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!

Undergraduate students wanted for focus group

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Published on: 7 June 2016

7/06/2016

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Are you an undergraduate student?

Come and join us for a chat, a free lunch and receive a $30 voucher.

When: Wednesday 22 June

or

Wednesday 29 June

11.30am – 1.30pm

Where: Fisher Library, Exhibition Space

Let us know if you want to come!

Exhibition: Striking Chords

19/05/2016

Sounds and stories from the Rare Music collection

The image on the poster/postcard is from Raymond Hanson’s manuscript sketches for The Immortal Touch (c. 1970s). Raymond Hanson (1913-1976) was a composer and music educator who taught composition at the Conservatorium from the late 1940s until the 1970s.
Raymond Hanson’s manuscript sketches for The Immortal Touch (c. 1970s).

When: 19 May to 30 November 2016

Where: Fisher Library F03; Level 1; Rare Books & Special Collections Reading Room

This exhibition is a celebration of the University Library’s Rare Music collection, on the occasion of its relocation from the Conservatorium Library to Fisher Rare Books & Special Collections.

When the NSW State Conservatorium of Music was officially opened on 6 May 1915, its stated aims were “providing tuition of a standard at least equal to that of the leading European Conservatoriums”. It would seem logical then that the Rare Music collection of Australia’s first dedicated music education institution be concentrated around two main cultural waypoints: the European classical music tradition that the Conservatorium sought to transmit, and the Australian musical culture that developed from this foundation.

These two areas of strength provide natural entry points for exploring this varied and intriguing collection. They provide the framework for this exhibition, the aim of which is to showcase not only the objects themselves, but the continuation of their stories through ongoing scholarship and engagement.

#Sydney_library #RareBooks #RareMusic

HeadOn photo exhibition: Mongolian Youth

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Published on: 26 April 2016

26/04/2016

“It’s all going so fast,”sighs Gerelkhuu, a 26 year old artist living in Ulaanbaatar. “We have to remember who we are and to be careful not to lose our soul. If we don’t know who we are, we don’t know where we’ll go.”

When: 26 April – 30 May 2016

During a live performance of the rock band Mohanik, interior designer Enerel, 26, paints on a wall of the Glamour art gallery in downtown UB. In 2013, Enerel who used to live and study for 10 years in the US decided it was time to return to Mongolia. “More and more people are coming back” she said “bringing back what they learned abroad”.
During a live performance of the rock band Mohanik, interior designer Enerel, 26, paints on a wall of the Glamour art gallery in downtown UB. In 2013, Enerel who used to live and study for 10 years in the US decided it was time to return to Mongolia. “More and more people are coming back” she said “bringing back what they learned abroad”.

Where: Fisher Library Level 2 Corridor 208

Based in Brussels, Belgium, Marika Dee is a self-taught freelance documentary photographer. Originally, she worked as a jurist in international law and only discovered photography at a later age.
Her work explores social issues and youth culture.

As Mongolia is changing at a frantic pace and finding itself at the forefront of globalisation, its young urban generation is trying to keep up and figure out its identity.

Over the last few years Mongolia has experienced an unprecedented economic growth, driven by the massive development of mineral mining. With half of Mongolia’s 2.8 million living in the country’s capital and largest city Ulaanbaatar and more than half of the national population under the age of 30, the country has a young and increasingly urban population.

Almost 25 years after the democratic revolution that ended the communist era when Mongolia was a satellite state of the Soviet Union, a whole country is changing and its young urban generation is searching for an identity, trying to negotiate the difficult balance between the forces of globalization and the preservation of tradition.

If you like this exhibition, why not check out the HeadOn exhibition in the Law Library foyer on clouds (Photos by Daniel Arnaldi)

#headon #usydlibrary #mongolia #FisherLibrary

HeadOn photo exhibition: Clouds

26/04/02016

“To look at a cloud is often to look into a world where impressions suggest themselves like persistent dreams and memories, you see what you think is there, what your memory is telling you it is, rather than just seeing what is there.” Daniel Arnaldi (photographer)

When: 26 April – 30 May 2016Daniel Arnaldi : Clouds

Where: Herbert Freehills Law Library Foyer

Daniel Arnaldi’s work explores the human condition through portraiture, landscape and still life using the medium of photography to illustrate the range of inner states of our consciousness.

As I was editing these images for the show I realised they reflected the process that I’ve gone through and by extension a process that everyone going through a transformative phase might experience, they have been broken up into 3 subsets each one with its own title to reflect the various stages of such transformations.

Awakenings
The beginning of an awareness often coming in the form of a shock, violent, fiery, spectacular but also foreboding and threatening.

Disquiet
An uncomfortable stage where we have to come to terms and process new information that can sometimes be difficult. Feelings of isolation, depression, melancholy can be part of this process, sometimes all you can do is just ride it out, the colours in this particular series have been intentionally chosen for this effect.

Resolutions
As the name suggests a more energised stage tempered with focus, clarity and calmness. The blues invoking a feeling of tranquility while the more defined structure of the clouds still expressing strength. In all these photos clouds are still wide open to interpretation by the viewer, I hope that you let these photos be an entry point into your own inner journey of reflection, memory and emotion.

If you like this exhibition, why not check out the HeadOn exhibition in Fisher Level 2 about Mongolian Youth (Photos by Marika Dee)

#headon #Usydlibrary #FisherLibrary

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)

#honisoit #sydney_library #behindthescenes

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

#Sydney_library #TheQuarter

The Library goes 24/7

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Published on: 25 February 2016

25/02/2016

Reading in the Fisher Library
Reading in the Fisher Library

Looking for a space to study after hours?

The University Library is opening four spaces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the start of Semester 1.

You now can choose between the Fisher Study Space, Bosch Commons, The Quarter (for postgraduate coursework students), and Camden Commons (on Camden campus). Now you can find a space to think, study, and collaborate any time of the day.

All you need to access the space is your Campus Card. Visit the library web pages for more detail.

#Sydney_library #Library247

Exhibition and Event: Silent Tears

25/02/2016

“Photography has a well-regarded role for bringing the plight of silent victims into focus, providing a powerful opportunity for understanding and action. Bearing witness to the realities of these twelve women’s lives should be uncomfortable and challenging for audiences,” Belinda Mason

'Now many decades on, she was able to reveal for the first time the ongoing sexual violence she endured as a child with physical disability. She is no longer threatened by the perpetrator, yet the psychological trauma forces her to be anonymous in this project and unlike other participants reveal no further information about her experience. She is one of the many who still are trying to make sense of, and come to terms with, what happened to them, before they feel they can speak out.” -Belinda Mason with permission from the participant
photo by Belinda Mason

When: 1 March – 22 April 2016

Where: Herbert Freehills Law Library; New Sydney Law School Building F10

Accessibility information: http://silenttears.com.au/accessibility-options/

Belinda Mason’s Silent Tears reveals twelve Australian women’s haunting stories of disability and violence using saturated water to symbolise the streams of tears these survivors have silently endured.

Each participant has either experienced violence because they have disability, or has acquired a impairment, as a result of violence. Theirs is a powerful and compelling story of psychological, physical, emotional, economic, and cultural violence. The participants of the exhibition share their stories of domestic violence, forced sterilisation, psychological trauma, neglect and violence within institutions, and by family members.

“The power of Silent Tears lies in the hands of those who participate in it. Without stories there is silence.

“With the impact of my son’s death, and after having the girls and then a still born, five days before its born, and the relationship I was in with my ex-partner was violent all the time. I was treated not like a person; to me it was like an animal. I couldn’t handle it, being bashed all the time, getting cheated on by someone O loved so much. I just got tired of all that and I turned to drugs. Now as a person I know I can overcome all that life throws at me.” – Anonymous, Australia 2015
photo by Belinda Mason

Without stories told, we are voiceless. Without our stories heard, we are invisible. It is even harder when the stories are hard to hear and impossible to imagine,” said Belinda Mason.

Silent Tears is the result of three artist’s exploration of 12 women’s stories using a variety of photographic techniques and multi-media. Led by Mason, and supported by artists Dieter Kiernan (video) and Margherita Coppolino (documentary photography), audiences are immersed in the participant’s experiences to stimulate a deeper understanding of the diversity of violence, discrimination and survival.

Contact:

Belinda Mason: photography@belindamason.com Website: http://www.belindamason.com/

 

Join us for a special presentation by two of the artists, Belinda Mason and Denise Beckwith followed by a panel discussion on the issues.

Wednesday 6 April
7 to 8.30pm
Law School Foyer
Level 2, Sydney Law School
Eastern Avenue
University of SydneyThe event is free, but registration is required

#silenttears #sydney_library

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