Thursday, 8 June 2017

Dates for your Diary: Summer Closures

Thursday 8th June is the Joint Library's last evening opening of the summer, and after that date the library will close at 6pm every day until the new term. 8pm closing (on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) will start again on Tuesday 3rd October, until Thursday 14th December.

The library will be closing as usual for two weeks at the end of August. We will close at 6pm on Friday 18th August, and re-open at 9:30am on Monday 4th September.

Please also note that we expect building work to be starting around the end of July, since the lobby will be being refurbished. While these renovations are happening the library will not be accessible through the normal entrance, but instead through the doors by the service lift (which open on to the Atlas section near Numismatics). We will give you further details and more specific dates when we know them.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Library Survey 2017


The Institute of Classical Studies/Hellenic and Roman Library Survey is now live, and the team would really appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to fill it in. It's just 10 questions, 9 of which are multiple choice, and a box at the end where you can make any comments you wish to.

The survey can be found here, and is open until Sunday 21st May - just before the new librarian starts on 22nd! It will therefore be a really useful way for us to know how to proceed after the summer break, and how we can keep the library the best it can be for all of you.

Many thanks in advance for your feedback!

Friday, 28 April 2017

Dates for your Diary: May Bank Holidays

Due to upcoming Bank Holidays, the library will be closed on the following dates:

Monday 1st May

Saturday 27th May

Monday 29th May

The team hope all readers manage to have a restful few days while the library is closed! :) 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Roman Society Museum Internship Bursaries

Applications are now open for the Roman Society's 2017 Museum Internship Bursary Scheme. There are up to eight bursaries of £250 available, which are to be put towards living or travel expenses for students wishing to undertake placements at the following institutions:

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: http://www.ashmolean.org/

British Museum (Department of Greece and Rome), London: http://www.britishmuseum.org/

British Museum (Department of Coins and Medals), London: http://www.britishmuseum.org/

This placement will involve supporting the curatorial team in their collections research for the upcoming re-interpretation project at Corbridge museum. The exact nature of the work will depend on the applicant's interests and experience, and the stage of current work at the time of the placement.

English Heritage (Properties Historian Team), London: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to complete three different tasks: 1) historical research on an aspect of Roman history, including life in a Roman town, the history of Roman military installations, and early-modern/modern literary responses to Roman sites; 2) the interpretation of historical material to the public, including preparation of display panels, trails and reconstruction drawings; 3) shadowing a historian at project meetings and helping to prepare project documents.

Note: these examples are indicative, and the exact nature of the placement programme will be determined by its timing, project requirements, and a discussion with the candidate.

Great North Museum, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: https://greatnorthmuseum.org.uk/

Institute of Classical Studies, London: http://ics.sas.ac.uk/

This placement offers the opportunity to gain experience in Digital Classics research. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to design and implement a small, independent piece of work related to one of the Institute's projects, for example: a database of persons or names related to a historical source or area; annotating geographical information in visual or textual resources; or library catalogue data related to digital publication. Advanced digital skills are not a requirement, but familiarity with basic tools such as spreadsheets and database tables would be an advantage

Roman Baths, Bath: http://www.romanbaths.co.uk/


All Undergraduate and MA students are eligible to apply for these bursaries, and may either make an open application, or specify the museum/organisation they wish to work at. The deadline for applications is 30th April 2017. Candidates should send a letter of application to Dr. Fiona Haarer (Roman Society Secretary), outlining why they wish to undertake the internship, and any relevant experience that they have. These should be sent to the e-mail office@romansociety.org, as should any queries about the bursary scheme. Dates of the placements can be set through consultation between the successful candidate and the organisation in question, but are usually for 2-3 weeks during the summer holiday.

Click here to read the reports of what previous students did on their museum internships.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Happy International Women's Day!


If you're interested in finding out about female authors in antiquity (or just want to be able to name one other than Sappho!) then this post from last August would be a good place to start.

If you'd prefer something a little more recent, then 'Women classical scholars : unsealing the fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly' (edited by Rosie Wyles and Edith Hall) has just come off the New Books Shelf, so you could borrow it for a whole two months and read some of the fascinating stories about our scholarly foremothers.

To read an interview with Edith Hall about some of the trials overcome to get this book published, click here.

Alternatively, if you'd like something to add to your own bookcases at home, there should be plenty on our Sales Shelf to tempt you. A few choices specifically about women:

Welch, T.S (2015), Tarpeia: Workings of a Roman Myth
In this book Tara Welch considers how the myth of Tarpeia (who, in legend, betrayed Romulus' city to the Sabines) was used by ancient thinkers as a lens through which to consider matters such as ethics, gender, conquest, and, ultimately, what it meant to be Roman.

Potter, D. (2015), Theodora: Actress, Empress, Saint
David Potter charts Theodora's rise from actress, to secret agent, to the wife of Emperor Justinian, merging ancient sources with the latest research to provide a well-rounded narrative of her controversial life.

Euripides. Blessington, F. (trans.) (2015), Trojan Women, Helen, Hecuba: Three Plays about Women and the Trojan War
A verse translation by Francis Blessington (with introduction and notes) of these three plays about women affected by the Trojan War.


Happy reading!




Monday, 6 March 2017

Dates for your Diary: Easter Closure

Thursday 23rd March will be our last day of evening opening, coinciding with the end of the university term. After that date the library will close at 6pm during the week, rather than 8pm.

Saturday 8th April will be the last Saturday that the library is open before Easter.

The library will close for the Easter holidays at 6pm on Wednesday 12th April. We will re-open on Wednesday 19th.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

New Staff #2: Librarian

The ICS/Joint Library team are delighted to announce that Joanna Ashe has been appointed as our new Librarian. She is currently a senior information specialist at the Royal College of Physicians, and will be joining our staff at the end of May. We look forward to working with her in keeping the library a hub for innovative and interdisciplinary research across the Classics.

We want to thank all three shortlisted candidates, who gave their presentations on 17th February. They provided much food for thought regarding the future of research libraries, and original ideas on how any challenges could be met. The library team very much enjoyed listening to these talks and appreciate the effort that went into them.