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Reference & Instruction Intern, DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield, CT

Reference & Instruction Internship, Spring 2017

DiMenna-Nyselius Library

Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library of Fairfield University is offering a one-semester internship in reference and instruction services for a student enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information science graduate program or a recent graduate.  We seek dynamic and public service-oriented candidates who hope to gain guided experience in providing in-person/online reference and information literacy instruction.  Applicants can either receive academic credit or a stipend for their work.

Description of Internship: The intern plays an active role in the delivery of reference and instruction services and will:

  • Provide 10-15 hours of in-person and online support at the library's reference desk.
  • Work closely with the library's instruction coordinator to design and deliver approximately 8-10 library instruction classes. 
  • Have the opportunity to observe and receive feedback from seasoned reference and instruction librarians.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty and librarians on lesson plans. 
  • Meet regularly with the instruction coordinator for ongoing feedback and discussion, supplemented by relevant readings and other forms of professional development.

If needed, the internship can be modified to fulfill curricular criteria not satisfied by the requirements listed above.   

This internship begins in late January, 2018, and ends by early May.  The Library offers flexible scheduling, which will be arranged with the instruction coordinator before the start of the internship.    

Qualifications: Interns must be currently enrolled in a graduate-level library and information science (or related) program.  Relevant coursework in reference and/or instruction preferred.  

Location and Description of Program: Fairfield University serves a population of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students and is located in Fairfield, Connecticut.  In coordination with writing faculty and in the spirit of the University's mission, the DiMenna-Nyselius Library Information Literacy Program helps students to become savvy information consumers and lifelong learners.  Through targeted in-person and online instruction, the program develops students' abilities to critically analyze and ethically reuse information, applying these skills with a sense of social responsibility.

Contact: To apply, send a brief letter of interest and availability to Jeremiah Mercurio, Senior Reference Librarian and Instruction Coordinator. 

Jeremiah Mercurio | jmercurio@fairfield.edu | (203) 254-4000 x4206

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