Student employee wins inaugural library award

University Librarian Jim O'Donnell presents ASU student employee Jessica Sills with the inaugural LibAid for Student Success award in Hayden Library. ASU student worker Jessica Sills has been awarded the inaugural ASU Library LibAid for Student Success award, presented by University Librarian Jim O'Donnell.

The award, created in 2019 through the generosity of an anonymous donor, aims to provide further support to a well-rounded student employee who shows a high level of commitment to serving the university. 

O'Donnell and Sill's supervisor, ASU Librarian Andrew Misler, presented Sills with her award on Tuesday, Dec. 3. 

A current graduate student in the Department of English, within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Sills has delivered exceptional customer service to the ASU community over the last five years working as a Library Aide at Hayden Library. 

Engaging, knowledgeable, helpful, enthusiastic, reliable and proficient are some of the words the award committee used to characterize her work at the library.

“Jessica volunteers for additional tasks during her shifts without question. It’s been a true pleasure working with her over the years,” her nomination statements read. “She knows and understands policies and procedures expertly and conveys them to our patrons effectively. Her enthusiasm for customer service makes her a ray of light for her respective peers.” 

During her academic career at ASU, she has completed an internship with a law firm, taught classes to prisoners, aided a psychology study as a research assistant, served as a TA for an online class and assembled three conferences – all while working at Hayden Library. 

"In all my years at ASU, Hayden Library has been my lighthouse,” Jessica wrote in her application. “From my time as a wee freshman to now as a graduate student, the library has always been there.”  

Jessica said she will apply the award toward helping her complete her degree on time. After graduation, she plans to pursue a doctorate degree in psychology.

More than 200 student employees serve the ASU community daily from nine library locations contributing to the success and impact of university research, academics and campus life. Through this award, the ASU Library seeks to recognize their outstanding contributions. 

The LibAid for Student Success award of $750 is given bi-annually, at the end of the fall and spring semesters. If you are passionate about student success and want to support the hard work of outstanding ASU Library student workers, then consider contributing to the LibAid for Student Success Fund. 

Here is how you can support to the fund:

  • Follow this link. Enter your donation amount. In the "Supporting" section, select "Write In" and then copy and paste the following: "LibAid for Student Success - account 70008751"