Book Giveaway

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Published on: 14 October 2014

Book giveawayFrom 14 October to Wednesday 22 October 2014

Help us to manage our collection and benefit your own
If you’re looking for free books, then you have come to the right place. In line with our established process for the regular and on-going collection reviews of low use duplicates, some of our libraries are currently undergoing a Collection Management review. As a result we are offering thousands of books for free as part of the Book Giveaway. A list of material from the Badham collection is now available.

How to Participate

  • The listings of available books have been made available online
  • To participate complete our online form
  • One of our team will determine if the book is available for collection (special circumstances apply to some books) and contact you to advise where you can collect the book(s)
  • And it’s yours to keep – it’s that easy.

Note: There is no limit to the number of items you may request, but please bear in mind that decisions will be made on a first come first serve basis.
You will be notified if the items you requested aren’t available.
It will be the requestor’s responsibility to collect the material and that there will be a period for collection; after which time the items will no longer be available.

Find out more …



Exhibition and Talk – Dylan Thomas: A literary life – centenary celebration

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Published on: 10 October 2014

Dylan ThomasA talk by Professor William Christie, University of Sydney
Thursday 30 October 2014

Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet and writer, was born on the 27 October 1914 and its centenary is celebrated by this event and an accompanying exhibition on Level 3, Fisher Library.

Dylan Thomas’s work was popular in his lifetime and its popularity has continued to grow. William Christie’s talk draws on his new book Dylan Thomas: A Literary Life which addresses the ‘yawning gap’ between Thomas’s popular and critical reputations.

William Christie is Professor of English Literature and Pro-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and president of the Romantic Studies Association of Australia (RSSA). He is also Vice President of the Dylan Thomas Society of Australia. His many publications include Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Literary Life (2006), awarded the NSW Premier’s Biennial Prize for Literary Scholarship in 2008. Dylan Thomas: A Literary Life (2014) is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Time: 5.30–7.30 pm
RSVP by Monday 27 October
E | T 9114 0866

Library exhibition: Celebrating the work of Peter Sculthorpe 1929-2014

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Published on: 10 October 2014

Peter SculthorpeUntil 31 October 2014

The Conservatorium Library is currently holding an exhibition to commemorate acclaimed Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe, Emeritus Professor of Compostion at the University of Sydney, and to celebrate his musical influences. On display are a selection of scores, books, recordings and in particular, featured musical instruments: an Indonesian Gamelan instrument and a Japanese Sho wind instrument.

Sculthorpe taught ethnomusicology, which supported his lifelong interest in the traditional musical cultures of Asia. Students of his included, Ross Edwards, Barry Conyngham and Anne Boyd. Read more >

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.
For more information contact  Marie Chellos or Celia Brown

Photo supplied by Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

A Tale of Two Libraries: Lambeth Palace Library and Sion College Library in the 17th century

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Published on: 10 October 2014

GreathallTwo notable ecclesiastical libraries were founded in London in the early 17th century. Lambeth Palace Library was founded in 1610 as a resource for future Archbishops of Canterbury, while Sion College Library was established in 1629 as a library for the City of London clergy. This illustrated lecture will explore the reasons for these two foundations and the contrasting ways in which they developed during the first century of their existence. Since 1995, both of these collections have been housed at Lambeth Palace Library.

Giles Mandelbrote is the Librarian and Archivist of Lambeth Palace Library. He previously worked for nearly 15 years at the British Library as one of the curators responsible for the national collection of books printed in Britain during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He jointly convenes the Research Seminar in the History of Libraries at the School of Advanced Study, London University, teaches for the London Rare Book School and is one of the organisers of the annual two-day London conference on book trade history.

Among his publications are Out of Print & Into Profit: A history of the rare and second-hand book trade in Britain in the 20th century, and volume II (1640-1850) of The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, edited jointly with K.A. Manley. More recently he has edited and contributed to a volume on the growth of the British Library’s collections, Libraries within the Library: The Origins of the British Library’s Printed Collections (2009), and The Arcadian Library: Bindings and Provenance (2014).

Event details
Guest speaker:
Giles Mandelbrote, Librarian and Archivist, Lambeth Palace Library
Date: Saturday 1 November 2014
When: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Where: Exhibition Space
Level 2, Fisher Library F03
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free with registration requested
RSVP by Thursday 30 October 2014
E | T 9114 0866

Contact: Jacqui Grainger, Manager, Rare Books and Special Collections
T 9351 7283 | E

Photo: Lambeth Palace Library

CrossSearch new interface

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Published on: 25 September 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!



You could win a $300 prize in our student photo competition

Fisher UG 1960sTo celebrate the transformation of study spaces around the University, including the renovation of Fisher Library, Carslaw Learning Hub and PNR Learning Hub, we invite University of Sydney students to enter our photo competition.

Entries close 8 October 2014. Read more






Exhibition: The Three Phases by Alex Gawronski

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Published on: 5 September 2014

The Three Pases21 August to 13 October 2014
The Three Phases is a series of 55 predominantly colour photographs mounted on gaterboard. These photos were edited down from hundreds of related others. All the photographs were taken around various Sydney University campuses especially at Sydney College of the Arts and Fisher Library my two workplaces. The photos also include reframed images of otherwise random pages within books I have discovered recently as a frequent user of the Library. Each cabinet has been arranged according to a particular book title suggesting a theme. These constitute the ‘three phases’ of the work’s overarching title; Phase One – The Construction of Reality, Phase Two – The Art Crisis and Phase Three – Archaeology as a Political Practice. There is a strong focus on the everyday in this ensemble of works that is combined at times with other more absurdist representations. This combination speaks of a certain anxiety regarding the ‘truth’ of photographic imagery in our pervasively digital age but also the freedom for constant recombination digital technology allows. Overall, the images are arranged to imply an open poetic narrative relative to the theme of each cabinet. Their arrangement over three descending floors also hints at the spatial dimension of photographs as a collective archive to be mined in ever differing ways.

Fisher Library and Sydney College of the Arts Series of Art projects
This series, curated by Associate Professor Michael Goldberg, showcases the work of Sydney College of the Arts students, staff and alumni for the wider University community.

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 further information contact:
Dr Michael Goldberg

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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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
  • 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
RSVP by Wed 27 August 2014

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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