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Syracuse University Libraries

Library Student Advisory Board (LSAB)

This site provides information on the activities, goals, and application process for the Library Student Advisory Board at Syracuse University.

What is the Library Student Advisory Board?

The Library Student Advisory Board (LSAB) is an open forum for students to voice their concerns, ideas, and feedback regarding library-related issues. Every LSAB cohort brings different ideas and experiences to the table, so group members have the autonomy to guide the direction of topics. Examples of topics we cover in meetings include:

  • Preferred study spaces, soft seating, and decor
  • Thoughts on collaborative library spaces for group work
  • Findability and usability of student-specific pages on the Libraries' website
  • Opinions and experiences with circulating technology like laptops and calculators
  • And lots more!

Benefits of Joining the LSAB

There are many benefits to joining the Library Student Advisory Board, but it's ultimately up to you and your level of participation. For example, if you can only attend one or two meetings per semester, it will be difficult to develop relationships with library staff and other students. But if you attend regularly and participate to the discussions, the options are endless! 

Here is a non-comprehensive list of benefits are available to you as an LSAB member:

  • Make your voice heard by sharing recommendations and experiences with library staff
  • Develop relationships with students from across the University
  • Learn how the Libraries' operate from a bird's eye view (no pun intended!)
  • Develop real-world skills like decision-making, communication, problem-solving, and collaboration
  • Visit exclusive spaces within the Libraries'
  • Be the first to know about new initiatives before they are announced to campus
  • Help improve the Libraries' for future students
  • Bolster your CV/resume with an additional item of professional experience

FAQs

How is the feedback used?

The LSAB's recommendations help to incorporate student needs and concerns as they relate to library services, resources, and spaces. Feedback is anonymized and shared with library administration and relevant units or committees.


Who is able to join?

We welcome membership from all Syracuse University schools and colleges, majors, and years. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to participate, and it looks great on a resume!


When and where does the LSAB meet?

Meetings are held on a monthly basis during the Fall and Spring semesters. Remote meetings are held over Zoom, and in-person meetings take place in Bird Library, Room 114 (Peter Graham Scholarly Commons).


I am an online/distance student. Can I still participate?

Absolutely! Starting in September 2022, the LSAB will have two distinct cohorts: 

  1. A fully remote option for online and distance students.
  2. An in-person option for those who wish to attend in person.

On the sign-up form, there is an option to select your desired cohort. Students can select "I prefer meeting in person" or "I prefer meeting virtually over Zoom." to ensure they are in the cohort that best aligns with their needs. 


I signed up for the in-person cohort, but want to switch over to remote. How can I do that?

Not a problem at all! Just send an email to Natalie LoRusso, LSAB Coordinator at ncloruss@syr.edu with your request, and they will make sure your cohort information is updated.

Register here!