This week is National Student Employee Appreciation Week! To show how much we value our student workers, every year Bethel faculty & staff nominate students for Student Employee of the Year. This year the committee accepted 13 nominations, and it was recently announced that our very own library student worker, Taylor Delzer, is the winner
We might be biased, but we think there is no one more deserving of this award than Taylor! In her time, she’s trained a number of her fellow student workers, and three of her supervisors! She shows the same passion and care for her work as the full-time library staff. We’re so happy to see her honored with this award, but so sad that she’s graduating this spring! If we’re unlucky in any way, it’s that she’s chosen to become an accountant instead of a librarian!
We asked Taylor some important questions about life and the library.
What’s your first library memory?
When I was younger, we used to bike up to our public library with all the neighborhood kids–it was like a pack of eight of us–and we’d all hang out and get books.
What is your spirit animal?
I don’t like cats, but everyone says I’m like a cat because I like to do my own thing. I guess I would say I’m more of a wild cat, like a snow leopard. They are independent, tenacious, and fierce….Or maybe I’m like a sea otter. Because they’re so cute and they just like to chill…. or maybe I just like sea otters.
What’s your comfort food?
Anything Hazelnut. Is that weird? But not actual Hazelnuts….
What is one lie your parents told you as a child that you still kind of believe even though you know it is not true?
When I was little my dad told me to hide my cat and my sister before the Easter Bunny came or the Easter Bunny would steal them. Because he said when he was a kid the Easter Bunny stole his dog and little brother. He later admitted he was kidding but I still hid my cat in my room to protect him from the Easter Bunny… but not my sister. My dad did a lot of stuff like that. I’ve learned not to take him too seriously.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
My favorite thing about my job is the people. I like working with the Interlibrary Loan team. I like training them and seeing them grow and develop in their roles at work and at Bethel. I’m always super impressed with how fast they learn!
My favorite library task is searching for missing books. You just can’t beat the feeling of finding a book that was missing.
What song do you like to belt out at the top of your lungs in the shower or while driving?
There are so many. Lately, I like “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon. Otherwise, “Don’t Stop Believin” is always a good one.
What book are you most excited to read next?
How to be a Heroine, or What I’ve Learned from Reading too Much by Samantha Ellis. I feel like it’s going to combine other books I’ve read that I’ve enjoyed, like Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights. Plus, I read too much, so I can definitely relate.
What’s the place you most want to visit in the world?
New Zealand. One of my roommates studied there and it’s so pretty. I just want to go there and explore. And I want to learn to surf.
And because of Hobbits?
A little bit.