Archive for June, 2012

Network Disruption During the Long Vacation


The Oxford University Computing Service will be upgrading the University network during the Long Vacation, primarily on Tuesday mornings. There are several dates which directly affect the Oriental Institute; including two over the next couple of weeks when your humble blogger will be on holiday and unlikely to post Facebook/Twitter reminders nearer the time.

On Tuesday 26th June and Tuesday 3rd July *all* University network services will be unavailable between 0700 and 1100. SOLO, which is on a separate system and will have to be restarted manually, will be unavailable until 1130 at the latest on those days. Library staff will endeavour to allow borrowing of books using the Offline Circulation function, but access to the catalogue, email, wireless and wired networks will not be possible.

This will also be the case on the 7th August, and on September 4th, but I will post something nearer the time in both cases.

We apologise on behalf of everyone involved for the inconvenience and hope that everything will be up and running sooner than they estimate!


End of an Era


June 8th 2012 marks the sad end to an era at the Oriental Institute Library as we say goodbye to James Fishwick, who is leaving us for pastures new (and free lunches) at Magdalen College.

James has been working at OIL since April 2009. He was originally employed to help with the retrospective cataloguing of collections not already on SOLO, and has since taken on the mammoth task of the Indian Government Publications (see the rolling stacks in the basement for an idea of scale!).

As well as his general library duties, which have involved manning the issue desk and organising the bookmoves – including the successful amalgamation of the collection from the New Bodleian Reading Room in September 2010 – James has been responsible up to now for this Blog and for the administration of the Library’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

He has also greatly contributed to the social side of the library: the provision of a slow cooker for mulled wine greatly enhanced the last couple of Christmas parties, and his innovative use of old copies of the staff newsletter, Outline, redundant Library Guides and the backing paper from barcodes and label protectors as Christmas decorations in the office will long be remembered.

We wish him every success in his new post at Magdalen, and will miss the cataloguing advice and the cheerful enthusiasm with which he approaches every aspect of his work, but are anticipating that the cake and biscuit supply may go a little further from now on (sorry James!).