Governor Brisbane’s Parramatta Observatory: archaeology, artefacts, and his ‘Catalogue of Stars’

stonesJoin us to celebrate National Science Week with an illustrated presentation by Anne Bickford, historical archaeologist, to hear about the universally famous Parramatta Observatory.

When: Wednesday 14 August 2013
Time: 6-7.30pm
Where: Seminar Room, Level 2, Fisher Library
Eastern Ave, Camperdown Campus
Speaker: Anne Bickford is an alumna of the University of Sydney and a professional archeologist who has spoken and published widely on historical archaeology, heritage conservation and museum studies. She was Curator of Applied Arts at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (now The Powerhouse Musuem). Anne also project managed and directed the research and excavation of the First Government House Site in Sydney, the largest archaeological excavation in Australia.
Price: Free but seats are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.
RSVP: by Monday 12 August
Photo: Sandstone piers, which supported the transit circle instrument in the observatory for viewing the stars, still standing in Parramatta Park. Photo by Anne Bickford.

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The billy keeps on boiling

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Published on: 22 July 2013
You’ve all heard about a biography of a person, but what about a biography of a book? Paul Eggert gives Henry Lawson’s While the billy boils, the full biographical treatment – tracing the stories’ early days of publication, how they were treated by various authority figures, and their place in the Australian literary canon of […]

Journal of Visualized Experiments

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Published on: 17 July 2013

Jove156We have subscribed to the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), which is an online journal publishing visualised (video-based) biological research studies. JoVE was established as a new tool in life science publication and communication, with participation of scientists from leading research institutions. JoVE takes advantage of video technology to capture and transmit the multiple facets and intricacies of life science research. Visualisation greatly facilitates the understanding and efficient reproduction of both basic and complex experimental techniques, thereby addressing two of the biggest challenges faced by today’s life science research community: i) low transparency and poor reproducibility of biological experiments and ii) time and labour-intensive nature of learning new experimental techniques.

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Level 4 Fisher South toilet closure

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Published on: 15 July 2013

Builders will be undertaking work on Level 4 Fisher South to prepare the new plumbing for Levels 5 to 9.  ‘Out of Order’ signs will be displayed on Friday 19 and then again on Friday 26 July.

The closure will be over two weekends – Friday 19 July through Monday 22 July and Friday 26 July through Monday 29 July.

The toilets will be operational on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The male, female and accessible toilets will be affected.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by the renovations. We thank you for your patience.

Access to Library electronic resources

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Published on: 5 July 2013

The Library provides access to an extensive collection of electronic resources, including eJournals and eBooks, which are widely used for research, learning and teaching in the University. These resources are available under publishers licence for all University staff and students.

From Wednesday 17th July authentication via Unikey or Library barcode will be required for access to these resources from computers on campus, including wireless access, following the same procedure as the existing arrangement for off-campus access. This change has become necessary to ensure the University complies with the publishers’ licence agreements and to avoid putting access to these critical resources at risk.

Exemptions have been made for public access computers in all libraries, which will not prompt for authentication except for those resources that already require it both on and off campus eg. SciFinder Scholar and Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) eBooks. This exemption for most resources will enable continued access for those Library members and walk-in users who do not have Unikeys.

The change is necessary to ensure we are complying with the licence agreements for our electronic resources. Recent incidents of unauthorised access have put access to some key electronic resources at risk. Compromised computers or servers have been used for unauthorised or unlicensed access to our resources. This puts the Library in breach of licence, and in the past publishers have blocked access to their resources because of such breaches. Adding an authentication step in the process guards against this risk.

The change has been timed for the semester break to minimise the impact on clients. If clients are accessing a number of resources they will only need to authenticate the first time in the browser session so the extra step should not be too onerous. A number of other University resources already require authentication both and on and off campus.

More information about electronic resources is on the databases page or contact Ask a Librarian.

Time Exposures: 60 Life Portraits — Sharon Zwi

DavidStrattonW15622 May — 29 June 2013

The exhibition has been extended to 31 July 2013.
Please note: some portraits have been collected since 1 July.

Exhibition Space
Level 2, Fisher Library F03
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Open daily during Fisher Library opening times
Closed Sunday

Time Exposures: 60 Life Portraits now presents 42 composite grid photographs in black & white, in the style of traditional analogue photography akin to a contact sheet. Each portrait is made up of 25 images spanning the person’s life.

Each photograph celebrates from babyhood to the present life, people whose achievements Zwi admires and respects. Not all are high profile people, but many are: Eva Cox, Margaret Whitlam, Michael Kirby, John Coetzee, Bob Debus, Bruce Petty and David Stratton, to name only seven out of the 42 complete portraits. The collection of 42 portraits is represented by about half featuring women, and half of men. There are politicians, feminists, teachers, scientists, activists, environmentalists, refugees, filmmakers, writers, social commentators – the list goes on. The photographs supplied to Zwi have been sourced from personal photo albums and archives. Each composite portrait was a personal collaboration with the subject and the artist. The last portrait in each grid has been taken by Zwi herself.

Photographs address the photographer’s interest in memory, place, identity and history: each photo was taken in a time and place of different historical events. Zwi also finds it fascinating to see the changes as people grow up, mature and age; at what stage you see the ‘essence’ of the person, when their personalities are formed and their faces take on their identity. Zwi has chosen the people in these portraits as she feels they are making a difference in society in various ways – some intentionally and others simply in the way they contribute in their community.

Sharon Zwi was a finalist in the 2013 National Photographic Portrait Prize, at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, with portrait of David Stratton. Zwi studied Art and Photography at Reading University in the U.K. and Printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Zwi has taught art and photography and has exhibited at the Sydney’s Kodak Gallery. Her work is about the world we live in, the environment and people. Growing up in apartheid South Africa, social issues have always been of primary importance, and these are reflected in her art practice. Zwi moved from Johannesburg to the UK in her 20s and moved to Sydney in 1982, where she undertook more arts studies in Photography at TAFE and Museum Studies at the University of Sydney.

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Rhonda Myers, Coordinator, Library Communications
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