The library and archives employs around 40 students each semester. They run the circulation desk, take care of course reserves, answer questions at the reference desk, get your favorite newspapers, magazines and journals on the shelf, process new books and gifts, re-shelve books, help with material in archives, send and receive interlibrary loan requests, deal with the mail, handle our government documents, prepare journals and books for bindery, create items for the digital collection, and keep the printers printing.
“Needless to say, we can’t function without them,” says Cindy Cooley, an interlibrary loan librarian here at Beloit.
With each graduating class, we ask the senior library workers to select an item to leave in our collection. To honor them, a special bookplate with their name is included inside the front cover of the book. This May the library will graduate 11 students. Their selections are currently on display at the library.
Here are their picks:
Jaya Alexander, Environmental Geology
Sacred Scars (A resurrection of magic) - Kathleen Duey
Phoebe Sherman, Anthropology
Me: Stories of My Life - Katherine Hepburn
Lucy Lehman, Environmental Geology
Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery - Richard Selzer (Lucy’s grandfather)
Do Muslim Women Need Saving? - Lila Abu-Lughod
Alyssa Gratkowski, Media Studies
Requiem for a Dream - Hubert Selby Jr.
Steffany Streb, Education and Youth Studies
Frozen - Walt Disney Studios
Ariana Espinoza, Spanish and Studio Art
Twilight Forever: the complete saga - Lionsgate Entertainment
Olivia Randi, Health and Society
Spillover - David Quammen
Jack Dragu, Literary Studies
Inventor of Love and Other Writings - Gherasim Luca
Elizabeth Levy, Computer Science
Feed - Mira Grant
Samantha Spellman, Creative Writing
Jurassic Park - Universal Studios
Each year the library hosts a pizza party for our seniors. Megan Fitch shared the accomplishments at the library over the last four years, all thanks to our student workers. The highlights are:
Items Circulated 144,791
Reserves Processed 4,355
Items Added 15,781
Government Documents Added 7,600
Archives Visits 7,062
Digital Collection Items Added 8,498
Interlibrary Loans 32,222
Building Visitors 682,484
The job our student workers do at the library is priceless. It would take more than four full-time employees to replace them! We salute all the library student workers for their work.
To our graduating seniors, we will miss you and your hard work. We know you will do great things in the world because you made a big difference at Beloit College library!