Publisher Ambassador opportunity for Oxford Humanities and Social Science students

GALE, the publisher which supplies the Bodleian Libraries’ subscriptions to the digital archives of The Times newspaper and The Economist, among others, is adverstising to recruit two student ambassadors.

For more information or to apply, contact Jess Edwards at Gale (jessica.edwards@cengage.com) by Wednesday 22 August.

Lighting Replacement Update

The Library’s lights have now been replaced with new efficient fittings and control switches in our Discussion Rooms, Information Skills Training Room and the Q-Step Teaching Lab.

The following rooms will be unavailable for short periods while the lighting replacement continues. The dates of the work are estimated as follows:

  • Central Graduate Study Room: Thursday 26 July – Friday 10 August
  • East Graduate Study Room: Monday 13 August – Friday 24 August

 

New service for online resources: Databases A-Z

As of Tuesday 26 June, the OxLIP+ service has been replaced with a new platform: Databases A-Z.

The new service preserves the primary features of OxLIP+: a searchable platform for bibliographic and reference databases provided by Bodleian Libraries for the University of Oxford, with filters for specific subject disciplines and database types.

OU e-Journals is also now available as a separate service: e-Journals A-Z.

These databases and e-journals are also listed in SOLO.

Manor Road Building Lighting Replacement Project

A long-term project is underway to replace all lights in the Manor Road Building.
New light fittings have been installed in many parts of the Library already, including some staff offices and most of the reader spaces in the South part of the Library.

The following rooms will be closed for short periods in the coming weeks for the new fittings to be installed in each.
All closures are shown at the calendar pages for each room accessed via https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ssl/how/discussion-rooms 
• Small Discussion Room: Monday 2 – Friday 6 July
• Large Discussion Room: Monday 9 – Friday 13 July
• Information Skills Training Room: Monday 16 – Friday 20 July
• Q-Step teaching lab: Monday 23 July – Friday 3 August

Other lights in the North Area of the Library will be replaced gradually throughout the summer outside Library opening hours.

The new lights are much more efficient than the previous fittings and are creating great energy savings for the building.

If you have any feedback, please contact us at ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

SSL Student Survey 2018: thank you for your feedback

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The SSL would like to thank all students who recently participated in our 2018 student survey. We received 367 responses and some really useful feedback. Over the next few months we will be hard at work analysing the results to identify ways we can further improve our services to students.

The lucky winner of our £50 Blackwell’s voucher was Mallika Wagle (PPE). Congratulations!

Sustainable library books at the SSL

In summer 2017, the Social Science Library conducted a survey of its new purchases to investigate the sustainability practices and commitments of the publishers who supply our broad intake of new books.

We had previously acknowledged “Resource use (paper, energy, ink) in printing and delivering books and journals acquired for the library” as one of the Library’s most significant environmental impacts.

As it is our key responsibility as a Library to provide reading materials in support of world-class teaching and research, our purchasing decisions are driven entirely by academic criteria. However, we were interested to explore the sustainability credentials of the publishers of the books we buy, and celebrate the examples of good practice we found.

During the survey we examined the new print books delivered to the library, looking for statements of responsible sourcing of materials and other sustainability policies within the books themselves. We also looked for this information on the websites of the publishers of the books we had received.

We received 65 new printed books during the period of the survey, from 29 different publishers. The library also purchased 6 multi-user e-books during the same period.

12 of the new printed books contained notes in the publication information given within the book to indicate some degree of sustainability practice in the publishing process, for example:

“This book is printed on paper suitable for recycling and made from fully managed and sustained forest sources. Logging, pulping and manufacturing processes are expected to conform to the environmental regulations of the country of origin.”

  • Note in book published by Palgrave Macmillan

8 of the new books were marked with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) [http://welcome.fsc.org/understanding-the-fsc-labels.27.htm] logo, certifying that the materials used to make the book are sourced responsibly, comprising material originating from FSC certified forests, as well as recycled or reclaimed materials.

A further 14 of the books contained a statement that they had been printed on acid-free or alkaline paper, or that the production process met national or international standards of Permanence of Paper [http://www.niso.org/apps/group_public/project/details.php?project_id=81] which indicates that under normal circumstances the paper should survive for several hundred years.

We found other statements and commitments to sustainable practice on our book suppliers’ websites. Here are some examples:

Terminology changes to SSL books on SOLO

In order to make it clearer to our readers which of our books can be borrowed, we have recently made a couple of changes to the terminology you will see in SOLO.

You can now easily see on SOLO which books are “Normal Loan”, “Short Loan” and “Library Use Only” in the Type/Status column on SOLO:

Previously, “Library Use Only” books were referred to as “Reference” or “Confined” books but we think this new terminology makes their status clearer.

You can see whether, and for how long, you are entitled to borrow each category of book on our Borrowing Books web page.

 

SSL Student Survey: thank you for your feedback

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The SSL would like to thank all students who recently participated in our 2017 student survey. We received 263 responses and some really useful feedback. Over the next few months we will be hard at work analysing the results to identify ways we can further improve our services to students.

The lucky winner of our £50 Blackwell’s voucher was Alessio Cuozzo from the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Congratulations!

 

Building maintenance on Tuesday 11 April: Crane Lift

Due to maintenance work being carried out on the Manor Road Building roof, the west side of the library facing the St Cross Building will be closed for a short time on Tuesday 11 April. The Building Facilities Team will place barriers around the affected closed areas for the duration of the work, which is expected to be completed by 12 noon.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.