As we complete another academic year, we are also marking the end of an era for our Student Management team: Andrew, Diamond, and Taylor. What makes this year unique is that all three of our Student Managers are graduating. We want to take this moment to say an extra special congratulations and an extra special thank you to each of them.
The library’s Student Managers are members of our User Services team, which means they are fully trained circulation supervisors. They open and close the library, train new student employees, provide excellent service to our patrons, plan and run student employee staff meetings and our biannual semester retreats, and so much more. Each of them comes to work every day ready to work hard, to make a positive impact, and they’re always ready for the weirdly unexpected and unpredictable issues that can arise with each day. They are thoughtful and responsible, and provide a much needed student voice to every decision we make in the User Services department.
As a team, they are both colleagues and friends who support each other inside and outside the library. It has been an honor and a privilege to watch them grow as leaders, and a true joy to work alongside them. We are better because of them, the library is better because of them, and for that, we will be forever grateful.
Andrew, Diamond, and Taylor – Thank you for letting us be a part of your time at UIS, it has been unforgettable. We can’t wait to see what you do next!
Special Thanks and Congratulations from User Services,
Erich, Student Assistant Program Coordinator and Sarah, Director of Learning Commons and User Services
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about UIS is the fact that I can wake up 5 minutes before any class, and still make it to the room on time. I also like that we have a small community that can work together to leverage large scale change.
What are your goals for the semester? My goals are to spend more time reading for fun. It is easy to get overwhelmed with school work but it is important to take care of yourself and set aside time to reflect and read a new or favorite novel.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? My TV show would be called Francesca: Adventures of the Womansupial. In the alternate reality where I have a TV show, I am also a woman who is half person half marsupial (I would resemble a Kangaroo).
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am currently involved in L4L as well as the Green Fee Committee. So please, please, please, email me with your sustainable project idea.
What have you learned since working at the library? Since working at the library my research skills have really improved. Beyond helping students find resources, I have discovered all of the resources that are available to me as well.
What are your post-graduation plans? My plan post graduation is to join the Peace Corps. I would also like to pursue a career in sustainable education in elementary schools.
The library is launching a new student organization called Norris Nation. This group will give you a chance to engage with the library at special Norris Nation events. Here you can provide feedback on what you think the library does well, where you think we can improve, and what you would like to see the library do more of, or add to its services and/or resources. Every time a member of Norris Nation participates at an event, they move along the Norris Nation pathway in the UIS Connection system, with various points along the pathway earning you special Norris Nation swag!
NACHO BAR! Our first event is this Friday (Sept. 8)! It’s an after-hours event at the library, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and involves a free nacho bar. Who doesn’t love nachos!?!? The event is listed on UIS Connection. Feel free to RSVP in advance (not required.)
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR NORRIS NATION MEMBERS & GUESTS:
Oct. 20 – Haunted Library – Norris Nation Members will get a special goodie bag
We are so happy to have students back on campus for the start of another great semester. The Library will be at several events this week! Be sure to see us at the following:
Chancellor’s Picnic:Tuesday, August 29 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Librarian Sarah Sagmoen will be serving you!
Involvement Expo:Wednesday, August 30 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on the quad. We will have tables for the Library and the Haunted Library (where you can volunteer to be a part of the big production!)
MYO (Make Your Own) Bookends: Decorate your own bookends for your dorm or apartment on Thursday, August 31 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in Lincoln Res. Hall. Librarian Nancy Weichert will be there to help you with all your crafting needs!
Labor Day Movie Special & Binge Kits: Check out any 3 DVDs from our Feature Film Collection September 1-3 and get free candy and popcorn at the front desk. We also have Binge Kits available near the front of the library. All Binge Kits come with 3 curated films that follow a theme and each kit comes with popcorn and candy!
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?
It is nice being on a small campus. This gives students the opportunity to work closer with their professors and ask more questions if need be. This also allows for the students to more easily interact with one another.
What are your goals for the semester?
To cut my caffeine intake down to one cup of coffee or tea a day and keep it there. To also make more time this semester to go to the gym and work out more.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?
It would probably be called something along the lines of Busy Bee. This would be due to the fact that I am always buys and constantly moving. For if I am not at work or school then often times I am off trying to see family or friends.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?
Outside of school I like to go biking, camp, read, and cook. Being a history major I do a lot of reading but when I’m not reading for class I have my own books that I like to read. I tend do do a lot of cooking and baking at home even if my baking does not always look as awesome as the pictures.
What have you learned since working at the library?
I have learned better research skills and also how to teach those skills to other students that need them. This helped me be able to help other students that are stuck on where to start in there papers.
What are your post-graduation plans?
To find a good paying job in my field. Jobs that I am interested in are either working in an archive, a library or a museum. I am also hoping to get another Master’s degree in library science once I am finished with my Master’s in Public History.