You have to be a pretty resourceful human to work in HR, and it’s important to know who to turn to when you need some of those human resources.
Get to know Mabrouka Boukraa – who is closing in on a year at the Libraries, and has already made an impact.
What’s your title, and what do you do for the Libraries?
My title is Libraries Human Resources Representative. My main focus is overseeing all student and hourly employment at the libraries, but I also assist with recruitments and a myriad of other HR tasks.
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
I work with a great team and the work I do really supports other people, especially students. I benefitted a lot from student employment when I was an undergraduate and it’s nice to be able to help others do the same. I also like learning about the interesting projects other people are working on and the variety of materials and collections that exist across the libraries.
What are you most proud of in your job?
In my job I am proudest of the student wage increase implemented this past spring. Although it was a stressful project for me it really felt great to be able to make a meaningful change.
What has been your best experience at the Libraries?
Hmm. Hard to pick! I would say I have really enjoyed the staff events, such as the plant sale and the cookie party. UTL has a lot of talented gardeners and chefs!
Which do you prefer: on campus or remote? Why?
I like the mix that hybrid offers. Commuting is very time-consuming so it’s nice to have that time back when I’m remote, but I also like being in the office to interact with people face-to-face.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
For a variety of reasons with which I will not bore you my parents did not have a crib when I came home from the hospital as a newborn. As a result I spent my first few nights at home sleeping in a drawer.
Dogs or cats?
Dogs in theory, cats in practice.
Favorite book, movie or album?
My favorite movie is Disney’s Robin Hood.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert? What’s your favorite food or dish?
Olives are my all-time favorite food! Not the canned variety, though.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I see myself on a beach, possibly napping.