New aide wants more inviting library

(Izzie Tasse) Shuster will work to incorporate media into classes. She is a recent graduate from UWM and has previously worked at Shorewood.
(Izzie Tasse) Shuster will work to incorporate media into classes. She is a recent graduate from UWM and has previously worked at Shorewood.

Danielle Shuster is the afternoon library aide for the Library Media Center staff. She is looking forward to making the library a more inviting destination and getting to know students.

After attending Brown Deer High School, Shuster graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May of 2013.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Language Studies, and then started a post-baccalaureate English education program.

Shuster has worked in Shorewood before. In addition to previously tutoring at the UWM writing center, she also held a job at the Anaba Tea Room on Capitol Dr.

“I like Shorewood … I know the neighborhood pretty well and it’s close to UWM,” Shuster said. “But mostly, I knew I wanted to work at a high school, and Shorewood is pretty close to where I live, so it’s pretty convenient.”

Based on her first two weeks, Shuster’s favorite aspect of working at the library is interacting with students.

“[I’m excited] to get to know students better and find out what they’re interested in [and] what kind of books they like to read,” Shuster said. “I love literature, and kids are really interactive with the books that Shorewood offers, which is pretty cool.”

“[Shuster] has a fantastic enthusiasm for the job, and a willingness to help in any way she can,” said Sarah Kemp, head librarian. “She’s been very supportive in designing book displays, setting up book displays and just beautifying the library space.”

Students who frequently visit the library have noticed Shuster’s enthusiasm.

“I think she’s very nice and helpful,” said Rita Kulyapina, sophomore. “She takes her job seriously.”

While helping students, Shuster found it interesting to ask how students utilize the library.

“I was actually really struck by how studious students were. Right away, in the first week of classes, the library was already being used as a learning space, which is really cool,” Shuster said.

According to Shuster, the library’s staff is brainstorming ways to change the atmosphere of the LMC.

“Sarah Kemp and Lauren Stanley worked together last year. I think that … they have discussed making the library a more collaborative learning environment,” Shuster said. “I don’t know if it’s all going to be implemented this year, but [they want to make] the space more inviting, not just as a social place, but as a learning space.”

In her free time, Shuster enjoys playing tennis and is an avid biker. She participated in the Riverwest 24, a 24-hour bike race, last summer.

“I love to read; it’s one of my favorite things,” Shuster said.

by Maeve McKaig

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