Honoring AUS Library’s Student Assistants – Spring 2016

Every semester, the AUS Library recognizes graduating library student assistants who have worked tirelessly as members of the library’s support team for at least 4 semesters. This semester we recognize four graduating library student assistants who are now honored recipients of the AUS Library’s Student Assistant Recognition Program. Each has selected a book which now contains their name inscribed on a book-plate. These graduating students are: Moustafa Mahmoud Ahmed, Shafayet Siddique, Revathy Ramakrishnan and Firas Bou Fakhereddine.

Moustafa is a graduating Civil engineering student who has worked in the library for 5 semesters. He has enjoyed working with people in a busy environment such as the library – coming to understand their needs and being able to “rescue” people when they need assistance. He likes to know that he has made a difference. By working in the library, Moustafa has learned how to work in a team environment and how to problem-solve when under pressure. These are skills he sees as easily transferrable to an engineering work environment. Moustafa’s book selection is: Leonardo da Vinci painter: the complete works. This book is about Da Vinci’s life and paintings, and is a “mark of respect” toward the influence Da Vinci has had on Moustafa and the world.

Shafayet is a graduating Mechanical engineering student who has worked in the library for the last five semesters. During his time with us, Shafayet has learned how to deal with challenging questions and how to importantly, balance work and study. He believes his customer service experience gained through his time working in the library has given him a competitive edge as he moves into the workplace. Shafayet has selected The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkein, a book comprising five parts, a sprawling tale and a multitude of characters. He describes it as “a creation myth for the whole of Middle Earth.”

Revathy is a graduating CAAD student who has worked in the library for 6 semesters. She has enjoyed the personal interaction with students from across all disciplines and the customer service aspects of work in the library. The majority of her time has been spent working in the Information Commons department, helping students with all manner of technical issues. Revathy has been a committed employee who has worked tirelessly in helping the library achieve its goals. Through her time spent with us, she has developed a wide range of skills that can “easily be transferred into the workplace.” Revathy’s book selection is The Fountainhead, the story of a young architect and his battle against conventional standards – a challenging title she recommends to other students particularly in her field.

Firas is a graduating Business student who has worked tirelessly with us in the library for the last 5 semesters. He has enjoyed dealing with people and helping others, and has used his experience in the library to further develop a range of customer service skills. Firas describes himself as “a perfectionist” and will certainly be missed for the enthusiasm and positivity he is always able to inspire in others – both his student assistant colleagues and library users. Firas is looking forward to beginning an internship in the coming months. We are certain he will do well, given his outstanding “can do” attitude and people skills. Firas has selected a popular book, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown – one of his favorite authors. He loves Dan Brown’s writing style and, with this book in particular, “the mystery and thrill of it all.”

The AUS Library thanks all our graduating student assistants and wishes them the very best in their future career endeavors.

For more information about our Student Assistant employment program, please visit the library’s website.

Pictured below: University Librarian, Daphne Flanagan presenting AUS Library Student Assistants Firas Bou Fakhereddine, Shafayet Siddique, Revathy Ramakrishnan and Moustafa Mahmoud Ahmed with their name-plated books.

Daphne Flanagan presenting name-plated books to Firas Bou Fakhereddine, Shafayet Siddique, Revathy Ramakrishnan, and Moustafa Mahmoud Ahmed.

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