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Library Bids Farewell to Six Students from the Class of 2017

By Rachel Mueller ’14

Mulva Library Class of 2017 Student EmployeesEvery May the St. Norbert College community says goodbye to another graduating class and here at the Mulva Library, we prepare to do the same. 

Six of our student employees are wrapping up their time on campus with final, final papers and exams, spur-of-the-moment hangouts with friends and last shifts at the library.

But before they walk across the Commencement stage in a few days, we asked them to reflect on their experience as a part of our team and share what will stick with them for the future.

Commencement for the Class of 2017 is on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in the new Mulva Family Fitness and Sports Center. You can also watch the ceremony at our viewing location in the Mulva Library or on the online stream. 

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Rebecca

Rebecca Galow
Major
: History
Minor: American Studies
Post-Graduation Plans: Master’s in Library Science (Online) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

I was already accepted into grad school for library science last fall, but I wanted to further discern whether archives would be the right concentration for me so I applied to work for Sarah Titus (Project Librarian & Archivist). This position has definitely done that for me. By working with the Digital Commons, I was able to take on more responsibility and learn about archiving processes. It’s been a lot of web-based work and having specific project examples to share in interviews has been such a confidence booster and reassuring to me as I head to library school.

Gideon

Gideon Dobson-Repinski
Major
: English
Post-Graduation Plans: Organic Inspector for farms, livestock or crops – it’s what some of his family members do... (A road trip and graduate school are likely in the future!)

When I met Sally Cubitt [former Coordinator of Collection Management] in my Latin class freshman year, I had never thought of working at the library. But she told me that I should apply to work in the archives, so I did and it’s been a great experience. I’ve done everything at the library. I transitioned from working in archives to collections [cataloging and document delivery] to the front desk and back to archives and I’ve grown so much.

Jenny

Jenny Patton
Major: Sociology
Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies
Post-Graduation Plans: Searching for a research or social-justice oriented position

I’ve always wanted to work in a library so I applied for and accepted a summer position, which continued into the school year. It was interesting because the summer had a different atmosphere than the school year, which was fun. While I mainly helped students and others during the semester, I found myself working on long-term projects over the summer like processing new materials for our collection.

Working at the information desk also helped me learn how to balance responsibilities and manage my time during a shift. While I needed to assist people at a moment’s notice, there were always specific tasks to finish before the end of the shift. 

Jessica

Jessica Meza
Majors
: International Studies and Spanish
Post-Graduation Plans: Become a licensed interpreter

I had a job in high school working at a library and I really enjoyed it so I wanted to continue working in one during college. Because I’m a bit introverted, working at the front desk helped me connect with others on campus – students from different majors, other faculty members and people from the community. I’ve also built up my own research skills on the job by helping students and faculty find and use library resources and materials.

Mariah

Mariah McGregor
Major
: Political Science
Minor: Leadership Studies
Post-Graduation Plans: Master’s in Library Science at the University of Washington-Seattle

Simple things like helping a student recover lost files on a computer, teaching visitors to use the printers or getting faculty the materials they needed always gave me a great feeling. It was so satisfying to see how overjoyed and happy they were after I helped them find a solution.

The research skills I’ve learned on the job have also been so helpful academically. I can find materials in the library so much quicker and have knowledge of what’s available. I’ve shared that knowledge with friends, too, especially when they needed to find something for a project or paper. I showed them where things were or how to use interlibrary loan [document delivery].

And I’ll never forget that when I was applying to grad school for library science, I had so much support from the librarians and other staff members. They helped me when I needed it and they always understood that we were students above all else.

Rose

Elizabeth (Rose) Gilderson-Duwe
Major
: Art
Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies
Post-Graduation Plans: Searching for a graphic design position

Working at the front desk has improved my customer service skills and my ability to troubleshoot technical problems – like when our visitors had to use our computers or printers and there was an issue. I’m also more comfortable asking questions when I need to better understand a project or need assistance with a visitor thanks to my relationship with my supervisor, David [Bosco], and others on the team. I also really appreciated the library staff. They always showed a genuine interest in their students – who we are and what we do.


Rebecca

Rebecca Galow
Major
: History
Minor: American Studies
Post-Graduation Plans: Master’s in Library Science (Online) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

I was already accepted into grad school for library science last fall, but I wanted to further discern whether archives would be the right concentration for me so I applied to work for Sarah Titus (Project Librarian & Archivist). This position has definitely done that for me. By working with the Digital Commons, I was able to take on more responsibility and learn about archiving processes. It’s been a lot of web-based work and having specific project examples to share in interviews has been such a confidence booster and reassuring to me as I head to library school.

Gideon

Gideon Dobson-Repinski
Major
: English
Post-Graduation Plans: Organic Inspector for farms, livestock or crops – it’s what some of his family members do... (A road trip and graduate school are likely in the future!)

When I met Sally Cubitt [former Coordinator of Collection Management] in my Latin class freshman year, I had never thought of working at the library. But she told me that I should apply to work in the archives, so I did and it’s been a great experience. I’ve done everything at the library. I transitioned from working in archives to collections [cataloging and document delivery] to the front desk and back to archives and I’ve grown so much.

Jenny

Jenny Patton
Major: Sociology
Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies
Post-Graduation Plans: Searching for a research or social-justice oriented position

I’ve always wanted to work in a library so I applied for and accepted a summer position, which continued into the school year. It was interesting because the summer had a different atmosphere than the school year, which was fun. While I mainly helped students and others during the semester, I found myself working on long-term projects over the summer like processing new materials for our collection.

Working at the information desk also helped me learn how to balance responsibilities and manage my time during a shift. While I needed to assist people at a moment’s notice, there were always specific tasks to finish before the end of the shift. 

Jessica

Jessica Meza
Majors
: International Studies and Spanish
Post-Graduation Plans: Become a licensed interpreter

I had a job in high school working at a library and I really enjoyed it so I wanted to continue working in one during college. Because I’m a bit introverted, working at the front desk helped me connect with others on campus – students from different majors, other faculty members and people from the community. I’ve also built up my own research skills on the job by helping students and faculty find and use library resources and materials.

Mariah

Mariah McGregor
Major
: Political Science
Minor: Leadership Studies
Post-Graduation Plans: Master’s in Library Science at the University of Washington-Seattle

Simple things like helping a student recover lost files on a computer, teaching visitors to use the printers or getting faculty the materials they needed always gave me a great feeling. It was so satisfying to see how overjoyed and happy they were after I helped them find a solution.

The research skills I’ve learned on the job have also been so helpful academically. I can find materials in the library so much quicker and have knowledge of what’s available. I’ve shared that knowledge with friends, too, especially when they needed to find something for a project or paper. I showed them where things were or how to use interlibrary loan [document delivery].

And I’ll never forget that when I was applying to grad school for library science, I had so much support from the librarians and other staff members. They helped me when I needed it and they always understood that we were students above all else.

Rose

Elizabeth (Rose) Gilderson-Duwe
Major
: Art
Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies
Post-Graduation Plans: Searching for a graphic design position

Working at the front desk has improved my customer service skills and my ability to troubleshoot technical problems – like when our visitors had to use our computers or printers and there was an issue. I’m also more comfortable asking questions when I need to better understand a project or need assistance with a visitor thanks to my relationship with my supervisor, David [Bosco], and others on the team. I also really appreciated the library staff. They always showed a genuine interest in their students – who we are and what we do.


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