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Building Connections

  1. 1. Building Connections Planning Meeting September 30, 2010
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>10:00 am- Project Overview </li></ul><ul><li>11:00 am- Break Out Session 1 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students and Recent Graduates- Classroom 1 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Staff of Historical Organizations/Museums- Classroom 2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Staff of Libraries- HP Conference Room 1 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professors- Archaeology Classroom </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Noon- Lunch </li></ul><ul><li>12:15 pm- Reporting on Session 1 (working lunch) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>12:45 pm- Break Out Session 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group A- Classroom 1 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group B- Classroom 2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group C- HP Conference Room 1 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group D- HP Conference Room 2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Group E- Archaeology Classroom </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2:00 pm- Report on Session 2 </li></ul><ul><li>2:45 pm- Wrap Up & Next Steps </li></ul><ul><li>3:00 pm- Adjourn </li></ul>
  4. 4. Background <ul><li>Planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: Create and pilot a model for statewide internship program for history-related fields </li></ul><ul><li>Activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Statewide Survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Site Visits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning Meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pilot Period </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Statewide Survey <ul><li>Online June-August </li></ul><ul><li>Over 400 total responses </li></ul><ul><li>3 main groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionals from historical organizations and libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students and recent graduates (since 2005) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Historical Organizations & Libraries <ul><li>General Statistics: </li></ul><ul><li>219 responses </li></ul><ul><li>121 employee at historical society/museum </li></ul><ul><li>98 employee at library or archive </li></ul><ul><li>Represent 49 Ohio counties </li></ul>
  7. 7. Historical Organizations & Libraries <ul><li>General Statistics: </li></ul><ul><li>Staff size of organization </li></ul>
  8. 8. Historical Organizations & Libraries <ul><li>General Statistics: </li></ul><ul><li>Education of respondents </li></ul>
  9. 9. Historical Organizations & Libraries <ul><li>General Statistics: </li></ul><ul><li>Years of Experience </li></ul>
  10. 10. Historical Organizations & Libraries <ul><li>Do organizations host interns? </li></ul><ul><li>Why Not? </li></ul>35% 76 No 65% 142 Yes
  11. 11. Historical Organizations & Libraries <ul><li>Survey showed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Majority of organizations do not actively recruit interns (60%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Majority of interns are unpaid (85%) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respondents see mentorship as an important component of internship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff have limited time to supervise interns </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Historical Organizations & Libraries <ul><li>There is a desire and perceived benefit to hosting interns: </li></ul><ul><li>Rate the overall success of past internships </li></ul>
  13. 13. Historical Organizations & Libraries <ul><li>There is a desire and perceived benefit to hosting interns: </li></ul><ul><li>Would you host another intern? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Historical Organizations & Libraries <ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>There is a willingness and ability to host interns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is little time for staff to supervise and train interns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are a variety of tasks that interns can complete </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff see the benefit of internships for cultivating professionalism and for the organization to have additional assistance. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Faculty <ul><li>General Statistics: </li></ul><ul><li>69 responses </li></ul><ul><li>43% Private Schools </li></ul><ul><li>57% Public Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Represent 25 Ohio counties </li></ul>
  16. 16. Faculty <ul><li>Offer internships? </li></ul>
  17. 17. Faculty <ul><li>Role of internships: </li></ul>
  18. 18. Faculty <ul><li>There is not a lot of time available to devote to advising students in an internship or practicum experience. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Faculty <ul><li>“ I supervise the students and the experience on my own time: Nothing that I do &quot;counts&quot; for my department, nor is appreciated (it is seen as interference for our so-called official program, which is only a bunch of flyers on a board). Faculty who take internships seriously where there is no departmental culture that cares about this professional development put themselves (promotion and tenure, re-appointment) at risk significantly.” </li></ul>
  20. 20. Faculty <ul><li>Survey Showed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internships vary from institution to institution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1/3 of the respondents reported internships are structured, while another 1/3 reported they were unstructured on a student by student basis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty also found mentoring and professional acculturation as an important factor </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Faculty <ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internships are recognized as an important component of training, but faculty are not given the time and resources to oversee them. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students are largely required to produce a paper or a project as a result of an internship experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internship experiences are viewed as the place where real world experience meets classroom instruction. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Students and Recent Graduates <ul><li>General Statistics: </li></ul><ul><li>101 Respondents </li></ul><ul><li>81 have had an internship or praticum </li></ul><ul><li>20 have not </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation date between 2005-2013 </li></ul>
  23. 23. Students and Recent Graduates <ul><li>Public or Private University or College: </li></ul><ul><li>Degree seeking or obtained: </li></ul>
  24. 24. Students and Recent Graduates <ul><li>Degree seeking or obtained: </li></ul>13% Other 1% Public/Arts Administration 2% Museum Studies 8% Public History 19% History 57% Library and Information Science
  25. 25. Students and Recent Graduates <ul><li>Was an internship or practicum required: </li></ul>
  26. 26. Students and Recent Graduates <ul><li>Obtaining internships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>52% through a contact at host organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>22% through faculty advisor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>8% job ad </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Top expectations prior to internship/practicum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build Resume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn what it is like to work in the field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gain job-specific skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet other professionals </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Students and Recent Graduates <ul><li>In retrospect, needed skills to be successful at internship/practicum </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference searching classes for reference work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More in preservation and EAD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More public history courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More computer skills/website training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Registrar's Method </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital preservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-profit organization management or leadership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cataloging coursework/training, archival management coursework, database training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized workshop training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More collections experience </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Students and Recent Graduates <ul><li>Did your internship/praticum help you find employment? </li></ul>
  29. 29. Student and Recent Graduates <ul><li>How was internship/practicum assessed? </li></ul>The organization included me in their standard review process e-portfolio 9% I turned in an essay and internship journal with sample projects Other 21% I was not evaluated 28% My faculty advisor contacted my host organization 40% I wrote a paper 36% I had to do a school project 69% My internship supervisor wrote an evaluation of my performance
  30. 30. Student and Recent Graduates <ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students seek internships that align with their job aspirations/needed experience- to gain specialized knowledge not available in classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internships met many expectations and were seen as valuable to the host institution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internships varied between being project-based to multi-tasked </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Site Visits <ul><li>10 visits around the state. </li></ul><ul><li>Used the American Association for State and Local History StEPs program in the collections area </li></ul><ul><li>Toured collections storage </li></ul><ul><li>Discussed history with interns and needs </li></ul>
  32. 32. Site Visits <ul><li>Most organizations have professional/trained staff to supervise interns </li></ul><ul><li>Some organizations desire intern help, but do not have time or staff for supervision </li></ul><ul><li>Organizations have number/cataloging/filing systems in place, but not always the resources to maintain </li></ul>
  33. 33. Site Visits <ul><li>Almost all organizations have hosted interns either currently or in the recent past. </li></ul><ul><li>Collections based interns could: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalog collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exhibit research and design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collections maintenance- cleaning, re-housing, records management </li></ul></ul>
  34. 34. Site Visits <ul><li>Interns sometimes require a good deal of training to be able to work with any degree of independence </li></ul><ul><li>Some sites have formalized internship programs </li></ul><ul><li>Staff see benefits of interns and wish they had more time for supervision </li></ul><ul><li>Spending time to come up with guidelines for ongoing intern projects saves supervisory time later in the process </li></ul>
  35. 35. Break Out Session 1 <ul><li>Discuss your questions </li></ul><ul><li>Select a secretary to take notes on chart paper </li></ul><ul><li>Select a spokesperson to report out to the group </li></ul><ul><li>Come up with bullet point answers </li></ul><ul><li>Reconvene in this room at Noon </li></ul>