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Internship Program in Teen Services, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

Description:

Creation of a robust internship experience for Simmons Library School students. The experience will expose them to numerous facets of the public library but with a specific focus in teen services. The internship program will concurrently work with Simmons in being an internship site therefore offering credit for the participation by the interns. The internship experience will focus on that of observation in Teen Central and that of the professional duties of the Teen Librarians coupled with individual work focusing on the inner workings of a public library. The experience will culminate with a research paper on the experience.


LIS 501 - Internship in Library and Information Science


The internship involves a minimum of 130 hours of field experience that represents an important learning experience for the student. As a 3-credit course, it has a significant hands-on learning component. Through discussion with key personnel in the organization and working under professional librarian supervision the student gains hands-on experience in the information environment. Prerequisite: 18 credit hours including all core requirements.  

Length of time: 12 weeks for the semester, 10 hours a week for a total of 130 hours. Monday's and Tuesday's (days can be negotiated).
Capacity: three interns a semester in Teen Central
Credit: 3 units
Contact: Jess Snow, jsnow@bpl.org,  please send your resume

Application Deadline: August 16


Foundational
Week 1 (September 3)

  • Database and catalog overview
  • Tour of the Leventhal Map Center

Week 2 (September 9 and 10)

Teen Services Specific
Week 3 (September 16 and 17)

  • Interview the Youth Services Manager, Farouqua Abuzeit 10:00-11:00 am

Week 4 (September 23 and 24)

  • Shadow Teen Librarian on desk (total of 10 hours)
  • Observe teens in Teen Central
  • Interview Celia Contelmo, Teen Librarian Grove Hall Branch

Week 5 (September 30 and October 1)

  • Meet and interview with Theresa Furbish, Youth Outreach Librarian June 17 11:00-12:00

Week 6 (October 7 and 8)

  • Read the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Organizational Plan
  • Participate in a panel to learn interview skills
  • Interview Jay Levins, Teen Librarian at the East Boston Branch
  • Observe school visit

Week 7 (October 14 and 15)

  • Observe teens in Teen Central
  • Interview Emily Robinson, Teen Librarian Mattapan Branch

Week 8 (October 21 and 22)

  • Observe at front desk
  • Interview John Kenney, Teen Librarian Hyde Park Branch
  • Observe school visit

Week 9 (October 28 and 29)

  • Putting research paper together
  • Observe outreach visits

Week 10 (November 4 and 5)

  • Putting research paper together
  • Observe outreach visits

Week 11 (November 12)

  • Putting research paper together

Week 12 (November 18 and 19)

  • November 19 at 8:30 am observe a Board of Trustees Meeting at Central Library (room TBD)

Week 13 (November 25 and 26)

  • Observe outreach visits

Week 14 (December 2 and 3)

  • Observe outreach visits

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