Deakin University Library

Deakin University Library

Support for teaching

Personalised support

Liaison Librarians are subject-specialist librarians with extensive knowledge of a range of resources in your discipline area. We offer a broad range of services to support your teaching and research.

You can make an appointment for a one-to-one session or take advantage of our Librarian-in-Residence program. Once a week a Liaison Librarian is located in the Faculties and several research centres to support your teaching and research needs.

Unit support

Your Liaison Librarian can:

  • Advise you of services and resources relevant to your discipline
  • Discuss the Library’s digital literacy framework and allied resources
  • Work with you to develop a unit program that evidences digital literacy as a learning outcome

Support material in CloudDeakin

Your Liaison Librarian can show you how to:

  • Link to Library subscribed databases, e-books and resources
  • Embed video and images
  • Embed our digital literacy tutorials and videos
  • Create links to e-readings

They can also provide:

  • Tailored library support resources for assignments and digital literacy skills
  • Training in the use of library databases and EndNote
  • Online library support on CloudDeakin via discussion boards e.g. "Ask your Librarian"
  • Support via our online Library Resource Guides tailored for each discipline area

Support in classes (Cloud and Campus)

The Library can support you and your students through:

  • Seminars or workshops on digital literacy tailored to assessment tasks
  • Reference management workshops e.g. EndNote software

Other support

The Library can also support you in ways, including:

  • Demonstrating how to set up alerts to latest research in your subject from key databases and e-journal collections
  • Identifying high impact journals in your research area
  • Providing one-to-one or group training on databases, particularly those relevant to your discipline
  • Providing advice on showcasing your research output through the University research repository, Deakin Research Online
  • Reviewing and recommending publications to update reading lists
  • Putting you in touch with processes for obtaining documents not held by the Library, using the BONUS+ and Interlibrary Loan borrowing schemes.

To arrange a personal consultation or find out more about the Librarian-in-Residence program, please contact your Liaison Librarian.

Submit reading lists

The ordering of reading list resources to support teaching units or courses is treated as a high priority by the Library. All unit chairs should send their lists of prescribed and recommended readings to your Liaison Librarian or . Reading lists for all units are checked each trimester and orders are placed according to the Reading List Ordering Guideline (PDF) that takes into account:

  • the number of enrolments at each campus where the unit is taught
  • whether the title is a prescribed or recommended text
  • whether the title is available as an e-book
  • the number of titles on the reading list.

The Library uses the Reading List Ordering Guideline to provide appropriate and sufficient access to reading list resources. Reading list e-books are actively acquired as they provide access for a larger number of students and are available 24x7.

Enter a unit code into Library Search to find reading list materials held by the Library.

Reserves and short term loans

Items that are on prescribed or recommended reading lists may be deemed high use and consequently assigned shorter loan periods.

Loan options:

  • Reserve - 2 hour loan
  • Short Term Loan -1 day loan or 7 day loan.

Email your Liaison Librarian with a list of books, DVDs etc and provide the following details:

  • Type of loan
  • Unit code/s
  • Trimester and year
  • Prescribed or recommended
  • Course co-ordinator.

Personal copies

  • You may supply a personal copy of a book if the library has no holdings of it
  • We will order the item for the library collection and return your copy once our copy is received
  • Please ensure you identify your personal copy.

How do I see what I have on Reserve?

  • Enter your name into the Search box on the Library homepage
  • Select ‘I’m an MIBT student, community, alumni or other member’ and click ‘Search’
  • From the ‘Refine by’ menu on the left hand side of the screen, locate the ‘Reserve by Lecturer’ option and select your name.

For assistance with managing materials associated with your unit, please contact your Liaison Librarian.

Suggest a purchase

We like to work with academics, researchers and other staff and students to develop a current and relevant collection to support University teaching, learning and research.

We accept recommendations for books, DVDs, journals and electronic products such as databases or other online resources.

To recommend an item for purchase please contact your Liaison Librarian or send the request to (for books or DVDs) or (for journals or online resources) or use the online forms linked below.

Please note that the Library has an e-preferred policy for books and journals. More information on collection development and the Library’s e-preferred policy can be found in the Library’s Collection Guidelines.

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22nd August 2014