Library & Learning Resources - Supporting Your Teaching and Research

This guide's aim is to introduce you to the range of library services and resources we offer to staff and researchers. It is intended to provide a starting point so that you can make the best use of our facilities and services and help you undertake your teaching and research effectively.

Using the Library:

Supporting your Teaching:

Supporting your Research:


Staff borrowing entitlements

As a member of Newman University staff, you are entitled to borrow a total of 30 items at any one time. Standard loan items are issued to staff for 90 days and all other items may be borrowed in accordance with the loan period indicated for the item e.g. 7 day loan. Please note that fines will be charged for overdue items.

SCONUL Access membership

Joining the SCONUL Access scheme enables academic staff to visit and borrow from participating higher education libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland. For further details see the Using other Libraries web page.

Library collections

Please use the following link for information on Library collections.

Who should I contact? - Academic Service Librarians

In order to provide effective links between the Library and the teaching departments, the Library has a team of 'Academic Service Librarians'. Each subject area has a designated contact from amongst the Library staff.

The role of Academic Service Librarians is to:

  • provide a formal link between the Library and the designated department
  • co-ordinate the library activity relating to the department
  • advise on the selection and ordering of relevant library materials (books, journals, electronic information sources etc.)
  • provide training for both staff and students in the use of relevant information tools and sources

The Academic Service Librarians are:

David Crozier (Library Service Delivery Manager) - Criminology

Deniz Bilgen - Early Childhood Education & Care; Education & Professional Studies; Working with Children, Young People & Families; Youth and Community Work

Adele Champken - Initial Teacher Education; MA CPD & MA Ed.; School Direct; School Experience Collection

Katie Jones - Accounting & Finance; Business & Management; Health & Social Care; PE & Sport Studies; Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy; Mathematics; International Education

Mary Flower (vacancy cover) - Drama; English; History; Theology; Local History Collection; Newman Collection

Mary Flower - Reference Collection; Study Skills


Reading Strategies - How do I create one for my module?

Please follow this link for information and guidance on Reading Strategies.


Ordering books and other resources for library stock

The Library's principal aim is to support the learning, teaching and research activities of the University. Consequently, we aim to make available material included on module reading lists, whether books, periodicals, or electronic materials. For further information please refer to our Collection Development Policy.

In addition, where appropriate, the Library aims to develop its collections to support the research activity of the academic departments.

Order requests can be placed at any time during the year by contacting your Academic Service Librarian. Please provide the following information if known:

  • full bibliographic details - author, title, publisher, date of publication, and ISBN if known
  • number of copies
  • preferred loan type (e.g. standard, week, short loan, reference)
  • subject area or programme to which the item relates (History, Art, PGCE etc.)

If appropriate, obtain authorisation for requesting the order either from your Head of Subject, Subject Leader, or Programme Leader. Authorisation should be evidenced in your email.either by:

Journal subscriptions

Members of teaching staff are encouraged (together with the Library subject contact) to regularly review the journal subscriptions relevant to their subject area. If you wish to request any new subscriptions to a journal title or database, please contact your Academic Service Librarian so that we can obtain pricing information and discuss funding options.


Inter-Library Loans

The Library aims to ensure that, wherever possible, copies of all core materials required to support the learning and teaching activities of Newman will be available in the Library. We do this by:

  • systematic purchasing of materials listed in module bibliographies (as indicated for Course and / or Module Approval and Review Panels)
  • maintenance of a relevant Journal Collection
  • appropriate loan periods for high-demand items
  • production of high-quality, accessible scans for upload to Moodle

In addition to these services, the Library can try to obtain copies of books or articles not owned by the Library through our Inter-Library Loans service.


Information Skills Support

The Library aims to contribute to the creation of a supportive learning environment for students. Members of Library staff offer a range of information skills workshops to support students in the development of their information, IT and research skills.

Sessions range from general induction talks and tours, to focused workshops on literature searching, using bibliographic indexes and databases, and accessing and evaluating Internet resources. In addition we can design sessions for distinct categories of students with specific needs e.g. mature, part-time or foreign exchange students.

You may find our Help and guidance web pages useful - they contain a link to LibraryZone information skills materials.

Sessions can be either scheduled within the timetable, or offered at other times convenient to the students concerned, including evenings or weekends by agreement with the appropriate Academic Service Librarian.

To arrange a session, please contact your Academic Service Librarian.


E-resources - knowing what you can and can't do

Whether you're using our e-resources for research, or for teaching, it's important to understand the license terms attached, and a good starting point is the Library's Electronic Resource Licenses webpage

The key feature of this webpage is an easy to use chart of license terms for most of our individual resources. At a glance you can see the main license conditions attached - such as if you can save or print from a given database.

There is some useful guidance for academic staff - for instance, whether you can use content from a specific database within a commercial publication.

The page also includes general advice about license terms, as well as a link to the full license for each resource.


Linking to Ebooks

Academic staff can add links to specific e-books from Moodle - the process varies depending on which resource you want to link to:

Creating links to Dawsonera Ebooks - please note Dawsonera has advised us that it is not permissible to copy and paste content from e-books in Dawsonera into Moodle.
Creating links to Askews and Holts VLEbooks
Creating links to Cambridge Companions


Copyright Awareness - Issues for Higher Education

It is likely that during the course of preparing and/or delivering your teaching you will consider distributing photocopies of published material to groups of students. In so doing, it is imperative that Copyright legislation is respected. The following notes provide basic guidance on copyright issues and give an indication of what is and is not acceptable under the terms of the licence (the 'blanket licence') held by Newman, particularly in relation to the creation of multiple copies.

The 'Blanket Licence'

Details of the copyright agreement (the 'blanket licence') and its implications for teaching and learning in Higher Education are contained in the Higher Education Copying Accord. A copy of this agreement can be viewed on the CLA website or is obtainable from Newman Library. However the key points to note are as follows:

The 'blanket licence' does permit:

  • routine single copying of material for most purposes, and
  • multiple copying of material held in the institution for "ad hoc distribution" to students - i.e. infrequent and irregular distribution of multiple copies occasionally during a module.

The 'blanket licence' does not permit:

  • the creation and distribution of course / study packs, or
    the systematic copying of material week by week - which in effect amounts to the creation of a study pack

Please note that a course pack is defined by the CLA as:

"a compilation of material (whether bound or loose-leaf) of four or more photocopied extracts, from one or more sources, totalling over 25 pages of copyright material, designed to support a module or course of study, irrespective of whether materials are copied at the start of the course or at intervals during the duration of the course, or are placed in the short loan collection, for systematic copying by students....".

It is important to note that, legitimate multiple copies for 'occasional' distribution in teaching sessions, may only be made from the following categories of material:

  • material for which the original is held by Newman University
  • material which has been obtained from another Library through the legitimate 'copyright cleared' channels
  • material for which copyright has been waived - e.g. certain government publications; written permission of copyright holder etc

When preparing handouts and materials to support your teaching it is never legitimate to make multiple copies from:

  • texts produced by publishers who have not participated in the licence agreement - such works are 'excluded' from the permissions of the licence,
  • material which belongs to you personally - i.e. has been purchased by you
  • material which you have obtained in person from another institution - e.g. a photocopy of a journal article

In the second two instances, the original source has not been purchased by the institution in which the multiple copies are being distributed and is not therefore covered by the 'blanket licence'.

Coping with Copyright

In the light of the limitations of the copyright licence, the following methods of increasing access to material should be considered:

  • Wherever possible, refer students to original sources held in the Library
  • Use Copyright-Cleared journal articles to give access to legitimately scanned articles on Moodle
  • Use the Copyright Licensing Agency's Rapid Clearance System (CLARCS) to obtain permission for the creation of licensed study packs. Full details available from the CLA website and from the Library web page on course packs.