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.

Library Champions meet regularly with the Liaison Team, collate feedback on Library developments, act as a focus group on specific issues and report back via the Staff/Student Liaison Committee in their department. 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. This has proved very popular as a method of student-led spending.

Champions can also count their time towards the volunteering element of the Exeter Award.

If you would like to know more about the scheme, please contact the Library Liaison Manager Caroline Gale.

There is a short film available below from the pilot year where two students talk about being part of the Library Champions Scheme.