Over the years, I’ve tried to recognize the contributions that my student workers, known as Reference Student Assistants (RSAs), have made to the success of Rice Library by giving them a small gift (candy, chocolates, caramel popcorn, fruit) in conjunction with monthly holidays (e.g. October – Halloween, November – Thanksgiving, etc.) A number of years ago, Student Worker Appreciation Week was celebrated in April. At that time, I would usually give them a small token of appreciation such as a note pad, a set of pencils, or a marker. Now that Student Worker Appreciation Week is scheduled around Valentine’s Day, I continue to do the same but I also give them a small box of chocolates to say Happy Valentine’s Day as well.
- Phil Orr, Rice Library Reference Services