Staff Support

All Schools have a designated ASL who is responsible for liaising with you regarding your library-related issues including student information skills training, reading lists and purchasing materials for your programmes / modules.

ASLs also provide support to researchers in your School. There are lots of resources in the library to help researchers find and manage the large amounts of information they need. We can help researchers identify these resources and use them effectively. We also have resources to help disseminate research outputs to achieve optimum visibility and impact.

You can find the contact details of your ASL from the Subject Support pages of the Library website.

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SOLAR Library search is the gateway to the Library's information resources in both print and electronic form. These include books, journals, newspapers and databases.

Digitisation is a process that allows The Library to produce copyright-cleared electronic versions of key book chapters and journal articles.

For further information, including how to request that an item be digitised and how to add a digitised item to a reading list, see the Digitisation pages on the library website.

The Library’s Collections Policy outlines the Library's approach to providing high quality, fit for purpose collections which support the University’s strategic goals for learning, teaching and research.

You are required to order materials for your teaching via the appropriate module on the University's online reading list system, Reading Lists at Salford. Additional materials for wider reading can be ordered via your Academic Support Librarian.

Staff and students can also make use of the ‘You want it? We’ll get it’ service. In response to feedback that more books were needed, the Library has set money aside to buy additional copies of key texts or copies of books not currently in stock.

School Representatives have taken on the role of Library Champion as they are ideally placed to represent their school communities. Library Champions order library resources using their own £3k budget, provide feedback on library issues, promote library initiatives and directly contribute to the future development of library services. For more information on the Library Champions in your School, please contact your Academic Support Librarian.

SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals from participating university libraries in close proximity to where they live or work. To apply for SCONUL Access, see the instructions on the SCONUL page.

Most subject areas at the University of Salford use Harvard APA 6th referencing style. There is further information on the Skills for Learning website. There are also two guides to assist staff and students with using this style:

Some students from selected disciplines are exempt from this standard, namely Law, English, History and PhD students. Further information on the exemptions can be found on the Skills for Learning website.

The archive contains material relating to the history of the University, from its foundations in 1896 right up to the present day. It also holds many special collections of interest to staff, students, researchers, genealogists and local historians. A number of items in the archive have been digitised, and can be viewed online in the Salford Archives repository collection:

Box of Broadcasts makes it possible to watch thousands of TV programmes online.

This TV scheduling service allows you to record TV and radio programmes that are scheduled to be broadcast over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days from a selected list of recorded channels.

All members of staff and postgraduate students should place their research outputs in USIR, the University of Salford Institutional Repository. It’s easy to use and USIR staff can help you with any questions you may have about the deposit process and the copyright associated with your research.

For more information, including why you should deposit your research, what you can deposit, compliance and copyright, visit the USIR pages on the Library website.

Here, you will also find information on Open Access and APC funding. Article Processing Charge (APC), is a fee charged to authors in order to publish an article as Open Access in a peer reviewed journal. The University has limited funding to help you publish Open Access articles ( ).

In terms of adding pre-existing items and articles into USIR, we currently advise new staff to concentrate on adding items that fall in the current REF period. The University of Salford has an EPrints repository and if your records are available from another EPrints repository, library staff will import them by arrangement. Please contact the team for further information or assistance.

As part of the University’s commitment to supporting its academic staff and postgraduate students, a Research Data Management Service is being developed. This will provide the technical infrastructure, policy, support and training so staff can be safe in the knowledge that they are conducting research best practice, and adhering to research funder and University expectations about managing and sharing research data.

For more information, including why you should share data, how to create a Data Management Plan, how to securely archive your data in the long term, and who to contact with any queries, please have a look at the RDM webpages. You can also keep up to date on twitter @OpenDataSalford

Your Academic Support Librarian (ASL) can provide information skills sessions for your students at all levels. These can be tailored to meeting your students’ needs, from getting them familiar with using the Library’s systems to in depth research skills for dissertation students. Contact your ASL to book your sessions. Your ASL may also make use of Advantage so students can book themselves on to the relevant sessions.

The Digital Skills Training team in the Library is responsible for helping students make the best use of the IT resources available to them. They provide face to face and online training sessions on using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Inspiration and EndNote. Further information can be found on the Student ICT Training pages on the Library website.

The University operates an extensive range of development activities. The Salford Postgraduate & Staff Research Training (SPoRT) programme is designed to help staff and postgraduates develop the skills needed for effective research and transferable skills to enhance employability. It is open to all postgraduate researchers, academic and research staff.

Academic Support Librarians are also happy to provide one to one support and training, including the development of literature searching strategies for all staff and researchers.

Staff Development provides and supports training and development activities across the University and has a dedicated service team and specialists.

The HRD Digital Skills team provides help with a range of services including how to use Blackboard, getting the most from social media and personal development help and advice.

Academic Support Librarians are also happy to provide one to one support and training, including the development of literature searching strategies for all staff and researchers.

The IT Services' website includes lots of helpful information to get you started using the IT systems at Salford. The ITS service desk is staffed from 8.00-5.00 Monday to Friday.

There is a useful guide to using your University email from home and also help on wireless working.

It is essential that you engage with the reading lists system as it is linked to the Library purchasing process. When you make changes to a list we review it, look at the student numbers on the module and purchase the necessary number of copies – so if a book isn’t on the list it’s not in the library!

To update your list follow these steps:

  1. Create a profile.
  2. Install the bookmark tool in your preferred web browser.
  3. Add items to the list – remember to set the importance level to core for all your core items so that we purchase the right number of copies.
  4. Notify the library about any items you want to be digitised by using the notes section in the Create & add to list form.
  5. Publish the list so the students can see the changes you have made.

Full details are given our Reading Lists guide [pdf].

Further information is available in these videos and guides