Friday, 26 November 2010

Christmas vacation

With the end of term approaching, please note the following:

  • All undergraduate loans for Michaelmas term are due back on Wednesday 1st December - please make sure you have returned or renewed your books by then. 
  • Vacation loans begin on Monday 29th November - anything that you borrow or renew from that date onwards will be due back on Wednesday 19th January (i.e. Wednesday of 1st week of Hilary term).
  • If you need to use e-journals or any other electronic resources while you are away from Oxford, you can do so simply by logging into SOLO or OxLIP+ with your Single Sign On username and password before you start searching. Further information on remote access is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Professor of Poetry inaugural lecture

Geoffrey Hill (Keble 1950, and Honorary Fellow of Keble College) will give his inaugural lecture as Oxford University's Professor of Poetry at 5.15pm on Tuesday 30 November, in the South School, Examination Schools. The lecture is entitled 'How ill white hairs become a fool and jester', and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

WISER sessions next week

As well as the session on finding digital images for the History of Science on Wednesday 17 November, the following WISER workshops are being offered next week (Week 6):

WISER: Technology Tools - Keeping Up To Date with Research

This session will help you to keep up to date with developments in your research field using a range of tools including personal research / interest profiles, email alerting services, RSS feeds and more.
Presenter:  Angela Carritt
Wednesday 17 November 1.00 - 2.30pm (Week 6) > Book Now
 

WISER: E-Books

An overview of what is currently available and how to access them from the point of view of the student, the researcher and the academic considering using e-books to resource their courses.
Presenter:  Hilla Wait
Wednesday 17 November 3.00 - 4.00pm  (Week 6) > Book Now

WISER: E-Book Readers

How useful are e-book readers in academic work? Can they be used for accessing library materials? What are the features to look out for when considering purchase? Can they be used with PDFs? These and similar questions will be considered with particular reference to the Amazon Kindle and Sony Touch e-readers.
Presenters:  Isabel McMann and Laura Wilkinson
Wednesday 17 November 4.00 - 5.00pm (Week 6) > Book Now

The following sessions are all repeated from Week 4:

WISER: Finding Stuff - Books etc on SOLO

A general introduction to finding books and journal titles in Oxford libraries using SOLO and OLIS.  For detailed information about searching for journal articles, theses and conference papers please see other titles in the WISER Finding Stuff series.
Presenters:  Angela Carritt, Penny Roberts and Kerry Webb
Friday 19 November 9.15 - 10.15am (Week 6) > Book Now

WISER: Finding Stuff - Journal Articles

This session will focus on finding journal articles for your research using a wide range of databases as well as developing effective search strategies.  There will be plenty of time for participants to try out their own searches using databases for their subject.
Presenters: Angela Carritt, Penny Roberts and Kerry Webb
Friday 19 November 10.15 - 11.15am  (week 6) > Book Now

WISER: Finding Stuff - Theses and Dissertations

This session offers guidance on finding theses, both those submitted to and held in Oxford, and those from other institutions in the UK and abroad. It will demonstrate how to exploit some of the main sources of information : SOLO, Index to Theses (UK and Ireland); and Dissertations and Theses (International) EThOS and ORA..
Presenters:  Jayne Plant
Friday 19 November 11.30 - 12.30pm (Week 6) > Book Now

As usual, the sessions take place at OUCS on Banbury Road and are free to attend, though you must book a place in advance. University members can do so by clicking on the links above; holders of Bodleian reader's cards who are not members of the University can do so by emailing usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Further information about the WISER programme is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

New books

New additions to the Library's collections are now being listed on our LibraryThing account. You can have a look at our latest acquisitions on the New Accessions page of the blog; or, to receive automatic updates whenever new items are added to stock, why not subscribe to the RSS feed?


Don't forget, all users of the Library are welcome to recommend books for purchase - simply complete one of the Book Suggestion Forms available at the service desk and drop it into the suggestions box next to the SunRay terminal.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

WISER sessions in Week 5

As well as the introduction to the Electronic Enlightenment project on Wednesday, the following WISER sessions are taking place next week:

WISER: Technology Tools - Reference Management

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 and other tools.
Presenters:   Gillian Pritchard and Ljilja Ristic
Wednesday 10 November 2.00 - 3.30pm (Week 5) > Book Now
This session is currently fully booked but you can still join the waiting list for a place. OUCS is offering other sessions on EndNote and on RefWorks (at a cost of £6 or £8 for a coursebook, respectively) later in the term, at which there are still places available.


WISER: Learning a Modern Language

This session will help you find valuable resources for learning modern languages and make use of the language you are learning in your searches.  We will: find tools for non-latin writing systems, search non-English search engines, and use resources offered by Oxford and from referential sites
Presenter: Lucile Deslignères
Wednesday 10 November 4.00 - 5.00pm (Week 5) > Book Now
 

WISER: Getting Organised on the Web

This session will look at some tools that can help you organise yourself on the web, including social bookmarking services like delicious.com, bibliophile sites like LibraryThing and My WorldCat, RSS feeds and readers, and customised start pages.
Presenter: Jane Rawson
Friday 12 November 9.30 - 11.00am (Week 5) > Book Now
 

WISER: Using the Internet to Find Quality Resources

Finding information on the Internet is fairly easy. Finding reliable information of academic quality is more difficult. In this course you will learn how to maximise your chances of finding reliable Internet information and how to be sure that what you find is of appropriate quality for your purposes.
Presenter:  Anne Manuel
Friday 12 November 11.15 - 12.45pm (Week 5) > Book Now

As usual, the sessions take place at OUCS on Banbury Road and are free to attend, though you must book a place in advance. University members can do so by clicking on the links above; holders of Bodleian reader's cards who are not members of the University can do so by emailing usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Further information about the WISER programme, including the schedule for the rest of the term, is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Forthcoming events at the RSL

Two events coming up at the RSL which will be of interest across many disciplines:

1. Introduction to the Electronic Enlightenment project: Wednesday 10 November, 10-11am, Radcliffe Science Library Training Room.

The e-Enlightenment Project is a research project of the Bodleian Libraries. With over 58,000 letters and 7,000 correspondents, Electronic Enlightenment is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.

Find out more at a presentation by Robert McNamee, Director of the project. Open to all Oxford University students and staff. To book a place please contact juliet.ralph@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

2. ARTstor and Bridgeman Education: images for History of Science and Medicine:  Wednesday 17 November, 10am - 12 noon, Radcliffe Science Library Training Room.

ARTstor and Bridgeman Education, both accessible via OxLIP+, contain a million high-quality images suitable for use in papers and presentations. Both comprehensively cover locations, subjects, periods and media, but their content can be vastly different. Navigation and tools (eg Print, Save, Send) also differ.

Both resources include images relevant to many different disciplines, including history of science and medicine and the social sciences as well as archaeology, art and architecture, and the humanities. Find out more about the science-related content, searching and using images, at a presentation by Clare Hills-Nova (History of Art Librarian) and Vicky Brown (Visual Resources Curator, History of Art Department).

The second half of the session is a chance to practise using the resources; if you are unable to stay for the full two hours, you are still very welcome to attend. Open to all Oxford University students and staff.  To book a place please contact juliet.ralph@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

WISER: coming up next week

The following WISER sessions are on offer next week (Week 4):

WISER: Finding Stuff - Books etc on SOLO

A general introduction to finding books and journal titles in Oxford libraries using SOLO and OLIS.  For detailed information about searching for journal articles, theses and conference papers please see other titles in the WISER Finding Stuff series.
Presenters:  Angela Carritt and Penny Roberts
Wednesday 3 November 12.30pm - 1.30pm (Week 4) (repeated Friday 19 November 9.15 - 10.15am  Week 6) > Book Now

WISER: Finding Stuff - Journal Articles

This session will focus on finding journal articles for your research using a wide range of databases as well as developing effective search strategies.  There will be plenty of time for participants to try out their own searches using databases for their subject.
Presenters: Angela Carritt and Penny Roberts
Wednesday 3 November 1.30 - 2.30pm (Week 4) (repeated Friday 19 November 10.15 - 11.15am Week 6) > Book Now

WISER: Finding Stuff - Theses and Dissertations

This session offers guidance on finding theses, both those submitted to and held in Oxford, and those from other institutions in the UK and abroad. It will demonstrate how to exploit some of the main sources of information : SOLO, Index to Theses (UK and Ireland); and Dissertations and Theses (International) EThOS and ORA..
Presenters:  Jayne Plant
Wednesday 3 November 2.30 - 3.30pm (Week 4) (repeated Friday 19 November 11.30 - 12.30pm Week 6) > Book Now

WISER: Finding Stuff - Conferences

Conference papers can be difficult to find but they are valuable because they describe cutting-edge research. This session will enable you to find out about forthcoming conferences and also to locate the published papers of proceedings which have taken place.
Presenters:  James Shaw and Sue Bird
Wednesday 3 November 3.30 - 4.30pm  (Week 4) > Book Now

All the sessions take place at OUCS (13 Banbury Road) and are free to attend, but you must book a place in advance. University members can book by following the links above; Bodleian reader's card holders who are not University members can book by emailing usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Further information about the WISER programme, including the schedule for the rest of the term, is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Jane Austen Day at the Bodleian Library

Reposted from the Bodleian Libraries website:

For only one day, the Bodleian Library is putting on public display a selection of manuscripts, first editions and papers related to Jane Austen, one of the most celebrated English novelists. The event takes place on Monday, 25 October 2010, to coincide with the launch of a new freely accessible online resource The Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts Digital Edition.  The website reunites in a virtual space all Jane Austen’s handwritten manuscripts for the first time since 1845 when her sister Cassandra dispersed the collection.

The display is a celebration of Jane Austen’s beginnings and endings as a writer.  At its centre lie two manuscripts.  One is her earliest collection of short stories and plays, written out in her teenage hand and entitled by her Volume the First.  The other manuscript is her sister Cassandra’s handwritten copy of the last novel, known as Sanditon, which Jane Austen was writing in the final months of her life.

The exhibition takes place in the Divinity School from 10.00am to 6.45pm; admission is free.

Monday, 18 October 2010

WISER

WISER (Workshops in Information Skills and Electronic Resources) is a programme of classes designed to help you make the most of electronic and other library resources. The classes are usually free and are open to all library users, but you do need to book a place in order to attend. Classes usually take place at OUCS (13 Banbury Road).

Further information, including how to book and the full programme for Michaelmas Term, is available on the Bodleian Libraries website. The following courses are coming up next week (Week 3):

WISER: Who's citing you? Tools for tracking citations

Citation-tracking databases can help you monitor the impact of your research. Knowing where and how often you’re being cited is useful for grant or job applications, and deciding where to submit an article for publication. We cover citation searching in Web of Science, Scopus & Google Scholar.
Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Angela Carritt
Wednesday 27 October 2.00 - 3.30pm (Week 3) >Book Now

WISER: Bibliometrics - the Black Art of Citation Ranking

Mystified by metrics? Anxious about impact factors? Happy with your h-index? The forthcoming Research Excellence Framework is likely to place increased emphasis on the use of these measures. This session covers how they work, how they are interpreted and how to make them work for you!
Presenter: Juliet Ralph and Angela Carritt
Wednesday 27 October 3.30 - 4.30pm (Week 3) > Book Now

RefWorks for Humanities

RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your references, insert them into your work, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles. This introduction is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.
Presenters: Valerie Lawrence and Shona McLean
Friday 29 October 9.15am - 12.15pm (Week 3) > Book Now

If you would like more information about a workshop or need assistance with booking, please email usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

SOLO search tips: books with more than one edition or format

When you search for a book on SOLO, it may sometimes appear at first glance that the library doesn't have the edition that you need. But don't panic! SOLO often groups the different versions of a title together - e.g. multiple print editions of a book, or the print and electronic versions of a book or a journal - so that they intially appear as a single entry in your list of search results. Whenever this happens, you will see a message telling you that this is '1 of n versions of this work'.


 If you click on this message, you can see the different versions listed individually.


In this example, the two different versions are an electronic and a print edition. You can then click on Online resource to read the e-book, or click on Details (and then View this item in OLIS) to check the location and availability of the print edition, in the usual way.

For more information on searching SOLO, have a look at the online guide.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Michaelmas Term begins!

Welcome to all new students, and welcome back to those who are returning.

Library staff will be conducting two induction tours of the Library on Friday 8th October, one at 11.00am and one at noon - all members of College are welcome, so if you have any questions at all about using the Library (whether you are new or not!), please do come along.

We have produced a new Library guide for this academic year, which includes information on how to find the resources you need and how to borrow, renew and reserve books. Copies are available throughout the Library - please help yourself if you would like one.

Finally, a reminder to all returning students that any books borrowed over the summer vacation are due back on Wednesday of 1st week (13th October).

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Welcome

Welcome to the Keble College Library blog! We'll be using the blog to provide all of our users with updates on library services, to keep you informed about relevant training courses and events, and to help you find and use the resources you need. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the information posted here, please let us know by using the comments facility or by emailing us - or just come and find us in the library.

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