A successful partnership: The Library and the Faculty

Over the last year the University Library has worked in very successful collaboration with the Faculty on a range of initiatives, including:

  • organising a very popular trip to the British Library at Boston Spa

  • setting up an innovative embedded Information Literacy Curriculum

  • organising new online primary sources for teaching and research.

Claire Scott, Faculty Librarian for Arts and Humanities, said, “The Faculty-funded trip to Boston Spa was really good. Spending a whole day doing research with pre-requested items is a great alternative to using Inter-Library Loans. We’d like to encourage more staff, postgraduate research and taught students, and undergraduate dissertation students to take advantage of the monthly free Library minibus trips to Boston Spa.”

“We’ve worked with the Faculty’s Learning and Teaching committee to agree a strategy for embedding an information literacy curriculum for all Level one undergraduate students within core modules. The aim is to improve the quality of students’ work and ensure that the ‘information literate’ attribute of the Sheffield Graduate is met. Teaching within a subject context and attaching the learning experience to an assessed piece of work should make this effective. We’re also trying to ensure we provide a further class for all dissertation students and plan to develop the curriculum next year to include all Level 2 undergraduates too.”

“The Library has worked with Departments and the Faculty Office to purchase resources to enhance teaching and research. These include:

  • Access to Box of Broadcasts, an off-air recording and media archive service, which allows you to record TV and radio programmes over the next seven days as well as retrieving programmes from the last seven days. This is useful for teaching and allows programmes and clips to be streamed through the University’s virtual learning environment, My Online Learning Environment (MOLE).

  • Mass Observation Online, which is a wonderful primary source that gives students the opportunity to experience an archive as you can view original documents as well as the transcripts.”

Additional Information

To find out more, please contact Clare Scott, Faculty Librarian for Arts and Humanities, c.scott@sheffield.ac.uk

For more information about the Free Library minibus to Boston Spa:


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For more information about Mass Observation Online: