Our Book of the Month Choice for September

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.

 

Measuring poverty around the world

by Anthony B. Atkinson

Princeton University Press, 2019

HC79.P6.ATK 2019

eBook available here

 

 

September’s book of the month was selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics and Sociology.

 

 

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because of the way it shows the importance of evidence, data and measurement in properly understanding Poverty as a concern of the Social Sciences.

Book Overview

The final book from a pioneer in the study of poverty and inequality offers an inspiring analysis of a central question: What is poverty and how much of it is there around the globe?

The persistence of poverty – in rich and poor countries alike – is one of the most serious problems facing us in the 21st Century. Better measurement of poverty is essential for raising awareness, motivating action, designing good policy, gauging progress, and holding political leaders accountable. To help make this possible, Atkinson provides a critically important examination of how poverty is – and should be – measured. Bringing together evidence about the nature and extent of poverty across the world and including case studies of sixty countries, Atkinson addresses both financial poverty and other indicators of deprivation. He starts from first principles about the meaning of poverty, translates these into concrete measures, and analyses the data to which the measures can be applied. Crucially, he integrates international organizations’ measurements of poverty with countries’ own national analyses.

Reviews

“In a rapidly changing world, with ever mounting global problems, researchers would do well to follow Atkinson’s socially conscious, ethically informed, and policy relevant approach to research and problem solving.”

Brian Colgan, Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics.

“To assure that progress against poverty is maintained and hopefully accelerated, the type of intellectually honest, scholarly yet socially committed, research exemplified by Tony Atkinson throughout his career will be needed in spades.”

Martin Ravallion, Journal of Economic Inequality.

How can I access it?

An eBook of this title is available via SOLO. Oxford University staff and students can access it remotely by logging into SOLO with their SSO.

A print copy is also available on our open shelves at HC79.P6.ATK 2019

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.

 

SSL Reading Rooms to open from Monday 17 August

From Monday 17 August, readers will be admitted to the Social Science Library to use our study spaces and consult our onsite collections.

Access to the library is strictly by advance booking only, to ensure the continued safety of our staff and readers.

To book a desk space, including desks with PCs, height-adjustable desks and study carrels, please visit our bookings page, select the category of workspace you would like to use and make a booking for the date(s) you wish to visit the library.

You can book workspaces from a minimum of one day to a maximum of two weeks in advance.

You will be able to book a whole day (currently 10am-4pm), and can arrive and leave at any point during the day.

After submitting your request, you will receive a confirmation email containing important information on the new arrangements in place in our libraries. Please read this carefully.

For more information on the re-opening of Bodleian Libraries Reading Rooms, please visit: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/reading-rooms.

 

Our Book of the Month Choice for August

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.

 

Research methods in conflict settings:  a view from below

by Dyan E Mazurana & Karen Jacobsen

Cambridge University Press, 2013

eBook available here

 

 

August’s book of the month was selected by Sarah Rhodes, Subject Consultant for International Development and Forced Migration Studies.

 

 

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen to consider the additional challenges faced by researchers in undertaking research in the ever-changing and heightened sensitivities of conflict zones.

Book Overview

Increasing numbers of researchers are now working in regions experiencing high levels of conflict or crisis, or among populations that have fled violent conflict to become refugees or internally displaced persons. Understanding these conflicts and their aftermath should be shaped not only by the victors and their elite companions but also by the local people whose daily lives become intertwined with the conflict – and it is this “view from below” that this volume’s authors seek to share. However, conducting rigorous research in these kinds of field contexts presents a range of ethical, methodological, logistical, and security challenges not usually confronted in non-conflict field contexts. This volume compiles a rich variety of lessons learned by experienced field researchers, many of whom have faced demanding situations characterized by violence, profound and well-grounded distrust, and social fragmentation. The authors’ offer options, ideas, and techniques for studying the situations of people affected by conflict and, by focusing on ethical and security issues, seek ways to safeguard the interests and integrity of the research “subjects” and of the researchers and their teams.

How can I access it?

An eBook of this title is available via SOLO. Oxford University staff and students can access it remotely by logging into SOLO with their SSO.

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.

 

New Return of Loans via Post Service

The Bodleian Libraries are now offering a return of loans by post service in partnership with Royal Mail. We understand that it may be difficult or impossible to physically return your borrowed items to the proper library in Oxford, thus the Bodleian Libraries return by post service will cover shipping costs to facilitate returning all loaned books.

Using the form available here you will be able to generate a mailing label to print at home or a QR code to take to a Royal Mail post office for printing as you return the books

You will need to provide an approximate weight of your books. Please use a personal scale or use the images provided to estimate the weight of your books for return.  Individual items weighing more than 20kg will need to be sent using an alternate method. Screenshots of the process are also provided showing what to expect in the form.

If you have any questions, please email us.

Information about all of the Returns of Loans options are available here.

Extended hours at the SSL for Book Returns

Our book returns service is now operating from Monday to Friday from 12pm – 4pm.

When returning items to the SSL:

  • Please queue outside the Manor Road Building 2m from the person in front of you
  • When at the front of the queue, staff will ask you to place your books in the crates provided

  • Books should be placed in the crates as per the image above.
  • Please do not leave your books outside the building while we are unstaffed and unable to accept returns, as they will be at risk of damage and theft. Full replacement costs will be charged for items left this way.

Other Libraries that you can return books to that are open at various times through the week are:

  • Old Road Campus building
  • Radcliffe Humanities building
  • Saïd Business School
  • Weston Library

Additional information can be found here.

A map showing the locations where you can return items to can be found here.

If you are unable to return your books at any of these libraries during their scheduled opening times, please email ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk for advice.

Want to borrow an item from our collection? Find out more about our Click & Collect service here.

 

Click and Collect is now available

Click & Collect is now available

This is an emergency interim service that enables you to borrow from selected Bodleian Libraries, including the Social Science Library.

Current members of the University can log onto SOLO with their Single Sign-On and request items that would usually be available to borrow. Library staff will fetch your requested items and then you will receive an email asking you to select a collection date and time.

See here for further information.

Returning Books to the SSL

The SSL book returns service operates from Monday to Friday from 12pm – 4pm.

When returning items to the SSL:

  • Please queue outside the Manor Road Building 2m from the person in front of you
  • When at the front of the queue, staff will ask you to place your books in the crates provided
  • Please do not leave your books outside the building while we are unstaffed and unable to accept returns, as they will be at risk of damage and theft. Full replacement costs will be charged for items left this way.

Other Libraries that you can return books to that are open at various times through the week are:

  • Old Road Campus building
  • Radcliffe Humanities building
  • Saïd Business School
  • Weston Library

Additional information can be found here.

A map showing the locations where you can return items to can be found here.

If you are away from Oxford and unable to return your books in person to these libraries, you now have the option of returning them via post:

The Bodleian Libraries are offering a return of loans by post service in partnership with Royal Mail. We understand that it may be difficult or impossible to physically return your borrowed items to the proper library in Oxford, thus the Bodleian Libraries return by post service will cover shipping costs to facilitate returning all loaned books.

Using the form available here you will be able to generate a mailing label to print at home or a QR code to take to a Royal Mail post office for printing as you return the books.

You will need to provide an approximate weight of your books. Please use a personal scale or use the images provided to estimate the weight of your books for return.  Individual items weighing more than 20kg will need to be sent using an alternate method. Screenshots of the process are also provided showing what to expect in the form.

If you have any questions, please email us.

 

 

Scan and Deliver is now available

Scan & Deliver is now available.

This is an electronic document delivery service providing scans of chapters or articles from the Bodleian Libraries’ print collections, including those in the Social Science Library.

Current members of the University can log onto SOLO with their Single Sign-On to see an “OffsiteScan” request button for items held in offsite storage, and a “LibraryScan” request button for items held by libraries offering the scanning service.

Bodleian Reader Card-holders can log onto SOLO with their Bodleian Libraries username and password  to make “OffsiteScan” requests.

For more information see here.

Our Book of the Month Choice for July

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 water paradox: overcoming the global crisis in water management

by Edward B. Barbier

Yale University Press, 2019

eBook available here

 

 

 

 

The Book of the Month for July has been selected by Andy Kernot, Subject Consultant for Geography, Social Policy, Internet Studies and Public Policy. 

 

 

Why was it chosen?

It was chosen because it highlights how much something that we take for granted, water, is under threat by human mismanagement and what we can do to resolve this.

Book Overview

Water is essential to life, yet humankind’s relationship with water is complex. For millennia, we have perceived it as abundant and easily accessible. But water shortages are fast becoming a persistent reality for all nations, rich and poor. With demand outstripping supply, a global water crisis is imminent. In this trenchant critique of current water policies and practices, Edward Barbier argues that our water crisis is as much a failure of water management as it is a result of scarcity. Outdated governance structures and institutions, combined with continual underpricing, have perpetuated the overuse and undervaluation of water and disincentivized much-needed technological innovation. As a result “water grabbing” is on the rise, and cooperation to resolve these disputes is increasingly fraught. Barbier draws on evidence from countries across the globe to show the scale of the problem, and outlines the policy and management solutions needed to avert this crisis.

Reviews

‘’Edward Barbier does a fabulous job educating the reader on the state of water in the world and on ways to address associated water-issues. While the book is written for a non-technical audience, it is essential reading for water professionals and policy makers.’’

Ariel Dinar, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of California, Riverside.

Barbier is the go-to person on water and water scarcity. This is a comprehensive guide for anyone who cares about one of the most important issues in this century.”

Dieter Helm, Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford and author of Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet

“Clear and compelling… recommended reading for all interested in the pressing issue of water scarcity.”

Professor Anil Markandya, Former Scientific Director at the Basque Centre for Climate Change.

How can I access it?

An eBook of this title is available via SOLO. Oxford University staff and students can access it remotely by logging into SOLO with their SSO.

Black Lives Matter and Anti Racist Online Resources Reading List

A reading list has been created of Black Lives Matter and anti-racist online resources. The list was created in liaison with the Bodleian Libraries, College Libraries and JCR Welfare reps. It is an evolving list of online resources with titles being added regularly.  If you have any feedback or titles you would like to see included please contact Helen Worrell.

For more information on the Bodleian Libraries’ ongoing commitment to promoting inclusive collection development please see the ‘Changing the Narrative: championing inclusive collection development’ Libguide.