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Atkins and ULSAC Members Visit Libraries in North Carolina

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.

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ULSAC Great Libraries Research Trip: Apply!

In order to better understand what a great academic library is, ULSAC will be sending members to the Research Triangle in North Carolina to collect information that will aid in the creation of the Student Vision Project. Attendees will report back to ULSAC on the great academic libraries at Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina. Their perspective will shape the final draft of the Student Vision Report, which will be used to communicate with stakeholders and administrators on how Mizzou Libraries should best serve student needs moving forward.

Congratulations to the following ULSAC members who have applied and been approved:

  • Alex Johar (ULSAC Chair, Library Ambassador, former RHA rep)
  • Billy Donley (Library Ambassador)
  • Garren Wegener (Library Ambassador, former RHA rep)
  • Kendal Lynne Lowrey (GPC)
  • Taylor Tutin (MSA)

There is still one remaining slot. All ULSAC members and Library Ambassadors are encouraged to apply.

  • Email your Application to ULSAC advisor Grace Atkins at atkinsge@missouri.edu.
  • The trip will take place the week before Mizzou’s Spring 2018 semester starts.
  • The new deadline is Monday, Nov. 27 at 11:59pm.

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ULSAC Meeting: Library Hours

The University Libraries Student Advisory Council will be meeting Tuesday, October 4th @ 5pm in Ellis Library meeting room 114A.

This meeting is being held to discuss the recent student demand for increased library hours and funding. Due to the impact of this major issue and the nascent nature of this council, executive or senior leaders of your organizations are encouraged to attend in addition to appointed ULSAC representatives.

Plans for the ULSAC governance document, chair elections, and regular meeting schedule will also be discussed. If you cannot attend, assign a proxy so that your organization’s needs are represented and information from the meeting can be communicated back to your organization.

Questions? Contact user engagement librarian Grace Atkins at atkinsge@missouri.edu


  • FourFront
  • Graduate Professional Council (GPC)
  • lnterfraternity Council (lFC)
  • Library Ambassadors (LA)
  • Legion of Black Collegians (LBC)
  • Missouri lnternational Student Council (MISC)
  • Missouri Student Association (MSA)
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
  • Panhellenic Association (PHA)
  • Residence Hall Association (RHA)
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ULSAC Fall 2016 Meeting

The University Libraries Student Advisory Council (ULSAC) will have its first meeting of the 2016-2017 academic year on Tuesday, September 13 at 5pm in Ellis Library room 159.

What is ULSAC?
The purpose of an academic library is to support the scholarly needs of students, faculty, and staff. As such, it is important that students have a voice in how their library functions. The University Libraries have established a permanent council of 25 students to serve in an advisory capacity to the Director of University Libraries.

Council Charge

  • The Council will meet to review the Libraries' annual budget, participate in long range planning, and help create a vision for the university's library system.
  • The Council will make recommendations to the Director of Libraries regarding plans for space renovation, collection development, services, and technologies.
  • Council members will report back to their home organizations, helping to improve communication between the libraries and students; and will be informed participants when library issues are discussed in meetings with other campus committees.

Council Members
Member organizations have been selected to balance representation between graduate and undergraduate students, and to include a diversity of student perspectives:

  • FourFront – 2 representatives
  • Graduate Professional Council (GPC) – 4 representatives
  • lnterfraternity Council (lFC) – 2 representatives
  • Library Ambassadors (LA) – 5 representatives
  • Legion of Black Collegians (LBC) – 2 representatives
  • Missouri lnternational Student Council (MISC) – 2 representatives
  • Missouri Student Association (MSA) – 2 representatives
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) – 2 representatives
  • Panhellenic Association (PHA) – 2 representatives
  • Residence Hall Association (RHA) – 2 representatives

Questions about ULSAC?
Please contact Grace Atkins, user engagement librarian and ULSAC coordinator: atkinsge@missouri.edu

Fall 2016 Meeting Agenda

  • Opening Remarks and Introductions – Autumn McLain, Library Ambassadors
  • Budget Report & Updates – Ann Riley, Interim Library Director
  • Usability & User Experience Updates – Grace Atkins, User Engagement Librarian
  • Questions & Suggestions – ULSAC members