Library ambassadors: written by Mary Lynne Bartlett and Pree Rao

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Hi Everyone! It's Mary Lynne and Pree, the Library Ambassador leads. If you're unable to come to our question and answer sessions this week and were wondering about the Library Ambassador program, we thought we would compile a list of the questions we get asked the most.

Here we go...

1. Is this a volunteer position? 

No, this is a paid position. Library Ambassadors make $13.95 an hour

2. How many hours a week will I work as a Library Ambassador?

It varies week to week. The hours depend on the campus fairs and events that are going on. Generally, Library Ambassadors have more hours at the beginning of the semester. We work with your schedule and availability to come up with a flexible and fair schedule.

3. What is the term project about?

Library Ambassadors are given the chance to create and develop a term project that focuses on the Library and student engagement. The possibilities are endless. Library Ambassadors are given ten hours to execute their project and are required to write a project proposal outlining the logistics of their project. Some past projects have included Harry Potter trivia, board game cafe, book displays of marginalized groups, mandala cards, and Waterloo Reads book reviews. Really, the sky's the limit!

4. What are the Library Ambassadors' job duties?

Library Ambassadors promote the library at campus fairs and events. They promote library services to students and answer questions about anything to do with the library! Library Ambassadors complete a term project, mentor with library staff, write a blog post about their experiences in the term, and appear in the library's social media posts.

5. How will this help me develop professionally?

The Library Ambassador program aims to give students skills in:

  • Critical thinking
  • Interpersonal development
  • Leadership
  • Event planning and delivery
  • Organization skills
  • Problem resolution
  • Customer Service

Library Ambassadors work on these skills throughout the term with public speaking opportunities, leadership and interpersonal skills through the term project, and customer service by answering questions at campus fairs and events amongst other opportunities.

-Mary Lynne and Pree