Each spring since 2007, the Dartmouth College Library honors its graduating student employees with the Student Library Service Bookplate Program. Graduating students who have worked for the Library are invited to choose books, DVDs, CDs or other items for the Library’s collections. Each item receives a bookplate that acknowledges the student’s selection and honors his or her service to the Library. Students are eligible for the honor if they have worked at least two terms in any Library department (including RWIT, the Student Center for Research, Writing, and Information Technology, which the Library collaborates in running).
“All of the staff of the Dartmouth College Library are very pleased to acknowledge our graduating student assistants who have worked closely with us over their time at Dartmouth. We would not be able to offer the range of services and coverage of hours without them. This program is a tangible and lasting expression of our collective appreciation,” says Jeffrey Horrell, Dean of Libraries and Librarian of the College.
Read more: Library Honors Graduating Student EmployeesAndrew Longhi ’14, who worked at Baker-Berry Library’s Information Desks, selected Lawrence Dodd’s Congress Reconsidered, a book Longhi used for his government honors thesis.
“My thesis focused on how increased obstruction in the Senate has altered the way the president nominates candidates to the U.S. Courts of Appeals,” Longhi says. “Congress changes as an institution on a regular basis and the scholars profiled in this book study the distinct pressures and influences on Congress in modern times. Having the opportunity to contribute a book that was instrumental for my thesis was the perfect way to end my time as a library student assistant.”
For Miriam Kilimo ’14, who was an RWIT tutor as well as a library student assistant, the Bookplate Program offered an opportunity to connect her experience at Dartmouth to her life growing up in Africa.
“Baker-Berry Library has been a home for me at Dartmouth since my first year, and I’ve enjoyed working both at RWIT and at the information desks,” she says. “I’m excited that the Bookplate Program has allowed me to select an item—the film Nairobi Half Life—that tells a rural-urban migration story from my main home, Kenya.”
The Library will honor nearly 70 students from the Class of 2014, with selections ranging from biographies, cookbooks, and children’s fiction to world literature, inspirational works, and DVDs of favorite films. Commencement week displays will celebrate honorees at all of Dartmouth’s campus libraries.
Visit the Bookplate Program’s webpage for a full listing of students’ selections from all eight years of the program.