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Library Student Advisory Council - (LSAC)

Students in front of Geisel Library BuildingThe Library Student Advisory Council (LSAC) is a group of UC San Diego students and Library staff working together to provide the campus’ diverse student community with the best possible library spaces, services, and collections.


Students: Share your thoughts with the Council by emailing lsac@ucsd.edu.

Who is on the Council?

  • Student members from across campus appointed by the Library
  • Student members appointed by Associated Students and by each of the College Councils
  • Library staff members, including the Associate University Librarian for Learning & User Experience (AUL/LUE) who leads the group

Appointments to LSAC are made early in Fall Quarter and last the entire academic year, from October through May.


What would I gain from the experience?

  • Serving on the Council offers an opportunity to:
    • Share with Library staff concerns of highest priority to students
    • Provide connections for future references
    • Meet new friends and student peers
    • Help create the kind of UC San Diego community students want
    • Influence the shape of Library services and spaces important to you and your peers

What is expected of members?

  • Members are expected to:
    • Actively participate in meetings in October, November, January, February, April, and May ("meetings" in 2020-21 may be held remotely and asynchronously, so members need not live in the San Diego area to be selected for membership)
    • Convey student needs, concerns, and priorities to the Library, including advice and feedback on library policies, services, and spaces
    • Share ideas and input on the design and implementation of new library services
    • Share insights into student study, research, and Library use habits
    • Communicate information about Library services and resources to the student community

How to apply

The deadline to apply has passed for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Please check back in September 2021 for how to join the Council for the 2021-2022 academic year. 


LSAC Meeting Notes

View LSAC meeting notes below to learn more about what the Council is doing.

2020-2021

Meeting 1: October 20, 2020 | Topics included LSAC advice to the Library and feedback on what comes to mind when students think about the Library, on library services, and on the Library's Ask Us webpage

Meeting 2: November 17, 2020 | Topics included a virtual exploration of the Library’s Digital Collections and feedback on a number of library services as well as the BLB Student Study Space

Meeting 3: January 19, 2021 | Topics included a virtual exploration of the Library’s Data & GIS Lab, feedback on the Library’s Virtual Study Room sessions, and expectations about the Library’s online chat services

Meeting 4: February 16, 2021 | Topics included a virtual visit of the Library’s Special Collections & Archives, feedback on the Library’s De-Stress Publication, member images and comment on their pandemic study spaces, and feedback on potential future LSAC topics related to the Library’s organizational structure and strategic priorities for 2020-2022.

Meeting 5: April 20, 2021 |

Meeting 6: May 18, 2021 |

2019-2020

Meeting 1: October 15, 2019 | Topics included LSAC advice to the Library and scavenger hunts to find areas within Geisel Library and information on the Library’s website

  • Handout: 2019 Student Satisfaction Survey, Library-Related Results

Meeting 2: November 12, 2019 | Topics included feedback on media use and borrowing, the display of computing and seating availability information, copying and scanning services in the Library, and general suggestions

Meeting 3: January 21, 2020 | Topics included tours of the Library’s Digital Media Lab (guest from DML) and Data & GIS Lab (guest from GIS Lab) and feedback on services in a forthcoming ‘Digital Scholarship Center’ and naming for such a service suite

Meeting 4: February 18, 2020 | Topics included a tour of Special Collections & Archives (guest from SC&A), the LSAC group photo, and feedback on Library service desk naming and technology-related needs and assistance in the Library (guest from Technology & User Experience Program)

Meeting 5: April 21, 2020 | Topics included feedback on how to communicate Library news to students, events for Geisel Library’s 50th anniversary, librarian profile videos, and the Library’s draft virtual tour

Meeting 6: May 19, 2020 | Topics included feedback on needed Library amenities and the impacts of the Library’s COVID-19 closure on students

2018-2019

Meeting 1: October 16, 2018 | Topics included LSAC advice to the Library and feedback on what comes to mind when students think about the Library

Meeting 2: November 13, 2018 | Topics included feedback on the LSAC newsletter, general suggestions, and thoughts on seeking Library assistance on an appointment or walk-in basis

Meeting 3: January 22, 2019 | Topics included a tour of the Library’s Digital Media Lab (guest from DML) and feedback on the Library’s computer and seating availability tool

Meeting 4: February 19, 2019 | Topics included a tour of Special Collections & Archives (guest from SC&A), the LSAC group photo, and feedback on a central/single service point in the Library and on Library assistance by phone, chat, and text

Meeting 5: April 23, 2019 | Topics included feedback on using and citing sources in one’s academic work (guest from Learning Services Program), after hours silent study in the Library’s forthcoming Active Learning Classroom (guest from GLRI Team), and naming for online Library assistance

  • Handout: Library Winter Quarter Gate Count Comparisons 2015-2019

Meeting 6: May 21, 2019 | Topics included the Library-related results of the Campus’ Student Satisfaction Survey and feedback on access to needed resources for one’s academic work, what new students should learn about the Library in their first weeks on campus, and a Plus/Delta exercise on the 2018-19 LSAC year

  • Handout: 2019 Student Satisfaction Survey, Library-Related Results

2017-2018

Meeting 1: October 17, 2017 | Topics included information on planned Library and Campus capital construction projects, LSAC advice to the Library, and feedback on what comes to mind when students think about the Library

  • Handout: Library ‘By the Numbers’ 2016-17

Meeting 2: November 14, 2017 | Topics included feedback on the LSAC newsletter, the Library’s Overnight Study Commons, likes and dislikes for campus classrooms, active learning in the Library, use of the Library’s anticipated Active Learning Classroom for study outside of instructional use, and general suggestions

Meeting 3: January 16, 2018 | Topics included a tour of the Library’s Digital Media Lab (guest from DML) and feedback on promoting the DML, the computer and seating availability tool (guest from Waitz), how the Library can help students prepare for finals, and desired Library workshops and tutorials

Meeting 4: February 20, 2018 | Topics included a tour of Special Collections & Archives (guest from SC&A), the LSAC group photo, and feedback on Self-Checkout machines, self-service preferences, and the Associated Students vending machine in Geisel

Meeting 5: April 10, 2018 | Topics included feedback on what the Library’s new University Librarian should know about the Library and the UCSD student experience and on food and drink use, policy, signage, and enforcement in the Library

Meeting 6: May 22, 2018 | Topics included feedback on what new students should learn about the Library in their first weeks on campus, Geisel’s 8th Floor grand opening activities, and a Plus/Delta exercise on the 2017-18 LSAC year

2016-2017

Meeting 1: October 11, 2016 | Topics included LSAC advice to the Library, feedback on what comes to mind when students think about the Library, and future Geisel 8th Floor renovations

  • Handout: Library ‘By the Numbers’ 2016-17

Meeting 2: November 15, 2016 | Topics included feedback on the recently-launched Audrey’s Café, future renovations of Geisel’s 1st and 2nd Floors, digital displays and content in the Library, and the Library’s future website redesign (guest from Digital User Services)

Meeting 3: January 17, 2017 | Topics included a tour of the Library’s Digital Media Lab and CaveKiosk (guest from DML) and feedback on the Library’s DIY videos and online help (guest from Learning Services Program) and how one’s use of the Library changes during Weeks 1/5/10

  • Handout: Library Academic Quarter Gate Count Comparisons 2010-2016

Meeting 4: February 28, 2017 | Topics included a tour of Special Collections & Archives (guest from SC&A), general suggestions, and feedback on the Audrey’s Café video wall content

Meeting 5: April 10, 2017 | Topics included feedback on recycling in the Library (guest from Environmental Sustainability Group), LSAC tabling at the Warren External Fair, where students start when looking for articles (guest from Digital User Services), and general suggestions

Meeting 6: May 28, 2017 | Topics included a Plus/Delta exercise on the 2016-17 LSAC year and the Library-related results of Campus’ 2017 Student Satisfaction Survey

  • Handout: 2017 Student Satisfaction Survey, Library-Related Results

2015-2016

Meeting 1: October 13, 2015 | Topics included LSAC advice to the Library and feedback on what comes to mind when students think about the Library

Meeting 2: November 17, 2015 | Topics included a tour of the Library’s Digital Media Lab (guest from DML) and feedback on the DML, smoking on the Library Forum level (exterior 3rd Floor), and promoting events to students (guest from Communications & Outreach Program)

Meeting 3: January 19, 2016 | Topics included a tour of Special Collections & Archives (guest from SC&A) and feedback on the arrangement of the Library’s online subject guides (guest from Digital User Services)

  • Handout: Geisel Fall Quarter Gate Count Comparisons 2010-2015

Meeting 4: February 23, 2016 | Topics included information on Library-related results of the Campus Customer Satisfaction surveys and feedback on future planning for the East Commons renovation and textbooks/open educational resources

  • Handout: Faculty and Staff Customer Satisfaction Surveys 2015

Meeting 5: April 05, 2016 | Topics included feedback on Library offerings to promote at Triton and Transfer Triton Days, the Library’s Food & Drink policy, and general suggestions

Meeting 6: May 24, 2016 | Topics included Plus/Delta and Keep/Toss/Create exercises on the 2015-16 LSAC year

2014-2015

Meeting 1: October 14, 2014 | Topics included LSAC advice to the Library, feedback on what comes to mind when students think about the Library, and general suggestions

Meeting 2: November 18, 2014 | Topics included feedback on the Library brand, Tech Lending Program, student privacy, and student feedback mechanisms

Meeting 3: January 13, 2015 | Topics included feedback on tools and methods for finding sources for academic work, how to promote Library offerings (guest from Academic Liaison Program),”greening” of the Library, and student perceptions of service desk interactions

Meeting 4: February 24, 2015 | Topics included a presentation on Reserves Services (guest from Reserves), and feedback on one’s best experience with the Library and how the Library can support the Campus’ Strategic Plan

Meeting 5: April 07, 2015 | Topics included feedback on what students wish they could do at the Library (physically or virtually), academic support gaps the Library might fill, and additional ways the Library can support students

Meeting 6: May 19, 2015 | Topics included a Plus/Delta exercise on the 2014-15 LSAC year

Interested in what the Council is doing?

View current and previous LSAC meeting notes.

LSAC meeting notes 2020-21
LSAC meeting notes 2019-20
LSAC meeting notes 2018-19
LSAC meeting notes 2017-18
LSAC meeting notes 2016-17
LSAC meeting notes 2015-16
LSAC meeting notes 2014-15