Academic Liaison Librarians: Meet the Team

Academic Liaison Librarians

UPDATE 27 JULY 2020: the Library building is partially reopening Bannerman from Monday 27 July to Friday 27 August

COVID19 service restrictions do apply however so we are only able to offer individual desk spaces for revision and access to resources for those students who have examinations in August. We will not be able to open the Library fully to any other customers until the whole campus reopens in September. Please continue to use our online services in the meantime and watch out for future announcements.  

Full details of the process and services we can offer at present are available from our special reopening webpages please contact us if you have any queries.


Due to the coronavirus situation the Library building remains closed to all other members. However, we are still available to help you. You are welcome to contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for one to one online support or to ask questions via email. For up to date information go the Library website, where you will also find online access to our digital resources.  

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. This includes:


  • The LibSmart drop in point in the Learning Commons
  • A programme of free workshops, including searching for resources, citing and referencing, and using social media for learning, research and reputation management
  • Booked appointments with your Department's ALL
  • ALL@TheShelves - Expert help at the bookshelves for your subject
  • 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

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



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