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The Hybrid Library Project. Leeds University Library. Faculty Teams at Leeds. Small groups of subject librarians who liase with academic staff to provide library support to students Also deal directly with student enquiries

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The hybrid library project

The Hybrid Library Project

Leeds University Library

Faculty teams at leeds

Faculty Teams at Leeds

  • Small groups of subject librarians who liase with academic staff to provide library support to students

  • Also deal directly with student enquiries

  • Liaison Group is a group of Faculty Team Librarians who meet to discuss liaison activities

Virtual managed learning environments at leeds

Virtual/Managed Learning Environments at Leeds

  • Nathan Bodington Building is a ‘virtual’ building. Each academic department has a ‘floor’ on which ‘suites’ of ‘rooms’ are used to provide course materials, assessments, etc to students

  • VSP (Virtual Science Park) is similar to Nathan Bodington but is a commercial venture of the University. Companies can purchase a ‘tenancy’ in the park

  • Webpages are used by some departments to deliver teaching/learning materials

Key aims of the project

Key Aims of the Project

  • Develop liaison with academics to provide library support for specific modules

  • Allow students to access the ‘universe of information’ as well as module materials

  • Work with a wide range of subjects and students from 1st year Undergraduates to taught Masters and off-campus students

  • Support the students within their learning environment, I.e. departmental webpages, Nathan Bodington Building

Project information

Project Information

  • Internally funded

  • One full time member of staff

  • Part-time managerial and technical support

  • Funded for 15 months from June 2000

Liaison and development of hybrid library resource

Liaison and Development of ‘Hybrid Library’ Resource

  • Contact with Faculty Team Librarians to embed the project within Faculty Teams

  • Faculty Team Librarians suggest possible modules/academics

  • Contact/meeting with academics

  • Development of the resource

  • Report back to academic with ‘draft version’ of resource

  • Continued liaison via meetings, phone, email

Components of a hybrid library resource

Components of a ‘Hybrid Library’ Resource

  • Course materials such as lecture notes, assessments

  • Electronic reading lists

  • Past exam papers

  • Links to relevant websites/databases

  • Online counter collection

  • Tutorials/training materials

  • Library contact information

  • etc….

Evaluation activities

Evaluation Activities

  • Questionnaires for students

  • Structured Interviews with academics

  • Focus Groups with students and Faculty Team Librarians

  • Cohort study

  • Anecdotal evidence/comment

The future

The Future

  • Need a well planned exit strategy to hand over to Faculty Teams

  • Hybrid Library ‘template’ or ‘toolbox’ to enable academics to create their own resources

  • Retain liaison between Faculty Teams and academics to provide best support for students

Urls and contact information

URLs and Contact Information

  • Claire Ryan, Hybrid Library Project Officer

    • Tel: 0113 2336364

    • Email:

  • Demo Hybrid Library URL:


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