Spring Library Student Assistant Award Winners

Six students were selected for the Spring semester awards and received a $500 award for their excellent job performance in the University Libraries. Library Student Assistant Awards are funded by contributions to the Campus Scholarship Innovation Campaign from the University Libraries’ staff and other donors, and interest earned from the Friends of the Libraries endowment fund. To date, 419 awards have been distributed to 242 students totaling over $195,650.

University Libraries’ staff and the Friends of the Libraries Board would like to congratulate this semester’s winners:

Delaney Dawson

Delaney Dawson, a sophomore majoring in Motion Picture Production, applied to work in the Special Collections and Archives Department right before the COVID closure. She was eager to start her position here and patiently waited while decisions and details for student employment were worked out. While working remotely, she began editing and indexing a large video project for us and completed close to 100 videos in eight weeks. This project was one we weren’t sure how to proceed with and she basically taught us how to do it. Her thoughtful questions, attention to detail, and depth of understanding are at a level of quality that we don’t often see in graduate students, let alone sophomores. Delaney’s work ethic and initiative is unbelievable.

Kathryn C Lyphout

KC Lyphout is a senior Dance major who has worked for the Instruction and Research Services Department since Fall 2017. KC has a very upbeat, can-do attitude and is willing to try different approaches and techniques to serve our patrons. She has been instrumental in providing top-notch frontline service at our Information Desk. During the pandemic, she has helped provide virtual reference service to our patrons through our Ask A Librarian chat service. She is very conscientious and thorough in her work. KC even danced at one of our Friends of the Libraries’ Annual Luncheons!

Megan O’Connor

This is Megan O’Connor‘s first Library Student Assistant Award. She is a Public History graduate student working in the Special Collections and Archives. Megan has a way of combining her academic/professional interests, with her internship/work opportunities, which brings a different facet to her work as a student employee. She produces professional quality archival work and has written several pieces for our Out of the Box blog highlighting new collections. Megan handles our more complicated projects and her finished products are excellent.

Alexis Rakovan

Majoring in Rehab Services, Alexis Rakovan received her third Library Student Assistant Award. Lexi is a senior who has worked for the Instruction and Research Services Department since Fall 2017. She is conscientious and courteous, ready and willing to help staff and patrons, and always willing to take on new job responsibilities. She completes all her work with high standards, speed, and accuracy. During the pandemic, Lexi volunteered to work for multiple departments to contribute to the overall success of the library.

Anabelle Smith

Anabelle Smith, a junior Musical Theatre major, works for the Resource and Delivery Services Department. This is her second Library Student Assistant Award. Using her theatre knowledge, Ana initiated a special project to organize our collection of plays. She always has a positive attitude and has made it her goal to recruit excellent student workers for the library. Ana is an outstanding leader and is comprehensive in explaining procedures to her co-workers.

Daniel Talkington

Daniel Talkington is a junior Neuroscience major who works in our Special Collections and Archives Department. He has an impressive ability to work independently, a willingness to take on any task, and a pleasant nature. This semester Dan has primarily worked on digitizing scrapbooks from the Dayton Gems Hockey Collection. Working with scrapbooks requires a great deal of care because they are created with adhesives, photos, and clippings that weaken over time. He does an excellent job and understands the importance of preserving this important piece of Dayton Sports history.