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Resource of the Month: Royal Marsden Manual Online

Our resource of the month for August was the Royal Marsden Manual Online, evidence-based skills and procedures to support nurses in their patient care. We’ve been tweeting useful hints and tips throughout the month, and these are now gathered in one place for ease of reference.

Our resource of the month is Royal Marsden Manual Online: evidence-based clinical skills&procedures for patient care

— Cam Medical Library (@cam_med_lib) August 9, 2016

One of the most useful features of the Royal Marsden Manual Online is its compilation of illustrated guidance for various nursing procedures.

Our resource of the month is RMM Online. Browse its procedures lists for step-by-step illustrated guidance:

— Cam Medical Library (@cam_med_lib) August 15, 2016

There are also lots of helpful video tutorials on the Royal Marsden website to help you get the most out of this resource.

Our resource of the month is Royal Marsden Manual Online. Here are some great tips for getting the most out of it:

— Cam Medical Library (@cam_med_lib) August 22, 2016

Do be sure to follow us on Twitter for new resources each month.

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Royal tombs, wall paper and neo-nazism

In the 1970s and 1980s books in the Scandinavian languages were strongly represented in the collections of the University Library, but since the University discontinued the teaching of these languages there has been less justification for acquiring material on the … Continue reading →

New audio visual arrivals at the Pendlebury

It might be the quietest time of year at the Pendlebury over the summer, but there are still plenty of new items arriving for library stock. These include a lot of new books for updated module reading lists, and books for new … Continue reading →

Embedded librarianship under the microscope

We are excited to confirm that we will soon be embarking on a new project exploring the fascinating area of embedded librarianship. We will be working with librarians across the University in order to gain a better understanding of some of the key responsibilities, knowledge, tools and personality traits required of an embedded librarian in today’s research and information landscape.

There have been various definitions of embedded librarianship over the years and we hope to explore these in detail, with the aim of finding out what embedded librarianship could mean at Cambridge. Some librarians are embedded in a very physical sense (sitting within research groups for example), while others perform their roles primarily in a virtual way (by offering continuous and expert remote support to researchers, or by being present on a VLE). An area in which librarians are already working in a truly embedded fashion is that of clinical librarianship, where information professionals (sometimes known in this context as ‘informationists’) work side-by-side with clinical practitioners, offering immediate expert searching services and providing information to inform decisions made at the point of care. We hope that what we learn from these varying roles and approaches will be invaluable in helping to better inform how embedded librarians could operate in the University going forward.

As with all Futurelib projects we will be taking a user-centred, ethnographic approach to our research. There will be a focus on observing users and how they interact with their embedded librarian in the wider context of their research lives, including placing significant emphasis on their goals and values.

A number of embedded librarians will be keeping their own research diaries, reflecting on the research behaviours and practices of their ‘users’ (in some senses ‘colleagues’ may be a better word) as well as their experiences of working in this way. The project is set to run from August 2016 to April 2017. Keeping a truly ethnographic mindset means that we would not wish to commit to what the outcomes of the project might be, but we are guaranteed to surface more robust information on what embedded librarianship looks like and what it can hope to achieve.

David and Andy


Header image: York College of PA – ‘Academics’ –


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Bank Holiday Monday – 29th August 2016 – Medical Library closed

The Medical Library will be closed on Monday 29th August.


We will re-open as normal on Tuesday 30th August – o8:00 – 21:50.

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Gorbachev’s collected works : the August 2016 Slavonic item of the month

This month, we look at a recent political addition to the collections – the works of Mikhail Gorbachev – and examine the publications of his Soviet leader predecessors. The University Library already holds dozens of titles by Gorbachev, chiefly from his … Continue reading →

American Chemical Society announces intention to establish “ChemRxiv” preprint server to promote early research sharing

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) today announced its intention to form ChemRxiv, a chemistry preprint server for the global chemistry community, proposed as a collaborative undertaking that will facilitate the open dissemination of important scientific findings. The Society is presently in the process of inviting interested stakeholders to participate in helping to shape the service ahead of its anticipated launch.

ChemRxiv is expected to follow the established models of arXiv in physics and bioRxiv in the life sciences by enabling researchers working across diverse areas of inquiry to share early results and data with their scientist-colleagues ahead of formal peer review and publication,” says Kevin Davies, Ph.D., who, as Vice President within the ACS Publications Division, will be spearheading the effort as part of a joint undertaking with the Society’s Chemical Abstracts Service. “Preprints are fully citable and are freely accessible preliminary communications, aimed to advance the pace of scientific discovery and information dissemination. The chemistry community has a growing interest in such open sharing to aid researchers in establishing recognition and priority for their research discoveries, while also providing a mechanism to elicit informal feedback from other scientists to help in shaping their ongoing work.”

“The ACS is advancing the concept for ChemRxiv, as doing so aligns with key aspects of our Society’s mission and goals, notably the advancement of science through the dissemination of indispensable chemistry-related information worldwide,” says Thomas Connelly Jr., Ph.D., ACS Executive Director and CEO. “Furthermore, in keeping with our mission of service to the global chemistry community, the American Chemical Society recognizes there is considerable merit in pursuing ChemRxiv as a multi-organization venture — with an eye toward interoperability with various sources of chemistry-related information. Accordingly, we invite interested parties to become potential co-organizers and sponsors, and will be engaging in a broad consultation to help shape the scope, governance and operating principles for ChemRxiv as a collaborative endeavor.”

From initial market research and expert feedback, including advice and encouragement from editors-in-chief of ACS Journals, the Society has identified broad support for the launch of a chemistry preprint server. Over the coming months, and in collaboration with potential partners, a full evaluation will be completed to ensure ChemRxiv supports the specific needs of the chemistry-research and publishing community.

“An ACS-sponsored chemistry preprint server would be an important and forward-looking contribution to the global community and to science,” says Laura Kiessling, Ph.D., Steenbock Professor of Chemistry and the Laurens Anderson Professor of Biochemistry, Director of the Keck Center for Chemical Genomics at the University of Wisconsin and the Editor-in-Chief of ACS Chemical Biology.

“Conceptually, preprint servers could solve one problem we face today in academic publishing related to peer review,” says Paul Alivisatos, University of California, Berkeley’s Samsung Distinguished Professor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Director of the Kavli Energy Nanosciences Institute and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Nano Letters. “By its nature, peer review can be a trade-off between time and quality. The availability of a chemistry preprint server would provide researchers a speedy mechanism by which to share their results and data, and would, in turn, allow peer reviewers and journal editors to focus their efforts on assessing the scientific accuracy and quality of research articles prior to formal journal publication. … Given the popularity of preprint servers in physics and now biology, chemistry will have a preprint server. It is a positive move by the ACS to foster this initiative in this way,” Alivisatos affirmed.

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In a child’s mind

The BBC over the last few years has tried to get children to become more involved in classical music. November 2014 saw the introduction of Ten Pieces, an initiative aimed initially at children of primary school age. There was a “Ten Pieces” prom … Continue reading →

E-book and Library Q&A drop-in Friday 19th August

The first drop-in session for this new academic year, to be held in our new location will be tomorrow – Friday 18th August. Please come along and say ‘Hello’ and find out more about e-books.  There will be a range of devices so we can show you how to download e-books.  However if you prefer to bring your own device that’s fine. Please also take the opportunity to ask any library related questions, such as – “how the does the fetching service work?”

Friday 19th August 12:15 – 13:00 in the Sherwood Room


We look forward to seeing you!


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Letters from Civil War America


Edward Lyulph Stanley when MP for Oldham (1880-1885), Image courtesy of Gallery Oldham

The Royal Commonwealth Society collections have just added an on-line catalogue entry for a fascinating series of letters written from Civil War America by Edward Stanley (1839-1925), fourth Baron Stanley of Alderley. Stanley made an extensive tour during 1864 immediately after completing his studies at Oxford and before being called to the Bar in 1865.  He was very interested in examining the causes and course of the conflict from both the Union and Confederate perspectives, and secured introductions to leading political, military, social and intellectual figures through his father, who was a cabinet minister in Lord Palmerston’s government. Stanley prepared for his visit, assiduously recorded his observations and became a shrewder interpreter as he developed knowledge and confidence. About a month after his arrival, Stanley wrote, ‘‘I find my pervious study of American matters enables me to derive far greater benefit from my visit… I am able to learn a great deal & it is surprising how valuable I find even the little personal observation I have already made of the country, towards correcting & modifying my previous impressions. I write everything down in my letters that comes uppermost at the moment… I write to reproduce the lights and shadows here just as they strike me’ (14 Apr. 1864).

Meeting with President Lincoln, RCMS 232_3

Stanley spent much time in New York and Washington, and had several interviews with Secretary of State William Seward, whom he described as ‘rather shrewd than really able or wide in his views, & prone to be cautious & technical instead of statesmanlike in his way of handling great questions’ (17 Apr. 1864). Seward introduced him to Abraham Lincoln, with whom Stanley dined, and the aristocratic young Englishman’s impressions of the humbly born President are recorded in the facing letter.  Stanley was the guest of General George Meade during a visit to the Army of the Potomac, where they discussed the Battle of Gettysburg, and he also dined with General Ulysses S. Grant, who was ‘very modest & unassuming in manner, very homely, he gave me the impression of a Western farmer but what he said was sensible, & to the point. He evidently had a character and a will of his own’ (26 Apr. 1864). Stanley visited the battlefields of Gettysburg and Vicksburg, a camp for black troops at Arlington Heights, Confederate prisoners of war at Fort McHenry, and a large military hospital outside Philadelphia.

President Lincoln on battlefield of Antietam, ‘Gardner’s photographic sketch book of the Civil War’ (1866)

Stanley reported at length upon conversations revealing Northern wartime opinion, and was particularly interested in the violent Anti-Draft Riots that convulsed New York City in 1863, and the views of the Copperheads (anti-war Democrats). He attempted to diffuse hostility towards Britain caused by its recognition of the South’s status as a belligerent.  Stanley also had introductions to a galaxy of American literary figures.  He had several discussions with Horace Greeley, editor of the ‘New York Tribune’, who seemed ‘to feel more deeply than most the issues involved in this war, & to be more earnest than many in his principles’ (1 Apr. 1864). He dined at the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ‘who talked about poetry and the Hexameter for English verse’ and had several meetings with Ralph Waldo Emerson, a strong opponent of slavery: ‘He told me that he had heard from England of my having written letters that defended their cause.’ They discussed the abolitionist John Brown, ‘whom Emerson had seen & whose speech after conviction he spoke of with great admiration as one of the finest, simplest, most natural things he had ever read’ (16 Sept. 1864).

Quebec City, 1870, RCS Y3062B_6

Stanley (a firm abolitionist himself) was able to gauge Southern opinion during visits to Baltimore, whose society had been bitterly divided by the war, ‘Intimate friends now do not speak – even brothers and sisters are at daggers drawn’, and during a lengthy stay in Louisiana (10 Apr. 1864). Keen to observe slavery and the plantation system first hand, he stayed overnight at a sugar plantation near New Orleans, where conditions were said to have changed little since Emancipation, despite the fact that its former slaves now worked for wages.  Stanley was appalled by what he saw, ‘it seemed as if life & energy, almost humanity, had been crushed out of the people’ (9 June 1864). Travel by railway and steamship gave him the opportunity to hear the views of more ordinary Americans, in contrast to the elevated circles he had occupied earlier, as in a journey from Nashville to Louisville in the baggage car of a military train for the wounded. Stanley’s letters reveal a keen interest in American education, and he visited many public, charitable and Negro schools, anticipating his future career as an educationalist and member of the London school board between 1876 and 1904. Finally, Stanley’s travels also took him briefly to the province of Canada, where plans for the federation of British North America were gathering pace, in part in response to tensions created by the Civil War. In Quebec he met the Attorney General George-Étienne Cartier, who played a critical role in the Confederation of Canada in 1867.

Please follow this link to view the Janus catalogue of the Letters of Edward Lyulph Stanley, RCMS 232.