Graduating Library Employees 2017

Hello All! We hope your semesters are wrapping up nicely! For each of the library’s graduating 2nd year student workers, we give them the opportunity to choose one book, of any genre, to be added to the collection in their honor. The books each student has chosen can be seen on display by the front doors, along with a little information about each student and their experiences here at Oxford! In honor of their tremendous work here in the library, here is a list of each of their book choices:

 

 Belinda Addo: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Why did you choose this book?

One of the items that I admire most about this book is its prose. Zusak is able to write the story in such a poetic, flowing manner that it invariably causes you to be swept into the book, despite its lengthiness. The story follows a girl named Liesel as she learns her place in the world during World War II. This novel’s hauntingly beautiful & heartbreaking story will stay with you forever.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

One memory most poignant to me was my presentation at the Women’s Studies Symposium. I was not only given the opportunity to teach others about black womanhood, but I also learned a significant amount about race, gender, & sexuality. It was truly a fascinating & an informative experience for me.

What do you like/love about the library?

When I applied to be a student librarian, I expected to do technical duties such as organize books or work at the front desk. What I did not expect to do was learn how caring & dedicated the library staff is. Each member is deeply educated, skilled, & caring, & they have all made my time spent at college worthwhile in both an educational & personal sense. I am thankful to have the opportunity to have met & worked with them.

 

 

Chris Avila: The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because it talks about a group of people so frequently oppressed that we often forget about them: Native Americans. I wanted to pick a book for the library that highlights an issue not often discussed in classrooms, & in this case I wanted to bring up the lack of fair trials for Native American survivors of rape. In this book an American man rapes a Native American woman on tribal land & due to the variations between federal, state & tribal laws, the rapist is freed. Aside from this, the book talks about the vulnerability of Native American culture, the status of their tribal lands, & the importance of the Native American community coming together.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

My favorite Oxford memory has to be the day that I became an official member of Dooley’s Dolls. I used to suffer from strong feelings of social anxiety & an overall low self-esteem, but through Dolls I learned how to be more confident in my abilities & how to better handle my anxiety. They taught me to simply not care about others’ perceptions of me. Yelling with my fellow Dolls every Friday afternoon is an empowering experience.

What do you like/love about the library?

I love the ample amount of technology at its disposal. There have been many times where my computer was acting up & I needed to do homework or whenever I wanted to relax & watch a movie I could check out a projector. At work, I was able to interact with a great group of people & with my peers in a unique way.

 

 

Ramsey Baden: The Redwall by Brian Jacques

Why did you choose this book?

Redwall was one of the very first books that I read as a ten-year-old in Taiwan. It is extremely dear to me as my first independent foray into fantasy, & I couldn’t be happier that I stumbled across it. The sense of exploration & discovery that I felt while reading Redwall (& subsequently devouring the rest of the twenty-two book series as it was released) was very palpable to me as a little kid in a Pacific jungle, & it is one that I still yearn for today. Redwall Abbey will always be one of my homes, & Matthias & Brian Jacques are still my heroes today.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

It’s hard to pick one thing because I’ve enjoyed so many things about being here. I have to say that my favorite components of Oxford has been the way I’ve been able to get closer to my friends than ever before. I’ve shared moments with my friends that will always be preserved in my memory – acting with talented casts, going on runs in the woods, laughing in the fine dining establishment that is Waffle House, & squatting in a tree with the temperament (& hair) of a monkey. My friends have made Oxford feel like a sanctuary & a home.

What do you like/love about the library?

I was very excited to work at the library before I even arrived at Oxford. I’m so glad that I did. What I love most by far about the library is its faculty & staff. It’s been a privilege to work alongside great minds & academic experts who also happen to be genuine & kind people.

 

 

Hannah Bookert: King Sejong the Great by Young-Key Kim-Renaud

Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book to bring more light to Korean culture within the Oxford book selection. This children’s book is about King Sejong who founded the Korean alphabet during the Joseon era.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

My favorite Oxford memory is getting to know the international student community well through being an iMentor this past year.

What do you like/love about the library?

I love that Oxford Library is an open space where students from diverse backgrounds can come & utilize the given study space with flexibility.

 

 

Nicole Campbell: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because I like how the author portrays living with a disability, specifically blindness. There are not a lot of books that beautifully describe what it is like to live with a disability. I also enjoyed how lyrical & poetic Anthony Doerr’s writing is & how this novel made me think about how I view my surroundings.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

My favorite Oxford memory would be having the opportunity to take a paper making class with one of my friends. I really learned a lot about the process of paper making, & I enjoyed having the opportunity to make my own paper.

What do you like/love about the library?

I really enjoy being able to form relationships with the librarians which is possible because of the size of the library.

 

 

Sydney Chan: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because it’s something that made a lasting impression on me the first time I read it. The commentary it contains regarding thought, education, & relationships is interesting & relevant. While it’s not a happy book nor does it have a happy ending (spoiler sorry), it makes you think, & it’s all the more valuable because of that.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

My favorite Oxford memory is just looking back on all the relationships I’ve built on this campus with other students, faculty, & staff. I arrived here not knowing anyone at all, but I’ll be leaving here having made many friends.

What do you like/love about the library?

I love the atmosphere of the library. I like how students can always be comfortable coming to the library not only to study, but just to meet one another & hold events.

 

 

Jenny Choi: Good & Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day by Leanne Brown

Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because good food is rare on many college campuses, including Oxford. Good food is a big part of my life, & I hope that students can find affordable & delicious recipes!

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

One of my favorite memories from Oxford is the carefree Friday nights I would spend with my friends watching movies, getting take out, & laughing a lot.

What do you like/love about the library?

As a student employee, I really appreciate the warm, friendly environment the library supervisors & student employees provide. & I love the cozy study areas!

 

 

Alexandria Conn: The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because I think it’s one of the best stories to have ever been written. Who doesn’t like a good book about the mafia?

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

My favorite Oxford memory is probably watching “Little Women: Atlanta” with Bridgette (Ox grill worker), while I stuff my face with cheese quesadillas & fries.

What do you like/love about the library?

I love all of the supervisors (shout out to Ben Brown), & I absolutely love working the Circulation desk with the other library employees.  I feel like I’ve been able to create a special bond with many of them & I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to be able to work at the library, surrounded by wonderful people.

 

 

Derek Hu: The Name of the World by Patrick Rothfuss

Why did you choose this book?

I choose this book because it is the first book in one of my favorite series: The Kingkiller Chronicle. This series was introduced to me by a friend during high school & I still find myself rereading it. It simply is a fun story & pleasant distraction.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

My favorite Oxford experience would have to be the petting zoo. Animals are fun.

What do you like/love about the library?

I like the the library has the space & resources to allow students to sit down & do some heavy studying/working while also occasionally hosting events like study breaks & game nights. No matter what students want to do, the library can accommodate it.

 

 

Aemin Kim: Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because after reading this book, it really changed my perspective on success, why certain people are successful, & how to achieve my own success.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

My favorite Oxford memory is PAL training, because of how much closer I got with my fellow PALs & how much work & excitement I put into preparing for Freshman Orientation.

What do you like/love about the library?

I love how beautiful the library is, & all the great study spaces in the library, not just boring desks. I also love how incredibly supportive, resourceful & helpful the library faculty is & student employees are.

 

 

Jessica Lublin: The Galacteran Legacy: Galaxy Watch by Michelle Izmaylov

Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because it is the first book I found that really struck a cord with me as the type of story I wanted to write someday. The subject matter & writing, & the fact that the author was only seventeen when she published it, made this book a type of role model for my writing, although I am not sure I am very close yet to the level of writing Michelle Izmaylov was at when she wrote this book, her third published novel.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

My favorite part of my Oxford College experience was my time as the co-editor of the Memory, the Oxford College Yearbook. With only six students total on the crew, all college freshmen new to college life, I feel we bonded & worked well as a team. Even better was the moment the book came out & got distributed. All our hard work paid off & I felt very proud to be one of the co-editors of the 2015-2016 yearbook.

What do you like/love about the library?

Overall, my job at the Oxford College Library is one of the few commitments I fully put my heart into at Oxford. I really enjoyed it & am sad to be leaving it when I go to main campus. So perhaps it is my job that I love about the library.

 

 

Haleigh Machost: Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card

Why did you choose this book?

It’s a completely different look at the series through the mind of a Bean. Through his story, I became more attached & invested in Bean than Ender.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

My favorite Oxford memory is when I ran my first reaction in the chemistry research lab.

What do you like/love about the library?

What I really like about the library is how so many people use it for & it can serve a different function for each person. For many, the library is a place to study, others a place to relax, & for some a place where they socialize.

 

 

Niyati Upadhyay: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Why did you choose this book?

This book is very reflective of so many morals that we sometimes overlook in our daily lives. The importance of honesty & transparency are really highlighted in this book. It goes to show that being true to yourself & the ones you love will end up benefiting you in the long run.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

Although I can’t really narrow down my favorite memories of Oxford to just one memory, I think one of my favorite times at Oxford would have to be setting up for orientation as a PAL & Library Leader, & all of the outings that went along with both roles. I loved being able to make friends with people who had similar goals & passions as I do, & doing so at Oxford is so easy because of the close-knit community.

What do you like/love about the library?

I love that the library is not just a place to study, but a place to socialize & make friends. Events like Game Night & library study breaks are really important in forming a tight knit community & for students to be able to look at the library as a stress-free environment sometimes. Overall, I love the opportunities that I have had by working at the library, & I feel like I am a better-rounded person because of them.

 

 

Christian Vallejo: Los Hijos de la Oscuridad by Jaime Jaramillo

Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because it was of the first difficult reading I had when I was a little kid. I really shaped my understanding of the injustice that takes place right under our noses & really pushed me to be a more considerate individual.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

My favorite oxford memory was going for a walk in the woods by myself. I walked for what seemed like forever & felt alone for the first time since being at oxford. It was so peaceful & really made me appreciate the quietness that surrounds oxford.

What do you like/love about the library?

The thing i love the most about the library are the people. They are one of the kindest individuals i have met. I am so happy to be able to be so close with the librarians. They are one of the nicest people working in the campus.

 

 

David Wang: Make Gentle the Life of this World by Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

Why did you choose this book?

In a place like Oxford, one of the defining aspects of such a place is community: the good & the bad. RFK offers a vision within these quotes of a community enshrined in the ideas of compassion for our fellow man & sincerity & purpose within our actions. We do a disservice to the memory of RFK by surrendering that simply because he is no longer with us, that this idea is somehow dead. As a community, those currently at Oxford & those who have gone on should never give up on the realization of such a dream for our school. We should always remember that such a place is never out of reach. That is why I believe this book to be a very appropriate book that I would like added to our collection to remind us of who we are & who we ought to strive to be.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

My favorite memory here at Oxford is quite unusual, it’s the memory of staying up until 1:00 to study for a final exam. It’s not at every place that you’ll find people willing to go through such dire straits with you, literally staying up with you.

What do you like/love about the library?

What I love most about the library is its approachability, the people who work there, students & faculty, all have a certain humility & brotherly demeanor that students never have trouble finding their answers due to a lack of willingness to ask for help.

 

 

Mary Ward: Sum it Up by Pat Head Summit

Why did you choose this book?

I chose this book because even for those who do not understand or have never played the game of basketball, it provides unique & helpful insight through Pat Summit’s many life experiences.

What is your favorite Oxford memory?

My favorite Oxford memory was being a PAL & making such funny & kind friends. I love the library because it is a bright & calm space that is conducive to studying.

What do you like/love about the library?

My favorite place at the library is the patio area in the spring when it is warm & sunny.

 

Mary Ward was the library’s 2016 Sara Gregory Scholarship winner. This scholarship goes to an outstanding student employee who best reflects the four principles we expect in our student employees: A professional attitude in working with the staff and their peers, Flexibility in taking on any task assigned to them or any problem that may arise, Invested in the success of library programs and the endeavor to improve upon them, and An approachable disposition that makes the library a safe and welcoming space to all.