Library begins recruiting student team of desk monitors

The new initiative is part of the Library Study Space Campaign

College is recruiting a team of eight student library desk monitors to prevent “desk-hogging” as part of their Library Study Space Campaign. 

In an email sent to postgrads, College said that student-team is intended to help address “ the practice of leaving personal belongings unattended for long periods of time at library study desks, preventing others from using those desks”. Peter Dudley, Head of Reading Room Services and Space, described this practise as “a significant source of frustration for students preparing for exams” in the email.

According to the email, “successful applicants will need to be capable of the physical demands of patrolling library reading rooms and clearing belongings from desks”. 

Desk monitors will work between 10 and 12 hours per week in two hour shifts. The monitors will work in the lead up to, and during, the pre-Christmas and pre-summer exam periods, starting November 18 and March 23. Each monitoring period will last approximately five weeks.

On the library website, College said that the monitor positions are most suitable for postgraduate students, but may also be of interest to undergraduate students who do not have exams during these periods.

Prior to the implementation of the desk monitors, the library will launch a campaign “to inform readers of the new policy to ensure the work of the desk monitor team is a simple and straightforward as possible.”

Jessica Hobbs Pifer

Jessica Hobbs Pifer is a Deputy News Editor of Trinity News. She is a Senior Fresh Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures student.