IT update 4.45pm, 31 July

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Published on: 31 July 2012

We have been advised that key systems will be taken offline from 6pm tonight and restored ASAP. For the latest information please check your uni email and the ICT service status page:

New better, clearer and more powerful searching from the Library’s website

We have added tabbed searching to the Library’s homepage so you can now do all your first searches in one convenient location.

Use CrossSearch to Search across the catalogue and electronic resources for books, articles, music and more, perform a regular Catalogue search or try our new Ask a Librarian service.




Borrowing conditions update to Law Short Loan collection

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Published on: 30 July 2012

Law Short Loan books are now borrowable under the same conditions as Law Research books.

Loans are for 8 weeks, are renwable and can be recalled.

Recalled books must be returned within one week.

THE GREAT BOOK SWAP: Supporting the Indigenous Literacy Project

Indigenous Literacy Foundation

A cake stall will be held at both locations to raise extra funds.
The Book Swap 10am-4pm, 5 September 2012 at two libraries
Level 2, Fisher LibraryEastern Ave, Camperdown Campus
Health Sciences LibraryCumberland Campus, 75 East St, Lidcombe

Guest speaker: Colin Appo
10am, Level 2, Fisher Library
Colin is currently involved in the “Wollumbin Dreaming”, an Aboriginal Student Leadership Program. He is also a student from the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Koori Centre, and Aboriginal Education Officer (AEO) at Kingscliff High School. Previously Colin has worked as Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer (ACLO) for the Department of Education and Communities (DEC).

About 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. (more…)

Make your PhD thesis available on Open Access. The sky won’t fall on your head!

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Published on: 16 July 2012


Sten Christensen, Sydney eScholarship, University of Sydney Library

“If I make my thesis available on open access I won’t be able to publish it.”
Wrong, you will still be able to publish it.

There are many misconceptions in relation to making your thesis available on open access, this is the main one and it’s incorrect. Any reputable publisher will take the thesis as a raw manuscript and will edit it so that it is palatable to a wider audience. As such there should be a marked difference between the thesis and the published work; therefore there should be no issue, see Thesis into book. Advice to the desperate (more…)

Database on trial: Art and Architecture in Video

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Published on: 9 July 2012
The Artist Was A Woman

The Artist Was A Woman
© Copyright © 1988. Used by permission of Filmakers Library. All rights reserved.



Art and Architecture in Video, via Alexander Street Press, is a collection of documentaries and interviews illustrating the history, theory and practice of art, design and architecture. Trial ends 3 August 2012

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More databases on trial  (more…)

Why brainstorming doesn’t work: Encouraging creative thinking in Information Literacy

Sarah GrahamSarah Graham, Faculty Liaison Librarian, Veterinary Science

We’ve all had library sessions where we’ve asked students to come up with some synonyms for keywords and we’ve been met with silence. We’ve also had plenty of classes where students have been happy to suggest alternate terms, but they haven’t gone beyond ‘thesaurus terms’, suggesting a shallow engagement with the topic. We all know that the best information searches are reflective, and consider information need from a critical and engaged position. (more…)

Our new and improved Ask A Librarian service

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Published on: 2 July 2012

StudentWe have developed a new online Ask A Librarian service to give you a more efficient and user-friendly way of getting faster answers to a lot of your questions.

Key new features

Instant answers: Built-in processes will build a repository you can easily use to search for instant answers to your questions.

Mobile/Smartphone ready: The system will automatically detect when it’s accessed by smartphones and present a mobile-friendly version.

Embed files and videos: We will be able to insert links/URLs to relevant resources, attach documents and embed videos inside answer pages.

We welcome your feedback about the service.

Ask A Librarian – anywhere, anytime:

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