Finding materials

Image of reader taking a book off a shelf in the KB Chen China Centre Library

You said

Improvements to SOLO are needed.

We did

  • We have implemented Browse Search.
  • We have implemented improved export functions.
  • We continue to improve the date range searching and options for refining results.
  • We successfully lobbied the supplier of SOLO to enable searches containing hyphens.
  • We have implemented a simple search for SOLO to support mobile and tablet access.
  • We have improved the English Faculty Library's serials holdings information on SOLO.
  • We now have a schedule of usability testing of SOLO to understand how you use it, and to check the regular improvements we make are meeting your needs.

You said

A library website that quickly connects you to the information and resources you need is important.

We did

We launched the re-designed Bodleian Libraries website in 2013. We have inserted usability assessment into the website change procedures.

You said

It can be difficult for researchers to find the resources they need.

We did

We have undertaken a research project to investigate the resource discovery needs of our various user communities and to determine the suite of resource discovery tools that we should develop/support. We are now planning the actions to take in light of the report.

We continue to seek ways of funding the cataloguing of our uncatalogued collections.

You said

It is difficult to browse for books in the Old Library, Gladstone Link, Radcliffe Camera, Sackler Library, Taylor Institution Library and the Chinese Studies Library.

We did
  • We have reorganised the layout of the open shelf collections in the Upper Reading Room and Lower Reading Room in the Old Library.
  • We have rationalized the Bodleian and History Faculty Library holdings in the Gladstone Link to improve ease of browsing. We (unsuccessfully) bid for funding to reclassify the books in the Gladstone Link to Library of Congress Classification.
  • We have provided additional trolleys for books awaiting re-shelving in the Sackler Library, enabling easier browsing of these items, and have developed reservation and reshelving procedures in discussion with reader representatives.
  • We have transferred relevant titles from the Old Bodleian Library to the Sackler Library, thereby making them available for browsing on open shelves.
  • We transferred a selection of 800 important titles on Chinese Studies from the Social Science Library to the Chinese Studies Library and they are now incorporated into the collection in the new Bodleian KB Chen China Centre Library.
  • We have improved the frequency and effectiveness of searching for items reported 'missing'.

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