Marcia Boosinger, Associate Dean of Public Services and Head of Reference and Instruction Services, is the liaison to the committee. She has worked at Auburn University since 1983, serving as the Instruction Librarian and Chair of Reference and Instruction Services until assuming her current position in 2007.
“During this time I have seen tremendous changes in the way Auburn University Libraries serves all constituencies. When I began as a reference librarian and library instructor, reference sources and indexes to periodicals were just beginning to be available online and many were still in print format only. The libraries' catalog had just been made available online and the print catalog of cards in a large room of card catalog cabinets still existed. Similarly, in circulation, library users were still filling out a paper card for each item they wanted to check out. A student had to write down his/her name, address, title, author, and call number. The book and card were then stamped with the due date and the cards were filed into boxes according to their call numbers. Today, reference transactions take place by text, chat and email in real time locally and remotely and all of the circulation processes are handled on computer. How students and faculty study, do research and use the libraries have changed dramatically and many other library services are still evolving. Because of these changes and because every library faculty and staff member works hard at being sensitive to the needs of our users, Auburn University Libraries has a need for student input. The establishment of the Library Student Advisory Council (LSAC) has created a vehicle for ongoing, meaningful communication between students and the libraries' faculty and staff.”
“As the liaison to the Library Student Advisory Council, I facilitate this group by scheduling meetings and suggesting agendas. After discussions with the LSAC, the administration, faculty and staff of the libraries try to find the best ways to implement student suggestions that improve our potential to serve our users. Some suggestions that have been discussed and implemented since the inception of the LSAC include the 24/5 hours schedule, the implementation of Textbook Reserve, the creation of the Learning Commons and Study Commons and suggestions for improved food service in the Library."