New resource: Brookings Internally Displaced Persons Archive

We are pleased to announce that the Brookings Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Archive can now be consulted by readers in the Weston Library.  The Bodleian Libraries acquired the Brookings IDP archive in 2017, in close collaboration with the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC).  Cataloguing was generously funded by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.  The archive, covering the period 1983-2012, includes papers relating to the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement which were launched in 1998.

The most recent issue (59) of Forced Migration Review (FMR), available online and in print in the SSL, marks the 20th anniversary of these Guiding Principles and focusses on both their successes and limitations.

The Brookings IDP archive also includes papers and audio-visual material relating to the Representative of the UN Secretary-General (RSG) on internally displaced persons, covering the RSG’s interactions with individual countries, and the RSG’s relationship with the United Nations and non-governmental organisations.

The archive, which complements the unique refugee-related collections held in the SSL, can be searched via the catalogue and the documents consulted in the Weston Library.

Library PC upgrade: 25th to 26th June

Main Library PC AreaOn Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 June, all the Social Science Library computers will be upgraded to the Windows 10 Operating System.

Some computers will be temporarily unavailable during the upgrade period. Readers will be able to use computers in the Information Skills Training Room while those in the main Library PC area are upgraded.

All software currently available on library computers will continue to be available after the upgrade.

Submit your book recommendations to us by Friday 15 June

Row of booksAre there any books you would like us to order for the library?

Friday 15 June is the last date for book recommendations this financial year.

You can recommend a book title to the SSL by:

Book ordering will begin again in the new financial year, from August 2018 onwards.

New LED lights in the SSL

LED lights in SSL study area

Light fittings in the process of being replaced. New LED lights are visible above the bookshelves.

Work has recently started on replacing the fluorescent ceiling lights in the SSL with energy efficient LED lights.  The LED light fittings use less than half the amount of electricity when operating at 100% brightness.  Once all the lights are installed the brightness will be reduced to the optimal level and the lights will be connected to daylight sensors, so further energy savings are expected. The work is taking place outside of library opening hours to avoid any disruption to readers and it forms part of the Manor Road Building Facilities Team’s plan to improve lighting efficiency throughout the building.

Think green: how you can help save energy at the SSL

Pull the plug on climate change imageElectricity used to light the library and run PCs, photocopiers and readers’ devices is one of the Social Science Library’s main environmental impacts due to the carbon dioxide emissions resulting from power generation.

Library staff have been taking simple energy saving actions to reduce energy wastage. You can help 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

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

For further tips, and to test your climate change knowledge, try the NUS/University of Oxford Student Switch Off Climate Change Quiz which we are proud to support.  You could win 50 tubs of ice cream for your college!

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

Unable to find a book or journal article in Oxford? Try our new online Inter-Library Request Form

Bodleian Libraries has launched a new online Inter-Library (ILL) Request Form. If you need to access a book or a journal article that is not held by any library within the University of Oxford, we will usually be able to get it for you on ILL. When you submit a request through the online form, the ILL team based in the Old Bodleian Library will search through online catalogues (Copac, for example) to find a library that holds the material you need. They apply to the British Library (BL) in the first instance, and if the BL can’t supply the item the ILL team will send the request to other UK libraries. If no library in the UK holds the material, the team will look internationally.

The form is easy to use – just log in using your Single Sign-On (for members of the university) or your Bodleian Libraries login details (for non-members) and enter the details of your request and of your PCAS account. The ILL team will get in touch with you to confirm that they have submitted your request or to ask you any questions they have about it. You can ask for material to be delivered to several of the Bodleian Libraries, including the SSL, for you to consult.

For more information on Bodleian Libraries’ ILL service, see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/using-this-library/ill.

You can get in touch with the ILL team at ill@bodleian.ox.ac.uk, and you can send any SSL-specific ILL questions to ssl-ill@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

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.

Green Impact logo, Green Impact Gold Award, Green Impact Special Award

 

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.

SSL Student Survey image

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.