucher will be provided for the session.

    PRIVACY: We respect your privacy and the information that you provide will be anonymous and ONLY used for our testing, not for any other purposes. Please feel free to contact us if you have any concerns.

    To register you interest, please email the following details to rebecca.goldsworthy@sydney.edu.au:

    First name:
    Stage of study (e.g. 1st year, 2nd year etc.):
    Degree status (undergraduate, postgraduate (course work), or postgraduate (research)):
    Time/dates available (between the 22nd and the 26th of November, inclusive):

    For further information, please contact:
    Rebecca Goldsworthy
    Project Coordinator, iResearch: information Skills for Life
    Phone: 9114 0816
    Email: rebecca.goldsworthy@sydney.edu.au

  • 4 November: Get the top global news, advice and jobs for people in academe
    The Chronicle of Higher Education is published each weekday and gives you access to job postings, forums and career building tools such as online CV's. Discover the latest technology used for teaching, read the opinions and ideas of your international peers, enhance your professional networking.

    Go to http://ezproxy.library.usyd.edu.au/login?url=http://chronicle.com/
    To subscribe to the newsletter with full rights to access all content, click Create a free account and use your University of Sydney email address when you register. Access to this resource is provided by the University of Sydney Library.

Oct 2010

  • 28 October: Test your knowledge for the coming exams!.

    2010 Semester one exam papers are now available via the Library catalogue. 

    Search tips:  Available exams can be found by entering the unit of study in a title search, eg ENGL1008 to retrieve a specific exam, or a title search if you know the title of the exam, e.g. Australian texts : international context.
    You can also:
    - carry out a title search on exam papers to retrieve all exam papers available
    - find an exam via a keyword search by unit of study code, title of the exam, department and faculty e.g. to find exams from Arts Faculty, enter exam papers arts as a keyword search; to find exam papers from a particular department, enter exam papers anthropology to retrieve all available exams for anthropology.

    Earlier exam papers are available here

    We welcome any feedback. Please see your Academic Liaison Librarian.

  • 20 October: Extended Library hours.

    The University Library will open extended hours for three weeks, from the last week in October through StuVac and the first week of exams.

    After consultation with the SRC and Security Services, the SciTech Library was selected as the best location for the extended hours.

    From Monday 25 October 2010 to Friday 12 November, the SciTech Library will have the following extended hours: 

    • Monday to Friday 8am to midnight
    • Saturday 9am to 5pm
    • Sunday 1pm to 5pm

    Security Services is extending the regular security bus timetable until just after midnight closing, dropping off at Central Station. A Library staff member and a Security Officer will be available to assist through to midnight.

    For more information or suggestions and comments, visit the SciTech Library website.

  • 11 October: WOOL - Sheep, Squatters and the early Australian Pastoral Industry.

    The wool industry buoyed the economy in the 19th century and helped shape the character of rural Australia. Nugget, a 5 year old ram from Collaroy Stud near Merriwa, one of the major studs of New South Wales, was a fine example of the merino breed which was adapted to Australian conditions.

    This new Rare Books and Special Collections exhibition in the Level 2 corridor of Fisher Library contains early publications about sheep farming, sheep diseases, and squatters and also features handbooks, early cookbooks and fiction, including a manuscript poem by Henry Lawson about the NSW Minister for Agriculture, Donald Macdonell.

  • 11 October: New title from Sydney University Press: What does it mean to be a good mother in Australia?

    From Madonna with a child to the images of celebrity mums, the ideals of the “good mother” have changed with time, fashion and context. They have defined who good mothers are, what they do and how they feel. The good mother in contemporary Australia is no longer exclusively white, heterosexual, economically dependent and child focused. She now has many incarnations. She may be working. She may be single. She may be lesbian. She may be Indigenous. She may adopt. She may be sexy.

    A new book from Sydney University Press The good mother: contemporary motherhoods in Australia, edited by Susan Goodwin and Kate Huppatz, explores how these ideals are created and reproduced  through education, workplaces, government policies, cultural practices and the media.

    Although women are presented with a wider range of social roles, positions and identities than ever before, motherhood remains subject to stringent social and governmental regulations. “The image of the ‘good mother’ persists in public policy, the media, popular culture and workplaces, placing pressure on women to conform to particular standards, against which they are judged and judge themselves”, says Susan Goodwin.

    If you would like to find out more how society, the government, and the mothers themselves regulate what it means to be a good mother look no further. The good mother: contemporary motherhoods in Australia is the book for you.

Sep 2010

  • 24 September: Catalogue Scheduled outage Sunday 26 Sep

    Scheduled outage, due to an upgrade to the Library catalogue, will take place on Sunday 26 September starting at 10am for approximately one hour. Our online catalogue will not be accessible during that period.

    You would still be able to search our holdings via Summon from the Library home page, however, if the search results are catalogue related, you would still not be able to reach the catalogue when clicking on any of the results for that period of time.

    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Do you have an assignment due soon or are you thinking about how to prepare for exams? Need some advice?
    Come along to the drop in sessions run by the Learning Centre:
    Mon 13, Tue 14, Thu 16 and Fri 17 September in the Fisher Library Foyer.
  • Library Client Survey 2010: The survey ends Sunday 26 September 2010.

    Take the opportunity to tell us what you think about your Library. The online survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and University of Sydney staff and students, who complete the survey, could win a $50 gift voucher. Winners will be randomly selected from survey participants who opt to provide their details at the end of the survey.

    Complete the Survey NOW!

    Results are used to prioritise improvements to the University Library’s services and resources. Read about improvements introduced since the 2008 survey The Library Client Survey is voluntary and can be completed anonymously. At the end of the Survey University of Sydney students and staff (except for Library staff) are invited to enter the prize draw. To enter you must provide your name, phone number and a University of Sydney email address. If you decide to enter the prize draw your email address will only be used for the purposes of running the competition. Winners will be selected randomly from the entries received and contacted by Library staff about redeeming their prize.

    For more information on the Library Client Survey contact:
    Libby O’Reilly, Director Health, Law and Medical Sciences Libraries
    E libby.oreilly@sydney.edu.au

    WINNERS: Joy Tsai, Reza Hamdi, Taeko Takayanagi, Matthew Stavros, Agnes Bairstow, Vu Tuan Nguyen, Camilla Whittington, Debbie Ward, Anne Jin, Thomas Pedersen, Rachel Lim, Latoya Schadel, Nazareth Sevazlian, James Lang, Fiona Tweedie, Cale Burge, Emma Lindley, Karla Fedel, Rebecca Barton, Judy Chan, Norman Stanton, Alejandra Montemayor. Llewella Butland, Ollie Cansdell, Alexis Junio, Yuanyuan Duan, Michael Macri, Anastasija Jevtovic, Yockie Putra, Ka Van Setten, Sarah Bloomfield, Hugh Deasey, Hua Zhong, Malika Yazbeck, Elvany Luswanto, Engracia Kostan, Tetsuo Yamagishi, Gionata Pagani, Tess Mierendorff, Elizabeth Jackson, Cath Davies, Joe Cayzer.

  • Browsing Storage (Sydney) by Dewey number

    Books in Storage (Sydney) are arranged by a non-Dewey running number. However, most of them can be browsed in the catalogue by a call number search. For example, if you want to browse mathematics, do a call number search on the Dewey number 510 and limit to Storage (Sydney). You can browse on more than the first three digits of the Dewey number, such as 331.12 (labour market), 617.9677 (anaesthesia in ophthalmology). This is a useful tool in discovering the content of Storage (Sydney). If you need a more sophisticated search than this, the advanced keyword search provides a range of options which can be combined to successfully find resources on a topic.

  • The Great Book Swap: Supporting the Indigenous Literacy Project

  • Wednesday 1 September 2010, 10am-4pm
    Fisher Library – Camperdown Campus, Level 4 Lounge
    Health Sciences Library – Cumberland Campus
    • Bring along one of your favourite books so you can swap it for someone else's.
    • Make a donation and all the money raised will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Project.
    • Bookplates will be available so you can tell the recipient why the book means so much to you.
    • If more convenient, books can be dropped off at any University of Sydney Library before the day and you will receive a book exchange voucher to use at the Book Swap.

Organised by the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the University of Sydney Library with support from the Koori Centre and Yooroang Garang.

More information and online donations at: www.indigenousliteracyproject.org.au/GBS/Index.aspx

Aug 2010

  • Get rewarded for helping at the Chancellor's Committee Bookfest 2010

    Can you help in the Great Hall on any of the following days?
    Setting up: 9 and 10 September
    Dismantling: 15 September

    You will get a $50 book voucher from Gleebooks for each three hour shift worked and a 50% discount on your book purchases at the Bookfest.

    You must be physically fit, able to carry, lift, sort and handle books.

    Available shift dates and time:
    9 September: 9am – 12noon and 1pm – 4pm
    10 September: 9am – 12noon
    15 September: 2pm – 5pm

    To apply please download, print and complete this form then drop your completed form off at the Information Desk near the Clock Tower Shop (in the Quadrangle).

    Closing date for applications is 31 August.

  • 13 August: Some like it hot: celebrating 20 years of Simpson Desert research


    Let ecologists take you on a trip into the heart of Australia’s red desert with an exhibition including journals, field equipment and images, that celebrates 20 years of continual ecological study in the Simpson Desert. The exhibition will also showcase the Iconic Landscapes Study – an interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences project looking at how scientific research is communicated to and received by local communities.
    When: 13 August to 3 December 2010
    Where: The SciTech Library, Level 1 and The New, Level 2
    Jane Foss Russell Building
    160 City Road, Darlington

    Photo: Aaron Greenville

July 2010

  • 27 July: Exchange for change - free clothing swap!

    THURSDAY 19 AUGUST, 12-2pm

    The New, Lvl 2, SciTech Library
    Jane Foss Russell Building, G02
    160 City Road, Darlington

    As part of Humanitarian Week, join Oxfam USyd and the University Library in celebrating the positive improvements made in addressing the environmental impacts of clothing production, as well as fair wages and safe working conditions. Make more eco-friendly, people-friendly choices whilst evolving your fashion sense by bringing along any unwanted clothing items (including accessories, bags etc) that can be swapped for new pieces that will re-invigorate your wardrobe!

  • Entry:$2 and $1 for Access members.

    To find out more about the Exchange for Change program visit: Oxfam Australia
    Photo: by Prudence Upton courtesy of OxfamAUS

  • 27 July: A Convenient Break-through!


    The Level 1 connection between the Law and Fisher Libraries is now open. You no longer need to brave the elements as you move between these two sites.

    Items can be borrowed (excluding Reserve items) at the loans desks or self-check machines in either library. Reserve items will still need to be borrowed and returned to the library from which they belong.

  • 8 July: June’s addition to New Titles lists are now available.
    eBooks which were acquired during June are now included with new books in the New Titles lists.

June 2010

May 2010

  • 27 May: SciTech Library extended opening hours trial
    We will have special extended hours for 3 weeks through StuVac and the two week of exams in the SciTech Library. Students from all faculties are invited to use the extended facilities.

    Please take a look the SchiTech Library opening hours table for full time details.

    The security bus run will be extended on the late nights, dropping people at Central until just after midnight.

  • 17 May: Learning Centre drop-in sessions - Camperdown/Darlington/Cumberland Campus
    From 17-4th June, The sessions will allow students to get immediate advice from Learning Centre staff on academic literacy and learning issues such as critical thinking, essay writing, reading effectively, and preparing for exams in a convenient 10 minute consultation session.
    Fisher / SciTech   Health Sciences Library   Fisher
    Date Time Date Time Date Time
    Mon 17 May 1pm - 2pm Tue 18 May 12pm - 1pm Mon 31 May 1pm - 2pm
    Tue 18 May 12pm - 1pm Thu 20 May 12pm - 1pm Tue 1 Jun 12pm - 1pm
    Wed 19 May 12pm - 1pm Tue 25 May 12pm - 1pm Wed 2 Jun 1pm - 2pm
    Thu 20 May 1pm - 2pm Thu 27 May 12pm - 1pm Thu 3 Jun 12pm - 2pm
    Fri 21 May 12pm - 1pm Tue 1 Jun 12pm - 1pm Fri 4 June 12pm - 2pm
        Thu 3 Jun 12pm - 1pm    
    More about the Learning Centre and their programs.


April 2010

    This free exhibition in Rare Books & Special Collections, Level 2, Fisher Library, looks at the history of polar exploration in both hemispheres and showcases the journals of the early explorers and scientists in these remote regions. Come and see it during Fisher Library opening hours. The exhibition is on display until 31 January 2011.

    The exhibition will be launched with a talk by DR ESTELLE LAZER – Archaeology on ice Dr Lazer is an Archaeologist and Honorary Research Associate with the University of Sydney. She will give a talk and presentation about her work at Mawson’s Hut. The exhibition in Rare Books & Special Collections, looks at the history of polar exploration in both hemispheres and showcases the journals of the early explorers and scientists in these remote regions.

    6 for 6.30pm
    Macdonald Room
    Rare Books & Special Collections
    Lvl 2 Fisher Library
    Eastern Ave, Camperdown Campus

    Annual General Meeting
    Will be held in the Macdonald Room
    at 5.30pm

    RSVP by Monday 16 August
    Email: library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au
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March 2010

  • 17 March: an event for your diary - NEW POEMS
    a combined reading by Judith Beveridge and Les Murray, Tuesday 13 April, 3-4pm >> read more

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February 2010

  • 24 February - 9 March: iPod Nanos and $30 iTunes gift cards to be won!
    The competition is open to all Sydney University students. Just answer three easy questions and you could be our next winner. You can enter the competition here. Increase your chances by entering each day!

    Congratulations to all our winners!
    iPod Nanos: Andrew Downey, Kathleen Thatcher, Emma Hosogoe.
    iTunes gift cards: Ho Wang Fung, Bayan Hosseini, Kam Cheung Kwan, Alina Kozlovski, Amar Kaur, Martiana Sipahutar, Amber O'Regan, Adrian Veale, Salmina Arefin, Ulisses Amaral, Emma Kauter.

  • 11 February: Australia and World Crisis, 1914-1923. A History of Australian Defence and Foreign Policy 1901-23 Volume 2

    In the February edition of the Australian Literary Review Kim Beazley reviewed Australia and World Crisis, 1914-1923 by Neville Meaney, the second volume in a pioneering two-volume history of Australian defence and foreign policy. The book, published by Sydney University Press in 2009, is based on wide-ranging research in collections of personal and official papers in Australia, Britain, the United States and Canada. Linking up with the first volume, The Search for Security in the Pacific, it offers a new and path-breaking understanding of Australia's relations with the world from the outbreak of the First World War to the making of peace in Europe and the Pacific.

    This study explores a number of fundamental issues which shaped Australia's response to the world in this era, such as race and culture, geopolitics and security, domestic divisions and ideas of loyalty and finally the philosophies and personalities of the chief policy makers. From the outset of this global conflict Australia was involved in a 'hot war' in Europe against Germany and its allies and in a 'cold war' in the Pacific against Japan. The British Australians for reasons of sentiment and interest supported the Mother Country, but even as they did so they were deeply concerned about Japan's ambitions. As a result Japan figured prominently in Australia's approach to the war and the peace. Indeed for the Australians the 'cold war' did not come to an end until the Washington Conference of 1921-22 when Japan with the other Pacific powers agreed to limit naval building and to respect existing territories in China and the Pacific.

    In tracing out this story the book throws light on many particular aspects of the 'hot' and 'cold' wars. They include the origins of Asian studies in Australia, intelligence gathering, the secret service and loyalty leagues, the fear of Japan in the conscription controversy, Irish Catholics and the Anglo-Irish War. The labour movement and the Bolshevik revolution, the ideological clash of the American President and the Australian Prime Minister over peacemaking, the visit of the Prince of Wales, 'Britishness' and the failure of the idea of Greater Britain all influenced the development of Australia's defence and foreign policy. At the end there is an attempt to provide an assessment of Australia's leadership through these testing times and to point out the significance of this experience for a later generation of Australia policy makers.

    “This is a great work”, says Kim Beazley. “No one else has tackled the documents with such thoroughness or subtlety. If nothing else, Meaney provides a strong argument for the restoration of diplomatic history to its former eminence in history departments. That's an argument that probably can't be won. However, teachers in the burgeoning area of international relations in politics departments will find this book of immense benefit.”

    Australia and World Crisis, 1914-1923. A History of Australian Defence and Foreign Policy 1901-23: Volume 2 is published by Sydney University Press ISBN: 9781920899172

    Both volumes are available to borrow at the Library.

    Volume 1 of the book is also available at Sydney University Press ISBN 9781920899189

  • 10 February: DVDs / Videos in the Fisher Audio-Visual office have been moved to Fisher Reserve on level 2


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