October's Winner

Natalie Smith, Student of the Month

Name: Natalie Smith

Department: Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections

According to her nominators:

Congratulations to the Libraries’ Student Employee of the Month, Natalie Smith! Natalie is a Student Assistant in Special Collections/Archives.. Here is the nomination received for Natalie:

Natalie is a reliable student who has demonstrated her ability to take initiative and in the past few months, Natalie has either created, updated, or input content in our collection management system for four collections: Julius T. Willard papers, Kansas State University newsletters, Nellie Kedzie Jones series, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity collection. Some of the work included rehousing archival materials, while other work included analyzing the holdings and summarizing their content in archival description. Of special note is the Kansas State University newsletters, which comprise uncataloged holdings that have been in the archives for many years and have had very limited public description. This effort required Natalie to examine potential ways to arrange the hundreds of titles in a logical manner for researchers to access. Her work resulted in organizing and entering nearly 350 folders of titles in the system for public access. Her efforts with the other collections helped expand availability to holdings in the university archives.

Another project she has been handling in recent months is integrating UNIV and SPEC cataloged materials to improve retrieval times and decrease confusion in departmental reference services. Natalie has exhibited ingenuity, patience, and attention to detail in moving materials and ensuring accuracy when combining the two sources of cataloged materials.

About our student employees

K-State Libraries employ approximately 60 part-times students each year. These students are commited to our success, and we couldn’t run the Libraries without them. With this award we want to acknowledge and honor our dedicated student employees serving in the Libraries.

If you have an outstanding student we encourage you to nominate them for this award.

The winner will receive a framed certificate and small gift.

Nominations are accepted the 1st of each month through the end of the month. No late nominations will be accepted.

Past Students of the month