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.

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 occassionally 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.

How to get involved

We are currently looking for Library Champions in all subject areas. 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.