Honoring AUS Library’s Student Assistants – Spring 2019

Each semester the library recognizes graduating student assistants who have worked with us for 4 or more semesters in providing support to you our users. Our student assistants are very important to us. With their assistance, Help Desk and Information Commons support from opening to closing – seven days a week is possible. As is our tradition, graduating students each select a book that 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.

This semester we have four graduating student assistant who have worked tirelessly for us. We asked each to reflect upon her experience and to consider the single most important thing they have learned working in the Library. Here is what they said.

Dina Ali Abdul Azim Abul Ella (Business Administration – Management)

Number of semesters working in the library: 5

Book Selection: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Call Number: BF408.G464 2015

“Working in the library has definitely helped me learn and develop in many ways. Being a student assistant, and working with many patrons, gave me the chance to develop my technical and customer service skills. My time at the library also helped me develop better time management skills as I learned ways to balance my work life without risking my studies. I also have to say that the people I worked with brought me a lot of pleasure and made my time in the library both beneficial and enjoyable. Being a library assistant was my first real job and I have to say that it was a wonderful first job experience.”

Mosammat Rashmin Akter (Business Administration – Accounting)

Number of semesters working in the library: 7

Book Selection: All the Light we Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr

Call Number: PS3604.O34 A77 2017

“My seven semesters of working in the library have certainly been the best experience in AUS. I have acquired important technical, research and communication skills with continuous guidance from our amiable supervisors and excellent librarians. I am blessed to be part of the AUS library and to help serve our patrons.”

Zeenah Ryad Mansour (Arts & Sciences – Biology)

Number of semesters working in the library: 4

Book Selection: Mornings in Jenin: A Novel by Susan Abulhawa

Call Number: PS3601.B86 S33 2010

“The single most important thing is the communication skills that I acquired through my interactions with library clientele and staff. Before joining the library team, I was frequently reluctant to engage in social situations and to go outside my comfort zone to interact with strangers. However, after working in the library, my confidence grew. Approaching others and starting conversations with others has now become an easy task.”

Siddharth Chopra (Business Administration – Finance)

Number of semesters working in the library: 5

Book Selection: The Intelligent Investor: A Book of Practical Counsel by Benjamin Graham

Call Number: HG4521.G665 1985

“The single most important thing I learned is time management – managing my other responsibilities round my library schedule and commitments.”

We thank all our graduating student assistants for their service and wish them all every success in their future graduate and working careers. If you would like to work in the library, we review applications at the beginning of each semester. The online application form opens on August 18th this year. You can read more about becoming a student assistant from our Student Employment page.

photo of departing students holding their selected books: From Left – Kara Jones (University Librarian), Student Assistants: Mosammat Akter, Dina Abul Ella, Zina Mansour, Siddharth Chopra and Alanna Ross (Associate University Librarian for Public Services)
From Left – Kara Jones (University Librarian), Student Assistants: Mosammat Akter, Dina Abul Ella, Zina Mansour, Siddharth Chopra and Alanna Ross (Associate University Librarian for Public Services).

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