Welcome back to those returning after the summer, and a warm welcome too to new students! Our term time hours start today (Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-2pm), and we look forward to seeing you all in the library soon.
Here’s a round-up of various bits of news from over the summer that you may have missed:
New electronic resources
We have been able to acquire (or contribute to the acquisition of) four major new electronic resources for US studies this summer, as follows:
- The Congressional Record (and predecessors), 1789-1999
- The American West: Sources from the Everett D. Graff Collection at the Newberry Library, Chicago
- Virginia Company Archives: The Ferrar Papers, 1590-1790
- Rock & Roll, Counterculture, Peace & Protest: Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975
Improvements to SOLO: clustering, display of locations
Various changes were implemented to SOLO over the summer, as follows:
- Clustering and default sort order
- Physical resources search limit
- Display of locations and request options
- Display of shelfmark information
- Display of reading room locations
Click on the links above to learn more.
History Faculty Library move
The move of the History Faculty Library to the Radcliffe Camera and Gladstone Link took place as planned over the summer vacation. The old HFL on the corner of Catte St and Holywell St has now closed. All the details, including information on where and how to access HFL books now, can be found on the HFL website and blog. HFL staff are also offering tours throughout 0th and 1st weeks for returning tutors and students.
Less directly relevant to VHL readers, the Philosophy and Theology Faculties Library has also moved this summer, and is now open in its new location in the Radcliffe Humanities Building on Woodstock Road.
Annual ILL price rise
Charges for inter-library loans increased by 25p per request on 1st August.
RAI Elections 2012 blog
If you are avidly following the US elections, you may be interested to know that the Rothermere American Institute has launched a blog in partnership with Politics in Spires, designed to bring together contributions from scholars from a range of different fields to discuss the upcoming elections. The blog can be read on the RAI website and will run until mid-November.