Decolonising and diversifying the library

A number of academic liaison staff have been involved in projects looking at how the library could help with decolonisation and diversification of the curriculum. Libraries are complicit in supporting constructions of knowledge that perpetuate existing power structures, and how at the same time they may have the potential to serve as sites of resistance …

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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 …

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Academic Integrity Course Success

Over the last year, professional services staff, from Learning Resources (LR), Oxford Centre of Staff and Learning Development, Centre for Academic Development, as well as academics, with expertise in writing and avoiding plagiarism, worked on a new Academic Integrity course for all Oxford Brookes undergraduate students. We released the course in July 2020. Below is …

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Exploring novels that break the rules

This summer, we’ve been diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is rule breakers and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy TooleBartleby, the Scrivener – Herman MelvilleHabibi – Craig ThompsonHow to be Both – Ali SmithNights at the Circus – …

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Exploring novels about adventure

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is adventure and the BBC panel selected these 10* books: City of Bohane – Kevin BarryEye of the Needle – Ken FollettFor Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest HemingwayHis Dark Materials Trilogy – Philip PullmanIvanhoe – Walter ScottMr …

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Exploring novels about crime and conflict

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is crime and conflict and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: American Tabloid – James EllroyAmerican War – Omar El AkkadIce Candy Man – Bapsi SidhwaRebecca – Daphne du MaurierRegeneration – Pat BarkerThe Children of Men – …

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Exploring novels about love, sex and romance

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is love, sex and romance and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen FieldingForever – Judy BlumeGiovanni’s Room – James BaldwinPride and Prejudice – Jane AustenRiders – Jilly CooperThe Far Pavilions – M. …

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Exploring politics, power and protest

This summer, we’re diving into the BBC’s list of 100 novels that shaped our world. One of the categories is politics, power and protest, and the BBC panel selected these 10 books: A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled HosseiniBrave New World – Aldous HuxleyHome Fire – Kamila ShamsieLord of the Flies – William GoldingNoughts & Crosses – …

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What are the “best” books and who decides?

As the library is exploring the BBC’s 100 Novels That Shaped Our World we thought it would be interesting to see how that list compares with our literary special collections. Would the BBC judges have similar taste to the Booker Prize judging panels or the LOGOS journal board who decided on the titles in our …

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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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