Each year we scrutinise the feedback from the NSS survey and use that information to direct our annual Library Resourcing Campaign. We want to make sure that we are providing even more of the resources that you need. During 2013/14 we are directing £298k to boost access to core materials: this is in addition to the millions spent on library resources across the Colleges.
Packages provided include SAGE Research Methods Online, Literature Online and Ethnography Video Online. This funding has also provided access to over 9000 e-books this year.
We are committed to student-led spending, so do talk to your Library Champions to request books, as well as using the general IWOOT request scheme. For up to date information on new resources and current highlights, see:
Look out for your Library Champion’s poster
We’re now in our 3rd year of the Library Champions scheme and we have recruited a total of 46 Champions across all our campuses. Each Champion represents the taught students within their subject area and will feedback your views on the Library services to us. They also have a budget to buy books, so if there is anything you need for your courses, you can contact them to order it. Look out for the posters in your departments – these should have contact details on for your own Champion. If you have any questions about the scheme or want to know more, please see:
Last year our Champions bought a total of 1023 items for library stock, selected by you: these included multiple extra copies of in-demand books, e-books of heavily used materials, DVDs to support film courses and brand new titles to support your courses. Do get in touch with them and help them spend up this year!
Over the last few weeks, the Library staff have been busily attending training for academic reps and recruiting this year’s cohort of Library Champions. There are 23 Champion positions in Exeter and 7 in Cornwall, representing the taught programmes in all subject areas. In reality, even more people are involved as many positions are held on a job share basis.
Champions are asked to collate feedback on Library services, act as a focus group on specific issues and report back via the staff/student liaison committee in their department. As part of the Library’s ongoing resourcing campaign, Library Champions have each been allocated a budget to spend on library books for taught courses. This allows them to quickly respond to students’ requests for extra copies, or for any other texts that the students need.
Library Champions are now meeting with their Subject Librarians and will soon be promoting what they can offer amongst other students in Colleges. Look out for the Champions posters with your own Champion’s contact details and send them your feedback and book requests.
Look out for these posters in departments
Massive thanks to all our hard working Library Champions this year. Your views have helped the Library focus new developments and your work on ordering library stock has been much appreciated by all.
This year, the Library Champions have bought 602 new print books, DVDs and e-books across all subject areas.
Are you interested in becoming a Library Champion for 2012/13? If so, please see our webpage for more details, and have a look at the film of two of this year’s Champions talking about the scheme.