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From the Library — Open Access: Learn. Share. Grow.

Open Access (OA) is an important global trend where researchers choose to provide free online access to their publications. To celebrate Open Access Week all research-active staff and students are invited to presentations by academic colleagues Simon Chapman , Simon Chapman, Martijn de Sterke, Alex Holcombe, Matt Todd and Goetz Richter who are harnessing the power of OA to extend their research influence and grow their citation rates. Learn about the benefits of OA for scholarly collaboration; the open science movement; the important of OA for disciplines striving for recognition; and combining social media and OA to increase exposure.

Date: Friday 28 October, 2011
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Venue: Victoria Park Room Level 5, Fisher Library

Places are limited and RSVP is essential.
RSVP to by 24 October 2011.


Fisher Library building activities

Work has commenced on the Fisher Library renovations.

Level 4 – Short Loan books with the numbers 843 to 999 have to be moved closer to the window so that work can commence on the new toilets. The area will be closed on Friday 9 September and Saturday 10 September 2011. A very limited paging service will run twice on Friday and once on Saturday. Could you please borrow your books now and tell your students about this? If you could make an announcement at lectures and tutorials and/or place a notice on Blackboard, that would be greatly appreciated.

The Reference collectionhas now been evaluated and relocated (thank you to everyone who came over and made suggestions).

  • Everything recommended for High Demand is currently located on the range behind the Fisher Information Desk.
  • Books recommended for Fisher Research have been moved there.
  • Books recommended for Storage are being processed but may say ‘Fisher Reference’ for a short while.

Please let Rena McGrogan know if you are looking for anything that says Reference that you can’t find.

Level 1 Short loan side is now closed for renovations. At the moment, you can still get to Law via the lifts and stairs on the Research library side

Curriculum collection has now been relocated to where Reference used to be on level 3 near the Information Desk

John Shipp has released the guidelines that will be used to determine what material stays in Fisher, what will be relocated and what will happen to books to be discarded. Academics and postgrads will have an opportunity to comment on any material destined for Storage or disposal. When details are available the process for viewing the collection and providing comments, I will email them to everyone. In the meantime if you are worried about any titles in the collection, please contact Rena McGrogan.
Download the Fisher Collection Review Guidelines
Fisher Library Redevelopment Project website

News from the Library on database trials and more


There is a trial of ALL the Alexander Street databases to the end of August 2011.  This vendor focuses on American history and culture, but is broadening its titles. Key databases include:

  • Black thought & Culture,
  • North American Women’s Letters and Diaries, Colonial to 1950
  • Women and Social Movements
  • Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels
  • American History in Video

ASIAPACIFIC FILMS streams culturally and historically significant films from Asia and the Pacific. To 20th August 2011.

Each of these trials requires a login:
Follow the link on this url and login with your unikey to obtain the passwords.

Please fill out the Database Evaluation Form or contact your Faculty Liaison Librarian,
Rena McGrogan, with your comments and desires.

Please also have a look at Kanopy. This is a company that allows streaming of films, but the Library needs to know if they sell titles that would be of use in teaching and research. Please let Rena McGrogan, know if you find titles that would be of use.

Fisher Library Hours

Please note the hours for Fisher library below;

Sun 21 Nov – Fri 17 Dec, 2010
Mon  9am – 5pm
Tue 9am – 8pm
Wed-Fri 9am – 5pm
Sat & Sun Closed

Sat 18 Dec 2010 – Mon 3 Jan 2011 Closed
Tue 4 Jan – Sun 20 Feb, 2011
Mon, Wed & Fri 9am-5pm
Tue & Thu 9am-8pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Sun Closed

Public Holiday Wed 26 Jan Closed

For other University of Sydney Library hours, please check the website :

Library resources update 2010

A note from Rena, Faculty Liaison Librarian for SOPHI…

The Library is continually adding new online full text databases to its collection.  Access to the following primary source & essay collections is now available from the Library website: and from the History subject guide:

Foreign Office Files for China, 1949-1980
The complete British Foreign Office Files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in this period. Eye-witness accounts and detailed reports on life in China, 1949-1976. In depth analysis of the Communist Revolution and all the major figures. Material on the Korean War, the Cold War, US relations and the Cultural Revolution.

Mass Observation Online
A pioneering social research organisation whose papers provide insights into the cultural and social history of Britain from 1937 to 1965. Mass Observation Online, offers an unparalled insight into everyday life in the 1930s and 1940.

Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490-2007
Includes extensive coverage of topics such as the African Coast; the Middle Passage; the varieties of slave experience (urban, domestic, industrial, farm, ranch and plantation); Spiritualism and Religion; Resistance and Revolts; the Underground Railroad; the Abolition Movement; Legislation; Education; the Legacy of Slavery and Slavery Today.

The Grand Tour
A collection of manuscript, visual and printed works – letters, diaries, printed guidebooks; published travel writing; paintings and sketches; architectural drawings, and maps for the study of travel and architecture, c1550-1850

Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History
Brings together hundreds of accounts by women of their travels across the globe from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. Includes manuscripts, diaries and correspondence, drawings, guidebooks, postcards and photographs.

Victorian Popular Culture
Two sections relating to: Spiritualism, Sensation & Magic and Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks

Please let Rena McGrogan know if you would like any more information, or would like to suggest further databases for the collection.

RENA McGROGAN | Faculty Liaison Librarian, SOPHI
Arts Library Services Team| University Library
Fisher Library, F03 | The University of Sydney | NSW | 2006
E rena.mcgrogan at sydney dot edu dot au  | W W