Penn State University Libraries' Student Showcase April 9, 2020

Join us on Thursday, April 9 at 1:30 PM ET to hear from student employees about their work in the Penn State Libraries. To attend this webinar, log into Zoom.

Watch the recorded Showcase, via a Penn State Kaltura channel.

Our Student Presenters

  • Lily Murray, Bednar Student Engagement & Outreach Intern at University Park
  • Alex Boyda, Development & Alumni Relations Bednar Intern
  • Huaibin Zhang, Graduate Assistant for Digital Badges
  • Marianne Black, Pennsylvania Center for the Book GIS Bednar Intern
  • Maggie Welch, Stelts & Filippelli Intern in Rare Books & Manuscripts & Historical Collections and Labor Archives
  • Thomas Whalon, Maps Library Student Assistant
  • David Chen, Bednar Statistical Assistant Intern
  • Mauvette Malizia, Graduate Assistant for Accessibility
  • Hannah Fassbender, Bednar Student Engagement & Outreach Intern at Berks
  • Devin McDuffie, Bednar Global Partnerships Intern
  • Naibin Chen, Scholarly Communications Graduate Assistant
  • Ben Mitchell, Peer Research Consultant
  • Samantha Tepper, Bednar Conservation Intern
  • Ally Mastrangelo, Mapping the Student Engagement Journey Undergraduate Research Assistant
Our presenters (from top left to bottom right): Lily Murray, Alex Boyda, Marianne Black, Maggie Welch, David Chen, Mauvette Malizia, Devin McDuffie, Ben Mitchell, Naibin Chen, Hannah Fassbender, Samantha Tepper, & Ally Mastrangelo
The University Libraries employs undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of roles across the Commonwealth. Our student employees work in many departments and play a crucial role in supporting our patrons and ensuring the Libraries meets the needs of our Penn State community. Currently, the Libraries employ students through work study positions, part-time positions, undergraduate internships, and graduate assistantships. We appreciate their insight, perspective, and their impact on the Libraries.

University Libraries' Outstanding Student Employee Award Recipients

The Outstanding Student Employee Award recognizes and honors our top student employees who have contributed to the Libraries. This award looks for student employees who have provided exemplar service, demonstrated a strong work ethic in their role, and exhibited leadership within the Libraries. Students were nominated by their supervisor or workplace colleagues and additional letters of support helped the committee understand the valuable contributions each student has made.

The committee would like to celebrate all the students nominated for this award and their contributions to the University Libraries: Bianca M. Alvarez, Abby Biernacki, Garrett Bracken, David Chen, Yaroslav Kronin, David LeBlanc, Rhianna Lonas, Gwen Moore, Joslenne Pena, Omas Seif, Sebastian Vargas, and Huaibin Zhang. Thank you to those who helped to nominate these students and recognize their work in supporting the mission of the University Libraries.

Mauvette Malizia, Graduate Assistant for Accessibility, for her leadership with the Libraries’ Accessibility Student Advisory Group, and her work ethic in continuing to develop projects supporting accessibility within the Libraries.

• Ben Mitchell, Peer Research Consultant, for his work ethic and service in assisting his peers at the Search Bar, his mentorship of new Peer Research Consultants, and taking initiative to expand his role to collaborate and create an exhibition in Sidewater Commons, highlighting political protest materials in our Ken Lawrence collection.

Lily Murray, Bednar Student Engagement & Outreach Intern, for her leadership in creating new library events, such as organizing, hosting, and leading three Wikipedia Edit-a-thons that reached beyond University Park to multiple campuses for a multi-campus collaboration.

Jada Warner, Library Staff Assistant, for their exemplary service in ensuring that all questions from library patrons are answered with empathy and being a reliable and adaptable employee that both peers and library faculty and staff rely on.

The Bednar Internship Program

Established in 2000, the Bednar Internship Program was created through an endowment by Donald Hamer and Marie Bednar. This program enables the Libraries to hire juniors and seniors to complete paid internships with the option of earning academic credit if they so choose. Each year, we accept proposals from Library units seeking an undergraduate intern. The internships allow students to gain an active and collaborative learning experience with real world skills applicable to their chosen career path. So far, the Bednar Internship program has supported over 160 students; their work has left a lasting impression on the University Libraries.

Sandra K. Stelts & Ronald L. Filippelli Undergraduate Internship in Rare Books & Manuscripts & Historical Collections and Labor Archives

Established in 2007, this endowment was created by Sandra Stelts and Ronald Filippelli. An undergraduate student is hired each year to work within two Special Collection units: Rare Books & Manuscripts and Historical Collections & Labor Archives.


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