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Christmas Closure

The Library is now on its Christmas Closure. We wish all our readers a peaceful vacation – the library will open again in early January, keep an eye on the blog for our 2016 opening hours!

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Meeting of the British Society for the History of Paediatrics

The Autumn Meeting of the British Society for the History of Paediatrics will take place at Brasenose College, Oxford, on September 25th-26th 2015, running from lunchtime on the Friday until lunchtime on Saturday. The meeting is open to all who are interested in the history of paediatrics and child health, including paediatricians, historians, students and others. A call for papers is currently open.

Guest speakers:

Sir Anthony Epstein FRS
Discovery of the Epstein-Barr Virus

Professor Nicholas Orme
Medieval Childhood – Dark Age or Golden Age?

Dr Alysa Levene
Paediatrics by Stealth? Medical Care for Poor Children in Eighteenth Century London

Open Papers (25 min) for Presentation
Please submit abstracts of papers for consideration for presentation (250 words, with title of
paper, name and address of author) to by 25th July 2015.

William Cadogan Prize and Lecture
The BSHPCH offers a £300 prize for an original essay of up to 3000 words, on any aspect of
the history of paediatrics and child health, in any period of time or place. The winner of the
prize will be expected to give a presentation at the meeting. Closing date for submission of the
essay is 20th July 2015, and the winner will be notified in August 2015. Further enquiries and
submissions to the Hon Secretary, Mr Nicholas Baldwin (

Tour of Bodleian Library
On Saturday afternoon there will be an optional, free, conducted tour of the Bodleian Library


News: RCS digitisation project for the UK Medical Heritage Library

Students and researchers of history of medicine may be interested to learn about a project to digitise almost 22,000 tracts and pamphlets from the library at the Royal College of Surgeons. These will become part of the UK Medical Heritage Library, a project bringing together books and pamphlets from 10 research libraries in the UK to form a digital collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century material on history of medicine and related disciplines. The digital library promotes free and open access to resources.

Digitisation work will be undertaken by a team at the Wellcome Library in London, and will make the RCS’s collection accessible globally. The pamphlets have a wide range of subject matters, and collectively provide valuable insight into developments in surgery, anatomy and disease over the duration of the century.

To read more about the project, visit the RCS website:

Power outage affecting services 15th-18th May

[reblog from the Bodleian History Faculty Library blog]

A scheduled power outage over the weekend will affect some library servers and services between 12pm on Friday 15th May and 12pm on Monday 18th May.

The list of services that will be affected for the duration of the outage includes:

Digitized books from the Oxford Google Books Project; Maps and Music digitized card catalogues; ORA; Imaging Services; BEAM; Electronic Enlightenment; BDLSS Blogs; Whats The Score; Serica (Early Chinese Books)

In addition, it will not be possible to use sunray computer terminals in the library.

Other resources/services may be affected but SOLO will not be affected.

Please speak to staff in the library if you need any assistance during this period.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

A new face in the library!

Those hardy souls who have been working over the Easter Vacation at the Unit may already have noticed our new Library Assistant, but I would like to take the opportunity at the beginning of the new term to introduce Grace to readers and friends of the Library.Grace, the new library assistant

Grace comes to us as a previous Oxford Library Graduate Trainee from St. Hilda’s College Library. She can be found in Library Room One most weekday afternoons, and will be looking after the day-to-day smooth running of the library. You will also see her about in the mornings in the Radcliffe Camera as part of the Bodleian History Faculty Library team. Grace will also be the first port of call for your inquiries and visits to the Wellcome Unit Library.

The Librarian-in-Charge will also be on site on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. We are very glad to welcome Grace to bring our team up to full staffing levels once more, and I’m sure all our readers will be very glad to have her present to help them.

As a reminder, please get in touch via email in advance if you wish to arrange a visit.

New: e-access to Journal of Medical Biography, 1993 (v.1) onwards

[Re-blogged from The Bodleian History Faculty Library Blog]

I am pleased to report that Oxford users now have e-access to the Journal of Medical Biography [ISSN 0967-7720] from vol. 1, 1993 onwards.

Journal of medical biography - coverAccess is via SOLO or OU eJournals. For remote access, Oxford users should use their SSO login.

A peer-reviewed international journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, it covers the lives of people in or associated with medicine.

“… The Journal of Medical Biography covers medical personalities and many others in the field of health care, hospitals, instruments, techniques and so on. It features original research on persons and places, legendary and less well known, and provides a fresh new perspective on life and lives.” Sage Journals,

You can register for email alerts and set up an RSS feed. For more on current awareness tools, see handouts from Bodleian iSkills courses on Getting Information Come To You.

Open Access Week 2014 at Oxford

Open Access Week 2014 at Oxford

International Open Access Week is now in its 7th year. Visit the OAO website for the programme (20th-24th October), for University staff and students:

1. Open Access, Open Data Publication Platform from Nature Publishing Group: Better Data = Better Science.

Dr Susanna-Assunta Sansone (Associate Director, Oxford e-Research Centre and Honorary Academic Editor, NPG Scientific Data). The rise of open data-centric research and publication enterprises. Data sharing practices in life sciences and the importance of making yours more easily reusable. Susanna is a co-founder of BioSharing (reproducible research) and blogs about Open Data on the Guardian Higher Education Network.

Monday 20th October 2014, 2-3pm, Radcliffe Science Library. Book a place.

2. Open Access Oxford — What’s Happening? (iSkills).

Craig Finlay and Juliet Ralph (Bodleian Libraries). A briefing on OA publishing and Oxford’s position: how to comply with funder mandates inc. new HECFE policy for post-2014 REF.

Tuesday 21st October 2014, 12-1pm, Radcliffe Science Library. Book a place.

3. How Can the Wellcome Trust Help You With Open Access?

Pamela Reid (Wellcome Trust) and Eli Harriss (Bodleian Libraries). Tell the Trust what you need.

Tuesday 21st October 2014, 3-4pm, Knowledge Centre, Old Road Campus. Drop-in session with tea.

4. The Open Library of Humanities: Gold Open Access for the Humanities Without Author-Facing Charges.

Dr Martin Eve (Lecturer in English, University of Lincoln and OLH Co-Founder). OLH is ‘a project exploring a PLOS-style model for the humanities and social sciences’. Martin is on the JISC OAPEN-UK project committee, chief editor of Orbit, and writes about Open Access for the Guardian Higher Education Network.

Wednesday 22nd October 2014, 2-3pm, Radcliffe Humanities Building, (Lecture Room). Book a place.

5. Your Thesis, Copyright and ORA (iSkills).

Sarah Barkla and Jason Partridge (Bodleian Libraries). How to deposit your thesis in ORA without infringing third-party copyright : essential guidance for DPhil students.

Thursday 23rd October 2014, 10-11am, Manor Road Building (Seminar Room C). Book a place.

6. The new Charity Open Access Fund (COAF): What Researchers Need to Know.

Margaret Hurley (Wellcome Trust). For researchers funded by Arthritis Research UK, Breast Cancer Campaign, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the Wellcome Trust.

Friday 24th October 2014, 11.30am-12.30pm, Cairns Library, John Radcliffe Hospital. Book a place.

Download the programme (pdf).

Ada Lovelace – Wikipedia Editathon – Tuesday 14 October

The University of Oxford’s IT Services, Bodleian Libraries and Wikimedia UK are organising an editathon focused on women in science to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on 14 October 2014. The editathon will take place at IT Services, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford from 2-5pm, and will include some basic training by a trainer from Wikimedia UK. This exciting event aims to contribute to a greater understanding of the role of women in science by developing the existing online coverage of this important area.

The event is open to anyone; no Wiki editing experience is necessary, though experienced editors are very welcome; tutorials will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend.

Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first computer programmer, and Ada Lovelace Day aims to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) by encouraging people around the world to talk about the women whose work they admire. This international day of celebration helps people learn about the achievements of women in STEM, inspiring others and creating new role models for young and old alike.

So come along to learn about how Wikipedia works and contribute a greater understanding of the role of women in science!

  • Date: 2-5pm, Tuesday 14 October 2014  (If you can’t be there the whole time? No problem. Join us for as little or as long as you like.)
  • Venue: IT Services, University of Oxford
  • Booking Link:
  • Cost: Free!

Works update, Library closed until 21/7/14

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the heating and boiler works have overrun, and we are now unable to open next week as planned. We now hope to open on Monday the 21st of July at 2.15pm. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and will keep this blog up to date with any further news.

In the meantime, the following other libraries with history of science, medicine and technology provision will be open during the summer:
Radcliffe Science Library

Bodleian Library Upper Reading Room

History Faculty Library

Please continue to visit this blog and our twitter account @WelLibOxford for updates on the works or any changes in dates.