Library Champions

Previous projects

Students laughing and reading booksRepresent

Represent is an ongoing campaign through which students can recommend books from underrepresented voices for the Library to purchase. Library Champions worked on a number of methods through which to promote the campaign within their departments as well as developing discussion forums, reading lists and conducting research to develop the campaign. 

Students working with rare booksArchives and Special Collections focus groups

Library Champions participated in focus groups to help improve the service. Champions identified barriers to using Archives and Special Collections and gave suggestions to help increase use of the collections. These suggestions are now being implemented by the service.

One hundred years of changeUniversity Centenary: Our 100 and ‘So that they may have life’

October 2021 marks the centenary of the University of Leicester. Archives and Special Collections curated a list of ‘Our 100’: the 100 people, places, milestones and objects that tell our University’s story. Champions were invited to contribute their ideas and become involved in a cross-University project working group.

David Wilson LibraryLibrary website feedback

Library Champions tested the new Library website and made recommendations. As a result of their feedback changes were made to the Library Search bar and the Databases A-Z page to make finding information for subjects easier. 

international student writing in the libraryAcademic skills support material feedback

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

student browsing library booksReading lists evaluation

Library Champions tested out 3 frameworks developed by other institutions and gave feedback about the usability and usefulness of these frameworks. The Inclusive Collections group will be developing guidance for Leicester staff based on this feedback. 

Students doing group workInfographics

Library Champions have designed a set of 11 infographics to give students bite-sized guidance on using the Library to search for information, making the most of the academic skills support and how to use online accessibility features to enhance your learning experience. These infographics are regularly being shared on the Library Twitter pages and used in Library skills teaching sessions.  

Students smiling in front of libraryLibrary Champions Project Showcase

The showcase was a celebration event for all the Champions who volunteered with the Library and an opportunity for some of our Library Champions to present their work to Library and Leicester Learning Institute staff. 

"Library Champions is a wonderful community that brings everyone together and raises social awareness. It creates fun, unique projects that not only helps the students but also enhances several key skills which is needed in their future careers."

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