Sharing made easy: a new sidebar for the Sydney eScholarship Repository

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Did you know that you can now easily share articles from the Sydney eScholarship Repository?

By Gary Browne

Recently, our Library IT team has added a social sharing widget, using AddThis, to the repository of open access articles produced by researchers from the University of Sydney. The widget is implemented as a flyout sidebar on the left side of all the pages of the repository. So now, you can easily share the home page, community or collection pages and, of course, individual articles. In this way, you can effectively disseminate links to increase exposure of your work.

The sidebar is setup to display five social media options for sharing, which will vary depending on recent user behaviour. The sixth “plus” button opens a window with many more social media sharing options. The visible buttons will display number of shares for a specific page. But that’s not all. Through AddThis we can now generate reports of sharing activity, with graphs of top services, top content and more. So wait no longer and start sharing!

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)

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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

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

11/12/2015

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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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Chat Now!

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Published on: 6 October 2015

 

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Chat Now is an exciting new instant messaging service which enables clients to ask questions and talk to Library staff in ‘real time’.

It is an extension of the Ask Us Now FAQ database and Information Desk service. It will enable clients to get in touch with library staff quickly and easily from any location.

The Chat Now service will initially be available from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday.

 

What do our students think?

“I think Chat Now will make it much simpler and be more convenient for students to ask more questions. With many companies across Australia adopting a live chat contact alternative, it’s pretty much a requirement for all help centres. With Chat Now, help is more readily available. I think this is likely to increase the number of questions and also the type of questions. For example, instead of physically walking up to the library help desk, students can ask librarians via the Chat Now advice for certain research or even how to find a specific book in the Library” –Glen

“If you have a question while you’re searching databases at home you’ll have someone to be able to ask” – Erin

“It will be a good channel for students to ask questions and if you need a quick answer” – Ingrid 

The Medical Library has reopened!!

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Published on: 31 July 2015

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During the semester break, we have been busy refurbishing the Medical and Camden Libraries and are happy to announce that Medical is ready to go with Camden soon to follow!

Both spaces have been refitted as learning spaces with bookable group study rooms, additional study spaces, touchscreen help points, roving learning support via Peer Learning Advisors, and printing, scanning and computing resources.

The doors are open, but we will continue to improve the spaces over the next few weeks with additional study furniture due to be installed in both spaces, and for Camden a new Holds and Loans (HAL) unit for high demand material and requested or recalled material via document delivery.

IMG_4128_living room_smThese spaces will initially operate from 7am-9pm Monday to Friday, and 8am-9pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays with the view to making them 24/7 as soon as possible.

All current students and staff at the University can use the spaces and you should already have swipe access added to your campus card or staff card.

 

For more information on the Medical Library space, please visit http://tiny.cc/boschlibrary

Email scam targeting Library clients

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Published on: 17 May 2015

It came to the Library’s attention that there is a fraudulent email scam targeting Library clients.

Some of our clients received an email that appears to be coming from the University of Sydney Librarian “Anne Bell”.

The email informs users that their accounts have expired and provides a link to reactivate their accounts. The link redirects them to a bogus webpage that looks similar to a Library’s “Login web page.

If a client 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. Anyone who receives the email should delete it immediately.

If anyone 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.

 

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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.

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