Student Stories

Stories from and about library student employees and interns.
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The front cover of a Burmese language book and the bibliographic cataloging description of the book rendered in MARC format
  • Win Kyaw
From mid-May to mid-July this summer, I joined the U-M Library’s International Studies team as their Southeast Asian studies librarianship intern. I applied to the inaugural internship program, hoping to build upon my previous work experiences in metadata and cataloging services at three different academic libraries in California and Massachusetts. As a student copy cataloger and a part-time assistant, I mainly proofread certain parts of bibliographic records that are considered crucial (e.g. book titles, page numbers, etc.) and transferred records from a shared online database to a local one used by the U-M Library. In other words, I did what is called copy cataloging and other entry-level tasks involved in processing new library materials. In short, I arrived in Ann Arbor with the goal of expanding my understanding of librarianship, which was limited to a few library jobs I have had. 
Iraqi artist, Dr. Mohammed Karem, with his paintings. He is surrounded by various other items in a crowded room.
  • Zainab A Hakim
  • Serena Safawi
The Shadow and Light project seeks to memorialize Iraqi academics who were assassinated between 2003 and 2011. This summer we worked on curating the Shadow and Light materials to be displayed in Hatcher Graduate Library and creating an accompanying online exhibit.
Hatcher Haunts map screens with color-blind filters applied to show color contrast.
  • Alex Warren
My journey with learning about and applying web content and video game accessibility standards to Hatcher Haunts, a visual wayfinding mobile game prototype.
Picture of several video discs piled high
  • Yuchen Wu
This blog post documents a student's journey through a Michigan Library Scholars project. Her research focuses on the identification, watching, evaluation, and selection of documentaries in the University of Michigan's library that are related to art and resistance. The selected documentaries are presented as an annotated bibliography to instructors for course teaching purposes during the Fall 23 Arts & Resistance theme semester.
Cartoony illustration of a squirrel holding a flashlight under its face. Behind it is Hatcher Library. In the background are the sihlouttes of a book ghost, a compass ghost, and a lamp ghost.
  • Cecilia Valentina Ledezma Herrera
I was a Michigan Library Scholar during the summer of 2023 in the "Gamified Directions to the Library" project. Our aim was to create an aid for students to learn to navigate the library, so we made a prototype for a video game. In this blog post, I detail my journey as the Art and Story lead for the game "Hatcher Haunts."
3rd South stack in the oil painting style.
  • Shao-Chi Ou
I was a Summer 2023 Michigan Library Scholar in the project “Gamified Directions to the Library: Developing a Training Module.” We developed an educational video game that taught users about navigating Hatcher and different library services. In this project I mainly worked on a mini game where users were asked to interact with the physical space, and a pamphlet that had all important navigation and service information and could turn into a 3D paper model. I gained a lot of new perspectives on how to interact with the physical and how to present it through media like video games and papers.
  • Mary Elizabeth Silva-Garza
Chicana poet and cultural theorist Gloria Anzaldúa says: “Making anthologies is also activism. In the process of creating the composition, the work of art, you’re creating the culture. You’re rewriting the culture, which is very much an activist kind of thing.”

Similarly, I have curated this presentation as an anthology - from the composers and artists that I have commissioned and programmed, to the interviews, images, the words of Latina scholars, and parts of my own story. As a person of color, as a Latina, a chicana. I have learned that telling our stories is a form of activism. This is why in many ways, silencing us is also an act of violence.

I am curating this collaboration of new music by Latina composers to facilitate a public platform and to open a dialogue about Latina culture, identity, and experiences in higher education, specifically in the field of western classical music. This project enriches the art form by contributing a diverse collection of new works to the repertoire, addressing societal issues and promoting Latina artists in classical music.
picture of the Iowa State Capitol Building
  • Kristen Cummings
I am a 2022-2023 recipient of a University of Michigan Library Student Mini Grant. I am using the grant to support my mixed-methods dissertation, which aims to learn how we can improve rural student college access and connect rural high schoolers with postsecondary opportunities that align with their goals. Through a randomized controlled trial (RCT), I am testing how an informational intervention—providing rural seniors with information about a statewide free tuition program—affects their college-going behavior. I will contextualize these results with findings from focus groups with rural high school seniors about their knowledge of the program and their perspectives on the programs’ affordances and limitations.
Project Alivio logo
  • Joy Huang
Pressure ulcers are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue that form due to prolonged pressure. Bedridden patients are the most susceptible to these wounds, so hospital nurses need to turn them every few hours to alleviate the built-up pressure. In public hospitals like San Juan de Dios in Guatemala City, there is a high incidence of these wounds due to understaffing.

Currently, hospitals in Guatemala have egg carton foam mattresses intended to reduce the incidences of bedsores. However, even with these mattresses, patients who are not turned would still develop preliminary pressure ulcers in as little as six hours. Additionally, it is difficult for nurses in this hospital to prioritize and communicate which patients need to be turned because they use paper and pencil to track the patients. Thus, current prevention methods would benefit from engineering solutions that reduce the physical and mental demand on nurses to turn patients.
image of library ambassadors with Shapiro Library sign
  • Amira Said
  • Elizabeth Shalanda Whitmore
  • Dawn HY Lau
  • Abigail Noel Nighswonger
The U-M Library Student Ambassadors are a team of students who work for the library to promote library services and resources to students through targeted social media campaigns and digital exhibits, publicize and host library events that foster engagement, diversity, and inclusion, suggest ways to improve student experience by participating in meetings and focus groups with library staff, and represent the U-M Library at campus fairs and events. Their work is highly collaborative and a goal of the program is to give them the agency to make their own decisions and plans for the year. These governing principles allow for a highly creative and fun environment that results in some really great library programs each year. Here’s a reflection from four of our recent Ambassadors.