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Students needed for Tompkins-McCaw Library advisory committee

July 2, 2018

Applications accepted until Sept. 5:  Apply Now

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences is now accepting applications from students for positions on its 2018-19 Student Advisory Committee. This 12-member committee is an open and effective communication channel between health sciences students and the library.

Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences is the MCV Campus library and serves VCU Health and the schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing and and the College of Health Professions. Undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students are eligible to serve. The group is facilitated by Tompkins-McCaw Library Operations Manager Stephen Barkley and Deputy Director Emily Hurst.

Committee members are responsible for reaching out to their respective communities to obtain feedback from all MCV Campus student communities to share with the committee and library representatives. Committee members are also responsible for sharing knowledge gained with peers. For this reason the group is expanding from 10 to 12 members. “By purposefully recruiting and making space for undergraduates and postdoctoral students, we hope to gather information about how the library can better serve these groups.” Hurst said.

A vital voice, the committee surfaces issues of concern or interest to discuss with decision-makers at VCU Libraries. Topics of discussion include services and programs as well as policies and vision for the health sciences library. The committee advises library leaders about resources and services that matter to health sciences students. At meetings, speakers brief committee members on the latest information about resources and services and answer questions.  In the VCU community, the committee is an active voice, advocating for students’ needs they expect VCU Libraries to meet.

With a move to temporary space on the horizon and planning underway for a permanent home for the health sciences library in the near future, the committee’s voice will be more important than ever.  “This year we plan to have more interactive sessions that get students engaged with topics and sharing ideas” Barkley said.

What is required of members?

Membership is selective. The committee is made up of 12 people, with at least two representatives from each of the five health sciences schools. Additionally, two seats are reserved for students in health sciences programs or fields of study at the undergraduate and postdoctoral level. The committee meets monthly September-April. Attendance at monthly lunchtime meetings is required. (Lunch is provided.)

Why consider joining the committee?

  • Make a difference by representing your school’s/program's viewpoint.
  • Contribute to envisioning a future health sciences library.
  • Learn more about the VCU Libraries, resources and services.
  • Network with peers from other health sciences schools/programs.
  • Gain experience serving on a volunteer board.
  • Enjoy special invitations to art openings, lectures, receptions and more.
  • Qualify for “preview” admission to the annual book sale.
  • Receive informative e-newsletters about library resources.
  • Receive a $100 service award for attending all meetings.  


Applications accepted through August:  Apply Now

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