UMN Libraries Student Advisory Board

Learn more about the UMN Libraries Student Advisory Board!

What is the UMN Libraries Student Advisory Board?

The University of Minnesota Libraries Student Advisory Board is the undergraduate student leadership team of the UMN Libraries. Board members represent the student body and share feedback on library spaces, collections, and services. Board members also work with librarians and library staff on student engagement and outreach projects. For more information please contact Phil Dudas at

Join the board for 2023-2024

We are looking for board members to serve for the 2023-2024 academic year.


  • Applications are open to any UMN undergraduate student. 
  • Students do not need to be familiar with or have prior knowledge of the UMN Libraries. We are seeking people with a range of experience using the Libraries.  
  • We are looking for students who are team players, curious, open-minded, and excited about gathering and sharing student voices. We hope for students to become ambassadors for the Libraries’ services, spaces, programs and collections. 
  • We encourage students from underrepresented groups or diverse backgrounds to apply. 
  • The Board meets every other Wednesday 4-5pm at Walter Library. Students must be available during this time.

Board members are paid a stipend of $500 per academic year. Board members are expected to attend every other Wednesday for an hour and attend 2-3 events throughout the year. Meetings will be in-person at Walter Library.

What will I gain if I join?

  • Influence the shape of Library services and spaces important to you and your peers.
  • Gain leadership experience and other skills to add to your resume and build connections for job references or future opportunities such as graduate school, etc. 
  • Meet students from across the University, make new friends, and help create the campus community you want.
  • Receive training on topics such as libraries resources, events planning, communication, and outreach. 

How do I apply?

Step 1: Please fill out our short application. We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis until positions are filled.
Step 2: We will be contacting students and holding online interviews during the late spring or early summer.

Our first meeting will be in late August or early September. 

If you have any questions, please contact Phil Dudas (

2022-2023 Cohort

My name is Alexandra Erickson, and I am an English major with a minor in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies - Japanese focus, and a certificate in editing and publishing. I am super excited to be a part of the Student Library Advisory Board because I want to pursue a master's degree in Library and Information Science next fall. I also want to help connect students with all the amazing resources that the libraries provide and support the connection between the libraries and the communities they serve. I am currently working in the John R. Borchert Map Library. In my free time, I enjoy going on road trips, hiking, and reading, and traveling. I spent the last semester studying abroad in England, and I hope to go abroad again soon! 

Hi! I am Amoligha Timma, a freshman majoring in Data Science. I am excited to be a part of the Library Advisory Board this year to help brainstorm and plan library events and resources to help connect with students around campus better. Outside of school, I like to practice classical Indian dance, read, and binge Netflix shows!

My name is Darby and I'm an incoming senior majoring in statistics and history! I spend much of my time working at the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine and at the Visit Office giving tours for the U. In my free time I quilt, hike, and go to the theater. The most interesting thing I did this past summer was spend a month in the woods working at a French immersion summer camp.

My name is Enyonam Donkor and I am a third-year student majoring in biochemistry and minoring in marine biology. In my free time I enjoy reading, drawing, crocheting, and watching nature documentaries. I enjoy topics that relate to art, nature and animals. I am excited to be on the Library Student Advisory board because it gives me an opportunity to make positive changes to support students in their learning.

My name is Jane, and I am currently a senior studying Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering.  Outside of school, my hobbies include skiing, hiking, and reading! My favorite book is definitely A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness.  Although it's short and has pictures, you should definitely give it a read! I am also super passionate about environmentalism and hope to one day work in a job that allows me to help reverse the effects of climate change hands-on.  I am very excited to be a voice on the Libraries Student Advisory Board this school year and work with other students and faculty to make a positive impact!

Hello! I’m Lauren Sun, and I am a junior studying Marketing, Psychology, and Strategic Management. In my free time, I enjoy reading, thrifting, and crafting Spotify playlists. Some topics of discussion that I am particularly passionate about are mental health advocacy and sustainability issues. I’m extremely excited to work on the Libraries Student Advisory Board to help make our library spaces more accessible and adaptable to students’ needs!

My name is Michelle Foe, I am currently a junior majoring in mathematics and economics with a minor in chemistry. I am from Jakarta, Indonesia and in my free time, I enjoy going on walks while listening to music and spending time with my family and friends. This year, I’m very excited to be part of the libraries student advisory board and help make the libraries safe and welcoming spaces for everyone in our community.

I am Peri and I’m currently a sophomore studying strategic communications, personal relations and advertising. I am looking into a possible Spanish minor as well. In my free time I love dancing and spending time with friends and family. I am so excited to be working on the advisory board this year and work collaboratively with all these amazing people! 

I'm Rachel Runzheimer, and I'm a junior studying Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering with an emphasis in Ecological and Environmental Engineering, as well as minoring in Spanish Studies. I enjoy reading, swimming, gardening, spending time with friends and family, biking, knitting, and cross country skiing.

Hello, my name is Sam Mandyck, and I am a sophomore studying Human Physiology with an intended minor in Nutrition. 

I spend most of my time working or studying at Walter Library, but when I'm not, I like to play basketball, soccer, cycle, ski, rock climb, and run! I also enjoy reading fiction and looking after my houseplants.


Last Updated: May 16, 2023 1:19 PM