Exhibition: Striking Chords

19/05/2016

Sounds and stories from the Rare Music collection

The image on the poster/postcard is from Raymond Hanson’s manuscript sketches for The Immortal Touch (c. 1970s). Raymond Hanson (1913-1976) was a composer and music educator who taught composition at the Conservatorium from the late 1940s until the 1970s.
Raymond Hanson’s manuscript sketches for The Immortal Touch (c. 1970s).

When: 19 May to 30 November 2016

Where: Fisher Library F03; Level 1; Rare Books & Special Collections Reading Room

This exhibition is a celebration of the University Library’s Rare Music collection, on the occasion of its relocation from the Conservatorium Library to Fisher Rare Books & Special Collections.

When the NSW State Conservatorium of Music was officially opened on 6 May 1915, its stated aims were “providing tuition of a standard at least equal to that of the leading European Conservatoriums”. It would seem logical then that the Rare Music collection of Australia’s first dedicated music education institution be concentrated around two main cultural waypoints: the European classical music tradition that the Conservatorium sought to transmit, and the Australian musical culture that developed from this foundation.

These two areas of strength provide natural entry points for exploring this varied and intriguing collection. They provide the framework for this exhibition, the aim of which is to showcase not only the objects themselves, but the continuation of their stories through ongoing scholarship and engagement.

#Sydney_library #RareBooks #RareMusic

HeadOn photo exhibition: Mongolian Youth

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Published on: 26 April 2016

26/04/2016

“It’s all going so fast,”sighs Gerelkhuu, a 26 year old artist living in Ulaanbaatar. “We have to remember who we are and to be careful not to lose our soul. If we don’t know who we are, we don’t know where we’ll go.”

When: 26 April – 30 May 2016

During a live performance of the rock band Mohanik, interior designer Enerel, 26, paints on a wall of the Glamour art gallery in downtown UB. In 2013, Enerel who used to live and study for 10 years in the US decided it was time to return to Mongolia. “More and more people are coming back” she said “bringing back what they learned abroad”.
During a live performance of the rock band Mohanik, interior designer Enerel, 26, paints on a wall of the Glamour art gallery in downtown UB. In 2013, Enerel who used to live and study for 10 years in the US decided it was time to return to Mongolia. “More and more people are coming back” she said “bringing back what they learned abroad”.

Where: Fisher Library Level 2 Corridor 208

Based in Brussels, Belgium, Marika Dee is a self-taught freelance documentary photographer. Originally, she worked as a jurist in international law and only discovered photography at a later age.
Her work explores social issues and youth culture.

As Mongolia is changing at a frantic pace and finding itself at the forefront of globalisation, its young urban generation is trying to keep up and figure out its identity.

Over the last few years Mongolia has experienced an unprecedented economic growth, driven by the massive development of mineral mining. With half of Mongolia’s 2.8 million living in the country’s capital and largest city Ulaanbaatar and more than half of the national population under the age of 30, the country has a young and increasingly urban population.

Almost 25 years after the democratic revolution that ended the communist era when Mongolia was a satellite state of the Soviet Union, a whole country is changing and its young urban generation is searching for an identity, trying to negotiate the difficult balance between the forces of globalization and the preservation of tradition.

If you like this exhibition, why not check out the HeadOn exhibition in the Law Library foyer on clouds (Photos by Daniel Arnaldi)

#headon #usydlibrary #mongolia #FisherLibrary

Honi Soit – digitisation of a well-loved treasure

16/03/2016

Honi Soit, the University of Sydney’s student newspaper, has been published by the Students’ Representative Council since 1929 and forms a rich and informative source of the cultural and social history of the University, New South Wales and Australia.

By Sten ChristensenHoniSoit2

There is now a need to preserve and sustain the older editions of the newspaper, which are deteriorating due to the age, and a need to provide alternative methods of access to the content. The Library has committed funds for the digitisation of a large portion of the back set (1929-1990) and has engaged the services of a company that specialises in this type of digitisation, DatacomIT.

This is the first phase of the project which involves the digitisation and scanning of the newspaper and the processing of a large number of digital files. The sum total of the data will be over a 1TB (1000 Gigabytes! This has been done onsite given the rare and fragile state of the material. Following on from the scanning and file processing we will move to phase two, discussing with the SRC on making the material that we have digitised available online to the public.

As the digital files are fully processed and checked we will be making samples available prior to the 1929 to 1990 back set going online.

Please direct any inquiries to Sten Christensen Associate Director, Publishing and Data (sten.christensen@sydney.edu.au)

#honisoit #sydney_library #behindthescenes

New spaces, new names

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Published on: 29 February 2016

 

29/02/2016

From Semester 1, 2016 our new spaces will be re-named to reflect their new identities. For a summary of the changes, please see the table below.

By Belinda Norman

“Commons” was chosen as it reflects what we are trying to achieve in space and service delivery. The word “commons” embodies the principle of open access which the Library strives to promote, both in terms of information and education, but also as a physical space open to all staff and students .“Commons” also reflects the peer to peer learning and support model we’re growing within these spaces, and our intention to make them places where our clients can collaborate and create their own workshops and events.

 

Old Name New  Name
Badham Library, Badham Building The Quarter
Camden Library Camden Commons
Medical Library, Bosch Building Bosch Commons

#Sydney_library #TheQuarter

The Library goes 24/7

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Published on: 25 February 2016

25/02/2016

Reading in the Fisher Library
Reading in the Fisher Library

Looking for a space to study after hours?

The University Library is opening four spaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the start of Semester 1.

You now can choose between the Fisher Study Space, Bosch Commons, The Quarter (for postgraduate coursework students), and Camden Commons (on Camden campus). Now you can find a space to think, study, and collaborate any time of the day.

All you need to access the space is your Campus Card. Visit the library web pages for more detail.

#Sydney_library #Library247

Exhibition and Event: Silent Tears

25/02/2016

“Photography has a well-regarded role for bringing the plight of silent victims into focus, providing a powerful opportunity for understanding and action. Bearing witness to the realities of these twelve women’s lives should be uncomfortable and challenging for audiences,” Belinda Mason

'Now many decades on, she was able to reveal for the first time the ongoing sexual violence she endured as a child with physical disability. She is no longer threatened by the perpetrator, yet the psychological trauma forces her to be anonymous in this project and unlike other participants reveal no further information about her experience. She is one of the many who still are trying to make sense of, and come to terms with, what happened to them, before they feel they can speak out.” -Belinda Mason with permission from the participant
photo by Belinda Mason

When: 1 March – 22 April 2016

Where: Herbert Freehills Law Library; New Sydney Law School Building F10

Accessibility information: http://silenttears.com.au/accessibility-options/

Belinda Mason’s Silent Tears reveals twelve Australian women’s haunting stories of disability and violence using saturated water to symbolise the streams of tears these survivors have silently endured.

Each participant has either experienced violence because they have disability, or has acquired a impairment, as a result of violence. Theirs is a powerful and compelling story of psychological, physical, emotional, economic, and cultural violence. The participants of the exhibition share their stories of domestic violence, forced sterilisation, psychological trauma, neglect and violence within institutions, and by family members.

“The power of Silent Tears lies in the hands of those who participate in it. Without stories there is silence.

“With the impact of my son’s death, and after having the girls and then a still born, five days before its born, and the relationship I was in with my ex-partner was violent all the time. I was treated not like a person; to me it was like an animal. I couldn’t handle it, being bashed all the time, getting cheated on by someone O loved so much. I just got tired of all that and I turned to drugs. Now as a person I know I can overcome all that life throws at me.” – Anonymous, Australia 2015
photo by Belinda Mason

Without stories told, we are voiceless. Without our stories heard, we are invisible. It is even harder when the stories are hard to hear and impossible to imagine,” said Belinda Mason.

Silent Tears is the result of three artist’s exploration of 12 women’s stories using a variety of photographic techniques and multi-media. Led by Mason, and supported by artists Dieter Kiernan (video) and Margherita Coppolino (documentary photography), audiences are immersed in the participant’s experiences to stimulate a deeper understanding of the diversity of violence, discrimination and survival.

Contact:

Belinda Mason: photography@belindamason.com Website: http://www.belindamason.com/

 

Join us for a special presentation by two of the artists, Belinda Mason and Denise Beckwith followed by a panel discussion on the issues.

Wednesday 6 April
7 to 8.30pm
Law School Foyer
Level 2, Sydney Law School
Eastern Avenue
University of SydneyThe event is free, but registration is required

#silenttears #sydney_library

Orientation Week 2016: Library tours

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Published on: 19 February 2016

 

1/02/2016

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.

Mandarin:

22 February, 10 – 11am: SciTech Library

24 February, 10-11am: Fisher Library AND 3-4pm: SciTech Library

26 February, 10-11am:SciTech Library

Indonesian:

23 February, 10 – 11am: Fisher Library

25 February, 2-3pm: Fisher Library

English:

22 February, 11 – 12pm: SCA AND 3 – 4pm: SciTech Library

23 February, 10-11am and 3-4pm: SciTech Library

24 February, 10-11am: SciTech Library AND 2-3pm: SCA

25 February, 10-11am and 3-4pm: SciTech Library

26 February, 11am-12pm: SCA AND 3-4pm: SciTech Library

 

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

#Sydney_library #Oweek2016 #usydoweek

 

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

Faceboo Oweek pane

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!

Instagram comptetition slide intro

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

5/02/2016

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:

studio.library@sydney.edu.au

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.

 

DigitisationDSS2

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 #digitalscholarship

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