In considering applications, the committee will select award recipient(s) considering evidence of one or more of the following criteria:
Eligible students may be nominated by any library faculty or staff member using the nomination form. Student nominees will be invited to submit the following:
Fall 2017: Alexandra Herrmann-Fehr
We received many excellent applications for the Fall 2017 Carolyn Williams Award. After reviewing the applications the committee had a difficult decision to make and Alexandra Herrmann-Fehr was selected as the winner. Congratulations Alexandra!
Alexandra has been invited to attend the next Dean’s Leadership Council Business Meeting on February 9th. There, she can enjoy lunch, experience the meeting program, accept her certificate, and have her photograph taken with the Council.
When asked about her accomplishments as a student employee and how those, in turn, assist the Library’s mission to support the educational goals of our University, Alexandra answered, “As a student employee, I have the opportunity to understand both sides of the library. I am able to support the University's educational goals by bringing together my knowledge of the library, and my knowledge of what it's like to be a student. By doing this, I am better able to assist patrons. I understand how stressful it can be trying to find the resources necessary for coursework assignments, so when I see a student struggling to find what they need I can sympathize with them. This inspires me to go above and beyond to help them with whatever they may need.”
Spring 2017: Ashley Stevens
Ashley on how her accomplishments as an employee support the Library's mission to support the educational goals of the University:
"...Being a student here, I know what its like to be in a frantic state for books in order to write a research paper or have an assignment due and can't figure out how to print. I feel compelled to help our patrons in need no matter what the question is...Educational success is my number one goal and that really helps me when I am answering a patrons questions...It warms my heart to know that I have been able to help so many people succeed in their classes and in their life."
Spring 2017: Erin Bisesti
Erin on how her service in the Carpenter Library affected her University experience:
"Working at the Library has given me new perspective of the student body, and of myself. Every day that I sit at the front desk I am reminded of the diversity that is UNF. As a student, I often just saw myself as part of the cloud or another person filling up a desk, and I forgot we are all individuals with special interests and personalities. When I first started attending UNF I was very shy and very nervous, never sure where I fit in. I was very anxious about working the front desk, more content to stay behind the scenes and shelve. After over a year of service here, my vantage point has changed entirely. ...I'm more outgoing, more enthusiastic, and more confident and I can tell that the patrons I interact with respond well to me. They give me so much life.."
Fall 2016: Daniel Boyko
How has your service in the library affected your university experience? "Since I began working at the Library it has become a home away from home. The faculty and staff are extremely helpful and always remind me to put school first. The flexibility to choose my own schedule has been one of the greatest assets to my collegiate career which really gives me the peace of mind to know that at the end of the day I can pay the bills while attending school, which really helps me focus on my coursework. The student staff have all become an incredible support group during tough times both in and out of work. We have all built great friendships that transpire through work and into home life during breaks from school and work. The study-focused community of the Library has allowed me to see many styles of studying and adopt study habits to implement in different environments like group or individual study sessions. Through learning how to assist patrons in finding information I have gained an invaluable ability to research information for my own classes and research. My service at the Library has given me important life skills I can implement in every aspect of my life, through research and study habits to financial stability and emotional support, with friendships I see lasting a very long time. My attitude towards my university experience has become one of attendance at a university to a belonging in a community." - Daniel Boyko
Fall 2016: Maria Gonzalez
What does library service mean to you? "In Venezuela, in my High School, we didn't have a library. We studied and investigated at home with not many resources. At UNF since my Freshman year I have used the library extensively and I call it the house of knowledge when I refer to it. Furthermore, working here and helping fellow students gives me great satisfaction beyond the fact that it is not only a place with an immense number of books and information resources, but "THE PLACE" were the student body not only find the information needed for a research, investigation, pleasure reading, but the place where one develops methodology while studying in an environment the invites one to concentrate, meditate and get the knowledge sunk in the brain." - Maria Gonzalez