Student Assistant Appreciation Reception

    The University of Delaware Library thanked its many library student assistants at the Library Student Assistant Appreciation Reception on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.  

    Since July 1, 2009, over 160 library student assistants have worked more than 42,200 hours, the equivalent of 22 full-time staff.   The Library could not provide the level of services or hours of operation without its student workers.

    The reception provided an opportunity for Library staff to thank the student assistants who performed essential “front-line” services such as checking-out library and reserve materials; shelving new and returned books, journals, and newspapers; checking-in new journals, newspapers, and other periodicals; processing interlibrary loan requests; assisting library users with multimedia equipment; and many other information-related duties.

    The Library also recognized 50 graduating library student assistants for their academic achievements.   The highlight of the reception was a display of books selected by the graduating library student assistants from current library acquisitions in which special bookplates with their name and year of graduation were inserted.   The selected titles reflected the personal and academic interests of each of the graduating library student assistants, as well as current events.   The books selected by members of the Class of 2010 ranged from:  Jane Austen: An Unrequited Love, by Andrew Norman; to Earth on Fire: How Volcanoes Shape Our Planet, by Bernhard Edmaier and Angelika Jung-Hüttl; to Immersed in Media: Telepresence in Everyday Life, edited by Cheryl Campanella-Bracken and Paul D. Skalski.

Shelly McCoy, Head of the Student Multimedia Design Center, and James Welsh, Class of 2010.

    James Welsh, Class of 2010, of Newark, Delaware  received the 2010 Library Student Assistant Service Award for having worked over 3,000 hours at the University of Delaware Library.  James has worked in the Student Multimedia Design Center since it opened in February 2007.  His primary responsibility is to assist students troubleshooting hardware, software, and equipment problems in the production of multimedia projects for class assignments.  He provides public service for the map, CD, and microform collections and assists with copying, scanning, and FLEX card services.  He has also created and participated in several video tutorials for the Center.  James is the author of two books of poetry: Rose in the Snow-Garden and Renaissance or Rust: Early Poems, as well as several other published poems.


Pictured from left to right (back row) are graduating library student assistants:  James Welsh, Scott Davidson, Allyson Heisler, Michael Mullery, Amanda Brizendine, Keondra Midgette, and Vincent Piovoso; (middle row): Addison Reid, David Hynes, Elizabeth Nelson, Sarah Johnston, Anne McBride, Katrina Sansalone, Timothy O’Connor, and Philip Pieri; (front row): Lauren Janeka, Kaelyn Pagan, Allison Mecaughey, Joelle Kepple, Paul Heder, and Shadi Fattah.


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