More Than a Desk Job: Building a Dextrous and Diligent Band of Student Workers

Since opening in January 2015, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library Studio has operated with a rotating group of five to seven student workers. While a few start with knowledge of some equipment and software, many do not. To get them up and running as quickly as possible, we have a series of training exercises, followed by Weekly Challenges that introduce new skills and keep others fresh. Over the past five years, this has evolved into a program that graduates young professionals with skills many of their peers are missing, and we’ll show you how we did it.

The event is finished.


Oct 09 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am




  • Emily Thompson
    Emily Thompson
    Director, Studio, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

    Originally from Montana, Emily got her BA in Theatre from Drake University. After spending several years working as a costume designer and director, she moved to South Korea to teach English. She then moved to Taiwan before heading to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor to get her MSI in Library and Information Services. Prior to UTC, Emily was the Learning Technologies Librarian at the State University of New York at Oswego.

  • Jonah Lasley
    Jonah Lasley
    Instructional Technology Specialist, Auburn University

    Jonah Lasley is an Instructional Technology Specialist in the Innovation and Research Commons at the Auburn University Library, providing expertise to support innovative teaching, learning, and research. Prior to joining Auburn in 2021, he worked as the Studio Manager at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library, where he assisted users with multi-media software, A/V equipment, and 3d printing. Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jonah attended East Tennessee State University and graduated with a B.S. in Digital Media.