Pandemic or no pandemic, this is the time of year when we start to miss our graduating seniors.
But we in the Washington and Lee University Library feel especially appreciative of one particular group of soon-to-graduate seniors — the students who have worked as members of the library staff in Leyburn Library and/or Telford Library. These students have contributed significantly to the library’s service to the W&L community by working regular weekly hours, while, of course, continuing to juggle all the other aspects of a demanding campus life. So many of the services our faculty and students enjoy are dependent upon the contributions of our student workers.
To honor their work, each year we invite our graduating student workers to identify a book which is especially meaningful to them, whether because of an emotional attachment, the subject matter, or other reasons. We commemorate each student’s selection by acquiring a printed copy of the book, placing a dedicatory book plate inside the front cover, and then displaying all the selections as a group on the Main Floor of Leyburn Library. We are indebted to our Access Services Supervisor, Laura Hewett, for overseeing all the work involved in this process.
This Class of 2020 celebration has not been stopped by the physical closing of the W&L campus, but it has prevented most people from actually seeing the books on display. For the moment, the photograph below will have to suffice. However, the physical display itself will remain in place at least through the summer, so we have hope that (physical) library visitors soon may be able to share in our recognition of our students.
Below is a list of our graduating student workers (arranged by library department) and the books purchased in their honor. You can see more information about the chosen books by browsing this collection in the library’s Primo database.
Thank you to all these hard-working students. We hope you are healthy and safe and that we can see you again sometime soon!
Ryann Carpenter, A Lucky Child
Angela Delos Reyes, Encyclopedia of Philippine Folk Beliefs and Customs, Volume 1
Elyse Ferris, Murder on the Orient Express
Cassandra Grebas, Medical Pharmacology at a Glance
Connor Higgins, Catch 22
Jenna Kim, Being Mortal
Jiwon Kim, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Robert Layton, In the Gardens of the Moon
Chase Major, The Outsider
Laurel Myers, Yes, Please
Prakriti Panthi, How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
Emily Roche, Bronte Transformations: The Cultural Disseminations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights
Aimee Rodriguez, The Way of the Househusband, Volume 1
Anna Soroka, Love Earth Now
Kenneth Hartzfeld, Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress
Emma Rabuse, Declaration des Droits de la Femme et de la Citoyenne
Win Gustin, The American Civil War in the Shaping of British Democracy
Alice Chambers, The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of Master Forgers
Makayla Lorick, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth