Hilary Term Vacation hours and Easter Closure Period

On Sunday 16th March our Hilary Term vacation opening hours begin:

Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm

Saturday: 10am – 6pm

Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Note that we have extended our opening hours to include Sundays during Easter Vacation 2019 (excluding Easter Sunday (21st April)).

This is a pilot, in line with the Bodleian Libraries Strategic Plan which states: “We will improve access to highly used hub libraries by increasing opening hours to better reflect user requirements” and the results of a recent Opening Hours satisfaction survey.

If the pilot is successful, SSL opening hours will continue to include Sundays in future Easter Vacations.

We will be closed from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st April (dates inclusive).

We will re-open on Monday 22nd April at 9am (closing at 7pm).

 

Work taking place to replace lighting in the library (18 March to 12 April)

Over the Easter vacation, work will be continuing to replace our fluorescent ceiling lights in the SSL with energy efficient LED lights. This will take place from Monday 18th March to Friday 12th April. The area the work will be carried out in is the section of books located to the rear of the library (between the two Discussion Rooms and the Q-Step Teaching Lab). See red outlined section below:

While the work takes place, this section of the library will be unavailable to readers. This will also include the individual study desks adjacent to the book shelves along the west wall (see blue block within the red outline section above).

Note that sections of this overall area will be made available again as the work progresses.

Library staff will operate a fetching service for books located in the above area. Readers should go to the Library Issue Desk to request material.

The work will involve some noise disturbance at times. However, we are hoping to restrict this to between 9am – 10am each morning. There may be some additional noise disturbance between 1pm – 2pm.

The LED light fittings use less than half the amount of electricity of the old fitting. This is part of a University of Oxford Estates Services project to improve lighting efficiency throughout the Manor Road Building.

With such a positive outcome for the library we appreciate your understanding while the work takes place.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email us.

 

New Sunday Opening Hours during the Easter Vacation

The Social Science Library opening hours will be extended to include Sundays      (11am – 7pm) during Easter Vacation 2019. Note that we will be closed on Easter Sunday (21st April), details below.

This is a pilot, in line with the Bodleian Libraries Strategic Plan which states: “We will improve access to highly used hub libraries by increasing opening hours to better reflect user requirements” and the results of a recent Opening Hours satisfaction survey.

If the pilot is successful, SSL opening hours will continue to include Sundays in future Easter Vacations.

Take the SSL on Holiday: ways to access library material remotely

Vacation loans start during 8th week of Hilary Term. Books (both normal and short  loan) will be due back on Tuesday 30th April (1st week of Trinity 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.

We will be closed from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st April 2019 (dates inclusive).

The library will close at 7pm on Thursday 18th April and reopen at 9am on Monday 22nd April (Note that we will be closing at 7pm on Monday 22nd April)

This week is Open Access Oxford Week (Mon 4 to Fri 8th March)

The SSL supports these Open Access Oxford Week events

Open Access Oxford Week (4 -8 March), will round off the spring 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 speakers from around the university plus Wikimedia UK, Research England, Oxford University Press, UK Copyright Literacy and Universities UK.There will be a special event on Tuesday 5 March – ‘Open Access and Monographs: publishers, policies, practicalities’. Following on from the Oxford OA monographs seminar in November 2018, another chance to hear from practitioners about the latest developments in OA for academic books. Speakers will discuss open access to long-form works from their different perspectives. The aims are to provide updates on current developments, help researchers take informed decisions about publishing, and to know where to go for help. This event is aimed at Humanities Division academics, researchers & research students, but is open to all current University members.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

Feminisms, empowerment and development: changing women’s lives

edited by Andrea Cornwall and Jenny Edwards

Zed Books, 2014

Shelfmark: HQ1240.FEM 2014

 

 

 

 

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

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen to tie in with International Women’s Day on 8th March 2019.

Book Overview

The economic and political empowerment of women continues to be a central focus for development agencies worldwide; access to medical care, education and employment, as well as women’s reproductive rights remain key factors effecting women’s autonomy. This book explores what women are doing to change their own circumstances, and provides in-depth analysis of collective action and institutionalized mechanisms aimed at changing structural relations.

Drawing on unique, original research and approaching empowerment as a complex process of negotiation, rather than a linear sequence of inputs and outcomes, this crucial collection highlights the difficulty of creating common agendas for the advancement of women’s power and rights, and argues for a more nuanced, context based approach to development theory and practice.  It is an indispensable text for anyone interested in gender and development

Reviews:

‘With rich, empirically grounded chapters from around the world, this is a truly feminist multidisciplinary collection that brings together the discourse on women’s empowerment to a new level.’

Radhika Balakrishnan, executive director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership

Where can I find it?

We have one Normal Loan copy on our open shelves, which can be borrowed and an additional copy that is for Library Use Only. The Library Use Only copy is currently displayed 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 to have a look at it. The shelfmark for the title is HQ1240.FEM 2014

We have two eBooks of the title. Both can be accessed via SOLO. One is an electronic legal deposit copy. Online access for this material is restricted to library computers in any of the Bodleian Libraries. A link to it can be found on SOLO. The other can also be accessed remotely by University Card holders by signing in with your SSO.  A link to it can be found on SOLO.

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.

Vacation Loans start in 8th Week (Sun 3rd March for Normal Loans and Thurs 7th March 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 (3rd March) and for short loan items it will begin on Thursday of 8th Week (7th March).

All vacation loans will be due back on Tuesday of 1st week of Trinity Term (30th April)

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.

Open Access Oxford Week (4th to 8th March): Events and Booking Information

The SSL supports these Open Access Oxford Week events.

Open Access Oxford Week (4 -8 March), will round off the spring 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 speakers from around the university plus Wikimedia UK, Research England, Oxford University Press, UK Copyright Literacy and Universities UK.

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

Last chance to have your say: Complete the Bodleian Libraries Reader Survey: Ends Mon 18 February

The Bodleian Libraries is inviting all members of the University of Oxford and all Bodleian cardholders to share their feedback about the Libraries by completing a short online Reader Survey.

The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete but it provides vital information that feeds into decision making and helps improve our library services.

 

The survey is open until Monday 18 February, and is for all readers who have used the physical libraries across Oxford or the online collections. In addition to members of the University, feedback is welcome from external researchers who have a Bodleian Libraries card, including alumni.

 

Readers are asked to share their views on areas such as the provision of information resources, the libraries as a space for study, how staff treat readers, information skills and support, and their overall satisfaction with library support for research, teaching and learning. Responses are confidential. No identifying links between responses and the individual responding will be retained. As a thank you taking part, participants can choose to enter a prize draw to win one of ten £50 Amazon vouchers.

The Bodleian is continually seeking feedback from readers, and conducts a readership-wide survey every 3-4 years.Numerous changes and enhancements have been made to the library service in response to feedback received from the last Reader Survey, which took place in 2016. These can be viewed here.

Preliminary results from this year’s Reader Survey will be posted on the Bodleian Libraries’ website at Easter.

 

Find out more about Reference Management Software

Need help with managing your references ???

Formatting your text citations, footnotes and bibliography correctly for your essay or thesis can be a chore. Using Reference management software makes it easier and saves you time.

To find out more about the different software available, how they work, and which will best suit your needs:

Click on the image above to access our Reference Management LibGuide, which includes comprehensive information on different reference management software.

Attend one of the upcoming Bodleian iSkills Reference Management training sessions:

Referencing: Choosing and using software

Thursday 7 February & Tuesday 12 February, 14.00-17.00

Referencing: Refworks for Sciences and Social Sciences

Friday 15 February, 09.15-12.15

Referencing: Mendeley

Friday 1 March, 09.15-12.15

Referencing: Zotero

Wednesday 20 February, 09.15-12.15

Click on the session title links above to book a place. For a complete list of Bodleian iSkills training sessions see here.