Congratulations to Our Graduating Library Employees – Oxford Class of 2015!

The Oxford College Library has 15 graduating sophomores this semester. Each semester, the library honors our graduating sophomores’ hard work by purchasing a book requested by each graduating student and donating it to the library in their name. The books each student has chosen can be seen on display in the Academic Commons, along with a little information about each student and their experiences here at Oxford!

Brooke Brooke Keener has worked at the library since she entered Oxford College in the fall of 2013. She was selected as the recipient of the Sara Gregory Memorial Scholarship in 2014, and participated in the Library Leadership Program during the 2014-2015 academic year. The book she chose to add to the collection is Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder.

What do you like/love about the library? “Honestly, the Oxford College Library has been like a second home to me – it would be impossible to pick just one thing that I love most.  However, I know that I will miss the library staff most of all.  They always go above and beyond to help out students, whether it is suggesting a database to use or helping to organize an event.  I’m especially grateful for the library staff’s help with Retro Game Night.  They put the students’ desire to have the library transformed into a retro game arcade for one night over their own workload (or even going home early on a Friday night).  The impact they have each had on my life will never be forgotten, and I am thankful that I was given the opportunity to get to know each and every one of them through working at the library!”

Rachel Rachel Bossman has worked at the library since she entered Oxford College in the fall of 2013. The book she chose to add to the collection is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

What do you like/love about the library? “When I came to the Oxford College Library, I received cool things like an Oxford College Library water bottle, an umbrella, mugs in several different colors, and a cute little planner. They are objects that will help me remember my time at Oxford College Library.”

Nathan Nathan Cherry has worked at the library since he started at Oxford College in the fall of 2013. The book he chose to add to the collection is 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann.

What do you like/love about the library? “I think what I love most about our library is that it is great not only for studying, but as a meeting place for students—whenever I come to the library, I almost always see someone I know, and can strike up a conversation. Likewise, all of the library staff members are warm and friendly. This makes the library an extremely open and hospitable place, rather than cold and closed-off.”

Nicole Nicole Coffey has worked at the library since she started at Oxford College in the fall of 2013. She participated in the Library Leadership Program during the 2014-2015 academic year. The book she chose to add to the collection is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

What do you like/love about the library? “During our training freshman year, one of the library staff members said something to me that has stuck with me ever since. She said, ‘the unique thing about the library is that it is a common space for everyone on campus. You meet so many people you might not normally meet by being in the library, working on group projects, in the library, etc.’ This has proven to be true over my two years of working here. I have met so many different students by working and studying here that I would have not met otherwise. You never know who will cross your path when you’re here, and I love that about our library!”

Noah Noah Cole started working in the library at the beginning of his sophomore year in the fall of 2014. The book he chose to add to the collection is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

What do you like/love about the library? “I love that the library is a social haven as well as a study environment.”

Brittany Brittany Davis started working in the library during her freshman year in spring 2014. The book she chose to add to the collection is Kindred by Octavia Butler.

What do you like/love about the library? “I love how quiet it is at 8 and 9 AM. I love the study spaces in the back. I love the study rooms with the whiteboards, but I definitely love the laptops that we are able to rent. I really do love the library.”

Alicia Alicia Johnson has worked with the library since she started at Oxford in the fall of 2013. The book she chose to add to the collection is Islam: A Very Short Introduction by Malise Ruthven.

What do you like/love about the library? “Being a student worker at the library, I could honestly say, has been one of the most rewarding things I have been involved in at Oxford. My favorite part has to be the staff that works here. They are truly amazing. Coming to college was a hard transition for me being away from home and I struggled finding a family away from home but working at the library I met all the amazing people who worked here and not only have they been great mentors to me but also people I hope to stay in touch with for years to come. They are so invested in the lives of the students who work at the library and truly want them to have the best experience possible at Oxford. The Library is definitely one of the main things I will miss when I graduate Oxford. A lot of the best relationships I made were ones formed at the Library.”

Haja Haja Kanu has worked at the library since she started at Oxford College in the fall of 2013. She participated in the Library Leadership Program during the 2014-2015 academic year. The book she chose to add to the collection is The Skin I’m In by Sharon Flake.

What do you like/love about the library? “My absolute favorite thing about the library is the relaxed vibe and friendly people. The staff are amazing and always willing to help. Free tea and headphones are a big plus.  And the building ain’t too hard on the eyes.”

shashank Shashank Kalanithi has worked at the library since the beginning of spring of 2015 in his sophomore year. The book he chose to add to the collection is How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

What do you like/love about the library? “Apart from the open spaces and the unconventional atmosphere I really love how much the library cares for the student body, both student employees and everyone else.”

Jun Jun Li has worked with the library since he started at Oxford College in the fall of 2013. The book he chose to add to the collection is The Overachievers by Alexandra Robbins.

What do you like/love about the library? “It’s hard for me to choose just one thing I like about libraries, but the silence is probably what I like the most. Since middle school, I always enjoyed the silence I could find in a library. When I wanted a place to collect my mind, do homework, or just pick a nice place to read, I’d immediately head to the library. I even spent my High school lunch periods there. Now more than ever, I’m busy and I can’t let my mind relax even for a second or else I may forget something vital. The library acts as a sanctuary for me to take it slow and do things at a more relaxed pace or I can just hang around and peacefully enjoy a book, listen to music, or just chat with my advisers here.”

Amanda Amanda McClintock has worked at the library since she started at Oxford College in the fall of 2013. She participated in the Library Leadership Program during the 2014-2015 academic year. The book she chose to add to the collection is Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

What do you like/love about the library? “Not only is the library a great environment to study and hang out, but the library staff are amiable and cool to talk to.”

DSC_0009 Mike Neal has worked at the library since he started at Oxford College in the fall of 2013. He participated in the Library Leadership Program during the 2014-2015 academic year. The book he chose to add to the collection is The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.

What do you like/love about the library? “I love all of the little study rooms that they have to rent. They are more private than the rest of the library and I like how quiet they can get and how you can just hang out with your friends there.”

Roya Roya Shareefy has worked at the library since she started at Oxford College in the fall of 2013. She participated in the Library Leadership Program during the 2014-2015 academic year. The book she chose to add to the collection is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

What do you like/love about the library? “What I like about the library is that the library serves as a central area for students to study and socialize. By working at the library, I got the chance to meet and get to know some amazing people on campus. I love how the library provides so many resources, such as the textbooks for each class and laptops.”

rubenie Rubenie Stimphil worked with the Oxford College library from the spring of 2014 until she graduated in the fall of 2014. The book she chose to add to the collection is Roots by Alex Haley.

What do you like/love about the library? “The things I like best about the library are the laptop lending program and the study rooms.”

Elena Elena Totchilova has worked at the library since she started at Oxford College in the fall of 2013. She participated in the Library Leadership Program during the 2014-2015 academic year. The book she chose to add to the collection is My Uncle Napoleon by Iraj Pezeshkzad.

What do you like/love about the library? “I love that the library is so accessible and how many resources are made available to students. The librarians are always willing and able to help with any sort of research problems and there are so many supplies available to checkout.”

Evan Evan Welch has worked at the library since he started at Oxford College in the fall of 2013. The book he chose to add to the collection is The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

What do you like/love about the library? “I love the welcoming environment in the library. One of my first days here, during orientation, I came in and Jonathan, one of the staff members, helped my friends and I become acquainted with the library and how it worked.”