The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) – new webinar series

TAIR is offering a series of Zoom webinars in June 202 covering a range of topics for novice and advanced users. Each webinar will be limited to 100 participants but will be offered twice to accommodate participants from different time zones and recordings will be made available.

Further details, booking information and videos of sessions can be found at https://conf.arabidopsis.org/display/COM/TAIR+Webinar+Series+I.

ORLO (Oxford Reading Lists Online)

Oxford Reading Lists Online (https://oxford.rl.talis.com/index.html) connects students to library resources for teaching and learning in their VLE course pages or through the ORLO interface.

Students can filter their reading lists at the click of a button to remotely access online resources including e-books, e-journal articles, scans of chapters, audio-visual resources, webpages and more.

There are now more than 1,000 reading lists available for courses across all Divisions and the Bodleian Libraries continue to work with departments to grow this resource.

We are already working with several departments across MSD and MPLS to make core reading lists available online via ORLO and we are keen to expand this further across the Divisions.

Library staff are available to help departments and academics put their reading lists in ORLO. Get started by emailing olishelp@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, or contact your Subject Librarian (https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/contact/radcliffe-science-library-staff). Please provide the following details:

  • Department
  • Programme of study
  • Name(s) of reading list(s)
  • Number of students (needed for CLA)
  • When course is taught
  • Your contact details

The Bodleian Libraries does not provide support for tutorial reading lists beyond setting up a skeleton list.

UPDATE: Reading lists for 2019-20 will not be updated after 21 June 2020. New reading lists for 2020-21 will be published well in advance of the courses they relate to.

Parks College news updates

Work on renovating the Radcliffe Science Library to form the new Parks College is underway. Parks College now has a website (www.parkscollege.ox.ac.uk/) which has details about the building project at www.parkscollege.ox.ac.uk/about-our-building-project.

There is also a University page with more information on the background to the project: www.ox.ac.uk/about/organisation/future-projects/parks-college.

You can now follow Parks College on Twitter (@ParksCollOx) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/ParksCollegeOxford).

Open Access services

The Bodleian’s ORA, APC and enquiry teams are working remotely and can be contacted via email: OA Enquiries openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk for Act on Acceptance, depositing or any other OA-related matters; APC team apc@bodleian.ox.ac.uk regarding invoices related to the RCUK and Wellcome/Charity OA Fund block grants. The ORA team are continuing to review and process deposits, and can be emailed at ora@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. The ORA website https://ora.ox.ac.uk is available as normal.

Increased access to online books

Considerable effort has been made to acquire additional e-resources. 5,000 new e-books have been added to SOLO with temporary access arranged to another 60,000 on top of the 1.47 million e-books and 118,000 e-journals already available remotely to members of the University.

Many MPLS reading list textbooks and heavily borrowed books have already been purchased for online access and we are working hard to find and make available online versions of as many others as we can. This includes work in progress to provide trial access to major new e-textbook platforms such as BibliU. Over and above this we are very keen to receive recommendations at enquiries.rsl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Here are some examples of recent purchases:

MSD

  • Berscheid, E. and Regan, P. The psychology of interpersonal relationships (2005).
  • Davidovits, P. Physics in Biology and Medicine (2019).
  • Lewin’s Genes XII (2018). 12th ed.
  • Sheehan, D. Physical Biochemistry: Principles and Applications (2009). 2nd ed.

MPLS

  • Claridge; Timothy D. W. High-resolution NMR techniques in organic chemistry (2016). 3rd ed.
  • Raković, S. and Levine, W. S. Handbook of model predictive control (2019).
  • Rudin, Alfred and Choi, Phillip. The elements of polymer science and engineering (2013). 3rd ed.
  • Schwarzer, G., Carpenter, J. & Rücker, G. Meta-analysis with R (2015).
  • Watts, John F. An introduction to surface analysis by XPS and AES (2020).
  • Schwinger, Julian. Classical Electrodynamics (1998).
  • Roscoe, Bill. Understanding Concurrent Systems (2010).
  • Kelly, A. and Knowles, K.M. Crystallography and crystal defects (2020). 3rd ed.
  • Siciliano B. Springer Handbook of Robotics (2016). 2nd ed.

Browzine – seamless access to journal articles

The Bodleian Libraries have just introduced a new service called Browzine to provide easier access to online journal articles. BrowZine provides access to journals licensed by the Bodleian Libraries from compatible publishers from 2005 onwards. Articles can be accessed directly from SOLO or from the BrowZine website (https://browzine.com/libraries/1704/subjects). There are also Browzine apps for Android and iOS, and a Chrome extension which provides links to full-text content of articles while searching the web.

Readers can also set up a personal account which allows saving articles to a personal library, exporting articles to bibliographic management tools (including Mendeley and EndNote), sharing articles on social media and setting up alerts for new issues of journals.

For more information, please see https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/BrowZine/home.

Bodleian iSkills programme for Trinity term

Bodleian iSkills logo

The Bodleian iSkills workshops are moving online for Trinity Term and will be a combination of webinars and recorded video. All these workshops are free. Full details can be found at https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops/workshopsbydate.

Sessions offered:

Open Access Oxford: what’s happening?
https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops/OAO
An briefing on open access publishing and Oxford’s position including guidance on how to comply with the Open Access requirements for the REF and mandates from key funding bodies whilst respecting your publisher’s rights and policies. Online presentation and demonstration using Microsoft Teams.

Dates offered:

  • Wednesday 13 May, 2-3pm
  • Wednesday 27 May, 2-3pm
  • Wednesday 17 June, 2-3pm

Bodleian iSkills: Using Oxford Libraries remotely
https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops/getting-started
An introduction to using Oxford Libraries remotely, including the latest information on the services available and how to access them; finding and using online resources that can be read from home; and what to do if you can’t find the material you need. This workshop will help you settle with confidence into searching for remotely accessible literature at Oxford. Online presentation and demonstration using Microsoft Teams.

Dates offered:

  • Tuesday 12 May, 2-3.30pm
  • Tuesday 19 May, 2-3.30pm
  • Tuesday 2 June, 10-11.30am
  • Thursday 11 June, 2-3.30pm

Bodleian iSkills: Managing research data and Data Management Planning (DMPs)
https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops/managing-research-data
Good research data management is a vital component of academic practice. Part of this is the principle that the data used to develop the arguments and outcomes of your research should be effectively stored and managed during a project, preserved for the future and – where possible – shared with other academics. This session introduces the University’s research data policy and outlines the practical impact this will have on your work. The services available at Oxford to assist you will be outlined. This session is not only essential during your current studies but will be invaluable if you plan to continue in research as a career.

Dates offered:

  • Thursday 4 June, 2.30-4.30pm

Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data in the Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops/sensitive-data-Sci-MedSci
A workshop outlining some of the key principles to bear in mind when working with sensitive or restricted research, whether collected yourself or obtained from a third party source such as an NHS trust or Biobank data. Issues of confidentiality, informed consent, cybersecurity and data management will be covered. Examples of scenarios or concerns drawn from the research of participants are particularly welcome. The role of support services at Oxford will also be outlined and in particular the role of the Bodleian Data Librarian who will lead the session. Follow up consultations with the Data librarian or other subject consultants are also offered.

Dates offered:

  • Wednesday 10 June, 10.30am-12.30pm

The following videos are also available:

  • Keeping up to date with research – adapted from the iSkills workshop ‘Getting information to come to you’, this series of videos guides you through setting up alerts so that you automatically receive notification of new research in your area. The videos cover setting up alerts in SOLO, Web of Science, JournalTOCs and Zetoc, Nexis UK, JiscMail and others.
    https://ox.libguides.com/workshops/keepinguptodate
  • What is reference management software? – this is the introductory presentation from the iSkills workshop: ‘Referencing: choosing and using software’.  Bodleian iSkills will not be running any live workshops this term on reference management, but the video link will also take you to our homepage for ‘Managing your references’, with further links to information and guidance in using a variety of reference management software packages.
    https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/reference-management/intro
  • Scholarly literature for your research – a series of videos adapted from the iSkills workshop Finding Stuff: Scholarly Literature for your Research.  The videos cover how to use SOLO (the University’s resource discovery tool), search techniques including special characters, such as *, ?, AND, OR, NOT, creating an effective search query to submit to catalogues and databases so that you find results relevant to your research, and why using theses and conferences in your research are beneficial and how find them. https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/workshops/scholarlyliterature

Update on RSL services while the Bodleian Libraries are closed

UPDATE – Monday 23 March 2020

Due to unavoidable reduction in services related to Covid-19 the Bodleian Libraries will be suspending Scan and Deliver +, Scan and Deliver and eLD print as of 5pm. We apologise for the inconvenience.

All Bodleian Libraries sites will be closed and unstaffed from 5pm on Tuesday 24 March, and it will no longer be possible to return loans to the Vere Harmsworth Library.


The Bodleian Libraries has closed all of its library sites as of 5pm on Tuesday 17th March 2020 until further notice.

All book deliveries and loans have now ceased. Existing book loans will auto-renew until 19 June 2020, and fines will be waived.

Returning loans: The current advice is to hang on to books you have on loan if possible. If you really need to return them (for example, if you are leaving Oxford) then please bring RSL books to the Vere Harmsworth Library as soon as possible, and ring first on 01865 272851 so we can meet you at the door. This arrangement is subject to change.

3D printing and VR equipment loans: Unfortunately it has been necessary for us to suspend the RSL’s 3D printing service and VR equipment loans until further notice. We will be in touch with those outstanding 3D print orders.

The Bodleian Libraries has a wealth of online resources which are available to University members even though our physical library spaces are closed – details can be seen at http://bit.ly/BodleianOnline.

A range of scanning services are now available for printed materials which are no longer directly accessible:

Inter-Library-Loans: Electronic delivery will be available free of charge (accessed at https://solo.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/interlib) but physical loans are suspended.

RSL staff are still working and will be happy to give you every assistance – please see www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/contact for contact details.

Pharmaceutical policies in the long run: Reflections on 60th anniversary of Hinchliffe Report

11 November 2019, Merton College, Oxford

In June 1957, the British government tasked a committee, led by Sir Henry Hinchliffe, to investigate rising pharmaceutical expenditure following the introduction of the NHS. The report was published in 1959. This November, the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC), part of the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH) at the University of Oxford, is organising a symposium to mark the 60th anniversary of the report’s publication.

The report made various landmark recommendations including:

  • Improvements in the training of General Practitioners to understand evidence regarding the use of new drugs and the economics of prescribing;
  • Routine conduct of clinical trials to assess drugs, with results published in an independent prescribers’ journal;
  • Development of an expert body that would be informed by research on economic and social aspects of the NHS;
  • An examination of the economics of drug development, marketing and pharmacy to ensure efficiency and equity in prescribing.

Sixty years on, what has changed? Do we face similar challenges today? How have we been able to address these challenges? What long-term recommendations to address the current challenges could be made to the government today?

The symposium will discuss these and other questions, with confirmed speakers from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, NHS England, the Office for Health Economics, and the Universities of Oxford, London, Bournemouth and York.

All interested in attending should contact Philip Clarke (philip.clarke@ndph.ox.ac.uk).

Plus ça change: pharmaceutical spending in the NHS

References from scientific journals

References from newspapers

Welcome!

A warm welcome from the Radcliffe Science Library to all new and returning students. The RSL is Oxford’s main library for science subjects and pre-clinical medicine, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Please don’t hesitate to ask library staff for help. Here are a few pointers to get you started:

PLEASE NOTE: The RSL will be temporarily moving out of the current building after the end of Michaelmas term to allow redevelopment work to take place. We have information about this project online at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/rsl-refurbishment, and this page will be kept up to date with changes.