More Than Just Books (and we love books)

The Pew Learning Center and Library is Warren Wilson’s intellectual center, and students on the Library Crew are at the heart of it all. Working closely with our dynamic librarians (yes – our librarians are dynamic and really cool!) at Circulation, in our Creative Technologies Lab and Sound Lab, and in the College Archives.

The Library Crew students learn directly from established researchers, creators, innovators, and circulation professionals, preparing them for their undergraduate research and capstone, as well as graduate school and their career.

I love the atmosphere of the library, and this space helps me learn about and connect with all the resources that make me a better student, as well as help share these resources with my fellow students. On my crew I learned how to foster a strong work ethic, which is valuable for every job you will have for the rest of your life. I’ve learned how to make myself a valuable team member by being reliable and hardworking so that I become a team member my bosses can rely on and my crew members can look up to.

Chloe Auman

What You’ll Learn

You’ll spend years working alongside your peers with the mentorship of your supervisors.  Part of the experience of work at Warren Wilson is guided critical reflection, which helps ensure that you achieve both your own educational goals as well as our Common Learning Outcomes. These intentional learning outcomes distinguish our Work Program, giving it focus and relevancy that set it apart from a federal work-study or your average part-time job. 

Our Common Learning Outcomes:

  • Professionalism & Work Ethic: accountability, effective work habits, punctuality, dependability, time management, integrity, and commitment to the well-being of the community.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: working with available resources to creatively address issues and solve problems, and gaining confidence to make decisions.
  • Communication: the ability to convey and receive information effectively with intentionality, honesty, and confidence in both speech and writing.
  • Collaboration & Teamwork: actively collaborate with peers to achieve common goals, Distribute labor fairly, and hold each other accountable as committed members of a group.
  • Civic Identity: understanding your active influence within the community and how your decisions directly impact the work around you.

In addition to our Common Learning Outcomes, each crew in the Work Program identifies crew-specific goals for learning and performance. These are reviewed with you each semester. Your crew-specific learning goals outline skills and abilities your supervisor will teach you during the semester. 

Some of our Library Crew Learning Goals include:

  • Attention to detail
  • Responsibility for small and large projects
  • Customer service
  • Organization
  • Mastery of catalogs, databases, circulation, and research resources and tactics
  • Technological savvy