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Libraries' student worker wins 3rd place in RU student employee contest

Marina Louie, center, holding her award certificate, was accompanied at the award ceremony by Student Coordinator Rose Barbalace, left, and Access Services supervisor Jeff Teichmann.

The Libraries are pleased to recognize Marina Louie, student worker in Alexander Library's access services, who was received the third place award in the Rutgers University Student Employee of the Year Competition. The competition award ceremony was held on April 14th.

Marina is a Rutgers College junior double majoring in Economics and Chinese. She has worked at Alexander Library since the summer of 2007 and was nominated for the student employee of the year award by her supervisor, Rose Barbalace.

In the nominating essay, Rose recognized Marina for her consistent exemplary work, her reliability, and her leadership capabilities. Rose also took note of a particular instance where Marina demonstrated exceptional dedication and quick-thinking. As Rose wrote:

"On December 10, 2008, in the early morning hours just as Marina was closing the library towards the end of study hall, she noticed that water was coming down the main stair well on the 1st floor. As she followed the water up the stairs she noticed that a large amount of water was rushing out of the mechanical room on the 2nd floor adjacent to our East Asian Library."

"Marina quickly went back downstairs to call RUPD for assistance. Marina also called our department supervisor to alert him of the water emergency and its proximity to our collections in the East Asian Library. Rutgers facilities arrived soon after RUPD was contacted and they were able to shut the water off in time to stop any damage to our book collections. A cold water pipe in the mechanical room had burst gushing gallons of water out of the closet into the 2nd floor and down to the first floor."

"Because of Marina's quick actions the water disaster was quickly and masterfully handled by our student employees and our library only suffered minor damage to our rugs, drywall and moldings but our collections were spared and that was most important. Even though it was after 2am Marina stayed past the end of her shift until facilities arrived and kept supervisors informed as to what was happening before she got the green light to go home."

The Libraries commend Marina on receiving this well-deserved award.

Posted April 29, 2009