Orientation Week 2016: Find the Magic – Books of Sydney Library – Competition

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An Orientation Week 2016 Competition

There is magic hidden in the stacks of the University of Sydney, and we want you to help us find it! Just as Humans of New York (and Newtown) uncovers the stories of people on the streets of the city, we want you to share the stories from the books in the University of Sydney Library. Whatever the book may be, it tells a story, and you can dig out some hidden wisdom and share it with the world!


How to participate:

  1. Follow us on Instagram Sydney_library
  2. Take a photo of a book in our collection.
  3. Upload the photo to Instagram and use the hashtag #BooksofUsydLib and tag @Sydney_library in the caption field. Include a little snippet of the book’s story as if it was interviewed
  4. Be sure to make your Instagram profile public so we can see your entries.
  5. Enter as many times as you like!

The Library Instagram account will be posting great examples too!

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Who can win?

1st prize goes to the post with the most likes

2nd prize will be awarded to the most creative entry chosen by a Library staff committee


What are the prizes?

First place wins a $300.00 JB Hi Fi voucher, and staff choice wins $150.00.


When is the competition?

Start: Mon 16 February 8.00am

Finish: Sun 6 March 2016, 11.59pm


How can I claim my prize?

The University of Sydney Library shall endeavour to contact the winner via its Instagram account within four days after the end of the competition. In the event that a winner cannot be contacted after one week or provide proof of enrolment i.e. student number, an alternate winner will be selected on the basis of the criteria specified and the original winner will forfeit any prize.

Prizes are to be collected from the Administration Office, Level 5 Fisher Library at the University of Sydney. Prize winners will be required to show valid student identification upon prize collection, and may be required to verify the winning Instagram account belongs to them.


Additional terms and conditions (T&C)

  1. Deemed acceptance: Entry into the Competition is deemed acceptance of these T&C (as may be amended from time to time).
  2. Your Images: You agree to grant the University of Sydney (‘the University’) a free, non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual and irrevocable license to use, reproduce, distribute, adapt, publish, broadcast, communicate and perform your entry, in whole or in part for any purpose including the Competition. This may include use in promotional formats broadcast to the public such as through a digital feed via the University of Sydney websites, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and Instagram accounts, and in subsequent competition promotions (with attribution), or printed for physical events by the University of Sydney. You will not be entitled to any fee for such use.
  3. Your personal information: You consent to the disclosure of your personal information (including the Image(s), an identifiable image of yourself if this forms part of your entry, Instagram account name and full name) to the University for the purpose of this Competition, including associated promotional purposes. The University may use your personal information in accordance with the privacy policy available on the website. You may access and correct any personal information held by the University, upon request to the University.
  4. Instagram Terms and Conditions apply: Participation in this Competition assumes acceptance of the Instagram terms and conditions, available at their website.
  5. Disqualifications: The University may, in its absolute discretion, disqualify:
    a. any entry which is not original, does not comply with the Instagram Terms of Use, is not completed in accordance with these Terms, infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party, contains any objectionable or poor quality content, or has the potential to damage the reputation of any person; or
    b. any individual who tampers with the entry process, submits an entry that is not in accordance with the Terms, or who has in the opinion of the University, engaged in unlawful or improper conduct that is designed to, or is likely to, adversely affect the fair and proper conduct of the Competition or is generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of the University. [Moved to 12.]
  6. Original Image: Each entry must be an original work by you and you must have obtained the permission from all persons appearing in Images and relevant property owners to enter this Competition. You warrant that your entry is not, and its use by the University and Sydney Festival will not, infringe the rights (including intellectual property rights) of any third party.
  7. Game of skill: The Competition is a game of skill, chance plays no part in determining the winner/s and each validly submitted entry will be individually judged by the University on the basis of originality and creativity, and according to any other criteria specified or adopted.
  8. Binding decision: A decision of the University in relation to the conduct of the Competition, including the selection of winning entries, is binding and conclusive and no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. Prizes non-transferrable: Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash. The prizes, or any element of the prizes, cannot be exchanged for any other prize/s. The contents of the prizes will be at the University’s sole discretion.
  10. No expenses: Any expense, including taxes, spare parts, maintenance or delivery costs, associated with accepting, taking or using a prize, will be the prize winner’s sole responsibility.
  11. No warranties: The University makes no warranties or representations about the fitness for purpose or suitability of any prize and will not accept responsibility for the quality or fitness for any purpose of any prize, or the failure of any prize to be of merchantable quality. If liability under terms implied by legislation cannot be excluded by the University, the liability of the University is limited to re-supplying the tickets or awarding a prize of equivalent value.
  12. No Responsibility: No responsibility will be taken by the University for any change in dates, times or cancellations or other arrangements that may prevent a winner from accepting, taking or using a prize. The University accepts no responsibility for late, lost, incorrectly submitted or misdirected entries, for any technological malfunction or failure, Internet traffic congestion, or for outdated or incorrect contact details by which you cannot be contacted during business hours on relevant dates.
  13. Varying the competition: The University reserves the right, in its absolute discretion, at any time before the awarding of the prizes to cancel or vary a competition, or cancel, vary or withdraw its prizes. If the University cancels or varies a competition, or cancels, varies or withdraws its prizes, is not:
    a. liable to any person for any costs, loss or damage whatsoever arising out of, or in connection with, such cancellation, variation or withdrawal; or
    b. required to conduct the Competition at any other time.
  14. No liability: You enter the Competition at your own risk. With the exception of liability which cannot be excluded by law, the University is not liable for, and you release the University from, liabilities relating to any direct or indirect loss or damage which is suffered, or for personal injury or sickness suffered or sustained, as a result of entering the Competition, failing to win, winning, accepting or using a prize.


The Digital Scholarship Studio is now open

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Published on: 8 February 2016


Cutting edge digital research services and technologies united in the University of Sydney Library’s Digital Scholarship Studio.

In the Studio we’ve brought together a number of cutting edge digital research services and
technologies, including data curation, digitisation, data analysis, visualisation and research data management, and have made them available in one central Library facility for all University researchers, including HDR students, to enjoy. The Studio delivers expertise in digital scholarship tools and techniques and supports you as a researcher in your exploration and use of digital technologies.

We’re constantly developing and evolving our exciting new digitDSS3al scholarship services in response to your needs in the rapidly changing digital research environment.


Contact and bookings:


Location: Fisher Library F03, Level 5


At present we offer services in:

Data Rescue

If you have data that’s stored on media or in file formats that are (or are soon to be) obsolete, we’ll make all reasonable attempts to rescue your data for you. We’ll attempt to retrieve data from storage media such as hard drives, USBs, SD and other memory cards, CDs and other optical disks, and floppy disks. The rescued data can then be transferred to safe and secure storage. We’ll also endeavour to identify formats of inaccessible files, determine what software’s needed to access those formats, and convert files into more accessible formats.

In the Studio, we’ll make every effort to work with you to safely retrieve as much of your research data as we can and get it into the best possible state for long-term preservation into the future.


Data Analysis and Visualisation

ParaView_screenshotData analysis and visualisation can be essential components of the research process. In the Studio, we can help you find the best software or tools for analysing and visualising your data. We’re also available to provide tips on how to get started using the tools, making the Studio a great place to come if you’re unsure of which tool to use, or if you just want to test-drive a new piece of software.

The data analysis and visualisation tools provided in the Studio are freely available to all University staff and students, so you’ll be able to take the tools back to your own computer to use throughout the course of your research.



Digitisation services and advice will also be offered through the Studio. We can provide digitisation of bound manuscripts, still images, and paper-based material (to A1 size) upon examination and volume constraints. We can also offer advice regarding formats such as glass negatives and transparencies, magnetic tape (1/4”, reel-to-reel), other videotape material (1”, Betamax, DAT, Hi-8, Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, Umatic), and film. As well as this, we can provide advice on the best processes to follow in digitisation projects.


Research Data Management

Good research data management practices are becoming increasingly important to secure funding and meet publisher requirements. In the Studio, we’ll offer support and advice on:

  • research data management planning
  • data collection, organisation and description
  • data retention and archiving
  • publishing and sharing data.

Through an initial consultation, we’ll identify the research data management requirements for your project, and advise and assist you in developing a strategy for managing your research data. This will include identifying suitable storage, developing file naming conventions, advising of data retention periods and recommending suitable publishing and archiving options for your data.


3D Printing and Scanning

SnowmanThe Studio’s equipped with a MakerBot Replicator 3D printer that you can use to prototype objects, create bespoke parts, or visualise 3D models for your research. We’ll assist you in setting up your 3D object file to achieve a successful print. Once your print is underway you’ll be able to leave it running and come back to pick up your finished print at a time that’s convenient for you.

The Studio also offers 3D scanning to researchers, allowing you to digitally interact with, explore and modify objects. Scanned files can then be 3D printed in the Studio.


Contact us now to make an inquiry, or book an appointment in the Digital Scholarship Studio!


#Sydney_library #DSS_usyd

Exhibition: Laugh Lines and Other Distractions


Comics are a natural way to communicate. If you can draw a picture, you can tell a story.

By Julie Price

When: 8 February – 31 August 2016

Where: Fisher Library F03; Level 2 Exhibition spaceLaughLine-Poster-Final_sm

Everybody knows what a comic is. We’ve all read them, laughed at them and enjoyed them. A few well-chosen images can transport meaning across language barriers.

Threads of humour are teased from many situations: political circuses; the foibles of gender; even war, as soldiers entertaining themselves find domestic appreciation for larrikin humour. So many strands to spin a chuckle from be it an ocker, a Major, a gumnut, the Little Boy from Manly; all have made Australians laugh through the years. What was true throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries holds true now – any newspaper that wants to be taken seriously simply must run a cartoon or two.

Enquiries: Rare Books and Special Collections P: +(61) 2 9351 2992

#RareBooks #Humour #Sydney_library

Dentistry Library has re-opened as a learning and study space


We’re pleased to announce that as of today the Dentistry Library has re-opened as a learning and study space after minor refurbishment works.

By Crystal Choi

What’s new

The new refurbished space will have 1 bookable group room, a new relaxed study space and a study space for group and individual study, as well as ICT (VDI) computers and printing/scanning/photocopying facilities. Additional drop-down power has also been installed.

Additional furniture in the form of some new seating (couches and chairs) and new tables will be installed in 2 weeks.

Opening hours 

The new space will initially be open from 9am-5pm, Monday –Friday. When swipe access is installed, opening hours will be extended.

All access to the space will be via campus card, and all current Dentistry students, academics and staff at the University will have access on their card, once swipe access has been installed.

Clients can initially access library support from staff during opening hours, who will be on hand to answer any queries, orientate students to the space, take returns and check out any holds/document delivery or 2 hour items.

Will there be a librarian?

Research assistance and support is ongoing. Academic Liaison Librarian, Lajos Bordas continues to be available for research appointments at the Dental Hospital, Westmead Campus and Camperdown Campus. In addition, the Chat Now instant messaging service will also continue to be available. In future, PLAs will be available in the space for support and assistance.

We are still waiting for our HAL-4 Smartlocker and HAL-5 Libcabinet to arrive, so we’ll keep you posted on their arrival. In the meantime, clients can see staff in the space for assistance.


Orientation Week 2016: Discover your Library

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Welcome to the University of Sydney!

Join us in the Library for a free interactive hour discovering key resources for your study and research. Sessions are designed to help you achieve the best results in the digital environment in the shortest time by using the Library’s online catalogue, CrossSearch, and Subject Guides. BYO devices welcome.

24 February, 12 – 1pm and 1 – 2pm: SciTech Library

25 February, 12 – 1pm and 1 – 2pm: Fisher Library

26 February, 12 – 1pm and 1 – 2pm: SciTech Library


Also check out our Trivia sessions and special tours in Indonesian, Mandarin and English.

#Sydney_library #Oweek2016 #usydoweek

Orientation Week 2016: Library tours

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Welcome to the University of Sydney!

Please join us and explore the Library and all its locations.

We are offering special tours during Orientation Week in English, Indonesian and Mandarin. Everyone is welcome to attend.


22 February, 10 – 11am and 3 – 4pm: SciTech Library

NEW: 24 February, 10 – 11am: Fisher Library


23 February, 10 – 11am and 2 – 3pm: Fisher Library


22 February, 11am – 12pm: SciTech Library

24 February, 2 – 3pm: SciTech Library

26 February, 11am – 12pm: SciTech Library


More Library events during Orientation week: Trivia and Discover your Library

#Sydney_library #Oweek2016 #usydoweek


Orientation Week 2016: Trivia in the Library

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Welcome to the University of Sydney!

Come and join us for a game of trivia in the Library!

Bring a team or join one on the day for your chance to win prizes!

22 February, 12 – 1pm: Health Sciences Library

24 February, 1.30 – 2.30pm: SciTech Library

25 February, 1.30 – 2.30pm: Fisher Library


Also check out our Discover your Library sessions and special tours in Indonesian, Mandarin and English.

#Sydney_library #Oweek2016 #usydoweek

Time for a Nap! The new EnergyPod has arrived in Fisher Library

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Feeling tired? Take a nap! 
Fisher Library now has a place for students to take a break and revive the mind with the proven benefits of an optimal 20 minute nap!

By Coral Black

Based on years of research, the world’s first chair designed specifically for napping combines stylish design with ergonomic functionality to create the ideal energy enhancing environment.

Why not have a try yourself?

Lie back and relax, pull across the privacy shield and incline the chair – 3 programs of gentle sounds and music lull you into the land of nod. Diffuse coloured lights play across the interior canopy. The pod then lifts you from your slumber with a gentle and increasing sound and pulsations, letting you emerge refreshed for that pressing assignment, lecture or date.

There is no need to book it. Just come and give it a try – one person at a time.


Water damage: Health Sciences Library closed until 8 February


Please be advised that the Health Sciences Library is still closed due to water damage caused by the storm over the weekend which comprises of mostly wet carpet, the collection and technology seem to be fine.

The Library will remain closed for this week and reopen on Monday 8 February. Clients will be allowed into Level 1 of the library, at this stage Level 2 will remain closed due to work being undertaken to replace ceiling panels. 

Please continue to check the library website for updates.



New 3D Printer and Scanner for the Digital Scholarship Studio at Fisher Library



The Library has just taken possession of the first MakerBot Replicator 5th Gen 3D printer as well as a MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.

By Sten Christensen

The two pieces of equipment will begin to form part of the services that the Library can offer researchers and will be situated in the Digital Scholarship Studio on Level 5 of Fisher.

Once we’ve had the equipment installed and a number of staff trained we will be training groups of staff. There are a number of things that we obviously need to consider, like pricing and booking, and we are working on that at the moment, however we are very excited about the arrival of this technology, which offers researchers new dimensions to their research and their ability to prototype ideas.


Want to know more? Contact Katarina.Ferro@sydney.edu.au

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