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 library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au | 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 library.rsvp@sydney.edu.au | T 9114 0866

Contact: Jacqui Grainger, Manager, Rare Books and Special Collections
T 9351 7283 | E jacqueline.grainger@sydney.edu.au

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!

 

 

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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Fisher 24 hour study zone

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Published on: 30 July 2014

Fisher 24/7 Study ZoneWho can access the study zone?
All enrolled University of Sydney students carrying a current student card.

Where is the study zone?
Entrance Level (Foyer and South wing only)

What can I access after library hours?
You can access:

  • Computers
  • Online Library resources
  • Printers
  • The University wireless network
  • Group study spaces and lounges

How do I enter the study zone after library hours?
You can enter the study zone by swiping your student card at the after-hours entrance door 15 minutes after the Library closes. No special registration is required.

If you are using the Fisher 24 hour study zone before the Library closes, you will need to collect your belongings and borrow any items you need before exiting the Library at closing time. After the building has been cleared for re-entry to the 24 hour study zone, you can use your student card to re-enter.

My student card does not give me access to 24/7. What can I do?

You need to go to Campus Assist, Ground Floor , Services Building, to ask for 24/7 Fisher access to be encoded on to your student card.

What are the security arrangements?

  • Security patrols
  • Security emergency help points
  • CCTV cameras

You must keep your student card with you at all times, and follow the instructions of Security staff if directed.

For more information, see Security and your safety:
http://sydney.edu.au/current_students/transport_safety/safety.shtml

University Security Service: 9351-3333
This is an emergency number only.

 

Introducing BONUS+

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Published on: 15 July 2014

BONUS+ logoBONUS+ is a new seamless Library service for our students and staff, which will provide an alternative and faster way for you to access books that we don’t own or are on loan in our Library.

What is Bonus+?
BONUS+ is a co-operative book resource-sharing initiative among 14 major university libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

What’s in it for me?
You will have access to other library collections. If we don’t have a particular book, or the copies we have are out on loan, you will be able to see if any of the member libraries have a copy for you to borrow.

Who can use the service?
All students and staff at the University of Sydney.

How does it work?
When you search our Library catalogue and don’t find the item that you are after, simply click on the Bonus+ icon to see if another library has a copy available. The request is processed automatically – no filling in forms. And when the item arrives, we will email you to let you know that your book is ready for pickup. You can also keep track of your requests via MyLoans.

When can I start requesting from these libraries?
Wednesday 16 July 2014.

Find out more: sydney.edu.au/library/borrowing/bonus.html

 

University of Sydney named as JSTOR’s 2013 Highest Usage Award recipient in Australia

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Published on: 4 July 2014

JSTOR logoThis award recognises the University of Sydney’s commitment to a high quality research experience for students and scholars. As the highest institutional JSTOR user in Australia (and the 19th highest user worldwide), the University of Sydney logged the highest number of PDF downloads for archival content on the JSTOR platform in 2013—more than any other participating institution in Australia.

Library survey of academics and researchers

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Published on: 18 June 2014

researcherWe would like to provide an update on the Library survey of academics and researchers that was conducted in February 2014. The survey aimed to gather information about emerging trends in academic and researcher attitudes and practice.

We are pleased to report that a large proportion of the University of Sydney academic community responded to the survey and provided valuable feedback. One of the clearly emerging trends is that almost half of the survey respondents are very interested in integrating digital research activities and methodologies more deeply into their work.

Currently, we are waiting for the other participating Go8 university libraries to conclude their surveys and provide comparative benchmarked data. The Library will be reviewing the local survey and benchmarked data, when it is received. We will then make the dataset and analysis available to the academic community, and will consider how to effectively address the researcher needs expressed through the survey.

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