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UT Libraries Celebrates Student Employees

Student Library Assistants are The Heart of the Libraries

To thank Student Library Assistants (SLAs) for their hard work and dedicated service, the UT Libraries is hosting its fourth Student Appreciation Celebration. The event’s theme this year is “You are the Heart of the Libraries.”

“This year’s theme was chosen because the event is scheduled so close to Valentine’s Day, but also because of the genuine appreciation that we have for our students,” Mark Puente, Minority Librarian Resident and one of the event’s organizers, said. “It really is an appropriate theme, because SLAs contribute significantly to both the operations and the spirit of the libraries,” Puente said.

The UT Libraries employs nearly 150 SLAs, which means that support from students makes up nearly 45% of the libraries’ workforce. Students perform many essential services, on the front lines by staffing service desks and helping patrons, and behind the scenes by organizing collections and updating library media.

Nine students who have worked in the libraries for two or more years will earn a special recognition. A book from the libraries’ collection bookplated in their honor. The libraries are pleased to commemorate the students’ service with this lasting tribute.

The event will occur on Thursday, February 16th from 2:30-4:00 pm in the Staff Lounge of Hodges Library.

Students interested in working at the UT Libraries can find job postings outside the Personnel and Procurement office, room 630 of Hodges Library, or by visiting their Web site.

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