Transfer of Geography books from the Radcliffe Science Library to the Bodleian Social Science Library

As part of the RSL redevelopment project, geography books will move permanently from the RSL to the Bodleian Social Science Library.

The move will commence in mid-July 2019 and will involve approximately 11,000 items. All items will be interfiled in the SSL’s open shelf collections. Books in transit will be unavailable for a short time (up to 72 hours). The main shelfmarks affected by the move will be:

  • D-KF
  • NA
  • QC 854-996
  • QH 75
  • QH 541 – 545

Geography UG and MSc dissertations will also move to the SSL.

Geography books currently on loan should be returned to the RSL until further notice.

If you have any queries, please contact the Geography Subject Librarian, Andy Kernot (andrew.kernot@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, +44 (0)1865 272839).

Oxford Open Doors 2019

The Radcliffe Science Library will be open to the public as part of Oxford Open Doors (organised by the Oxford Preservation Trust) on Saturday 14 September 2019, 10.30am – 1.30pm.
All welcome – readers are invited to participate and bring along friends.

Details of all Oxford Open Doors events can be found at www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/content/ood-events.

Please note that we will be open to readers as normal 10am to 2pm.

African Hospital Libraries fundraising cycle challenge, 24 May 2019

Dr Claire Blacklock will cycle between the Oxford Healthcare Libraries on 24 May to raise awareness of lack of up-to-date information for medical staff to provide high quality care to patients, and gather funding to build a resource centre at the Makeni Government Hospital in Sierra Leone.
Read more about her challenge in the Oxford Mail:
https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17593680.co-founder-of-african-hospital-libraries-to-help-people-get-better-access-to-medical-books-in-sierra-leone/.
Claire’s fundraising link for the event is at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/claireblacklock1.
Claire will visit the libraries listed below for 10 to 15 minutes. Please join us at your closest library ready to welcome and cheer Claire – the more, the merrier! And if you are a cyclist, put your helmet on to demonstrate your support.
Claire’s estimated schedule:

  • Cairns Library – leaving just after 9am
  • Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre Library – 9.20am
  • Knowledge Centre (Old Road Campus) – 9.40am
  • Radcliffe Science Library – 12noon
  • Cairns Library – returning before 5pm

The Biomachine: Proteins in Praxis

The Biomachine is a collaboration between second year Fine Arts students at Arts University Bournemouth and the Oxford Structural Genomics Consortium. The launch event will take place at the RSL on Wednesday 27 March 2019 – details are at https://aub.ac.uk/news-category/fine-art-category/biomachine-proteins-praxis/. The exhibition will continue until Saturday 15 June 2019. More information can be found at www.thesgc.org/event/biomachine-proteins-praxis.

If you would like to view the exhibition and do not hold a University card, registration is required – please contact enquiries.rsl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Edible Book Festival 2019

On Thursday 7 March the Radcliffe Science Library will be holding our 4th Annual Edible Book Festival to mark World Book Day!

This event is free and open to any member of University – students, staff (including Bodleian Libraries staff) – and external readers. Everyone is invited to enter their book-themed culinary creations by bringing them to the RSL Entrance Hall Lounge between 9am and 11am on Thursday 7 March.

What is an edible book?

Edible Books are art pieces composed of food that are ‘bookish’, i.e. based on and represent a book title, a book cover, a character, a plot element or theme, or any other attribute or characteristic directly associated with a book, including its form.

What will happen at the event?

All entries will be exhibited, documented, then eaten!

The timetable for the day is:

  • 9-11am Drop off entries
  • 11am-1pm Viewing and voting
  • 1pm Awards and refreshments

Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories:

  • Most Creative
  • Most Fun
  • Most Bookish
  • People’s Choice
  • *Best Reference to the Periodic Table or One of its Elements

*This is a new category for this year to mark the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.

Even if you don’t have time to make your own edible entry, please join us in admiring and tasting the creations – and vote for your favorite. The entry with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice award.

At 1pm everyone will grab forks and we will “eat our own words”!

Need inspiration?

Take a look at last year’s entries at http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/2018/03/01/edible-book-festival-2018-the-entries/ or simply Google ‘edible book festival’ and you will find dozens of fantastic examples.

Remember, you don’t need to be an expert chef. If you’ve got a great idea for an entry, we want to see it!

Questions?

For more information or to register an entry contact catherine.dockerty@bodleian.ox.ac.uk .

More details can be found on the entry form.

PHARMACIDE ARTS – Fake medicine : the disease of greed

The RSL is pleased to host this exhibition of 14 prints illustrating the global health impact poor quality medicines have on people’s lives. The works were created by several artists from South East Asia. The exhibition was recently presented at the first ever ‘Medicine Quality and Public Health’ international conference, organised by the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory, the Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, the Mahidol-Oxford Research Unit at the University of Oxford and the Global Public Health Program of the United States Pharmacopeia.
The exhibition is on display in the Hooke stairwell and will be open until 4 January 2019.
further information on medicine quality is available on the IDDO website at www.iddo.org/research-themes/medicine-quality and through the podcast www.ndm.ox.ac.uk/paul-newton-poor-quality-medicines.