The Library Congratulates the 2016-17 Student Employee Appreciation Award Winners

May 3, 2017

This is an archival post originally published on May 3, 2017.

Carolina’s libraries are full of students studying and researching at all hours. Some 350 UNC undergraduates are also Library employees. They provide top-notch service to their fellow students and to everyone who uses the library.

To honor student employees who go above and beyond, the Student Library Advisory Board (SLAB) created the Student Employee Appreciation Award. Each honoree receives $500 from a SLAB endowment. Current undergraduates who have worked for four or more semesters at the UNC Library are eligible.

Congratulations to Prakash Kadiri, Chris Lowder, and Shelby Loyd, the winners of the 2016-17 SLAB Student Employee Appreciation Award!

Prakash Kadiri, class of 2017, for his commitment, energetic customer service, and attention to detail at Wilson Library

Prakash has been a student employee in the Research and Instructional Services department of the Wilson Special Collections Library for six semesters. His supervisor says he has distinguished himself by encouraging the use of archival material and carefully monitoring the security of those materials. Prakash was also recognized for answering reference inquiries that come in from around the world. He is known as the “go-to” student employee for challenging questions that require critical thought and good judgment.

“He represents Wilson Library very well to researchers of all levels of sophistication,” said Tim Hodgdon and Susan Bales, managers of one of Wilson Library’s reading rooms. “His modeling of excellent customer service also inspires his coworkers to consult him on library procedure and to strive
for excellence in their own conduct.”

Chris Lowder, class of 2017, for his dedication, leadership, and work ethic at the Undergraduate Library

Chris has worked for six semesters at the Undergraduate Library, where his supervisor says he is a fantastic student employee. Throughout the past three years, Chris has shown initiative by picking up shifts and pitching in to do other jobs when there has been supervisor attrition.

“He’s definitely the kind of student employee we would look into promoting,” said Jodi Mills, circulation supervisor. “I hope he considers continuing on in the Library system when he graduates.”

Shelby Loyd (not pictured), class of 2018, for her initiative, reliability, and leadership at the Health Sciences Library

Shelby has worked at the Health Sciences Library for four semesters, where she willingly offers guidance to student coworkers and provides exemplary customer service. Her supervisor says she works three out of five midnight shifts throughout the week and always knows the correct resource or person to recommend at all hours of the day.

“Shelby is instrumental in providing support, as well as acting as a great example of genuine work ethic and great customer service,” said Claire Kozak, student supervisor. “She will continue to be a steadfast employee who goes above and beyond.”

Congratulations to this year’s winners!