Two Student Employees win 2022 Library Appreciation Awards

April 20, 2022

Two undergraduate students have received the University Libraries’ Student Employee Appreciation Awards for their exemplary work and contributions.

Each year, the University Libraries and the Student Library Advisory Board (SLAB) present the awards for excellent customer service, leadership in the workplace, integrity, attitude, work ethic, initiative or passion. Nominees must be currently enrolled undergraduate students and must have been working for the University Libraries for at least four semesters.

Our congratulations to this year’s winners: Nate Allen and Madison Wommack.

Portrait of Nate Allen

Nate Allen

Nate Allen, Class of 2022, Davis Library Circulation

Nate Allen joined the Davis Library circulation department in the Fall of 2018, working on document delivery. “Nate brings to each shift an energy and genuine care for his work that we all appreciate,” says document delivery and service desk supervisor Jonathan Page. Nate truly enjoys what he does, and “it shows in the quality of his work and his willingness to continue learning.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, Nate consistently showed up and provided invaluable help as Davis Library worked to navigate the uncertainty of reopening during an ongoing pandemic. He took on greater responsibilities and helped fill gaps in the schedule when full-time staff members were not available. Nate has also been a key asset as the Library resumed normal services, according to the Davis Circulation team, and knowing they can rely on him makes all of their lives easier.

“He has been one of our most reliable student employees, and we have been lucky to have him,” says Page. “Needless to say, we are going to miss him greatly.”

Portrait of Madison Womack in front of the Old Well

Madison Womack

Madison Wommack, Class of 2023, Undergraduate Library Circulation

Madison Wommack has been working at the Undergraduate Library since fall of 2019. “Madison is extremely personable and friendly with all of the visitors to the service desk. While providing excellent assistance with questions, she also makes the visitor feel welcome and acknowledged,” says public services manager Jesse Bethany.

In addition to providing outstanding service, Madison demonstrates great initiative, providing insight into areas that could potentially be improved and consistently going above and beyond normal expectations. She has lent her artistic talent to the Undergraduate Library’s whiteboards and during the pandemic, she regularly volunteered to hand out golden tickets to community members following proper safety protocols.

Bethany says Madison’s can-do attitude and willingness to take on new tasks make her an asset to the team. “Whenever she is offered a chance to help with a project, she is enthusiastic and open to learning more about it.”

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