ORA COVID-19 Collection – preserving Oxford’s COVID-19 response

The University of Oxford has been at the forefront of the international response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of this activity is reflected in the wide array of research outputs – journal articles, conference papers, working papers, preprints, and more – that have been produced in this area.

The Bodleian Libraries Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) COVID-19 Collection seeks to provide a one-stop point of access to all of these outputs, focusing on the full-text items available via ORA, and links to Oxford COVID-related research in a range of other locations. The ORA COVID-19 Collection ensures that these materials are available not only for today’s readers but also in perpetuity – to illuminate the story of the University’s contribution to the pandemic response for future generations.

Highlights include:

This is a live collection that is still being developed and we value your thoughts, comments and suggested additions. Contact ora@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or complete the webform.

If you are a member of the University of Oxford and can’t see your COVID-related paper here, then deposit your accepted manuscript to ORA.

New ejournals for MSD and MPLS

The Bodleian has been making considerable efforts to increase provision of online resources for researchers across MSD and MPLS. Additional funds were made available to us during the COVID-19 pandemic, which were used to expand ejournal access as well as provide enhanced access to ebooks.

We have been able to subscribe to a number of new titles and to purchase a range of online journal backfiles, identified via reader requests or turn-away data (attempts from within the University’s IP range to access content that we do not have access to).

We continue to take a proactive approach to the development of our ejournal collections in response to the continuing expansions in research activity and associated research outputs across both Divisions and welcome suggestion from our colleagues across MPLS and MSD. Please contact:

You can also recommend a purchase using our online form.

All titles are available via SOLO and BrowZine (our user-friendly one-stop for online journals). This includes publishers such as Nature, AIAA, ICE Virtual Library, SPIE, and SAE and individual titles such as Chem, Nature Astronomy, and Synfacts.

MPLS

Subscriptions

One-off purchases

MSD

Subscriptions and backfiles

Backfiles

Subscriptions

Note:

All these resources are accessible via SOLO when logged in using your SSO. Direct links to publishers’ platforms should also work when logged into Bodleian Libraries and Departmental computers, or when using the University VPN.

Thousands of new ebooks across science and medicine

We aim to build collections that reflect a diverse academic community and breadth of scholarship, and to support the University’s flexible and inclusive approach to teaching. To this end, we aim to continue to fill gaps in our current online collections, meet student expectations for 24/7 remote access to key materials, and address previously under-represented areas and revisions to the academic curricula.

Since March 2020, there have been considerable increases in ebook provision for both taught students and researchers across MSD and MPLS. Additional funds were made available to us during the COVID-19 pandemic, which were used to provide enhanced access to ebooks as well as expand ejournal access.

This expansion of ebook access included:

  • large collections from major publishers aimed at students and researchers across science and biomedicine
  • one-off purchases of individual texts available in perpetuity
  • some individual titles which require annual subscriptions

These include key individual ebook titles on undergraduate reading lists or individually requested, and also major reference works such as Encyclopaedia of the Life Sciences and Birds of the World. We have also acquired access to over 60,000 additional online monographs from the Springer and Elsevier ebook platforms.

There has also been a substantial increase in uptake of ORLO (Oxford Reading Lists Online) in MSD and MPLS, and staff have made great efforts to identify material newly available online, and online alternatives to reading list texts only available in print.

Very high usage levels are being reported for some these new titles and collections. For example, there were 8,000 chapter downloads from Berg’s Biochemistry online in just 6 months, and the big increases in downloads from our Elsevier and Springer ebook collections can be seen in these graphs:

Springer ebook usage from February 2021

Elsevier ebook usage from March 2021

New publisher ebook collection subscriptions in science and medicine:

MSD ebooks now available:

  • 265 key individual ebook titles in direct support of undergraduate reading lists – titles catalogued individually on SOLO

Packages:

MPLS ebooks now available:

  • 450 key individual ebook titles in direct support of undergraduate reading lists – titles catalogued individually on SOLO

Packages:

New databases and reference works:

Springer ebook collections purchased in perpetuity:

  • Earth and Environmental Science (2017 and 2020-21)* – titles catalogued individually on SOLO
  • Mathematics and Statistics (2017-21) – titles catalogued individually on SOLO
  • Chemistry and Materials Science (2017-21) – titles catalogued individually on SOLO
  • Springer Medicine (2017-2021) – titles catalogued individually on SOLO

Note:

All these resources are accessible via SOLO when logged in using your SSO. Direct links to publishers’ platforms should also work when logged into Bodleian Libraries and Departmental computers, or when using the University VPN.

*2018 and 2019 already purchased

Melancholy: A New Anatomy exhibition and Library Lates event

The Weston Library’s current exhibition Melancholy: A New Anatomy celebrates the 400th anniversary of Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy. First published in 1621 the text is an innovative encyclopaedia of mental and emotional disorder, as understood in the late Renaissance. 400 years later we are still exploring the different ways to treat mental health.

As part of our Library Lates series, come and join us for an interactive exploration of mind and matter, inspired by the exhibition. Explore our common experiences and connections over time through a variety of activities designed to uplift the mood and invigorate the mind.
Get creative with origami for wellbeing and myriorama making. Try laughter yoga to boost your mood or test your knowledge with brain jenga. Borrow Oxford researchers for a chat in the Living Library and enter the world of sleep. Wake up with music for the brain and print a Burton keepsake to remember his instruction ‘Be not solitary, be not idle’.

Library Lates: Melancholy – Mind & Matter

Friday 12 November 2021, 7pm until 9.30pm

Details and booking information

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

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