NCompass Live: Internships: Cultivating Nebraska's Future Librarians


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NCompass Live - January 8, 2014.

The 21st Century Librarian internship grant program, sponsored by the Nebraska Library Association and Nebraska Library Commission, awarded grants totaling $20,250 to eighteen Nebraska public libraries in 2013. 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 2014 grant opportunity for internships, offered by the Nebraska Library Commission and made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Presenters: Kathryn Brockmeier, Grant Program Manager, 21st Century Librarian Program, Nebraska Library Commission; Evelyn Ost and Saresse Clay, Rock County Public Library; MeMe Smith, Schuyler Public Library; Rose Barcal, La Vista Public Library.

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NCompass Live: Internships: Cultivating Nebraska's Future Librarians

  1. 1. INTERNSHIP GRANTS 21 Century Librarian, 2014 Nebraska Library Commission Nebraska Library Association Institute of Museum and Library Services
  2. 2. Introduction      Deadline for applications: 4:59 p.m., Central Time, February 18, 2014 Award date: March 17, 2014 Award amount: $500 - $1,000 Eligibility: Accredited public libraries Website: nships.asp
  3. 3. Goals & outcomes      Involvement in real library work Introduction to varied and exciting work Recruitment tool Enlightened view, understanding of behindthe-scenes operations, insights into the role of technology in libraries Financial assistance to expand a program or complete a project; bring in fresh ideas
  4. 4. About the program        Grant awards are stipends One or more interns Introduction to the world of library work Orientation to basic duties Special projects Partnering with other libraries Evaluation
  5. 5. In 2013…    21 grants to 18 libraries Total amount: $20,250 ($500 - $1,000 each) 10 located in rural Nebraska
  6. 6. Specific projects     Manage, conduct, or assist with summer reading programming Juvenile and young adult collection development Solicit donations for summer reading program Organize and implement a youth book discussion group It is such a bonus to have an intern to be able to stretch our staff to create new projects and learn new skills. The addition of short films on our website increased our visibility online and added an entertainment factor to our website. Patrons, of course, enjoyed seeing their kids featured in a film.
  7. 7. Technology skills to the forefront         Complete videos of summer reading activities as a promotional tool Create an instructional video on Overdrive use, added to the website Prepare pictures for banner rotation on the website Start a library Facebook page Web page design Update policies on the website Review of other library websites to implement new ideas Create public relations materials on the computer
  8. 8. Intern & supervisor feedback Throughout the summer, I produced promotional videos about the summer reading program. By doing this, I learned how to use cameras, video cameras, and Windows Live Movie Maker in much greater detail. Our intern was assigned the project of producing and completing 8 videos of summer reading program activities. This is the first time our library has produced and used videos as a promotional tool. Our intern quickly learned to use the equipment and software to make movies and at the end of the internship she instructed other staff members in the software.
  9. 9. Impact on interns     I learned about the broad variety of goals that librarians are tasked with achieving. There is a lot more work than most people realize. Not only does one have to be knowledgeable in books and authors but one also has to be knowledgeable in science, math, and business. I haven't decided what I would like to do for a career in the future, but after this summer I would definitely consider being a librarian. I learned that librarians need to have very extensive knowledge regarding the operations of computers and their programs.
  10. 10. Promotion Beatrice Daily Sun; July 12, 2013
  11. 11. Promotion Facebook Page photo of intern and library staff; July 25, 2013
  12. 12. Eligibility & expectations Accredited Nebraska public libraries may apply. The applicant may partner with other types of libraries to provide a variety of work settings. In addition to meeting the eligibility requirement, the applicant must:  Submit the application online  Complete the internship on or before September 30, 2014  Assign a supervisor who will:     Direct student to complete Intern Baseline and Post-Internship Assessments and submit completed forms in a timely manner Track student’s hours and activities Complete and submit Supervisor Post-Internship Assessment in a timely manner. Credit the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Nebraska Library Commission, and the Nebraska Library Association in all publicity about the project.
  13. 13. The application Background:  Reason for participation  Underlying need or opportunity Effect:  Anticipated benefits to student, library, com munity Schedule of activities:  Projects and activities  Student’s role  General orientation plan  Timeline
  14. 14. Application review Preference will be given to proposals that include:  a schedule of activities,  an orientation to all library service functions, and  commitment to meeting grant expectations. Encouraged:  Partnership projects  First-time applicants
  15. 15. Contact Kathryn Brockmeier Grant Program Manager 402-471-4002; 800-307-2665 (NE only)