Honoring AUS Library’s Student Assistants – Spring 2018

This year the library recognizes nine graduating library student assistants who have worked tirelessly to provide ongoing support to you our users over many long and very busy semesters.

As is our tradition here in the library, all graduating students who have worked with us for 4 or more semesters select a book which now contains their name inscribed on a book-plate. Though only a small token, book-plates are a lasting reminder of the contribution each student has made to the AUS Library over the years. We thank each of you for your service and wish you all every success in your future careers.

Graduating Student Assistants were asked to consider the single most important thing that they have learned working in the Library. Here is what they said.

Dana Bou Fakhereddine (Mass Comm)
Book Selection: Why Did you Leave the Horse Alone? Call Number: PJ7820.A7 L513 2006

“On joining the library, I was a very shy person. However, after working there for five semesters and dealing with patrons, I gained more confidence. I started approaching students who were facing an issue or seemed lost. This taught me to take initiative. These soft skills that I acquired from working in the library benefited me a lot during my internships and will help me in my future jobs.”

Tanveer Chowdhury (Industrial Engineering)
Book Selection: A Dance with Dragons Call Number: PS3563 .A7239 D36 2011

“Choosing to work in the library was honestly one of the best decisions I made. I have learned so much and improved my technical skills, research as well as developed customer relationship while making sure I achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. The most important thing I learned while working for 8 semesters is that every organization is defined by the quality of its services. The AUS library is continuously improving its services towards professional excellence and helping students since 1997.”

Sameed Khalid (Mechanical Engineering)
Book Selection: Faith Unity Discipline Call Number: UB251.P35 K5413 2016

“The single most important thing that I learned is about helping patrons. Customer service is something that I do by heart and I feel really privileged to have done it being a representative of the AUS Library.”

Nafeha Khan (Design Management)
Book Selection: Little Book of Screen Printing Call Number: TT273.W55 2011

“Working in the library as a student assistant for four semesters has been an extremely valuable learning and growing experience. If I had to choose the single most important thing I learned from working here, it would be the art of dealing with uncertainty. It is very important to say calm and focused when you are handling a situation you have never encountered before, and I’m grateful to the library for giving me this opportunity.”

Tahanun Chowdhury (Mechanical Engineering)
Book Selection: A Game of Thrones Call Number: MARTIN GAME

“I worked as a Student Assistant in the AUS Library for 7 semesters. I have always been passionate about helping people in any way possible. Helping students with technical issues, research, locating books etc. gave me great pleasure. However, the most important skill I acquired is the ability to manage my time efficiently. Managing time between my work and courses as well as travelling back to Ras Al Khaimah every day, where I live, was a major obstacle that I managed to overcome. Furthermore, interacting with different students with various backgrounds helped me develop my interpersonal skills which will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Hilal Al-Salih (Chemical Engineering)
Book Selection: The Millionaire Mind Call Number: HG222.3 S72 2000

“Throughout my 7 semesters of work as a student assistant in AUS library, I improved my time management skills. I had to balance between my tough engineering student life and my part-time job commitment. By working in the library I gained valuable insight also into what it is like to work in a busy environment. This will come in handy after graduation.”

Maisha Samiha (English Language and Literature)
Book Selection: The Complete Persepolis Call Number: SATRAPI COMPLETE

“The most important thing I have learned by working in the library is patience and empathy. The first step to helping people is to be prepared for the expected but also the unexpected. Being a Student Assistant has taught me to reason with people, which works well in any possible situation in the outside world. I joined as a Student Assistant with zero skills in adapting, but I am leaving as a graduate with better skills in empathizing.”

Owais Saqib
Book Selection: Catching Fire Call Number: PZ7.C6837 Cat 2009

“Working as a student assistant has given me a chance to work in a professional work environment. It has not only taught me to manage my time more efficiently, but it has also improved my interpersonal skills, such as communication and team work skills”.

Dina Al-Hamahmy
Book Selection: 1984 Call Number: PR60297.R8 N49 1977

“The most important thing that I have learned working as a Student Assistant in the AUS library is to always take responsibility for my actions and decisions, how to manage my time effectively to ensure that I maintain a balance between studying and working, and how to communicate courteously with patrons.”

Interested in working as a student assistant in the library?

You can find out more about the library’s Student Assistant Program here: http://library.aus.edu/about/student-employment/

Pictured below with the University Librarian Daphne Flanagan are (from left to right):
Picture of University Librarian Daphne Flanagan with Tahanun Chowdury, Dana Bou Fakkhereddine, Dina Al-Hamahmy, Sameed Khalid and Owais Saqib
Tahanun Chowdury, Dana Bou Fakkhereddine, Dina Al-Hamahmy, Sameed Khalid and Owais Saqib

Pictured below with the University Librarian Daphne Flanagan are (from left to right):
Picture of University Librarian Daphne Flanagan with Tanveer Chowdhury, Nafeha Khan, Hilal Al-Salih, and Maisha Samiha
Tanveer Chowdhury, Nafeha Khan, Hilal Al-Salih and Maisha Samiha

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