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Student Advisory Group

Overview

The Libraries Student Advisory Group (LSAG) seeks to give WVU students an active voice in the decision-making process for WVU Libraries. LSAG will act as a mode of exchange between WVU students and library administration so that both parties can work together to provide the best possible library resources and programming for our campus community.

Members of LSAG:

  • convey suggestions and input on current and future library services, collections, spaces, programming, and marketing/ communication strategies;   

  • participate in library assessment projects; 

  • work with librarians and library staff on student engagement and outreach projects; and 

  • actively participate in four meetings per academic year (two meetings per Fall and Spring semester) as well as at least one library assessment or outreach activity. 

Why participate? 

There are several benefits to participating in the Libraries Student Advisory Group including: 

  • influence the shape and future direction of Library services and spaces important to you and your peers;  

  • gain resume-worthy leadership experience and skills such as outreach, event planning, communication skills, and assessment; and  

  • learn about library resources and services that will enhance your academic performance 

Active LSAG members will also be eligible for: 

  • extended group study room hours for the Downtown Campus Library  

  • iServe (Community Service) Hours 

Who is eligible to apply? 

Membership to LSAG is an application-based process. We are currently accepting applications for the 2022 – 2023 academic year on an ongoing basis until positions are filled.  

We welcome actively enrolled part-time and full-time undergraduate and graduate students from the Downtown or Evansdale campuses.  

We encourage the application of all students and in particular hope to gain the perspective of students who belong to other university and community organizations, clubs, athletics, etc.; residential and commuter students; and in-state, out-of-state, and international students.  

Upon submission of a complete application, you will be informed of your application status within two weeks of submission. 

How do I apply? How will my application be evaluated? 

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria: 

  • Student academic program/major and expected graduation date. The goal is to have a diverse set of academic programs and graduating classes represented in the group. 

  • Responses to several short-answer questions*. Please review the questions and rubric before opening the application.

Application Question*
Above Average (Pts Awarded = 3)
Average (Pts Awarded = 2)
Below Average (Pts Awarded = 1)
No Response (Pts Awarded = 0) 
What makes you a good fit for the Libraries Student Advisory Group? Please be specific.
Clearly articulates how their perspective, experiences, background, etc. could help inform library services. 
Broadly articulates how their perspective, experiences, background, etc. could help inform library services.
Expresses interest in position, but does not articulate how their perspective, experiences, background, etc. could help inform library services.
Application response is incomplete. 
What is your strategy for providing feedback or advice to someone when you think that it might not be well received?
Identifies a constructive and positive strategy for working through differences of opinion. 
Uses broad generalizations to discuss strategy for working through differences of opinion.
Does not articulate strategies for working through differences of opinion.
Application response is incomplete. 
Describe a time you lost interest in a commitment. How did you respond?
Demonstrates the seriousness of upholding commitments when faced with challenges. 
Response is vague in places, but an example is provided, and applicant appears to be serious about upholding commitments when faced with challenges.
Does not provide any clear examples of a time they lost interest in a commitment and had a response.
Application response is incomplete. 
 
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Terms of Membership 

Terms are for one academic year (Fall through Spring) and are renewable twice (students can be on LSAG for up to three years). 

Members are expected to participate in four meetings per Academic Year as well as at least one library assessment or outreach activity.  The total hourly commitment for LSAG is approximately 10 hours for the academic year.  

Members will receive a survey in early Fall 2022 to identify their availability. This will help us identify the best dates and times for the majority of the group.  

Meetings will be held in October, November, January, and March. Academic Year 2022 – 23 meeting dates and times will be announced by September 1, 2022. 

Questions? 

Email Jessica Vanderhoff at libraryassessment@mail.wvu.edu