In the past Library Champions have carried out the following activities:
Marketing and communications
Representation and advocacy
In 2019-2020, Library Champions took part in focus groups. Their suggestions and ideas have been used to improve Subject Guides and library inductions.
As a Library Champion you are responsible for representing the library needs of students in your subject. For some subject areas there will be more than one Library Champion. You can find out if this is the case by looking at the Library Champion list. By working together, you can undertake a targeted approach to ensuring that both undergraduates and postgraduates have active representation.
The most important thing to remember is that you are representing the library needs of all taught students, even those in different years to you. You will need to be creative in finding out their views. Perhaps try a short survey, or start a discussion on a relevant ELE forum or Facebook group. The choice of what you do is completely up to you. We are here to help and provide advice if needed.
You will be invited to at least one meeting per term with the Library Liaison team. Try to ask students for their views and feedback prior to these meetings.
Tip: Find out who the Subject Chair and Academic Reps are for your subject. Can you work together to ensure that student views on Library matters are raised at SSLCs?
What is an SSLC?
Each discipline will have an undergraduate and post-graduate Staff – Student Liaison Committee (SSLC), which gives students the opportunity to voice their opinions about studying at the University and to comment on a wide range of issues and possible developments. The SSLC is presided over by a Subject Chair (a student elected by the Students’ Guild) and composed of student representatives from each year and appropriate staff representatives.
How do I contact my academic representative?
The Guild Representation page has more information on Academic Representation and details of your individual subject reps.
Some SSLCs will have an ELE page – search for SSLC or ask your academic rep for details.
A major part of the Library Champion role is providing feedback to Library staff to help inform ongoing proposals, changes to services and new services and resources. We will usually contact you by email or through the Library Champions Facebook group to ask quick questions. We will also invite you to the occasional meeting or focus group to look at topics in more detail. We will contact you in advance to let you know the information you will need and if you need to prepare in any way.
The Library Champions have an overall budget of £40,000 to spend on resources for the Library. All Library Champions can make purchases from this pot – there are no allocations for specific subject areas. The money is intended to cater for all taught programmes in your subject area, so please ask all levels of undergraduate and taught postgraduates for suggestions.
You can order e-books, printed books or DVDs, but not subscription resources e.g. newspapers / magazines / journals / databases.
You should complete a Library Champions order form with the details of the resource that you would like to order.
Standard orders take roughly 6 weeks to come because they are pre-processed, i.e. they have the protective covers, library labels, classmark number and security triggers already. E-books are generally much quicker – they can be available within a week.
Yes - the deadline for spending the resources budget is the end of March. The sooner you start spending, the sooner we get resources in to benefit you and your fellow students, so don’t be afraid to start sending in your orders. Any money not spent after the end of March will be put towards our ‘try before you buy’ e-books schemes, which cover all subject areas.
We don’t send notifications when the books arrive – if you want to check the progress of an order, just check Library Search to see when the book is here and available to borrow/view online. If a student would like to stay updated on their order, you can recommend that they 'request it' through Library Search. They will then get an email as soon as new copies become available.
Library Champions are expected to promote the Library within their department. Work with the Library Liaison Team to find out what support is available for students in your subject area and promote this as widely as you can. We encourage you to advocate for the library in any meetings you attend and in your lectures and seminars.
You can find out detailed information about Library support for your subject by taking a look at our selection of subject guides: http://libguides.exeter.ac.uk/
Please feel free to contact us with suggestions and feedback on these subject guides by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may like to organise ‘library focused’ projects to improve student experience. You can discuss any plans that you may have with the Library Liaison team by email, through the Facebook group or in our termly meetings.
Here are some ideas to get you started: