Open Access and Monographs: Oxford forum with publishers and funders.


Academics and researchers are invited to attend a forum with publishers and funders to discuss challenges and initiatives around open access and monographs, on Wednesday 18 June,  2pm-5.30pm, Radcliffe Humanities Lecture Room

This is part of the Bodleian Libraries Open Access series and an opportunity for Oxford academics & researchers to feed into HECFE’s Monographs and Open Access Project (see  Speakers include: Geoffrey Crossick (HEFCE project, Chair), Cecy Marden (Wellcome Trust), Frances Pinter (Knowledge Unlatched), Rhodri Jackson (OUP and OAPEN-UK).

To book a place please visit .

WISER coming up: Reference Management, African Studies, Getting information to come to you

wiserIn week 2, Bodleian Libraries are running workshops on Reference Management packages; on how to keep up-to-date with emerging research using RSS feeds, alerting services and other tools; and a workshop on information sources specifically for African Studies.

WISER: Tech Tools – Reference Management (Tue 6 May 9.15 – 12.15) (wk 2)
Keeping track of your references and formatting them correctly for your thesis or publication is a chore. Reference management software makes it easy and is worth investigating. This introductory session gives an overview of how it works and the pros and cons of RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers,  academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.
Presenters: Oliver Bridle, Pamela Stanworth, Kelly Schultz and Angela Carritt
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road > Book your place

WISER: Information Sources for African Studies (Thurs 8 May 10.00 – 11.30) (wk 2)
This session will introduce key information sources for African Studies. You will be shown useful finding tools to locate relevant material via SOLO and how to search them, as well as important portals and gateways to libraries and archives of online primary texts. There will be time for a brief hands-on.
Who is this session for? Researchers, academic staff, graduates and anyone interested in the topic.
Presenters: Lucy McCann and Sarah Rhodes
Venue: Social Science Library > Book your place

WISER: Getting information to come to you (Thu 8 May 2.00 – 3.30) (wk 2)
Keeping up to date with new research is important but time consuming!  This session will show you how to set up automatic alerts so that you are notified about new articles and other publications and when key web sites are updated.    Participants will have the opportunity to set up RSS feed readers and/or email notifications during the session.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics.
Presenters:  Jane Rawson and Helen Matthews
Venue: Radcliffe Science Library > Book your place

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WISER coming up: finding stuff and Trinity Term schedule

wiserNext week, WISER kicks off Trinity Term with our very popular workshop on finding literature for your research.

WISER: Finding stuff – scholarly literature for your research (Fri 2 May 9.15 – 12.15) (wk 1)
A practical introduction to searching for scholarly materials to support your research, covering a range of tools for finding monographs, journal articles, conference papers, theses and more.
Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers and academics
Presenters: Joanne Edwards, Craig Finlay and Helen Worrell
Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road > Book your place

The full WISER schedule for Trinity Term may be viewed at

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Extended Saturday hours, Trinity Term – help us assess!

We are trialling extended Saturday hours during Trinity Term (10am-4pm as opposed to 10am-2pm), and in order to help us assess whether to extend them on a permanent basis, we will be running a survey throughout the term. Survey forms will be left on desks throughout the library on Saturdays, and we’d really appreciate you taking a few minutes to answer the questions.

The aim of the survey is to find out who uses the library on Saturdays, what you use the library for, and gather your views and feedback about the extended hours.  We will also run the survey on a few weekdays throughout the term for comparison purposes.

You can also complete the survey online at any time, and we’re always happy to receive comments by email to, on Twitter (@vhllib) or Facebook, in our comments book at the enquiry desk or in person.

Thanks very much for your help! We will publish the results once term has ended, and will use them to help us come to a decision about whether to extend Saturday hours year-round. The results of the survey will not be the only factor in that decision, but will ensure that we have a better picture of usage and demand to take into consideration.

PC upgrades, Tuesday 15th April

Our reader computers will be upgraded to Windows 7 on Tuesday 15th April. This will mean that all of our PCs will be out of action at some point during the day while the upgrade takes place, but we will try to ensure that they are not all unavailable at the same time.  For checking SOLO you can also use the catalogue terminal upstairs on the first floor (by the windows on the north side of the library) – this computer will not be affected.

Apologies in advance for the disruption.


Extended Saturday opening hours in Trinity Term

We’re pleased to announce that we will be trialling extended opening hours on Saturdays throughout Trinity Term. From 0th week to 8th week (26th April – 21st June), we will be open from 10am-4pm – an additional two hours on our usual Saturday hours.

The extended hours are being offered on a trial basis and we will monitor demand and usage throughout the term in order to help assess whether we can extend Saturday hours permanently. If you have any comments or feedback, please do get in touch.