Ex Libris Fisherarium: Persons of Interest


PhD candidate Glenn Wallace and UNSWAD academic Dr Katherine Moline give us an intriguing insight into the machinations of ASIO and the Cold War era, writes Dr Michael Goldberg.

When: 2 November 2015 – 2 December 2015

Where: Fisher Library F03 Levels 2,3, and 4

Personsofinterest_pic1For over 40 years, Australia’s Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) seized books that were deemed subversive in raids on the homes of people suspected of conspiracy. In recent years ASIO files documenting the activities of certain ‘Persons of Interest’ have been released.

For this iteration of Ex Libris Fisherarium, ‘Era of Surveillance’ maps where confiscated texts are located in Fisher Library. Viewers are invited to explore the Library as a space where art, architecture, politics, knowledge and power converge.

Era of surveillance: Persons of interest / Family
Artists: Katherine Moline and Glenn Wallace




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ANZAC centenary: Stories of War

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Published on: 11 November 2015


When: 24 April 2015 – 1 February 2016

Where: Fisher Library F03, Exhibition Space Level 2


During World War I the University of Sydney played a unique role in the War effort, with the expertise of its academic staff and students in high demand. The members of the University responded with enthusiasm and bravery, with 200 students and 36 staff on active service overseas by the end of 1915.

As the war progressed, so too did the need for qualified doctors, engineers, scientists and veterinarians. As early as 1916, the University recognised the importance of honouring and memorialising the efforts of its community and the lives lost, and began to collect letters, photographs, records, stories and publications.

Drawn primarily from the University Archives and Rare Books and Special Collections, with contributions from the Macleay Museum and the Faculties of Medicine and Education and Social Work, this exhibition explores the nuanced and varied ways in which the University, and its men and women, experienced, understood and responded to World War I.

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Fisher Library increases study spaces by 319 seats

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Published on: 4 November 2015


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During exam and study week times, the consistent need for more study space has become increasingly urgent.

This demand has now been answered in Fisher with the arrival of new seats, as well as new benching.

Throughout the building from Level 4 to 9 we placed 319 new seats and benches. The sleek black individual seats provide comfort and durability and allow long periods of study. This is the second group of these chair types to arrive in Fisher, and they form a welcome addition to the suite of available study spaces.

We also appeal to the collegiality of students to share these study spaces with their peers.



Open Access – 4 Common Myths Dispelled

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Published on: 23 October 2015
“Yes I told you” Patrick Hochstenbach (author)

By Charlotte Jarabak

1. OA journals are of poorer quality than traditional journals

Majority of OA journals are peer reviewed and have high impact factors. In fact, there are 1,313 OA journals indexed in Web of Science and 4,240 OA journals in Scopus. The highest Impact Factor of OA journal in WOS “Living Reviews in Relativity” is 19.25.

2. OA journals charge publication fees

Whilst predatory publishers are a problem, most OA journals charge no fees.

3. My research is on my website – so I don’t need to put it in a repository

Publishing in an OA journal or repository makes your work much easier to find, resulting in increased citation rates.

4. Publishing in a conventional journal does not allow open access

An increasing number of traditional journals now give permissions to publish in OA publications. You can check publisher’s position in Sherpa RoMEO database of publisher copyright policies.


Need more information or support?

Please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian:



University of Sydney joins the Open Library of Humanities

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Published on: 22 October 2015


The University of Sydney has joined the Open Library of Humanities’ Library Partnership. The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers costs with payments from an international library consortium.

By Kate Stanton

Dr. Martin Paul Eve, a founder and academic project director of the OLH, welcomed Sydney to the Open Library of Humanities:

“It is fantastic to have our first Australian library on board. The strength of the arts and humanities at Sydney deserves to be showcased in a space that anyone can read. By building a model for open access that works for the humanities, with the help of universities like Sydney, we will make this a reality.”

Lisa McIntosh, Director Access Services, added:

“The University of Sydney is pleased to support OLH and other similar sector-led models such as Knowledge Unlatched as integral to the development of sustainable open access for scholarly communications, particularly in the humanities.”


The OLH launched on September 28, 2015. Read the complete University of Sydney press release here.





The University of Sydney signs the Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age

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Published on: 20 October 2015



Last week, the University of Sydney signed the Hague Declaration, which aims to foster agreement about how to enable access to facts, data and ideas for knowledge discovery in the Digital Age.

By Kate Stanton

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Vice Chancellor Michael Spence signs the Hague Declaration on behalf of the University of Sydney, with University Librarian Anne Bell and Library Director (Access Services) Lisa McIntosh.

The document sets forth the idea that the free flow of information and ideas is an essential human right and aims to remove legal and policy barriers to access to ideas, data and facts.

“The rapidly changing digital environment, increased computing power and the sheer quantity of data being produced makes it essential for researchers and society to be able to use modern techniques and tools to help them make new discoveries. Research practices could be revolutionised and lives could literally be saved, if we can achieve better access to the knowledge contained within Big Data.” said Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, President of LIBER Europe, (www.libereurope.eu), the Association of European Research Libraries, which has led the development of the Hague Declaration.

Organisations and individuals who wish to support the Hague Declaration can add their signature at:




Why is the Hague Declaration so important to research?

OAWeek: The best reasons to publish in open access

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Published on: 19 October 2015


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Do you want as many people as possible to read your research?

Do you want it to be accessible not just by academics, but also by journalists, policy makers and the general public?

Open access (OA) publishing is the best way to ensure that your important research reaches as many readers as possible.

Strong evidence shows that publishing in open access formats increases citation rates by around 50% open access has also been shown to increase the longevity of an article’s relevance, as well as significantly increasing mentions in social media.

An increasing number of traditional journals now give permissions to publish in OA publications. You can check publisher’s position in Sherpa RoMEO database of publisher copyright policies.

Need more information or support? Please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.


Open Access Event: Sorting the treasure from the trash

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Published on: 16 October 2015

In conjunction with Open Access Week (October 19 – 25) the Library will be hosting the following event:

Sorting the treasure from the trash:

Finding high-quality open access and creative commons material

When: Wednesday 21 October; 2-2.30pm

Where: Fisher Library F03, Level 2, Seminar Room 218

While the benefits of open access publishing are widely recognised by academia, it can sometimes be difficult for researchers to distinguish between high- and low-quality open access material. This presentation will provide tips on how to spot predatory publishers, where to find reputable open access journals, and how to source high-quality creative commons material. It is targeted at Higher Degree Research students and Early Career Researchers.


Please RSVP here


What is Open Access Week? (19 – 25 October)

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Published on: 15 October 2015

Open Access and Open Access Week


The beginning of the open access movement was a response to technological change through the continuous development of the internet and the rising cost of scholarly journals alike.

By Mark Kosta

Open access (OA) is underpinned by a philosophy that scholarly knowledge available free of charge and free of most copyright restrictions has the power to transform academic research and inquiry. Furthermore, open access has the potential to improve science, medicine, industry and society as a whole. The two main drivers that deliver OA research articles and other resources are open access journals and open access repositories such as the University of Sydney Library’s Sydney eScholarship.

For eight successive years now the movement draws attention to its aims and philosophy with the yearly recurring Open Access week. This international event is an opportunity to highlight and promote the aims of open access. This year’s theme is Open for Collaboration.

The Library will participate in Open Access Week through social media as well as with information and articles on open access themes.

So watch this space and look out for: #OAWeek #Sydney_library and follow us on social media:


University of Sydney Library joins OCLC Research Library Partnership


The OCLC Research Library Partnership is an affiliation of many of the world’s major research libraries and archives, including most Australia Go8 Libraries. iSpheresImagePublicationsImagebank_52593_0

Access to OCLC programs, workshops, and webinars will provide staff development and collaboration opportunities for University of Sydney Library staff.

Some of the benefits of the partnership include:

  • The opportunity to work with similarly motivated institutions to collaboratively address changing architectural, workflow and service issues.
  • Invitations to Partners-only working groups that focus on high-priority needs and issues.
  • Sharing collections and continuing to build and refine resource-sharing capacities.
  • Improving the management of the cultural and scholarly record.
  • the ability to follow e-mail and discussion lists on current research work
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