Our Book of the Month choice for March

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.

 

The probiotic planet: using life to manage life

Jamie Lorimer

University of Minnesota Press, 2020

Available as an eBook.

 

 

 

March’s book of the month was selected by Andy Kernot. Subject Consultant for Geography, Social Policy, Internet Studies and Public Policy. 

Why was it chosen?

Most of us are familiar with probiotics added to milk or yogurt to improve gastrointestinal health. In fact, the term refers to any intervention in which life is used to manage life―from the microscopic, like consuming fermented food to improve gut health, to macro approaches such as biological pest control and natural flood management. In this ambitious and original work, Jamie Lorimer offers a sweeping overview of diverse probiotic approaches and an insightful critique of their promise and limitations.

Book Overview

During our current epoch—the Anthropocene—human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment, leading to the loss of ecological abundance, diversity, and functionality. Lorimer describes cases in which scientists and managers are working with biological processes to improve human, environmental, and even planetary health, pursuing strategies that stand in contrast to the “antibiotic approach”: Big Pharma, extreme hygiene, and industrial agriculture. The Probiotic Planet focuses on two forms of “rewilding” occurring on vastly different scales. The first is the use of keystone species like wolves and beavers as part of landscape restoration. The second is the introduction of hookworms into human hosts to treat autoimmune disorders. In both cases, the goal is to improve environmental health, whether the environment being managed is planetary or human. Lorimer argues that, all too often, such interventions are viewed in isolation, and he calls for a rethinking of artificial barriers between science and policy. He also describes the stark and unequal geographies of the use of probiotic approaches and examines why these patterns exist.

The author’s preface provides a thoughtful discussion of the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to the probiotic approach. Informed by deep engagement with microbiology, immunology, ecology, and conservation biology as well as food, agriculture, and waste management, The Probiotic Planet offers nothing less than a new paradigm for collaboration between the policy realm and the natural sciences.

Reviews

This brilliant book delivers an incisive reading of probiotic cultural practices today—taking in everything from home fermentation to permaculture to rewilding. Jamie Lorimer expertly shows us that social and scientific projects that aim at re-calibrating microbial, bodily, and ecological worlds are experiments in the politics of symbiosis. In our days of viral peril, The Probiotic Planet is a vital reminder of the multiple futures biology may yet prepare.

Stefan Helmreich, author of Sounding the Limits of Life: Essays in the Anthropology of Biology and Beyond

Moving between human intestines and forests patches, The Probiotic Planet maps a diverse and emerging terrain of ecological experimentation, both formal and vernacular. A transdisciplinary analysis that brings detailed attention to scientific practices into dialogue with critical social theory, this book is also a bold and important experiment in its own right.

Heather Anne Swanson, director, Aarhus University Centre for Environmental Humanities

How can I access it?

This title is available as an eBook via SOLO. Oxford University staff and students can access eBooks remotely by logging into SOLO with their SSO.

Two hardcopies are able available to consult in the SSL. One confined to the library and one that can be borrowed.

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What would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.

Bodleian iSkills free Online Workshops taking place in 7th Week

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The Bodleian iSkills programme is designed to help you make effective use of scholarly materials and resources. These sessions are primarily aimed at Oxford University students and staff (but check the ‘intended audience’ field in the course description before booking).

iSkills workshops will be available in Hilary Term through a combination of webinars and pre-recorded videos.

All workshops are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

Workshops taking place in 7th Week:

Referencing: RefWorks (Tue 2 Mar 14.00-15.30)

RefWorks is a web based reference management tool for Windows and Macs which helps you to collect and manage references and insert them into your Word document as in-text citations or footnotes and generate bibliographies. This online introduction to RefWorks is open to all University of Oxford students and staff.
Who is this session for? Oxford Students, researchers and other staff.

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Wed 3 Mar 14.30-16.30)

An online 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.

Bodleian iSkills: Preparing for your literature review in the Social Sciences (Thu 4 Mar 10.00-11.30)

Get ready to undertake your literature review using your own research questions to build a successful search and apply it to a range of library resources. This workshop will cover: building a successful search strategy; using a range of bibliographic databases and search tools in the Social Sciences; working effectively with large result sets; sourcing highly cited papers relevant to your research; setting up alerts for newly-published papers on your topic.
Who is this session for? Postgraduate students and research staff in the Social Sciences

The full programme of iSkills workshops for Hilary Term is still in scheduling, but in the meantime you can view some elements of the workshops on video.  Take a look at iSkills Libguide to view available video recordings.

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For a list of all the upcoming workshops in Michaelmas Term please go to the Bodleian iSkills website.

Bodleian iSkills free Online Workshops taking place in 6th Week

Bodleian iSkills Logo

The Bodleian iSkills programme is designed to help you make effective use of scholarly materials and resources. These sessions are primarily aimed at Oxford University students and staff (but check the ‘intended audience’ field in the course description before booking).

iSkills workshops will be available in Hilary Term through a combination of webinars and pre-recorded videos.

All workshops are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

Workshops taking place in 6th Week:

Bodleian iSkills: Working with sensitive research data in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Mon 22 Feb 14.00-16.00)
A workshop outlining some of the key principles to bear in mind when working with sensitive or restricted research; whether collected yourself or obtained from a third party source such as a data archive. Issues of confidentiality, informed consent, cybersecurity and data management will be covered. Examples of scenarios or concerns drawn from the research of participants are particularly welcome. The role of support services at Oxford will also be outlined and in particular the role of the Bodleian Data Librarian who will lead the session. Follow up consultations with the Data librarian or other subject consultants are also offered.
Who is this session for? All DPhil students and research staff in the Social Sciences.

Bodleian iSkills: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Tue 23 Feb 10.00-12.00)
An online 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.

Referencing: Endnote (Introduction to) (Thu 25 Feb 14.00-16.00)
EndNote X9 is a desktop based reference management tool for Windows and Macs which helps you to build libraries of references and insert them into your Word document as in text citations or footnotes and automatically generate bibliographies. Who is this session for?
This online introduction to EndNote is open to all University of Oxford students and staff.

The full programme of iSkills workshops for Hilary Term is still in scheduling, but in the meantime you can view some elements of the workshops on video.  Take a look at iSkills Libguide to view available video recordings.

Person on their laptop watching an online training session

For a list of all the upcoming workshops in Michaelmas Term please go to the Bodleian iSkills website.

New Scan and Deliver Training Video

Scan & Deliver is an electronic document delivery service which enables you to obtain scans of book chapters or journal articles from the Bodleian Libraries’ print collections.

It comprises of two separate request routes:

  • OffsiteScan for items in off-site storage/closed stack
  • LibraryScan for items on the open shelves of libraries
  • OffsiteScan is available to both University and Bodleian Reader card holders.
  • LibraryScan is available to current members of the University with a SSO only

One request for a scan can be made per day via SOLO.

A new Scan & Deliver Training Video is now available to guide you through the process.

Think Carbon: get involved

We can all make individual changes to our behaviour, by taking simple energy saving actions for example, and we can inform ourselves about climate change, but by joining with others we can do more and have fun!

You could sign up for Student Switch Off at your college or take part in Green Impact via your department or college.

These and many other green initiatives are run by the University’s Environmental Sustainability Team.

Think Carbon: read up

Climate Change Virtual Book Display

Be inspired and informed by our selection of books on climate change and the social sciences, chosen by our Subject Consultants.  Click on the title to access the online version (University members only, Single Sign-On required.)  If there is a print copy in the Social Science Library (SSL), the shelfmark is included.

To find more books on climate change, both online and in print in the SSL and other Oxford libraries, search SOLO.

To see how you can help save energy at home or in the SSL, take a look at our blog post on energy saving tips.

General

Climate change : a very short introductionMark Maslin. 3rd ed. 2014.

SSL shelfmark: QC981.8.C5 MAS 2009 (2nd ed.)

 

Oxford handbook of climate change and society / edited by John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard and David Schlosberg.  2011.

SSL shelfmark:QC903.OXF 2011

 

Routledge handbook of climate change and society / C. Lever-Tracy.  2010.

SSL shelfmark: GE149 ROU 2010

 

Geography

Global warming: understanding the forecast / David Archer.  2007.

SSL shelfmark: QC981.8.C5 ARC 2007

 

Climate change : what everyone needs to know / Joseph Romm.  2nd ed.  2018.

SSL shelfmark: GE149 ROM 2016 (1st ed.)

 

Forced Migration and International Development

Handling climate displacement / Khalid Hassine.  2019.  (Temporary ebook access until May 2021)

 

 

Linking gender to climate change impacts in the Global South / Shouraseni Sen Roy.  2018.

SSL shelfmark: QC903.SEN 2018

 

 

 

Climate change, and displacement: multi-disciplinary perspectives / Jane McAdam.  2010.

SSL shelfmark: JV6346.CLI 2010

 

Climate change and energy insecurity: the challenge for peace, security and development / Felix Dodds.  2009.

SSL shelfmark: GE149 CLI 2009

 

Politics and International Relations

Climate change and the future of democracy / R. S. Deese.  2019.

 

 

Political theory and global climate action : recasting the public sphere / Idil Boran.  2019.

 

 

NATO, climate change, and international security / Tyller Lippert.  2019.

 

 

Climate crisis and the democratic prospect : participatory governance in sustainable communities / Frank Fischer.  2017.

SSL shelfmark: GE170.FIS 2017

 

Power in a warming world : the global politics of climate change and the remaking of environmental inequality / David Ciplet et al.  2015.

SSL shelfmark: GE170 CIP 2015

 

Why are we waiting? : the logic, urgency, and promise of tackling climate change / Nicholas Stern.  2015.

SSL shelfmark: QC903.STE 2015

 

The politics of climate change / Anthony Giddens.  2nd ed.  2011.  (Ebook temporarily available via HathiTrust)

SSL shelfmark: QC903.GID 2011

 

Sociology

The social construction of climate change : power, knowledge, norms, discourses / edited by Mary E. Pettenger.  2007.

SSL shelfmark: GE 149 SOC

 

Debating climate change : pathways through argument to agreement / Elizabeth L. Malone.  2009.

SSL shelfmark: GE149 MAL 2009

 

Economics

The economics and politics of climate change / edited by Dieter Helm and Cameron Hepburn.  2009.

SSL shelfmark: QC903.ECO 2009

 

 

New Click and Collect Training Video

The Bodleian Libraries Click & Collect service allows staff and students from Oxford University to place a request for a book via SOLO (which would usually be available to borrow). Library staff then fetch the item requested and, once the item is ready for collection, an email is then sent. Requestors are then prompted to select a date and time to collect the items:

The SSL’s collections times are Monday to Friday, 12pm – 4pm.

A new Click & Collect Training Video is now available to guide you through the process.

Think Carbon: try our energy saving tips

Save energy

With so many of our activities having moved online, we may find our use of laptops and mobile devices has increased, but we can all do something to save energy, money and carbon dioxide emissions.

Pull the plug on climate change imageIn the SSL we have been working to reduce the energy consumption of our electrical equipment for several years by switching off some photocopiers and PCs during low use periods, setting the photocopiers to sleep after a few minutes’ inactivity and enabling power saving settings on staff PCs.  We have reduced PC monitor brightness and we turn off monitors when not in use.  Low energy LED lights with motion sensors have been installed throughout the library, reducing  the electricity used for lighting by two thirds.

Here are our top tips for how you can save energy at home and in the SSL:

  1. Switch off laptops, mobile phones and tablets when not in use – simple and effective.
  2. Investigate and enable power saving settings on your laptop and mobile phone – do this once then save energy without even thinking about it.
  3. Turn off your mobile phone’s Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth when not in use – this will also make your battery last longer between charges.
  4. Reduce the screen brightness on your mobile phone & laptop.
  5. Unplug any USB devices from your laptop, eg external hard drives, when they are not needed – these can still draw power when not in use.
  6. Shut down the library Reader PCs after use – our PCs are really quick to start up.
  7. Turn off the lights in the Discussion Rooms and Information Skills Training Room when you leave – it’s our policy to leave these lights off.

To learn more about climate change or find out about Oxford University green initiatives, look out for the next posts on our Climate Change Virtual Book Display and getting involved.

 

Bodleian iSkills free online workshops taking place in 5th Week

Bodleian iSkills Logo

The Bodleian iSkills programme is designed to help you make effective use of scholarly materials and resources. These sessions are primarily aimed at Oxford University students and staff (but check the ‘intended audience’ field in the course description before booking).

iSkills workshops will be available in Hilary Term through a combination of webinars and pre-recorded videos.

All workshops are free of charge but must be booked in advance.

Workshops taking place in 5th Week:

Referencing: RefWorks (Mon 15 Feb 10.00-11.30; repeated 2 Mar 14.00-15.30)
RefWorks is a web based reference management tool for Windows and Macs which helps you to collect and manage references and insert them into your Word document as in-text citations or footnotes and generate bibliographies. This online introduction to RefWorks is open to all University of Oxford students and staff.
Who is this session for? Oxford Students, researchers and other staff.

Referencing: Endnote (Introduction to) (Tue 16 Feb 10.00-12.00; repeated Thu 25 Feb 14.00-16.00)
EndNote X9 is a desktop based reference management tool for Windows and Macs which helps you to build libraries of references and insert them into your Word document as in text citations or footnotes and automatically generate bibliographies.
Who is this session for? This online introduction to EndNote is open to all University of Oxford students and staff.

Bodleian iSkills: UK parliamentary and government materials – an introduction (One-to-one sessions on Thursdays, from 21 Jan to 18 Feb)  – ALL SESSIONS FULLY BOOKED.  Please email the Official Papers team official.papers@bodleian.ox.ac.uk for any assistance with your research.

The full programme of iSkills workshops for Hilary Term is still in scheduling, but in the meantime you can view some elements of the workshops on video.  Take a look at iSkills Libguide to view available video recordings.

Person on their laptop watching an online training session

For a list of all the upcoming workshops in Michaelmas Term please go to the Bodleian iSkills website.