Sainsbury Library


We are in the process of transfering all the library's links to useful web resources from a static page on the library intranet to a delicious account. Using delicious to store our bookmarks allows both the easy addition of new sites and the ability for our users to subscribe to updates from our account to easily see when we have added something new.

When all of our current bookmarks have been uploaded we will push the feed from our delicious account to Facebook so every new addition is also posted there.


At the start of the 2009-10 academic year we created a page for the library on Facebook. The aim of this page was to act as a public face for the library in a place we know our users frequent.

We also have a tab of boxes where users can search SOLO and OxLIP+, Copac, and JStor.


Shortly after launching the library's Facebook page we also created a Twitter account. This is used to send short announcements about library services. The main reason for setting up this account was to get our news announcements out from the School's intranet so that all of our users could have access to them. It also allows us to have an RSS feed for announcements which is not possible from the intranet. The feed from our Delicious account automatically publishes to Twitter every time a new link is added.

Netvibes based start page
Restricted access to Sainsbury Library staff only.

The library has recently started using a Netvibes based start page to organise and accomplish day to day tasks more efficiently. This page gives a one-stop portal for staff members to access the most commonly used software, links, documents and files. It also helps in solving the most common queries of a reader in absence of other staff e.g. in absence of subject consultants, it will help other staff members to find out the most commonly used databases to find specific information about a particular industry. It also helps in inter-staff communication and takes over the rather complex sharepoint based system used before.

More details about the start page can be found in this blog post.