500 Student Voices: an idea
While listening to a student panel at the Future of Academic Libraries Symposium at McMaster University, an idea for a mass feedback round hit me. The audience was really grooving to what they had to say, but as someone asked the group, were they really representative? With that, an idea was born.
Here’s how it could work. At about the same time on the same day (no need for precision), 100 libraries across North America (or the world) gather five students in a room, ask them to respond to a series of questions about libraries, film the whole thing, and ultimately post the results on YouTube or any video platform. What do we get? A cross-sectional slice of student views, and a chance to see if students are saying the same things everywhere, or if important differences emerge based on institutional type, location, country, etc.
What we need is a better name, and a tiny bit of central organization. The rest would be up to participants to pull off, and that’s the beauty. At the very least, we could have a lot of fun, and who knows, getting 500 students involved in a project like this might yield benefits we cannot even imagine.