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Durham University

University Library

Staff List

Mr Simon Speight, BA (Hons) History; MA Librarianship

Head of Education, Learning and Engagement in the University Library and Collections

Contact Mr Simon Speight


Simon is responsible for the work of the Education, Learning and Engagement Team within the Library. This includes responsibility for the team of Faculty LIbrarians who work with faculties and departments to ensure the Library provides services which match the research and teaching needs of the university.

Simon is also responsible for the Learning and Engagement Team who provide visits, workshops and talks to school groups of all ages, giving them the opportunity to explore Durham University’s museums, attractions and collections



Chapter in book

  • Speight, S (2016). The Durham Difference: supporting research at Durham University. In Quality and the Academic Library: reviewing, assessing and enhancing service provision. Atkinson, J Chandos. 157-166.
  • Speight, S. (1997). Major journals in sociology. In Blackwell's Student Companion to Sociology,. Ballard, C., Gubbay, J. & Middleton, C. Oxford: Blackwell. 331-333.

Book review

Conference Paper

  • Speight, S. & Taylorson, B. (2014), Reading lists: building a process that works at Durham University Library, Meeting the Reading List Challenge 2014. Loughborough, Loughborough.
  • Speight, S (2013), Open access publishing: a stock-take and critical debate [speaker as part of an expert panel discussion], Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference 2013. London, London.
  • Perkins, H. & Speight, S. (2008), Blah, blah blogs: the use of blogs to support reference management software, Virtually There: 2008 WESLink Conference. University of Wolverhampton, University of Wolverhampton.
  • Perkins, H. & Speight, S. (2008), Blah, blah, blogs: the use of blogs to support reference management software, Up Close and Personal: our changing roles in a digital learning age. 2008 NOWAL Conference. Edge Hill University, Edge Hill University.
  • Speight, S. (2008), Who wants to be a Librarian?: The use of voting technology in inductions, Approaches to Induction. Birkbeck College, London, Birkbeck College, London.
  • Speight, S (2007), Who wants to be a Librarian?: the use of voting technology in inductions, User Education in the 21st Century: 51st BBSLG Conference. Northampton, Northampton.

Journal Article