Repairs to automatic front door

Repairs are currently under way today Thursday 23 January to the Social Science Library’s automatic doors at the entrance to the library.

The library will be fully accessible as normal from 9.00am to 10.00pm, however there may be some noise disturbance particularly in the entrance area for part of the day.

Thanks to all our readers for their patience during these important maintenance works.

Finding things in the Library : prototype improvements Part 2: let us know what you think!

The Social Science Library is currently taking part in a Navigating & Wayfinding project along with other sites in the Bodleian Libraries. In response to feedback from readers, we are experimenting with new ways to make it easier to find things in and near the Library. Over a period of two weeks we will be trialling four new prototype improvements.

Did you see the prototypes while using the library today?

1) Some new signs showing where the beginning of each category of shelfmarks begins in our books collection.

2) Some “hiking trails” of directional signs for various locations.

Let us know what you think!

Write your thoughts on the flipchart opposite the issue desk, email ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or contact us using the details at https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ssl/contact.

Finding things in the Library : prototype improvements : let us know what you think!

The Social Science Library is currently taking part in a Navigating & Wayfinding project along with other sites in the Bodleian Libraries. In response to feedback from readers, we are experimenting with new ways to make it easier to find things in the Library. For the next two weeks we will be trialling four new prototype improvements: two each week.

Did you see the prototypes while using the library today?

1) A new sign directing readers to books with shelfmarks beginning with J, K, L, M, N, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V and Z

2) Maps of the whole Library displayed in two additional locations

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Let us know what you think!

Write your thoughts on the flipchart opposite the issue desk, email ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or contact us using the details at https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ssl/contact.

Geography at the Social Science Library

During summer 2019, the Bodleian Libraries Geography collections, comprising over 11,000 books and over 600 dissertations, were successfully transferred from the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) to the Social Science Library (SSL) and integrated into the open shelf collections. The move took place as part of preparations for the construction of Parks College in the University Science Area which will share some of its buildings with the Radcliffe Science Library.

You can return any Geography books you have borrowed for the Summer Vacation to the RSL or the SSL. Any books returned to the RSL will be transferred to the SSL.

Andy Kernot, our Subject Consultant for Geography, has also moved from the RSL to the SSL. You can contact him via email [andrew.kernot [at] Bodleian.ox.ac.uk] or by phone 01865 272839, or can ask for him at the SSL issue desk.

We look forward to supporting all staff and students from the School of Geography and the Environment (SOGE), and we will welcome over 150 new Geography students to their new home for Library services in Freshers’ Week 2019.

Brief interruption to wireless network access: 10:00-10:30 on Thursday 26 September

The Network Team in IT Services needs to carry out an enhancement to the network connectivity for the Bodleian Libraries wireless and reader PC networks. The disruption is expected to last only a few minutes whilst connections are moved during the period 10:00-10:30 on Thursday 26 September.

IT Services apologise for any inconvenience caused by this work.

New Accessibility Equipment: High Definition Magnifier

As part of the Accessibility Equipment bid in the 2017-2018 academic year, the Social Science Library has obtained a “DaVinci Pro” CCTV/OCR magnifier.
The device can display high-definition enlarged images which can be of particular benefit to readers with low vision.

The device also has an Optical Character Recognition mode which can take snapshots of written text and convert them to audio speech.

Please ask Library Staff for assistance and guidance with the device.
A full instruction manual can be obtained from the Issue Desk.
There is 25 minute video introducing the main features of the device on YouTube.

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