The Library Student Advisory Board

Why Your Academic Library Needs It and How to Make It Work

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About the Book

This is a practical guide written by two professionals with real-world experience establishing a library student advisory board.
Penn State University’s Schuylkill campus library has such a board, operating beautifully. Different from traditional student advisory boards, the club at Penn State Schuylkill resembles a public library’s “friends” group. The activities of the club benefit not only the library and campus but the club members themselves.
Just how much time, effort, and know-how is required to form a library student advisory board? Here is the answer. Useful advice is offered on how to get a club started, how to recruit new members and keep them active, the duties of the club advisor, basic “do’s and don’ts” of fundraising, and how to build a successful relationship between the club, the library director, and the library staff.

About the Author(s)

Amy L. Deuink is a reference & instruction librarian at Penn State University’s Altoona campus. She is an active member of the American Library Association and the Pennsylvania Library Association.
Marianne Seiler is the acquisitions/serials coordinator and advisor for the library student advisory board at Penn State Schuylkill’s Ciletti Memorial Library.

Bibliographic Details

Amy L. Deuink and Marianne Seiler
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 207
Bibliographic Info: 46 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3560-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5290-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Preface      1

1. INTRODUCTION      5

Why We Started the Library Student Advisory Board      5

About Our Library      7

About Our Campus      8

Culture of Community Service      11

Student Retention      18

2. PENN STATE SCHUYLKILL’S LIBRARY STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD      21

How We Started the Library Student Advisory Board      21

How the Club Has Been Effective      25

Awards      35

Spreading the Word      35

3. ARE YOU READY? YOUR JOB AS ADVISOR      37

Are You Ready for a Full-time Commitment?      38

Leadership      44

Get Help from Other Staff Members      51

Working with Your Student Affairs Department      53

Recommended Reading      54

4. STARTING YOUR OWN LIBRARY STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD      56

Get the Facts      58

Time to Twist Arms. Recruiting New Members      60

What to Expect at Your First Meeting      68

Recommended Reading      74

5. UNDERSTAND AND INTERPRET POLICIES AND PROCEDURES      78

Policies and Procedures Unique to Your Institution      78

Your Responsibilities as Advisor      82

6. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES      88

The Advisor’s Job      89

Charting Your Course: Planning for the Future      107

Recommended Reading      110

7. PROMOTE AND RECRUIT      112

Get the Word Out On Campus      112

Recruit New Members Throughout the Year      128

Recommended Reading      131

8. CLUB ACTIVITIES      132

Activities Contributing to the Library      132

Activities Contributing to the Campus      140

Activities Contributing to the Community      146

9. WORKING WITH THE LIBRARY AND THE CAMPUS      150

Build Members’ Relationships with Library Directors and Staff      150

Working with the Library      155

Knowing Your Limitations      159

Benefits of Working with a Library Student Advisory Board      161

10. FUTURE OF THE LIBRARY STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD      163

Evolution      163

New Directions      168

Are You Ready?      172

Epilogue, or, So, What Are You Waiting For?      173

When Will I Find the Time?      173

Where Will I Find the Students?      174

Would I Be a Good Advisor?      176

Does My Library Really Need This?      176



Appendix A. Club Calendar at a Glance      179

Appendix B. Sample Bookmarks      183

Appendix C. LSAB Library User Satisfaction Survey      185

Appendix D. Sample Wii Authorization Form      187

Chapter Notes      189

Bibliography      193

Index      197