This week Grace Atkins took six members of ULSAC to North Carolina to visit three academic libraries. Learn more about this trip below.
What is ULSAC?
University Libraries Student Advisory Council (ULSAC) comprises 20 student leaders representing nine student governments and an additional five members representing the Library Ambassadors, a student development program of the libraries. ULSAC is charged with advising the University Libraries on important matters of concern to the students of the University of Missouri.
What is the SVP?
The Student Vision Project (SVP) is a student-led initiative to draft a document detailing the future that ULSAC sees for the libraries and how the libraries can relate to the rest of campus and the student experience. It’s a type of long range planning that will clarify student priorities and leverage them for additional support from the institution and alumni with the end goal of improving the student experience through the attainment of enhanced library services, spaces, and collections.
What is this Research Trip about?
ULSAC has decided to invest student development funds in the education of six student leaders who are highly involved in the SVP. The students and Grace will visit the Research Triangle in order to see what some of the best libraries in the world do – and maybe even more importantly – how they do it. They will spend three days visiting three different libraries (Duke, NCSU, and UNC-Chapel Hill). The students will also spend time working on the SVP so that it is ready to present to the constituent bodies for student approval before the end of the spring semester.
Why are we touring libraries in the Research Triangle?
ULSAC wants the University Libraries to be one of the the best academic library systems in the country; rather than reinvent the wheel, they would like to see what has been done and what works elsewhere. Duke, NCSU, and UNC-Chapel Hill will generously assist ULSAC in this mission by showing the best that their libraries have to offer. The students and Grace will be touring and discussing digital media commons/technology resources, space scheduling/logistics tools, special collections spaces, open access resources/collaborations, inclusion/diversity/equity programs, library instruction programs, and research support services. ULSAC members recognize that there’s a lot they don’t know about the world of libraries, but they are enthusiastic about learning more to create the best possible vision to help guide the libraries and the campus forward.