Researcher@Library Blog

‘Louise Dyer and Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre: The Establishment of a Music Press’ – Free Symposium at the University of Melbourne

The University Library and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music are co-hosting a symposium celebrating the achievements of Melbourne woman, Louise Dyer (later Hanson-Dyer), who, in 1932, set up and operated a music publishing house, Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre, in Paris. The Press published a profusion of extraordinary scholarly music editions and sound recordings of early and contemporary music.

The symposium concentrates on the Press’s early period, through to the end of World War II. It also, in the 350th year since the birth of Francois Couperin, celebrates Dyer’s contribution to Couperin scholarship in her inaugural publication: a superbly researched and presented 12 volume collected edition of his works. French curator and musicologist Catherine Massip is keynote speaker.

The two day symposium covers the Couperin complete edition (12 vols.; marking the 350th centenary of his birth) and other print publishing of the early years; the 78 rpm sound recordings; the press’s support in the 1930s of contemporary composers, especially French and Australian; and Louise Dyer and the visual arts.Keynote speaker Catherine Massip from Paris will deliver a public lecture. Concerts on Friday and Saturday evening complement the Symposium.

Venue and time:


  • Tallis Wing, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music: 18 May 2018, 2pm – 6pm
  • Dulcie Hollyock Room, Baillieu Library: 19 May 2018, 11am – 5.30pm

Complementing concerts:

  • Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne: 18 May 2018, 6pm
  • Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne: 19 May 2018, 5.30pm

More information and bookings for the symposium can be found through the University of Melbourne Special Collections. Register to reserve your spot!

An Improved Way to Check your Scopus Author Profile!

Are your research outputs indexed in the Scopus database?

The redesigned Scopus Author Feedback Wizard, enables users to easily review their Scopus Author Profile and submit any required corrections.

Your Scopus Author Profile (automatically created by Scopus) showcases various indicators including number of citations, publication history and h-index. These metrics may be used for tenure, funding and for other research performance based decisions; therefore, it is important to ensure your profile reflects your information correctly. Despite the sophistication of the algorithmic profiling used by Scopus, algorithms cannot always match all documents to a single profile with 100% accuracy. The Scopus Author Feedback Wizard hence allows you to review your Scopus profile and submit feedback.

Check the redesigned Scopus via the University of Melbourne Library Catalogue!


The 14th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) Call for Submissions – Collaborations and Partnerships: addressing the big digital challenges together.



The 14th edition of the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) will be run in partnership with the University of Melbourne Library.  

The main theme of the conference will be collaborations and partnerships in the field of digital curation and preservation. How do they develop and evolve across the professional, disciplinary, institutional, regional, national, and international levels? And how are such collaborations supporting the advancement of digital curation and preservation practices? 

The central focus of IDCC 2019 is to examine collaborations and partnerships in the field of digital curation and preservation. Submissions should address one of the topics below (for more details about these topics): 

  • Grand curation challenges
  • Building diverse and inclusive communities 
  • Examples and models
  • Good foundations for working together 

 Submissions for IDCC 2019 are now open. 

 (Information for the full call and details of how to submit)

  •  Paper submissions and lightning talks close on 18th June 2018.
  • Demos and workshop submissions close on 31st July 2018
  • Poster submissions close on 30th September 2018.


14th International Digital Curation Conference, 4-7 February 2019 in Melbourne, Australia is organised by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) in partnership with the University of Melbourne Library.

Register for Data Wrangling and Visualisation sessions with SCIP!

The Social & Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP) at the University of Melbourne is hosting a series of seminars on data wrangling and visualisation to help you with your work and research.

These seminars provide an introduction to using Excel and Tableau for data-related work in research and business reporting. Both software tools allow you to edit, clean, transform, modify and explore your data, without needing any advanced programming skills.  Excel has become the ubiquitous desktop tool for working with tabular data. Tableau is a widely used business analytics tool that makes it easy to combine multiple views of their data into one analytics tool.Come to these sessions to see some simple yet powerful tricks for working with data.

NB: Each of the three sessions below is run twice, with dates and venue detailed below.

Session 1:  Introduction

  • Excel Topics: How to save valuable time, by transforming many rows of raw data at the same time
  • Tableau Topics: Getting started, Overview of the Tableau workspace, Connecting to Data

Date & venue: May 9 3pm-4pm (The Lab, Level 2 Digital Studio, Arts West)

                    or May 16 3pm-4pm (Room Q218, MGSE, 234 Queensberry St).


Session 2:  Deep Dive A

  • Excel Topics: Joining tables (vlookup), Cleaning up name variants using lookup tables, Removing duplicate rows safely
  • Tableau Topics: Communicating with data, Creating Basic Charts, Discrete vs. Continuous Data, Calculated Fields

Date & venue: May 23 3pm-4pm (The Lab, Level 2 Digital Studio, Arts West)

                    or May 30 3pm-4pm (Room Q217, MGSE, 234 Queensberry St).


Session 3:  Deep Dive B

  • Excel Topics: Working with text and qualitative data in Excel, Searching and filtering data sets, String functions
  • Tableau Topics: Using Maps to Visualize Spatial Data, Creating Dashboards and Story Points.

Date & venue: Jun 6 3pm-4pm (The Lab, Level 2 Digital Studio, Arts West)

                    or Jun 13 3pm-4pm (Room Q217, MGSE, 234 Queensberry St).


Register now! For all other enquiries, please contact Geordie Zhang at Happy wrangling!

Upcoming Library Workshop at UoM

2018 is almost a third done! This May, Researcher@Library is bringing you some more sessions to help you with your research journey. Check out the Researcher@Library workshop page regularly to stay updated about what’s on offer.

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How to publish strategically: Tips, Tools and What to Avoid

Ever feel like your work is not getting the reach that you think it can reach? Come along to a library workshop on How to Publish Strategically. We will be discussing on tips, tools and what to avoid when publishing your research.

Topics covered:

  • Identifying peer-reviewed journals in your research field, journal ranking and analysis tools
  • Formulating a publication plan and overview of Thesis by Publication
  • Introduction to Open-access publishing
  • What is an ORCID and why do I need one? (Digital identities for researchers)
  • Ethical publishing: thesis mills, predatory publishers and how to avoid them.

Date: Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock Room, Baillieu Library


Digital Imaging 103: Basic Image Handling

It is important to know how to manage digital images (Photo, Figures, Graphs, Illustrations, Maps, etc) for publications. The library is organizing a Digital Image Workshop so come join us to learn how to adjust images into files for book, journal or article publications or submission of graduate research theses.

Date: Thursday, 3 May 2018
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock Room, Baillieu Library


Public Access and Your Thesis

Everything you need to know to prepare your thesis for submission in the University’s Open Access Repository (Minerva Access). Come and learn about Public Access of your thesis.

Topics covered:

  • An overview of the University policy on public access to graduate research theses;
  • An overview of the systems used for examination and OA: TES and Minerva Access;
  • The benefits of making your thesis open access, along with a consideration of potential issues;
  • Selecting and applying embargo periods to protect your ability to publish;
  • How to protect commercial IP, patentability applications, and legally/politically sensitive information;
  • Managing 3rd-party Copyright, including Theses-with-Publication.

Date:  Monday, 7 May 2018
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock Room, Baillieu Library


UoM Wiki Agenda (UMWA) Community of Practice meeting is back!

Been editing Wikipedia on your own? We’re back for another meeting of the UMWA  Community of Practice!

Baillieu Library, Friday 11 May 2018, 12.00pm-1.30pm.

The May meetup is a mini Wikipedia edit-a-thon with a focus on tagging ‘unimelb women’ and a small group Wikipedia ‘basics’ workshop for those new to Wikipedia editing. UoM Wiki Agenda (UMWA) is a regular meetup for new and experienced UoM Wikipedians interested in addressing the Wikipedia diversity gap. A great opportunity for independent Wikipedia article editing in good
company. All welcome, BYO lunch, tea and coffee provided.

Time: Friday 11 May 2018, 12.00-1.30pm.
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock room, Baillieu Library

To register:

Check out our Wikipedia Editing Community website here.

Email enquiries:

Copyright amendments information session – register now!

The Copyright Office will be delivering information sessions about the recent amendments to copyright legislation. These sessions will cover how these changes simplify how staff can use copyright material for teaching, provide individuals with disabilities material in accessible formats, and preserve materials in libraries and archives, amongst other topics. Both a webinar and a face-to-face session are scheduled, staff can choose to attend whichever format suits best.

  • Time: Wednesday 18th of April, 11:00-12:00pm
  • Venue: Dulcie Hollyock Room, Ground Floor Baillieu Library.

More details about the amendments and registration instructions can be found on the Copyright Office website.

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Make an index for your book or dissertation – with Thesis Whisperer

Index by jarmoluk via Pixabay (CC0)

If you are struggling with the index in writing your book and/or dissertation, you’re in the right place! The excellent Thesis Whisperer (Dr. Inger Mewburn) has wrapped up a short post to help you through the day, with a few steps in creating a perfect index:

  • Step one: Develop some useful themes
  • Step Two: find the chunks of text that relate to the themes
  • Step Three: throw out the themes

Read the post on the Thesis Whisperer blog (and make sure you follow for some #PhDChat arriving timely in your journey), or leave some comments and tips you developed yourself with us! Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for frequent updates straight to your inbox every Monday!

Managing the digital chaos

Using digital technologies effectively has become a mainstream requirement for the modern scholar. But how do you manage a tsunami of file formats, storage systems, metadata standards – not to mention the latest digital tools and cloud services – when all you want to do is focusing on your research question? And all the more when you incorporate images in your research?

Image by MTZD vis Pixabay (CC0)

In the upcoming weeks, Researcher@Library workshop series will bring you three sessions to get you started with reviewing your strategies in managing your digital resources including files and images used in your research:

Register for your spot before it runs out! Only for University of Melbourne graduate students, staff and early researchers.

Subscribe to Researcher@Library blog for frequent updates and news straight to your inbox, or follow the 23 Research Things blog for some tips and tools regarding using images (e.g: Thing 13). Registration and information for all Researcher@Library sessions can be found on the Workshops and Tours page.



Finding news for your research and work


The University of Melbourne has subscriptions to many major print and online newspaper resources from Australia and internationally.
Image: Journalism by moritz320 via Pixabay (CC0)

The Baillieu Library receives The AgeThe AustralianAustralian Financial ReviewSydney Morning Herald and Times(London) daily. These newspapers are held on the newspaper shelves until the microforms arrive.

Generally, the microform copies of Australian newspapers are three months behind; there is a one week delay from the date of publication of the Times.

The Giblin Eunson Business, Economics and Education Library receives the Australian Financial Review daily.

The University Library also has subscription to online newspaper and major news databases such as Factiva, ProQuest, Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, Trove Digitised Newspapers and More.

Choose to read region-specific news from:

  • Australia and New Zealand;
  • United Kingdom and Ireland;
  • the United States and Canada; or
  • rest of the world.

For more information and access to these resources, please visit the LibGuide on Finding NewsSUBSCRIBE to our blog to stay tuned with updates and tips for your research journey!

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