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