Library Student Assistant Awards Spring 2016

Seven Library Student Assistant Award (LSAA) recipients were honored today at a ceremony with friends, family, library staff and Friends of the Libraries Board representatives. Students receive $500 to be used for education expenses. 2016 marks the 20th year of the LSAAs. All told, over $160,000 has been awarded.

Library Student Assistants are students and workers in good standing who are nominated by library staff. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and cannot receive the award two semesters in a row. Library Student Assistant Awards are funded by contributions to the Campus Scholarship Innovation Campaign from the University Libraries’ staff, with a matching contribution from the Friends of the Libraries. The LSAA selection committee consists of representatives from the University Libraries staff, the University Libraries Administration, and the Friends of the Libraries Board.

University Libraries’ staff would like to congratulate this semester’s winners:


  • Heather Cagle
  • Katie Cassell
  • Ambika Shoemaker
  • Nina Herzog
  • Rebecca Junker
  • Katrina Rigdon (not pictured)
  • Reem Hanna Al-Kass (not pictured)

As part of the LSAA application process, students are required to write a letter about their experiences at Dunbar Library. Here are some of their thoughts:

“The Library’s atmosphere is like a second home… The Library teaches you how to communicate with others, work hard, and persevere even when the going gets tough.” – Heather Cagle

“One of the best decisions I have made as a student is to work at Dunbar Library. I really like the environment and how everyone is kind and caring… My favorite thing to do is help other students find the books they need.” – Reem Hanna Al-Kass

“Working at Dunbar has taught me to keep up with my work, simply from seeing stressed students coming in needing urgent assistance… this position has laid a great research foundation for me with my studies.” – Ambika Shoemaker

“Coming to work here is usually the highlight of my day after a long day of classes…Working for Library Computing Services will provide me with a lot of technical knowledge that will help me when I am a teacher.” – Katie Cassell

“Being able to work here at the Dunbar Library, I was able to relate not only to the archivists, but to the library staff and volunteers who assist them. The experience of working here has helped me grow as a student and provided me with valuable insight into working in a library.”  – Nina Herzog

“I was initially drawn to working at the library because of my love of books… I have a much greater understanding of all our library has to offer… It’s also given me tips for researching, a very important skill needed in the field of nursing.” – Rebecca Junker

“It’s satisfying to take care of the library almost like my own. Working here is rewarding, knowing that when patrons come into the library they will find the resources they need.” – Katrina Rigdon

Congratulations again to our Spring 2016 Library Student Assistant Award recipients!