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.

Digital news: JSTOR

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Published on: 29 May 2014

JSTORYou can now access the complete collection of over 290 major Arts & Sciences scholarly journals from your Library!

Try it out at:

EXHIBITION Books and Things: Collections for Pacific Studies

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Published on: 23 April 2014

copyright Michael MyersCurated by Erna Lilje
24 April to 19 December 2014

This exhibition illustrates the wealth of the Library’s holdings related to Pacific Studies. It includes early printed books, maps and charts, works of natural history and fiction. The books and documents on display are complemented by artefacts from the Macleay Museum’s holdings and together they celebrate the wealth of the University of Sydney’s heritage collections.

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

Further information
T 9036 6465

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Silent, quiet and group study zones

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Published on: 23 April 2014

Silent, quiet or group study zonesWhether you need to concentrate in a quiet space, work quietly with a friend or study in a group there is place for you in the Library.

Choose the right zone for your study needs here.

All libraries closed over Easter and Anzac Day

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Published on: 15 April 2014

Happy EasterAll libraries will be closed:
Friday 18 – Monday 21 April 2014
Anzac Day, Friday 25 April 2014




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Published on: 10 April 2014
Prof Maria Byrne
Prof Maria Byrne

10 April to 10 June 2014

The University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science (USIMS) is the face of Marine Science at the University of Sydney. USIMS aims to support the University’s marine activities by promoting innovative, world-class teaching, fostering interdisciplinary research and coordinating community engagement. USIMS has developed three mini-exhibitions to highlight Marine Science research at the University to the public.

This exhibition is presented by the staff and students of USIMS, and organised in collaboration with the SciTech Library, Byrne Lab, University of Sydney Biology and Geoscience Departments and supports the fundraising activities of ‘Friends of San Juanillo’ organisation.

Where: SciTech Library Level 1, Jane Foss Russell Building G02, 160 City Road, Darlington
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public. Closed Public Holidays.
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

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BrowZine app Trial – browse our eJournals on your tablet

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Published on: 10 April 2014

BrowZineTrial available until 30 April 2014

BrowZine lets you browse most of our eJournals by subject, title, or by keywords in a title. It makes it easy for you to browse your favourite journals or find new ones. You can keep track of the latest articles published each week or month and save the ones you want to read on your device.

Your feedback is very important to us in deciding whether to purchase a subscription or not. You can let us know what you think via the feedback form.

How to download BrowZine:

  • Go to  the App Store, Google Play, or Kindle/Amazon store and search for BrowZine. NOTE: Browzine supports the following Android tablets: Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy and Kindle Fire HD. It’s likely others will work too.
  • Install BrowZine. Make sure you have the most up-to-date version.
  • Open BrowZine and Go to “Choose Library”. Search for University of Sydney and tap to choose.
  • Login with your UniKey. Your  credentials will only be stored on your personal device.
  • Go to “Titles A-Z” to search for a specific title by name or keyword, OR “Subjects” and select subject area. Start browsing! 

If you’ve been using our Open Access library, log out:

  • Update version of BrowZine. Make sure you have the most up-to-date version of BrowZine.
  • Open BrowZine. Go to “Settings” at bottom of page and tap “Change Library” in the upper right corner.
  • Go to “Choose Library”. Search for University of Sydney and tap to choose.
  • Enter your ID and Password. Your credentials will only be stored on your personal device.
  • Go to “Titles A-Z” to search for a specific title by name or keyword, OR “Subjects” and select subject area. Start browsing!

Email scam targeting University of Sydney students

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Published on: 9 April 2014

It came to the Library’s attention that there is a fraudulent email scam targeting University of Sydney students.

Some of the University students have received an email that appears to be coming from with the subject line: Reactivate Your UniKey.

The email asks people to click on a link to activate their UniKey; this link directs them to a bogus webpage that looks similar to a University UniKey login web page.

If a student inputs their UniKey details on that page their account credentials will be compromised.

The email and web page are not affiliated with the University of Sydney in any way.

Anyone who receives the email should delete it immediately.

If people have entered their information on the web page, they should contact ICT as soon as possible and report a possible compromise and change their UniKey password.


Lives of the Packers

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Published on: 9 April 2014
The Packer family are back in the news with a two-part Australian Story on Kerry Packer. Bridget Griffen-Foley talks about Kerry’s father, Sir Frank Packer, and the father-son relationship. See Part 1 on ABC iView and Part 2 on ABC1 next Monday. For more fascinating insights into the Packers, see Sir Frank Packer: a biography […]

Poetry reading by Les Murray AO

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Published on: 28 March 2014

Les Murraywith an introduction by Sue Butler, Editor, The Macquarie Dictionary

We are delighted to welcome Les Murray back to Fisher Library for readings from his collections of poetry.

Les is engaged at the moment reading the proofs of the American edition of his Collected Works, to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He says that the most he has to do is put in a comma that he should have put in years ago. Unlike Oscar Wilde who had the reverse difficulty – he struggled all morning taking a comma out and then in the afternoon put it back in again – Les thinks that the comma should always have been there, so as the afternoon wears on he will still leave it in. He agrees with Wilde however in general principle. A Murray dictum is: “When a book has reached this stage you do as little as possible because you will just end up ‘over-egging the pudding’.”

Les is heading off in May for a reading tour of Germany accompanied by his Swedish translator. He reads the English and she reads the German – although occasionally they swap. Her English has an American accent and Les’s German, according to one of his listeners, has improved. Then he presses on for more readings in London.

Les will read some old favourites and a number of new poems from a book in the making.

All are invited to attend this free event and light refreshments will be provided. This is a popular event and seats are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

When: Tuesday 29 April 2014
Time: 5.30 for 6pm
Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2 Fisher Library
If you have registered your attendance and are unable to attend please let us know via
E or
T 9114 0866


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