Gina DiBenedetto has logged hundreds of hours in the UB Libraries.
“I was lucky,” says the senior linguistics major. “After receiving my acceptance to UB, I started looking at the UB website for a part-time job on campus, and the first thing that popped into my mind was the library.” Gina started working at the circulation desks in Lockwood and Silverman Libraries in 2010, the summer before her freshman year, checking books in and out, answering questions, and issuing courtesy cards to library visitors.
For the past four years, Gina has worked between 18 and 20 hours each week during the fall and spring semesters. A resident of Buffalo’s West Side, Gina commutes to UB with her 5-month old daughter, Aria. “There’s a lot of planning involved,” says Gina. “I leave for school early in the morning, and after dropping Aria off at the UB Day Care Center, I head to class.” The upside of her busy schedule? “I love the Libraries’ 24/7 chat service,” she says. “If I’m at my computer late at night, I just type in a question, and a librarian directs me to what I’m looking for; it’s great!”
Gina’s advice to other students who might be interested in applying for a job as a student assistant in the Libraries? “If you catch the flow of what needs to happen,” she says, “then you’ll feel like you’re really helping to keep the Libraries afloat, and you’ll be a part of the team.”