Tap ➤ above. Video courtesy of 2023-24 Library Liaisons: Callie, Aneka, Claire, Dakota, Henri, Junha, Vincent
Library Liaisons Program
The Library Liaison program provides three to ten Seniors with the opportunity to become leaders in the areas of information services, archives, and education technology. Liaisons share their love of reading, research, history, and/or technology with the NCSSM community by providing regular library services and leading special projects. Librarians look to the Liaisons to represent student interests by suggesting resources to add to the collection and to promote library and archives resources through displays, events, and social media content. As part of their work, Liaisons may gain expertise in graphic design, social media management, archives, or database research, as well as gaining research and information skills teaching experience. An insatiable curiosity and willingness to help others define the Library Liaisons. For additional information about the Library Liaison program, contact Mr.B at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liaisons’ Mission in their own words…
Student productivity and learning is increased with a communal study space such as the Library, and since there is nowhere else on campus that serves the same function, the Library is crucial to student life. Library Liaisons advocate for better resources and amenities that benefit students [through the Library program], as well as help educate fellow students on how to best use those resources.”
“We expand on what we already know and apply it to our love of reading, helping others, and helping the library grow. This program is all about combining your love of knowledge and reading.”
“Being a Library Liaison is a humbling, educational [Senior Leadership] position that encompasses various leadership skills that make every moment an enjoyable experience!”
“Being a Library Liaison grants you the privilege of sitting at the most prestigious desk in front of the highly esteemed Mr. J. Sitting at that desk, you get to see and interact with most, if not all, of Smath’s community, being one of the top hubs to gather on campus. Had I not been a Liaison, I wouldn’t have the friendships I have today!”
“Student productivity and learning is increased with a communal study space such as the Library, and since there is nowhere else on campus that serves the same function, the Library is crucial to student life. Library Liaisons advocate for better resources and amenities that benefit students [through the Library program], as well as help educate fellow students on how to best use those resources.”
“We expand the worlds of our peers beyond this tiny campus by putting the encouragement of reading at the forefront of our mission.”
“We develop events, such as Tea Talks, local author visits, and Book Club meetings,”
“A library is a source of knowledge and free expression; part of being a Liaison is to recognize the significance of this and share it with others.” “The library isn’t a stressful place meant only for working but a place where ideas are shared, and imagination can do as it wishes.”
“We are driven by our ambitions to improve the library in any way that we can.”
“We use social media, word of mouth, and a calendar full of engaging events to successfully renew a lost love for reading for enjoyment among students.” “I read pretty much daily and it has become one of the biggest stress relievers for me in my time at NCSSM.”
“Being a Library Liaison is all about helping the library to be an inviting and engaging atmosphere to work in and be around.”
“Come and share in the stories and spaces that we all collectively hold dear.”
Liaisons’ Goals, Services, Projects
- Assist with reference and readers’ advisory services;
- Promote the library and archives collections;
- Promote and support the NCSSM community’s love of reading;
- Suggest books and movies to add to the library collection; and
- Work independently on special projects.
- Reference: answer questions and provide instruction on the use of electronic resources.
- Collection Development: suggest new purchases and assist with the annual inventory of the library collection.
- Technical Services: process new library materials & prepare them for use.
- Archives: assist with the collection, processing & digitization of materials related to NCSSM history.
- Collaboratively teach (with guidance), the use of Library databases for research;
- Organize events that promote library and archives collections and services;
- Create bulletin boards and/or displays for National Library Week, Banned Books Week, and National Archives Month, etc.;
- Digitize materials related to the history of NCSSM;
- Contribute to library social media;
- Organize a book club;
- Assist with preparing Inter-Library Loan (ILL) materials;
- Collect and analyze statistics on the use of library material;
- Create displays to promote the library print collection; and
- We’re open to your thoughts and suggestions! What would you like to see in your library?
Communications Center Services
- Assist with large photocopying jobs and special projects
- Operate Communications Center equipment (laminator, paper cutters, etc.)
- Deliver supplies throughout campus
- Work independently on selected projects
- Be on call to supervise the communications center projects
- Provide occasional AV support
- Assist with textbook distribution
Tap ➤ above. Video courtesy of 2022-23 Library Liaisons: Andjela, Aydan, Eliot, Hazel, Macey
Tap ➤ above. Video courtesy of Mr.B & 2021-22 Library Liaisons: Arushi, Carter, Chris, Kai, Lynn
Tap ➤ above, twice. Video courtesy of Mr.B & 2020-21 Library Liaisons: Maia, AJ, Matt, Carson
Enjoy all the videos above on this webpage, if you haven’t already.
The only supplemental application action required is uploading your recently created video to the folder at the link provided below by Wednesday, February 21, 2024, by 11:59pm. Interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates shortly after that date for the end of February and beginning of March. Students who are invited to interview for a Library Liaison Senior Leadership position will receive an email containing instructions for scheduling an interview.
For your video promotional item, create a video that is between 1 and 2 minutes in length. Your video should cover one of the following topics, which are listed below in no particular order. Pick one. Be creative.
- What you hope to get from being a Liaison
- Promoting a recently read book (book talk)
- Why reading is important to you
- Why you want to be a Liaison
- If you could, what author would you choose to have lunch with & why
- What you think being a Liaison is all about
The video editing software, Camtasia, is installed on all computers in the Library if you want to use it. Or, here are some good free video-editing software options, if interested.
Make it easy for all by naming your video file as follows: “FirstName-LastName-Liaison“
Remember the due date noted above for uploading your video. With your NCSSM login credentials, you have access to the Panopto folder at the link below. Only NCSSM Library Staff can view the videos uploaded to this folder, so others will NOT be able to view your video there.
Liaison Panopto Folder for Video Upload (link is active during application time)
Note: If asked to allow access by Panopto, do so because the system is only checking your NCSSM credentials. It’s safe per our EdTech person, and they know.
Yes, we do prefer candidates who can follow all application instructions above.
Questions? Contact Mr.B at email@example.com
We need a diverse group of Library Liaisons for new Library projects
- book lovers
- social organizers
- especially those who really want to be a Library Liaison
A desirable candidate will:
- be in excellent academic standing;
- have the ability to work independently;
- show a willingness to learn and teach; &
- be responsible and dependable.
- Note: a “Major Violation” typically disqualifies candidates.
A desirable candidate will know:
- customer service practices;
- library policies and procedures;
- how to set-up and operate media equipment; &
- how to organize and multi-task.
To participate in the Liaison program, each Liaison should be able to:
- report to the NCSSM Library a day or two before Junior move-in depending on the school’s schedule;
- participate in leadership activities and programs;
- assist in the preparations for the new school year; &
- follow a regular assigned schedule.