Volunteer as a Library Champion

Due to high demand, applications for this scheme are now closed.  If you have any questions please email librarians@le.ac.uk.


We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated students to act as a link between the University's Schools and the Library to help ensure our services and resources meet the needs of our students.

Library Champions will be actively involved in a number of Library projects designed to improve student experience in the Library. Your contribution as Library Champion will give you valuable experience to add to your CV, develop transferable skills such as communication, time management and research and will be included in your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report) once you complete your studies.

Please note that in light of the COVID-19 restrictions, this scheme will run online throughout the 2020/21 academic year.

Time commitment: 10 hours per academic year.

Library Champions will be given full training for the role and will be supported throughout the scheme by Library staff.

This scheme will be running from October 2020 - April 2021.

Projects for semester 2:

Reading list analysis

Analyse your subject reading lists based on frameworks we will provide to reveal how diverse it is. Work produced by Champions will be used to inform the library Inclusive Collections Group.

Infographics

Create infographics to communicate key information about the library to other students. You will be involved in identifying the features of the library you will be creating your infographics about.

Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Identify a person, place or topic that does not have a Wikipedia page (or a sparse Wiki page) and create a Wiki page based on research we will conduct. This follows on from the Represent campaign in semester 1.

University Centenary: Our 100 and ‘So that they may have life’

October 2021 will mark the centenary of the University of Leicester. Archives and Special Collections are curating a list of ‘Our 100’: the 100 people, places, milestones and objects that tell our University’s story. Students will be invited to contribute their ideas and could become involved in a cross-University project working group. There will also be opportunities to help with user testing digital outputs showcasing the University’s History from our National Lottery Heritage Funded project ‘So that they may have life’.

Projects for semester 1:

Represent

Represent is a campaign the library is running through which students can recommend books from underrepresented voices for the library to purchase. As well as promoting this campaign within your Schools, we are looking for volunteers to get involved with a Wikipedia edit-a-thon event.

Reading lists review

The library Inclusive Collections group would like volunteers to help review subject reading lists in order to analyse the diversity represented within the lists. 

Archives and Special Collections focus group

Help us to improve our Archives & Special Collections service by providing feedback through student focus groups and surveys.

Academic skills support material

Help to design and develop online academic skills support material, drawing on your experience as a student to advise on content and presentation.