Friends of the Library event – Ian Gibbins

The Interference Effect: Poetry, Science and Crossed Wires

The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an event with Ian Gibbins on Thursday 14 August, 2014, at 6.00 for 6.30pm in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.

Language is a wonderful thing, but time and time again it lets us down. How often have “words failed you”? When did you last experience something you “couldn’t put into words”? Why didn’t your friend understand what you “really meant to say”? Neuroscience can explain in part the underlying reasons for these surprisingly common situations. Paradoxically, poetry often can express the otherwise inexpressible. Ian Gibbins’ writing explores this domain in different ways. During this session, he will perform some of his work, including examples from his book Urban Biology as well as recent writing from a major art-science collaboration, “The Microscope Project.”

Ian Gibbins is now Emeritus Professor of Anatomy at Flinders University, having retired in early 2014 after nearly 40 years research and teaching as a neuroscientist, anatomist and microscopist. He is a widely published poet with work in print and on-line nationally and internationally with several poems short-listed for major prizes. He often performs his poetry with his own innovative electronic music and videos. For many years, Ian has collaborated with other artists in diverse domains including dance, music and visual arts. For more information, see

Bookings by Tuesday 12 August to:

Telephone: 8313 4064
Open to the public
$5 admission

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Trial: OnArchitecture

OnArchitecture is an online audiovisual service providing a synthetic, deep and detailed panorama of the world’s main authors, works, experiences and problematics related to the field of architecture.

The collection features original videos, such as interviews, buildings and installations, all of this enriched with a selection of complementary material – documents and audiovisuals – about the main authors and figures of contemporary architecture.

The trial is active between 14th July and 8th August 2014 and can be accessed here.

Please provide your feedback using the survey form.

If you experience any problems filling in/submitting the survey form or accessing OnArchitecture, fill in the Electronic Resources Access Problems form and we will investigate and get back to you as soon as possible.

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Authentication problems – electronic resources and MyLibrary – FIXED

Authentication problems of this morning are now fixed.


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Change to authentication for Library resources

From Monday, 30th June, we will be changing the authentication for accessing the Library’s electronic resources by on-campus users.

Currently, only off-campus users have to authenticate.

From 30 June, all access to electronic resources, whether on- or off-campus, will require an individual login, using your University ID and password (or barcode/lastname).

This is necessary to give the Library sufficient control over access to licensed resources and also followup in the misuse of those resources which has, in the past, lead to access being blocked for all users.

Note that the login is required only once per browser session. You will not be asked to log in again until you quit your browser (or until your session times out — currently 60 minutes).

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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John Safran – a Friends of the Library event – FULLY BOOKED

John Safran: in conversation with Ewart Shaw

This event is fully booked.

The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an event with John Safran on Thursday 17 July, 2014, at 6.00 for 6.30pm in the Napier Theatre 102, Napier Building, University of Adelaide.



John Safran is an award-winning documentary-maker of provocative and hilarious takes on race, the media, religion and other issues.
John first hit TV screens in 1997 on Race Around the World. Both John Safran’s Music Jamboree and John Safran vs. God won Australian Film Industry awards for Best Comedy Series and Most Original Concept, and were also nominated for Logie Awards. Other shows include John Safran’s Race Relations and Speaking in Tongues. John currently co-hosts Sunday Night Safran, a radio talk show on Triple J with cranky but beloved Catholic priest, Father Bob Maguire.
John’s first book, Murder In Mississippi – the true story of how he met a white supremacist, befriended his black killer and wrote a book – is currently out through Penguin and was named iBooks 2013 Best Non-Fiction.


Bookings by Tuesday 15 July to:

Telephone: 8313 4064
Open to the public
$5 admission at the door

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Free book scanning to USB

Come and try our new fast and easy to use Zeta faceup book scanner.

High quality, colour scanning, up to A3 size.  Great for delicate items.

Try out the new scanner in High Use, level 3, Barr Smith Library.

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EndNote users: exporting from Library Search

Have you experienced difficulty recently, when exporting records from Library Search into the EndNote client? A step has been added where you may be asked to select an import filter. Select the RefMan (RIS) filter from the dialog box and your references will be imported as usual.

When exporting to EndNote Web, you will see this message in your EndNote Web library: Number of records imported: 0. Exporting to EndNote Web functionality should be restored later in Semester 2. However, as a workaround you can choose the EndNote Client export option, save the file and import into EndNote Web, again selecting the RefMan (RIS) filter. Your records will then import as usual.

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Exhibition: 140 Treasures: Celebrating 140 Years of the University of Adelaide – extended to 29 June

Exhibition: 140 Treasures: Celebrating 140 Years of the University of Adelaide

Date/Time: 1st May – 29th June 2014

Location: Barr Smith Library, Level 1 South

Cost: Free – all welcome

In 2014, the University of Adelaide celebrates 140 years of history. Rare Books and Special Collections, in conjunction with University Archives and Art & Heritage Collections, share their top 140 treasures ranging from the Deed of Covenant between the University and its first benefactor to a copy of George French Angas’ South Australia Illustrated and a WWII military ration tin devised by Professor Cedric Stanton Hicks.

Open during Barr Smith Library opening hours.

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

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David Hunt – Putting the story back into Australian history: archetypes and stereotypes

The Friends of the University of Adelaide Library invite you to an event with David Hunt on Thursday 15 May, 2014, at 6.00 for 6.30pm in the Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.



David Hunt is the author of the best-selling Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia (vol 1: Megafauna to Macquarie). He believes that “there are many thematic Australian histories in which central characters are stripped of their personalities and reduced to archetypes. Our history can be more effectively communicated to non-historians by weaving a narrative around key characters from our past.”

Hunt stirs Australia’s cultural melting pot with the wooden spoon of schadenfreude, adds a dash of rum, and garnishes the resulting historical feast with the crushed stems of tall poppies. Girt won The Indie Award For Best Non-Fiction for 2014, and is the only non-fiction book shortlisted for the Australian Booksellers Association Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2014.

Bookings by Tuesday 13 May to:

Telephone: 8313 4064
Open to the public
$5 admission

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Disruption to requesting – UPDATE

Please note that we are still experiencing some disruptions to requesting via Library Search.

If you experience problems, please go to Service Enquiries or phone 8313 5759 and staff will place requests on your behalf.

This problem is still under investigation and it is hoped there will be some resolution soon.

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