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Meet LSU Libraries graduating students

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LSU Libraries is the largest academic employer on campus, hiring about 150 students per semester. Every year in May, we wave goodbye to a group of dedicated student employees and graduate assistants. These students come from different academic backgrounds and assist faculty and staff throughout different departments. Their contributions are essential and greatly appreciated.

Below are just a few of the 2017 graduates who worked for the LSU Libraries this year. Congratulations!

Adrian Vallejo

Losing my mind one tweet at a time

Adrian Vallejo

Major: Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication

Title:  Student Assistant for Director of Library Communications & Publications

Supervisor: Sigrid Kelsey

Hometown: Tegucigalpa, Honduras

How has working at LSU Libraries helped you?

The library provided me with hands-on industry experience. My job here was like an internship. I learned how to work under deadlines and run social media accounts.

Above all, I value the amazing people I met while working here. I had a great time working with everyone.

What’s your favorite library moment?

I would say when I moved from my cubicle downstairs to the Dean’s Office. They provided me with a desk with a great view. I spent a lot of time looking through my window! Lydia’s food was one of my favorite things too!

Emily Palermo

Digitizing materials one collection at a time

Emily Palermo

Major: Bachelor of Arts in English

Title: Student Assistant at Digital Services

Supervisor: Gabe Harrell

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

How has working at LSU Libraries helped you?

Working at Middleton has enabled me to become familiar with the different systems that have been vital in the pursuit of my degree as well as putting me into contact with the amazing people that work there. I couldn’t have chosen a better place to be a student worker.

What’s your favorite library moment?

My favorite library moment has to be when I got stuck in the library all day, after a massive storm swept through campus. After that, all my classes got canceled.

Alvaro Angulo

Helping students keep true to real music

Alvaro Angulo

Major: Doctor in Musical Arts

Title: Graduate Assistant for Music Resources

Supervisor: Mikel LeDee

Hometown: Cartagena, Colombia

How has working at LSU Libraries helped you?

I would run out of space listing all the great things I’ve gotten out from being a GA at the Music Library. Most importantly, I cherish all the great people I’ve met working here.

What’s your favorite library moment?

When I was invited to perform cello solo for the Open House.

Cynthea Corfah

Feeding LSU’s bookworms

Cynthea Corfah

Major: Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication

Title: Student Assistant at the Access Services

Supervisor: Elissa Plank

Hometown: Washington D.C.

How has working at LSU Libraries helped you?

Working at the library has taught me about all the resources a library (as historical as Middleton) has to offer, helped me develop professional conversational skills and helped me to time manage. I’ve made many friends at Middleton and it’ll always be one of my favorite places from my college memories.

What’s your favorite library moment?

I have so many favorites! I guess it’d be between decorating the circulation desk on the first floor for the Halloween decorating contest or the occasional nights I’d work late with some of my coworkers and we’d share stories and make each other laugh.

Mikaela Allen

Freezing in the dark-dim basement

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Major: Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Social Sciences

Title: Student Assistant at Digital Services

Supervisor: Gabe Harrell

Hometown:  Logan, Utah

How has working at LSU Libraries helped you?

Without my library job, I would not have been able to afford college. Working in the summers and during breaks provided an enormous benefit, but the best thing about working in the library is the flexibility. After working with great people for four years in the digital services department, I feel prepared to flash my resume at every library on campus when I attend graduate school this fall. If you work hard, you will be rewarded. The skills you gain here will benefit you for years to come.

What’s your favorite library moment?

Having to rescue a friend from the emergency stairwell on the second floor.

Rachel Zeringue

Trekking from PFT to Middleton, walking uphill both ways

Rachel Zeringue

Major: Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering

Title: Student Assistant at Access Services

Supervisor: Elissa Plank

Hometown: Mandeville, Louisiana

How has working at LSU Libraries helped you?

Working here has helped me learn the library’s in person and online systems as well as introducing me to some amazing coworkers from all different majors.

What’s your favorite library moment?

Learning that the shelves for the books in the basement can be moved by a crank on the side. Also, learning how to not fall in a hole while looking for books in the basement.

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2020 

Blessinger, Kelly and Dave Comeaux. “User Experience with a New Public Interface for an Integrated Library System,” Information Technology in Libraries. Volume 39, Issue 1. https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v39i1.11607

Lounsberry, Megan. “Troubleshooting electronic resources from an ILL perspective,” Technical Services Quarterly, Volume 37, Issue 3.
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McDonald, Ebony. “2020 Regina Medal Recipient Christopher Paul Curtis,” Catholic Library World. 

Miles, John David.  “James Harrison and the Tensas Troubles of 1878,” Civil War Book Review: Volume 22, Issue 1 (Winter 2020).

2019

Batte, Elizabeth; David Dunaway; Emily Frank; Sarah Mazur; and Laurie Phillips. “LOUIS Membership with Open Textbook Network Brings Incentive for Faculty OER Advocacy on Campuses,” CODEX: Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. Volume 5, Issue 3 (Fall/Winter 2019).

Comeaux, Dave;  Emily Frank; and Mike Waugh. “Supporting Student Success: E-books as Course Materials,” CODEX: Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. Volume 5, Issue 2 (Fall/Winter 2019).

Dunaway, David. “Bibliometrics for Faculty Evaluation: A Stastical Comparison of h-indexes Generated Using Google Scholar and Web of Science Data,” CODEX: Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. Volume 5, Issue 3 (Fall/Winter 2019).

Haber, Natalie, Melissa Cornwell, & Andrea Hebert. “This worksheet works: Making the DLS Standards work for you,” College & Research Libraries News. 

Hawk, Amanda K. “Implementing Standardized Statistical Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries,” Proceedings of the 2018 Library Assessment Conference, (Association of Research Libraries, 2019): 836-843. https://doi.org/10.29242/lac.2018.78

Hebert, Andrea and Jodi Duet. “’I’m Really Confident I Can Find the Exact IKEA Pillow’: A Qualitative Look at the Search Self-Efficacy of Graduating MLIS Students,” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639269.2017.1690891.

Lounsberry, Megan. “No Textbooks Allowed! (Unless You’re a Graduate Student!): Louisiana State University Pilots an ILL Textbook Service. Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve, 28 (3/4): 61–73. https://doi.org/10.1080/1072303X.2019.1676862

Miles, John David. “Colfax, Kate Grant, and the Domestication of Reconstruction’s Violence,” Civil War Book Review. Volume 21, Issue 2 (Spring 2019).

Miles, John David. “The Loyalty of West Point’s Graduates Debated,” Civil War Book Review. Volume 21, Issue 1 (Winter 2019).

Miller, Marty. “Curriculum, Departmental, and Faculty Mapping in the Visual Arts Department,” Art Documentation, Volume 38, Issue 1 (March 2019): 159-173.

Morgan, Randa L. “Libraries and Gardens: Growing Together.” Catholic Library World, Volume 90, Issue 1 (September 2019): 68.

O’Neill, Brittany; and  Allen LeBlanc. “Evaluating Trends in Instruction Scheduling Management: A Survey of Louisiana’s Academic Libraries,” CODEX: Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. Volume 5, Issue 2 (Fall/Winter 2019).

Russo, Michael, “The Moon Belongs to Everyone:  ResearchGate and Subscription Databases Compared.”  Louisiana Libraries. Volume 81, Issue 3, (Winter 2019).

Russo, Michael, “Information Literacy through Service Learning” in Library Collaborations and Community Partnerships: Enhancing Health and Quality of Life.  Fannie M. Cox, Henry R. Cunningham, and Vickie Hines-Martin, eds., 2019.

Simms, Sarah; Hayley Johnson. “Hidden in Plain Sight,” 64 Parishes (Magazine of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities). Issue 4 (Summer 2019). https://64parishes.org/hidden-in-plain-sight.

Simms, S., & Johnson, H. Subtle activism: Using the library exhibit as a social justice tool, Alexandria, Volume 29, Issue 1-2 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1177/0955749019876119.

Ziegler, Scott; and Cara Key. “More Than a Pretty Interface: The Louisiana Digital Library as a Data Hub,” CODEX: Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL. Volume 5, Issue 2 (Fall/Winter 2019).

Ziegler, S.L. “Digitization Selection Criteria as Anti-Racist Action,” Code4Lib Journal. Issue 45 (2019). https://journal.code4lib.org/articles/14667

Ziegler, S.L. and Steve Martin. “A Hidden Gem Becomes a Fertile Mining Ground: Historic Prison Admission Books and Data-Driven Digital Projects,” The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography Volume 143, Issue 3 (October 2019): 363-373.

2018

Hebert, Andrea. “Information Literacy Skills of First-Year Library and Information Science Graduate Students: An Exploratory Study,” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Volume 13, Issue 3 (September 2018).

Miller, Marty. “Sacred vs. Profane in The Great War: A Neutral’s Indictment: Louis Raemaekers’s Use of Religious Imagery in Adoration of the Magi and Our Lady of Antwerp.” Catholic Library World, vol. 89, no. 1, Sept. 2018, pp. 20–32.

Rasmussen, Hans. “The Life and Death of Raquette in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans,” Sport History Review 49 (May 2018): 23-38.

Wilder, Stanley. “Delayed Retirements and the Youth Movement among ARL Library Professionals,” Research Library Issues, no. 295 (2018).

Wilder, Stanley. “Hiring and Staffing Trends in ARL Libraries,” Research Library Issues, no. 295 (2018).

Wilder, Stanley. “Selected Demographic Trends in the ARL Professional Population,” Research Library Issues, no. 295 (2018).

Ziegler, Scott; and Richard Shrake. “PAL: Toward a Recommendation System for Manuscripts,” Information Technology and Libraries, Vol. 37, No. 3 (2018).

2017

Caminita, C.; Cook, M.; and Paster, A. (2017). Thirty years of preserving, discovering, and accessing U.S. agricultural information: Past progress and current challenges. Library Trends, 65(3), 293-315.

Dauterive, Sarah; John Bourgeois; and Sarah Simms. “How little is too little? An examination of information literacy instruction duration for freshmen.” Journal of Information Literacy, 11.1 (2017): 204-219.

Fontenot, Mitch; Emily Frank; and Andrea Hebert. “Going Where the Users Are: Three Variations on a Theme,” Louisiana Libraries, Fall 2017.

Hawk, Amanda K. “Highflying Crowdfunding: Creating a Successful Partnership with a Campus Donor,” Archival Outlook, July/August 2017: 12-13, 19. https://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=422988.

Hebert, Andrea; and Marty Miller. (2017). Using FSA-OWI photographs to teach information and visual literacy. Louisiana Libraries, 79(3), 19–25.

Johnson, Hayley. “#NoDAPL: Social Media, Empowerment, and Civic Participation at Standing Rock,” Library Trends, Fall 2017.

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