Library Advisory Group

The Library Advisory Group is your way of helping to shape the future direction of Library Services. It is a participatory forum that meets 4 times a year to explore what the Library’s users want and how the Library can best provide it. All members of the University are welcome to attend. Oh and there’s always tea and cake.

LAG happens 4 times a year. The meetings for 2017/18 will be:

  1. Wed 22 November, 3-5pm - In the Zone? Help us to put you in the perfect place to study
  2. Wed 7 February, 3-5pm - From Page to Person: shape the future of your Library’s collections
  3. Wed 7 March, 3-5pm - Over to you: you decide what we discuss.
  4. Wed 30 May, 3-5pm - Review of the year: celebrate what we’ve achieved together.

Usually in Special Collections on the first floor of the Albert Sloman Library, but we’re hoping to get out and about this year, so you may see us around in other locations. If you’re at Southend or Loughton, there will be opportunities to join in via social media, or we can organise a pop-up LAG at The Forum or the new Library and IT Centre

Although there’s usually an element of formal business at the beginning, with a report by the Director of Library Services on latest developments, LAG meetings are generally informal and participation is welcomed. We often have workshop activities, such as building your ideal study space in LEGO, drawing a mind map of your research life, or commenting on some case study videos. We provide refreshments and an opportunity to talk to Library staff and other attendees. You bring the ideas, we bring the cake.

The outcomes of LAG meetings are considered by the Library’s senior management team, and fed into future service developments. Some examples of the impact of LAG last year are:

  • The design of the Library Reading Room refurbishment (using evidence from the LEGO models LAGgers built)
  • The extended opening hours pilot in September (using information gathered from user stories in the November LAG, and from comments at the open forum in March)
  • The change of the recall period from 3 days to 7 days (following reactions to case study videos and Tinder-style dating profiles at the January LAG)
  • The introduction of “Shut Up and Write” facilitated writing workshops in association with the Talent Development Centre (from the data gathered using the mind maps in the May LAG)

More formally, LAG reports to Education Committee, and this year to Student Experience Committee, so that there is a wider University context for what we do.

Come along to any meeting and join in. Once you’ve been, we’ll let you know what we’re planning for the next meeting and make sure you’re personally invited. We’re looking for members of academic staff to come along to help represent the interests of their departments, so if you’d like to act in that capacity please let us know. One academic rep from last year said: "I was impressed by how receptive to feedback the library staff were and how genuinely interested you all are in improving the overall library experience for everyone." There will also be opportunities to join in via social media.


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