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Monday, 17 August 2020

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Marshall Library

Works underway at Barry J Marshall Library

Friday, 28 February 2020

There are some changes happening at the Barry J Marshall Library.

Additional power outlets for laptops and other devices will be added to study desks on level 2 and dedicated study spaces for postgraduate students will replace the compactus area on level 3.

Work will commence in early March and is due for completion at the end of April 2020. During this time, level 3 of the Marshall Library will be closed and Level 2 will become a silent study space.

Diana Warnock

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 10th March 2020: "Why politics?" by Diana Warnock

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Diana Warnock, a former newspaper and radio journalist, went into politics at the age of 52 when she was elected as the State member of Parliament for Perth in 1993.

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University Library Summer 2019-2020 Improvements

Thursday, 28 November 2019

The University Library will be working on a number of improvements over Summer 2019-2020, with new services and spaces to be offered from Semester 1 2020.

Reid Library study tables

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 12th November 2019 with University Librarian Jill Benn on: Library Place for Learning Space

Monday, 21 October 2019

University Librarian, Jill Benn, presents the final Friends of the UWA Libray talk for 2019 with "Library Place for Learning Space: Reflections on the Changing Nature of the Academic Library".

This event will also celebrate David Tunley's donation of a 1710 cantata by Clérambault to the UWA Library Special Collections.

When: Tuesday, 12th November 2019

Doors open 7pm for end of year nibbles and drinks

Talk commences at 7:30pm

Cost: $5 donation (Free for Friends of the Library Members)

David Cohen

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 8th October 2019 with David Cohen on the history of western suburbs newspapers

Monday, 23 September 2019

One of our local newspapers, The Post, was established in 1977 by Bret Christian who remains the Managing Editor. It is distributed weekly to 80,000 eager readers. The Post is just one of the many papers that have graced the Golden Triangle. Come hear more about the history of western suburbs newspapers from Post crime and council reporter David Cohen.

New library services in Semester 2, 2019

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

The University Library is now offering two new time-saving and convenient services for students. Live Chat and On-Shelf Requesting makes accessing information sources and support simple from any location, and saves valuable time.

Live Chat: Library staff are available via live chat 1pm-8pm Monday to Friday, and can help if you get stuck while researching or referencing for assignments. Just head to OneSearch to find the blue chat button.

Zola's The Dream translated by Paul Gibbard

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 10th September 2019 with Paul Gibbard on: Translating a classic French novel - the problems posed by Emile Zola’s ‘The Dream’

Monday, 26 August 2019

In his celebrated Rougon-Macquart series of twenty novels, Émile Zola sought to present a ‘natural and social history of a family’ during the years of the Second Empire in France, 1852-1870. This was a family filled with ‘ravenous appetites’ who diffused in to all strata of French society, from the world of labour, in works like L’Assommoir and Germinal, to the upper echelons of French society in novels such as Money and The Kill.

Peter Veth

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 13th August 2019 with Peter Veth on "The Atlantis of the North: unique records from ‘drowned landscapes’ off northern Australia"

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

One of the defining attributes of modern humans is their ability to cross, navigate and systematically exploit maritime landscapes and resources. Some of the earliest indirect evidence for the maritime capabilities of people comes from the settling of the Wallacean Islands and Sahul (Australia, PNG, Tasmania).

Direct evidence includes early dated occupation sites in northern Australia, fishing technologies and marine dietary assemblages from Timor Leste and Borneo, and midden and shell artefacts from North West Australia dated from 50,000 years ago.

Terri-ann White

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 9th July 2019 with Terri-ann White on UWA Publishing

Monday, 17 June 2019

University press publishing is an unusual beast these days and very different to its twentieth century model. But universities have changed, too.

Book publishing on a broader scale is a complex business. At a time when library books, public and private, are relegated to landfill, and information once locked away is available to everyone in a matter of seconds, what is the future for books and reading?

Art of Persuasion book cover

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 11th June 2019 with Susan Midalia on “Politics and the Novel”

Monday, 3 June 2019

Susan Midalia presents “Politics and the Novel”

The nineteenth-century French writer Stendhal famously observed that “politics in a literary work is like a gun shot in the middle of a concert: it’s something vulgar and coarse, which is also impossible to ignore.” Stendhal’s analogy highlights the challenge for a creative writer intent on exploring overtly political issues: how to avoid being ideologically dogmatic or morally self-righteous; how not to insult the intelligence of the reader, regardless of their political beliefs.

National survey data indicate increased student engagement and satisfaction with Library services

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Results from two national student surveys released last month indicate increased student satisfaction with Library services. This positively reflects the investment and improvements to UWA libraries over a number of years, and underpins the significant increase in visits to the physical libraries and expansion of digital resources during this time.

Edmund Gurney

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 14th May 2019 with Sarah Collins on “Edmund Gurney and the Power of Sound”

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Dr Sarah Collins presents “Edmund Gurney and the Power of Sound”

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2019 Library Student Survey now open

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

UWA students have an opportunity to shape their spaces and services in the University Library by particpating in the biennial Library Student Survey, open from 1-15 April. They'll also have the chance to win an Apple Watch or one of three portable charging devices.

Dr Nigel Westbrook

Friends of the Library talk: Tuesday 9th April 2019 with Dr Nigel Westbrook on Lorck's 1559 'The Panorama of Constantinople'

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Dr Nigel Westbrook explores the 1559 Panorama of Constantinople by Melchior Lorck

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Illuminated manuscript gifts from the Friends of the Library on display

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Three single illuminated leaves on vellum from a Book of Hours, Missal and Breviary are on display from March – April in the Special Collections foyer, 2nd floor, Reid Library.

Included in the display is a copy of The City of God, a book of Christian philosophy written in Latin by Augustine of Hippo published in 1486, and a facsimile copy of the Chronicles of Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem manuscript, that depicts the history of the crusades.

These objects have been donated by the Friends of the Library who have been supporting the Library for over 50 years.

Brian and Joan Pope

Friends of the Library talk Tuesday 12th March 2019: ‘Brom’ and ‘Tom’: Philatelists “Coincidences and Connections in our Collections”

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Brian and Joan Pope present ‘Brom’ and ‘Tom’: Philatelists “Coincidences and Connections in our Collections”

Tuesday 12th March 2019, 7:30pm

Reid Library Ground Floor, Hemsley Suite

Brian Pope was President of the Musicians Union and Principal Bassoon in the WA Symphony Orchestra when he developed a noise-induced hearing loss and had to retire in 1978.

At Murdoch University, 1979 -1990, his M. Phil thesis was titled Postal Services in Western Australia: 1826-1901: The Growth of an Organisation.

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What's new in the University Library

Monday, 11 February 2019

Enhanced library services and spaces will ensure that your library experience in 2019 is better than ever!

Here's what's new for Semester 1, 2019:

The Magic Pudding illustration from the book cover

Celebrating 100 years of The Magic Pudding

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Did you read The Magic Pudding as a child? This much loved Australian classic by Norman Lindsay was published over 100 years ago.

The Norman Lindsay’s classic follows the adventures of koala Bunyip Bluegum, sailor Bill Barnacle and penguin Sam Sawnoff, owners of the much desired Magic Puddin’, Albert, who try to outwit Possum and Wombat, the professional and persistent “puddin’ thieves”.  

On display in the Reid Library exhibition cabinets until March are several editions of the book including a first edition recently acquired by Special Collections.

Award winning books

Australian 2018 Literary Award winning books and Australian Book Design Awards (ABDA) exhibition in the Reid Library

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Visit the Reid Library for summer reading inspiration with our two exhibition cabinets showcasing Australian 2018 Literary Award winning books and the 2018 Australian Book Design Awards (ABDA).

2018 Australian Book Design Awards (ABDA)
Who said you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover? Not the Australian Book Design Association, and each year they identify the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia. Come and see the 2018 Australian Book Design Awards winners on display in the Reid Library display cabinet.