Public Library Internships: Advice from the Field

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Scarecrow Press, 2006 - Business & Economics - 188 pages
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This book was compiled and edited by a librarian who was instrumental in getting funding from a Library Services and Technology Act grant to carry out an internship program in public libraries. The grant allowed the MCLS consortium of public libraries in the Los Angeles area to place library school students in paid internships in MCLS member libraries. The successful program was called 'From Interns to Library Leaders' (FILL), and led in part to this book, which offers firsthand 'advice from the field' provided by former public library interns and internship site supervisors. Contributors include a diverse group of voices and representative experiences from around the country, who had either worked as or supervised a student intern in one of the many fields of public librarianship (e.g., public services, children's, technical services, branches, etc.). The result: eighteen chapters written by practitioners and library school faculty, who generously share what it's like to participate in a public library internship.
 

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Compiled by a librarian who managed an internship program for Los Angeles's Metropolitan Cooperative Library System, this collection of 18 chapters contributed by library school faculty and former ... Read full review

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Contents

Library School Internships A Review of the Literature
3
Library School Internship Programs How UCLA Does It
13
The LIS Practicum An Internship with Academic Credit
19
Santa Clara County Librarys Graduate Library Intern Program
35
Creating an Internship Policy for the Glendale Public Library
45
Insider Training
53
TRADITIONAL PUBLIC LIBRARY INTERNSHIP SETTINGS
61
Internships in a Public Library Reference Department
63
NONTRADITIONAL PUBLIC LIBRARY INTERNSHIP SETTINGS
105
The Tribal Library Intern Project A Practicum in Cultural Lessons
107
Literacy Internships Take a Plunge into the Deep End
115
Internships in Public Library Archives and Local History Collections
123
One Special Collection Many Personal Paths
131
USING INTERNSHIPS AS A RECRUITMENT TOOL
139
Recruitment Through Mentoring Success in Illinois
141
The Working with Kids Your Library Mentorship Program County of Los Angeles Public Library
153

And Other Duties as Assigned Iowa City Public Librarys First Childrens Services Intern
73
How I Spent My Summer Vacation An Internship Experience at New York Public Librarys Teen Central
79
LEEPing into the Profession Interning at the Vacaville Public Library
89
Exploring Public Librarians Many Roles through a Library System Internship or How to Learn Thirty Jobs in as Many Days
95
Mentoring Library Technicians
101
The FILL Project Using Internships to Recruit at the System Level
159
Recruitment MiamiDade Public Library Systems InternTrainee Program
171
Index
179
About the Authors
185
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Cindy Mediavilla is library programs consultant for the California State Library and lecturer for the UCLA Department of Information Studies. She is also the author of Arthurian Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography (Scarecrow Press, 1999).

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