Library Champions are student volunteers who play an important role in both advocating the library to students and staff, and collating feedback and suggestions from fellow students on how the library services can be improved.
Library Champions have a dedicated budget to spend on library resources. If you require extra copies, e-versions, or any additional texts in the Library you can ask your Library Champion to approve and order these items*. You can find your Library Champion here.
Library Champions meet regularly with the Liaison Team to discuss feedback on Library developments and participate in focus groups on specific issues. We've found that the Library Champions have provided us with a valuable insight into the needs of students. The "You said, We did" tab illustrates some of the improvements we made last year as a result of the Library Champions' liaison.
*This is in addition to the Student book suggestion scheme.
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 and promotion.
We seek to recruit a Champion for each subject area, both at Exeter and in Cornwall (although for some subjects, there may be more). We value energy and enthusiasm, and participants from all levels of taught study are welcomed.
This is a voluntary position and the time you spend on this role can be considered towards the volunteering element of the Exeter Award. We envisage the role to take an average of 10 hours per academic year in total.
For the academic year 2018/19, we are currently looking for students on taught courses in all subject areas to volunteer as Library Champions.
Click on the link below to access the role description.
If you are interested in the role, please complete the short application form.
The closing date for applications is Friday 19 October 2018 at 5pm.
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, MA Classics and Ancient History