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Library Associates

The Library Associates are students who work with the Library to help shape our decision-making and provide communication between students, department and Library. They even get to spend some of the book budget for their department!

Associates receive training in finding information and book selection and an insight into the workings of the Library.

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If you have any feedback about the Library you can contact a Library Associate (using the form below) or your Academic Support Librarian.


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2018-19 Associates

 Isabel Alexander

History

Library Associate, Isabel Alexander
 Lucy Burn

History

Library Associate, Lucy Burn
 Josephine Murphy

Philosophy

Library Associate, Josephine Murphy
 Peggy McGroary

Life Sciences

Library Associate, Peggy McGroary
 Tabitha Carrington

English

Library Associate, Tabitha Carrington
 Chloe Lambdon

English

Library Associate, Chloe Lambdon
 Hattie Sprittles

English

Library Associate, Hattie Sprittles
 Vincent Loh

English

Library Associate, Vincent Loh
 Nadia Azimikorf

English

Library Associate, Nadia Azimikorf
 Fay Inverarity

SMLC

Library Associate, Fay Inverarity
 Rocio Ruiz Rivadeneyra

SMLC

Library Associate, Rocio Ruiz Rivadeneyra
 Bianca Giacalone

Film

Library Associate, Bianca Giacalone
 Salaar Hassan Brohi

Economics

Library Associate, Salaar Hassan Brohi

Our 2018-19 Library Associates group
Our 2018-19 Library Associates


What the scheme has achieved

Here are some of the issues identified by previous Library Associates, and the Library’s actions to address them:

  1. Problem reading lists:We identified and chased problem modules got hold of missing reading lists. This has also emphasised to members of academic staff the importance of sending their lists to the Library
  2. English students struggling to access primary texts: We work with the English department to improve the issue of students’ access to primary texts (including closer liaison on reading lists, possible bursaries for poorer students and agreeing a departmental limit for the cost of primary texts to be purchased for a module). We have also now changed all primary texts on reading lists to 3 day loans, to ensure the maximum number of students can access a Library copy
  3. Students would like it to be easier to pass books on to each other: We have worked with LitSoc to set up and promote a Pass the Book facebook page, to make it much easier for students to exchange copies of texts
  4. Students would like it to be quicker and easier to request books for the Library: We now have a “more books” scheme, running at key points in the academic year, to make it quicker and easier for students to request the books they need for the Library
  5. Students would like more book stock focused on key areas: We have identified areas of the collection for further development, and spent the allocated money for the Library Associate scheme on these texts
  6. English students would like a regular update from the Library, with news, advice and tips: We now have a termly newsletter, to keep English students posted on new developments in the Library

Library associates 2017-18

Some of our lovely 2017-18 cohort
of Library Associates


Here is what our Associates said about their time working with the Library:

It’s been brilliant to see the Library not only caring about the voice of the students but also acting on it. On a personal level, it’s been fascinating to see how the Library works and to learn more about the huge variety of services. (3rd year English)
Really good way to get a student voice in Library discussions. Talking to people involved in highest levels of the Library makes it feel like you’re making a real contribution
The Library Associate scheme has allowed me to gain an insight into how the Library works, which has massively improved my independent research. It’s been really enjoyable and nice to see the changes the Library has made this year for students
The scheme has been great for finding out what students really want from the Library and seeing their recommendations implemented to enact real change
The library scheme has been a really rewarding experience for me. I’ve particularly appreciated learning about the way the library acquires books, and why the e-book system is sometimes limited to one user at a time. Witnessing the processes behind the scenes has made me more understanding of the issues the library is facing, and I think if other students saw the same issues they would be less likely to blame the library for problems that it can’t control
Engagement from the Library is really valuable. It’s nice to see concerns of students are taken on board. I think people see that and are grateful
It has been really interesting to see and understand more about how the Library works. Being involved in improving the library for English students has been a great experience – very rewarding overall
Been very enlightening – really gained a new perspective of University management that I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else
I've really enjoyed all the experiences and opportunities the scheme has provided
I enjoyed learning more about how I can get the most out of the library, especially about databases and library schemes that would be useful to me in further study, e.g. 1 on 1 essay help. I can pass this information and advice on to my peers
I enjoyed the feeling of community with fellow Library Associates students and the staff. I also enjoyed that I got to know the Library a lot more and understand how it works. Somehow it has made me feel a lot more involved in university life
I liked seeing my contributions made reality (e.g. more books, asking for plug sockets). Liked having a good relationship between myself and the academic librarians. Felt more at ease with ordering books/documents through them. Think the most successful part was combining with SSLC questionnaire [for English]
The direct interaction with the Library staff worked well as it made it feel like feedback was really appreciated and would be taken on board. Also, regular meetings as issues came up that were more important at certain times of year e.g. essay/exam season
I enjoyed learning more about how the Library works, playing a role in book ordering and being a link between students and library staff
I enjoyed finding out that there were good reasons for common problems (e.g. study space, long waits to get books). Starting the More Books campaign
I know a lot more about how the Library runs and the various services available
I liked knowing what resources the Library offers behind the scenes. Pass the Book (promote), More Books (make this more known)

2016 - 17 Library Associates

Some of our lovely 2016-17 cohort
of Library Associates