Library tours for freshers and new graduates

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Come and meet library staff and take the chance to familiarise yourself with the library at the start of your studies.  We will be organising separate tours for new undergraduates and postgraduates during 0th week and beyond.

Undergraduate Radcliffe Camera and History Faculty Library orientation tour [booking not required, just turn up, 10 max per tour]

0th Week
Weds 4 Oct: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Thurs 5 Oct: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Fri 6 Oct: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

1st Week
Mon 09 Oct: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Tues 10 Oct: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Library staff will take new undergraduates around the Radcliffe Camera showing you where things are located and enabling you to use the library with ease.

Treasure Hunts: complete the optional library quiz at the end to be entered into our freshers’ prize draw for a KeepCup! Several KeepCups to be won.

Students will need to bring their university card to enter the library.

Location: Meet Reception, Radcliffe Camera.

Postgraduate Bodleian and History Faculty Library orientation tour [booking required]

Mon 2 Oct: 2.00-3.00pm
Thurs 5 Oct: 9.30-10.30am
Fri 6 Oct: 9.30-10.30am
Mon 09 Oct: 2.00-3.00pm
Tues 10 Oct: 2.00-3.00pm
Wed 11 Oct: 2.00-3.00pm
Thurs 12 Oct: 2.00-3.00pm
Fri 13 Oct: 2.00-3.00pm

Not sure how to find your way round the Bodleian Library, Gladstone Link and History Faculty Library (HFL) and which facilities are available? Join the History Librarian for a 60min orientation tour of the central Bodleian Library site, including the Radcliffe Camera where the HFL is located, and briefly enter the Weston Library which is relevant for Special Collections and African & Oriental studies.

Students will need to bring their university card to enter the Library.

Location: Meet Proscholium, Old Bodleian

Book now (via the HFL WebLearn Sign-up at https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/x/BTj2oJ – SSO required)

Tour leader: Isabel Holowaty

Max nos of students: 10

Launch of the University of Oxford’s ‘Lest We Forget’ – and how YOU can help

Today marks the launch of the University of Oxford’s ‘Lest We Forget’ project aimed at saving and preserving material owned by the public related to WW1. WEW are seeking to donations to fund the project which will lead to a national campaign of training and supporting volunteers throughout the UK to run local digital collection days in which people can bring in the material they own, it will be digitized and uploaded to a freely available web site to launch on 11th November 2018.

Please help spread the word about this project and donate by going to: https://oxreach.hubbub.net/p/lestweforget/

For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/OxfordLWF/.

LGBT History Month 2017

February is LGBT History Month and we’re joining colleagues across the University in celebrating! Although we’re nearing the end of the month there are still lots of interesting things happening in Oxford and the University so have a look at the LGBTHM17 website for talks and events. We’ve put together a small display in the Gladstone Link of relevant books from our collections so get browsing!

Library tours for freshers and new graduates

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Come and meet library staff and take the chance to familiarise yourself with the library at the start of your studies.  We will be organising separate tours for new undergraduates and postgraduates during 0th week and beyond.

Undergraduate Radcliffe Camera and History Faculty Library orientation tour [booking not required, just turn up, 10 max per tour]

0th Week
Weds 5 Oct: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Thurs 6 Oct: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Fri 7 Oct: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

1st Week
Mon 10 Oct: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Tues 11 Oct: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Library staff will take new undergraduates around the Radcliffe Camera showing you where things are located and enabling you to use the library with ease.

Treasure Hunts: complete the optional library quiz at the end to be entered into our freshers’ prize draw for a KeepCup! Several KeepCups to be won.

Students will need to bring their university card to enter the library.

Location: Meet Reception, Radcliffe Camera.

Postgraduate Bodleian and History Faculty Library orientation tour [booking required]

Mon 3 Oct: 9.15-10.15am
Thurs 6 Oct: 9.15-10.15am
Fri 7 Oct: 9.15-10.15am
Mon 10 Oct: 9.30-10.30am
Tues 11 Oct: 2.30-3.30pm
Wed 12 Oct: 9.30-10.30am
Thurs 13 Oct: 2.30-3.30pm
Fri 14 Oct: 9.30-10.30am

Not sure how to find your way round the Bodleian Library, Gladstone Link and History Faculty Library (HFL) and which facilities are available? Join the History Librarian for a 60min orientation tour of the central Bodleian Library site, including the Radcliffe Camera where the HFL is located, and briefly enter the Weston Library which is relevant for Special Collections and African & Oriental studies.

Students will need to bring their university card to enter the Library.

Location: Meet Proscholium, Old Bodleian

Book now (via the HFL WebLearn Sign-up at https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/x/BTj2oJ – SSO required)

Tour leader: Isabel Holowaty

Max nos of students: 10

Women in science in the archives: seminar 8 Sept 2016

8 September 2016, 9am-1pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)
Contact: svenja.kunze@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, 01865 283842

This half-day seminar will look at women’s engagement with science in the past through the Bodleian’s historical archives, trace the changing nature of their role, discuss the experiences of female scientists in the 21st century, and explore the challenges of preserving their archives in the future.

Women In Science in the Archives 8 Sept 2016The first part of the seminar will be dedicated to three prominent female scientists, represented in the Bodleian’s archives. Archivists, historians and biographers will give their perspectives on the life and work of:

  • astronomer and mathematician Mary Somerville (1780-1872)
  • physiologist and pathologist Mabel Purefoy FitzGerald (1872-1973)
  • biochemist and crystallographer Dorothy Hodgkin (1910-1994)

The second part of the seminar will bring 21st century women in science into the archives. Professor Frances Ashcroft will talk about her career as a physiologist, and the challenges and opportunities she has seen for women in science since the 1970s.

A panel of early career scientists from the University of Oxford will share their experiences as women in science today, and discuss with archivists and curators how their work can become part of the archives of the future.

View the seminar programme (pdf), including list of speakers.

After the seminar, there will be an opportunity to see selected items from the Bodleian’s Special Collections, and meet the archivists working on them. Please note that this curator-led display has a limited capacity, and places need to be booked separately.

Booking

The seminar is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

Bodleian Library Open Day Tours for prospective students 29 & 30 June

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29 and 30 June 2016

On Wednesday 29 June and Thursday 30 June 2016 the Bodleian Library will be running special tours as part of the Oxford University Open Day for prospective undergraduate students.  Prospective students can visit colleges, departments and libraries to find out more about what it’s like to study at Oxford.

THINKING OF READING HISTORY AT OXFORD? JOIN A LIBRARY TOUR…

Prospective History students can take a special tour of the Bodleian Library and the Bodleian History Faculty Library.

It is an opportunity to see the large scale of the collections available to students, the study spaces that they would be working in and meet some of the friendly library staff.  The Bodleian Library central site houses the Bodleian’s collections of research and teaching material as well as the Bodleian History Faculty Library collection.

Library staff will be running tours for prospective students on the 29 and 30 June every half hour from 11.15-15.45 (i.e. 11.15, 11.45, 12.15 etc).  Each tour group can have up to 12 people.  The tours will meet at the Great Gate on Catte Street, at the entrance to the Old Bodleian Library.

Register now: Letters in the Digital Age interdisciplinary conference on 21st June

Speaking in Absence: Letters in the Digital Age (Conference, Tuesday 21 June 2016 / 9th week – Weston Library and Wolfson College, Oxford)

A conference hosted by Helen Brown (Hertford College / Oxford University Press), Michaela Crawley (Wolfson College / Oxford Centre for Life-Writing) and Olivia Thompson (Balliol College / Bodleian Libraries):

Registration for our conference is live, and closes at midnight on Monday 20 June (registration for dinner closes Thursday at midnight).

The conference is a one-day, interdisciplinary, student-led conversation on how we engage with handwritten letters in the digital age. We aim to explore the potential for collaboration between academics, librarians, technicians, editors, and publishers for the creation of mutual frameworks within which to use the digital as a means to supplement the analogue. We have chosen correspondence as a vehicle for this exploration because in the age of social media, its nature raises immediate and intriguing questions about the progression from material object to digital resource.

Speaking in Absence final poster 2 Daytime activities at the Weston Library will include:

  • an opening lecture on editing letters by Christopher Ricks (Boston University),
  • panel discussion with the leaders of pioneering digital editing projects (Robert McNamee, Electronic Enlightenment; Alison Pearn, Darwin Correspondence Project; Howard Hotson, Cultures of Knowledge)
  • demonstration of the process of digitizing letters by Miranda Lewis (Digital Editor, Early Modern Letters Online),
  • visual tour of correspondence in the Bodleian collections led by Special Collections curators,
  • panel on publishing with representatives from Oxford University Press and Blackwell’s.

From the Weston Library, delegates will then proceed to Wolfson College for a further panel discussion with writers and directors of projects based on the letters of Gertrude Bell, Dorothy Hodgkin and Ada Lovelace, and Letters 1916, a crowdsourced local history project in Ireland; and drinks reception with research posters by postgraduate students.

The conference is organised by students as part of the TORCH-OCLW annual postgraduate conference competition, and is additionally sponsored by the Bodleian Libraries and Balliol Interdisciplinary Institute.

The conference fee (£45 / limited number of subsidised undergraduate places at £20) includes refreshments throughout the day (breakfast, lunch, two coffee breaks, drinks reception). The conference dinner (£30) must be booked separately. For the full programme and instructions on registration options, please click here: http://www.e-pistolary.net/speaking-in-absence/programme

If you have any questions please contact olivia.thompson@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

Places still available for 2nd year Historians’ Research Skills Course

Places are still available for 2nd year Historians on the Research Skills for your Thesis course!

Are you preparing for researching your thesis over the summer months? Get a head start on the skills you need to make the best use of your time!

This 2-hour session is designed to equip students working on their dissertation with the key information skills in order to make best use of electronic information and discovery resources. A range of databases, e-journals and web portals will be explored as well as advanced features in SOLO and tools for literature searches. Hands-on practise time will be offered.
Week 1: Wednesday 27th April, 2-4pm
Week 3: Wednesday 11th May, 2-4pm [REPEAT]
Venue: RSL Training Room
Presenters: R D’Arcy-Brown, B Jenkins
> Book a Place (SSO required)

Primary Sources Online with Adam Matthew Digital – Monday 7th March

Eighteenth-Century Journals OnlineJoin us on Monday 7th March (8th week) at the Colin Matthews Room of the History Faculty on George Street for two sessions from Tom Derrick of primary source publisher Adam Matthew Digital exploring the wide range of resources available to Oxford University staff and students.

The first session (11.30-12.30) will look at resources relating to Early Modern studies, focusing particularly on three key collections: Empire Online, Eighteenth Century Journals, London Low Lifeand Defining Gender.

The afternoon session (13.20-14.20) will be on resources for Modern studies, particularly Mass Observation Online, First World War, and London Low Life.

Live demonstrations in both sessions will provide an overview of the content, key features and functionality, and show ways in which they can be integrated within instructional programs and research.

A buffet lunch will be provided; no booking is necessary though please contact isabel.holowaty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk if you intend to also join for lunch.

Please bring your laptop for hands-on time.

Visiting Fellowships at the Bodleian Libraries for 2016-17

The Bodleian Libraries are now accepting applications for Visiting Fellowships to be taken up during academic year 2016-17.

Fellowships support periods of research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries. Fellows are hosted in the Visiting Scholars’ Centre at the Weston Library, where they join a lively research environment.

Details of the fellowship terms and application process can be found on our Fellowships webpage: http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/csb/fellowships.

For six of the named fellowships, the deadline for applications is Monday, 14 December 2015:
Humfrey Wanley Fellowships
Sassoon Visiting Fellowships
Bahari Visiting Fellowships in the Persian Arts of the Book
Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowships in the History of Science & Communications
David Walker Memorial Fellowships in Early Modern History
Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowships in Music

A new fellowship is now announced, with the deadline of Friday, 29 January 2016:
The Carr-Thomas-Ovenden Visiting Fellowship in English Literature

A list of current visiting fellows in academic year 2015-16 can be found here.

For further information, please e-mail Dr Michelle Chew at: fellowships@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.