An eye on our students ...

For nearly 100 years, the Miami University Libraries have met the needs of Miami’s students through the employment of dedicated student workers. Our student employees remain a critical part of our family today.

​Jalana Phillips ’18
Theatre • Milford, Ohio


Post-graduation plans: 

After graduation, the big plan is to move out to Los Angeles and put my major to work by auditioning for all things film and TV.

Talk about your experience as a Libraries student worker.
I honestly love working at Amos Music Library. I have a music theatre minor, and I get all of my audition material from Amos.  I feel like it’s a hidden gem on campus. The students who come into the music library are nice and, overall, my work experience there is very positive. It’s the best job I’ve ever had! 

What should alumni and friends know about today’s Miami University Libraries? 
Today’s Miami University Libraries are super dedicated to uplifting students and helping in any way they can. I’ve had nothing but wonderful experiences at the music library and all the other libraries on campus. The libraries are fantastic, easy to navigate, and willing to help any and every student with their library needs!

My favorite Libraries job: 
Shelving the books. I think it’s very interesting to see all the books we have. I never knew there were so many books about music!


Chad MillerChad Miller ’18
Political Science • Middlefield, Ohio


Post-graduation plans: 
I will be graduating in May with my bachelor’s and master’s in political science. Following graduation, I plan to move to Washington, D.C., and work on getting a job related to my degree emphases in international relations or comparative politics.

Talk about your experience as a Libraries student worker.
I’ve greatly enjoyed working at King Library, both at the circulation desk and at the CIM Lab. Both jobs have helped teach me to think on my feet in professional situations.

What should alumni and friends know about today’s Miami University Libraries? 
Today’s Miami University Libraries can be quite the bustling place, offering many more services than just getting books. There are so many phenomenally helpful resources for students that go beyond just what someone might expect a library to offer.

My favorite Libraries job: 
I particularly like interacting with patrons. This is a big part of working at the circulation desk, which is the first stop that almost any patron makes when they have inquiries about King Library or the services offered by the University Libraries.


Julia ShepherdJulia Shepherd ’18
Spanish/Linguistics • Mason, Ohio


Post-graduation plans: 
After graduation, I plan to go on to graduate school in library science.

Talk about your experience as a Libraries student worker.
Working at King has been one of my favorite experiences at Miami. I work in three departments – circulation, the CIM lab, and the instructional materials center. I’ve enjoyed seeing how various pieces of the library function and relate to each other, as well as learning about some of the behind-the-scenes structures that help the library run smoothly.

What should alumni and friends know about today’s Miami University Libraries? 
Libraries have changed a lot. Yet, the underlying purpose remains the same: supporting students. This probably takes a different form than it did when many of our alumni were here, but the role of the Miami University Libraries remains as vital as ever.  

Something about the Libraries you wish you’d have known as a first-year: 
The book scanners let you scan books and send them to yourself as a searchable PDF. OhioLINK allows you to request books from any library in Ohio. I think these two services go really well together, especially if you’re doing a large research project.