Every year, the Dartmouth Library honors its student assistants, who are valued members of the library community and bring energy and perspective that enrich all aspects of the library’s work.
In 2007, to honor and thank the graduating student employees, the library created the Student Library Service Bookplate Program. The program invites student workers who support the library’s many services to select a book or other media to add to library collections. The selected items are marked with bookplates that acknowledge the students and recognize their service to the library.
“Our student assistants not only contribute to the mission of the library, but through their book selections add to the diversity of voices reflected in our collections,” says Dean of Libraries Sue Mehrer.
This year, the Dartmouth Library honored 53 students who participated in the program. Their selections included works of fiction, politics, poetry, photography, social commentary, musical CDs, music scores, and classic children’s literature.
Among the selections: The Order of Time by Carlo Rowell; If Beale Street Could Talk, a movie directed by Barry Jenkins; Negroes with Guns by Robert F. Williams; Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed; Phulkari by Harman Kaur; Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility by Reina Gossett; Voice of Jamaica by Buju Banton; and Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman.
Berry Main Street will feature an exhibit of student honorees and their selections from July 15 through August. The full listing of student honorees and their selections can be found on the bookplate program’s website.