• Thursday 30 June 2011
  • NO. 4959
  • VOL. 141

General notices

Gazette publication arrangements

The final Gazettes of Trinity term will be published on 7 and 28 July.

The first Gazette of Michaelmas term will be published on 22 September, but will be limited to Council and Congregation business and changes to Examination Regulations. The first full Gazette of next term will be published on 29 September.

Bodleian Libraries

Transition to a new integrated library system 8–18 July

Over the last year and a half, the Bodleian Libraries have been preparing to move to a new library system which will provide enhanced catalogue, circulation and acquisitions functionality for readers and staff. I am pleased to say that the transition to the new system will take place in the next few weeks and this notice provides details of the temporary impact the transition will have on our services, the measures we are putting in place to support you at this time, and the longer-term advantages of the new system for the collegiate University.

During the transition, all Bodleian Libraries will remain open for the usual vacation hours. Books and journals on open shelves in libraries and reading rooms will be available, the resource discovery system SOLO will be live and electronic resources will be available as usual.

It will be possible to order most Special Collections materials currently held in the Radcliffe Science Library and those in the Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House stack manually, for consultation locally. Readers planning a visit to view Special Collections during this period in July are advised to contact Special Collections at

Service alterations during the transition

From 5 p.m. on Thursday, 7 July to 9 a.m. on Monday, 18 July, while the new system is being installed, we will be operating a limited ordering service from all other closed stacks and, although it will be possible to search for materials using SOLO, the catalogue will not be updated. Readers planning a visit to the Bodleian Libraries during this period are advised to order material held in closed stacks before Friday, 1 July.

Supplementary services during the transition

In order to support readers and provide the most comprehensive service we can during this transition, the following have been put in place:

  • The Gladstone Link (previously the Underground Bookstore in Radcliffe Square) will be open to readers from noon on Tuesday, 5 July. This allows open access to a large number of items that were formerly kept in closed stacks.
  • A dedicated support team is available to find alternative copies of materials unavailable during the transition. Readers with immediate needs during this period are encouraged to contact it directly using the request form located at

Alternatively, readers should seek assistance from reading room staff who will refer on queries where necessary. We will make every effort to source an alternative for consultation. Contact for more details about the downtime or how to order in advance, or visit

We would be grateful if you could pass this information on to any visiting academics and students or those who may be planning a research visit to Oxford during the Long Vacation.

About the new system

We undertook an intensive evaluation process and selected the Aleph product from Ex Libris because of its ability to deliver the robust functionality that we required, in conjunction with the sophistication to deal with the devolved federal structure of our collegiate library system. The Bodleian Libraries and Ex Libris have worked closely for several years: SOLO currently uses an Ex Libris product to provide a single discovery and delivery interface for collections throughout the collegiate University. The implementation of the new system will result in a more robust 'back-end' for use by library staff while reader access to our collections will also be enhanced.  Further improvements to the system are scheduled following this implementation.

We believe the installation of the new system will be another major step forward in our development as we work to improve speed of access to our collections in print and online and to undertake projects which will equip Oxford with a University library system fit for the twenty-first century.

Dr Sarah Thomas
Bodley's Librarian


E. P. Abraham Professorship of Mechanistic Cell Biology

Francis Allen Barr, BSc Imperial, PhD European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, North West Cancer Research Chair of Molecular Oncology, University of Liverpool Cancer Research Centre, has been appointed to the E. P. Abraham Professorship of Mechanistic Cell Biology in the Department of Biochemistry with effect from 1 September 2011.

Professor Barr will be a fellow of Trinity College.

Glaxo Professorship of Cellular Pathology

Christoph Marcel Tang, MB ChB Liv, PhD Lond, Professor in Infectious Diseases, Centre for Molecular Microbiology and Infection, Imperial College London, has been appointed to the Glaxo Professorship of Cellular Pathology in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology with effect from 1 August 2011.

Professor Tang will be a fellow of Exeter College.


Regius Professorship of Divinity

Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of Graham John Ward, MA PhD Camb, MA Oxf by incorporation, Samuel Fergusson Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics and Head, School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester, to the Regius Professorship of Divinity with effect from 1 October 2012.

Professor Ward will be a Canon of Christ Church.