Student Manager Brandon Totten is the 2022 recipient of the University Libraries’ Outstanding Student Library Worker Award. The award recognizes an outstanding student worker in the University Libraries that is dependable, responsible, conscientious and displays teamwork.
Totten, who works in the Digital Media Commons (DMC), has been instrumental during his time with University Libraries in helping organize and coordinate the work of students and staff in the department. He was nominated for the award by his supervisor, Digital Media Specialist Charley Birkner.
“Brandon is one of the reasons we were able to continue face-to-face and virtual services through the pandemic,” said Birkner. “He can always be relied upon to complete extra assignments, such as video projects, instructional materials, posters and digital signage in a timely manner, meeting deadlines and delivering quality work.”
Since joining the staff, Totten has been involved in organizing and coordinating the work of students and staff in the DMC. He is one of two students that were promoted to student manager before the pandemic and has since provided coverage during opening hours and weekends. He is relied heavily upon for his dependability and maturity.
“This year, he worked on a video for our ‘Believe in the G’ campaign with External Engagement Coordinator Nakia Hoskins,” said Birkner.
Totten regularly mentors other student workers, providing help when they need it. He monitors student workers at the DMC desk and offers guidance and constructive feedback on performance. His skill level with digital media work has made him a great asset for both the students and faculty who come to the DMC for help, and for the staff who work there.
“He works independently and manages the vast majority of patron interaction and project work himself with very little supervision. He is the ultimate team player,” said Birkner.