Graduating student workers honored at Sterling Library, with thanks for all they do
To celebrate their contributions, the library honored its graduating student workers at an event in the lecture hall at Sterling Memorial Library.
Each academic year, hundreds of students serve in a variety of student jobs in library departments across campus. They work in support of digital imaging services, curatorial work, collections maintenance, social media efforts, StatLab consulting, and more. While they are contributing to the success of the library, they are also gaining valuable hands-on experience.
As a conservation assistant at the film archive in Sterling, Sam Gallen ’23 inspected, repaired, and catalogued a variety of analog films. “The experience deepened my appreciation for film as a medium and the history that lives within each and every frame,” said Gallen, a double major in history and in film and media studies.
Zili Zhou is graduating this year from the Master of Public Health program, with a major in epidemiology of microbial diseases and a concentration in modeling. Zhou worked as a statistics consultant at StatLab, helping researchers from diverse disciplines with experiment setups, statistical analysis, data visualization, and more.
“I learned a substantial number of data analytic skills I would not have had without the challenge of this role,” Zhou said. “I learned how to ‘talk stats’ with others clearly and succinctly. I also learned about the cool, exciting research people are pursuing across campus. StatLab was a wonderful experience that I will sure miss as I leave Yale!”
Each year, the library’s student employees are honored with a specially designed bookplate, inscribed with each student’s name and graduating year. The bookplates are placed on the front end papers of a recently acquired book in the library’s collection; students choose the specific collection. This year’s custom bookplate was designed by letterpress printer Jesse Marsolais, faculty member in the Yale School of Art.
“We could not do all we do in the library without all of you,” Barbara Rockenbach, Stephen F. Gates ’68 University Librarian, told the students in her remarks. “We wish you luck in all you do next, but remember, this is your library. We are family, and we hope you will come back to visit us often. We would like you to think of Sterling as your library for life.”
Students who are interested in working in the library can log in to the JobX portal in late August to view and apply for paid library positions open in the fall. Learn more about student jobs and about working at Yale Library. Students can also learn more about student employment opportunities at the Undergraduate Academic Fair, which will be held in September.
—Photos and story by Deborah Cannarella