The Blues and the Gay Community: A Story from the Archives

Starting in January 2021, a cataloguing project began with the Paul Oliver Archive of African American Music (POAAAM), housed in Oxford Brookes Library's Special Collections. Funded by the European Blues Association and an Archives Revealed grant from The National Archives, the cataloguing project will make accessible a unique collection of never-before-seen material. We have been …

Continue reading The Blues and the Gay Community: A Story from the Archives

Where will libraries buy eBooks and who will pay the bill?

The academic book supply market has long played second fiddle to the world of scholarly journals: library book budgets suffered for years as libraries made room for challenging journal price increases. Significant attention was paid to the journals world when librarians tried to stop the acquisition of Academic Press by Elsevier in 2000 and since …

Continue reading Where will libraries buy eBooks and who will pay the bill?

What is “Read and Publish”?

It is not unusual for universities and other research organisations to pay publishers twice: Paying to publish: If a researcher wishes a paper to be published Gold Open Access, then an article processing charge may be paid by the university.Paying to read: The university library may then buy a subscription to a package of journals …

Continue reading What is “Read and Publish”?

It’s the little things – but we still want the big things too! A thank you to our suppliers

As we approach the end of this most challenging of years, I want to give a few "thank yous", to selected organisations (and their representatives) who work with our library here at Brookes - the publishers, aggregators, intermediaries, and all those other players who comprise the academic publishing and information community. As librarians, we have …

Continue reading It’s the little things – but we still want the big things too! A thank you to our suppliers

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 …

Continue reading Learning Resources: Still Working For You – Special Collections

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 …

Continue reading The science and business of spirits and beer

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 …

Continue reading Two special stories from Special Collections

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 …

Continue reading Drugs, intoxication and drug policy: beyond the headlines

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 …

Continue reading Interested in learning more about book design and typography?

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 …

Continue reading Introducing Book Hook

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 …

Continue reading Special Collections Exhibition – The Steve Hare Penguin Books Collection