Not Just a Study Hall: Engaging Student Workers in the Academic Library

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2021-12-03
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Kerns, Halie
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This poster will explore the role of academic library student workers in a changing landscape, ideas for engaging them in the library ecosystem, and examples of how in turn, they can be ambassadors for the library among their peers. Without student workers, many functions of the academic library would cease to exist. While most work-study jobs involve basic tasks, including student workers when it comes to organizing activities and selecting resources for student use, is a great way to incorporate a diverse perspective in the fabric of library decision making. When students love working in the library, they promote library services through word of mouth, bringing their peers to the library. Drawing on experience in libraries in Illinois, Hawaiʻi, and New York, examples of trainings, engagement activities, and student success stories will be highlighted.
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Academic libraries, Part-time students
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