Library events during Innovation Week

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Published on: 24 October 2016

The Library will be participating in the University of Sydney’s Innovation Week.


When: Wednesday 26 October

Where: ThinkSpace, our new technology driven collaborative space above SciTech Library.

Come along between 12pm-3pm to check out cool equipment:

  • 3D printing
  • Virtual reality
  • Carvey
  • Leap Motion
  • MakeyMakey and VR and other tech toys,

or book in to one of our workshops on getting started with 3D printing or wearable electronics.



“Whose Data is it Anyway?”: Sharing data across disciplines and sectors


When: 27 October 2016, 1pm-2pm

Where: Fisher Library Seminar Room (218) – Location: level 2, Fisher.

Academic presentations will explore a diversity of ways in which data might be shared responsibly. The panel will link this data sharing activity to avenues for innovation, broadly defined. Throughout, the audience will be encouraged to unpick definitions of the terms ‘data’ and ‘innovation’ and what these might mean in a variety of disciplinary contexts. The panel hopes to generate an academic and theoretical enthusiasm for thinking creatively about how responsible data sharing might improve knowledge across all areas of enquiry and innovation.”


1pm – 1.20pm

Dr Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg (Research Development, DVCR Portfolio): “Data? What data? Sharing research responsibly in the arts, humanities and social sciences.”

1.20pm – 1.40pm

Associate Professor Matthew Todd (School of Chemistry): “The Anatomy of a Peer-Reviewed Open Science Paper”

1.40pm – 2pm

Associate Professor Alex Holcombe (Psychology): “Better science through sharing: Open Science Framework, preregistration, and GitHub”


“Hey!” Keep an eye on your stuff

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Published on: 21 October 2016


You’ll start to see us discreetly placing “Hey” coasters on items left unattended in our Library spaces. We’re doing this because we had a few cases of stolen laptops and phones and to remind you that sometimes, people can be awful and take things that aren’t theirs.

The safety of our students and their property is our highest priority, so please keep your personal belongings with you at all times. In case you have found or lost an item, contact Library staff or security.

Need a desk? Book-a-Desk!

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Published on: 17 October 2016

Ever wander around the Library looking for a desk? Wander no more! book-a-desk-web-res_1594

We will be piloting a desk booking system for four weeks just in time for Study Vacation and the Exam Period.

From Monday 24 October to Friday 18 November you may book an individual desk on Level 5 of Fisher Library and along the City Road bench at SciTech Library. As part of a pilot project, approximately 80 desks will be bookable just like a study or meeting room. Bookings will open on Saturday 22 October.

To book a desk for up to 2 hours per site, go to


Congratulations to our prize winners

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Published on: 17 October 2016

During September 12-25, the Library conducted a client satisfaction survey. All current students were eligible to enter a prize draw after completing the survey.

Our first prize winner of a $1,000 pre-paid visa card is Ms Bonnie Stanway a postgraduate student at the University.bonnie-stanway-insync-instagram

After cycling to uni on the first day of semester this year, Bonnie was hit by a car and had to undergo reconstructive shoulder surgery. It was a tough call to continue with her full time Masters, but she found the University was really supportive.

She says: “Bookending the year with a win like this is really special. Another sign post that shows me it was worth all the hard work and studying.”

Congratulations, Bonnie!


We’re pleased to announce the prize winners for one of ten $50 pre-paid visa cards:


Ha An Ngo,

Molly Patricia O’donohue

Xinyue Jin

Emily Venn

Nicolas Nunez Serra

Clementine Astrid Isadora Sugita

Lilian Ma

Shivang Agal

Nicole Malonzo

Daniel Jin-young Kim


Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to everyone who completed the survey.



Help us test a new search tool

EDS trial search boxWe are continually investigating ways to improve our search tools to make sure it is easier for you to find the resources that you need, whether for research, teaching or study.

Our current discovery platform, CrossSearch, is the main search box on the Library’s homepage and it allows you to search across the Library catalogue and individual electronic holdings.

We would like you to test an alternative – EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) – and provide us with your impressions and feedback on both it and our existing platform.

While the trial is on, the Library home page will contain both search tools – CrossSearch (the orange searchbox) and EDS (the charcoal searchbox). Please compare them and let us know what you think by responding to a brief survey:

Thank you for helping us make your search experience better!

Open Access Week is coming…

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Published on: 10 October 2016


To celebrate the International Open Access Week (24–30 October 2016), the Library is holding an Open Access Day.

When: 26 October

Where: Fisher Library: Seminar Room and Exhibition Space, Level 2
As part of the day we will host a debate on open access publishing featuring speakers from Sydney University Press and UTS ePress (more to be announced), a series of talks and drop-in sessions about funding requirements as specified by NHMRC and ARC, the University of Sydney’s approach to open access – our policy and procedures, copyrights issues, support available at the Library, open data and more. This is an opportunity for you to learn about open access, share your thoughts and concerns, and ask questions.

So… If you are perplexed, or simply want to know more about open access, please mark the date of 26 October in your diary.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Open Access Day, whether you attend the whole day or simply drop into the sessions that interest you. We can assure you that you’ll learn something new and be part of an exciting and invigorating day.


Please register for the event here



Time Presentation Speaker
9 – 9.15am Arrival and Welcomes Dr Robin Burgess, University Library
9.15 – 9.35am What, Why and How of Open Access Dr Robin Burgess, University Library
9.35 – 10am How We Can Help with Open Access Dr Muriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg, The Research Development and Collaboration Team
10 – 10.20am Open Access and Copyright Conundrums Kate Stanton and Brett McCarthy, University Library
10.20 – 10.40am Break
10.40 – 11.10am Authors’ Rights and Open Access

Don’t Just Click ‘Agree’ – Know What You’re Signing

Elaine Tam and Ludwig Sugiri, University Library
11.10 – 11.30am Supporting Our Researchers and Students: “Raise Your Research Profile” Online Tool Michelle Harrison, University Library
11.30 – 12.30pm Challenges and Opportunities of Open Access: The Publishers’ Discussion Chair: Susan Murray, Sydney University Press

Diana Jones, Elsevier Australia
Dr Belinda Tiffen, UTS ePress
Other speakers TBC

12.30 – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 – 1.50pm Focus on Open Data Jennifer McLean, University Library
1.50 – 2.10pm Digging for Open Access: Focus on Archaeology Georgia Burnett, Macquarie University
2.10 – 2.30pm Honi Soit: Open Access Issues in a Digitisation Project Kathrin di Rocco, University Library
2.30 – 2.50pm Break
2.50 – 3.10pm Managing an Open Access Journal Made Easy Hannah McFarlane, Scholarly Publishing
3.10 – 3.30pm Managing Open Access Expectations: Funder Requirements (NHMRC and ARC) Dr Pearly Harumal, Research Portfolio
3.30 – 4pm Round Up Dr Robin Burgess, University Library


Lunchtime ‘quick bites’ talks

Back by popular demand, the University Library will be offering a new program of ‘quick bite’ talks throughout October. These are chiefly targeted at Higher Degree Research students and Early Career Researchers, although all researchers and research support staff are invited to attend!

We welcome attendance in person and via video link (stay tuned for details). All talks will be recorded and uploaded to the University of Sydney Library’s You Tube Channel.

Increase your research impact: Extend your reach beyond the academy

What does impact mean in the context of university research? This session explores the shift from output to impact, identifies some key indicators of research impact, and considers strategies for increasing your impact outside academia.

Date: Friday, 7 October

Time: 12:15pm – 12:45pm

Location: Carslaw Lecture Room 351



Smart social media: Bring your networking A-game to academic work

Twitter, and LinkedIn, and Research Gate – oh my! Are you being strategic in your use of social media to promote yourself and your research? This session looks at strategic approaches to social media, and provides some helpful tips for maximising your presence on networks.

Date: Wednesday, 12 October

Time: 12:15pm – 12:45pm

Location: Carslaw Lecture Room 351



Building your research profile: What’s in a name? Get credit for your research from the outset

If you’re a debutante on the research scene, it’s crucial that your research identity is well-maintained. This session will provide an overview of the different types of researcher profiles out there, and introduce you to ORCID IDs.

Date: Friday, 14 October

Time: 12:15pm – 12:45pm

Location: Carslaw Lecture Room 351



Copyright and your thesis: Understand Intellectual Property policy and the legal use of third party material

Who owns the copyright on your thesis? How can you use third-party material legally and ethically? What are the copyright implications of thesis-by-publication? Sometimes copyright issues can seem like a headache – so this session is designed to make them much easier to understand.

Date: Friday, 21 October

Time: 12:15pm – 12:45pm

Location: Carslaw Lecture Room 351



Authors’ rights and Open Access: Don’t just click ‘agree’ – know what you’re signing!

Don’t fall prey to common publishing pitfalls – know what to consider when signing publisher contracts and understand how Open Access publishing maximises exposure to your research.

Date: Wednesday, 26 October

Time: 10:40am – 11:10am

Location: Seminar Room (218), Fisher Library



Open Educational Resources: Find out about learning material for use in the public domain

A quick bite that would appeal to educators! Heard of the term ‘OER’, but unsure what it means? Let us introduce you to the world of Open Educational Resources! This session will explain how to embed learning material from the public domain in your teaching.

Date: Friday, 28 October

Time: 12:15pm – 12:45pm

Location: Carslaw Lecture Room 351



Translate your research for industry: Fast track the process of finding industry collaborators

We all know that research doesn’t exist in isolation – it has real-world implications. But have you considered how to pitch your research so that it can be understood by people outside of academia? This session will provide you with some tips and tricks for doing just that!

Date: Monday, 31 October

Time: 12:15pm – 12:45pm

Location: Carslaw Lecture Room 351




Please direct all enquiries to Pat Norman:

Raise your research profile

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Published on: 26 September 2016

What really motivates you as a researcher? Is it bringing new ideas into the world? Is it changing government policy? Maybe it’s improving life for future generations?

Research impact and your research profile. Raise your research profile.

Whatever the reason, bringing about change is easier when your research is visible to more people.
Smart use of Open Access, data sharing and social media can help you achieve your goals by raising your research profile.

The Library’s new Raise your research profile resource gives tips on how to do this and shows researchers in different fields approaching it in different ways. The resource creates a personalised ‘to do’ list and connects you with more contacts and information to get you started.


Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian to learn more about raising your research profile.

Contact Michelle Harrison for more information about the resource.

Exhibition: The life and music of Tommy Tycho

The Conservatorium Library showcases researcher and PhD candidate Samuel Cottell’s The Life and Music of Tommy Tycho in a newly opened exhibition. View Tommy Tycho’s career, spanning radio, television and performances at the newly opened Sydney Opera House (in 1973), the opening of the Sydney Entertainment Centre (1983) and many more live concerts and performances.

Tommy Tycho
Tommy Tycho

Curated by Samuel Cottell (PhD)

When: 10 August – 10 October 2016

Where: Conservatorium of Music Library, Glass Space & Glass Case

Further features of the exhibition include key examples of Tycho’s musical output, featuring LP and 45’ recordings, samples of his handwritten sheet music (arrangements and compositions); commercial sheet music, trade journals, concert programs, photographs of Tommy Tycho as well video footage of him performing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra on the ABC music program, My Music.

Gain a deeper understanding of Tycho’s musical style, output and contribution to Australian music from 1951 when he first arrived in Australia to 2007, when he received an Honorary Doctor of Music from the University of Sydney.

The curator

Samuel Cottell (PhD) focuses his research on the mediation and consumption of ‘light music’ in Australia from 1951-1983. Following the life and career of Tommy Tycho his research addresses a central theme of Tycho’s life; adaptability.


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