Academic Liaison Librarians: Meet the Team

Academic Liaison Librarians

All Academic Departments at Brunel have a named Academic Liaison Librarian or ALL. This service is provided via the Library Academic Services Team, which offers tailored support to students and staff

For students we provide the LibSmart service and:

  • Are your point of contact between your department and the Library. Got a question? Please ask us
  • Deliver tailored Library inductions to help you get started, and indepth workshops, seminars and lectures as you progress through your academic career
  • Provide 1-2-1 expert help via email, drop ins and booked appointments
  • Advise you on finding quality information for your essays, projects, assignments and dissertations
  • Advise you on making the most of the Library's print and online resources to support your studies
  • Advise you on citing, referencing and avoiding plagiarism

For academic staff we:

  • Act as a contact between you and the Library. Got a question? Please ask us!
  • Attend Boards of Study and SECs
  • Deliver tailored library inductions and workshops for your students in your modules (look at the LibSmart programme for inspiration)
  • Provide individual research sessions for you
  • Advise you on finding and making the most of the Library's print and online resources to support your research and teaching
  • Liaise with you to provide appropriate library resources via your reading lists
  • Support your use of Talis Aspire, the online reading list system
  • Can help with bids for research funds and grants, principally by costing any research resources you would need


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The Academic Liaison Librarians provide the LibSmart service. At the moment, LibSmart is operating on a modified service. This includes:

  • The LibSmart drop in point, where you can ask questions about how to find and use Library information sources, referencing and using databases. This service will operate virtually via the LibSmart Chat (widget on right hand side) from the w/c 2 November 2020, Monday - Friday 1-5pm.
  • A programme of free workshops, including searching for resources, citing and referencing, and using social media for learning, research and reputation management. Workshops will commence booking for limited number in late October. 
  • Booked appointments with your Department's ALL
  • Online subject guides

Your ALL will publicise details of their availability via the online guide for your subject, via twitter and via the Learning Wall in the Learning Commons. Check out your subject guide to see contact details for your librarian.

Find out more about LibSmart

LibSmart Chat

Opening hours

Academic Liaison Librarians are available to chat between 1pm-5pm, Monday to Friday term-time about using library resources and referencing. Occasionally, and outside of these times, your query will be picked up by another member of Brunel Library staff or our friendly co-op support staff, who provide us with 24/7 chat coverage.


Meet your Academic Liaison Librarian

Anne Hutchinson is the Associate Head: Library Academic Services and leads the Academic Liaison Librarian team.

Katie Flanagan is the Special Collections Librarian

Support during Coronavirus outbreak

Your Academic Liaison Librarian will still be available to support you online. You can get help with:

  • Finding and using Library resources
  • Literature searching
  • Referencing and referencing software
  • Troubleshooting access to resources
  • Finding data

Please feel free to get in touch by email or LibChat. We can also arrange online consultations. 

Or you can take a look at one of our online guides include our Library Guides or Library webpages

You can also look on our Library webpages to get updated information on the Library opening hours and borrowing during this period. 

Meet the Team