Library News and Events  

MakerSpace/MediaSpace is coming

The main library will soon install a MakerSpace and MediaSpace on the ground floor. Both spaces will open in early 2017 and will offer clients the opportunity to experiment with the latest prototyping tools and technology, and to collaborate on creative projects.

During the early part of Summer Session, when construction is taking place, Levels 1, 2 and the South Wing may be more suitable for study.

The Smith Family Giving Tree Appeal 2016

UOW Library supports the Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal with our annual Christmas Giving Tree. Donations of unwrapped NEW toys and books can be placed in front of our tree in the Library Foyer. Your gesture of goodwill will bring a smile to the face of a child in need this Christmas.

 All donations will be collected at 4pm on Tuesday 20 December.

 Migration to the Illawarra exhibition opens next week at UOW Library.

Mr Harman

A new exhibition celebrating migration to the Illawarra will be opened by CEO of Multicultural NSW, Mr. Hakan Harman, at 6pm on Wednesday 12 October in the Panizzi Room, University of Wollongong Library.

“The Migration to the Illawarra exhibition is a collaboration between the Migration Heritage Project and the University of Wollongong Library,” said UOW Director of Library Services, Margie Jantti.

“The exhibition includes posters, photographs, publications and original memorabilia from the University Archives and private collections, chronicling migrant forebears, from whom many of us are descended.”

Migration heritage is the legacy of people’s experiences of leaving one country and culture, travelling to and adjusting to a new place, and becoming familiar with it and its people, then adapting traditional culture.

 "Wollongong was transformed after the Second World War by the influx of migrants. So much of what they brought with them - courage, resilience, a strong work ethic and hope for a better future - are inherent in the values of our city as it is today. We have real reason to celebrate this heritage,” said Franca Facci, Migration Heritage Project chairperson.   

The exhibition is open from 12 October 2016 to 22 January 2017:

International Masters student wins major prize draw!

 CSSS 2016 prize winner

Congratulations to the winner of our major prize draw in last months Library Client Service Satisfaction Survey. Studying a Masters in Biology at UOW in 2016 away from her hometown of Milan in Italy, she has elected to spend her $1000- prize at Harvey Norman.

Presentation video available to view on Facebook.

We want to know what you think about us.

Library Client Service Satisfaction Survey 2016

From Monday 5 September to Sunday 25 September, UOW Library will be undertaking a Client Service Satisfaction Survey to gain your feedback on our services, collections and facilities. This will help inform future planning and enable us to target areas for improvement. 

All UOW students and staff located in Australia are encouraged to complete the 10 minute survey.  Your feedback which will remain anonymous, as all individual responses are held by an independent provider who will collate the information into a report for us.

At the conclusion of the survey you will be able to enter a draw, which cannot be linked to your feedback information, for a chance to win your choice of:

$1000-         STA TRAVEL CREDIT


OR $1000-   UNICENTRE CREDIT Books, stationary, café vouchers, etc.

 TAKE THE SURVEY             Terms & Conditions.pdf


Wrap with Love 2016

Twenty-eight assembled squares create one whole Wrap! 

Now in our seventh year of participation, UOW Library is once again extending an invitation to the broader university community to join us in support of the annual Wrap with Love campaign 2016.

Wrap with Love Inc. is a non-political, not-for-profit organisation that distributes knitted woollen wraps (blankets) around the world to people in need. In 2015 the organisation distributed a total of 31,996 Wraps through a variety of Aid Agencies.  This brought the total of Wraps - donated since its inception in 1992 - to a staggering 414,065 Wraps, which have been sent to over 60 countries. 

UOW Library will be hosting a drop off point for knitted squares (or completed blankets) in the main foyer of the Wollongong campus from Saturday 25 June through to Friday 19 August.  The Library Wellbeing Committee will arrange to have individual squares stitched up and ready for collection by volunteers towards the end of this campaign. Although there will not be regular knit-ins hosted in the Library as in previous years, staff will be happy to assist interested groups to develop their own knitting assemblies. 

A showcase of the completed blankets will be on display prior to collection in the Library Main Foyer between 10am and 12noon on Wednesday 24 August.  For more information or assistance to organise your own group knit-ins, please contact: Karen Illesca

 Downloadable knitting pattern .pdf

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Enhancing UOW journal impacts - Digitised Kunapipi goes global.

University staff gathered recently to celebrate the complete digitised publication of the Kunapipi:journal of postcolonial writing & culture (1979-2012), which is now available to read in its entirety on Research Online. The journal began life in 1979 as the foundational journal of The European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, publishing two to three times a year with both general and special issues. It went on to become a truly international publication with both individual and institutional subscribers based throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. 

Journal editor (1999-2012) and Associate Professor of English Literatures (UOW) Anne Collett said ‘Kunapipi was unusual in that it published creative and scholarly writing, artwork and interviews.  Its covers featured work by contemporary artists, which quickly gained a reputation for their political and artistic exuberance.’  

Many, now eminent, postcolonial scholars and writers gained their first publication in the pages of Kunapipi and the journal has played an influential role in the field of Commonwealth, and later, Postcolonial, writing and culture. The official launch event was overseen on June 8 by former editor Anne Collett, with special guest presentations by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research & Innovation Professor Judy Raper, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts Professor Amanda Lawson, and Director of Library Services Margie Jantti.  The speakers provided an overview of the journal’s global significance, what the development has meant from a faculty perspective and the role that UOW Library has played in this project. 

“The people of the Library, especially those delivering scholarly content and digitisation services are proud to play an integral role in showcasing UOW research and scholarship – it is through these endeavours we will truly transform engagement with information”- Director of Library Services Margie Jantti

View digitised Kunapipi publications at Research Online.

Our latest exhibition is officially launched! 

24 Boxes Exhibition Launch

The 24 Boxes: Unpacking the Cochrane Papua New Guinea Collection exhibition was officially opened on 20 May 2016 by former UOW Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Ken McKinnon AO, along with Susan Cochrane, the daughter of Percy and Renata Cochrane.

Special dignitaries attending the event included UOUW Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Wellings CBE, former UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton, members of the Cochrane family, as well as Deputy High Commissioner of the Papua New Guinea High Commission Mr Sakias Tameo, and Papua New Guinea Consulate General Consul Leo Oaeke.  The launch was overseen by the University of Wollongong Director of Library Services Margie Jantti.

 The official launch video can be viewed as part of our online exhibition. 

IMAGE: Emeritus Professor Ken McKinnon AO delivering keynote address.

The University of Wollongong Library at Vivid Sydney festival 2016!


The University of Wollongong (UOW) Library has collaborated with artist Roger Foley-FOGG (aka Ellis D Fogg) on his installation and exhibition Lightshows – 60s to NOW at the Vivid Sydney festival of light, music and ideas. UOW Library has provided the historic Yellow House Rainbow Screen for the exhibition, which is part of the Roger Foley Collection held in UOW Archives.

“It is exciting to see an item from our collections used in this way, thereby highlighting the role libraries can play in enriching cultural presentations such as Vivid,” said UOW Director, Library Services Margie Jantti.

Roger Foley is a pioneer of lightshows and lumino kinetic installations in Australia from the 1960s. He was also an active participant in the Yellow House experimental art space in Sydney during the early 1970s.

“I love the way that UOW has archived and researched my counterculture generation of the ‘60s, and I’m grateful that it’s supporting my Vivid Light Walk installation with the loan of the Yellow House Rainbow Screen from 1971,” said Roger Foley.

Lightshows – 60s to NOW will be on display in the Rocks, Circular Quay from 27 May through to 18 June, and includes a poster display promoting the current UOW Yellow House Project, which includes digitised and virtual reality elements. 


 24 Boxes: Unpacking the Cochrane Papua New Guinea Collection

Percy Cochrane_D160/03/373 Mitikata Paramount Chief of Trobriand Islands

UOW Library’s latest exhibition, featuring the Cochrane Papua New Guinea Collection held in UOW Archives, will be open from Wednesday 18 May to 18 September 2016 in the Library Panizzi room on Wollongong Campus. 

This unique collection was created by Percy and Renata Cochrane while they were living with their family in Papua New Guinea after Percy's appointment as Senior Broadcasts Officer for the Administration of Papua New Guinea in 1949.  Renata Cochrane, a trained teacher and writer, was later employed by the Administration as a Publications Officer.  Over the next 16 years, the Cochranes' public occupations and private interests converged in their efforts to photograph, record and document facets of Papua New Guinea cultural life, and the work of the Administration and Catholic Missions.  

Assembled by Renata Cochrane and her daughter Susan Cochrane during 1981-82, the Cochrane Papua New Guinea Collection was gifted to the University of Wollongong Archives in 1985, and is presently housed in 24 archive boxes. 

This exhibition features images, recordings, manuscripts, correspondence and publications around facets of the Papua new Guinea cultural life, as well as the work of government administration and the Catholic Missions. 

Emeritus Professor Ken McKinnon AO will officially launch the exhibition at 1pm on Friday 20 May.  The exhibition will also feature additional special event presentations.




Enter the StartSmart Competition

University study needs a whole new set of skills - Get a head start by completing the StartSmart program! Complete all three StartSmart modules by 31 March 2016 for automatic entry into a draw to win a $100- Unishop voucher!

StartSmart introduces new students to important academic and information literacy skills. It saves students time in locating great resources to use in completing assignments. Students learn what is expected of them as a UOW student, and what they need to do to avoid plagiarism and practice academic integrity. It’s ideal for new students to complete this program within the first three weeks of session to get the benefits of knowing how to tackle assignments.

All commencing undergrads need to complete the StartSmart program before the end of session to receive their grades.

Competition Terms & Conditions.

UOW Library: A Safe Place

The Library is committed to recognising and being open to diversity. To show that we are allies to LGBTI people, celebrate difference and welcome anyone and everyone, the Library has recently joined various units on campus as an official LGBTI safe place.

We want all students, staff, or members of the community to feel welcome to be themselves within our walls, and know that they are in a non-judgemental environment that is free of homophobia, transphobia, and all other prejudices. Language that is hurtful or discriminatory is not used in the Library, and no person will be made to feel that they are unwelcome for their gender expression or sexual orientation.

We believe that being a safe place is a positive way of encouraging progressive social change, and welcome feedback from the community on how we can be of the best support to you - if something isn’t ok, please speak up and let us know.

Other Safe Places located across the UOW main campus are identifiable by the Safe Place stickers placed near entry points.

UOW Library: LGBTI Safe Place

Book Launch: The Handbook Of Textile Culture

The Handbook of Textile Culture

The Handbook of Textile Culture, edited by Janis Jefferies, Diana Wood Conroy and Hazel Clark, is the first handbook of specifically commissioned essays to provide a guide to the major strands of critical work around textiles past and present to draw upon the work of artists and designers, as well as researchers in textile studies. This handbook was officially launched at UOW Library on 24 February 2016 by Professor Amanda Lawson, Executive Dean, Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts.

VALA success for UOW Library

UOW Library was well represented at the major library and information conference, VALA, held in Melbourne 9-11 February 2016. Four distinct themes were addressed: etextbook pilots and collaboration with publishers; design principles and content strategy; History Archive Portal; and the Yellow House virtual reality environment. Each peer reviewed paper pointed to exciting innovations arising from strategic projects designed with the aim of transforming how people engage with UOW Library and its collections. Of particular note was the demonstrated high level of collaboration with faculty in defining problems and solutions, leading to the creation of resources for inclusion in the curriculum. The Twitter streams were enthusiastic with many references to UOW Library’s vision and goals for services, discovery and collections.

View the Twitter stream that was captured on Storify for each presentation:


Get started today on the skills you need for tomorrow. The online StartSmart module will provide the key skills and information you need to begin navigating your University career and preparing for your professional future.

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Last reviewed: 1 December, 2016

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