Programming and Instruction Internship, Springfield City Library, Mason Square Branch, Springfield MA
posted January 6, 2014 12:17 PM
The programming and instruction internship at the Mason Square branch of the Springfield City library will be carried out over the course of spring term, 2014 (exact dates are flexible). The intern will work for a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 20 hours per week.
In the initial stages of the internship, the current GSLIS student or recent graduate will assist with the branch's technology classes and become acquainted with the branch's patron population by playing a
supportive role during programs and in general reference services. Having done so, the intern will design and carry out a program or program series as well as a new technology class to serve the
interests and needs of the branch's patrons.
Potential intern responsibilities include:
• Attend a portion of the branch's programs and survey their effectiveness based on observation and inquiry.
• Attend technology classes and rove amongst/aid patrons during instruction.
• Assist librarians in determining the effectiveness of various classes and programs.
• Roving reference (with or without Ipad).
• Compose log of reference interactions.
Projects to be completed by intern:
• Design, market, and implement a program or program series for the branch that serves patrons' interests, whether it is a children's program, a music program, or any other type of entertaining and
• Design, market, and execute an hour-long computer class that serves patrons' technology needs.
• Gauge effectiveness of both program(s) and class and write a brief report on what worked, what didn't, and how one might approach the project differently in the future.
Scheduling for the intern will be flexible, but we prefer that three-quarters of their time at the branch be spent during hours when the library is open to the public. (Mon: 1-5, Tues. 1-5, Wed. 10-5,
Thurs. 1-8, Fri. 1-5, Sat. 11-3). The intern will work under the branch's full-time reference librarian and the branch's supervisor, both of whom regularly develop and implement programs and classes at
While there are no physical requirements for the internship, we prefer that interested parties feel comfortable speaking in front of small groups of people, have excellent spoken and written English, have some ability in speaking Spanish, and have an interest in pursuing reference and instruction services. The current student, or recent graduate, will preferably have competed LIS 401 and LIS 407. Completion of LIS 408 and/or LIS 422 would be ideal.
For more information about the internship, or to apply, please e-mail Caitlin Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31st. Applicants should attach a brief cover letter. This is an unpaid internship.
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