Feedback

We value your views and opinions and we welcome all suggestions and constructive feedback – positive or negative.

There are many ways you can share your thoughts with us:

  • Committees on Library Provision and Strategy (CLiPS)
  • Subject Librarians
  • Email
  • Comments books
  • Social media

Committees on Library Provision and Strategy (CLiPS)

The formal mechanism for gathering feedback is the CLiPSs. These subject- or Library-focussed committees meet every term, and comprise representatives from academic staff, students and librarians. All members of the collegiate University are welcome to raise any issues relating to the provision by, and strategy of, the Bodleian Libraries with the relevant CLiPS.

Social Sciences

Each of the 6 site libraries has its own CLiPS. These meet termly and report to the Social Sciences Divisional CLiPS, which reports to Curators.

  • Social Sciences Divisional CLiPS – Chair: Prof Louise Fawcett 
  • Social Science Library– Chair: Prof Louise Fawcett 
  • Bodleian Law Library – Chair: Dr Kristin van Zwieten 
  • Tylor Library - Chair: Dr Morgan Clarke
  • Sainsbury Library (+ Egrove Park) - Chair: Dr Felix Feed-Tsochas
  • Education Library - Chair: Dr Liam Gearon
  • Latin American Centre Library - Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbo

The Head of the Social Sciences Libraries attends Divisional Board with a standing item on the agenda.
The Head of Oriental Studies Libraries attends a meeting of the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies Committee each term.

Medical Sciences

The Medical Sciences Division CLiPS meets termly, chaired by Professor George Ratcliffe, and reports to Curators. There are no departmental CLiPSs within MSD.

In addition, the relevant Librarian attends the following Departmental committees:

  • Biochemistry Undergraduate JCC (Hilary Term)
  • Clinical Student JCC (termly)
  • Experimental Psychology Undergraduate JCC (termly)
  • Experimental Psychology Graduate JCC (termly)
  • OUH FT Education and Training Committee (quarterly)

Humanities

There are 9 Faculty CLiPSs and 1 sub-Faculty CLiPS, all of which report to the Humanities Divisional CLiPS. There is strong engagement with the Faculty Board as all the Faculty CLiPSs have at least one member of the Board sitting on the CLiPS or the Chair of the CLiPS having ex officio membership of the Board.

  • Humanities Divisional CLiPS - Chair: Professor Katherine Southwood
  • Art History - Chair: Dr Martin Kauffmann
  • Classics - Chair: Dr Christopher Metcalf
  • English - Chair: Dr Jane Griffiths
  • History - Chair: Dr Helen Gittos
  • Linguistics - Chair: Dr Hannah Eckhoff
  • Modern Languages - Chair: Professor Almut Suerbaum
  • Music - Chair: Dr Suzanne Aspden
  • Philosophy - Chair: Professor William Mander
  • Theology & Religion - Chair: Dr Dafydd Daniel
  • Oriental Studies - Chair: Dr Laurent Mignon

The relevant Subject Librarian normally attends Faculty or sub-Faculty meetings to ensure that key points of library business can be presented and that queries can be answered directly.

The Head of Oriental Studies Libraries attends a meeting of the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies Committee each term.

Archaeology CLiPS is in Social Sciences (Humanities-only aspects are covered by the Classics CLiPS). 

US Studies (excluding literature) and African Studies are covered by the History CLiPS. 

Film Studies is covered by the Modern Languages and English CLiPSs (as appropriate).

 Latin American Studies and Slavonic Studies are covered by the Modern Language, History and Area Studies CLiPSs (as appropriate).

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences

The MPLS Divisional CLiPS meets termly, chaired by Professor Georg Hollander, and reports to Curators. There are no departmental CLiPS within MPLS.

Continuing Education

The Continuing Education CLiPS meets termly, chaired by Professor Tom Buchanan, and reports to Curators.

Subject Librarians

You can email, phone, or speak in person to the librarian for your subject(s). You can find all of the details of who subject librarians are and how to contact them on the Subjects and Libraries pages.

Email

If you have a general comment about a particular library, you can contact the site librarian or head of reader services for that library. Find contact details for each library.

If you have a general comment about the Bodleian Libraries as a whole, you can email Richard Ovenden, Bodley's Librarian.

Comments books

All the Bodleian Libraries have a comments book where you can leave your feedback to staff. Ask at the desk.

Social Media

You can tell us what you think via Facebook or Twitter.

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