Information Services

Academic Support Librarians

Academic Support Librarians (ASLs) work in partnership with Schools and Colleges to understand their library needs and to communicate about library resources and services. ASLs help students develop the digital and information literacy skills to use library resources to get the best from their studies and research. Find out how we can help you.

Supporting teaching

  • Advising you on resources for course development
  • Arranging subject-specific information literacy sessions for Schools
  • Acting as your advocate for all library-related issues

Supporting learning

  • Helping you find the information resources that you need and make effective use of them
  • Helping you get the best from library resources and services
  • Helping you with reference management

Supporting research

  • Providing specialist information literacy skills sessions for research students and staff
  • Advising on your literature searches
  • Working with you to ensure that Library collections are meeting your needs


Information Literacy training

Academic Support Librarians (ASLs) help students develop the digital and information literacy skills they need to use library resources for study and research. Find out about our online information literacy course LibSmart, other available bookable courses, and how to request bespoke teaching as part of course programmes.

1 to 1 support for literature searching and systematic reviews

Information on arranging a 1 to 1 session for guidance on literature searching or systematic reviews.


The LibSmart course has been written by Academic Support Librarians to help you get the best out of using the Library. We support students to develop their digital and information literacy skills, including literature searching, avoiding plagiarism through appropriate citation and managing references.

Academic Support Librarians by subject

Find the Academic Support Librarian assigned to your subject area and how to contact them.

Dissertation Festival

The Library's Dissertation Festival brings together the support that the Library, Digital Skills and IAD provides for students undertaking their dissertations.

Resources and guidance

Subject guides, videos and other resources to support your studies, research and teaching

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