The Wodehouse Library got out and about last week, popping up in different parts of the school.
With the aim of encouraging boys and staff to #readmore we gathered up a small part of the Wodehouse Library collection (based on recommendations from tutors, reading lists and popular loans) and took it into 4 different locations around the school campus.
Books could be borrowed, renewed, reserved and returned and it was heartening that so many browsers and borrowers stopped by. We had some good chats about what people are currently reading and what they’re looking forward to reading too. A lot of smiles as well (sometimes after an initial ‘huh?!’ moment to see us in unexpected places!), which was great.
Many thanks to everyone who supported us last week, to all the pupil librarians who helped out and happy reading to all our borrowers!
The Wodehouse Library is hitting the road this week!
With a carefully chosen selection of titles from the collection, you will find us in pop-up form at morning breaks and lunchtimes in various locations around campus:
- Tuesday = PE Centre
- Wednesday = Lord George Building
- Thursday = The Laboratory
- Friday = Christison Hall.
You will be able to borrow, renew, return and reserve items as normal. The pop-ups will have a member of library staff and some volunteers helping out so do come and take a look, say hello and choose a book.
The Erasmus Essay Prize 2017 reading list is now available in the Wodehouse Library.
We are happy to order on demand any of the titles from the list that are not currently available in the Wodehouse collection. Below you will find links to the web based material:
- Luke Mastin, Moral Relativism: http://www.philosophybasics.com/branch_moral_relativism.html
The Concept of Evil
- Sheri Fink, Playing God: http://www.radiolab.org/story/playing-god/
- Hank Green, Crash Course: The Problem of Evil #13: https://youtu.be/9AzNEG1GB-k
- Peter Millican, Making Sense of Free Will and Moral Responsibility: https://www.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/74-making-sense-free-will-and-moral-responsibility
- Philip Zimbardo, The Psychology of Evil: https://www.ted.com/talks/philip_zimbardo_on_the_psychology_of_evil
The Logical Problem & Responses
- Hank Green, Crash Course: Metaethics #32: https://youtu.be/FOoffXFpAlU
- George Hrab, Rethinking Doubt: the Value and Achievements of Scepticism: https://youtu.be/orSjZaeyISI
- Peter Millican, Scepticism about the External World: https://www.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/41-scepticism-about-external-world
- Peter Millican, Possible Answers to External World Scepticism: https://www.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/42-possible-answers-external-world-scepticism
The Evidential Problem & Responses
- Sam Harris, Science Can Answer Moral Questions: https://www.ted.com/talks/sam_harris_science_can_show_what_s_right
- Tim Mawson, Arguments Against the Existance of God: https://www.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/7-arguments-against-existence-god-problem-evil
Can Our Use of Language Solve the Problem of Evil?
- Dan Ariely, Our Buggy Moral Code: https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_ariely_on_our_buggy_moral_code
- A C Grayling & William Lane Craig, Belief in God Makes Sense in the Light of Tsunamis: http://www.reasonablefaith.org/belief-in-god-makes-sense-in-light-of-tsunamis-the-craig-grayling-debate
- Stephen Law, The Evil God Challenge: https://youtu.be/WiufsmxiUiU
- Marianne Talbot, What is a Good Argument? Validity and Truth: https://www.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/what-good-argument-validity-and-truth
A new voice for our blog today. Harry, one of the Yr 13 boys, shares his thoughts on the library:
The knowledge that can be found in books is the primary source of their appeal, novels are important too but my interest is more often than not directed towards the non-fiction shelves. The library is valuable not only for reading around syllabuses, especially as a first point of reference for individual studies such as history coursework (the stock of Very Short Introductions in particular), but also as a place to generally broaden horizons in a way completely detached from the syllabus. Tim Marshall’s ‘Prisoners of Geography’ for example provides a fascinating interpretation of geopolitics based on a geographic determinism that, while dubious at times, is rather illuminating and certainly thought provoking. The reference section is also important, feeding a fondness for apparently useless facts and obscure information, dictionaries of quotations or subjects as esoteric as the burial places of famous people are always wonderful diversions. Building a wider knowledge and understanding of the world, with history as a main focus, has therefore been the biggest influence that books have had on my life from a young age to now and in the future.
We have 2 e-resource trials running this month so in addition to all the regular goodies you find on the menu, for the next 30 days you will also have access to the entire Philip Allan Review series online archives and Proquest’s UK Newsstand.
Over the past year we’ve seen the PA Reviews become increasingly popular with lots of boys and staff using them. The online archives trial offers unlimited access to all the titles – not only the ones we already subscribe to* – so whole classes will be able to work from the same material simultaneously. The content of these magazines is aimed at A-Level study and includes exam tips. They are well worth a look.
UK Newsstand is a huge, searchable database of daily national and local newspapers and magazines. Helpful search functions like a date-range slider and source exclusion options mean you can make your research efficient and effective. All the major dailies are available from UK Newsstand, including The Guardian and The Times. This is ideal for anyone looking for information on current affairs topics, perhaps for an essay, report or maybe a forthcoming class debate.
You can find the links and login details you need for these resources on the eResources page on MyDulwich. Any questions, just come and see us in the Wodehouse Library.
*Available in the Periodicals Room in the Wodehouse Library: Biological Sciences Review, Chemistry Review, Physics Review, Economics Review, Politics Review, RS Review, Hindsight, Wideworld, Modern History Review, English Review.
John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten, has implored the UK to value its libraries and urged everyone to show their support on National Libraries Day, Saturday 7 February.
Lydon has recorded an audio message to mark the annual national celebration of libraries and library staff. In it he credits libraries and librarians for his recovery from memory loss after contracting meningitis as an eight year old.
The recording will be available to listen to from Saturday 7 February via the National Libraries Day website.
Details of nationwide events are posted to the National Libraries Day online event map and people can show their support in person by joining a local event or by simply visiting their library during National Libraries Day week. Supporters can also share stories, messages and library ‘shelfies’ online and on social media.
First introduced in 2012, National Libraries Day is designed to say a collective thank-you to librarians and library staff everywhere and to raise awareness of the valued services they offer. Last year thousands of people took part in over 600 events and many public figures including well-known authors, illustrators, MPs and musicians sent messages of support.