Email scam with subject line: MyLoans Access

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Published on: 21 August 2014

It has come to our attention that there is a fraudulent email scam targeting University of Sydney staff and students.

Some University members have received an email that appears to be coming from Library Services Manager with the subject line: MyLoans Access. The email informs users that their accounts are about to expire and provides a link to reactivate their accounts.

The email address and web page are not affiliated with the University of Sydney. Anyone who receives the email should delete it immediately.

The page has been blocked by ICT. However, if a staff member or student has already entered their UniKey details on that page contact ICT as soon as possible to report a possible compromise, and change your UniKey password.

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Proposed list of subscriptions for cancellation

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Published on: 18 August 2014

You can find the full list of subscriptions proposed to be cancelled by faculties or because of low usage here [PDF].

Savings from the cancellations will enable us to subscribe to new resources.

Objections to any cancellation can be sent to the relevant Faculty Liaison Librarian by 31 August 2014.

Connecting to Community – translating research into policy practice

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Published on: 14 August 2014

Connecting to CommunityUniversity Library Information Future Series

University of Sydney staff and students are invited to join us at the Library to hear four academics talk about how they are tackling the challenge of translating research knowledge into the community. Bring questions and share your own experiences. Stay to connect with colleagues and chat over lunch.


  • Professor Gerard Goggin, ARC Future Fellow, Professor of Media and Communications, Department of Media and Communications
  • Professor Kate White, Chair, Cancer Nursing, Sydney Nursing School
  • Professor Sally Redman AO, CEO, Sax Institute
  • Professor Davina Ghersi, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Research Translation Group, National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Ms Kathy Thorncraft, Team Leader, Faculty Services Team: Health Sciences Library

Event details

When: 11am-1pm Wednesday 3 September 2014
Where: Seminar Room
Level 2, Fisher North, Fisher Library
Cost: Free with registration required. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Contact: Belinda Norman, Research Data Manager
T 9114 1457 | E
RSVP by Wed 27 August 2014

Library talk: Adapting Shakespeare and His Contemporaries in the Eighteenth Century

Dr Huw GriffithsHosted by the Friends of the University of Sydney Library
Guest speaker Dr Huw Griffiths, Faculty of Arts and Social Science

Restoration and eighteenth-century adaptations of the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries have not often been taken very seriously. But they emerge from a dynamic theatre culture and the decisions they make to alter details from the original can often be very telling. Dr Griffiths’ interest lies in the way that representations of male friendship change from one period to the next. Looking at adaptations provides us with a fascinating insight into how later periods viewed and understood the values and mores of their predecessors.

Dr Huw Griffiths teaches in the Department of English. His research interests lie in sixteenth and seventeenth-century English literature and culture, with a focus on Shakespearean drama.

When: 6-7pm Tuesday 26 August 2014
Where: Seminar Room, Level 2 Fisher Library
Cost: Free with booking required
RSVP: by Thursday 21 August 2014
T 9114 0866

The 53rd Annual General Meeting of the Friends of the University of Sydney Library will be held
When: Tuesday 26 August 2014, 5.30-6pm
Where: Exhibition Space Meeting Room 219, Level 2 Fisher North, Fisher Library

Conservatorium Library display: The Sydney Brass Musical Instrument Factory

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ohn York instrument catalogue 1906-07And the cornets of Duncan Anderson of Inverell, NSW
4 – 26 August 2014

This display illustrates John York’s brass instrument making and repair business that operated in Chippendale from 1885 until the 1930s. Australian made musical instruments from the late 19th century are rare as is any historical documentation regarding the makers and their businesses. A 1906 catalogue by John York can also be viewed revealing the interiors of his ‘factory’ and shop and providing an insight into the making and repairing of brass instruments at the beginning of the 20th century.

The display also offers a unique chance to view two cornets made by York. The instruments originally belonged to Duncan Anderson, a highly respected amateur cornet player from Inverell, NSW. Anderson had hopes of becoming a cornet soloist and pursued studies in England and Germany. He socialised with many famous composers and performers who helped shape the classical music culture in Australia at the turn of the century, including Alfred Hill, the co-founder of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Anderson also had an enduring friendship with the famous Australian artist Tom Roberts, who painted a unique panel portrait of Anderson playing his cornet

The display is complemented by materials from the Conservatorium Library relating to brass instrument making, early cornet repertoire and the artists, composers and performers known to have been associated with Duncan Anderson.
Cornets on generous loan from the Anderson family.

Where: Entrance of the Conservatorium Library
Level 2, C41, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Corner of Bridge and Macquarie Street, Sydney.
Cost: FREE and open to the public.
Times: Opening times vary – please check the Conservatorium Library website for details.

Please note: Due to operational reasons, the cornets may be taken off display from time to time but photographs will be provided of the instruments when this does occur.

Photo: From the John York instrument catalogue 1906-07. The catalogue is from the private collection of Kel York.

For further information contact:
Andrew Evans
Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Related links
John York and the Sydney Brass Instrument Factory:
Sydney Journal – Playing On

World War I material in the Library collections

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Cosme Colony CollectionArticle by Sara Hilder

World War I related material is held in Rare Books and Special Collections, as well as other Library collections. The photo of two young soldiers is from the Cosme Colony Collection, an archive relating to a utopian colony established in Paraguay in the 1890s by William Lane and others. The collection also includes the manuscript of Gavin Souter’s book, A Peculiar People, The Australians in Paraguay, an extract of which is reproduced below.

A joint exhibition with the University Archives will be held in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

Cosme Colony Collection
Rare Books and Special Collections.
Extract from: Gavin Souter, A Peculiar People, The Australians in Paraguay. Sydney, Sydney University Press, 1981.

…’ For many of the Australians who had grown up in Paraguay, World War I was a pot of gold that would easily have bought tickets to Australia. When the bugles sounded, young men from Cosme and New Australia enlisted in the British Army. All but one came through the war, and when offered the choice of repatriation to Australia or Paraguay they all chose Paraguay. “There is a claw in this country all right, which drags people back,” wrote Mrs Minnie Jacks to Mary Gilmore in 1916. “Ten have gone from Cosme, and, strange to say, they all want to come back. To read their letters one would think there was only one country in the world, and that was Paraguay.”

Ten went from Cosme, and six from New Australia. The people of Cosme flew the Union Jack and cheered as each volunteer who had come of age rode off into the monte on his way to Caazapá, Maciel railway station, Asunción, and finally, after a five day river trip, Buenos Aires, where the British Army had a recruiting office.

The only Paraguayan Australian who did not return from the war was Allan McLeod’s eldest son Dave. He served in France with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and was killed by a German shell behind the lines. William Wood, who had often worked with Dave McLeod in the canefields at Cosme was a signaller in the Royal Engineers. He went to Gallipoli for a while, and was sometimes sent on errands to Anzac headquarter. Bill had been born in Sydney a year before his parents went to Cosme, and this was his first experience of Australians outside Paraguay. “I couldn’t tell who were the officers,” he recalled in later years. “It was all first names – Harry, Dick, Bill – and everyone was telling jokes all the time.” In 1919 he met his twenty two year old brother Alex in Jerusalem; Alex had served with the Black Watch in Mesopotamia, and by seeing Baghdad he had satisfied an ambition he had harboured ever since reading The Thousand and One Nights at Cosme.

Baghdad, Jerusalem and Gallipoli were romance enough for the Wood boys. … ‘
[Pages 234-5]

Photo: Alex (left) and Bill (right) Wood, sons of William and Lillian Wood, in Jerusalem, 1919. Both returned to Cosme Colony after World War I.
Cosme Colony Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections.


Fisher 24 hour study zone

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Published on: 30 July 2014

Fisher 24/7 Study ZoneWho can access the study zone?
All enrolled University of Sydney students carrying a current student card.

Where is the study zone?
Entrance Level (Foyer and South wing only)

What can I access after library hours?
You can access:

  • Computers
  • Online Library resources
  • Printers
  • The University wireless network
  • Group study spaces and lounges

How do I enter the study zone after library hours?
You can enter the study zone by swiping your student card at the after-hours entrance door 15 minutes after the Library closes. No special registration is required.

If you are using the Fisher 24 hour study zone before the Library closes, you will need to collect your belongings and borrow any items you need before exiting the Library at closing time. After the building has been cleared for re-entry to the 24 hour study zone, you can use your student card to re-enter.

What are the security arrangements?

  • Security patrols
  • Security emergency help points
  • CCTV cameras

You must keep your student card with you at all times, and follow the instructions of Security staff if directed.

For more information, see Security and your safety:

University Security Service: 9351-3333
This is an emergency number only.


Introducing BONUS+

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Published on: 15 July 2014

BONUS+ logoBONUS+ is a new seamless Library service for our students and staff, which will provide an alternative and faster way for you to access books that we don’t own or are on loan in our Library.

What is Bonus+?
BONUS+ is a co-operative book resource-sharing initiative among 14 major university libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

What’s in it for me?
You will have access to other library collections. If we don’t have a particular book, or the copies we have are out on loan, you will be able to see if any of the member libraries have a copy for you to borrow.

Who can use the service?
All students and staff at the University of Sydney.

How does it work?
When you search our Library catalogue and don’t find the item that you are after, simply click on the Bonus+ icon to see if another library has a copy available. The request is processed automatically – no filling in forms. And when the item arrives, we will email you to let you know that your book is ready for pickup. You can also keep track of your requests via MyLoans.

When can I start requesting from these libraries?
Wednesday 16 July 2014.

Find out more:


The Great Book Swap – Indigenous Literacy Day

Great Book Swap10am-4pm, Wed 10 September 2014
Seminar Room,
Level 2, Fisher Library
Eastern Ave, Camperdown Campus

Help us to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF)

ILF aims to raise literacy and improve the lives and opportunities of Indigenous children living in remote and isolated regions by providing books and other literacy resources and sponsoring community identified literacy projects.

How to participate in the Great Book Swap

Please participate to raise much needed funds for this important project.

  • Bring along one of your favourite or much loved books so you can swap it for someone else’s.
  • Books can be dropped off at any University Library before the day and you will receive a book exchange voucher to use at the Book Swap.
  • You can use the book exchange voucher to tell the recipient why the book means so much to you.
  • Make a donation and all the money raised will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Project.

The Great Book Swap is being hosted by the University of Sydney Library and the Faculty of Education and Social Work, and is aligned with the University’s Wingara Mura – Bunga Barrabugu strategy.

For more information and to make an online donation visit:


The other glass ceiling: negotiating gender, responsibility and power in modern-day families

The other glass ceilingPanel discussion and book launch
Presented by Sydney Ideas and Sydney University Press

A panel of five thought leaders will explore the challenges and opportunities for work–­family balance and their impact on parenting in today’s society.

Charles Areni and Stephen Holden challenge the predominant gender roles in their new book: The other glass ceiling: fathers stepping up, mothers letting go. These gender roles expect a mother to care for her family and doubt her commitment to a career, while at the same time requiring a father to provide for his family financially and doubting his ability to look after his own children. This is the other glass ceiling impeding fathers from reaching the pinnacle of parenting and preventing equality in the family home. These stereotypes are perpetuated by both genders, and the solution requires compromises from both sides.

The other glass ceiling will be launched on 16 July and followed by a panel discussion on how couples can negotiate gender, responsibility and power in everyday life; how women and men are treated differently at work, and how they treat work differently; how fatherhood is represented in the media and perceived by the society at large; and finally how mothers and fathers can work together to become better parents.

The panel will include:

  • Professor Charles Areni, Professor in Management and Associate Dean of Research Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University 
  • Professor Marian Baird, Professor of Employment Relations, Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, Sydney Business School, the University of Sydney
  • Dr Richard Fletcher, Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Stephen S Holden, Faculty of Business, Bond University
  • Associate Professor Rosina McAlpine, Discipline of Accounting at the Sydney Business School, the University of Sydney, and parenting expert

With five panellists approaching the issue from a wide range of perspectives, it’s promising to be a provocative and stimulating night!

Event Details
When: Wednesday, 16 July 2014, 6 to 7.30pm
Where: Law School Lounge, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free
Register online:

Link to the book:

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