Library Champions: your voice in the library

Library Champions

Since 2011, we have been recruiting Library Champions from students on taught courses across the University. The idea is to get students more involved in Library matters, whilst offering them a chance to augment their CVs and develop their skills in advocacy, negotiation, budgeting and promotion.

We seek to recruit a Champion for each subject area, both at Exeter and in Cornwall: we value energy and enthusiasm, and participants from all levels of taught study are welcomed.

Click here for a list of the 2017/2018 Library Champions.

What do Library Champions do?

Library Champions meet regularly with the Liaison Team, collate feedback on Library developments and act as a focus group on specific issues. Library Champions may occasionally be asked to write reports on their activities to the Staff/Student Liaison Committee in their department when required. They have also been invited to add a student perspective to our staff training sessions.

As part of the Library's ongoing resourcing campaign, Library Champions have also been allocated a budget to spend on library resources. This allows them to quickly respond to their peers' needs for extra copies, e-versions, or any additional texts that the libraries require. We’ve set up an online form to simplify the ordering process.

There is a Library Champions Role Description available, if you are interested in finding out more about what the role involves. This is a voluntary position and the time you spend on this role can be considered towards the volunteering element of the Exeter Award. For more information about the role, take a look at our guide for Library Champions.

As a Library Champion, it is my duty to make sure that students from my subject have the best possible experience whilst using the Library. This includes helping students with any questions or concerns they may have about accessing Library resources as well as keeping them informed about any changes to the Library website, such as periods of maintenance and updates to the online catalogue. Most importantly, I am responsible for ordering resources from the Library budget on behalf of the students, who send me their requests which I pass on to the Library staff. I like being a Library Champion because it makes a real difference to the student experience, as students can benefit from resources which they would not otherwise be able to access, and so they have the chance to gain a better understanding of their subject and improve the quality of their coursework. This is especially important for final year students writing a dissertation, who are able to pursue their research interests whilst at the same time contributing to increasing the amount of resources available to other students as well as the academic staff of the Department. Finally, the role gives me the opportunity to gain an insight into library work and develop skills such as time-management, IT skills, attention to detail, collecting and providing feedback, and effective communication.

Davide Scarpignato

Current vacancies

We have vacancies for Library Champions in the following subjects:

  • Film
  • Psychology
  • Art History & Visual Culture
  • Biosciences (Cornwall)

How to apply

To apply to be a Library Champion, simply email your name and subject to libraryhelp@exeter.ac.uk. Students wishing to role-share are also encouraged to apply.

If you would like to know more about the scheme, please contact Amy McEwan.

The presentation below outlines the role and includes an account from a former student on what they took from the experience.