NCompass Live: Internships: A Good Fit for Your Library?


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The Cultivating Nebraska Librarians 2.0: Building 21st Century Skills internship grant program, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Association and Nebraska Library Commission, awarded grants totaling $10,000 to twelve Nebraska public libraries. Students have been learning about library work as they shadow and assist with day-to-day operations and implement special projects.
In this session, participating libraries will share their experiences with the internship program, including successes and lessons learned. This session will also introduce the upcoming 2011 grant opportunity for internships, offered by the Nebraska Library Commission and made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

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NCompass Live: Internships: A Good Fit for Your Library?

  1. 1. Internships<br />A good fit <br />for your library?<br />NCompass Live – January 12, 2011<br />
  2. 2. About the presenter<br />Research Analyst<br />Special Projects Associate<br />Grant writer<br />Evaluator<br /><br />402.471.4002<br />
  3. 3. About this presentation<br />2010-11 NLA/NLC Internship Grant Program<br />Successes and lessons learned<br />2011 NLC Internship Grant Program<br />
  4. 4. 2010-2011 Internship Grants<br />Funded through grant from NE foundation<br />Sponsored by NLA and NLC<br />Available to accredited public libraries in NE<br />8 - $1,000 grants<br />4 - $500 grants<br />June 11, 2010 – June 10, 2011<br />Internships completed to date: 8<br />
  5. 5. Recipient libraries<br />
  6. 6. Recipient libraries<br />
  7. 7. Program goals<br />Libraries receive financial assistance and guidance to provide internship stipends to students<br />Promising students get involved in real library work that takes advantage of their experience/interests<br />
  8. 8. Outcomes<br />Interns will report positive experiences with their work assignments and increased interest in library careers<br />Nebraska library staff will report positive experiences with grant-funded internships<br />Communities benefit from the internship grant experience<br />
  9. 9. South Sioux City Public Library<br />David Mixdorf, Director<br />Odessa Meyer, Supervisor<br />About the intern — “Her knowledge of computers assisted her a lot.”<br />
  10. 10. Blair Public Library<br />Gayle Roberts, Director & Supervisor<br />“The experience was definitely worth it. I learned a lot more than I’d ever have known on my own; this will help me SO much as I continue my education in libraries and their work.” — Intern comment<br />
  11. 11. Norfolk Public Library<br />Mike Caldararo, Director<br />Karen Drevo, Supervisor<br />About the intern — “It was exciting to her to learn about all of the other materials available in a public library and all of the work that goes on ‘behind the scenes.’”<br />
  12. 12. Rock County Public Library<br />Evelyn Ost, Director & Supervisor<br />About the intern — “Our 2010 intern set up a professional Facebook account for the library and instructed the staff on how to upload pictures to photo albums and how to post news/events. Great comments have been received on Facebook about our presence on the site.”<br />
  13. 13. Schuyler Public Library<br />MeMe Smith, Director<br />About the 2009 intern — “He was surprised with the accounting skills that our director needs to use while preparing and using the library budget. He said ‘You have to be the boss and the accountant.’”<br />
  14. 14. Stromsburg Public Library<br />Diana Johnson, Director & Supervisor<br />“I liked helping the patrons, especially kids, find books they would love to read. I also found I really enjoy withdrawing books.” — Intern<br />About the intern — “Parents of summer reading participants commented that their children loved the programs.”<br />
  15. 15. Weeping Water Public Library<br />Aimee Morlan, Director & Supervisor<br />Q: Before your internship at the library what types of work activities did you think librarians did every day?<br />A: Cataloging, filing, helping people find books<br />
  16. 16. Sump Memorial Library<br />Robin Clark, Director<br />Mary Gubbels, Supervisor<br />“Exposing a person just beginning their adult life or an adult wishing to make a career change to the library profession, could help them find their place in the world, be it library work or some related field.”<br />
  17. 17. 2011 grant opportunity<br />IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Skills Grant<br />“Cultivating Rural Librarians’ Technology Skills”<br />
  18. 18. Internship grants<br />Grants to accredited public libraries<br />Exposes interns to library work<br />Encourages interns to consider library careers<br />Funding for new/extra staffers<br />
  19. 19. Internship grants<br />Application available: 1/18/2011<br />Application deadline: 2/28/2011<br />Award announcement: 3/31/2011<br /><br />
  20. 20. Next steps<br />Evaluation<br />
  21. 21. Questions?<br />CE credits<br />Evaluation<br />
  22. 22. NCompass Live Archived Sessions<br />Scholarship and Internship Grant Opportunities through New IMLS Grant Program<br /><br />
  23. 23. Upcoming sessions<br />Why Is Weeding So Hard and What Can We Do About It? – Jan. 19<br /><br />Tech Talk with Michael Sauers – Jan. 26<br /><br />
  24. 24. Your feedback<br /><br />Thank you!<br />