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ROBERT C. ALLEN (BA Carleton College, MA, PH.D. Harvard), Professor of Economics, University of British Columbia, has been appointed to the readership with effect from 1 January 2001.

Dr Allen will be a fellow of Nuffield College.

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A Kolkhorst Exhibition in Spanish has been awarded to SARAH J. HIGGINS, Magdalen College.

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Clerical and Library Negotiating Committee

Notice is hereby given that there will be an election on Friday, 5 January 2001, of six representatives of the clerical and library staff to join the staff side of the Clerical and Library Negotiating Committee, which normally meets twice each term to discuss matters relating to the local terms and conditions of employment of clerical and library staff. The need for the election has arisen as the current period of office of three of the present directly-elected representatives (Mrs G.E. Hicks, Bodleian Law Library, Mrs L.A. Mills, Computing Services, and Mr G.W. Earle, Ashmolean Museum) expires on the first day of Hilary Term 2001. There are also three vacant positions on the staff side, vice Ms T. Miller, Mrs N. Preston, and Mr K. O'Sullivan. All those mentioned are eligible for re-election. Those elected will hold office until the first day of Hilary Term 2003 and will be eligible for re-election.

Those eligible for nomination and those eligible to propose and second nominations and to vote in the elections will be all staff, full-time and part-time, who are employed by the University in its clerical and library scales, and who are not members of UNISON. (Members of UNISON are represented on the committee through the University UNISON branch.)

Nominations in writing, indicating the names and departments of the proposer and the seconder, together with a statement from the nominee that he/she is willing to stand for election, should be sent to Ms C. O'Shaughnessy, University Offices, Wellington Square, so as to arrive no later than Friday, 1 December. It would also be helpful if each candidate would, at the time of nomination, submit a paragraph of ten words about themselves and what they hope to contribute as a representative. This information will be distributed with the voting papers. Voting papers will be distributed through departments on Monday, 11 December, to be returned by Friday, 5 January. Members of staff wishing to find out more about the work of the directly-elected representatives are welcome to contact Mrs L.A. Mills (telephone: (2)73261).

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From first week of Hilary Term 2001 the Politics, International Relations, and Sociology Library (previously known as the Social Studies Faculty Library) will close at 6 p.m. on weekdays during term.

This was discussed and agreed at the Committee for Library Provision in Social Sciences and the Politics JCC, and is due to funding reductions.

The library regrets this reduction in opening hours and is pursuing alternative sources of funding in liaison with the Students Union Development Office.

The PPE Reading Room continues to be open until 10 p.m. during term.

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Christmas closure of the Upper Reading Room

The Upper Reading Room will close at 1 p.m. on Saturday, 2 December, and will reopen, together with the rest of the Library, after the Christmas closure on Tuesday, 2 January.

Readers with reserved books in the Upper Reserve should speak to the staff there by 12 noon on Friday, 1 December if they wish to have them transferred to the Lower Reading Room. The rest of the contents of Upper Reserve will be returned to the bookstack.

Until the closure of the whole Library at 5 p.m. on 21 December, staff will be able to fetch any Section A (English) open-shelf items to the Lower Reading Room; it is hoped that most of the books in K Section (History) will become similarly available as work progresses. Readers should complete the ordinary open-shelf slips and hand them in at the Main Enquiry Desk.

This closure is to enable the contractors to complete the floor surface in the north range. The whole Reading Room will be closed because the reserve area is affected and the library has been advised that the amount of noise will prevent serious study in the south range.

Note: self-service photocopying will be suspended throughout the Old Library during this period.

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