Successful Student Advisory Boards: Best Practices
Presentation at ACRL Conference, Portland, Oregon, March 25–28, 2015
Meg Scharf, Ameet Doshi, and Bob Fox
- Set clear expectations.
- Take campus culture into consideration.
- Determine who should participate from the student side and the library side. Include the library director as a member of the group whenever possible.
- Consider recruiting students from the following groups:
- Student government
- Student organizations
- Scholarship winners
- Members of the honors college
- Power users
- Students with complaints about library services
- Disabled students
- International students
- Greek students
- Create clear agendas for meetings, complete with notes from the previous meeting.
- Hold meetings in the nicest space available in the library.
- Treat members in high regard. Provide them with insider information, food, and swag.
- Make sure to thank members at the end of the year and at the end of their time of service.