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Library Champions


 

Library Champions are student volunteers acting as an important link between students and Libraries & Collections.  Through engaging with the work of the libraries they help bring the views of students across the university into decision making, and to ensure that resources and services meet the needs of their departments.

Library Champions gain valuable experience to add to their CV and can also use the scheme to apply for the King’s Experience London Award

Get involved in 2021-22

We’re currently recruiting student volunteers to join one of our Library Champions activities. Work with us to continually develop our services and collections – we’re looking for applicants to represent a wide range of backgrounds. 

Library Champions will: 

  •  Be a channel for the views of students 
  • Attend meetings with their contact in Libraries & Collections  
  • Deepen their understanding of the library, to support Championing our services and collections to their peers 
  • Dedicate up to 10 hours between November 2021 and March 2022 to active participation in one of our activities below, with some flexibility to fit this around study commitments 

We’ll be offering opportunities for students to get involved with library work on: 

Improving how we help users in our libraries 

Help us understand how students and other library users feel when asking for help and interacting with our frontline services in the library buildings, by learning about, participating in, and leading user experience (UX) research. Peak activity: Jan-Mar 22 

Library Guides: improving our web design 

King’s libraries present subject-specific library knowledge in Library Guides, and you’ll help us explore how they could be improved by learning about, participating and leading user experience testing. Peak activity: Jan-Mar 22 

Become an Open Access Champion 

Explore how resources outside & beyond the library catalogue can elevate your studies. Help us understand how much of an edge taught students would gain from targeted training on Open Access, through learning about, participating and leading user experience testing. Peak activity: Nov 21 - Mar 22 

Quantifying inclusivity 

How can we track our progress in making our spaces, services and collections more inclusive? Join us for ideation sessions to develop evidence-based KPIs - we want to hear and include your experiences. Peak activity: Nov - Jan 22. 

Decolonise your reading list 

Do you feel passionate about the inclusion of diverse voices and experiences in your studies? Collaborate with us to review reading lists for inclusivity and work with module leaders to further diversify the mix of authors included in them. Peak activity: Nov 21 – Feb 22.  

Collections Showcase for race equality 

Collaborate with us to bring together a showcase of library resources supporting the anti-racism work within our community and promoting your selections both online and in our library spaces. Produce accompanying content like book reviews or podcasts. Peak activity: Jan - Mar 22. 

Online Exhibition - Vanguards & Trailblazers 

Join us in creating an online exhibition showcasing the lives and works of a diverse collective of notable people in varying genres celebrating diversity of thought and the King’s community. Produce visual, audio or written content and help with the promotion of the exhibition via social media. Peak activity: Nov 21 -Jan 22 

You will be given a comprehensive induction to the work you will be involved with and will be supported throughout the scheme by a member of the library team.  

If you have any questions, please contact:  ML-LC-ServiceDevelopment@kcl.ac.uk 

Please apply by 26 October via the form below:

  • Name
  • Student Status

 

In 2020-21, students participated across three themes:

Inclusive library spaces

We want our library spaces to be inspiring and welcoming to our diverse student community. Our starting idea is to create an inclusive initiative that would display images of works of art in the libraries by artists chosen by students. Those artists could include students themselves if they were happy to share their works in reaction to a particular space. We hope to create a conversation between the cultural references of our current spaces and the cultural reference points of King’s students.

 

Inclusive library spaces

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Decolonising our collections

Work with Libraries & Collections on embedding a decolonised approach to our collections with projects which explore and critique how we represent, promote and engage with our areas of collection strength and how we develop and grow our collections. Identifying areas of our collection which require a critical approach/repositioning/reappraisal or further development and investment.

 

Developing our services

The services offered by Libraries & Collections are regularly examined, evaluated and improved. Challenges posed by operating during the pandemic have seen rapid developments in a number of areas of the service and there is potential for further work to improve on these or meet emerging needs. Working with members of the library team you would help progress this thinking about how we can improve. This might include use of UX (User Experience) techniques to gather data, looking at analysing and reporting on feedback or participating in service review activity.