New Student Advocacy and Advisory Council Formed

A diverse group of 12 student advocates and leaders came together in April 2010 to forge an important link between the Library and its largest constituency: Cal Poly students. The founding members of the Student Library Advisory Council included representatives of Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI), and the Student Campus Computing Committee, several Kennedy Library student assistants and other graduate and undergraduate students from programs across the university.

Meeting throughout the spring, the founding Council members provided key input for the Library’s strategies for informing students about Library services. The Council chose to focus on improving the Library’s web site, advocating for items such as clear paths from the home page to information about Library study facilities. Their input resulted in many fresh web site features, including a new “Study Here” tab, highlighting information about the Library’s collaboration rooms, quiet study areas, and more.

From Kennedy Library’s 2011 Annual Publication (15.54 MB)

“The insight and enthusiasm of the students in the Council is exactly what the Library needs,” said Anna Gold, associate dean for public services. “We are always listening to students, through our surveys and interactions with individuals. And this Council serves as a voice for all students, adding a whole new dimension to how we can work with the student body at Cal Poly.”

The 2010-2011 Council members will be meeting weekly throughout the year to carry out their mission to help educate students about Library benefits for students; advocate for strong services; and help improve the quality of the facilities, services, and resources that support students at Cal Poly.