Library Student Managers: A Fond Farewell!

 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!  

Diamond: Student Manager
Taylor: Student Manager


Andrew: Student Manager

Special Thanks and Congratulations from User Services, 

Erich, Student Assistant Program Coordinator  and Sarah, Director of Learning Commons and User Services

Meet the Team: Bridget

Name: Bridget

Major: Biology

Status: Senior

Department: Leadership Lived Experience for CINRC

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  I am grateful that I do not have classes on Fridays. Without the extra day, I would not be able to complete an internship this semester at the SIU School of Medicine, or be able to go home for the weekend. In addition, it is nice to live on campus, and be within walking distance of all of my classes.

What are your goals for the semester?  My goals for this semester are to get through my 19 credit hours of coursework, successfully complete my internship, get good grades in all my classes, and, of course, graduate!

What have you been reading? Would you recommend it to others? The Testing trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau accounted for some of the most recent books I have read. I devoured this trilogy over the course of one weekend. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes dystopian fiction.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am a member of the Biology Club, and am involved with the Research Society at UIS. In addition, I enjoy watching Jeopardy, NCIS, Scorpion, and Dallas Cowboys football.

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned about the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center, and the multitude of resources it has available to UIS and the community. And although I am not a traditional library worker, I have learned about the Library of Congress classification system, and get irritated when I see a book misplaced.

What are your post-graduation plans? I plan to take a year off after graduation to work and save up some money. In addition, I will take the GRE, and prepare my applications for graduate school. Eventually, I hope to earn my doctorate, and become a medical researcher.

Meet the Team: Michelle

Name: Michelle

Major: Public History

Status: Graduate

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. 

Meet the Team: Tabbitha

TabbithaName: Tabbitha – Communications Assistant (LLE)

Year in school: Senior

Major/Minor: Visual Arts

Hometown: Macomb, IL

Hobbies: Drawing, reading, playing video games, playing with Photoshop, photography

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I have a few options in mind. One, I want to teach abroad. A few of my friends have done it and they’re encouraging me to do it too. I want to join Teach for America since the United States is in need of more teachers. No matter what my job is, I want to encourage people to make art. I love art and I want others to love it too.

 Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

My parents are the biggest influence in my life. They encourage me to do my best and help me figure out what I want to do with my life. My moms send me care packages when I don’t feel my best. My dad reminds me of why I continue going to college.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Brookens has taught me how to work with and talk to a variety of people. While working here I have become more confident in my work. It’s really neat whenever somebody comes up to me as I’m working on the chalkboard to say that they really like what I do.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

One of the most memorable experiences that I have had at the library is when I work Haunted Library. I already love Halloween so it’s a lot of fun setting up for this event. The best scare reactions are the big and tall dudes who act tough but cling to each other and spew out expletives.

Meet the Team, Crystal

crystal-fy17-fall-copyName: Crystal

Year in school: Senior

Major/Minor: Biology Major Chemistry minor

Hometown: Aurora, IL

Hobbies: Going on walks and hanging out with my sorority sisters

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I would like to attend Graduate school to get my Masters in Public Health.


Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

The person who inspires me or influences me the most is my mom. My mom is a very hard working woman that has showed me what being strong means.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens Library has taught me that family isn’t always just the one you have at home. Brookens has also taught me how to be a better team player, as well as a team leader.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

A memorable experience I’ve had at UIS is when we had our 2016 Fall Retreat and we were playing charades and my team had to make a turtle. I was supposed to be a part of the turtle shell and when I was moving to put myself in that position, Gaby moved and I ended up on the floor on top of two people.

Meet the Team: Gabriela, Student Employee

rotating_gabi-sept-2016Name: Gabriela Ortiz

Year in school: Senior

Major/Minor: Criminology and Criminal Justice

Hometown: Chicago

Hobbies: Play soccer

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

My ultimate goal is to work for the FBI one day. I would love to do this because I love to help people out and I feel that this is a unique way to help out, not only an individual but possibly a whole community.


Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

My older brother would be the one who inspires me. For as long as I can remember he has always worked hard to get what he wants. He graduated from one of the worst high schools in Chicago, went off to a technical school for diesel mechanics and soon after went off to the marines for four years. As soon as he came back he was back in school trying to get his degree and working. My brother has never once settled and always tried to go for even better things and I always admired him for that. Not once have I seen him just sit there and do nothing, he has always been on the move.


What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens library has really taught me to have patience and has really bettered my customer service skills. I have learned how to better interact with people. It has also helped me to be a bit more outgoing outside of the work place.


What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

I definitely think that our retreats have been the best experience for me. It has been a time for all of the student workers, as well as supervisors, to bond. They have all been a learning experience as well as very fun ones. The one that stands out the most would be our 2016 retreat. I remember my team had to try to make a turtle out of all of us in the group. I was placed at the bottom and right when Crystal was going to make the shell I moved and she fell on top of me.

Leadership Lived at the Library

We have a lot of student employees at the library, all of whom are very important to our daily functions.  Because of them, we have people to staff our desks, help shelve and process books and most importantly keep us all young at heart.  Because they are so important to us, we are particularly proud of one of our student assistants, Emma Norris, who is being featured in a Leadership Lived profile.  Emma has worked for Brookens Library since the Fall of 2012 and from day one she has been a rock star. Learn more about how Emma is Leadership Lived.

Emma Norris ’15

Hometown: Coal City, IL
Major: Biology
Future Plans: Become a librarian

Emma Norris