Your Library, Your Story: Get Involved

Libraries play an important role in the life of every student. Here at Leicester we believe that every student should play a part in ours. We have a range of ways we can work together: Your Library, Your Story.

Read at Leicester

As part of Fabulous First Year, we are continuing with our Read at Leicester campaign, inviting all new students and members of staff to read either The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla or The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

Why are we doing it? We know from experience that regular reading can have a positive impact in a person's life, not to mention the importance for students of reading beyond your main subject.

In April 2016, Times Higher Education (THE) ran an article about the importance of a broad reading list at University (including a contribution from Jo Brewis in Leicester's School of Business). This also includes some suggestions of other books you might like to investigate:

 

Read@Leicester2018

 

The Black History Project

Launched in October 2017 to coincide with the U.K's Black History Month, this volunteering project aims to discover more about the history and experiences of Leicestershire's Afro-Caribbean community. In order to do this, our volunteers have teamed up with members of staff to explore the University's own vast historical archives to see what we can uncover.Highfields Cricket Club

The project aims not only at setting the historical record straight and uncovering narratives and stories which tend to be obscured by history, but also to give our student volunteers vital skills to enhance their studies and career prospects, such as archival research and digital skills.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of disciplines and include undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD's. We're constantly recruiting new volunteers, and you can find out more about the project here.

The Library User Panel

This is a rare opportunity for volunteers to work directly alongside management at the University Library,assisting in gathering information on how students use and experience the library, and using it in order to improve our operations and services. Volunteers will also be able to bring their own vital insight as a current student to the role.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of academic backgrounds,  and by participating will have a significant role in how the University Library is run, as well as develop soft skills and enhance their career prospects. You can find out more and how to get involved here.

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