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Morning tea raises $135 for Cancer Council

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UOW Library staff rallied with their teacups today to celebrate Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, the Cancer Council’s annual fundraiser. Renowned across campus for their baking prowess, Library staff shared their homemade tea-time treats with colleagues over a cuppa. While sampling the delicious cakes, biscuits, savouries and sweets, gold coin donations from staff raised $135 towards cancer research, prevention and support services.

Visit Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea to get involved or make a donation.

Upcoming exhibition

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Exhibition preparations are well underway at UOW Library for our forthcoming exhibition, 40 Years of Student Life, set to open on June 29 in the Library Panizzi Room. The exhibition celebrates student life at UOW from 1975 when the University became independent, through to today. It will explore aspects of the student experience such as technological advancement, social and academic experience, and how student engagement has transformed through the generations.

Open through to September 6, the exhibition will feature presentations by UOW alumni on topics such as sports, activism, art and student shenanigans. Look out for more details.

More study spaces on the way

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Have you noticed the book shuffling lately?

Over the past few months, we’ve been busy shifting our hard copy collection on Level 1 of the Main Library to make room for more study spaces.

We’re integrating the larger items into the main collection, so it’s easier to browse and find books on the shelves. The whole Library’s been involved, rearranging and making room to expand the collection. When we finish, hopefully around September this year, there will be another 30 quiet study desks with a view over the Library main entrance—a place for you in the sun!

Masters student planning a career in academic libraries

Kate Galloway, an aspiring library and information professional, gained real-time, real-life experience during her recent two week placement with UOW Library. The Library, an active supporter of student placements, ensured that Kate was introduced to all facets of library operations and offered her targeted assignments in the Business Solutions Team with particular emphasis on promotional and publication outputs. Reflecting on her experience, Kate said “it is astounding the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes, in a facility that many students take for granted.” She particularly enjoyed the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Library clients. “One of my favourite parts of my placement would have to be the Client Services roles working on the service pod. I also had the opportunity to sit in on Book a Librarian appointments and watch professional librarians in action!”

Kate lives in Wollongong, and plans to complete her Masters of Information Services (Information Science) with Charles Sturt University later in 2015. She said that “the experience was amazing and the insight into the profession that I am studying towards was priceless. Working alongside such skilled, friendly and dedicated people was incredibly enjoyable and I would wholeheartedly recommend other students consider UOW Library as a placement option.”

Staff spotlight: Fiona Macdonald

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Originally from Scotland with an Honours degree in Sociology, one of Fiona Macdonald’s earliest library jobs was managing a tiny library—a cupboard—in a commune in New Zealand. Now with extensive experience in both public and academic libraries, as well as education design, UOW Library has been delighted to welcome her as Senior Manager Client Services.

As a young mother, restless at home and trying to return to work, Fiona found herself volunteering at a local public library in the small rural town of Winton on New Zealand’s South Island. From the circulation desk to children’s services, working in all facets of the library reaffirmed Fiona’s desire to be a librarian. After several years in public and academic libraries, the Christchurch College of Education offered Fiona a contract to run their education design department. Fiona had some doubts about the position: “I said 'I don’t know anything about education design, I’m a librarian', but it turns out academic librarians do know about education design”.

One of Fiona’s first projects at UOW is a collaboration between Learning Development and Peer Learning to pilot a Learning Co-Op for students. Fiona is passionate about collaboration, and having lived and worked in a commune, is familiar with the challenges of collaborative endeavour. “It is incredibly rewarding because you realise… you can’t just go off and do things by yourself, or if you do it’s usually not as good as when you bring other people along with you”, she said.

Fiona believes that the Learning Co-Op model works because it creates a dynamic learning environment where students can access peer support for their studies, as well as advice and instruction from librarians, and learning developers, all in the one place. Fiona is enthusiastic about the project: “I’m really delighted with the Learning Co-Op and hope that we can create a space that is learning centred and student driven.” The Co-Op is the realisation of a learning and working environment that Fiona is obviously passionate about. “Everyone is there talking to each other - staff and students - sharing knowledge and experience, and finding solutions. That’s just a dream for me, you know? That is how we should be working.”

Australia at the time of the First Fleet — The voyage of Governor Phillip

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The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay: With an Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson and Norfolk Island is one of the first substantial works published in Australia’s European history. Researchers now have the opportunity to study an original early volume, recently restored for UOW Library and now housed in the Rare Books Collection. “It’s a rare and significant work, which is deserving of preservation and in this instance we’ve been able to do that”, said Susan Jones, UOW Archivist. Originally published in 1789, this firsthand account of the convict colony in Sydney also offers a glimpse into the lives of Indigenous Australians, the local landscapes, and Australia’s native flora and fauna.

First Fleet journals such as this were an important means of reporting back to England. The authors, contemporaries of Governor Arthur Phillip, documented details of the colony, and one of the first things they did was look around and start to record the animals, the bird life and other elements of the local environment. As one of the very first published accounts of Australian flora and fauna, the illustrations in The Voyage of Governor Phillip formed a noteworthy addition to the annals of science.

When Mr Barry Becarevic donated The Voyage of Governor Phillip to UOW, as is often the case with antiquarian volumes, it was in dire need of restoration. The leather cover showed signs of deterioration, and the pages were affected by mould and water damage. Multi-award winning bookbinder Barbara Schmelzer was entrusted with the restoration. She meticulously assessed and bathed individual pages to stabilise them, and inserted a special, lightweight paper between the illustrations to preserve them. The painstaking restoration process retained as much of the original material as possible, including the leather cover and parts of the spine that had remained intact. Barbara recreated missing parts with the same style and materials, and finally the book was rebound and ready for display.

StartSmart Feedback Competition

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If you’re a new student at UOW in 2015 and have completed StartSmart - we’d like to hear your thoughts. Go to our Facebook Page to leave your comments and be in the running for a $50 UniShop voucher PLUS $50 worth of UOW printing credit.
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The Living Daylights

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Another snapshot of avant-garde and underground movements in Australian art and publishing history has been added to UOW Library’s growing collection, with the release of all 25 issues of The Living Daylights magazine. Already nearing 1,000 downloads since it became freely available, The Living Daylights represents an important historic record of Australian counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s—from sex, drugs and rock‘n’roll to politics, corruption, social justice and the environment.

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Last reviewed: 27 May, 2015

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