Director of Libraries and Public Services Librarian
Reinvigorate your student worker program with a mentorship mindset. This session will demonstrate applicable strategies to shift the goal of the student worker program from simply "staffing the library" to mentoring students for post-graduation job readiness. When mentored, trained, and supported, student workers can learn transferable skills to enrich any career path they may choose after graduation. Student workers are valued members of the library team and working alongside them is a daily opportunity for libraries to contribute to the larger overall goal of student development in higher education. This job-readiness and mentorship approach to a student worker program is also an opportunity to tie the library student worker program to student retention and to your campus strategic plan. If the library is the heart of the campus, student workers are the heart of the library.