Q: Why are the books at Fisher and SciTech Library moving?
A: The collections will be moving to make room for the SCA Library collections (visual art) that will be coming to Camperdown/Darlington campus as part of the SCA campus relocation.
Q: Will the SCA collection be moved in its entirety and be located in its own collection within Fisher?
A: No, the collection will be interfiled (integrated) within the collection at Fisher and SciTech ie architectural design books will sit with the architectural design books in SciTech, the art history books will sit with the art history books in Fisher. This will make it easier for students and staff to find the items they need.
Q: Will items in Storage still be accessible?
A: Yes, items located in storage will still appear on Library Search and can be requested to be delivered through Library Search.
Q: Which high demand print materials will be moving to SciTech?
A: An item’s location is indicated on Library Search and this will be updated if an item is relocated.
Q: During the moving period, how long will materials be unavailable to access?
A: We anticipate that this will take several weeks. Signage in spaces will indicate when a collection is being moved. We encourage clients to borrow anything they anticipate they need before the Library closes. If something is required urgently during the period where collections are unavailable, please contact a Library staff member
who will be able to assist.
Q: Will the SCA DVD collection be held as a complete collection?
A: No. The DVDs will be interfiled (integrated) with the collection
Q: Is Rare Books and Special Collections available for staff to browse?
A: Clients can search for items, including artist books or theses in our Rare Books and Special Collections via Library Search
. Items from Rare Books and Special Collections can be requested and looked at within the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room on Level 1 of Fisher Library. There is room for teaching staff to bring their classes down to use items. Celia Brown, Academic Liaison Librarian
will be working with staff to develop class lists of items, if required.
Q: Theses are in high demand by SCA HDR students. Will they still be accessible?
A: Yes, all theses from 2013 are available electronically via the library website. Older theses will be accessible via our Rare Books and Special Collections. We have an on-going project to digitise theses. If there are certain very high demand items, they can be prioritised n the digitisation queue.
Q: Some SCA teaching staff find the DVDs a preferable teaching tool over the Kanopy streaming service because of the ability to stop/start, resolution and the additional extras found on the DVD. Will the Library continue to purchase DVDs?
A: Yes. We purchase DVDs for coursework where there is unique supplementary content only available on DVD.
Q:Are there DVD playing facilities at the Library?
A: Yes. DVD players can be found in Fisher Library on Level 2 in the bookable meeting rooms 211 and 212. There are also three PCs with external DVD drives available on Level 3 behind the information desk. All DVD players play multi-region discs and CDs. External DVD hard drives will also be available for clients to borrow from the Fisher Library Information desk soon. The following equipment is available at Sydney Conservatorium of Music: CD players, video Player, cassette [layer, record player (with digital transfer ability), slide projector, as well as DVD players, amplifiers, portable DVD hard drives, Zoom audio recorders, Zoom video recorders and headsets for PCs.
Q: SCA staff will be moving their offices as part of the relocation and they may have some items they wish to donate to the Library. Can staff donate their items to the Library?
A: If you would like the Library to consider adding any items to the Library’s collections, please get in touch with Celia Brown, Academic Liaison Librarian
by Friday 2nd August, so that she can come and take a look at the items.
Q: In an ideal world, SCA books that will be moved to Storage will be going to SCA staff offices. Is this possible?
A: No. We need to keep items that will be remaining in the collection in Library locations in order to provide equity of access to all staff and students. Once collections start moving into faculty areas, this equity of access is removed.
Q: Do SCA staff get first preference with items on giveaway tables?
A: No, everyone (staff/students) will get the same access to these items via tables in SCA Library.
Q: Are specialised SCA library staff going to be available to provide assistance?
A: Yes- Academic Liaison Librarian Celia Brown
will also be relocating to Fisher and will be available for consultations. Frontline staff from SCA will also be moving to Fisher. You will be able to receive frontline support from all of our Library locations. There may be opportunities for a designated drop in time for Celia to be working from the new SCA building.
Q: Are specialised library staff from other faculties going to be available to provide assistance
A: Yes - your Academic Liaison Librarian will be available for consultation and you will be able to receive frontline support from all of our Library locations.
Q: Will there be guidance on where SCA students and staff need to go to find what they need?
A: Yes, there will be a welcome process to welcome student and staff to libraries on Camperdown/Darlington Campus to orientate them to new services.
Q: SCA HDR students are continuing, therefore how will they access Library services during the proposed move in November?
A: Library staff have met with SCA student representative sand HDR students and we will set up a system, in consultation with clients around accessing materials during the move.
Q: What will be the process for making a request for new materials to be added to the collection?
Q: What Library services will be available to staff and students?
A: The same Library services will be made available to staff and students including:
There are more Library spaces at Camperdown/Darlington that will be available to students including:
- 24/7 spaces
- The Quarter - a space exclusively for Postgraduate Coursework students
- ThinkSpace - a technology driven, creative play space
Frontline staff will be available for longer hours at information desks across multiple locations.