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. & 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. & Levine, W. S. Handbook of model predictive control (2019).
  • Rudin, Alfred & 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).

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

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

 

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.

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.