BYU students initiate big improvements at the HBLL

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“The music zone on level two was the idea of LSAC, the study bars by the atrium windows in the reading room were the idea of LSAC, and the installation of more power outlets was pushed by LSAC,” said Roger Layton, the communications manager at the Harold B. Lee Library. “LSAC has also served as a focus group for the design of the library’s web site and other library projects.”

According to students, the Library Student Advisory Council is a great way for students to get involved on campus and see real results.

“My favorite part of LSAC is making a difference. We are immediately put to work on projects that we oversee and help plan. It is awesome to be part of an organization that has real effects,” said Taylor Cone, a current LSAC member.

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The Library Student Advisory Council works to improve the library year-round. Photo by Ari Davis

A student-run group known as the Library Student Advisory Council has worked to improve the library for the past six years and counting.

LSAC works on library projects throughout the year that students help oversee. Cone is currently working on a signage project for the HBLL to improve the directional signs in the library so students can understand them better.

Libby Thomas, a junior at BYU and the co-chair of the LSAC, also said she enjoys being involved in the group because it leads to big improvements in the library.

“In the past, I’ve worked on ways we can teach new students how to use the library, helped out on research about study room use and tested the Wi-Fi strength at different parts of the building,” Thomas said. “Currently I’m working with a group to find out if students want a lounge area in the library, and if so, what they would want included.”

Being a part of LSAC has also helped Thomas broaden her skill set.

“We develop so many great career skills from participating,” Thomas said. “In LSAC, you learn how to communicate effectively, step up and take responsibility on difficult projects and conduct and analyze research.”

The majority of LSAC members are student employees of the library, but the group has also tried to reach out to non-student employees for a fresh perspective.

Membership to LSAC is based on an application process in which students give examples of some ideas they have for improving the library and how they think they can contribute to the group.

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