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ASLIB Engineering and Technology Group


The ASLIB Engineering & Technology Group was formed to cater for the needs of anyone with an interest in engineering and technology information. It attracts a wide range of information workers in all fields of interest and also professional practitioners who are interested in information. Its current members are drawn from a wide field which includes aerospace, computing, construction, energy, informatics, manufacturing, information systems and research.

The Group Aims:

  • to identify and establish contact with librarians and information professionals serving the engineering and technological communities
  • to facilitate their contact with each other, either through printed, personal or virtual means
  • to enable their professional growth and development
  • to enable the sharing of knowledge within these communities
  • to keep them informed of new products, services and developments within librarianship and information science
  • to promote best practice


Visits are arranged to a variety of organizations of relevance to engineering and often include an opportunity to see the library or information unit. Visits allow members to meet and network with other people in the profession and learn how information needs are met in a range of different environments.

ASLIB Engineering and Technology Group – Committee Members


The group regularly organizes whole-day and afternoon workshops. All group activities are designed to bring practitioners and information professionals together, to create an effective exchange of views and needs.

Research Data Management and Patent Searching

The ASLIB Engineering and Technology group has arranged for two highly respected speakers to talk about Research Data Management and Patent Searching.

Both these areas are central topics for librarians and information professionals today. The two speakers have extensive knowledge of the areas and there will be time within the seminar to discuss the issues with other delegates as well.

The cost of the event is £20

The ASLIB Engineering & Technology group’s AGM is due to take place on 22nd May 2013 (13.30 – 17.00) at the University of Surrey. The AGM will follow our afternoon seminar. If you would like to table a question at the AGM, please email your question to aslibetg@yahoo.co.uk. If you would like to attend the AGM only, please register for a place at aslibetg@yahoo.co.uk

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  • Whether you would like to go on the tour
  • Whether you would like to pay by cheque or invoice

Agenda for the seminar:

  • 13.30 - 13.50 – Tour of the new University of Surrey Library and Learning Centre. Meet Evi Tramantza at the Library and Learning Centre reception on the 1st floor
  • 14.00 - 15.00 – Research Data Management: Policy, Planning and Practice" by Alex Ball
  • 15.00 - 15.30 – Coffee break
  • 15.30 - 17.00 – Introducing Patent searching by Stephen Van Dulken

The two sessions will take place in the University of Surrey in Lecture Theatre F.


Alex Ball: Alex Ball is a Research Officer working in the field of digital curation and research data management, and an Institutional Support Officer for the Digital Curation Centre. His interests include Engineering research data, Web technologies and preservation, scientific metadata, data citation and the intellectual property aspects of research data.

Stephen Van Dulken: Stephen van Dulken retired in April after 25 years as a patent specialist at the British Library, which included running searches and workshops.

Visitors info:

Campus map:

Find the Library and Learning Centre in H5 Find the Lecture Theatre Block in H5

For further information on the group please contact:

Evi Tramantza MSc MCLIP
Academic Liaison Librarian
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
The University Library
George Edwards Building
University of Surrey
Tel +44 (0) 1483682874
Fax +44 (0) 1483689500
Email: e.tramantza@surrey.ac.uk

Past Events

ASLIB Engineering and Technology Group visit

ASLIB E&T Group afternoon visit to TWI.

TWI, formerly the Welding Institute, is a technology research and consulting organisation specializing in engineering materials: welding, coating & joining technologies, fabrication, structural integrity, and inspection & non-destructive testing.

With its main premises situated on a greenfield site south of Cambridge, TWI has laboratory and engineering facilities which we will be introduced to. We will also learn about the work of the library and information services and the records management function. TWI has a long-established and well-regarded information service which, amongst other things, produces the Weldasearch database and a database of welding consumables.

The technical expertise of TWI is relevant across almost all engineering sectors, so we hope this event will be of interest to you.

The ASLIB Engineering and Technology Grou visit took place on Wednesday 5 September.


TWI is located on Granta Park, a science park just off the A11 near Abington, Cambridgeshire. The nearest railway station is Whittlesford Parkway on the London Liverpool Street – Cambridge line. We can coordinate transport to and from the station.

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More information about TWI