Central Graduate Study Room: quiet discussion allowed

Central Graduate Study Room

With the busy exam period over, quiet discussion is now permitted in the Central Graduate Study Room again.  Following feedback from the Social Science Library Committee, this room was temporarily designated a quiet study area during Trinity Term, but has now reverted to a space for both quiet study and quiet discussion.  The East Graduate Study Room remains a quiet study area.

SSL Water Week 2017

Water splash

Water is a precious resource.  It is vital for human well‐being, economic development, and a healthy environment but we often take it for granted.  Although it seems like it rains a lot in the United Kingdom, London actually has a lower annual average rainfall than Istanbul or Rome.

Here are five suggestions from the SSL Green Team on how we can appreciate water more:

Save Water  A running tap wastes over six litres of water a minute.  Approximately ten litres of water is needed to produce one sheet of paper!

  • Top Tip: Turn off taps, and report any leaking taps or toilets.
  • Top Tip: Reduce your printing and re-use scrap paper.

Drink Water  It takes up to five litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water.

  • Top Tip: fill a reusable bottle from the water fountain in the Locker room behind the building Reception Desk.

Read Water  Choose from the Library’s booklist:

Enjoy Water  The River Cherwell flows alongside the Library – join the path in University Parks and stroll through ancient water meadows.

Campaign Water  Get involved and find out more about water conservation.

  • WaterAid is a charity whose mission is “to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
  • Waterwise promotes water efficiency and provides water-saving tips and fun facts.
  • The Oxford Water Network is a multi-disciplinary research community connecting 15 different departments at the University of Oxford.  Sign up to their monthly e-newsletter or check their list of events.

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SSL Student Survey: last chance to have your say!

The SSL Student Survey is closing soon – take 5 minutes to tell us your views in our short online survey and you could win a £50 Blackwell’s voucher.

The survey closes on Saturday 20th May.

Access the survey at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ssl/survey

Thank you to everybody who has completed the survey already – your feedback will help us improve our services.

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More information:

We at the Bodleian Social Science Library want to know how we can provide the best possible library services.  If you receive course reading lists for Social Sciences at the University of Oxford, we want to hear from you.

Subjects of particular interest to us are:

  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Politics
  • Refugee Studies
  • Social Policy and Intervention
  • Sociology

Access the survey at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ssl/survey

The survey is open from 3rd – 4th week of Trinity Term, and closes on Saturday 20th May 2017.

SSL Student Survey: have your say, win a £50 Blackwell’s voucher

Calling Social Sciences students at the University of Oxford!

Complete our 5-minute online survey for a chance to win a £50 Blackwell’s voucher!

We at the Bodleian Social Science Library want to know how we can provide the best possible library services.  If you receive course reading lists for Social Sciences at the University of Oxford, we want to hear from you.

Subjects of particular interest to us are:

  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Politics
  • Refugee Studies
  • Social Policy and Intervention
  • Sociology

Access the survey at www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/ssl/survey

The survey is open from 3rd – 4th week of Trinity Term, and closes on Saturday 20th May 2017.

Refugee and forced migration studies at the SSL

Did you know that the SSL houses the largest collection in the world of unpublished and semi-published ‘grey literature’ on refugee studies and forced migration?

Refugee Studies grey literature

Most of the materials have a geographical orientation, dealing with policy or practice in a particular region or country. Strengths include southern and East Africa, western Europe, the Middle East, and South and South East Asia.  Reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the study of forced migration, subjects covered include psycho-social issues, human rights, refugee law, relief administration, anthropology, sociology, international affairs, education, health and nutrition.  Date coverage is mostly from the mid-1980s to the present day.

You can search for refugee studies grey literature via SOLO where you will also find online versions of 3,000 of the documents along with a further 2,700 reports, articles and working papers from other organisations.  These items were all originally digitised for the Forced Migration Online Digital Library.

Records for print and online versions of refugee studies document in SOLO

For more information see our Libguide on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.

Central Graduate Study room designated quiet study area in Trinity Term

Central Graduate Study Room

Following feedback from the Social Science Library Committee, both the Central and East Graduate Study Rooms will be designated as spaces for quiet study during Trinity Term. This is to reflect the additional need for quiet study spaces in the run up to the examination period. The Central Graduate Study Room will revert to a space for both quiet study and quiet discussion at the beginning of the Long Vacation.

Top tips to save energy in the SSL, and a chance to win 100 tubs of ice cream

Simple energy saving actions by Social Science Library staff and readers contributed to a 7% reduction in the Manor Road Building’s electricity usage for 2015/16 compared to the previous year.  Electricity use is one of the library’s main environmental impacts due to the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from power generation.  As well as the 766 ceiling lights in the library, there are 87 reader and staff computers, 5 photocopiers, plus our readers’ own laptops and mobile devices all contributing to the SSL’s ‘plugged load’.

Help the SSL save more energy and further reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by:

  • Switching off laptops and mobile devices when not in use
  • Unplugging chargers when devices are disconnected or fully charged
  • Enabling power saving settings on your laptop (this will help your battery last longer too)
  • Switching off the Reader PC monitors after use
  • Turning off the lights in the Discussion Rooms and Graduate Study Rooms when you leave

For more tips and to test your climate change knowledge try the Student Switch Off Climate Change Quiz.  You could win 100 tubs of ice cream for your college!

See the Greening the SSL web pages to find out more about what we have been doing to improve the library’s environmental sustainability.

To learn more about the University’s work on reducing energy usage see the Environmental Sustainability Report 2016.

The leaning tower of paper: easy ways to print less and help green the SSL

SSL staff with paper towerThis tower of paper, 2.19 metres tall, shows the amount of printing done on the Social Science Library’s five printer/copiers in October 2016.  That’s 21,752 sheets, in just one month.  If the tower hadn’t started to lean and we’d been able to add the paper used for photocopying, it would have reached 2.7 metres and consisted of 26,481 sheets.

We appreciate that printing and copying is essential for study and research but it is also one of the SSL’s main environmental impacts due to the consumption of paper, energy and ink (toner).  We have taken steps to reduce these impacts by using recycled paper, setting the printer/copiers to sleep after 10 minutes’ inactivity and recycling empty toner cartridges.  Printing from Reader PCs and PCAS RemotePrint is also double-sided by default.

Take a few seconds to think before you print – here are some easy things you can do to save paper, energy and ink, and spend less on printing and copying:

  • Do you need to print the document or could you read it on screen instead?
  • Are you printing a PDF in order to annotate it?  If so, have you considered annotating it on screen instead using the highlight and comment features in Adobe Reader?
  • Are you printing an article to keep for future reference?  You could save it to a USB memory stick or add a link to your reference manager instead.
  • Could you print two (or more) pages per sheet?  This will make the text smaller but if you can still read it this simple step will reduce your printing by 40%.  From the Reader PCs this option is accessed via the Print Properties then the Document Options tab.  See the PCAS guide on Printing from Library PCs.
  • Only print the pages, or selection, you need.  This is really quick and easy to do!
  • Fit more words on a page by narrowing the margins and using a smaller font.
  • Photocopy double-sided – use the PCAS Photocopying Instructions sheet next to each photocopier or ask staff to show you how.
  • Copy smart and avoid wasteful mistakes – refer to the PCAS guides, eg Copying different book sizes, or ask staff for advice.

Do you have any top tips for printing and copying less?  Email them to ssl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or talk to staff and we will share them with others.

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Green Impact: SSL wins Gold and Staff Award

SSL Green Team with Green Impact awards

L-R: Sarah Rhodes, David Shackleton, Jo Gardner, Joanna Soedring, Craig Finlay

The SSL’s Green Team was very proud to receive a Green Impact Gold Award at Oxford University’s Sustainability Showcase 2016 held at the Blavatnik School of Government on 15 June, and attended by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson.

Part of the Live illustration at the Sustainability Showcase 2016

Part of the Live illustration at the Sustainability Showcase 2016

SSL staff have been working hard throughout the year identifying and implementing ways to save energy and reduce waste by switching off equipment and lights when not in use, carrying out The Great Bin Survey, reducing handouts for training sessions by posting presentations online, and being instrumental in the introduction of KeepCups to the Bodleian Libraries.  We’ve also had some fun baking cakes for charity, counting bees and sporting Christmas jumpers.

Joanna Soedring won the Green Impact Staff Award for her motivation and dedication, enabling the team to go from Bronze to Gold in one year.

Gold and Staff GI awards 2016 smallWe are also really pleased that our colleagues in the Manor Road Building team achieved the Bronze award, and five other teams from the Bodleian Libraries picked up awards, including Silver for staff based at the Osney One Building and Bronze for the Radcliffe Science Library.

See our Greening the SSL web page to find out more about what we have been doing and how you can help.  Do tell us if you have any more ideas for how we can cut carbon emissions and reduce waste.

Green Impact is a national environmental accreditation scheme run by the NUS and managed at Oxford University by the Estates Services’ Environmental Sustainability team.

Central Graduate Study Room: quiet discussion allowed

Graduate Study roomWith the busy exam period over, quiet discussion is now permitted in the Central Graduate Study Room.  Following feedback from the Social Science Library Committee, this room was temporarily designated a quiet study area during Trinity Term, but has now reverted to a space for both quiet study and quiet discussion.  The East Graduate Study Room remains a quiet study area.