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Academic Librarians: Staff: Home


Each subject has a specialist Academic Librarian who is responsible for library liaison, collection development and supporting the teaching of information skills to staff and students.

Academic Liaison

Librarians work with staff to ensure they get the most from the library's collections, resources and services. This includes attending SSLC and other meetings to discuss library services and resources.

Collection Development

  • Talis Aspire Reading Lists - Academic Librarians are here to help tutors create, update and amend their online reading lists so that tutors and their students can make the most of the resources on offer at the University. Find out more about Reading Lists.
  • Digitisation - The digitisation team are able to digitise a chapter of a book for a module reading list. Visit the digitisation page for more information.
  • Ordering eBooks - We operate an e-first approach when ordering book items, meaning that if an e-copy is available this will be ordered in place of a print copy. If there is not a suitable 'multi-user' e-book model, a print copy will be ordered. Email the Academic Librarian for your subject area with your book request, module code and the approximate number of students requiring access when ordering new books. Find out more about the process of ordering eBooks on our blog.

Teaching and Learning

Librarians offer one-to-one appointments for staff and students, plus a range of blended learning activities and workshops for students.

One-to-ones and workshops provide help with referencing and finding information for assignments, including using Northampton Electronic Library Search ONline (NELSON) and databases.

Academic Librarians contribute to the Integrated Learner Support offer, which ensures all undergraduate students receive embedded support at each stage of their studies, alongside our colleagues in Learning Development and the Changemaker Hub. For further details on this please see the document below.

Academic Librarians


Academic Librarian group photo

  Cheryl Gardner Academic Liaison Manager (01604 892226)

  Carlo Avilio (01604 892667)

  Gillian Siddall (01604 893501)

  Hannah Woods (01604 893547)

  Joanne Farmer  (01604 892769)  

  Michelle Perrott (01604 893044)

     Contact with general queries

Skills Hub

We have a range of videos, guides, interactive tutorials and blog posts available via our award winning Skills Hub, which cover the core academic skills that students will develop throughout their studies.

My Librarian

Each subject has their own specialist subject librarian who is their primary contact. The table below indicates the subject librarian for your area. Our contact details are above - we would love to hear from you!

Subject librarian allocation
Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology Faculty of Business & Law Faculty of Health, Education & Society

Art and Design - Michelle Perrott

Computing - Michelle Perrott

Engineering - Michelle Perrott

Environmental and Geographical Science - Michelle Perrott

Fashion - Michelle Perrott

Humanities - Carlo Avilio

Leather - Michelle Perrott

Media, Journalism and Performance - Michelle Perrott

Sports, Exercise and Life Science - Gillian Siddall


Accounting and Finance - Joanne Farmer

Business Systems and Operations - Joanne Farmer

Criminal Justice Studies and Criminology - Carlo Avilio

Economics, International Relations and Development - Joanne Farmer

Events, Tourism and Hospitality - Joanne Farmer

Human Resources Management and Organisation - Joanne Farmer

International Strategy and Business - Joanne Farmer

Law - Joanne Farmer

Marketing and Entrepreneurship - Joanne Farmer

Early Years - Hannah Woods

Education Children and Young People - Hannah Woods

Educational Linguistics - Hannah Woods

Health Professions- Gillian Siddall

Initial Teacher Training CPD - Hannah Woods

Nursing -Gillian Siddall

Psychology - Gillian Siddall

Special Education Needs and Inclusion - Hannah Woods

Social Work/Care and Socilogy - Carlo Avilio