Library Champions are 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. Participation can be reflected in the HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).
We are preparing opportunities to participate 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.
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.
Activity will take place in academic year 2020-21. It is not expected that students will dedicate any more than 10 hours per academic year.
The Library Champion will;
- Be a channel for the views of students in their department
- Attend meetings with their contact in Libraries & Collections
- Deepen their understanding of the Library to support Championing the service to other students in their department
- Participate in an additional piece of work, to be chosen from:
- Inclusive library spaces
- Decolonising our collections
- Developing our services (including UX approaches)
Students will be given a comprehensive induction to the work they will be involved with and will be supported throughout the scheme by a member of the library team.
Applications have now closed for 2020-21 with inductions held between 2-13 November.
If you have any questions please contact: Alan.Fricker@kcl.ac.uk