You’ll start to see us discreetly placing these “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.
We 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!
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 Christensen
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 (email@example.com)
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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.
|Badham Library, Badham Building
|Medical Library, Bosch Building
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
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.
These 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
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.