Thursday, December 5, 2013

Peer to Peer > UConn < Scopus Student Ambassador (SAm) Program

By Stephanie Willen Brown & Chelsea C. Hammond

UConn’s experiment with student ‘ambassadors’ for vendor-funded training on specialized searching.

Free library training! All expenses paid! This sounded pretty good to us in the University of Connecticut (UConn) Libraries, and it sounded great to our students. The Scopus Student Ambassador (SAm) program, funded by Elsevier, permitted the UConn Libraries to hire graduate students to teach citation searching, using both Scopus and Web of Science, to other graduate students. The training doesn’t cost the libraries anything, and it is free for graduate students, benefitting both UConn Libraries and UConn graduate students. The peer-to-peer training model we used can be replicated in many types of libraries.


Broad Applications

Peer-to-peer training holds great potential for all types of training and educational scenarios with different types of libraries, not just academic facilities giving training on databases. For example, public libraries could set up training programs for teens about using library resources that are facilitated by other teens, or have seniors teach other seniors how to find medical information using MedlinePlus and other reliable resources. School librarians might consider setting up programs where students teach other students about using the library to help complete book reports. Corporate librarians might offer brown bag lunches where one employee facilitates a round table discussion about how other employees could use the in-house librarian and library resources to their best advantage. The possibilities really are endless.


Library Journal; September 15 2008, Vol. 133 Issue 15, p28-30, 3p

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Student Advocates: The Key to Successful Funding for a New Building

Discusses the role of Southwest Missouri State University's (SMSU) student advocates on the successful funding for the SMSU library building. Student Government Association's Library commissioner Paul Seale's campaign for student support for the expansion and renovation of the Meyer Library; State legislature's appropriation of planning funds; Request for funding for the detailed blueprint design work.


Horny, Karen L. and Paul Seale.  “Student Advocates: The key to successful funding for a new building.” College and Research Libraries News. 60.11 (December 1999): 899-902.

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bowling Green State University > University Libraries Advocates Board

University Libraries Advocates Board

Advocates agree to serve the University Libraries in its continual quest for excellence; by sharing their expertise and insights; by helping promote the outstanding programs, services, and collections; and by enhancing the University Libraries reputation.

Membership on the Advocates is a three-year term and members will serve no more than two consecutive terms. The group meets twice a year; however, members consult with the Dean on an ongoing basis.

The mission of the Advocates is:

  • To serve as advisors to the Dean of the University Libraries.
  • Recommend strategies to enhance the human and financial resources necessary to promote and achieve the mission and vision of the University Libraries.
  • In pursuing this mission, the Advocates will develop strategies that will:
  • Increase a sense of pride, loyalty, and connection with the UL among students, alumni, friends, and members of the campus and external communities.
  • Share information with campus and external communities about the quality of UL programs and services.
  • Encourage alumni and friends to donate their time, talent, and resources in support of programs and services provided by the UL.




Marketing Library Database Services to End Users: Peer-to-Peer Outreach Using the Student Ambassador Program (SAm)


Account development manager, Brie Betz (Elsevier), librarian Stephanie Willen Brown (University of Connecticut, Storrs), and Deb Barberi, one of two Student Ambassador graduate students at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, worked together to promote the use of Scopus and Web of Science, large abstract and citation databases, to graduate students on campus. The publisher paid stipends for the Student Ambassadors (SAms) and provided training and instructional and marketing materials. The librarian assisted with training and orientation and provided oversight of the program. The SAms marketed the instruction sessions and presented the use of Scopus and Web of Science to their graduate student peers.


Betz, B., Brown, S., Barberi, D., & Langendorfer, J. (2009). Marketing library database services to end users: Peer-to-peer outreach using the student ambassador program (SAm). The Serials Librarian, 56(1-4), 250-4.

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Marketing library database services to end users // Peer-to-Peer Outreach using the Student Ambassador Program (SAm)