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Student Employee Appreciation Week: Total Teamwork

By University Libraries experiential learning task force

The University Libraries couldn’t run without the work of outstanding student employees. These students work in all areas of the library, making sure that users can take advantage of all available materials and services. The University’s celebration of Student Employee Appreciation Week April 12-16 provides a perfect opportunity to highlight some of the important work students do.

Education and Information Delivery

Student workers in the Education and Information Delivery department staff the Hello and Information Point desks; shelve materials; provide customer service in person and on the phone; assist library users with technology and other resources; perform circulation and basic reference services; and help library users and staff. Student supervisors take the lead with essential library operations when staff are not in the building. EID student workers often create users’ first impression of the Roesch Library, and they provide a support to ensure that the library runs smoothly.

Dean’s Office

Student office assistants support day-to-day operations in the dean’s office. Their many and varied tasks include acting as receptionists, performing general clerical duties, overseeing the supplies inventory, running errands, helping with building services, researching and writing for informational blogs, and assisting with programming and events.

University Archives and Special Collections

Students in University Archives and Special Collections help to inventory, process and organize collections, making them ready for access and use by researchers. They also help answer reference questions and conduct research about University history. They also create informative blog posts and displays in Roesch Library and Albert Emanuel Hall about UD history, highlighting some of their favorite discoveries from the archives and special collections.

Marian Library

In addition to shelving and fulfilling book requests, the students in the Marian Library help with processing donated collections by taking inventory, inputting data and creating finding aids.  They also help with reference questions and work with digital collections such as Archive-It and the All About Mary webpage. 

U.S. Catholic Special Collection

Student workers in the U.S. Catholic Special Collection assist researchers, create metadata, transcribe oral histories and process collections. They help keep the collection open to researchers when the collections librarian/archivist is out of the office.

Information Access and Organization; Information Systems and Digital Access 

Students in the Information Access and Organization department repair books that are damaged or need other care to extend their useful life. Students in Information Systems and Digital Access help with digitizing materials using a variety of scanning equipment to make it digitally accessible for users.

OhioLINK Library Leaders Intern

For the past three semesters, an intern in the OhioLINK Library Leaders program has spent time in each department in the Libraries. She has analyzed program survey results, researched UD history, conducted web archiving and participated in a variety of projects to support students. 

Commitment to develop professional skills

As part of the Libraries long-term strategic plan, faculty and staff are committed to ensuring that student employees in the Libraries develop lifelong skills in critical thinking, project management, leadership, information management, customer service, technology and other areas for use in their careers after graduation. At the same time, faculty, staff and patrons reap the benefits of their skills, ideas and enthusiasm. Thank you, student employees, for your excellent and dedicated service.

— Student employees featured in the photo above: Rachel Dalrymple '23, Emily Cordonnier ’21, Matthew Frabutt '22, Beth Hock '21, Lauren Markert ’22, Lizzie Huhn '23 and Kelly Howard '21. Members of the experiential learning task force are Scott West, Elizabeth Jacobs, Henry Handley, Shari Neilson, Amy Rohmiller, Mike Scribner, Diane Osman and Zoe Plotnick.

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