Libraries Honor the Fall Semester Library Student Assistant Award Recipients

The University Libraries held our biannual Library Student Assistant Award reception on October 27, 2023. Three students were selected for the Fall semester awards and received a $500 award for their excellent job performance in the University Libraries. Library Student Assistant Awards are funded by contributions to the Campus Scholarship Innovation Campaign from the University Libraries’ staff and other donors, and interest earned from the Friends of the Libraries endowment fund. To date, 433 awards have been distributed to 251 students totaling over $202,650.

University Libraries staff and the Friends of the Libraries Board would like to congratulate this semester’s winners:

Alanah Culbreath

Alanah Culbreath, a sophomore majoring in Fine Arts, has worked for the Instruction & Research Services department since August 2022. She is always helpful and courteous with co-workers and patrons; she has an upbeat, can-do attitude and is willing to try different approaches and techniques to help our patrons. When answering patron questions, she takes her time and does her research, being conscientious and thorough in her work. Alanah demonstrated an eagerness and determination to learn the equipment in the Information Commons so she can assist patrons in the Educational Resource Center as well as offer in-depth assistance on the photocopier/printer/scanners. She is always eager to volunteer for extra projects in the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center, assist with Destress for Success week, and other special events. Alanah is a treasured addition

Mikai Dixon

Mikai Dixon is a junior majoring in African-American Studies and has worked for the Resource Delivery Services department since spring 2022. Kai is a rock-solid worker and helps keep the department running; they have a strong sense of responsibility and takes their jobs seriously. They frequently volunteer to cover shifts and steps up when extra help is needed, including covering the front desk, checking out study room keys, sorting books, processing OhioLINK requests, and collaborating with fellow student assistants. Kai is very good at multi-tasking between their work at the library, a second job, and their studies. They stepped into a leadership role within the RDS department, demonstrating a positive work ethic and an interest in learning more about other library departments. Kai’s experience, efficiency, dedication, and responsibility are a huge help in the library. They are a valued part of the RDS team.

Julie Murphy

Julie Murphy, a senior majoring in Acting (with a musical theatre emphasis), has worked for the Resource Delivery Services department since July 2021. She has a thorough job knowledge and is quick to spot potential problems. Her strong work ethic and calm professional demeanor make her a valued member of the team. She can be relied upon to be efficient and accurate in her work. As a theater major, she has a complicated, demanding, and hectic schedule; however, she manages to balance her work, theater, and school responsibilities extremely well. She can be relied upon unpack and process the daily OhioLINK shipments, ensuring that patrons receive their materials in a timely manner. Julie’s reliability, attention to detail, and professionalism make her a valued student assistant. Her positive attitude makes her a joy to work with.