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Saïd Business School: Sainsbury Library Visit

General overview

The Saïd business school offers a range of programmes in management, leadership and entrepreneurship for undergraduates and postgraduates and is well known around the world for its MBA programmes. The business school was established and built in 1996 and is located in the centre of Oxford near the Oxford rail station The business school is also having an extension built which has been designed by the Dixon Jones architect practice and is classed as the Saïd business school phase II project.

Sainsbury Library

The Sainsbury library is located on the first floor of the building is an open plan space with many desks and open access computers. There are a selection of journals and study guides located in this area but the books are located off to the sides of the main reading area where students can either locate their own items or ask for assistance in locating them. The library service is geared towards self-service and a self issue machine is located near the Help Desk where students can check out their own items or alternatively go to the help desk for assistance.

Subject area and resources

As the business school specialises in the areas of business, management and finance the library provides information and access to resources on these specific topics, which includes access to resources from the following services:

  • Books 24×7
  • EBSCO’s Business Source Complete
  • EMIS (Emerging Markets Information Service)
  • Factiva
  • FAME (Financial Analysis Made Easy)
  • Investext
  • Mintel
  • Nexis UK
  • Passport GMID from Euromonitor
  • Web of Science
  • Zephyr

SBS’s Eureka Institutional Repository

The Saïd business school has its own Institutional Repository called Eureka. Eureka runs on Eprints software and was originally set-up by a staff member at the school. The repository was created to showcase and provide access to academic articles and teaching materials created by academic staff at the SBS. Although the repository is configured to accept material via self-archiving a large proportion of the content has been added to the repository by library staff. As is commonly the case with IRs populating the repository with content has not been the easiest task and at the time of writing this post a temporary staff member is currently employed to locate and add previously written academic articles to the repository.

Web/digital issues

The library employs a Web and Digital Librarian and this is not a commonly found role in libraries. Their role is to add content to the library web pages and maintain and manage the SBS’s library web presence, which includes utilizing and maintaining the library’s social media. As the Bodleian libraries have a consistent type of template for all the individual libraries that form the Bodleian libraries, the Web and Digital Librarian also has involvement with other university staff that are responsible for the overall library web presence of the Bodleian libraries.