Supporting staff across the University
All members of academic and support staff will automatically have a Library account set up on their behalf.
To use our online resources you can log in using your Aston University username and password.
You will also be eligible for the SCONUL Access scheme. This is a reciprocal arrangement which allows University staff to visit most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland and use or borrow books.
Booking an appointment with your Information Specialist will provide you with more details on how Library Services can assist you and how to make best use of:
The quality and diversity of information sources are wide ranging. From search engines to subject gateways to electronic databases, students have a vast amount of information before them. Library Services (LS) can help provide students and staff with the information literacy skills they need to successfully identify and use these services in support of their assignments and project work.
To make information skills sessions work for you and your students they should be:
We can help you achieve these things. We offer a successful induction programme which reaches over 90% of new students. We also aim to ensure that our research and information skills sessions reach larger numbers of students too. Information literacy sessions can help improve research and critical skills. They can help students to improve their marks and provides invaluable experience for future professional careers.
We can provide you and your students with tailored information skills sessions. Information skills sessions can be readily incorporated into the courses/modules for which you are responsible. Please do contact your Information Specialist, who will be pleased to work with you to tailor sessions to the needs of you and your students. As students progress through their course, formal sessions can be supplemented with drop-in sessions, refreshers on specific services, etc. Examples of what we do include:
Each Blackboard module now has a Readings menu item which creates a one stop shop for Academic and Library staff to manage reading lists in a consistent way, and for students to access them easily via My Module Reading Lists.
Information on how to do this can be found on the academic staff LibGuide. Adding new books to the list will alert Library staff to purchase them. Journal articles and web pages can also be linked to directly. Digitised documents for your Blackboard module can be requested via the Reading Lists system (Talis), or via your Information Specialist.
For more information about these services, or if you would like any help in finding books for your module, please contact your Information Specialist.
If you would like to recommend a book for the Library to purchase, please complete the online form or email your Information Specialist. We will purchase any books which are in support of the teaching, learning and research needs of the University depending on budgets available and whether or not the item is still in print. If the book you have requested is not yet published, the order will be kept on file and processed once publication is confirmed.
When you ask Library Services to order books please remember the following key points:
SensusAccess enables staff and students to convert documents into a wide range of alternative media.