From the University Librarian

6 October 2023

Thank you Margaret for your fabulous contribution.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the farewell party.



Yumma Darruwa Ngunnawal


Welcome from Ngunnawal and Ngambri country.

First Nations Portfolio - 'Niiringal (the day after) – Implementation of Uluru Part 3: Establishing the right economic development framework' is the fifth seminar in the six-part Murru waaruu (On Track) Economic Development Series that the First Nations Portfolio is presenting in 2023.

The seminar series follows on from the success of the 2022 Marramarra murru (Creating Pathways) Economic Development Wealth Forum and Symposium and is designed to bring together leading scholars and practitioners to ensure that we remain on track to deliver a compelling, evidence-based case to transition the current First Nations economic development policy paradigm to one that enables economic self-determination. For more information click here.



COVID inspections are no longer required. If you see supplies are running low of hand sanitiser or masks do let the relevant people know in your building.

Please read all the messages from the University about COVID 19.

All COVID updates will be communicated to staff and students via the weekly On Campus email newsletter. You can find previous staff On Campus and student On Campus editions here.


ANU Privacy Training Awareness Module

Fabulous news – the great work by Alex and Megan has seen a significant increase in ANU staff completion of the module:
















NB: Training statistics updated in July & December each year.


SIS symposium

It’s your last chance to book your spot at our fabulous symposium next week on 11 October. Visit Eventbrite for more details and to book!





Christian is working on the Occupational Strains Liaison Officers (OSLO) nominations.



Menzies Library

The roof of the Menzies building is on track and looks amazing! Great work by CC. Find out more about hail repairs on the Library website.


Law Library

Level 2 of the Law Library is closed due to roof repairs.

The College of Law advised they wish to have the remainder of buildings 5 and 7 closed of an evening. This has meant that for library users to access bathrooms they need to walk across to external bathrooms outside building 6.

However, CC have advised that the Law Library Level 2 will be safe to use and access between 6pm and 6am, which provides internal bathroom access during that time.

Thanks to ANU Security and CC for working with us on this arrangement.

Art & Music Library

The School of Art & Design (SoAD) building needs an extensive refurbishment of all electrical and network systems, including the Art & Music Library. This will necessitate building closure. The SoAD building has been scheduled for closure from 18 December 2023. The initial closure may only be for 2-3 days, but it is likely a further closure will take place in early 2024 to undertake rewiring.




·       Ruth Greenaway has been appointed Director and Professor, Centre for Teaching and Learning, at Southern Cross University and will take up this new role in October 2023. Ruth has represented the University of the Sunshine Coast at CAUL.

·       Former CAUL Council member - Margaret Cameron AM., B.A. (Hons), D. Univ, former University Librarian (1977 - 1996) and Pro-Vice Chancellor (1986 - 1990) of Deakin University has passed away.




·       From Library journal: A group of major textbook publishers on Thursday used file-sharing service Library Genesis in Manhattan federal court for what they described as copyright infringement on a “staggering” scale. The lawsuit [attachment 1] by Cengage, Macmillan Learning, McGraw Hill and Pearson Education claims the group of websites also known as LibGen illegally distributed more than 20,000 of their textbooks. The publishers asked the court for an unspecified amount of money damages and an order to cancel or transfer LibGen’s domain names to them.

·       ACS and Elsevier, members of the Coalition for Responsible Sharing, have agreed to a legal settlement with ResearchGate that ensures copyright-compliant sharing of research articles published with ACS or Elsevier on the ResearchGate site. The lawsuits pending against ResearchGate in Germany and the United States are now resolved. The specific terms of the parties’ settlement are confidential. Read the statement here.

·       The ICA's Expert Group on Legal Matters (EGLM) is meeting at the ICA Congress in Abu Dhabi soon and has circulated information about work in the copyright area by ICA The ‘Copyright exceptions for archives: a checklist’ is an interesting tool.

·       Biggest act of copyright theft in history’: thousands of Australian books allegedly used to train AI model – “A search tool published on Monday by US media platform The Atlantic and uploaded by the US Authors Guild on Wednesday revealed the works of Peter Carey, Helen Garner, Kate Grenville, Anna Funder, Christos Tsiolkas and Thomas Keneally, as well as Flanagan and dozens of other high-profile Australian authors, were included in the pirated dataset containing more than 180,000 titles”.




The Government response to the Privacy Act Review Report has been released. The Government will progress consideration of reforms to Australia’s privacy framework under five key focus areas:

1.     Bring the Privacy Act into the digital age

2.     Uplift protections

3.     Increase clarity and simplicity for entities and individuals

4.     Improve control and transparency for individuals over their personal information

5.     Strengthen enforcement


Training from CGRO

CGRO is pleased to announce that the following training is now live on HORUS and taking enrolments. Please see the details of the sessions below.

Unearthing policies, delegations & disclosures of interest (CGRO08)

Tuesday 10 October 2023, 10am to 12pm

Online, via Zoom


Being a Committee Secretary (CGRO010)

Wednesday 11 October 2023, 2 to 3.30pm
Mills Room, Chancelry





ANU has purchased a significant resource for early modern scholars here with unprecedented access for staff and students. In discussion with Broderick Proeger (Information Access Coordinator and Collection Management Librarian [History, Classics and Politics], Chifley Library, I had made a request but it seemed well outside CEMS budget. However, yesterday Broderick advised that the following Gale Archives have now been approved for purchase, and an order just submitted. He will let me know as soon as access has been set up…

I am delighted and excited by this resource and I hope you are too!

Professor Rosalind Smith


This is fantastic news. State Papers Online is eye-wateringly expensive so this is just wonderful, and ECCO is also a superb resource... Great news!


This is a great addition to the research resources at ANU for early-modern scholars! Very exciting!!


This is so exciting and what a wonderful resource for CEMS across several disciplines at ANU.


I, too, thank you so much for making the material available, especially, in my case, State Papers Online: 1509–1714. 


CEMS members are very excited about your purchase Broderick.



Roxanne Missingham

Director, Scholarly Information Services




Join Consultation on Researcher Access to Public Sector Data

As part of the Baseline Researcher Access to Public Sector Data project, ARDC is inviting researchers to join a consultation group in Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney or Melbourne in October to share their experience accessing public sector data.

Read more here


Data for the People: Government Meets Research

Read a recap of the Australian Academy of Science and ARDC symposium Data for the People: Digital Government Meets Open Science for Grand Challenges.

Read more here


Experts Explore Trusted Environments for Health and Medical Research

At the second ARDC Leadership forum for 2023, health and medical experts in different roles discussed challenges facing the adoption of trusted research environments (TREs), possible ways out, and their visions for TREs in Australia.

Read more here




ANU Press and open access


Australian Publishers Association

The APA has released a statement responding to the rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI), as creative industries and education sectors around the world grapple with the shifts the new technologies represent.


Open Access Doesn’t Need APCs: Alternative models continue to grow in 2023

A blogpost from PLOS - 107 new institutions to joined the program–including partners in Italy and Mexico.


Alternative publishing platforms. What have we learnt?

Knowledge Exchange invited platforms working in open access publishing to contribute to a survey. The survey results provide valuable and interesting insight into the world of alternative publishing platforms. This study, the dataset that underpins it and the interactive visualisation tool reveal the first results. The work will inform the next phase of our activity around Alternative Publishing Platforms

Key findings

·       Most of the alternative platforms in this pilot survey were institution-based and driven by academic or similar communities.

·       From our sample, no pattern emerged of any discipline appearing to be more innovative than any others, and indeed most alternative platforms seemed to be open to use by all fields.

·       Most platforms within this survey were replacing the function of existing publishers in publishing research articles, books and conference proceedings. There was some innovation around peer review. Considering both of these aspects, only a small group of fewer than 10 of the 45 platforms should probably be described as truly exploring 'alternative ways of doing things'.

Only 11 of the platforms said that they solely concentrated on the methodological quality of the work, 2 solely on the impact of the work. Most said it was up to the editors to decide on criteria for assessment - the platforms themselves were agnostic.


Measuring metadata impacts on discoverability: a conversation at the 2023 AUPresses meeting

This blogpost reflects on the virtual AUPresses Annual Meeting, where book publishing experts came together to discuss what it takes to ensure the discoverability of scholarly books, particularly for the mainstream web.



Open repository


Open Access Week 2023

“Community over Commercialization” is the theme for this year’s International Open Access Week (October 23-29): The website is up now.



Reputation and publication volume at MDPI and Frontiers

MDPI became an extraordinarily large publisher in recent years. Things are changing! A blog post has identified the many dimensions of the most recent change. “MDPI’s largest journal, the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH), was delisted from the Web of Science (WoS) in March 2023.

Line chart showing major decline in publication volume


…The publishing model of MDPI and Frontiers has resonated with thousands of researchers. The two publishers offer a high likelihood of acceptance and speedy publication in well-ranked journals, typically coupled with peer recognition (and pressure) when publishing in guest-edited collection”.


New research resources

·       Comparing the Hydrogen Strategies of the EU, Germany, and Australia: Legal and Policy Issues

·       Chinese philosophy's hybrid identity

·       Australia's Geopolitics and the South China Sea

·       Shell beads as markers of Oceanic dispersals: A rare Cypraeidae ornament type from the Mariana Islands

·       Trade-offs in Algorithmic Risk Assessment: an Australian Domestic Violence Case Study



Keeping up to date


Policy and legislation challenges for Open Science

The latest issue of JOAL (Journal of open access law) is in two parts and worth a read.

It includes an article by me: Policy and legislation challenges for Open Science: Developments in Australia. JOAL: Journal on open access law, 11 (1).


Looking towards a brighter future

This new research report from the University of Leeds Libraries examines the potential and the practicalities of using AI in library spaces. The Libraries have published a significant research report examining the transformational potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in libraries. The report aims to better understand the potential and the practical implications of AI in libraries.


2023 EDUCAUSE Horizon Action Plan: Generative AI

Building on the trends, technologies, and practices described in the 2023 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report: Teaching and Learning Edition, the report panel crafted its vision of the future for generative AI along with practical actions that individuals, units and departments, and groups of collaborators can take to make this future a reality.


Journey of a Medieval Manuscript

In celebration of the KB’s 225th birthday, they created a special video series about the journey of a medieval manuscript. The series looks behind the scenes of the KB and highlights the steps a medieval manuscript has to go through before it becomes part of our collection. Involved experts explain the steps from entry of the manuscript (in this case the Asbeck Psalter) until it becomes available for consultation. See the video nationale bibliotheek website.


Assessment of the Library of Congress’s Digital Strategy

The Library’s digital planning and execution activities have resulted in numerous accomplishments.

Despite these achievements, more work remains to clearly connect the Digital Collections Strategy and Digitisation Strategy to the Library’s overall strategic planning and governance processes. Not doing so puts the Library at greater risk of not meeting its overall strategic goals. Read the report here.


An Altmetric lens on retractions and misinformation

By analysing the Altmetric Attention Score for retracted publications, two recently published papers offer insights into the potential of Altmetric to understand the makings and evolution of scientific misinformation. Could this be a step toward combating the spread of misinformation and strengthening trust in research? Read more here.


Coming events


Mis & disinformation in Australian academic libraries

When? 11 October

Where? Melbourne

More details. A research review seminar with Dr Nicole Johnston (Edith Cowan University). More information is available on the ALIA website.


Canadian-Australian Partnership for Open Scholarship conference

When? 28-29 November 2023

Where?  Sydney

More details. Conference Theme: Creative Approaches to Open Social Scholarship. More information is on the INKE website.


ALIA national conference

When? 6-9 May 2024

Where?  Adelaide

More details. Conference Theme: Truth and Dare. With this theme, we extend an invitation for First Nations Truth Telling, we showcase the battle against disinformation, and we dare ourselves to push our work forward to continue to bring vibrant, relevant services to library users and communities. More information is available on the ALIA website.



From HR


The Professional Staff Scholarship Scheme (PSSS) will hold an additional round in 2023. Round 3, 2023 is currently open, due to close on Wednesday 1 November 2023, at 5pm.


The Professional Staff Scholarship Scheme supports a range of career development programs and initiatives to advance the skills and knowledge of professional staff. Priority is given to development initiatives that provide staff a formal qualification.


Further information for PSSS and how to apply is on the HR website, and any queries should go to


Kind regards,

Kate Witenden

Chief People Officer

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