Oxford Open Doors 2016


The Radcliffe Science Library will be open to the public as part of Oxford Open Doors on Saturday 10 September 2016, 10.30am – 2pm (last entry 1.30pm).

More details can be found at www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/events/open-public-radsci

There will be displays from the collections in the Entrance Hall / Lounge, plus a 3D-printing demonstration and building tours. All are welcome. Readers are invited to participate and bring along friends.

The RSL will be open as normal for readers 10am-2pm.

(For readers who want to study away from the event, the reading rooms on levels 3 and 6 will not be included on the tour.)

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AlphaGo display at the RSL

We have a new display in the RSL Entrance Hall Lounge – Computer Beats Human: AlphaGo crosses an AI threshold. It focuses on the Go match between the AlphaGo computer program and a professional Go player, Lee Sedol. It includes a Go set for library visitors to try the game.

UPDATE: The Oxford Go Club will be demonstrating how to play the game 12-2pm on Thursday 5th May 2016 in the Lounge. All welcome!

UPDATE 2: The Oxford Go Club will return on Monday 16th 2016, 12-2pm and Monday 23rd, 12-2pm for further Go demos.


Women in Science website launched

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What is the key to success for women who work in science? A new website delves into the experiences of successful women in science at the University of Oxford, through a collection of video narratives.

Funded by the Vice Chancellor’s Diversity Fund at Oxford University, the interviews with 39 successful women tell an inspiring story of an ongoing culture shift for women working in science, where according to those interviewed, discrimination is rarely experienced and the work is fun, interesting and exciting.

The researchers used a thematic analysis to identify and write about the variety of issues important to the women who were interviewed, which included obtaining funding, career progression, mentorship, and taking parental leave.

Find out more at www.womeninscience.ox.ac.uk.

Act on Acceptance for Open Access and the next REF


HEFCE’s OA policy takes effect on 1 April 2016, and requires action by all researchers.

In order to be eligible for the next REF, the final peer-reviewed version of journal articles and conference papers (with an ISSN) must be deposited in an open access repository within three months of acceptance for publication. HEFCE’s requirements are designed to ‘increase substantially the amount of scholarly material that is made available in an open-access form’.

‘Act on Acceptance’ is Oxford’s mechanism to help researchers comply with open access using our new quick deposit form. From now on researchers should use Symplectic Elements to deposit all newly-accepted articles and conference papers into ORA.

The Bodleian team will check copyright and licensing conditions, create an ORA record and make the full-text available after the embargo period.

For more information and to get started visit the Open Access Oxford website:  http://openaccess.ox.ac.uk. Help is available from Subject & Outreach Librarians and the email helpline openaccess@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

3D Printing at the RSL

The Radcliffe Science Library recently acquired a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer. We also have available two 3D scanners.

The Replicator 2 is able to produce three-dimensional models using a biodegradable plastic called PLA (Poly(lactic acid)). Models for the printer can be designed using a CAD program (such as SketchUp or TinkerCad), download from object repositories such as Thingiverse or copied from existing physical objects using a 3D scanner.

The library has acquired a printer in order to give researchers and students at the University the opportunity to learn about and use this exciting technology for very little cost. We hope that people will be inspired to think about new ways in which they can use 3D printing to explore their own areas of research.

Throughout 8th week we will be running a series of demonstrations of the 3D printer. These will take place in the Entrance Hall of the RSL. Our first demonstration will be at 2 pm on Monday 1st of December. On Wednesday 3rd of December, also beginning at 2 pm, there will be a series of talks taking place in the RSL Entrance Hall in which researchers will talk about how they already use 3D printing in their work. Please join us for one or all of the talks.

We are very much looking forward to seeing what people make of (and with!) our printer. You can find out more details on the 3D Printing LibGuide – http://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/3dprintingscanning

You can download a full programme for the 3D Printing in Action talks on December 3rd using the link below –

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