Student-employee enjoys library job
By Chloe Gregg
Although the LCC Library has been dedicated to serving students as an essential resource for decades, its doors are currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The library’s closing means many of its workers, including student-employees, are not able to do their regular work.
Jimmy Gray-Jones, an LCC engineering student and library employee, recently reminisced about his time there, while remaining hopeful that the library will open again soon.
“There’s a lot of daily responsibilities working at the library,” Gray-Jones said. “(They include) making sure your area of the library is clean and kept … ensuring that books are where they need to be, or technology is working as optimally as possible.
“Some other unspoken duties include explaining LCC-related questions to students, roaming around to make sure students are safe, and fetching supplies to and from the department office.”
Danielle Hook, a coworker of Gray-Jones, praised his work there as well as his personality.
“He’s a good worker (and) a smart and sweet guy,” Hook said. “He seems very laid back, but he cares about his coworkers and friends.”
As a student employee, Gray-Jones said he has learned plenty of useful life skills at the library.
“I’ve learned how to efficiently multitask between doing hourly tasks and managing a high load of homework,” he said. “I’ve also learned how to work a 3D printer and I’ve learned to project myself in a friendlier manner toward people that approach me.”
Besides working there, Gray-Jones said he truly enjoys using LCC’s library.
“I enjoy the atmosphere,” he said. “LCC’s library isn’t like most libraries in the sense that you need to be either studying or reading in total silence. You can just go there to hang out with friends, play some video games or use the VR headset, or even go into one of the study rooms and jam out to music.”
A main aspect of his job, according to Gray-Jones, is helping LCC students. He was able to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions from LCC students, as listed below. The answers are based on when the library building is open to patrons:
For how long can I rent out a laptop computer?
“Twenty-eight days is the max time a student can hold a laptop,” Gray-Jones said. “They can have it for an additional 28 days, though, if they want to renew it, and there’s nobody on the waiting list.”
Do you sell books here?“
“Sadly, no,” Gray-Jones said.
Why is there a hold on my account?“
If you have fines totaling up to $10 or more from the library, then a hold is automatically placed on the account until the fee has been reduced below $10,” Gray-Jones explained.
Where can I pay a fine?
“Usually in the area where you go to check out books,” Gray-Jones said. “Speak to one of the workers and ask to either pay in cash or card to clear whatever your fine amount is.”
Although the library building is currently closed, LCC students are still able to access many of the resources offered through the website, https://www.lcc.edu/library/.