Archive for June, 2009

Economics Palgrave Macmillan eBooks trial

By Kieron L Jones, on 29 June 2009

Please see the Electronic Resources Blog for details.

Summer in UCL’s libraries

By Kieron L Jones, on 29 June 2009

Summer opening hours: www.ucl.ac.uk/library/opening.shtml

The above web page gives details of the summer opening for UCL’s libraries.

Science library building works:
Science Library works will begin on 22 June 2009 for completion by the end of August. The focus is on the provision of improved readers’ services including:

  • provision of 3 new turnstiles
  • provision of 4 new group study areas, with whiteboards and 32 inch LCD screens to allow flexibility of use and presentations
  • removal of the existing IS Helpdesk and provision of a new IS Helpdesk and a new Library enquiry desk
  • reconfiguration of the photocopier area with integration of 2 new seated e-Journals terminals and 5 new seated library catalogues adjacent to the enquiry desk
  • The main entrance to the Science Library will be closed off during the first stage of works, from 22nd of June to late July. Temporary access arrangements are in place.

As is inevitable with building works, there will be some disturbance and noise. We aim to keep this to a minimum, but apologise in advance for the disruption. We hope that you will find the end results worthwhile. If you have any queries or comments, please contact: benjamin.meunier@ucl.ac.uk.

Recent acquisitions

By Kieron L Jones, on 16 June 2009

Counterinsurgency book cover Counterinsurgency and the global war on terror : military culture and irregular war / Robert M. Cassidy
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford Security Studies, 2008.

The future of community : reports of a death greatly exaggerated / edited by Dave Clements [et al.]
London : Pluto Press, 2008.

Instruction to deliver : fighting to transform Britain’s public services / Michael Barber.
London : Methuen, 2008.

Why democracies need an unlovable press / Michael Schudson.
Cambridge : Polity, 2008.

Development finance : debates, dogmas and new directions / Stephen Spratt.
London : Routledge, 2009.

Why are there so many banking crises? : the politics and policy of bank regulation / Jean-Charles Rochet.
Princeton, NJ ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2008.

Material markets : how economic agents are constructed / Donald MacKenzie.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009.

Philanthrocapitalism : how the rich can save the world and why we should let them / Matthew Bishop & Michael Green.
London : A & C Black, 2008.

Debate invitation: To be or not to be – a decision for the individual or the State?

By Kieron L Jones, on 16 June 2009

UCL Laws is pleased to invite you to the UCL / Bindman Debate on 30 June 2009, from 6-7.30pm on
To be or not to be: a decision for the individual or the State?

The panellists include:

  • Baroness Jane Campbell, leading disability rights campaigner and Commissioner of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights
  • Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, MP
  • Sir Ken Macdonald, former Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Sarah Wootton, Chief Executive of Dignity in Dying.

Marcel Berlins will take the chair.

The debate will be held in the Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1 from 6pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.
RSVP, without charge, online at: http://debate-2009.eventbrite.com/


By Kieron L Jones, on 9 June 2009

data.gov Data.gov is an open government intiative. It seeks to provide free open access to statistical data from the Federal Government of the United States. These cover all aspects of American government policy with thematic sections for Homeland security, policing, economic policy, transport policy, census and population data, environmental policy data and indicators, energy policy, social security and health care data among many others. Users may browse the website by government policy area or theme. They can download the datasets in a variety of formats. Entries include information about methodology and links to associated questionnaires and codebooks to aid interpretation. The site was created by the Obama administration in 2009.

Harvard – MIT Data Center (HMDC)

By Kieron L Jones, on 8 June 2009

HMDCHMDC is the principal distributor of quantitative social science data for Harvard and MIT. We provide services in collaboration with the Dataverse Network repository, the Henry A. Murray Research Archive, and the Numeric Data Services division of the Harvard College Library.”

Library closures 30th June

By Kieron L Jones, on 4 June 2009

Many of UCL’s libraries (including Main and Science) will be closed for the whole day on Tuesday 30th June.  This is so staff can attend the UCL Library Services Annual Staff Conference.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience the closures may cause.

Vincent Matthews
For UCL Library Services

The Michael Young Prize 2010

By Kieron L Jones, on 1 June 2009

Michael Young prize

The Prize:

  • expert help with circulating the results of your research communications including networking and PR support
  • up to £6,000 for research publicity
  • one year’s full membership with the British Sociological Association (BSA) and subscription to a BSA journal of your choice.

The Michael Young Prize promotes excellence in the social sciences by rewarding the very best early career researchers.

The prize was set up in honour of the late Lord Michael Young of Darlington by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Young Foundation.

For more information, please visit: www.esrcsocietytoday.ac.uk/young

Applications open 1 May 2009
Applications close 31 July 2009

The prize giving will be held at the Festival of Social Science 2010. To attend the event please contact Jeanine Woolley via email: michaelyoungprize@esrc.ac.uk