We hosted an event with the Oxford 3D Printing Society (http://oxford3dprintingsociety.com/) last week from within the RSL. It featured 3D Printers, 3D scanners and a virtual reality headset from HTC. We would like to thank Shin from the 3D Printing Society for putting on such a great event.
The RSL 3D Printing Team was at hand to showcase our 3D printers and scanners to all the guests who arrived for the event, some even got themselves scanned and 3D printed! This was a great way to introduce people to the technology in a novel and fun way, we hope this will inspire them to use 3D printing/scanning in more creative and academic ways in the future.
HTC were also there to showcase their virtual reality headset the ‘HTC Vive’. This was a great introduction to the world of ‘VR’ for many who had a chance to try it out. At the RSL we have been interested in VR for awhile now and it was a great chance for the staff who hadn’t experienced it to finally give it a go. The ‘HTC Vive’ received great feedback from everyone who tried it and proved to be enjoyable for all the spectators to watch their peers jump around avoiding zombies and painting interesting works of art in a virtual world. This technology is going to change the way we interact with computers and at the RSL we look forward to being a part of it in the future.
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.
Details of the RSL’s Research Information Training programme for 2015 are now online at http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/training/research-information-training. These are short courses taught by Subject Librarians, and are geared towards the skills and tools needed by researchers in the sciences. Sessions are available covering how to find resources, reference management, research impact and Open Access.
Upcoming Bodleian iSkills sessions in Hilary cover e-books, reference management, research skills, Open Access, copyright, the Oxford Research Archive and citation. Bodleian iSkills is a series of workshops open to all members of the University. Many sessions are oversubscribed so early booking is advised. Details are online at http://ox.libguides.com/content.php?pid=289070&sid=2376530.
As a new term starts the Bodleian Libraries will again be running their popular series of WISER sessions. These cover everything from searching the library catalogue to managing your references and mapping with geospatial data. The first session this term may be particularly useful for those preparing to conduct literature reviews and write dissertations –
WISER: Finding stuff – Scholarly literature for your Research (Fri 2 May 9.15 – 12.15) (wk 1)
A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics
To find out about other WISER courses and to book yourself a place online, visit the WISER LibGuide – http://ox.libguides.com/workshops
Also remember that if you’re unable to attend a training session but still need help with library services or resources, you can always contact your Subject Librarian at the RSL for assistance – http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science/contact/radcliffe-science-library-staff