Thank you, graduating Wilson Library student employees!

May 3, 2018

If you’ve ever been in Wilson Special Collections Library, you’ve benefitted from the work of our student employees. When we tell our students “We couldn’t have done it without you,” we really really mean it. Students are a critical part of our work in every department. They write finding aids, move boxes, repair books, answer reference questions, create exhibits, digitize materials, and more.

This time of year finds us with conflicted feelings of loss and pride as a group of bright, industrious student employees heads off to conquer the world. We’ll miss them dearly, but we’re excited to see each of them make their mark.

We’d like to take a moment to thank our grads for their hard work, congratulate them on this notable accomplishment, and send them off with best wishes for happiness and success.

Jaffa Panken standing at a table; Carson Fish using a button maker.

Left: University Archives CALA Jaffa Panken sharing collection materials at a meeting of the University Woman’s Club. Right: University Archives RA Carson Fish helping students make buttons during University Day 2017.


Two students arranging exhibits.

Student assistants Maya Brooks (left) and Wesley Thompson help with exhibits in the North Carolina Collection Gallery.

  • Lacey Hunter (Student Assistant)
  • Jordan Van Hoy (Student Assistant)

Digital Production Center

  • Stephanie Cales (Student Assistant)
  • Jenna Hall (Student Assistant)

Music Library

  • Rebecca Griffin (Student Assistant)
  • Morgan Hu (Special Projects Assistant)
  • Jen O’Bryan (Cataloging Assistant)
  • Courtney Richards (Student Assistant)

North Carolina Collection

  • Hannah Cook (Student Assistant)

North Carolina Collection Gallery

  • Maya Brooks (Student Assistant)
  • Lars Knapp (Student Assistant)
  • Wesley Thompson (Student Assistant)
Students working with documents & computers at a table

Digital Projects Librarian Kristen Merryman with NC Digital Heritage Center students Julia Gootzeit, Jessica Serrao, and Spencer Bevis during an onsite scanning day at the Johnston County Heritage Center.

North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

  • Julia Gootzeit (Digitization Research Assistant)
  • Jessica Serrao (Newspaper Digitization Research Assistant)

Research & Instructional Services

  • Sebastian Hibbard (Student Assistant)
  • Garland Kennedy (Student Assistant)
  • Jess Kincaid (Research Assistant)
  • Mackenzie Kwok (Student Assistant)
  • Emma Parker (Research Assistant)
  • Vicky Tsakas (Student Assistant)
  • Jessie (Duoyun) Zhou (Student Assistant)

Southern Folklife Collection

  • Chase Hatcher (Student Assistant)

Southern Historical Collection

  • Brenna Edwards (Project Archivist, Community-Driven Archives Mellon Grant)
  • Merisa Tomczak (Research Assistant)
tech services students sitting at a table and SHC employees standing behind a table

Left: Wilson Library Tech Services student assistants Skye Allan & Kennedy Washington at work in the cataloging room. Right: Project Archivist Brenna Edwards (left) with Southern Historical Collection Administrative Assistant Lydia Neuroth at the SHC’s Home Movie Day in 2017.

Technical Services

  • Skye Allan (Student Assistant)
  • Sam Robinson (Research Assistant)

University Archives & Records Management Services

  • Carson Fish (Research Assistant)
  • Jaffa Panken (Carolina Academic Library Associates)