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Adelaide in 1914

This exhibition presents a snapshot of life at the University and in Adelaide in the year that World War I was declared.

The University was a much smaller place, both in acreage and the number of students, faculties and degrees offered.

Adelaide was emerging from the Victorian era into a world of technological innovation and social change, but suffering from years of drought.  Silent movies, sport and theatre provided diversions.

The first Army units drawn from South Australia were formed in August and despatched to Egypt before the end of the year.

Patriotic support quickly gathered and the Cheer Up Society formed, while South Australians of German descent were interned at Torrens Island.

Date/Time: 27th October  – 31st December 2014
Location: Rare Books & Special Collections, Barr Smith Library, Level 1 South
Cost: Free – all welcome

Contact: Cheryl Hoskin,
Rare Books & Special Collections Librarian,
Barr Smith Library,
The University of Adelaide
+61 8 8313 5224

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Meg Hale: An Amazing Bunch of Women

The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an event with Meg Hale on Thursday 13 November, 2014, at 6.00 for 6.30pm in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.

In 1988, as a result of the ARMS movement, South Australia became the first place in the English-speaking world to give mothers equal rights with adopted adults to apply for identifying information about one another. This was history-making legislation that had not been granted to mothers when, in 1984, Victoria passed the first laws in this country opening secret adoption records and giving adopted adults the right to have their original birth certificates.

Meg’s talk will take you on a personal tour inside the ARMS movement in South Australia and the 30 year journey on which this amazing bunch of women embarked in order to find their children, change adoption laws and, ultimately, receive a National Apology from the Prime Minister to All People Affected by Forced Adoption.

Meg Hale is a former social worker and government investigator who lost her first child through forced adoption in 1968. She was 19 years old – and unmarried. Meg joined the Association Representing Mothers Separated from their Children by Adoption (formerly the Australian Relinquishing Mothers Society and commonly known as ARMS) in the 1980′s and worked with other mothers to change laws to open secret adoption records so birth parents could find their children.

In 1987, while she was completing her social work placement at ARMS and writing her thesis, she met her 19 year old daughter for the first time. Meg is the author of Mothers in ARMS – Forced Adoption; mothers find a voice (forthcoming from Wakefield Press) and she continues to be an advocate for mothers rights around adoption.


Bookings by Tuesday 11 November to:

Telephone: 8313 4064
Open to the public
$5 admission

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The Barr Smith Library is pleased to invite applications for the 2015 Hugh Martin Weir Prize.

The Prize is to honour the memory of Lieutenant Hugh Martin Weir (1915 – 2004) and his fellow prisoners of war. Hugh was a prisoner of war of the Japanese in Java for three and a half years between 1942 and 1945.

Image with permission of the Borneo Exhibition Group Inc

The purpose of the prize is to encourage study and research, including use of the Barr Smith Library collections, into any aspect of Australian prisoners of war of the Japanese during the Second World War. This may include the capture, captivity, treatment, conditions, release and repatriation of these prisoners of war and may include the effects of captivity on their lives, their health and their families. The research could be under the umbrella of any discipline, including humanities, social sciences, medicine, law, international studies or literature.

The Prize is open to University of Adelaide students in an Honours thesis program or a postgraduate program by coursework or by research, either commencing or already in progress. Postdoctoral researchers are eligible to apply within three years of a doctoral award.

The Prize will award up to $1,000 annually which may be put towards the costs of travel and accommodation, books, printing, inter-library loans, copying and publication or other agreed purposes identified in the candidate’s application to support the research.

Applications open on the 1st of October 2014 and the closing date has been extended to 31 January 2015.

For more information and details on how to apply, please see the Hugh Martin Weir Prize web page.

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The University Libraries and Technology Services are partnering together to bring you ‘eResearch Monthly’. Each month we will feature a different tool or technology in a 15 minute ‘show and tell’, followed by networking.

You will get a chance to hear from people using different technologies in their research, and an opportunity to network with other researchers, share ideas, and get your questions answered.
This month we’re looking at video in research… including video as a data collection tool and a means for raising your research profile.
Amy Watson from the School of Mechanical Engineering will be sharing her tips on using GoPro cameras to film sea snake movements. Amy will share the lessons she has learnt along the way and explain how she manages and uses the (large!) files this research generates.
Tim Rabanus-Wallace from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology will be telling us about his use of video on field trips to raise awareness of his research in ancient DNA. Tim will talk about how and why he uses video as a communication tool, and how it benefits his research.
Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014: eResearch Monthly: GoPro cameras
4pm Ira Raymond Room. This free event is open to all staff and research students at the University of Adelaide. Please register here.

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We’ve made a change to the menu on the Library Home page, which we think will make life simpler for you.

We now have just four groups of pages, as shown here, comprising:

  • Libraries & Collections
    – all the separate libraries, and Rare Books & Special Collections
  • Using the Library
    – everything you need to know about our services, from membership and borrowing to Document Delivery and where to find a PC
  • Research Support
    – our services for Researchers
  • Teaching Support
    –our services for teaching staff
This is stage one of a larger reorganisation of our web site, in preparation for next year.
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The Barr Smith Library invites applications for the 2015 Bill Cowan Barr Smith Library Fellowship. The Fellowship has been established by the Cowan Grant to provide financial assistance towards study for postgraduate degrees by research, using the collections of the Barr Smith Library.
Applications open 1st October 2014 and close on the 10th December 2014.
Further information [...]

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Brett Gooden: The Development of the Spacesuit
The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an event with Brett Gooden on Thursday 30 October, 2014, at 6.00 for 6.30pm in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.
When the first hot air balloon flight took place in 1783 the quest [...]

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Please note that over the next few months, we will be performing a number of projects to tidy up and consolidate our collections in line with our Digital Collections and Collections Relegation & Weeding policies.
These projects include:

Transferring low use items to Store
Transferring relevant titles from the Barr Smith Library to Waite and Roseworthy libraries
Relocating material [...]

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Today we are implementing a new format for our login page, which now looks like this:

You’ll now see the same page whether signing in to Library Search, making an Inter-Library Loan request, or connecting to electronic resources. And once you’ve signed in to one service, you’ll be automatically signed in to them all!


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From Monday 22 September up to and including Sunday 5 October, the Barr Smith Library will be open the following hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8am – 8pm
Friday: 8am – 6pm
Sat/Sun: 1pm – 5pm
Note that all libraries will be closed on Monday 6 October for the Labour Day public holiday.
For details about branch library opening times, see [...]

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