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Engineering: Academic staff

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Support from your subject team

The library is here to support you and your students. Alasdair Montgomery is your Academic Liaison Librarian providing a channel of communication and contact for all library matters. Giles, Allison and Philippa are your subject librarians. You are always welcome to contact the team at

Training for academic staff: renew your information skills at the library.

The information landscape in constantly changing, not only for your students but for you as well.

Contact your subject team if you would like any training to help you and you students make the most of library resources

Teaching information and research skills

A crucial role of subject librarians is to provide information skills teaching. This ensures that library users have the skills required to find good quality information sources. The more information skills teaching can be tailored to a particular module and integrated with their coursework, the more students are likely to see it as relevant to their needs. We regularly offer classes on

  • Literature searching
  • Effective use of databases
  • Referencing
  • EndNote

We find these classes most effective when tailored to a particular project and delivered in a PC room so that students can practice what we are teaching them. However, we are willing to be work with you to fit these skills into your modules and can be flexible, perhaps offering 10 minute briefings is a lecture room if that is all you have time for. 

If you would like to arrange one of the above (or any other) teaching sessions please get in touch to discus how we can best support your students.

We are also happy to give help and advice to students on an individual basis. Students can book an appointment by contact us via

Collection development

To request books or journals for the library please contact us at

Arrival time for UK books is usually 3-4 weeks, plus time for the library to process the books and make them ready for borrowing. If a request is urgent let us know and we’ll do our best to give it priority.

Student textbooks
Tell us which module the book is for, if it’s a core text or background reading, and if you want to recommend a specific number of copies. (The library uses the Multiple Copies Fund – separate from the College bookfund – to buy new editions and extra copies of key texts.) Books on reading lists will normally be One Week Loan unless you specify otherwise. When available, we will also buy an ebook copy of core texts.

Books for research
Background reading and research monographs are normally Normal Loan (13 weeks for staff and postgrads; 2 weeks for undergrads).

To request books or journals for the library please contact us at

Requests for new journals require College approval, co-ordinated by the College Library Representative. Let us know if you would like to start a subscription. Subscriptions can begin at any time during the year (if funds are available). We also review the College journal list every autumn. 

The Library is mainly funded by an annual grant from the University.  From within this annual grant, funding for the purchase of books, journals and other library materials is allocated to individual Colleges.  The main funds used to purchase library materials are the Subject Funds and the Key Information Support Fund (Multiple Copies Fund).

Subject Funds

Each subject fund allocation is further divided into funds for books, journals and standing orders.  After sufficient funds have been reserved for recurrent expenditure on journals and any standing orders, the residue is available for the purchase of books.

Key Information Support Fund

This fund (commonly called the Multiple Copies Fund) is available to supplement the Subject Funds, where there is urgent demand for additional copies of course books. Spending of this fund is the responsibility of subject librarians. They buy additional copies of items already in stock based on consultation with Library Representatives, other teaching staff, direct feedback from contact with students, and analysis of data generated by the iFind system. They may also order additional copies when new titles are being ordered from Subject Funds.

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Reading lists

The iFind Reading service allows staff to create and manage reading lists in one place, and will then present the list in your module's blackboard pages, the module catalogue and module maintenance.

Students will gain easy access to reading list, with active links to recommended reading and online resources.

The document below talks you through creating and populating a reading list.

Supporting your research

As well as the expert knowledge in our subject teams, The library also has dedicated Research Librarians who work across all subject areas (in collaboration with the library subject teams) supporting research skills and systems:

Contact them:

Visit their website:

Follow their blog:

Follow them on Twitter: @SULibResSupport

We support researchers in using the University’s Research Information System (RIS) which feeds into Cronfa (the University’s repository). This is required for PDRs, the REF as well as compliance with the university’s open access policy and to feed into staff web pages. We can provide training or troubleshooting.

Access RIS at or via

Search Cronfa:

We also provide support with open access policies and queries, particularly with funder requirements for open access and the new policy governing the next REF.

We can advise on copyright issues, including those related to the use of Creative Commons licenses (which may be required by funders).

ISS also administer the RCUK funding to pay Article Processing Charges. Contact if you wish to request payment of an APC or would like more information on eligibility.

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