Melissa
Galvan

Job Title: Library Student Assistant
Major: Biology and Ethnic Studies
Year: Junior
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Fun Fact: Sometimes she misses the beaches back home – but in Oregon, she has learned to love fall.

 

 

 

Melissa
Galvan

Job Title: Library Student Assistant with the Alan Price Science Commons & Research Library
Major: Biology and Ethnic Studies
Year: Junior
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Fun Fact: Sometimes she misses the beaches back home – but in Oregon, she has learned to love fall.

 

 

 

Melissa Galvan

Job Title: Library Student Assistant with the Alan Price Science Commons & Research Library
Major: Biology and Ethnic Studies
Year: Junior
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Fun Fact: Sometimes she misses the beaches back home – but in Oregon, she has learned to love fall.

 

 

Working on the 3D printer in the MakerSpace

Working on the 3D printer in the MakerSpace

Working on the 3D printer in the MakerSpace

Working on the 3D printer in the MakerSpace

Working on the 3D printer in the MakerSpace


Many Jobs in One

“At the Science Library I staff the front desk; I answer students’ questions and help them find resources for their research projects; I ship and receive books; I check out laptops, videogames, calculators, and chargers; I am responsible for closing the Science Library at night; and I train students to use our Visualization Lab and MakerSpace.”

Allan Price Science Commons
& Research Library 


Learning the Ropes in the DeArmond MakerSpace

“The library’s MakerSpace is an amazing resource. I love it because it’s a hands-on learning space, and it’s also a space for students to create their own personal projects. Through this job, I have grown less intimidated by machinery. I need to know how each piece of equipment works in order to help people with their projects and make sure that safety rules are being followed. Now I know how to work a big CNC router, an industrial sewing machine, and a 3-D printer. At first I thought that working in a library would just mean shelving books—never in a million years did I imagine that I would have the opportunity to work with all these machines.”

MakerSpace Equipment List



Building Confidence on the Job

“Talking to different library users every day builds your confidence in how you handle different situations. Being confident enough to answer their questions has definitely translated to my academics. I used to be shy and timid in the classroom—I didn’t like asking questions or being called on. Now I’m a totally different person in class: I ask lots of questions and seek out the people and resources who can help me find the answers.”


Best Thing About Living in Eugene

“It’s my first time seeing all of the seasons! Now I can truly say that fall is my favorite time of year.”


Balancing Work and School

“I thought it would be really hard to balance school and work, but it’s actually been easy. A lot of on-campus jobs are very aware that you are a student first and foremost, and they work with your schedule. There is always going to be time for you.”

 

Working in the Viz Lab

Working at the information desk

3D Printed object

Working in the MakerSpace

Working at the information desk