The future for academic libraries? Initial observations from my US research.

My recent research visit to the east coast of the US was informative for my Doctorate of Education thesis (on Academic library makerspaces) but also generally in how academic libraries are evolving in North America in terms of their services generally. The two main libraries at the large university (over 35,000 students) I visited offer …

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The science and business of spirits and beer

On Wednesday 6 December, Professor Katherine Smart will be giving a public lecture at Oxford Brookes University, including a free tasting session beforehand from Hook Norton Brewery and Toad distillery. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend - students, staff and members of the public. Professor Katherine Smart’s stellar career brings together …

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Two special stories from Special Collections

Being involved with the University’s Special Collections is an interesting part of my wider role as an Academic Liaison Librarian. Brookes has some unique collections under five key themes:  Food and drink Art and architecture Public and allied health Publishing and literary prizes Oxford Brookes University I am sometimes approached by members of the public …

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KEF/ REF/ TEF update! What does it all mean…?

Recently attending an M25 academic libraries event (university libraries within the M25, and somewhat beyond in the case of some of us such as Brookes and Reading!) was an opportunity to catch up with ex Brookes colleagues and find out more on the above frameworks. The KEF: Knowledge Exchange Framework is designed by the Government …

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Drugs, intoxication and drug policy: beyond the headlines

Liviu Alexandrescu is a lecturer in Criminology at Oxford Brookes. Liviu's research interests sit at the crossroads of sociology, criminology and media/culture studies, with a strong focus on critical drug studies and social theory. In this Book Hook post, Liviu recommends five books on drugs and drug policy. All of Liviu's choices are available in our …

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Desert sandstorms, global pandemics and castles under attack!

Students co-operate to save the world on a Friday afternoon in the Library! You may have noticed something strange going on at the back of the Platform on Level 3 of the JHB Library on Friday 29 March… The Library has been collaborating with the award-winning Tabletop Gaming Society (Brookes Union Society of the Year …

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Interested in learning more about book design and typography?

In this Book Hook post, Dr Sally Hughes, Principal Lecturer in Publishing shares her recommendations for books about typography and book design. Book typography: A designers' manual by Michael Mitchell and Susan Wightman "No one needs to go further than this as it is comprehensive, clearly designed, interesting to read, excellent examples and will both …

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Introducing Book Hook

Earlier this month, our libraries marked World Book Day by asking staff and students to share details of their favourite books. Now, this got us thinking. At Oxford Brookes, we're surrounded by people researching all sorts of topics. What would happen if we asked some of these researchers to recommend some books, novels, films (anything really!) on a …

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Getting organised – with the help of the Technology Experimentation Group

The Technology Experimentation Group was set up to encourage Brookes staff to discover and experiment with new digital tools and techniques - providing a safe space for playful exploration of technologies.  The group runs regular ‘lunchbytes’ at Headington and 'brunchbytes' at our other campuses with a different theme each week. To find out more and …

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Happy 5th Birthday, JHB Library

Today (26 February 2019) is the fifth anniversary of the opening of the Headington Library in the John Henry Brookes Building. The former Headington Library (now totally unrecognisable as the Business School) closed for the final time on the evening of Friday 21 February 2014 and immediately the teams of professional book movers started to …

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Special Collections Exhibition – The Steve Hare Penguin Books Collection

Special Collections is pleased to present its third annual Library Exhibition.  This year’s exhibition features items from our newest collection - The Steve Hare Penguin Books Collection. Steve Hare (1950-2015) was a doctoral student at Oxford Brookes’ Oxford International Centre for Publishing, an author, researcher, journalist, and collector of Penguins.  Following his death, Steve’s family …

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