The committee would welcome comments from those who use the Computing Services and those who work in it. At the committee's request the OUCS has provided a statement of the issues it considers relevant to the review. Individuals who wish to respond in detail may find it helpful to see this paper, copies of which are obtainable from the Secretary to the Review Committee, Catherine Godman. It can also be consulted on-line at http://info.ox.ac.uk/oucs/internal/issues.html.
Comments should be sent either to Catherine Godman, University Offices, Wellington Square, or to Dr Woodhouse, Wadham College, no later than Monday, 11 November.
Selection of the new system was based not only on the need to provide improved facilities for readers but also to conform more closely to the University's IT strategy. Geac ADVANCE is an open system which will run on any Unix platform. It conforms to a wide variety of international standards and is following a development path towards a fully clientserver architecture.
The first of Geac's client products, GeoCat, has undergone intensive development and refinement during 1996 and will come into operation during Michaelmas term. It is anticipated that GeoPAC, which will provide readers with a graphical user interface to the catalogue, will be ready for distribution throughout the University's libraries early in 1997. Details of how individual members of the University can download GeoPAC for personal use will be posted on the Web at http://www.lib.ox.ac.uk/olis/ later this term. Any use of GeoPAC (which runs under Windows 95 and Windows NT) must be regarded as experimental at this stage. It will not be possible to provide support for anyone choosing to use GeoPAC until after its general release in 1997. It is also planned to provide access to the catalogue using GeoWeb. Information on how to make remote connections to the OPAC using GeoWeb or other options will be posted at http://www.lib.ox.ac.uk/olis/ as they become available.
Seventy-two Oxford libraries now catalogue onto OLIS. See below for a complete list of member libraries with information about when they began cataloguing and whether they also use the Acquisitions Circulation or Periodical registration modules.
OLIS is a union catalogue which contains cataloguing information (i.e. bibliographic records) from all of the member libraries. This enables a reader to search for any book held in any OLIS member library from any terminal or microcomputer connected to OLIS. Copy information (i.e. shelfmark) which is specific to a particular library has been separated so that when searching for a book, you will first be shown the copy information for the items held in the library where you are conducting your search. If there are copies in other libraries, for which there is information in the OLIS catalogue, you will be given the chance to see the information about them. It will still be necessary to check other catalogues in the libraries concerned to find information about holdings not yet catalogued on OLIS. In common with most other academic libraries in the UK, the catalogue can be searched from any terminal capable of connection to the JANET network.
Retrospective conversion of card and other catalogues into machine readable form so that they can be interrogated on-line was recognised by the University as a major priority and is an integral part of the University's IT strategy. The OLIS catalogue now has over three million copies attached to over two million individual titles. The Bodleian Library's Pre-1920 catalogue comprising 1.2 million titles has been available on CD-ROM since January 1994. This catalogue represents the culmination of a project commenced in 1966 by John Jolliffe, Bodley's Librarian from 1982 to 1985.
The University is funding the conversion of records in the Bodleian Guard book catalogues, and in the card catalogues of Bodleian dependent libraries. This project, using services provided by OCLC, will be completed within the next three years. Over 500,000 records are currently being added to the OLIS database each year.
A similar project to convert the remaining printed catalogues in the Taylorian has just commenced. A project to produce machine readable records for early printed books from the Inter-Collegiate Catalogue has been founded by HEFCE and these records will shortly appear on OLIS. Details on the project are available at http://www.lib.ox.ac.uk/icc/.
On-line circulation (issuing, reservations, and fines) has been introduced into twenty OLIS libraries. This allows readers registered in these libraries to find out what they have on loan and to place reservations from any terminal. On-line acquisitions allows a reader to find out when a book has been ordered and received by one of the thirty-three libraries now using the Acquisitions module. Six libraries are now using the periodicals registration module. This allows readers to find out when a specific issue of a journal has been received or declared missing.
Searching the OPAC (On-line Public Access Catalogue) allows you to access the items catalogued by any of these seventy-two libraries. Information about all OLIS libraries, their holdings, opening hours and admission procedures can be found at http://www.lib.ox.ac.uk/libraries/.
The on-line catalogue is designed so that it can be used easily, but guidance in how to use it is also provided. Explanatory leaflets about basic searching procedures and remote connection to OLIS have been distributed to all new graduates and undergraduates and are available in any OLIS library or from the Libraries Automation Service (e- mail: Stephen.Eyres@las.ox.ac.uk). Library staff are able to show readers how to use the on-line catalogue and give advice on how to search the catalogue. Assistance with problems is also provided by an On-line Catalogue Help Desk (telephone: (2)77163), staffed by members of the Bodleian Library Cataloguing Division. This is located in the Lower Reading Room of the Bodleian Library.
|All Souls College||2/90|
|Balfour Library (Pitt Rivers)||11/93||8/95|
|Bodleian Japanese Library||1/88||10/94||8/93|
|Bodleian Law Library||9/88||8/92|
|Corpus Christi College||8/89||10/92||8/90||1/95|
|History of Art||1/92||8/93|
|History of Science||2/96|
|Institute of Economics and Statistics||1/90|
|Lady Margaret Hall||7/92||10/93|
|Latin American Centre||1/91||11/91|
|Middle East Centre||1/91||11/91|
|Modern Languages Faculty||1/88||4/90||9/92|
|Physics (Astro, Nuclear)||1/93|
|Queen Elizabeth House||1/90||10/92||8/91||1/95|
|Rhodes House Library||9/88||8/92|
|St Anne's College||1/91||9/92|
|St Antony's College||1/91||12/91|
|St Cross College||10/93|
|St Edmund Hall||1/92|
|St Hugh's College||7/95|
|St John's College||1/95|
|St Peter's College||10/93||9/94|
|School of Management Studies||4/96||10/96||10/96|
|Social and Cultural Anthropology||1/92|
(4) Periodicals registration
(i) no flysheet will be circulated which in the opinion of the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors might be defamatory or otherwise illegal;
(ii) the right is reserved on behalf of the University and its employees, without prior consultation with the signatories, to publish an apology in respect of any statement in a flysheet which is complained of as defamatory or otherwise illegal (whether or not the statement can be shown to be true);
(iii) the signatories shall jointly and severally indemnify the University and its employees against any costs or damages payable in respect of their flysheet and, unless a Queen's Counsel (to be mutually agreed on by the signatories and the University) shall advise within four months of the making of any claim in respect of a flysheet that any proceedings could be contested with the probability of success, such damages shall include any sum paid by the University in settlement of any claim arising out of the flysheet;
(iv) the flysheet shall consist of one leaf only (though text may appear on both sides of the leaf); the text shall include the name and college or department of each of the signatories;
(v) a copy of the text of the flysheet shall be delivered to the Registrar before 10 a.m. on the Monday of the week in which circulation is desired; it shall be accompanied by an indemnity in accordance with condition (iii) above drawn up on a form obtainable from the Registrar and signed by each of the signatories of the flysheet; the Registrar shall be informed at the same time which of the signatories is to be notified whether the Vice-Chancellor and Proctors have authorised circulation;
(vi) the Registrar shall arrange for the production by the University Press of copies of a flysheet the circulation of which has been duly authorised.
Though every effort will be made to circulate on the day desired flysheets so received, it must be understood that this cannot be guaranteed.
(1) the number of names to be included on the flysheet under condition (iv) shall be not less than a majority of the total number of members of the Executive or the Graduate Committee of OUSU, as the case may be, and each of the persons named shall sign the indemnity required under condition (v);
(2) the maximum number of flysheets to be circulated as of right, whether on matters before Congregation (to be paid for by the University) or on matters of general interest to the University (to be paid for by OUSU and to be subject to the Vice-Chancellor's decision as prescribed under (b) above) shall be three per term for each of these bodies, save that the Vice-Chancellor shall have discretion to permit further flysheets.
Subject to proviso (1) above, the Executive and the Graduate Committee of OUSU may also support flysheets signed by not less than ten members of Congregation.
All members and their guests are welcome the fee being £2 per person.
22 Oct.: Recent additions to the wine list.
10 Dec.: Wines for Christmas.
Tickets for the concerts cost £8 (£6 for OAP/unwaged; £4 for students), or £20 for all three concerts (£15; £10). Tickets may be obtained from Blackwell's Music Shop. Student tickets may also be obtained from the Music Faculty.
The Quartet will hold open rehearsals in the Holywell Music Room from 2.30 to 5.30 p.m. approximately on the concert dates.
23 Oct.: Haydn, Quartet in D, op. 76, no. 5; Smetana, Quartet no. 1 in E minor; Beethoven, Quartet in E flat, op. 127.
6 Nov.: Haydn, Quartet in C, op. 76, no. 3; Bartók, Quartet no. 3; Beethoven, Quartet in B flat, op. 130.
20 Nov.: Haydn, Quartet in E flat, op. 76, no. 6; Dvorák, Quartet No. 12 in F, op. 96; Beethoven, Quartet in C sharp minor, op. 131.
Admission will be by tickets, which will be free and available in advance.
THE BORROMEO QUARTET
Wed. 27 Nov.: Mozart, K428; Kirchner, No. 2 (1958); Schubert, Death and the Maiden.
Fri. 7 Feb. 1997: Piano works by Schubert.
THOMAS ZEHETMAIR and SILKA AVENHAUS
Thur. 5 June 1997: Violin and piano works by Szymanowski, Ysaye, Bartók, and Schubert.
Thur. 19 June 1997: a programme including cello and piano works by Schubert and Britten.
The Oxford branch of the AUT is open for membership to university and college employees, whether academic or academic-related. It has over 900 members. It is the official body with which the University discusses priorities and problems bearing on education and research, and negotiates solutions to them. Discussions between the Oxford AUT and university officers occur formally once per term at a meeting of a Joint Consultative Committee, but there are many other informal meetings to discuss particular problems, including those affecting the conditions of employment of academic and academic-related staff, such as the `waiver clause' for those employed on contract grants. The local AUT also provides confidential advice on problems relating to terms and conditions of employment.
Application for membership and other enquiries can be made to Mrs Anne Hendry, Administrative Secretary, Oxford AUT, New Barnett House, 28 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford OX1 2HY (telephone and fax: (2)70418, e- mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) (9.30 a.m.--3 p.m., Monday--Friday).
Enquiries may also be directed to the following: Kit Bailey (Honorary Secretary), Department of Plant Sciences (telephone: (2)75090); Denis O'Driscoll, Department of Biochemistry (telephone: (2)75260); Arthur Marsh (Personal Cases), St Edmund Hall (telephone: (2)74170).
General meetings of the Oxford AUT take place on Tuesday of third week in each term. The Michaelmas Term meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 29 October, in the Garden Room, Queen Elizabeth House, 21 St Giles'. All AUT members and non-members will be welcome.