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Re: Appreciating student assistants Westfall, Micheline (13 Nov 2007 18:52 UTC)

Re: Appreciating student assistants Westfall, Micheline 13 Nov 2007 18:52 UTC

At my former institution (Coastal Carolina University), we had a Cookie
Break every Friday for students and staff.  Someone signs up to bake or
bring cookies and share (until they run out).  Also, at the beginning
and the end of each academic year, we held a brunch for our student.  It
was great - we met all of the student workers (even if not in our
department) in a casual setting, we helped reduce homesickness for the
freshmen student workers, and we helped feed them as they cleaned out
their cupboards at the end of the year.  Our Dean also provided money
for candy (placed in baggies or gift wrap) for Halloween, Christmas, and
Easter.  We had a lot of student workers who felt "included as staff"
and thus, usually returned to work with us each year (even though we
were not the highest paid area on campus).

This year at UT, we held an end-of-summer, back-to-school pizza lunch
for the students (and staff) on our floor:  Technical Services & Digital
Access, Binding, and Preservation.  Since so many of them had traveled
abroad over the summer, we asked them to tell us about their trips.  It
was great !

Micheline Westfall
Serials Coordinator/Associate Professor
University of Tennessee Libraries
1015 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN  37996-1000

865.974.9489 (voice)   865.974.0551 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Couillard, Monique
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 12:42 PM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Appreciating student assistants

Here at UNH we actually take it a step further and have a Cookie Break
at the end of each semester for the all the students using the library.
The staff makes the majority of the homemade cookies and organizing the
event. The students on campus have come to look forward to it and enjoy

As for our student assistants I believe we do the same for our
graduating seniors (the book with bookplate) still.

Here in the Serials Unit we treat our student assistants like gold!
They do so much of the grunt work for us - we celebrate their birthdays,
Christmas and end of year with a group gift from all us.  I hate
training so I will do anything to keep the students we have!

Monique Couillard
Serials Check In Supervisor
Dimond Library - University of New Hampshire Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-1972

-----Original Message-----
From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum
[mailto:SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of Connie Foster
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 12:29 PM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Appreciating student assistants

I don't know if they value these things but I keep a list of birthdays
in the dept., including students, on a bulletin board so everyone can
acknowledge birthdays. When we have graduating senior student
assistants, we let them pick out a book which we have or order and place

a bookplate in their honor. We also do the holiday party. (I like your
idea of bagged cookies) and it is funded by passing around an envelope
$5 per person to buy meat, bread, condiments, etc. and we all bring
other stuff. The students enjoy this.
Connie Foster

Skwor, Jeanette wrote:
> Not necessarily serials, but I'd like some input - Cofrin Library has
hosted, for years, a party in December for our student workers.  It used
to be called a Christmas party, then a Holiday party, now we refer to it
as an appreciation party.  Years ago, professional and classified staff
made and brought in a full, hot meal replete with goodies.  That
metamorphisized into less fuss - desserts, or a cold meal, or we have a
committee that makes a few things (sloppy joes, maybe a salad) and we
buy chips etc; everyone else brings desserts.  The past couple of years
the staff has brought cookies, and in addition to serving them, we give
the students baggies and give them each a bag to take home.  And
actually, now we do it twice a year - at the end of each semester.
> It's difficult to find the time and the volunteers to do it, and we're
looking for input from other libraries.  What, if anything, do you do
for your student workers?  And who does it, and where does the money
come from?
> Thanks in advance for all responses -
> Jeanette L. Skwor
> Serials Dept., Cofrin Library
> University of WI-Green Bay
> 2420 Nicolet Drive
> Green Bay, WI  54311-7003
> "Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money
will get you through times of no libraries."
>                               Anne Herbert, The Whole Earth Catalog

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