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Oxford Libraries

Oxford

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. 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 :).

Oxford

Catching up with Sarah, the older sister of a girl I went to high school with, and a Librarian at the Radcliffe Science Library 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 Archive 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.

 

Keeping the dream

Passion and a dreams are important things to have. I’m not going to let go of my dream of being a consultant and an advocate of sustainable libraries. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been working hard to increase my network of contacts within South Australia and further afield. I’ve attended several workshops, presented at a conference and met some wonderful people.

The week before last I attended the Students of Sustainability Conference at Flinders University and attended a variety of sessions, on topics ranging from permaculture, the sharehood, development economics and gardening opportunities in urban environments presented by Harry Harrison from the Rare Fruit Society of South Australia.

As part of the conference I presented a session called Green Libraries.

The aims of the session were to:

  • introduce the green library movement
  • highlight the capacity of public libraries to promote sustainability
  • motivate attendees to communicate the need for sustainability awareness programs to their local public library
  • foster linkages between sustainability organisations and public libraries