Internships and Special Projects at the University Libraries
Opportunities in the departments, branches and special collections
Access Services comprises several units, the Circulation Desk, Interlibrary loan, Course Reserves, Support Services, and Materials Management. Understanding the needs of the department at the time, several opportunities are available for internships. Depending on the student’s area of interest, management of inventory, marketing of services, customer relations, or data analysis, among others areas, are all possibilities for internship pursuits.
Browne Popular Culture Library
The Browne Popular Culture Library offers internship opportunities for students interested in gaining experience working in a special collection in an academic library. Internship activities could include staffing the reference desk and assisting students and other researchers in using the collections, assisting in organizing and processing a collection, creating finding aids for collections, creating an exhibit, assisting with special events and/or social media, or assisting with digital projects.
Students interested in a more in-depth experience in a special collection and/or interested in a career in libraries and archives can take part in activities such as learning archival theory and practice and the day-to-day activities of an archive, assisting with digital projects or initiatives, assisting with researching and creating online exhibits, cataloging and metadata projects, collection development projects in the field of popular culture, archival processing (inventorying, arranging, and describing archival collections), reference desk experience and assisting with research requests and assisting with outreach and/or social media.
Collections and Technical Services
The Collection and Technical Services Department (CATS) is responsible for the acquisition, access, metadata, and preservation of library materials in print and electronic formats to meet research, teaching, and learning initiatives. Interns working in CATS will work on projects specific to current departmental needs, for example, management of legacy print collections; management of electronic resources; analysis of usage data; working with an institutional repository; exposure to departmental processes and workflows as opportunities arise.
Library Teaching & Learning (LTL)
The Library Teaching & Learning (LTL) department offers internships in the areas of reference services and library instruction. Depending on the student’s skills, academic level, experience, and interest, various opportunities are available. Interns in LTL might staff the Research & Information Desk assisting students and other researchers both in person and virtually. This would provide the intern an opportunity to gain valuable public service experience, increasing his or her knowledge of reference resources, acquiring reference negotiation skills, and honing interpersonal skills in a multicultural environment. Instructional opportunities might include working with BGSU librarians in classroom settings, providing orientation sessions to high school groups and creating instructional materials. Participation in special, collaborative projects would also be available. They might involve creating a tutorial or video or maintaining LibGuides or other materials on our website. Other projects might have a marketing focus, such as promoting a service or resource or gathering user feedback. If schedules permit, interns would also be encouraged to attend reference and instruction meetings.
The Learning Commons provides academic support for all BGSU students in the form of academic coaching, writing consultations, drop-in, one-on-one and group tutoring free of charge. Tutoring is offered in virtually any course taught at BGSU along with Supplemental Instruction for historically challenging courses. Internships within this area may consist of subject tutoring and/or writing consultations, as well as administrative projects related to tutor training program, promotional events or assessment.
Library Information Technology Services
The Library Information Technology Services (LITS) department supports the technology needs for the University Libraries. This support includes desktop hardware and software, digitization projects, library software systems, custom web development, and many other items. Internship opportunities in the LITS department include web development, videography, and graphic design.
Center for Archival Collections (CAC)
Most of the educational opportunities offered by the CAC are through the history department at BGSU, although students from the library programs at Wayne State, Kent State, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Departments of History at the University of Toledo, Heidelberg and Defiance College have been sponsored. These educational opportunities run the gamut from readings courses to semester internships. Emphasis is on archival administration and the student may be exposed to any aspects of archival work: appraisal and acquisition, arrangement and description, reference and access, preservation, and outreach, with both readings and hands-on experience.
Curriculum Resource Center (CRC)
The CRC primarily supports the College of Education and Human Development in their preparation of future educators by providing access to literature written for children and young adults, textbooks, and practical teaching resources appropriate for pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Secondarily the CRC supports other university departments with materials and services, and provides area educators (teachers in area schools, parents and other members of the general public) with access to quality educational resources. Interns in the CRC have the opportunity to participate in the unit’s public service desk, providing reference service to BGSU students, faculty, staff and community patrons, gaining familiarity with an interesting and varied group of collections, and helping future and current educators produce lesson plans and identify solid teaching resources. Interns may also participate in the CRC’s instruction projects and collection development, depending upon their interests, experience and the requirements of their program.
Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives (ML/BSSA)
Depending on the student's academic preparation and interests, the ML/BSSA offers several internship or practicum possibilities, including digitization/metadata, reference/public service, and cataloging. A digitization/metadata experience will vary, depending on the collection. The Music Library has several collections that offer students the opportunities to assist in building and curating a small digital collection, or participating in large-scale digital projects. A reference experience includes training in reference with an emphasis in both western art and popular music, creating a special topic research guide, and additional training. A cataloging experience will give students insight into using AACR2 and RDA with formats including CDs, LPs, music scores, and more. Depending on need, a list of core readings can be developed for students in any track