Celebrate World Environment Day

Today, 5 June 2021, is World Environment Day.  This year’s theme is Ecosystem Restoration and the day marks the start of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.  In this post we share some ways to celebrate.

Explore your local ecosystems: Take a break from studying and get to know your local flora and fauna.  We are lucky to have meadows, rivers and woodland all within a few minutes’ walk of the SSL, including New Marston Meadows, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is located on the other side of the River Cherwell from the University Parks.  Look out for butterflies, kingfishers and swifts and let us know what you discover.

Music Meadow in Oxford with buttercups and trees in the backgroundRead up:  Choose some inspiring reading from our selection of SSL books on restoration ecology.
Books on a shelf with an image of a Turtle Dove on the cover of the book titled WildingOr take a look at these books recently enjoyed by SSL staff:

A Sting in the Tale by Dave Goulson, about the conservation of bumblebees and their habitats, and Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.Two book covers, one with images of different bee species and the other with a braid made of sweetgrassWelcome wildlife into your outdoor spaces, whether that’s a window box, balcony or garden.  SSL staff have been leaving nettle patches and wild flowers to grow, taking part in No Mow May, providing nest sites for bees, ladybirds and other insects, adding a pot of bee-friendly plants to their balcony, and even digging a pond.  One colleague made an insect house out of old bits of wood and fir cones in an upturned flower pot.  If you’d like to try this, the RSPB provides a great guide to building your own bug hotelWooden nest box for ladybirds and bees with a terracotta pot containing green shoots of bee-friendly plantsAnd finally, if you’d like to learn more about global ecosystems, why they matter, and how we can all help protect and restore them see https://www.worldenvironmentday.global

Think Carbon: get involved

We can all make individual changes to our behaviour, by taking simple energy saving actions for example, and we can inform ourselves about climate change, but by joining with others we can do more and have fun!

You could sign up for Student Switch Off at your college or take part in Green Impact via your department or college.

These and many other green initiatives are run by the University’s Environmental Sustainability Team.

Think Carbon: read up

Climate Change Virtual Book Display

Be inspired and informed by our selection of books on climate change and the social sciences, chosen by our Subject Consultants.  Click on the title to access the online version (University members only, Single Sign-On required.)  If there is a print copy in the Social Science Library (SSL), the shelfmark is included.

To find more books on climate change, both online and in print in the SSL and other Oxford libraries, search SOLO.

To see how you can help save energy at home or in the SSL, take a look at our blog post on energy saving tips.

General

Climate change : a very short introductionMark Maslin. 3rd ed. 2014.

SSL shelfmark: QC981.8.C5 MAS 2009 (2nd ed.)

 

Oxford handbook of climate change and society / edited by John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard and David Schlosberg.  2011.

SSL shelfmark:QC903.OXF 2011

 

Routledge handbook of climate change and society / C. Lever-Tracy.  2010.

SSL shelfmark: GE149 ROU 2010

 

Geography

Global warming: understanding the forecast / David Archer.  2007.

SSL shelfmark: QC981.8.C5 ARC 2007

 

Climate change : what everyone needs to know / Joseph Romm.  2nd ed.  2018.

SSL shelfmark: GE149 ROM 2016 (1st ed.)

 

Forced Migration and International Development

Handling climate displacement / Khalid Hassine.  2019.  (Temporary ebook access until May 2021)

 

 

Linking gender to climate change impacts in the Global South / Shouraseni Sen Roy.  2018.

SSL shelfmark: QC903.SEN 2018

 

 

 

Climate change, and displacement: multi-disciplinary perspectives / Jane McAdam.  2010.

SSL shelfmark: JV6346.CLI 2010

 

Climate change and energy insecurity: the challenge for peace, security and development / Felix Dodds.  2009.

SSL shelfmark: GE149 CLI 2009

 

Politics and International Relations

Climate change and the future of democracy / R. S. Deese.  2019.

 

 

Political theory and global climate action : recasting the public sphere / Idil Boran.  2019.

 

 

NATO, climate change, and international security / Tyller Lippert.  2019.

 

 

Climate crisis and the democratic prospect : participatory governance in sustainable communities / Frank Fischer.  2017.

SSL shelfmark: GE170.FIS 2017

 

Power in a warming world : the global politics of climate change and the remaking of environmental inequality / David Ciplet et al.  2015.

SSL shelfmark: GE170 CIP 2015

 

Why are we waiting? : the logic, urgency, and promise of tackling climate change / Nicholas Stern.  2015.

SSL shelfmark: QC903.STE 2015

 

The politics of climate change / Anthony Giddens.  2nd ed.  2011.  (Ebook temporarily available via HathiTrust)

SSL shelfmark: QC903.GID 2011

 

Sociology

The social construction of climate change : power, knowledge, norms, discourses / edited by Mary E. Pettenger.  2007.

SSL shelfmark: GE 149 SOC

 

Debating climate change : pathways through argument to agreement / Elizabeth L. Malone.  2009.

SSL shelfmark: GE149 MAL 2009

 

Economics

The economics and politics of climate change / edited by Dieter Helm and Cameron Hepburn.  2009.

SSL shelfmark: QC903.ECO 2009

 

 

Think Carbon: try our energy saving tips

Save energy

With so many of our activities having moved online, we may find our use of laptops and mobile devices has increased, but we can all do something to save energy, money and carbon dioxide emissions.

Pull the plug on climate change imageIn the SSL we have been working to reduce the energy consumption of our electrical equipment for several years by switching off some photocopiers and PCs during low use periods, setting the photocopiers to sleep after a few minutes’ inactivity and enabling power saving settings on staff PCs.  We have reduced PC monitor brightness and we turn off monitors when not in use.  Low energy LED lights with motion sensors have been installed throughout the library, reducing  the electricity used for lighting by two thirds.

Here are our top tips for how you can save energy at home and in the SSL:

  1. Switch off laptops, mobile phones and tablets when not in use – simple and effective.
  2. Investigate and enable power saving settings on your laptop and mobile phone – do this once then save energy without even thinking about it.
  3. Turn off your mobile phone’s Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth when not in use – this will also make your battery last longer between charges.
  4. Reduce the screen brightness on your mobile phone & laptop.
  5. Unplug any USB devices from your laptop, eg external hard drives, when they are not needed – these can still draw power when not in use.
  6. Shut down the library Reader PCs after use – our PCs are really quick to start up.
  7. Turn off the lights in the Discussion Rooms and Information Skills Training Room when you leave – it’s our policy to leave these lights off.

To learn more about climate change or find out about Oxford University green initiatives, look out for the next posts on our Climate Change Virtual Book Display and getting involved.

 

Think Climate: try our energy saving tips, be inspired by our Climate Change book display, get involved

The University has launched a new carbon target, to halve peak emissions by 2030.  This will be challenging, but we can all do something to help.

Save Energy

Pull the plug on climate change imageHere in the SSL we have been working to reduce the energy consumption of our electrical equipment by switching off some photocopiers and PCs during low use periods, setting the photocopiers to sleep after a few minutes’ inactivity and enabling power saving settings on staff PCs.  We have reduced PC monitor brightness and we turn off monitors when not in use.  Low energy LED lights with motion sensors have been installed throughout the library thanks to an ongoing Estates Services project to convert all the lighting in the Manor Road Building to LED.  This has reduced the amount of electricity used to light the library by two thirds.

Here are our top tips for how you can help save energy in the SSL:

  1. Switch off laptops and mobile devices when not in use – simple and effective.
  2. Enable power saving settings on your laptop – do this once then save energy without even thinking about it.
  3. Turn off your device’s Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth when not in use – this will also make your battery last longer between charges.
  4. Reduce the screen brightness on your mobile phone & laptop – another great battery saving tip.
  5. Unplug any USB devices from your laptop, eg external hard drives, when they are not needed – these can still draw power when not in use.
  6. Shut down the Reader PCs after use – our new PCs are really quick to start up.
  7. Turn off the lights in the Discussion Rooms, Information Skills Training Room and Q-Step Centre Teaching Lab when you leave – our policy is to leave these lights off.

Read up

Be inspired and informed by our Climate Change Book Display located around the corner from the SSL Issue Desk.

The books have been chosen by our Subject Consultants and cover African Studies, Economics, Forced Migration, Geography, International Development, International Relations, Politics and Sociology.  They are just a small selection of the books we hold on climate change – to find more books on this topic, search SOLO.

Get involved

We can all make individual changes to our behaviour but by joining with others we can do more and have fun.  You could sign up for Student Switch Off at your college or take part in Green Impact via your department or college.  Find out more about these and other initiatives run by the University’s Environmental Sustainability Team at https://sustainability.admin.ox.ac.uk/get-involved

 

 

 

Feeling lost in the Library? Look out for our maps, guides and signs

If you are struggling to find a book, room or service in the Social Science Library, look out for these sources of help:

Library map – consult the large map in the Library entrance area or pick up a map from the Issue Desk to use in the library.  You will also find the map on the ends of the shelves in the main aisle of the library and as a PDF on our website.

Signs – look out for these signs to point you to the different rooms in the library.

Plan of the bookshelves – use this to find the general location of your book (and see how far you need to walk…)

Stack end signs – these tell you the range of shelfmarks on that side of the shelves.

How to…Understand shelfmarks poster – if you have ever wondered what the letters and numbers in the shelfmark of your book actually mean, then take a look at this poster.  It also explains how books are ordered on the shelf, eg the first line of numbers are whole numbers and so the order is 1, 2, 10, 15, 150, 1200 …

Library staff – we are always happy to help.  You can find us at the Issue Desk, or out and about in the library replacing books on the shelves.

 

 

 

 

Infrequent noise disturbance from 20 August to 10 September 2019

There may be some infrequent drilling noise audible within the Library from 20 August to 10 September 2019.  This is due to lighting replacement work taking place on the upper floors of the Manor Road Building.

Most of the drilling will be completed by 9.00am each day.

Please ask staff for advice on the quietest spaces to work in the Library during this time.

Entry gate upgrade on Monday 15 July

On Monday 15 July, the Social Science Library’s entry gate will be converted from a swipe-based access control system to a card proximity reader, using the SALTO system also used in many other buildings across the University.

The library’s accessible entrance, currently operated using electronic tags issued to specific users, will also be converted to SALTO at the same time.

While the work takes place, please show your University/Bodleian Libraries card to staff in order to enter the library.

When the work is complete, simply hold your card over the new card reader, the light will turn green and the entry gate will open.