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What do student employees contribute to the USF Libraries?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 | Posted in Your Library in Action by Eileen M. Thornton | Comments Off

The students who work in the USF Libraries make an invaluable contribution to the success of their fellow students and library initiatives as a whole. Many essential library functions are performed by our student workers who, in return, receive not only remuneration but on-the-job training and proximity to library resources that can benefit their academic outcomes.

In an effort to let these students know how important they are, the USF Libraries recently held a reception to thank the graduating students for their time with us, and catch up with returning students. It was nothing short of thrilling for Library faculty and staff to learn about the attending graduates’ plans for the near future:

Graduating students and their supervisors (L-R): Instructional Technologist/Blended Librarian Adonis Amparo with graduate Chase Starr, graduate Will Clark with Coordinator of Digital Initiatives & Services Barbara Lewis, Access Services Manager Scott Ryan, Director of Academic Services Nancy Cunningham with graduate Porsha Lark, Dean of the USF Libraries Bill Garrison, graduate Charniece Williams, graduate Thuy Luong, FMHI Associate University Librarian Tomaro Taylor

Graduating students and their supervisors (L-R): Instructional Technologist/Blended Librarian Adonis Amparo with graduate Chase Starr, graduate Will Clark with Coordinator of Digital Initiatives & Services Barbara Lewis, Access Services Manager Scott Ryan, Director of Academic Services Nancy Cunningham with graduate Porsha Lark, Dean of the USF Libraries Bill Garrison, graduate Charniece Williams, graduate Thuy Luong, FMHI Associate University Librarian Tomaro Taylor, Library Assistant Ginny Gates-Fowler, Director of Development Merrell Dickey

Charniece Williams worked with Tomaro Taylor at the Tampa campus Florida Mental Health Institute Library. She graduated this spring from USF with a degree in accounting and finance and will continue her education in the Masters of Accountancy Program at USF this fall. In addition to her academic successes, she is a mother to three year old Maleek.

Of her time at the FMHI Library, Charniece says, “I loved working at the FMHI Library. I gained lots of skills by helping with student questions as well as how to operate the different research databases and different tools. Every coworker was so kind and supportive. It was truly a great experience and I am sad to go.”

Porsha Lark worked in a variety of functions at the USF Tampa Library, from acquiring and managing collections to a role in Interlibrary Loan. She graduated last week with majors in public health and health sciences, and a minor in women’s and gender studies. She was accepted to begin a master’s in public health this fall at Columbia University in New York.

Of her tenure in the USF Tampa Library, Porsha says, “Since January 2010 I have been working at the library and I have learned how to work with different people on a more professional level. I am truly grateful for the experience because it gave me the opportunity to learn how to balance work and school which helped me to develop into a well rounded person. I would like to thank Jessi Hurd for training me when I first began, Angela Harden for ensuring that I was using my strengths to help others, and LeEtta Schmidt for believing that I could handle a position in the Interlibrary Loan Department. Each of these women have added tremendously to my growth at USF and without this library I do not think I would be where I am today.”

Chase Starr was one of the Digital Learning Studio’s student experts, on staff to instruct students in the use of multimedia software. He was accepted to the digital arts program at the University of California at Santa Barbara and offered a graduate assistantship to begin this fall. However, when the school flew Chase out to explore the program, he decided to pursue a program with a more technical and commercial focus. This fall, he will be working for the Museum of Science and Industry near USF and deciding which California digital arts program he will attend the following fall.

Thuy Luong worked initially with stacks but her outstanding customer service, when asked to fill in at the front desk one day, led to her working on the front lines. She graduated this May with a degree in Public Health and will be applying for masters in occupational therapy programs in the northeast.

Thuy says of her experience at the USF Tampa Library, “The library has benefitted me by allowing me the opportunity to teach other students as well as learn to use library systems better.”

Will Clark graduated with a degree in sociology and mass communications this May. He will begin the media studies graduate program at USF this fall and looks forward to continuing his work in the USF Tampa Library. He feels his work with the USF Library’s digital collections is personally satisfying and positively impacts on the community in Tampa Bay and around the country.

Will says, “I hope to become a professor here in the Tampa Bay area after graduation. If all my dreams come true, I’ll be teaching mass communication and society here at USF.”

Students who work at the USF Tampa Library receive professional mentoring and guidance during their academic careers. How can you help create more bright USF graduates like these? Your financial contribution to the USF Libraries helps ensure worthwhile positions for student work. Contact Merrell Dickey by email at mdickey@usf.edu or by telephone at (813) 974-1654 to give.

 

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