Students’ unions often produce and distribute dayplanners, agendas or handbooks to communicate with their membership. Handbooks contain important information about the executives that represent students on their campus, resources and services available to members as well as campaigns and advocacy work that they can get involved in. Handbooks are a useful organizational tool for students, and a useful outreach tool for students’ unions to engage with their membership.
For a vast majority of students’ unions, producing a campus dayplanner can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavour. Many students’ unions have been overcharged by printing companies, often for basic books of low-quality.
The Federation’s handbook project was initiated to reduce the cost of producing high-quality handbooks, particularly for smaller students’ unions. By pooling together resources, students’ unions of all sizes soon benefited from the project, and today even the largest students’ unions in Canada realize savings from the economies of scale enjoyed by the Federation’s handbook service.
By bulk purchasing, the Federation has been able to negotiate for more affordable, better quality and ethically sourced handbooks. The handbooks are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper and vegetable ink with colour pages. Students’ unions also save money in writing and editing, design, printing and binding. These economies of scale have enabled some students’ unions to reduce or eliminate local advertising from their handbooks.
Although producing a dayplanner through the Federation dramatically reduces costs because of the size of the print run, students’ unions can maintain robust and unique content relevant to their campus communities. Cover art, optional advertising, customisable calendar pages and up to 64 pages of local content are all available through the service.
For more information on how to participate in the service, contact the Federation.