Take the SSL on Holiday

Vacation loans started during 8th week of Trinity term. Books (both normal and short  loan) will be due back on Tuesday 9th October (1st week of Michaelmas Term).

If you need to access library resources while you are away from Oxford, follow our tips below:

Access e-books, e-journals and databases remotely by logging in to SOLO with your Single Sign On (SSO) Take a look at the Bodleian Libraries LibGuides for further information.

SSL eReadings provides scans of selected articles and book chapters on reading lists we support that are not available in e-books or e-journals. SSL eReadings is hosted on WebLearn, log in with your Single Sign On (SSO)

Use the Scan & Deliver service if you need to get hold of a chapter or article from the Closed Stacks. Further information can be found here.

 

This week is Open Access Oxford Week (11th to 15th June): Events and booking information

The SSL supports these Open Access Oxford Week events

This week is (11-15 June) is Open Access Oxford Week, which will round off the summer term with daily events across the university. It will be a chance to discuss developments in research dissemination and scholarly communication, policy and practice, all in the context of open access. There will be a mix of local and visiting speakers, including representatives from Research England, the National Institute for Health Research, JISC, Altmetric and the creators of ‘author copyright’ game The Publishing Trap.

There will also be a social science-focused day (but of interest to all disciplines) on Thursday 14 June entitled ‘Publishers, papers and peer review’, led by Professor Alis Oancea (Oxford University Department of Education) and exploring publication strategies, predatory journals, open practice and data, social science repositories, responsible research metrics, and OA policies. Speakers include leaders from academia, publishing, and preprint servers SocArxiv and SSRN.

Further information on the sessions and how to book can be found here.

Vacation Loans start in 8th Week: Sun 10th June for Normal Loans and Thurs 14th June for Short Loans

The end of term is fast approaching and that means vacation borrowing is about to start.

For standard loans this will begin on Sunday of 8th Week (10th June) and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday of 8th Week (14th June).

All vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday of 1st week of Michaelmas Term (9th October)

The total number of books you can borrow remains the same.

Please note that journals, statistical series and ‘Confined’ books remain for library use only during the vacations.

 

Our Book of the Month choice for June

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.

 

Syria: the making and unmaking of a refuge state

Dawn Chatty

Oxford University Press, 2018

Shelfmark:

HV640.5.S97. CHA 2018

 

 

 

 

The Book of the Month for June has been selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for International Development, Forced Migration, African and Commonwealth Studies.

It was chosen to tie in with Refugee Week (18-24 June).

Book Overview

The dispossession and forced migration of nearly 50 per cent of Syria’s population has produced the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. This new book places the current displacement within the context of the widespread migrations that have indelibly marked the region throughout the last 150 years. Syria itself has harboured millions from its neighbouring lands, and Syrian society has been shaped by these diasporas. Dawn Chatty explores how modern Syria came to be a refuge state, focusing first on the major forced migrations into Syria of Circassians, Armenians, Kurds, Palestinians, and Iraqis. Drawing heavily on individual narratives and stories of integration, adaptation, and compromise, she shows that a local cosmopolitanism came to be seen as intrinsic to Syrian society. She examines the current outflow of people from Syria to neighbouring states as individuals and families seek survival with dignity, arguing that though the future remains uncertain, the resilience and strength of Syrian society both displaced internally within Syria and externally across borders bodes well for successful return and reintegration. If there is any hope to be found in the Syrian civil war, it is in this history.

Reviews:

‘A very timely and insightful book. Tracing the arc of migration to and from Syria in the last 150 years. Dawn Chatty offers a layered portrait of a modern nation whose cultural hybridity was until recently the source of its openness.’   

Nasser Rabat, Aga Khan Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

‘Passionate and erudite, combining the intimacy of the anthropological eye with a broad historical sweep, Dawn Chatty tells the two-century story of Syria as a place of refuge. Beginning with Sultan Abdul Hamid’s creation of the muhajireen quarter of Damascus as a refuge for Muslims from Crete, Chatty further exposes the often-forgotten forced migrations of Muslims from the Balkans, Crimea, and the Caucasus; the story continues with the Armenians, Kurds, then the Palestinians and Iraqis. The last chapter recounts the tragedy of how Syrians have now become refugees from their own country.’ 

Raymond Hinnebusch, Professor, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews

‘Today half of the Syrian population is internally displaced or have fled, or left, for mainly neighbouring countries but also further afield. In this crisis we risk disregarding the rich humanitarian history of the country. Dawn Chatty’s timely book is devoted to that history when Bilad ash-Sham in the late Ottoman period, and Syria since World War I, received and welcomed refugees and uprooted people from within, as well as from without, the region. Based on long-term anthropological engagement in the region and with the people she writes about, this book is a very important contribution to regional ethnography and history and to the development of refugee studies.’ 

Annika Rabo, Professor of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

Where can I find it?

We have one loanable copy which is available to borrow from our open shelves. We also have one copy which is for library use only. This second copy is currently on display on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it from the display and take a look at it. The shelfmark for the title is HV640.5.S97. CHA 2018

 

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.

Finalists: Do you have any text books that you would like to donate to the library?

The library would be pleased to receive personal copies of text books that are in reasonable condition and cited on reading lists. We would add these to our lending stock so future students benefit from increased provision.

A collection box has been placed on our issue desk. If you would like us to add a book plate to your donation, please enclose a slip of paper in the book with your name.

In cases where we don’t have sufficient space to add donations to our collections, we send them on to Better World Books.

 

Open Access Oxford Week (11th to 15th June): Events and Booking Information

The SSL supports these Open Access Oxford Week events.

Open Access Oxford Week (11-15 June), will round off the summer term with daily events across the university. It will be a chance to discuss developments in research dissemination and scholarly communication, policy and practice, all in the context of open access. There will be a mix of local and visiting speakers, including representatives from Research England, the National Institute for Health Research, JISC, Altmetric and the creators of ‘author copyright’ game The Publishing Trap.

There will also be a social science-focused day (but of interest to all disciplines) on 14 June entitled ‘Publishers, papers and peer review’, led by Professor Alis Oancea (Oxford University Department of Education) and exploring publication strategies, predatory journals, open practice and data, social science repositories, responsible research metrics, and OA policies. Speakers include leaders from academia, publishing, and preprint servers SocArxiv and SSRN.

Further information on the sessions and how to book can be found here.

Leaving Oxford? Do not forget to use up your PCAS credit

PCAS is the system for photocopying, printing and scanning across the Bodleian Libraries.

Your PCAS account will end when your University card expires and remaining credit is non-refundable.

It is possible to transfer credit to another PCAS account if requested.

It will also be possible to transfer credit to a different card, e.g. alumnus status.

For credit transfer queries please email PCAS Support.

Whilst your University card is valid you can also use your PCAS credit to pay for Scan & Deliver, Bodleian Library Postal Photocopying and Inter-Library Loan requests.

Finishing your degree this Summer? consult our Library checklist

Here are a number of library related things to keep in mind as you prepare to finish your degree and leave Oxford.

Return all library books

If you have any books borrowed from university libraries please return them to the owning library before you leave. This will save on postage or return trips to Oxford (and fines!) later.

Book Donations

If you’ve got any of your own books that you don’t need any longer, the library would be happy to receive donations of social sciences textbooks. A box is available at our Issue Desk for you to place them in or pass them on to a library staff member.

Pay for outstanding fines and lost books

You can pay for all fines owed to any of the Bodleian Libraries in any Bodleian lending library. If you owe money for lost books you will need to visit the library that owns the book you have lost.

Alternatively you can pay for your fines and SSL books you may have lost via the online store. You will need to know the exact amount owed in each case, and you can find this out by signing in to SOLO and looking at “My Account”. If you are no longer able to sign in to SOLO, or have any questions please contact the library.

Use up your PCAS credit

 

Any unused credit on your PCAS account cannot be refunded and so we urge you to use it before you leave Oxford. On request, credit can be transferred to another PCAS account. Please email PCAS Support for assistance.

 

Your PCAS account will end when your University card expires.  It will be possible to transfer credit to a different card, e.g. alumnus status, and all enquiries should be sent to PCAS Support.

 Whilst your University card is valid you can also use your PCAS credit to pay for Scan & Deliver, Bodleian Library Postal Photocopying and Inter-Library Loan requests.

 

Alumni privileges

Reader’s card

As a graduate of the University of Oxford you are entitled to apply for a Reader’s Card (this is different to your Alumni card). This card will grant you reference access to the Bodleian Libraries. Details on how to apply are on the Getting a reader’s card page.

Alumni access to resources

Alumni access to selected resources is available. More information can be found on the Bodleian Alumni access to resources page. Go to the Oxford University Alumni webpage to register for an Oxford Alumni Card.

RefWorks Reference Manager

If you have registered for an individual RefWorks account you will have lifetime access to that account (for as long as we continue to subscribe). More information is available on the Bodleian Libraries’ RefWorks page.

Best of luck!

Whatever you are going on to do when you finish your studies at the University of Oxford, we wish you the best of luck.

The Bodleian Libraries collection of Self-Help Books

 

Following student feedback, the Bodleian Libraries Disability Subcommittee recommended the creation of a collection of self-help books to support students who may experience difficulties during their time in Oxford. As a result, the Bodleian Libraries worked in collaboration with the Counselling Service and College Libraries to acquire the titles.

 

The titles are available as ebooks and University members can access them remotely by clicking on the link in the title of each book. Your Single Sign-On (eg abcd1234) will be required for authentication. If you require any additional information, please contact disability.librarian@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Coping with Exam Pressure

The run up to exams can be particularly stressful, take a look at this Oxford University webpage which gives you practical advice on coping with anxiety while revising and sitting your exams, and offers further sources of help.

Library related sources of help

 

Remember that SSL Library Staff are here to help you. Let us know if you can’t locate library materials or need assistance accessing library services.