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My name is James and I am an autistic librarian here at GSA.

I am here to support you and encourage you to visit and make use of our library and all its resources.

You can visit me at my desk in the learning resources office next to the quiet study space on the first floor.

Or you can email me at: j.robertson@gsa.ac.uk

 

 

 

Library Support

Here are some of the ways that I can support you during your visits to the library. It is not a complete list so please contact me with any other help you might need.

 

  • Designated librarian: All our librarians are friendly and approachable and always happy to help, but some students may prefer the familiarity of a designated librarian who will be their point of contact throughout their studies.

 

  • Individual inductions: I will introduce you to the library and support you during your visit so that you feel safe, can assess the environment and gain the confidence to visit as often as you like.

 

  • Catalogue searches: I can assist you with library catalogue and database searches and show you how to perform effective searches on your own.

 

  • Accessible formats: I can acquire the reading lists for your course and digitise them in a format that suits you.

 

  • Dissertation support: I can proofread your dissertation and check your bibliography and footnotes.

 

  • Map/orientation: I will introduce you to our simple colour coded map that helps you locate subject areas without use of shelfmarks.

 

  • Borrowing: Should you need particular items from the library I can retrieve them for you and have them ready for you to collect.

 

  • Meet ups: I can visit you in your studio and we can work out what items you need from the library and I will collect them and deliver them to you.

 

  • Silent reading/sensory room: We have a silent, technology free reading room available to all our students which we hope will encourage some uninterrupted reading time and nurture good mental health. However, if you feel stressed, overwhelmed, or just need some alone time, you can book the room for yourself and transform it into a calming sensory space simply by switching off the lamps and switching on the colour changing mood light.