Volunteer in the Library

Volunteer in the Library

Do you have what it takes to radiate awesomeness?! Become a UTM Library Ambassador!

About UTM Library Ambassador Program

The UTM Library Ambassadors foster a healthy and vibrant community within the UTM Library. Our goal is to enhance the UTM academic experience by promoting mindfulness, relieving stress, encouraging creativity and peer-to-peer learning, as well as generating positive social relationships. Our events are run by students and for students, planning the drop-in de-stress events and creating educational opportunities to maximize students' experience in the Library. Here are just some of the events you will be involved in:

  • Orientation Week
  • Promote Library Services
  • Library De-stress Week
  • Library Tours 
  • Develop and Host events

See us in action on Facebook: fb.com/UTMLibraryAmbassadors

You can also read our FAQ, it might answer some of your questions.

How to become a UTM Library Ambassador

We have 2 different positions. Please click on the position to apply.

Library Ambassador (20 positions): Application deadline March 6, 2016.

  • Mandatory Training: Aug. 29, Aug. 30, Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Sept. 2:  3 hours each day.
  • Fall/Winter: September 2016 - April 2017: approx. 3-5 hours a week

Requirements:

  • In good academic standing
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of the UTM Library and its services
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Experience with social media and virtual promotion tools
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office

Overview of duties and responsibilities:

  • Represent the Library Ambassador Program in a professional and friendly manner
  • Have one-on-ones with Senior Library Ambassador
  • Attend weekly meetings
  • Host and facilitate de-stress events
  • Engage with participants
  • Lead Library tours
  • Participate in outreach activities
  • Create promotional materials

Benefits:

  • Acquire a variety of hard and soft skills
  • Expand your network, meet new friends
  • 60 Hour Completion: A reference plus get Volunteer Recognition from CCR
  • 85 Hour Completion: A reference, get Volunteer Recognition from CCR and recieve a Chief Librarian Student Involvement Award.

 

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Senior Library Ambassador (2-4 positions): Application deadline March 6, 2016.

  • Summer: Starts August 1, 2016: 2-3 hours a week
  • Fall/Winter: September 2016 - April 2017: 7-8 hours a week

Requirements:

  • Successfully completed a minimum of 2 years of university study
  • In good academic standing
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of the UTM Library and its services
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Experience with social media and virtual promotion tools
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Previous leadership involvement (preferred but not required)
  • Graphic design skills (preferred but not required)

Overview of duties and responsibilities:

  • Program Development
  • Events Development
  • Promotions and Communication
  • Team Building Activities
  • Community Outreach

Benefits:

  • Acquire a variety of hard and soft skills
  • Work/learn with industry standard software
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Expand your network, meet new friends
  • 180 hours completion, will receive recognition from CCR and a Chief Librarian Student Involvement Award

Still not sure? Check out some of the comments from our volunteers:

“This is a fun and friendly program where you meet awesome people and amazing volunteer coordinator. I’ve learned to become more confident when presenting in big groups or just making casual conversation with people.”  - Trinh

“Its an overall very fun experience. I’ve learned a lot and it never felt like a chore.” - Alberto

“This has been one of the best experiences I have had all year. Being a part of the HMALC as volunteer has boosted my confidence, allowed me to form new and lasting relationship between my fellow Library Ambassadors, Library staff and the students of UTM.” - Cleopatra

“I liked the fact that the ideas we conceived of were executed by us as well. It gave us responsibility and ownership of the events in the library. Presentation and public interaction with students also boosted my confidence.”  - Noel

 If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to email Paula Hannaford (paula.hannaford@utoronto.ca).