Library Honors Graduating Student Employees

Students being honored this year are, in the front row, from left, Karen Afre 15, Haley Shaw 15, Faizan Kanji 15, Katie Williamson 15, Ben Ferguson 15, Hilary Purcell 15, Gavin Huang ’14, Ziru Liu 15, and Addison Himmelberger ’15. In the back row, from left, are Leandra Barrett 15, Claire Pendergrast 15, Kelsey Stimson 15, Alison Falzetta 15, Justin Lee 15, John Golden 15, Eva Petzinger 15, Dean of the Libraries and Librarian of the College Jeffrey Horrell, Digital Humanities and English Librarian Laura Braunstein, Mitchell Jacobs ’14, Michael Zhu ’14, Sam Yoder 15, Hanna Kim 15, Caela Murphy 15, and Diana Wise ’15. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

For nearly 10 years, the Dartmouth College Library has honored its graduating student employees with the Student Library Service Bookplate Program. Students who have worked for the library are invited to choose books, DVDs, CDs, or other items for the librarys collections. Each item receives a bookplate that acknowledges the students selection and honors his or her service to the library. Students are eligible for the honor if they have worked at least two terms in any library department (including RWIT, the Student Center for Research, Writing, and Information Technology, which the library helps run).

“The Dartmouth College Library is fully able to offer its service programs because of the nearly 200 Dartmouth students working in our libraries throughout the year. We are fortunate to have their talents, energy, and insight as part of our work. We are indeed proud to acknowledge their wide-ranging contributions to the library and to Dartmouth in this enduring manner,” says Jeffrey Horrell, Dean of Libraries and Librarian of the College. 

For Hannah Jung ’15, who was an RWIT tutor, the Bookplate Program offered an opportunity to connect her experience at Dartmouth to her future interests.

“It is my happy honor to share through the Bookplate Program a book by my favorite leader, Gary Haugen, entitled The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence,” Jung says.” I met Haugen at the Wheelock Conference last year at Dartmouth and his work resonates with my newfound passion for international human rights law. I am grateful for the opportunity to add an item to the library that contains a seminal argument for international justice, as RWIT has been such a home to me for deepening and discussing ideas.”

Alison Falzetta 15, who worked at Baker-Berry Library’s information Desks, selected a DVD of the television comedy The Mindy Project (created by Mindy Kaling ’01), which she wrote about for her English honors thesis.

“Ive had the opportunity to get to know our amazing librarians, as well as meet and help students from many different classes,” says Falzetta. “Its been especially fun to be the face of the library for prospective students and their families on their first visit to the College. I was really excited to participate in the Bookplate Program when I learned about it from a fellow library worker. If Mindy Kaling returns to campus and visits the library, shell find my name on the DVD of her show! That makes it all worth it.”

The library will honor more than 50 students from the Class of 2015 with selections ranging from biographies, travel guides, and children’s fiction to world literature, inspirational works, and DVDs of favorite films. Commencement week displays will celebrate honorees at all of Dartmouths campus libraries.