Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Vacation loans and opening hours

As the vacation is fast approaching, here is some information on vacation borrowing and opening hours for the Bodleian Education Library:

1. Vacation loans:

All staff and higher degree students:
From Thursday 1st December 2011 (Wk 8, Michaelmas Term 11)
Due back Tuesday 17th January 2012 (Wk 1, Hilary Term 12)

All PGCE students:
From Thursday 8th December 2011 (last week of term)
Due back Thursday 5th January 2012 (first week of term)

The above applies to all normal loan books.

All overnight material will remain overnight until Thursday 22nd December 2011. It can then be borrowed until Wednesday 4th January 2012.


2. Opening hours:

The library will close for Christmas on Friday 23rd December at 17.30, and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd January at 08.30.

Vacation hours are from Friday 9th December to Friday 23rd December, and are:Monday to Friday 09.00-17.30.

Term-time hours will resume when we open on January 3rd 2012.

This information is also available on the Education Library webpage

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

New education database platform! Training for staff and DPhils

Thursday 24th November, from 2.45-3.45pm, in the Common Room

You may already know that the main education and applied linguistics subject databases (including ERIC, British Education Index and Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts) are moving to a new platform. The databases are already available on the new Proquest platforms (via OxLIP+), and the old Dialog/CSA platforms are due to be switched off on 30th November.

We are holding a session on Thursday 24th November, from 2.45-3.45pm, in the Common Room, to show you how the new platform works and to answer any questions.

Tea and cake will be provided!

We will cover:
* How best to search the new platform
* How to use the thesaurus to search by subject
* How to save your searches and results
* How to set up alerts for new publications
* How to export results to reference management software
... and any other questions

We very much hope to see you there.
Please RSVP to Kate Williams (

WISER training sessions: Copyright and theses, and Getting organised on the web

Bodleian Libraries will be running the following classes during week 7:

WISER: Your thesis, copyright and ORA (Monday 21 November 9.30 - 10.30am and repeated Friday 25 November 12.30 - 13.30pm) - Oxford DPhil students are required to deposit a copy of their thesis in ORA (Oxford University Research Archive). This session will focus on copyright and other issues that DPhil students need to take into account when preparing and writing their thesis so that they do not encounter problems when they deposit. DPhils are encouraged to attend this session early so that they can make sensible decisions regarding rights from the start of their research. > book your place.

WISER: Getting organised on the web (Monday 21 November 10.45 - 12.15pm) - This session will look at some tools that can help you organise yourself on the web, including social bookmarking services like, bibliophile sites like LibraryThing and My WorldCat, RSS feeds and readers, and customised start pages. >book your place.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

WISER: E-book training sessions

WISER: E-Books (Wednesday 2 November 14.00 - 15.00) - 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. Book your place online at

WISER: E-Book Readers (Wednesday 2 November 15.15 - 16.15) - 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. Presenter: Hilla Wait.
Book your place online at

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

WISER Skills workshops

Forthcoming WISER workshops for images in teaching and learning, and finding books on SOLO (for those who would like a refresher!)

ARTstor and Bridgeman: Using images in teaching and learning (Thursday, 27 October 2.00-3.00) - This introductory session examines two major digital image collections subscribed to by the University - ARTstor and Bridgeman Education - geared to research and teaching in the humanities, history of science and medicine, and social sciences. Viewing, presenting and managing images are also covered. The focus of this session will be on images for Medieval & Modern Languages, but members of other faculties are welcome to attend. Please note that this session will not include hands on. This session will take place at the Taylor Institution, Room 10b. There is no need to book - please just turn up.

WISER Finding Stuff - Books etc on SOLO (Friday 28 October 9.30-10.30 and repeated Monday 14 November 10.00-10.45). This session introduces SOLO for searching Oxford Libraries and focuses on effective ways of searching SOLO for books, journal titles and other library materials in print and online. It also includes placing "hold requests" for materials in the remote store / bookstacks and for items which are out to other readers, how to use your SOLO "MyAccount" for book renewals and other administration and using the SOLO e-shelf and alerts. Please book your place online.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Blackwell's discount evenings - Sunday and Monday

Join Blackwell's for their student discount evenings on Sunday 9th October 6pm-10pm and Monday 10th October 7pm-10pm

Taking place at Blackwell's Bookshop, Art and Poster and Music shops on Broad Street.
Blackwell's invites Oxford University Students to our exclusive student evenings packed with give aways, great offers on books, food, drink, entertainment and much more!

*For more details visit

Friday, 30 September 2011

Welcome to all new MSc and DPhil students!

A very warm welcome to all our new Masters and Doctoral students! Staff at the Education Library are here to support you during your time at Oxford. Here are a couple of useful links to get you started:

Bodleian Education Library webpage
A getting started guide to libraries and resources for Education

Please just ask if you need any help!


Teacher planners for sale

The Library has a stock of 2011-12 Teacher Planners for sale. These secondary school planners have spaces for lesson plans, homework assignments, assemblies, after school activities etc. They cost £6.00 for A4, £5.50 for A5. Just ask at the reception/library desk.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Welcome to new PGCEs!

A very warm welcome to all our new PGCE interns! Staff at the Education Library are here to support you during the coming year. Here are a couple of useful links to get you started:

Our library webpage
A getting started guide to libraries and resources for Education

Please do ask if you need any help!


Monday, 1 August 2011

Thursday, 28 July 2011

The new SOLO - updates and more info

Have you been experiencing problems with the new SOLO? There have been some service updates to do with resetting passwords, renewals, and the visibility of requested items at reading room locations. Any new updates are posted on the Bodleian Libraries Notices page.

For help with using SOLO:
Email us ( or speak to a member of staff if you need further assistance.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Need help using SOLO?

WISER: Finding Stuff on SOLO –
This hands on workshop will focus on search techniques for finding books, journals and other Library materials in print and online using SOLO. The session will also cover placing requests and reservations using SOLO, book renewals and using the SOLO e-shelf and saved searches.

Dates: This workshop will run on the following dates (you only need to attend one session).
Wednesday 27 July 9.30-10.30 at the Radcliffe Science Library
Tuesday 9 August 14.30-15.30 at the Social Science Library
Wednesday 24 August 10.00-11.00 at the Radcliffe Science Library

More dates will be added over the summer, please check for more details.

Booking for these workshops is essential. Please book your place by emailing quoting the date of the workshop that you wish to attend.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Update - library system downtime

The transition to the new system has taken longer than expected, due to an unexpected crash in the previous system just days before the migration of data was due to take place! This means that access to the new system is due to be fully functional from 9am Friday 22nd July, and not Monday 18th, as hoped.

SOLO, which remains currently available for searching, will also be unavailable from 3pm on Thursday 21st until 9am Friday 22nd July.

If you need help finding any library materials, please do ask any of us in the library and we will do our best to help!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Service disruptions until 18th July & changes to SOLO

The Bodleian Libraries have been preparing to move to a new library system. The move will take place over the next week, with some services becoming unavailable until Monday 18th July. On 18th July SOLO will feature some enhanced functionality, as well as changes to the way that users sign in to renew books, place stack requests etc.

Please see the following notices for more information on the forthcoming changes and disruptions to services.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Summer vacation loans and opening times

Summer vacation loans

MSc students, DPhil students and staff: all normal loan books can now be borrowed or renewed until 11th October (week 1, Michaelmas term).

**All overnight books remain overnight during the summer vacation**

Summer vacation opening hours

The library will close at 17:30 on Friday 1st July.

From Saturday 2nd July – Sunday 11th September our opening times are:

Monday – Friday - Open 9:00 – 17:30

Saturday and Sunday - Closed

Normal opening times resume on Monday 19th September 2011.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Sunday, 19 June 2011

RefWorks training on 29th June

RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Wednesday 29 June 2.00-5.00)

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 Science/Social Science examples.

Presenters: Kate Williams and Oliver Bridle

Please book your place online at

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Education Library Survey 2011

Just a reminder that the online survey for the Bodleian Education Library will close this Friday, 10th June. We would be really grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill it in, if you have not already done so. It should take no more than 3-4 minutes. The links are:

For PGCE students

For MSc, DPhil and staff

The results of the survey will be publicised and will be used to continually develop and improve the services we provide for future students.

Many thanks to those of you who have already given us your feedback!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Upcoming WISER workshops

WISER (Workshops in Information Skills and Electronic Research) is a free programme of classes designed to help you to make effective use of electronic and other library resources. See: for a full overview.

WISER: Finding Stuff - Books etc on SOLO. A general introduction to finding books and journal titles in Oxford libraries using SOLO and OLIS. Thursday 9 June 12.30 - 1.30pm

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. Thursday 9 June 1.30 - 2.30pm

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. Thursday 9 June 2.45 - 3.45pm

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. Thursday 9 June 3.45 - 4.45pm

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 Wednesday 15 June 3.30 - 5.00pm

Thursday, 26 May 2011

30th May - Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Our opening hours for this Bank Holiday Monday (30th May) are as follows:

Open 9am-7pm

We are open over the weekend as normal.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Reference Management Classes

Do you need to use reference management software to manage and insert references into your research papers, dissertations or essays? Bodleian Libraries will be running several classes on reference management software packages this term. If you'd like to attend please book your place. For more information please see the BodWISER blog

WISER: Technology Tools – Reference Management (Thursday 16 June 2.00-5.00) introduces four software options for managing references and inserting them into your papers including the two market leaders, RefWorks and Endnote and two popular free packages, Zotero and Mendeley. We will discuss some of the pros and cons of each package and factors to consider when making a choice. Participants will also have opportunities to try out the different packages. Book your place

RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences (Wednesday 22 June 2.00-5.00) - this hands on workshop will cover signing up for a RefWorks account, adding references from a range of databases and online resources, inserting references into your word processed documents, formatting references using citation styles and creating bibliographies. Book you place on RefWorks for Sciences and Social Sciences

What about Endnote? - Computing Services runs an excellent series of Endnote classes > Find out more.

Not a current member of Oxford University? - If you are not a current member of Oxford university, you can book your places by emailing quoting your Bodleian Libraries card number.

Why not join our WISER mailing list by sending an empty email to, follow us on Twitter at or visit the BodWiser blog at

Friday, 18 March 2011

Delays to Document Supply / inter-library loan services - Update

The following message from the British Library, the UK's biggest supplier of inter-library loan materials, explains the current delays to the inter-library loan/document supply service.

We are asked to submit requests as usual, but to expect delays. We will keep you informed about your requests, as we have more information.

As reported in January, access to some of the collection items held at the British Library's Boston Spa site has been affected by the discovery of small traces of asbestos in some areas. All air sampling tests have found there to be no health risk - however, the Library is taking sensible and responsible precautions to ensure the health and safety of Readers, users and staff, in full compliance with the very strict health and safety regulations applying to the management of asbestos. Consequently, some areas of the Boston Spa site have been closed temporarily, leading to unavailability of items.

A major programme of asbestos removal and management is now underway. Although this is expected to last for much of 2011, our priority is to get higher use collection items back in service as quickly as possible, with some of the most heavily-used material now scheduled to be back in use by mid-April.

As an interim solution, we have introduced a number of initiatives to complete customer orders from alternative sources - in particular fulfilling requests from e-journal resources where licences for document supply are held, and making greater use of duplicates in our London stock.

We would ask you to continue placing orders as usual, and you will be informed if you will need to reapply for your requested item at a later date.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Vacation hours and loan periods

Dear All,

Here is some information about library borrowing and opening hours over the Easter vacation.

1. Vacation loans:

All staff and higher degree students:
From Thursday 10th March 2011 (Wk 8, Hilary Term 11)
Due back Tuesday 3rd May 2011 (Wk 1, Trinity Term 11)

All PGCE students:
From Thursday 7th April 2011 (last week of term)
Due back Tuesday 26th April 2011 (first week of term)

The above applies to all normal loan books.

All overnight material will remain overnight until Thursday 21st April 2011.
It can then be borrowed until Wednesday 27th April 2011.


2. Opening hours:

The library will close for the long Easter weekend on Thursday 21st April at 20.30, and will re-open on Tuesday 26th April at 08.30.

Vacation hours are from Friday 8th April to Monday 25th April, and are:
Monday to Thursday 09.00-19.30.
Friday 09.00-17:30

Term-time hours will resume Tuesday 26th April.

Best wishes

From all in the library.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Wise up to WISER: bibliometrics training sessions

WISER Bibliometrics I - Who's citing you?

Wednesday 9 March, OUCS, 13 Banbury Road, 13 Banbury Road, 2.00-3.00pm

Please use the following link to book:

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.


WISER Bibliometrics II - The Black Art of Citation Ranking

Wednesday 9th March, OUCS, 13 Banbury Road, 13 Banbury Road, 3.15-4.15pm

Please use the following link to book:

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

Friday, 25 February 2011

Update - Education databases get a new look

An update to the previous post about the new-look education databases. The planned move by JISC of ERIC, the British Education Index and the Australian Education Index to a new platform has now been delayed until 2012. This is to enable them to get the new version up to the required standard.

The applied linguistics database, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts, together with the version of ERIC (CSA) that is on the same platform, will move across during summer 2011.

We will contact all people involved in applied linguistics study, teaching and research, to arrange training in the summer.

Please contact Kate if you have any questions or concerns.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Potential delays to interlibrary loan service

We are currently experiencing a backlog of interlibrary loans. Anyone intending to request material on interlibrary loan should take this into consideration. The delay has been caused by the temporary closure of the British Library's Boston Spa storage facility, after the discovery of small traces of asbestos on site.

The British Library have alternative supply measures in place so that the majority of requests should still be satisfied. However please be aware that some services are unavailable. The disruption is expected to continue throughout 2011.

Where possible, we will try to obtain material from other libraries. So please continue to submit requests, but please bear in mind that it might take us longer than usual to satisfy them. We will keep you informed by email of progress along the way.

Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Upcoming WISER sessions

WISER Finding Stuff (Tuesday 22 February) is a series of hour-long workshops designed to help you find material for your research. You can attend the whole series or pick and mix the sessions you would like to attend from:
  • Books etc on SOLO (presented by Penny Roberts) - Tuesday 22 Feb 9.15-10.15. Booking @
  • Articles (presented by Kerry Webb) - Tuesday 22 Feb 10.15-11.15. Booking @
  • Theses and Dissertations (presented by Jayne Plant) - Tuesday 23 Feb 11.30-12.30. Booking @
  • Conferences (presented by Sue Bird and James Shaw) - Tuesday 23 Feb 12.30-1.30
Other sessions this month:

WISER Getting information to come to you (Thursday 24 February 9.15-10.45)
WISER: Learning a Modern Language (Thursday 24 February 11.00-12.15)
WISER Maps and Mapping (Friday 25 February 12.30-1.30)

For more information, including how to book a place, visit the BodWiser blog at

Monday, 14 February 2011

Educational tests - suggestions for purchase

The Education Library has a budget to buy educational tests and instruments for use by students in their research. The tests bought each year are decided by tutors, but often proposed by students. Let us know if there is a test you would like to use this year, and we will try to buy it for the Library.

You can use our Recommend a Resource form or email us at with your suggestions.

Education databases get a new look

The education databases (ERIC/BEI/AEI) are changing platforms from April 2011 and will have a new look! We will let you know when we have an exact date for the change, and will arrange training sessions for staff and students before the launch of the new version.

Details of training sessions are posted on our website here.