Newton in Australia

Isaac NewtonJacqui 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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SciTech Library collection work

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Published on: 10 December 2014

We are currently arranging for low-use books to be transferred from the SciTech Library to our Storage location, in order to free up additional shelf space. Please note: unique copies of book titles are not being removed from the Library.

Please contact Michael Arndell if you have any questions about this work.

 

 

CrossSearch new interface

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Published on: 6 December 2014

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.

Try CrossSearch 2 beta and let us know what you think via our feedback form!

 

 

University of Sydney Survey of Academics 2014 Results

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Published on: 4 December 2014

Connecting to CommunityEarlier 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

 

Getting started with LabArchives

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Published on: 13 November 2014

What?
LabArchives is the University’s new, supported electronic lab notebooks (ELN) platform. It’s a digital solution for recording procedures, observations, conclusions and attaching images and data files when conducting laboratory work.

Come along to a lunchtime session designed to learn:
– Why use LabArchives?
– How are other researchers on campus working with LabArchives?
– How can I get off the mark with LabArchives?

Who is it for?
Everyone.

What should I bring?
Bring along your mobile device or laptop and your lunch.

Session 1: 1-2pm, Tuesday 18 November
Seminar Room 218, Level 2 Fisher Library
Presenters: Victor Lo, Pharmacology, School of Medical Sciences and
Dr Craig Campbell, Physiology, School of Medical Sciences
Register here

Session 2: 1-2pm, Tuesday 25 November
Chemistry Lecture Theatre 4 Liam Bromhead, School of Chemistry
Presenter: Tim Shea, LabArchives
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New Postgraduate Coursework Student Quarter

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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 March 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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Exhibition – Rare and Accessible: Italian writing and reading in the digital age

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Published on: 27 October 2014

Rare Books27 October 2014 to 28 February 2015

The Department of Italian Studies and Rare Books and Special Collections celebrate The Italian Language in the World (XIV Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo) with an exhibition curated by Emeritus Professor Nerida Newbigin, Department of Italian Studies, and Sara Hilder, Rare Books and Special Collections.

Launched at a reception attended by Dottor Sergio Martes, Consul General of Italy, and the University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, the exhibits include editions of the works of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio that shaped modern Italian. These range from a 1477 Venetian edition of Dante Alighieri’s La Commedia, or Divine Comedy, which is one of the oldest printed books in the University Library; Italian dictionaries from 1577 to 1760; modern Italian language textbooks and details of internationally acclaimed scholarly resources such as Eighteenth Century Collections Online and open access digital copies of texts.

Where: Rare Books and Special Collections
Level 1, Fisher Library North
Cost: FREE and open to the public.
Times: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Closed weekends and public holidays

For more information contact:
E rarebook.library@sydney.edu.au
T 9351 2992

Exhibition – Tablet to iPad: Histories of Information

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Published on: 10 October 2014

John Gerard’s Herball (1597). The Barnacle TreeUntil 22 November 2014

From the Stone Age to the digital age, information has a history: languages, networks, transmission, and technologies have intertwined over the centuries. In this exhibit, the research of over 50 History students reveals diverse and fascinating stories from the past, and highlights the Library’s Rare Books & Special Collections.

Where:
Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E jacqueline.grainger@sydney.edu.au

Image: John Gerard’s Herball (1597). The Barnacle Tree

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.

Speakers

  • 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
  • Robert Wells, Deputy 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 belinda.norman@sydney.edu.au
RSVP by Wed 27 August 2014
E library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au

World War I material in the Library collections

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.

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