Student Library Advisory Council Guidelines

Effective Date Apr 9, 2008

Statement of Purpose

The role of the Florida Tech Student Library Advisory Council (SLAC) is one of representation of students and advice to the Dean of Libraries and librarians on matters important to the student body. The Council serves as an ongoing “think tank,” providing the Library with feedback and input on specific issues, including Library programs, systems, technologies, facilities, communication channels, and policies.


The Student Library Advisory Council membership will consist of up to 15 undergraduate and graduate students who are willing to represent and convey the opinions and concerns to and from the student body.  Selected by the Dean of Libraries via an application process, Council members will represent a mix of undergraduate and graduate students, online and on-campus, from across colleges, of both U.S. and international origins.  Vacancies will be filled as needed.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Dean consults with the group chair and/or vice chair to develop agendas and to share information with Council members, seeking student input on a variety of issues. Some of these include:

  • Understanding students’ changing needs and priorities;
  • Developing and deploying a yearly survey to elicit feedback from students regarding Library services;
  • Raising student awareness of how Library programs and services can help them; and
  • Strategies for securing new funding to support innovative Library services and programs.

There are other distinct roles for the Council members and the Dean. These are:

Dean of Libraries will:

  • Appoint Council members and serve in an ex-officio capacity;
  • Convene meetings;
  • Orient Council members and update them, as appropriate; and
  • Meet with Council regularly, host meetings, and coordinate activities. 

 Council members will: 

  • Communicate with or serve as liaison to Student Government Association;
  • Attend and participate in Council meetings and activities;
  • Facilitate and strengthen communication between the Libraries and students;
  • Commit to becoming familiar with the Libraries' mission, vision, strategic plan, essential roles, services, policies, resources, and spaces;
  • Inspire improvement; provide input and feedback on ideas and issues related to library services, policies, resources and spaces and the adequate promotion for new programs;
  • Identify and initiate joint projects between the Libraries and students;
  • Participate in user needs assessment and assist with the interpretation of results to improve services; and  
  • Advocate for internal and external support of the Libraries.

Achievements of the Council will be included in the Libraries’ annual report.


The Council will meet on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology four to six times a year.

Application form (online) will require name, Florida Tech email address, enrollment status (FT/PT, class standing), major/field of study, and brief statements of rationale/motivation for wishing to participate.