This week I had a meeting with Shawn, my supervisor, and a Read Residence Assistant named Kyle. In this meeting, Shawn introduced Kyle as a new Student Assistant. However, his role is very different than the Student Assistants I am in charge of. Instead of completing the usual Student Assistant tasks (discharging items, shelf-reading, checking out items to patrons, etc.) Kyle would be promoting the MMM to the residents of Read. Kyle is enthusiastic, friendly, and well-connected in the Read community and I was eager to hear how he could help.
Shawn suggested that Kyle give tours of the MMM to residents. This would help physically bring people into the space, as well as raise awareness of our existence in the basement. I thought this suggestion would be really beneficial for all–it would encourage patrons to visit and use this wonderful service that is free, which would increase check-out and patron count statistics, and finally it would help build relations and community between Kyle and a variety of residents.
We also discussed how the MMM could host programs in conjunction with other RAs or organizations within Read. The libraries within Residential Programs and Services have access to movie licenses, which allow people to host movie nights with newer titles (often times before the movie is released on DVD). Kyle suggested working with another RA who has been brainstorming a Study Buddies group that would meet every other week to work on homework. Shawn said that the MMM could offer snacks or even some small study supplies and introducing the event with help from the MMM would allow yet another opportunity to promote the materials and services that we offer.
Kyle and I are planning on meeting at least every other week, if not every week to plan, advertise, and implement programs for the residents of Read. I am eager to see how this inside connection will foster symbiotic relationship for all of the stakeholders involved.