Power outage: some digital services unavailable 14-17 July

(reposted from Bodleian Libraries’ Notices)

On Friday 14 July, essential maintenance will be carried out in the University Shared Data Centre in support of the ongoing work to increase the data centre’s capacity. Most library services will continue to run unaffected by this work, however some services will be unavailable for the duration of the work. These include:

  • Digital.Bodleian
  • DBooks
  • LOCKSS
  • ORA-data – (data files won’t be available)
Unavailable websites will be redirected to an ‘unavailable page’

Work is expected to commence at 1pm on Friday 14 July, with affected services brought down over the course of Friday afternoon. It is anticipated that these services should be restored by 1pm on Monday 17 July.

We apologise for the upcoming inconvenience.

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

Paas’ German Political Broadsheet 1600-1700 now in Upper Reading Room

Those researching seventeenth century German history, especially the Thirty Years’ War, will be pleased to learn that I have added the entire set of Paas’ German Political Broadsheet to the Upper Reading Room, Old Bodleian Library, so that it is more easily accessible and browsable.

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Paas, John Roger, The German Political Broadsheet, 1600-1700. 12 vols. (Wiesbaden, 1985). Shelfmark: URR K.9.1.

 

Paas’ meticulous research in finding, describing and publishing all known extant 17th century broadsheets is wonderful and sometimes underrated source material covering a tumultuous period in German and Central European history. In particular the first half of the century saw the Thirty Years’ War 1618-1648, one of Europe’s most violent religious war.

While the majority of the broadsheets are located in German libraries, museums and archives, the ambition to publish as complete a record of German broadsheets as possible has sent Paas on research trips to over 180 libraries, archives and private collections across Europe and the US. Over 3,000 broadsheets are reproduced in full-page size and all known copies are cited.

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Paas, John Roger, The German Political Broadsheet, 1600-1700. (Wiesbaden, 1985) vol. 1, p. 232.

The entire set publishes the broadsheets chronologically. Each volume introduces the period with a helpful scholarly overview of the years and period in question. The repositories are carefully listed and each plate has a brief description and shelfmarks.

Suggested reading

Recommended web resources

Library tours for freshers and new graduates

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACome 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]

Mon 5 Oct, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Tues 6 Oct, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Weds 7 Oct, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Thurs 8 Oct, 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Fri 9 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 trail at the end to be entered into our freshers’ prize draw.

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 5 Oct, 9.15-10.15am
Thurs 8 Oct, 9.15-10.15am
Fri 9 Oct, 9.15-10.15am
Mon 12 Oct, 9.30-10.30am
Tues 13 Oct, 2.30-3.30pm
Wed 14 Oct, 9.30-10.30am
Thurs 15 Oct, 2.30-3.30pm
Fri 16 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 recently opened 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/portal/hierarchy/humdiv/history/lib – SSO required)

Tour leader: Isabel Holowaty

Max nos of students: 10

New LibGuide: History collections on open-shelves in the Old Bodleian, Radcliffe Camera and Weston Library

Looking for the VCH, HMC Reports or Camden Society publications in the Bodleian?

These “big” series of printed sources are sometimes difficult to find in library catalogues. Use this new guide History collections on open-shelves in the Old Bodleian, Radcliffe Camera and Weston Library to find them on the open-shelves in the Bodleian Library and Weston Library

LibGuide - Open shelf history collections in Bodleian - screenshotAn topic index directs you to the most relevant reading room. Most major named series are listed. Where possible, I have also indicated where there is access to digital version.

LibGuide - Open shelf history collections in Bodleian - VHC screenshotIf you have any feedback on the guide or suggestions for it, then I would be pleased to hear back from you. Email me!

Looking for more guides? There are lots of other LibGuides for Historians.

 

Finalists – please return your books!

Once you have finished your exams, please make sure that you have returned all of your library books and paid any outstanding fines.  Please note that you can pay outstanding fines at any Bodleian Library or pay online.

If you have lost any items or think that you have returned items that are still on your account, please contact library.history@bodleian.ox.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Power outage affecting services 15th-18th May

A scheduled power outage over the weekend will affect some library servers and services between 12pm on Friday 15th May and 12pm on Monday 18th May.

The list of services that will be affected for the duration of the outage includes:

Digitized books from the Oxford Google Books Project; Maps and Music digitized card catalogues; ORA; Imaging Services; BEAM; Electronic Enlightenment; BDLSS Blogs; Whats The Score; Serica (Early Chinese Books)

In addition, it will not be possible to use sunray computer terminals in the library.

Other resources/services may be affected but SOLO will not be affected.

Please speak to staff in the library if you need any assistance during this period.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

May Bank Holiday Opening Hours

On Monday 4th & Monday 25th May Bank Holidays the Bodleian Library (Old Library, Gladstone Link and Radcliffe Camera) will be open for usual term time hours as follows:-

Old Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera: 9am – 10pm

Gladstone Link: 9am – 9.30pm (entrances closed at 9.15pm)

Please note that Duke Humfrey’s Library will close at 7pm as usual.

The book service will operate as normal.

Please clear your desk when you leave the library!

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As it is a busy exam term, where pressure on seats is high, we are trialling a new policy of asking readers to clear their desks when they leave the library for a break of more than an hour or at the end of the day.  This should make it easier for other readers to find a seat when they arrive.

Please note that:

  • open shelf material should be placed on the shelving trollies in the  reading rooms
  • stack material should be returned to its collection point to be retained for future use; any stack material left on trollies or desks at the end of the day will be returned to storage
  • you should not leave your personal belongings unattended if taking a break of less than an hour

PCAS downtime 24th/25th March

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Unfortunately, PCAS will not be available on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th March due to migration to new software and servers which will make PCAS more reliable.  During the downtime, it won’t be possible to print, copy, scan, access WebPay accounts or make Scan and Deliver Requests.  Print jobs sent but not collected before 24th March may not be printable.

After the upgrade, printing from sunrays will be withdrawn and the login screen on the machines will look slightly different (see below), but otherwise the system will work as before.   We apologise for the disruption.

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