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Academic Staff Support Guide: Support for your students

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Library and Information & Digital Literacy Skills Sessions

A crucial role of Subject Librarian Teams is to help develop our students' academic and life-long skills, including their information literacy skills set.  Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner. We believe the more information skills teaching can be progressively embedded into a programme and integrated with their coursework, the more students are likely to see it as relevant to their needs.

Making the first step

Please contact your Librarians to discuss a Library Induction as a starting point for your students' engagement with the Library and its resources, as well as being introduced to the support that the subject librarians can provide.  This is the first step of embedding sessions throughout a programme. We can help students build the information skills they need to succeed throughout their degree and into employment.

Topics we can help with

You can find our information and digital literacy teaching offer at our Embedding Academic Skills Portfolio intranet site.  In addition to the presented portfolio, we can offer bespoke induction and classes to suit your programme's needs. 

We provide teaching sessions within the curriculum, but we also offer drop-in sessions and one-to-one appointments for students to supplement their learning.  Topics of support include, but are not exclusive to:

  • Literature searching
  • Referencing in university approved styles (APA, MHRA, OSCOLA, Vancouver)
  • EndNote
  • Use of specific databases
  • Searching for newspapers

Support for students

In addition to teaching classes arranged by departments we work with the Centre for Academic Success to offer drop in sessions in Writing Week, or joint teaching sessions bringing together a catalogue of academic skills.

Individual appointments can also be booked with a librarian.

Ask a Librarian (live chat) is available between 10 and 4, Monday to Friday for quick questions.  Students find this way of engagement and communication very useful, and we have high satisfaction ratings for our responses.

Each team also has an email address for enquiries for staff and students to speak to a member of a specific Subject Team.