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: http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/library/blog/tracts-and-pamplets-digitising-for-the-uk-medical-heritage-library
[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.
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 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.
This summer, the Wellcome Unit is undergoing major boiler and heating works which will mean that access to the library is not possible for two weeks over the summer.
Our last day open before these works will be Friday 20th June; our reopening date will depend on the completion of the works, but is intended to be Monday 7th July
In the meantime, we can still be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org. The following other libraries with history of science, medicine and technology provision will also be open during the summer:
Radcliffe Science Library http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/science
Bodleian Library Upper Reading Room http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/bodley/finding-resources/rooms/urr
History Faculty Library http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/history
Please continue to visit this blog and our twitter account @WelLibOxford for updates on the works or any changes in dates.
We apologise for the inconvenience caused by these works, but hope it means that we will be able to extend an even warmer welcome than usual when they’re done!
Hello! If you are reading this, you have found the Wellcome Unit Library blog’s new home. Congratulations! From now on, all of our blog entries will be posted here; all of our old posts have been imported here wholesale. Please update your bookmarks, or consider subscribing to the new blog, either via email using the text box on the right of the screen, or using your preferred RSS reader. (If you are already an email subscriber, you will be moved over in the course of the day.)
The old blog will be deleted on March 3rd. We hope you will stay with us on our new platform! You might also like to visit the Bodleian Blog Aggregator, where blogs for other Bodleian libraries can also be found.
A very big thank you to Kate, Dan and Isabel for making this happen and helping me out as I’ve sussed out the new platform!
Glücklich zu sehen, je suis enchanté, Happy to see you – Bleibe, Reste, Stay!
We are temporarily offline this afternoon, whilst we have some new staff computers installed. In the meantime, if you need to get in touch, please call us on 01865 274604.
Apologies for any inconvenience, we hope to be back up and running soon!
A reminder that the Unit Library will be unstaffed tomorrow, 28th October, as we will be attending the Bodleian History Faculty Library Information Fair. Graduate students strongly encouraged to attend!
More information can be found over at the HFL Blog.
We will be back on Thursday, 2.15-4.30pm.
Our opening hours next week will be as follows:
- Monday, 2.15-5pm
- Tuesday, 2.15-5pm
- Wednesday – UNSTAFFED – this is due to taking part in the Information Fair for Historians at the Examination Schools. Attendance is highly recommended for graduate students!
- Thursday – 2.15-4.30pm
- Friday – 2.15-5pm
Please get in touch if you are planning a visit.
This week, we sadly say goodbye to the Unit Librarian, Alice Nelson. Alice has been a sunny presence in the library for the past three years, and has worked hard for the library, single-handedly starting up our social media presence, and running many user education sessions. Our loss is Hertford College’s gain, as she is starting as College Librarian on Monday – being thrown in at the deep end right at the beginning of 0th week! Needless to say we will all miss her very much.
In the interregnum, I will be trying to keep up Alice’s good work by running the blog and the twitter feed, as well as continuing to staff the library most afternoons. Please do keep an eye on the blog and the twitter feed for updates on opening hours! I hope to see our regular readers again soon as term begins, and look forward to welcoming our new intake from next week.
Have a good weekend!
Bethan, Library Assistant