Oxford is a lovely town and I have to admit that I’m a little in awe of the University experience that people get when they attend the University of Oxford. My main reason to go there was to visit the Bodleian Library and go on an extended tour of the library. I’m going to be honest and admit that I was a little disappointed with the tour. Perhaps it was because I’m a librarian and have a different perspective..? Unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take any photos inside the original Bodleian Library, or the Radcliffe Camera.Â I was astonished to discovered that each college has its own library as well! In fact, I just found a list of over 100 Oxford University Libraries and College libraries. If a job swap opportunity ever came up, I’d been keen to live there for 6 months (over summer please :).
Catching up with Sarah, the older sister of a girl I went to high school with, and a Librarian at the Radcliffe Science LibraryÂ was a highlight. Lunch at The Ashmolean Museum was fantastic. Great food and some wonderful exhibits. Talking shop and trading work stories is always great. Sarah’s working on the Oxford University Research ArchiveÂ and wasn’t impressed to hear about Higher Education Research Data Collection codes. I did point her in the direction of the Swinburne repository and CRO.