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Lesley English

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As Head of Library Engagement I lead on building partnerships with our diverse communities; with academic and Professional Services staff across campus and at partner institutions, with Students Union Officers, staff and student networks and the wider community across Lancaster and Morecambe.

I lead the Library Teaching & Engagement team, who are the interface between the Library and academic departments.  The team includes 6 Faculty Librarians, a Digital Skills Developer, Information Specialist (Systematic Reviews), Library Schools Engagement Officer and Library Teaching & Engagement Coordinator.  The team sits in the Library's Academic Services division, with a focus is on academic engagement, teaching & learning, content provision, e-learning development and schools outreach. The team teach and advise students with a focus on information literacy, with teaching both embedded into the curriculum and through the central Library and Information Skills programme, and individual appointments available (currently online).  They also work with academic staff to select and promote library resources, and work with groups across the University to support and highlight work around diversifying the curriculum.

I am a member of the Library Management Team taking a strategic lead for academic engagement & information literacy teaching & learning. 

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. I have postgraduate qualifications in Academic Practice, Working with individuals on the autism spectrum and Information and Library Management.  I have an interest in supporting students in the transition into Higher Education and in technology enhanced learning.

I also have a pastoral role as Deputy Senior Adviser for Furness College and am a Stuednt Minds 'Look after your mate' trainer.

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