The Past Present and Future of Books, Libraries and Book Collecting: a Personal Odyssey
Thursday 26 March 2015
We invite you to an illustrated lecture by Colin Steele, Emeritus Fellow, Australian National University.
Colin will reflect on “The past, present and future of books, libraries and book collecting” from over 50 years of experience, both from an institutional and personal perspective, and speculate on twenty-first century trends.
Major collections that Colin has assembled have been donated to several libraries. His Latin American collection is held by La Trobe University Library, his science fiction and fantasy collections by Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Sydney Library and his signed Australian literature collection is in the Australian National University Library. A small but significant collection of signed Australian political material is held in the Library of Old Parliament House, Canberra. His current personal collections include signed material covering politics, sport, film and television, and biography.
From his time in the Bodleian Library, Oxford and the ANU Library, Colin will recall some of the fascinating collectors and booksellers he has met and, from his current research on scholarly communication and publishing, will reflect on the changing nature of book collecting and libraries in a digital era.
For further reading see Colin’s article on the The Sydney Morning Herald:
Bibliographica 2014: Colin Steele presents talk on the future of books and articles on his website.
This event is brought to you with the support of the Friends of the University of Sydney Library.
Where: Seminar Room
Level 2, Fisher Library F03
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free with registration required. Seats are limited.
RSVP by Monday 23 March
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Ex Libris Fisherarium is an ongoing series of art projects curated by Associate Professor Michael Goldberg. The projects comprising work by staff, alumni and associates of Sydney College of the Arts are themed around the idea of ‘the book’ in all its historical and contemporary manifestations.
Project: Data Retention by Gianni Wise
With the proliferation of data networks, the human mind always find ways to ‘wire-up’ new connections between itself, objects, ideas, events and the world. I use wires and books as a form of ready-made art that work as props for memory. Objects external to the mind can trigger memory and make connections. I am interested in this interplay between mind and external world. When Umberto Ecco claimed in the Name of The Rose (1988): “Wanting connections, we found connections always, everywhere, and between everything” he refers to a world ‘exploding’ in a whirling network of interrelationships where everything (appears to) point to everything else, everything explains everything else.
Gianni Wise’s installation has its menacing aspects. The title, ‘Data Retention’, might well refer to current government policies regarding the retention of metadata – the harvesting from telecommunications networks of personal information by law enforcement agencies – ostensibly to protect the public from acts of terrorism. Indeed, the installation itself displays a number of sinister ‘packages’. Perhaps they hold data. But they also disturbingly resemble IEDs (or ‘improvised explosive devices’). The ‘connections’ Wise refers to carry the potential to penetrate deep into our personal lives, challenging privacy and potentially violating fundamental rights. In this sense, the installation reflects on the threat of data retention exposing our personal lives ‘like an open book’. Wise’s use of ambiguously wired devices may equally suggest the mind’s desire to invent ‘paranoid’ connections where there are none.
Dates: 23 February to 26 March 2015
Where: Levels 2, 3 and 4 exhibition cabinets, Fisher Library North
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website
For details of past and current projects, connect with Ex Libris Fisherarium on Facebook.
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The University has a new Open Access to University Research Policy (2015).
The University supports the principles of open access (OA), and is committed to enabling the broadest possible access to its scholarly outputs, including journal articles, monographs, datasets and higher degree by research theses.
As part of the implementation of the new policy, the University has released all Sydney Research Online research publications collection metadata (2001–15), and will enable access to the publishers’ versions of items within this collection wherever publishers’ open access archiving polices allow.
In addition, researchers are encouraged to supplement the Sydney Research Online collections by self-archiving scholarly works in the Sydney eScholarship Repository. Researchers are encouraged to enable access to completed research data sets (unless this is prevented by privacy or other requirements). All Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Students are encouraged to make their theses openly accessible wherever possible – after consulting with their research supervisors, of course!
The University Library provides a number of established platforms and services to support the implementation of the new policy and enable the broadest possible access to the scholarly output and digital collections of the University, including:
• Sydney eScholarship Repository
• Sydney Research Online
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• Sydney Digital Collections
• Open Journal Systems (Sydney eScholarship Journals Online)
• Sydney University Press
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If you have any questions please contact the Senior Manager, Copyright & Information Policy for more information.
Jacqui Grainger, Manager of Rare Books & Special Collections at the University of Sydney, speaks to Librarian Insider to share a fascinating insight into how the University of Sydney Library came to hold an annotated copy of the first edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, or Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy.
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A substantial remodelling to the Badham Library is due to commence. The Badham collection is currently being moved to the SciTech library and the Badham Library will close on Friday 21 November.
The Quarter will open mid-Semester 1, 2015 after being transformed into a technology enabled learning space for Postgraduate coursework students. Further details will be issued as we progress towards the completion of The Quarter.
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CrossSearch, the central search engine on the Library home page is upgrading. The new interface is clearer, and news items and images are spotlighted in the search results.
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Earlier this year the University Library conducted a survey of academics and researchers to gather information about emerging trends in academic and researcher attitudes and practice. The results are now available and will guide the University and the Library in developing strategies to support research and teaching in an environment increasingly shaped by digital technologies.
For full details head to Survey of Academics 2014 Results
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