Exploring life, death and other worlds

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is life, death and other worlds, and the BBC panel selected these 10* books: A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin Astonishing the Gods – Ben Okri Dune – Frank Herbert Frankenstein – Mary Shelley …

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Exploring friendship and family

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that  shaped our world. One of the categories is identity, and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth Ballet Shoes – Noel Streatfeild Cloudstreet – Tim Winton Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith …

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Exploring novels about coming of age

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that  shaped our world. One of the categories is identity, and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: Emily of New Moon – L. M. Montgomery Golden Child - Claire Adam Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood So Long, See You Tomorrow – William Maxwell Swami …

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Learning Resources: Still Working For You – Content and Metadata Services

I’m really not a blogger.  I wouldn’t say I’m particularly shy but I’ve never enjoyed being the centre of attention, and anything  that puts me into any resemblance of a public spotlight just makes me want to run for the hills, quite frankly.  It’s a long story and probably stems from the days when I …

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Learning Resources: Still Working For You – Academic Liaison

Helping students and academic staff access what they need online is always a big part of what the Academic Liaison teams do, so unsurprisingly we have been busier than ever since our physical campuses closed and we all moved to working from home.  Within a few days of universities starting to send students home, big …

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3D Printing for the NHS

As I’m currently researching makerspaces colleagues are often kind enough to share emails on maker activities I might find of interest. I was particularly interested in a recent email from Isabel Virgo - Academic Liaison Librarian for Business, on librarians at Columbia University using the library’s 3D printers to make medical equipment for key workers, …

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Learning Resources: Still Working For You – Design and Media Services

Our team provides a graphics service for teaching, research and other internal focused projects in the university. We’re continuing to work with staff both in the faculties and the directorates. Recent jobs have included the OCSLD newsletter, a weekly bulletin written by and for staff in Learning Resources and a special Library and LR Update …

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Learning Resources: Still Working For You – Customer Services

Our services for you whilst the university sites are closed As soon as the university announced the implementation of additional reading weeks, the Library made the decision to extend all loans to cover this period and remove fines. This was in part due to the numerous queries we received from students self-isolating or moving home, …

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Learning Resources: Still Working For You – Associate Director of Learning Resources – Collections

Not Home Alone So, let’s cover off the domestic situation first: managed to get daughter and granddaughter on the plane to Vancouver before it became almost impossible to do so. Youngest son is home from Liverpool Uni and wondering what his Year 2 exam regime is going to look like. We compare notes on how …

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Learning Resources: Still Working For You – Special Collections

This is the first in a series of blog entries from LR staff, showing we are still open for business, and reflecting on life working at home. The Special Collections reading room may be closed at the moment but whilst we’re working from home work continues on our collections. Where possible we are responding to …

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Mash-up – World book Day and University Mental Health Day

5th March saw the annual World Book Day coincide with University Mental Health Day.  To celebrate both themes we asked our users to suggest their favourite ‘feel good’ books.  We hoped the concept of ‘feel good’ would be broad enough to encourage a range of titles to be suggested and we weren’t disappointed. ‘Feel good’ …

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A defence of subject specialism in academic librarianship

As anyone with an unusual surname will know, it has its pros and cons. Mine was a real asset recently when my dad was taken into hospital with a serious illness. Everywhere in the health system where my Dad was treated, or my anxious Mum comforted - from paramedics to rehab and all the hospital …

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The Library celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month 2020

  The theme for LGBTQ+ History Month 2020 is Poetry, Prose, and Plays. The Library has been keen to showcase its range of resources that might be of interest to LGBTQ+ individuals, or anybody interested in works concerning LGBTQ+ characters.  Why do this? Historically, LGBTQ+ people have been a marginalised group. Authors such as Oscar …

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Christmas cheer

Ho ho ho!  With Christmas nearly upon us, the Library has entered the festive spirit with our decorations and activities. Harcourt Hill and Headington have constructed some book ‘trees’ which have attracted a lot of positive comments. The ‘trees’ look fabulous, are environmentally friendly and were fun to build. (No books were harmed in the …

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Books, chocs and lots for Wellbeing

Across all our libraries we have continued to work at providing wellbeing activities for our staff and students. World Book Day 8 March (all campuses) We celebrated by asking students in the libraries and online to submit your favourite book, via a little speech bubble card. Over the space of a day, we received nearly …

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