Friday, 18 November 2011

WISER

WISER (or Workshops in Information Skills and Electronic Resources) is a programme of classes designed to help you to make effective use of electronic and other library resources in your research and learning. There are still places available on the following WISER sessions this term:


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 and Emma Lewis
Monday 21 November 10.45 - 12.15pm  Book Now


Research: Maximising visibility using ORA

How to use ORA to make it easier for other researchers to find and access your research on the Web. Hands-on training will enable you to deposit an article, poster, conference paper or other research output. Learn how to use Symplectic to deposit research publications in ORA with a couple of clicks. 
Presenter: Sally Rumsey
Monday 28 November 9.15 - 12.15pm  Book Now

Both sessions will take place at OUCS, 13 Banbury Road. The classes are free to attend, but you do need to book a place in advance, either by clicking the 'Book now' links above to book via the OUCS courses website or (if you do not have a University card) by contacting Bodleian Libraries User Education at usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. More information about the WISER programme is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.
 

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Library inductions

If you missed your library induction earlier in the week, or if you still have questions about using the library, why not come along to one of the induction tours being given by library staff tomorrow (Friday)? Tours will be held at 11.30am and 2.30pm, and all members of College are very welcome to attend.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Welcome!

A very warm welcome to all new students, and welcome back to all who are returning after the long vacation!

Those of you who have used the Library before will notice that a few changes have taken place over the summer. A new enhanced version of SOLO was launched in July, and you can now check your record, renew your books and place hold requests without having to switch to a different interface. The Bodleian Libraries' SOLO guide provides further information on these new features, and Library staff will be happy to help if you have any questions. In addition to this, Keble Library also has a brand new self-issue system - again, if you have any questions, or if you would like a quick demonstration of how it works, please just ask.

We've also been busy adding new books to the Library's collections - the most recent additions can be seen on the New Accessions page on the blog, and the full list is available on our LibraryThing page.  

Finally, a reminder that all vacation loans are due back on 12th October (i.e. Wednesday of 1st week) - please make sure you have returned or renewed your books by then. (For now, please continue to return your books via the drop box as before.) The Michaelmas Term loan period has now begun, so all books borrowed by undergraduates from today onwards will be due back on 30th November (i.e. Wednesday of 8th week).

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

New travel guides


Some new travel guides have been added to the library's reference collection - whether you're planning time abroad to practise your language skills, a round-the-world trip, or just a break after exams, we hope you'll find them useful! The guides are shelved on the central bay in the main reading room upstairs - do have a look next time you're in the library, or check the full list of titles on LibraryThing.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

WISER sessions on SOLO, African Studies and History

The following sessions are all taking place at OUCS next week:

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.
Presenter: Angela Carritt
Tuesday 31 May 9.30 - 10.30am  Book Now
(This course will be repeated on Thursday 9th June at 12.30pm - book a place at this session
 

WISER: Information Sources for African Studies

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 at the end.
Presenter: Sarah Rhodes and Lucy McCann
Tuesday 31 May 10.45 - 12.00 noon  Book Now

WISER: Online Resources for Historians

A general introduction to the vast range of electronic resources which are available for all historical periods for British & W European history: bibliographical databases, biographical / reference research aids, ebooks & ejournals, web portals, and collections of online primary source materials. 
Presenter: Isabel Holowaty
Wednesday 1 June 9.30-10.45 Book Now  

The sessions are all free to attend, but you will need to book a place in advance. If you are a member of the University, click on the links above to book via the OUCS website (you will need your SSO details); if you are not a member of the University but you have a Bodleian reader's card, email usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk to book your place.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Next week's WISER sessions

The following sessions will be taking place next week at OUCS, 13 Banbury Road. To book a place, click on the links below to access OUCS' online booking system, or, if you have a Bodleian reader's card but are not a member of the University, email usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk. Both of these sessions are free to attend.

WISER: Maps and Mapping 

Many areas of research use spatial data, and digital mapping is an ideal way to present it.  This presentation will cover both web based resources (online map collections, etc.) and the digital mapping facilities available in the Bodleian. The course will include a short demonstration of MapInfo and a brief introduction to using it.
Presenter: Debbie Hall
Wednesday 25 May 1.45 - 3.15pm  Book Now

WISER: Manuscripts

This session will give an introductory overview of the rich heritage collections preserved in the Bodleian. This session will also help readers to locate relevant material and describe the procedures for access and getting assistance.
Presenter: Mike Webb
Wednesday 25 May 3.30 - 5.00pm  Book Now

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

WISER sessions coming up

The following two sessions are taking place at OUCS, 13 Banbury Road, tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon:

WISER: Bibliometrics I - Who's citing you?

An introduction to citation tracking as a tool for finding out who has cited your work.  We will cover citation tracking using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar and will include time for you to use each tool to find citations to your own work. 
Presenters:   Juliet Ralph and Angela Carritt
Wednesday 11 May 2.00 - 3.00pm  Book Now

WISER: Bibliometrics II - The Black Art of Citation Ranking

An introduction to using bibliometrics to calculate research impact. Using Web of Science & Scopus discover the pitfalls of impact factors for individual and departments, how to calculate your h-index and view journal impact factors to find the most influential journals.  Intended audience: science and social science. If you are unfamiliar with citation tracking please attend "WISER: Who's citing you?" before this course.
Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Angela Carritt
Wednesday 11 May 3.15 - 4.15pm  Book Now

Both these sessions are free to attend, but you do need to book a place in advance. University members can do so via the OUCS online booking system by clicking 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.

There are still places available on next week's session on RefWorks reference management software: 
 

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
Wednesday 18 May 2.00 - 5.00pm  Book Now

Booking arrangements are as above, but please note that a coursebook (costing £5) must be purchased when you attend this course.

More information on WISER, including the programme for the rest of the term, is available on the Bodleian Libraries website

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Professor of Poetry lecture

Professor of Poetry Geoffrey Hill (Keble 1950, and Honorary Fellow of Keble) will give his third lecture, entitled 'Poetry and disproportion', at 5.30pm on Tuesday 10th May, in the South School of the Examination Schools. All are welcome.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Changes to SOLO search results display

As you may already have noticed, SOLO has recently improved the way it displays search results whenever multiple editions or versions of the same item are found. Results for such items are now displayed as in the example below:


Simply click on 'View all n versions' to see the individual records for all the different editions and versions. These will be listed in date order with the newest at the top, though you can change this sort order if you wish.


If you want to see only the edition(s) held by a particular library, you can refine your results using the menu options on the left-hand side of the search results screen - simply click on the name of the library you are interested in. (You may need to click on 'more' first to see the full list of names.)

Welcome back!

Welcome back to our returning students, and welcome to all the visiting students who are joining us this term. If there is anything that library staff can help you with, please ask!

Some points to note for the coming term:

  • Books borrowed for the Easter vacation are due back on Wednesday 4th May - please make sure you have returned or renewed your loans by then. (For a reminder of how to renew your books online, please see the Library Guide, or have a look at this post.) The Trinity Term loan period has now begun; all undergraduate loans for this term will be due back on Wednesday 22nd June.
  • Space will be at a premium in the library for the next few weeks. To make sure everyone has a fair chance of getting a seat, desks will be cleared every morning and belongings will be left on the shelves next to the photocopier for you to come and collect. You may store material overnight in one of the crates near the photocopier, but please do not leave valuables or books that have not been checked out. The crates must not be removed from this area.
  • Following a successful pilot of the Night Learn Centre last term, the Douglas Price Room (Café Keble) will once again be open as an informal learning space on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6.00-11.00pm, from First Week onwards. 
  • And last but certainly not least, the very best of luck to everyone doing exams!

    Tuesday, 8 March 2011

    End of term reminders

    Just a few things to note as Hilary Term draws to a close:

    • All undergraduate loans are due back tomorrow, Wednesday 9th March - please make sure that you have returned or renewed your books by then. You can easily check what you have on loan and renew your books online via OLIS.
     
    • Books can now be taken out for the vacation; all vacation loans will be due back on Wednesday 4th May. 

    • Please check the shelves next to the photocopier for any possessions you may have left in the library over the course of the term, and take away what belongs to you.

    • If you need to use any of Oxford's electronic resources - databases, e-journals, e-books - while you are away for the vacation, you can do so simply by signing in to SOLO or OXLIP+ (using your Single Sign On username and password) before you start searching. Further information about remote access is available on the Bodleian Libraries website.

    How to renew your books online

    You can check what books you have on loan and renew your books online via OLIS. On the OLIS homepage, click on Start, then choose Patron Functions from the left-hand menu.

    Log in using your University card barcode number and OLIS password (the default password is your date of birth in the format 01jan1980) and choose Item list to see a list of all your current loans.

    To renew books, click on Renew Items. You can then either renew everything by clicking on Renew All Items, or select individual books for renewal by ticking the appropriate box(es) and clicking on Renew Selected Items. The new due date(s) will then be displayed.
     
    N.B. If your books are overdue or have already had the maximum number of renewals allowed (four, for Keble Library), you will not be able to renew your books online, but library staff will be happy to help you - please ask.

    Thursday, 3 March 2011

    WISER sessions next week: bibliometrics

    Would you like to know more about bibliometrics? Two WISER sessions next week will introduce citation searching and show you how to use bibliometrics to calculate your research impact. (Please note that the second session is aimed primarily at those working in the sciences or social sciences.)

    WISER: Bibliometrics I - Who's citing you?

    An introduction to citation tracking as a tool for finding out who has cited your work.  We will cover citation tracking using Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar and will include time for you to use each tool to find citations to your own work. 
    Presenters:   Juliet Ralph and Angela Carritt
    Wednesday 9 March 2.00-3.00 (week 8)  Book Now
    (This session is currently full, but you can still add your name to the waiting list.)


    WISER: Bibliometrics II - The Black Art of Citation Ranking

    An introduction to using bibliometrics to calculate research impact. Using Web of Science & Scopus discover the pitfalls of impact factors for individual and departments, how to calculate your h-index and view journal impact factors to find the most influential journals.  Intended audience: science and social science. If you are unfamiliar with citation tracking please attend "WISER: Who's citing you?" before this course.
    Presenters: Juliet Ralph and Angela Carritt
    Wednesday 9 March 3.15-4.15 (week 8)  Book Now

    The sessions take place at OUCS on Banbury Road and are free to attend, but you do need to book a place in advance, either by clicking on the links above (University members), or by emailing usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk (holders of Bodleian reader's cards who are not members of the University).

    Tuesday, 1 March 2011

    Second Professor of Poetry lecture

    Professor of Poetry Geoffrey Hill (Keble 1950, and Honorary Fellow of Keble College) will give his second lecture in the role at 8.00pm on Tuesday 8th March in the South School of the Examination Schools. Everyone is welcome.

    The lecture is entitled 'Eccentrique to the endes of his Master or State.'

    Friday, 25 February 2011

    RefWorks training next week

    There are still places available on the RefWorks for Humanities course taking place on Wednesday 2nd March, 2.00-5.00, at OUCS on Banbury Road. Although the section on importing references will focus on examples from the humanities, this introductory course is open to all. A course booklet, costing £8, must be purchased when you attend the course.

    RefWorks is an online reference management tool that is available free of charge to all members of the University. More information is available on the Bodleian Libraries' website.

    Tuesday, 22 February 2011

    Web of Knowledge training at RSL

    The Radcliffe Science Library is offering the following session tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1pm in the RSL training room:

    Getting more from the Web of Knowledge

    Are you making the most of the services available on WoK? This session will cover:

    Why create an account on the ISI Web of Knowledge; tips on formatting & exporting your search results; setting up Alerts and RSS feeds; bibliometrics in WoK; using ResearcherID to publicise your work.

    To book a place please email courses.rsl@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

    This session is part of the RSL's Research Training Skills Programme 2011.


    Monday, 21 February 2011

    WISER sessions this week

    There are lots of WISER sessions on offer this week, including several that will help you to use a wide range of resources to find the various sorts of material you need, as well as others on getting information to come to you, resources for learning modern languages, and maps and mapping.

    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: Isabel McMann, Penny Roberts, Kerry Webb and Angela Carritt
    Tuesday 22 February 9.15-10.15 (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: Kerry Webb, Isabel McMann, Penny Roberts and Angela Carritt
    Tuesday 22 February 10.15-11.15 (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. Presenter: Jayne Plant
    Tuesday 22 February 11.30-12.30 (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: Sue Bird and James Shaw
    Tuesday 22 February 12.30-1.30 (week 6)  Book Now

    WISER: Getting information to come to you

    This session will show you how to set up alerts to journals, databases and websites, so that you receive notifications when new content is added. Participants will have the opportunity to set up feed readers and/or email notifications during the session
    Presenters: Jane Rawson and Penny Schenk
    Thursday 24 February 9.15-10.45 (week 6)  Book Now

    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
    Thursday 24 February 11.00-12.15 (week 6)   Book Now

    WISER Maps and Mapping

    Many areas of research use spatial data and digital mapping is an ideal way to present it.  This presentation will cover both web based resources (online map collections etc) and the digital mapping facilities available in the Bodleian.  
    Presenter:  Debbie Hall
    Friday 25 February 12.30-1.30 (week 6)  Book Now

    All the sessions take place at OUCS on Banbury Road and are free to attend, but you will need to book a place in advance. If you are a member of the University, you can do this by clicking on the links above. If you have a Bodleian reader's card but are not a University member, please contact usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk to book your place.

    Thursday, 17 February 2011

    Calling all Modern Languages finalists!

    A message from Lucile Deslignères, Librarian at the Oxford University Language Centre:

    The time has come... and the language laboratory booths are looking fabulously new, because they are... we have been refurbishing last week.

    All listening comprehension examinations have been done now.

    I would strongly recommend you DO NOT look at the examination papers till you do the test in the condition of the exam: one listen, five minutes break, another listen. 
    Any question regarding using material etc... do ask me, or my assistants (lunch time and evenings). Plus we have Andrea, visiting from Bayreuth, who will be happy to help for last minutes panics in German, and quite simply also to help you with finding and using the materials.

    Good luck!

    During term, the Language Centre Library is open Monday to Thursday, 8.45-20.00; Friday, 8.45-19.00; and Saturday, 10.00-13.00. Details of opening hours during weeks 0 and 9 and during vacation are available on the Language Centre website. Please note that the Centre will be closed 18th-25th April inclusive for the Easter break.

    Friday, 11 February 2011

    WISER sessions next week: e-books and e-book readers

    The following sessions are taking place next week at OUCS on Banbury Road. WISER workshops are free to attend, but you still need to book a place. University members can book via the OUCS website by clicking on the links below; holders of Bodleian reader's cards who are not members of the University can book by emailing usered@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

    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.
    Presenter: Hilla Wait
    Wednesday 16 February 2.00-3.00  (week 5)  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?  These and similar questions will be considered with particular reference to the i-Pad, the Amazon Kindle and Sony Touch e-readers and smartphones. There will an opportunity to try out the various e-readers
    Presenter: Hilla Wait
    Wednesday 16 February 3.00-4.00  (week 5)  Book Now