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Julia Shepherd Named Libraries' Outstanding Student Employee

Julia Shepherd poses for a photograph outside the book shelves of King Library

By Vince Frieden, strategic communications coordinator, University Libraries

Senior Julia Shepherd is the recipient of the 2018 Miami University Libraries Outstanding Student Employee of the Year. 

Shepherd, a linguistics and Spanish major from Mason, Ohio, was one of 47 senior or graduate student employees recognized at the Libraries’ annual Student Recognition Dinner Sunday night. During her four years in King Library, she worked at the circulation desk, Center for Information Management, Center for Digital Scholarship and Instructional Materials Center. 

She was presented the honor by Jerome Conley, dean and university librarian; Kris Abney, manager of access and circulation; and Bryan Partner, senior library technician. Her nomination emphasized her passion for library work and her always positive attitude.

“Julia arrived at the Libraries four years ago wanting to be a librarian. She has done everything she can to prepare herself for that goal, including working in four different areas within the University Libraries,” the nomination read. “She has worked overnights, weekends, holidays and numerous breaks with a smile and a great deal of enthusiasm.”

The Outstanding Student Employee of the Year award and Libraries Student Recognition Dinner began two years ago as a way of thanking and recognizing the University Libraries’ senior student employees. Across four campus locations, the University Libraries currently employ more than 100 student workers.

“They are in many ways the faces of the University Libraries, whether connecting patrons with resources from the circulation desk or carrying out behind-the-scenes tasks that keep everything running smoothly,” Conley said. “But they give us so much more than the tasks they perform. They are like family.”

Other featured speakers included Phyllis Callahan, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, and Bradley Mascho ’02 M.A. ’03 a former Libraries student worker who is chief AI officer for NCI.

The full listing of all University Libraries’ student employees who will graduate in spring, summer or fall 2018 is as follows:

**Meeta Bhardwaj** Biology **Carly Bieler**  Early Childhood Education/Teaching English Language Learners **Margaret Breidenbaugh** History (master’s) **Mike Carson ** Finance **João Castro** Architecture **Libby Crook** Speech Pathology & Audiology/Spanish **Benjamin Cushing** History/Integrated Social Studies Education **Sophia Del Valle** Early Childhood Education **Heng Gao ** Psychology **Chantel Gates** Psychology **Jack Hallett** Finance **Julia Harrelson ** Sport Leadership and Management **Austin Bryana Lee-Anne Hogans ** Architecture **Ryaan Ibtisam ** Finance **Brant Imhoff ** Statistics (master’s) **David Lau ** Statistics **Hannah Liming ** Early Childhood Education **Taylor Manning ** Speech Pathology & Audiology (master’s) **Chad Miller ** Political Science **Madyson** Murray  Marketing/Business Economics **Arthur Newberry ** Graphic Design/Film Studies **Colin Nguyen Dinh** Finance / Analytics **Sherif Owusu ** Public Administration **Parth Patel ** Electrical Engineering **Shervani Patel ** Marketing/ Comparative Media Studies **Kassie Paul ** Middle Childhood Education **Gaby Perez ** Kinesiology **Jalana Phillips ** Theatre **Candace Pine** Library and Information Science **Annie Prior ** Chemistry **Rachel Marie Reeves ** Political Science **Ardin Reinhart ** Statistics and Analytics **Stephenie Richardson ** Botany **Michael Richart ** Integrated English Language Arts Education **Delaney Roberts** Music Education **Sarah Robison ** Psychology **Kaylie Schunk ** History **Meghan Shaughnessy ** Accounting (combined bachelor’s/master’s) **Caitlin Sheehan ** Social Work **Julia Shepherd ** Spanish / Linguistics **Katherine Shirley ** Integrated English Language Arts Education / Spanish **Amanda Smith ** Public Administration and Urban Planning **Maria Taylor ** Creative Writing/English Literature **Remy Willocks** History **Madelaine Wood ** Journalism **Rebecca Wyma ** Microbiology **Coco Zhang** Accounting / Information Systems